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Rangers’ Chris Gimenez was nearly decapitated in traffic recently

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Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal passes along a scary story involving Rangers catcher Chris Gimenez. Two weeks ago, the backstop was stuck in traffic and a 36-pound drain grate slammed into the cab of Jimenez’s truck and nearly decapitated him.

Gimenez tells it:

“It sounded like a cannon went off,” Gimenez said. “I looked to see what appears to be a yellow snow plow go by and all of a sudden glass is flying through the cab of my truck. I just instinctually ducked. It turns out a snow plow clipped a drain grate on the ground. It blew out the grate and the asphalt that went along with it, somehow flung it 150 feet away and it went through the cab of my truck.

“I was starting to think about it and if my truck isn’t lifted, I’m done. If I’m five feet further back, I’m screwed. What if that would have been the way I would have gone out? That wouldn’t have been cool.”

It surely would not have been cool. We’re quite happy Gimenez was not harmed.

In 113 plate appearances with the Rangers last season, Gimenez hit a productive .255/.330/.490 with five home runs and 14 RBI. He’ll serve once again as the back-up to Robinson Chirinos this season.

Ned Yost to retire as Royals manager

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The Kansas City Royals just announced that Ned Yost will retire following the final game of the season. Mike Matheny will take over as the Royals manager for the 2020 season.

Yost, 65, led the Royals to victory in the 2015 World Series and to back-to-back American League pennants in 2014 and 2015. He will retire as the winningest manager in Royals history. In ten years at the helm in Kansas City he is 744-836 with five games remaining. Before he managed the Royals he managed the Milwaukee Brewers for six seasons, compiling a 457-502 record. In all, he is 1,201-1,338. When he’s done on Sunday he will finish 32nd all-time in games managed with 2,544.

The Royals now will look for the man who will, hopefully, see the current rebuild through. Multiple reporters have cited former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny as Yost’s likely replacement. He currently serves as a special advisor in the club’s player development department. He managed the Cards from 2012-18, winning the NL pennant in 2013 and finishing with a record of 591-474 in St. Louis.

Here is the Royals official statement on Yost’s retirement: