Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

MLB Notes

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Ex-Rangers manager Washington to re-join A's

Former Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington has been hired as a major league coach for the Oakland Athletics, returning to the club where he was a coach for 11 years.

The A's announced the hiring of Washington on Thursday and said he would be with the team all season.

Washington's defensive expertise will be a key addition given the team's struggles so far. He can be in uniform but can't be on the bench during games.

Washington said he heard from general manager Billy Beane on Wednesday and would meet the club in Tampa, Fla., on Friday. Oakland is last in the AL West and leads the majors in errors with 44 errors, including 16 by shortstop Marcus Semien.

The 63-year-old Washington has been working with youth and college players in his native New Orleans. He led the Rangers to AL pennants in 2010 and '11.

Washington resigned as Rangers manager last Sept. 5, saying he needed to devote his full attention to an "off-the-field personal matter." Washington later acknowledged he had broken wife Gerry's trust.

MLB, Reds to determine Rose's All-Star Game role * Pete Rose's role at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati will be determined by Major League Baseball and the Reds after they determine what other obligations the banned career hits leader has.

Rose began work as a studio analyst for Fox this month. The network will broadcast the game, which is being played in Rose's hometown on July 14.

"We're in conversations with the Reds about the specifics of his involvement at the All-Star Game and how it relates to Pete's employment, where he's committed, what he's going to be available for," baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday. "That's one of those issues that will be resolved. It's just a question of nailing the details down."

Rose agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 after an MLB investigation concluded he bet on Reds' games while managing the team. He has applied for reinstatement, but Manfred has not given a timetable for a decision. The commissioner doesn't think Rose's presence will detract from the game.

"The idea that any individual could overshadow the great players that we're going to have at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati is just not something that seems realistic to me," he said.

MLB allowed Rose to take part in the All-Century team announcement at Atlanta's Turner Field during the 1999 World Series and a Reds ceremony in 2013 honoring their 1975 and '76 championship teams.

MLB hopes to play 2016 exhibition in Cuba * Major League Baseball hopes to move ahead with plans for an exhibition game in Cuba next year

U.S. teams played spring training games in Cuba before Fidel Castro's revolution, but none appeared there from March 1959 until the Baltimore Orioles played Cuba's national team in Havana in March 1999. MLB has not returned since. …

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