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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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MUST SEE: Randal Grichuk robs Mike Trout of extra bases with incredible diving catch!

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The Toronto Blue Jays may have lost, but at least they made it entertaining!

Case in point: this incredible catch by Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk to keep the game tied heading into the bottom of the ninth.

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Blue Jays sign GM Ross Atkins to five-year extension

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The Toronto Blue Jays have locked their general manager up long-term.

The team announced on Wednesday that they have inked Ross Atkins to a five-year contract extension.

“Simply put, Ross makes the Blue Jays better” said team president and CEO Mark Shapiro said in a statement.

“I’m extremely pleased that he will continue leading our baseball operations group during this exciting era…as we continue to move closer to building a sustainable contender for years to come.”

Atkins, 47, has been with the organization since December 2015. During his time, the Blue Jays have made the postseason twice, and have going through a successful rebuild.

“Coming to Toronto with my family has enriched our lives in countless ways and having the opportunity to remain a Blue Jay is something I do not take for granted” said Atkins.

“I cannot wait to continue our pursuit to bring World Series Championships back to Canada and celebrate with our fans when that day comes.”

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Extension talks between Anthony Rizzo and Chicago Cubs have stalled

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Anthony Rizzo’s future with the Chicago Cubs remains up in the air. And if you’re a fan of the team, you can’t be too confident about it after today.

According to reports, talks about a possible contract extension between the club and their All-Star first baseman have reached an impasse, meaning nothing will be done prior to opening day. This likely means Rizzo will play out the final season of his seven-year, $41 million contract extension and test unrestricted free agency this offseason.

The 31-year old, who has been with the Cubs since 2012 and won a World Series with them back in 2016, has posted a combined .274 batting average, .866 OPS, 228 homers and 744 RBI over a span of nine seasons and 1265 games with the franchise.

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