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Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst dies at 95

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Casey Nolen of KSDK News passes along sad news that former Cardinals second baseman and manager Red Schoendienst died Wednesday evening at the age of 95.

Schoendienst played in the majors for 19 seasons between 1945-63, spending 15 of those years with the Cardinals. He hit .289/.337/.387 over 2,216 career games, making the National League All-Star roster 10 times and winning the World Series twice — once as a player in 1946 and once as a manager in 1967. He managed the Cardinals from 1965-76, helping lead them to the postseason twice. He briefly managed the club in 1980 (37 games) and in 1990 (24 games) as well.

Schoendienst was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Veterans Commission in 1989. Carl Yastrzemski, Johnny Bench, and Al Barlick were also inducted into the Hall of Fame that year.

Schoendienst had been in the Cardinals’ front office as a senior special assistant to the GM.

Report: Twins, Michael Pineda agree to two-year, $20 million contract

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Pierre Noujaim of Fox9 Minneapolis reports that the Twins and free agent starter Michael Pineda have agreed on a two-year contract. The Athletic’s Dan Hayes confirms Noujaim’s report and adds that the deal is for $20 million.

Pineda, 30, signed with the Twins in December 2017 while he was in the process of recovering from Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2018 season but began the 2019 season on time. Pineda went on to post a 4.01 ERA with 140 strikeouts and 28 walks across 146 innings. He was suspended 60 games in early September after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. There are 39 games remaining, so he won’t make his season debut next year until mid-May.

Pineda will rejoin a Twins rotation that features José Berríos and Jake Odorizzi. The Twins are likely not done hunting for rotation help.