VIDEO: Dinosaur throws out first pitch in San Diego

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A frightening scene from Wednesday’s game between the Royals and Padres …

The pitch didn’t have much velocity and landed 10 feet from the plate, but a baby tyrannosaurus rex has no care for human constructs like the strike zone. Imagine trying to beat out an infield single against that thing.

“Baby T” is part of an ongoing stage prodction in San Diego called “Walking with Dinosaurs.”

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.