The Seattle Mariners named their minor league managers and coaches for the 2011 season, complete with roving instructors and some new faces.
Returning as managers are Daren Brown (Tacoma), Jose Moreno (High Desert), Eddie Menchaca (Clinton) and Jesus Azuaje (Peoria).
Scott Steinmann, who coached Everett last season, will again manage the AquaSox, and Rob Mummau will take over as manager at Pulaski. Jackson manager Jim Pankovits, and coaches Cory Snyder (Jackson) and Mike Kinkade (Everett) are also new hires.
For a full list of Seattle’s minor-league coaches, see Mariners Insider: blog.thenewstribune.com/mariners
Gil McDougald, an All-Star infielder who helped the New York Yankees win five World Series championships during the 1950s, has died. He was 82.
McDougald died Sunday of prostate cancer at his home in Wall Township, N.J., the Yankees said in a statement Monday night.
McDougald spent his entire 10-year major league career with the Yankees and played a key role on one of baseball’s greatest dynasties.
He was the American League Rookie of the Year in 1951 and teamed with Hall of Famers such as Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford and manager Casey Stengel to lead New York to eight American League pennants from 1951-60.
“Gil was a great guy, well-liked by the team and a hell of a ballplayer. He was a good fielder and was always a fierce competitor,” Ford said in a Yankees statement.
Suspected steroid users Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez are on baseball’s Hall of Fame ballot for the first time and join Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar, both having fallen just short in last year’s vote. Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, 92, is improving after being hospitalized with pneumonia. Feller was admitted to the Cleveland Clinic last week, the Indians said. Infielder Juan Uribe is closing in on a three-year deal to leave the San Francisco Giants for the rival Los Angeles Dodgers. The 31-year-old Uribe hit .248 with 24 homers and 85 RBI in 2010 while playing in 148 games, including 103 at shortstop. Pitcher Javier Vazquez and the Florida Marlins reached a preliminary agreement on a $7 million, one-year contract. The deal is subject to Vazquez passing a physical. The 34-year-old right-hander was 10-10 with a 5.32 ERA this season in his return to the New York Yankees, who acquired him from Atlanta. The Texas Rangers filled one of their biggest offseason needs, signing Yorvit Torrealba to a $6.25 million, two-year contract to be their starting catcher. Texas also agree to a $1.2 million, one-year deal with former Mariners reliever Mark Lowe, who was acquired in the Cliff Lee trade.