Pete Carroll and Scott Boras are best buddies? Who knew?

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Les Carpenter of The Guardian knows, and he has an interesting story today about how the seemingly carefree coach of the Seattle Seahawks and the super agent who would sooner die than to let something happen without reading into it, analyzing it and trying to figure out which way it plays for him are longtime friends:

They must have seemed the most random of friends when they first met all those years ago at the University of the Pacific: Carroll destined to become football’s happiest coach and Boras one of baseball’s most hated men. But in the early 1970s they were a couple of kids living in the same college dormitory, chasing athletic dreams against a clock that was running down on both of them.

I wonder if Boras has a binder in which he ranks his friends and compares them to the greatest friends history has ever known.

Diamondbacks extend Torey Lovullo’s contract through 2024 season

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks extended manager Torey Lovullo’s contract through the 2024 season.

The deal is the third straight one-year extension for the longest-tenured manager in team history.

Lovullo is 446-483 in seven seasons, with one playoff appearance.

Lovullo led the Diamondbacks to the 2017 National League division series his first season and a winning record the next two. Arizona general manager Mike Hazen stuck with Lovullo after an injury-filled 110-loss season in 2021 and the Diamondbacks have enjoyed a resurgence this year.

The Diamondbacks enter against Atlanta 35-24, tied with the Los Angeles Dodgers for the best record in the NL.