Cory Lidle statue vandalized in California

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A statue of former major league pitcher Cory Lidle was toppled by thieves late last week outside Big League Dream Park in West Covina, California. Three bronze plaques — valued at $6,000 — were stolen, and the statue itself was filled with drill holes.

“The vandalism to the Cory Lidle statue is a deplorable act by some despicable human beings,” West Covina City Mayor Steve Herfert told CBS Los Angeles. “To damage a statue memorializing the life of Cory Lidle is very personal to all of our residents. Cory’s life represents the hopes and dreams of every baseball player and kind person in our City.”

No suspects had been identified by West Covina Police as of Sunday morning.

Lidle, a native of Hollywood, California, died in 2006 when a plane he was piloting crashed into a high-rise on the east side of Manhattan. The right-hander made 277 career appearances at the major league level.

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.