Play of the Day: Brian Dozier gets the out at home

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Twins second baseman Brian Dozier made a play reminiscent of Phillies second baseman Chase Utley’s famous throw in the 2008 World Series.

In the third inning, the Rockies had runners on first and second with two outs and Justin Morneau at the plate. Morneau ripped a Kevin Correia offering back up off the middle, which slightly deflected off of Correia’s glove. Dozier, who was playing a few feet into right field, ranged over towards shallow center field to corral the ball before making an off-balance throw to home plate. The ball arrived in plenty of time for catcher Eric Fryer to apply the tag to Charlie Blackmon for the out.

Fryer was a bit slow in tagging Blackmon, however, so the play went to replay review and the out was ultimately upheld. Here’s the video:

Utley’s play in the 2008 World Series still wins in a contest between the two since A) it was the World Series and B) Utley deked.

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.