Broadcast legend Jerry Coleman has passed away

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The Padres have announced that broadcaster and former player and manager Jerry Coleman has passed away at the age of 89. Coleman spent nine seasons from 1949-1957 in the Majors as a player, all with the Yankees. He earned a spot on the 1950 All-Star team and helped the Yankees sweep the Phillies 4-0 in the World Series the same year. Coleman had a brief stint as a manager, taking over the Padres in 1980, leading them to a 73-89 record.

In 1960, Coleman began his broadcasting career, taking a job with CBS television. Starting in 1963 and lasting for seven years, Coleman called Yankees games for WCBS radio and WPIX television. He called Angels games in 1970-71, then became the Padres’ lead radio announcer — a position he had held ever since. Coleman was honored for his work in 2005 as a recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2007.

We extend our sincere condolences to the Coleman family.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.