The Rays interviewed three candidates for open managerial position

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays had phone interviews with three of their eight candidates for their open managerial position: Craig Counsell, Raul Ibanez, and Don Wakamatsu.

All three, of course, are former major leaguers. Counsell is currently serving as a special assistant in the Brewers’ front office. Ibanez may have just completed the last season of his career as a player, reaching the World Series with the Royals. Wakamatsu, who reached the majors for his first and only season in 1991 with the White Sox, managed the Mariners in 2009-10.

The Rays are taking their time selecting their successor to Joe Maddon, who opted out of the final year of his contract to become the Cubs’ new manager. The five other candidates include Dave Martinez, Manny Acta, Kevin Cash, Charlie Montoyo, and Ron Wotus.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.