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Goose Gossage to hand out his unwritten rules at a St. Paul Saints game

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Hall of Fame reliever Goose Gossage apparently grew tired seeing his name absent from the headlines, so the outspoken right-hander will be handing out his version of baseball’s unwritten rules before the July 6 game between the St. Paul Saints and the Joplin Blasters, two independent league teams.

Gossage made headlines before the season, calling Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautistaa f–king disgrace to the game.” He also said he doesn’t want “a bunch of Cam Newtons running around” and that Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has “no respect for the game.” And that’s just this year.

In the past, Gossage has ripped Mariano Rivera and expressed a desire for vengeance against performance-enhancing drug users who have made it into the Hall of Fame.

So what’s in Gossage’s rulebook? According to the Saints’ description of the promotion:

Coming in at more than 200 pages and 4.1” wide and 6.3” high the 2016 Official Baseball Rulebook explains everything from the layout of the field, to equipment that can be used to how a game should be scored.  The 2016 Official Baseball Unwritten Rulebook will be similar in size with fewer pages and, by the end of the night; it will be packed with information that addresses baseball situations that have been hotly debated for decades.  Wondering about the superstition of discussing a no-hitter?  It can be in the book.  What about stealing a base when you’re up 10 runs?  It can be in the book.  What about bunting on a pitcher throwing a no-hitter?  All you have to do is flip open the book, grab a pencil and the answer can appear right before your eyes.

Gossage will be at the ballpark, CHS Field, to sign the book for fans as well as, the Saints say, “give his two cents about Jose Bautista, Bryce Harper, and sabermetrics.” Gossage will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and will later join the TV broadcast.

Braves promote Alex Anthopoulos, extend Brian Snitker

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The Atlanta Braves announced this morning that they have promoted general manager Alex Anthopoulos to President, Baseball Operations and General Manager and have extended his contract through 2024. They have likewise extended the contracts of manager Brian Snitker and his coaching staff through the 2021 season.

Anthopoulos’ promotion will not likely change his duties very much, as it’s become increasingly common for top baseball operations executives to be given the title of “president” as opposed to “GM.” Part of this is some expansion of the role of said executives. Some of it is simple title inflation. Some of it is to prevent other teams from being able to interview and potentially poach top executives without permission under the guise of promotion.

Anthopoulos was hired following the 2017 season, replacing former GM John Coppolella, who resigned and was subsequently permanently banned from baseball following his involvement in a scandal in which he breached rules in connection with signings of international players and obstructed Major League Baseball’s investigation into it all. Before that Antopoulos served as the Blue Jays’ GM for seven years.

Snitker took over as interim manager when the Braves fired Fredi Gonzalez in the middle of the 2016 season. He and Coppolella did not get along and there were strong suggestions that he would never lose the interim tag, but he has been on far steadier ground since Anthopoulos took over. Winning helps, of course, and under the leadership of Anthopoulos and Snitker, the Braves have won the last two NL East titles, going 187-137 in the past two seasons.