A-Rod, the Yankees and the union in talks to direct his $6 million home run bonus to charity

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What is this world coming to? How are we, in the year 2015, looking at a possible showdown between the Yankees, Alex Rodriguez and the union that won’t be characterized by acrimony and bad behavior but, instead, will result in a win-win-win and have everyone coming out looking good in the end?

I mean, you think you know people. Then Ken Rosenthal reports this kind of nonsense:

Representatives for Rodriguez, the players’ union and Yankees have been talking for weeks about a deal to redirect the $6 million bonus that Rodriguez was to receive for hitting his 660th home run, according to a marketing agreement between him and the club.

The talks aren’t close to yielding a deal yet, but it is progressing. Thank goodness there’s still time to derail it. Or, short of that, thank goodness Bill Madden has time to spin any eventual charity-benefitting deal in such a way as to make A-Rod look like a monster of some sort. But hey, he’s a Spink Award winning journalist. I’m sure he’ll come up with some gold.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.