Manny Ramirez, Cubs assistant hitting coach?

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Manny Ramirez received rave reviews for his work as a player/coach for the Cubs’ Triple-A affiliate this season, so much so that now some people are wondering if the Cubs might hire him to be their big-league assistant hitting coach.

Assistant hitting coach Mike Brumley is the only member of manager Rick Renteria’s staff not being asked back for 2015 and here’s what team president Theo Epstein told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com about the prospect of Ramirez taking the gig:

I think I’ll wait to answer that. I want to see whether he wants to continue playing or not before I answer that question. … Manny has not decided to retire as of yet. We have a really nice relationship with Manny. He did an outstanding job for the organization this year, and we’re going to continue to stay in touch, depending on what he wants to do with his career.

Ramirez worked with many of the Cubs’ stud hitting prospects at Triple-A and those guys (Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler) will be a big part of the MLB team next season and beyond, so it’s not as crazy as it may seem.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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