Walt Jocketty expected to remain Reds’ general manager in 2015

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There’s been some speculation about Tony La Russa potentially getting the band back together with the Diamondbacks, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Walt Jocketty is expected to remain the Reds’ general manager in 2015.

Jocketty previously served as general manager with the Cardinals from 1996-2007 while La Russa was the manager and is currently in the final year of his contract with the Reds. However, Rosenthal hears that “there never has been indication that Jocketty wants to leave Cincinnati, or that owner Bob Castellini wants him out.”

After dropping seven straight and 10 out of 11, the Reds sit at 61-68 on the year. They are currently on pace for their worst season since 2008.

Athletics and Mariners to begin the 2019 regular season in Tokyo

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners will begin the 2019 regular season in Japan, in the Tokyo Dome.

The series will mark the third time that the A’s will begin their season in Japan, first doing it in 2008 against the Red Sox and then again in 2012 against the Mariners.

This is just the latest of Major League Baseball’s moves to expand the the game internationally. In addition to those previous series in Japan, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened their season in Australia in 2014 and the Dodgers and Padres will play a series in Mexico City this May. There has likewise been talk of the Mets playing a series in London, though those details have not yet been worked out. Obviously the World Baseball Classic represents the league’s effort to broaden the global scope of the once national pastime.

Get ready for early morning baseball, folks.