Fired by Angels, pitching coach Mike Butcher hired by Diamondbacks

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It didn’t take long for Mike Butcher to find a new home after being fired as the Angels’ pitching coach earlier this month, as Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have hired him to fill the same role.

Butcher was the Angels’ pitching coach for nine seasons, but is just one of several high-profile coaches and front office members to recently leave the organization while manager Mike Scioscia stays in what is ultimately the Final Boss role.

During their nine seasons with Butcher as pitching coach spanning 2007-2015 the team had the third-best ERA in the American League, so Arizona is getting an experienced coach with a strong track record.

Orioles CEO, brother agree to dismiss legal dispute

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Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos and his brother Lou have agreed to end their fight over a lawsuit in which Lou accused John of seizing control of the team in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.

Lou Angelos sued John last year, claiming John took control of the Orioles at his expense. Georgia Angelos, their mother, also was named as a defendant.

In a Friday court filing in the case, John, Lou, Georgia and Peter Angelos called on “all claims, including all counterclaims and defenses, asserted therein be dismissed with prejudice in their entirety.”

“The Parties also withdraw and terminate all pending motions submitted in these actions,” the filing said.

Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turned 93 last year. According to the suit, he had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017.

Lou Angelos accused John of trying to take control of Peter Angelos’ assets and manipulating Georgia Angelos. The lawsuit was one of a handful of off-field issues looming over the Orioles this offseason. The team also has a lease at Camden Yards that expires at the end of the year.