I must remind folks that Beane’s departure is not a done deal — I’d gauge it likely to very likely — but Major League Baseball must approve RedBall’s merger with the Fenway Sports Group and that’s not a slam dunk, even with powerful Red Sox owner John Henry involved. Baseball has rules against public ownership of franchises, and I’d guess that more owners than not would prefer to keep their books closed to scrutiny.
The 2020 Gold Gloves won’t be handed out until Tuesday, but the real measure of MLB defense came out this week with the announcement of the Fielding Bible awards. The Oakland A’s have one winner this year, as Matt Olson took home his third straight award at first base. The Fielding Bible awards are voted on by a panel of a dozen highly respected experts, such as Bill James, Mark Simon, Rob Neyer, and Travis Sawchik.
La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the White Sox 34 years after they fired him. The 76-year-old La Russa rejoins the franchise where his big-league managing career began more than four decades ago. He takes over for Rick Renteria after what the White Sox insisted was a mutual agreement to split.