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Report: Phillies considering Ruben Amaro for their manager opening

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This seems like one of those things that someone will step forward to deny in the next hour, so let’s have fun with it while we can: according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Phillies are considering their former general manager, Ruben Amaro, for their managerial opening.

The Globe is not claiming he’s the top choice or anything. Just one of many names floating around. And to be sure, as a coach on a playoff team it’s not shocking to see his name out there during this speculative season. It’s just odd to see it connected the team whose front office he once led before being fired.

They say you can’t go home again, but occasionally you can go home again in baseball. You tend to see it in the form of former managers who come back later to coach their old team once they get older. Think Red Schoendienst with the Cardinals or even the Phillies’ own Larry Bowa. Some GMs have become managers too — Bobby Cox famously did so with the Braves and Dan Jennings did with the Marlins — but there wasn’t a firing in between their job switch. That stuff aside, I can’t think of a situation that would be roughly comparable to this.

Baseball to honor Stoneman Douglas High School as spring training games begin

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There were a few exhibitions against college teams yesterday but today the Grapefruit League and Cactus League schedules begin in earnest, with big league teams, more or less, facing big league team, more or less.

The baseball will look like baseball, but the teams will be wearing different caps today: black caps with the maroon “SD” of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting on February 14.

All teams and umpire crews will wear the caps pre-game, and they have the option to wear the caps during the games. The only two teams not playing today — the Royals and Rangers — will wear them tomorrow.

After the games players will sign the caps and they will be auctioned off to raise money for the Broward Education Foundation, which benefits the official Stoneman Douglas Victims’ Fund.

Here’s today’s schedule: