Unknown Cuban ballplayer sleeps outside of Dodger Stadium, hoping for a tryout

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This is not something you see every day. Cuban ballplayer Loah Linares has been sleeping outside of Dodger Stadium, hoping to get a chance to try out for the Dodgers. From ABC 7 in Los Angeles:

It’s a lesson in sheer determination. A baseball player from Cuba has been sleeping on the sidewalk outside Dodger Stadium for 17 days, waiting and dreaming about one thing: baseball . . . He’s determined to stay outside Dodger Stadium for as long as it takes, and has been working out as much as he can on the streets, hoping the owners will give him a shot on the field.

There’s a bit at the end there in which stadium security has said that Linares has tried to get inside the stadium but has not been successful. Given that he’s still there and hasn’t been arrested for trespassing, one can assume it wasn’t a serious or threatening attempt.

I can find no reference to him apart from the story of his camping outside of Dodger Stadium so it seems as though he’s not exactly a prospect, even if he is a baseball player. If he was, you’d think he’d be in someone’s organization right now, not camping outside of a major league ballpark.

Still, very odd story. The sort of thing that could either be a Disney story or a story of delusion and determination, depending on which kind of narrative-crafting you prefer.

UPDATE: A reader found this. It makes me wonder if this isn’t being put on by some film company as it is:

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.