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Red Sox fire president Dave Dombrowski less than a year after winning the World Series

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No job is safe in the MLB.

Not even a year after orchestrating a World Series champion team in 2018, the Boston Red Sox announced Sunday that they have fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski.

Dombrowski, 63, was officially hired by the team in October 2016. He led the franchise to three straight AL East titles prior to 2019, and a World Series title last postseason.

Despite coming into the season with aspirations of a repeat, the combination of injuries to their pitching staff, underperforming players at the plate, and their inability to replace some of their key bullpen pieces from the previous year has led to an underwhelming record in 2019.

With less than a month remaining on the season, the Red Sox (76-67) are 17.5 games behind the first place New York Yankees in the AL East, and are eight games back from the second and final AL Wild Card spot.

“I just found out, so, surprised and shocked obviously,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

“Right now, not too much to say. We’ll talk a little bit more tomorrow. But, he gave me a chance to come here and be a big league manager. It’s one of those that they just told me so, I’m not ready to talk about it.”

During his tenure, the team posted a combined 370-259 regular season record over a span of three-plus seasons.

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Mets slugger Pete Alonso wins NL Rookie of the Year

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Well this one was a no-brainer.

As expected, MLB announced that New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Award.

The 24-year old, who had to earn his keep to make the opening day roster, posted a .260 batting average to go a long with a .941 OPS, an MLB rookie-record 53 homers and 120 RBI in 161 games this season.

He was also selected to his first MLB All-Star Game, and won the Home Run Derby over Toronto Blue Jays rookie phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr in July.

Alonso received 29 of 30 first-place votes to take home the honours on Monday night.

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Pirates part ways with GM Neal Huntington after disastrous season

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The Pittsburgh Pirates overhaul continues.

Exactly a month after firing manager Clint Hundle, the team announced that they have parted ways with General Manager Neal Huntington after a prolonged tenure that spanned over a decade.

Huntington, 50, had been the Pirates’ GM since September 25, 2007.

The team posted a combined 921-1,019 in 12 seasons with him the helm, which is the eighth worst record in MLB during that span. They also qualified for the postseason three times (2013, 2014, 2015), and won only three combined playoff games in those three years.

This past season was as dysfunctional as the franchise has ever seen, characterized by chemistry issues, in-house fighting, and child sex charges to their All-Star closer. They finished the year with a dismal 69-93 record.

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Phillies hire Joe Girardi to be their new manager

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The Philadelphia Phillies have found their man.

According to reports, the team has hired the highly sought-after Joe Girardi to be their new head coach.

The move, which comes just two weeks following the dismissal of Gabe Kapler, is expected to be formally announced sometime this afternoon.

Girardi has 1,782 games of MLB managerial experience under his belt, which will provide the Phillies with much-needed veteran leadership at the manager position.

The 55-year old last managed the New York Yankees for ten seasons from 2008-2017. He voluntarily left the role despite overachieving with an emerging 2017 Yankees squad that finished just one game shy from reaching the World Series. The front office and the skipper reportedly didn’t see eye-to-eye on their vision of the ball club.

During his time in New York, he led the franchise to a combined 910-710 regular season record, and 28-24 postseason record. They also qualified for the postseason six out of a possible 10 times, and won a World Series in 2009.

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