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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Dale Sveum
In a story Feb. 21, The Associated Press reported that new Red Sox manager John Farrell had been general manager Ben Cherington's choice in 2012 while team President Larry Lucchino preferred Bobby Valentine. Both preferred Farrell, but when he was unavailable, Lucchino wanted Valentine and Cherington preferred Dale Sveum for the job.
There is one distinct message new manager Rick Renteria plans to deliver when the Chicago Cubs gather Wednesday for their first full-squad workout.
Theo Epstein never said the overhaul would be easy. As he enters his third year as president of baseball operations, more struggling appears to be in store for the Chicago Cubs.
First-time manager Rick Renteria's challenge goes beyond merely trying to bring a winning team to Wrigley Field.
The move ends a long search that began with the Cubs targeting New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi, only to be denied a shot when he decided to stay put.
The Chicago Cubs are set to hire San Diego Padres bench coach Rick Renteria as their manager, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
The Reds fired Dusty Baker on Friday, ousting the manager who led them to their best stretch of success since the Big Red Machine but couldn't get them past the first round of the postseason.
The move came after the Reds lost the wild-card playoff in Pittsburgh 6-2 on Tuesday night, ending the season with their sixth straight loss. He had a year left on his two-year deal.
One very bad week clinched Dusty Baker's fate. The Reds decided they weren't going to bring him back.
Starlin Castro was back in the Cubs lineup a day after being pulled for making a mental mistake the day before.
Down and all but out before the All-Star break, the Chicago Cubs are starting to make moves for the future.
Feldman signed a one-year contract with the Cubs and went 7-6 with a 3.46 ERA in 15 starts this season. He is 46-50 with a 4.66 ERA in 219 major league games over nine seasons.
The 26-year-old was obtained Tuesday from Washington for minor league pitcher Ian Dickson after going 0-1 with 4.00 ERA in 17 appearances covering 18 innings this season. He struck out 11 and walked 16.
The Chicago Cubs found a severed goat's head at Wrigley Field on Wednesday, and they're treating the cruel reference to a longtime curse as a crime.
Matt Garza will start the season on the disabled list because of an injured muscle in his side that is preventing the right-hander from throwing, and Jeff Samardzija will be the opening-day starter for the Chicago Cubs.
"The way I look at it is obviously he had enough punishment _ whether or not punishment is the right word _ to be embarrassed," Sveum said.