Mike Oz

  • You have to read the text message Madison Bumgarner's dad sent him during Game 7

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew12 hrs ago

    Forget the big contracts, free pick-up trucks, prime-time TV ratings and the rest. Baseball, at its essence, will always be a game of fathers and sons. It's why the Ripkens are royalty, why we rooted for the Griffeys and why "Dad, do you wanna have a catch?" tugs at our hearts all these years later.

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  • Report: Joe Maddon is the new manager of the Chicago Cubs

    Mike Oz at Big League Stew1 day ago

    It didn't matter that the Chicago Cubs already had a manager in place, when Joe Maddon hit the open market, it got their attention.

    And now, just like that, Rick Renteria's tenure as Cubs skipper is apparently over after just one season. The Cubs have upgraded, agreeing to make Maddon their new manager, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:

    Maddon and the Cubs are on the verge of agreeing to a mega deal, according to people familiar with the situation. The Cubs deny that a deal is done, but people familiar with the dealings say that it is certain to be completed in coming days, and that Maddon would indeed be the next Cubs manager.

    The contract, once finalized, is expected to make Maddon one of the highest-paid managers in baseball and quite likely the best-paid in the National League. Mike Scioscia's Angels deal pays him $5 million annually, so he sets the standard.

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