Report: White Sox have Dave Martinez at top of managerial list

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Two sources told FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that Rays bench coach Dave Martinez is the White Sox’s preferred choice to replace Ozzie Guillen in dugout.

It’s not a surprise, as Martinez’s name was one of the first to come up when Guillen’s departure was announced.  A 16-year major leaguer, Martinez played with the White Sox from 1995-97.

Martinez could also be a candidate to replace Terry Francona in Boston, though it’s unclear if the Red Sox are as high on him as the White Sox are.

One of Rosenthal’s sources said that former Royals manager Tony Pena, currently the bench coach for the Yankees, is also on the White Sox’s list.

Martinez, 47, has spent the last three seasons as Tampa Bay’s bench coach. He hit .274/.341/.389 with 91 homers and 183 steals with 10 major league teams before retiring after the 2001 season.

Someone stole the bat from the Ken Griffey, Jr. statue at Safeco Field

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The Mariners unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame outfielder Ken Griffey, Jr. earlier this year at Safeco Field, featuring the slugger in his famous follow-through seen after each of his 630 career home runs. Chris Daniels of KING 5 News in Seattle reported on Tuesday evening that someone had stolen the bat from the statue.

Thankfully, the Seattle Police Department announced that the bat has been recovered and a suspect has been arrested. They expect to provide more details later. Daniels reports the Mariners have confirmed the news.

My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.