Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes

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Molina, Wainwright are Gold Glove finalists

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and pitcher Adam Wainwright are finalists to repeat as Gold Glove Award winners this season, Rawlings, the St. Louis-based company that originated the award, announced Thursday. Despite missing seven weeks recovering from thumb surgery, Molina had enough time behind the plate to qualify for what would be his seventh consecutive Gold Glove award. Wainwright won the award twice before, most recently in 2013.

Jonathan Lucroy (Milwaukee) and Russell Martin (Pittsburgh) are the other two finalists at catcher. The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke are the other two pitchers.

Also, the Palm Beach County board of commissioners approved Tuesday a financial commitment of $108 million in public funding to aid the move of the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros for spring training in the area. The Nationals and Astros would share a two-team complex within the same county as the Cardinals-Marlins facility in Jupiter, Fla. If Washington and Houston can find a site, their move to the area would give the Cardinals the neighbors they need for the area to remain viable as a spring training site. (Derrick Goold)

Braves hire Hart * The Atlanta Braves have made John Hart their president of baseball operations.

With Hart accepting the newly created title, the Braves no longer are looking for a general manager.

Hart became interim general manager Sept. 22. The team had sought a full-time replacement for Frank Wren, who was fired last month after a disappointing finish this season.

Team President John Schuerholz announced Thursday that the 66- year-old Hart has agreed to a three-year contract that will last through the team's first season at its new stadium in Cobb County.

Hart is the former general manager for the Rangers and Indians. He joined the Braves last year as a senior adviser. (AP)

Coles is new Brewers hitting coach * Darnell Coles is the new hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that missed the playoffs in large part because of problems at the plate. …

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