COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have logos on their Hall of Fame plaques.
The decision was announced by the Hall, which said Joe Torre’s plaque will have the logo of the New York Yankees.
Plaques for Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox will have Atlanta Braves logos, and Frank Thomas’ will have the logo of the Chicago White Sox.
The six will be inducted during ceremonies on July 27. The managers were elected last month by the Hall’s expansion-era committee and the players were chosen this month by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Of the 300 previous Hall members, 86 have caps with logos and 42 don’t have caps.
BEREA, Ohio (AP) - Mike Pettine knows he might not have been Cleveland’s first choice or even the Browns’ second pick.
All that matters to the son of a high school coaching legend is that he’s the one they selected.
After nearly a month of twists, turns and talk, the Browns found their man.
Buffalo’s defensive coordinator, who didn’t seem to be on Cleveland’s radar when the team began a coaching search last month, signed a five-year contract and was named the Browns’ seventh full-time coach since 1999. Pettine replaces Rob Chudzinski, fired on Dec. 29 after just one season.
The Browns interviewed 10 candidates before deciding on the 47-year-old Pettine, who has built a solid reputation with a no-nonsense approach with his players.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Jason Licht welcomes the challenge of turning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a championship contender, and the team’s new general manager doesn’t believe it’ll take long to do it.
Without making any bold predictions or offering a specific timetable for success, Licht said the Bucs already have a solid foundation in place and that he’s confident he and incoming coach Lovie Smith will form a “partnership” that will help the struggling franchise end its cycle of losing.
The Bucs have missed the playoff the past six seasons. They haven’t won a postseason game since the 2002 Super Bowl run that produced the club’s only NFL title.