Geoff Blum announced his own release on Twitter

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Geoff Blum has spent most of the second season of a two-year, $2.7 million contract with the Diamondbacks on the disabled list and just revealed via Twitter that he’s being released:

Pretty classy way to announce your own release, although Diamondbacks fans can be forgiven if they don’t have good feelings about Blum after he hit .195 in 40 games while earning $2.7 million.

Jim Hickey steps down as Cubs’ pitching coach

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The Cubs announced on Tuesday that Jim Hickey has stepped down as the pitching coach due to personal reasons. The club will begin a search for a replacement.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said in a statement, “Jim Hickey notified us yesterday of his decision to step down as pitching coach and leave the organization for personal reasons. We thank Jim for his season with the Cubs and his positive impact on our pitchers. Jim has our full support and we all wish him well.”

Hickey, 57, spent over a decade as a coach in the Rays organization before joining the Cubs for the past season, reuniting with Joe Maddon. The Cubs’ starting staff ranked 10th among all 30 teams with a 3.84 ERA and the bullpen posted an NL-best 3.35 ERA.