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Red Sox Great Bobby Doerr Passes Away At Age 99

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The Boston Red Sox lost a legend on Monday, as several sources reported that Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr passed away at age 99 in Junction City, Oregon.

Red Sox owner John Henry released a statement which included the following:

“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself. And even with his Hall of Fame achievements at second base, his character and personality outshined it all. He will be missed.”

At the time of his death, Doerr was the oldest living Hall of Famer, and first ever to reach age 99.

Doerr played his Major League career entirely as a second baseman for the Red Sox from 1937-51; he missed the 1945 season due to military service in World War II.

In his 14-year career, Doerr was a .288/.362/.488 hitter with 2,042 hits, 223 homers, 1,247 RBIs, and nine All-Star appearances.

The Red Sox retired Doerr’s No. #1 in 1988, two years after he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1995, the Red Sox inducted Doerr into their annual franchise class.

Known as the “silent captain” on Red Sox teams of the ’40s and early ’50s, Doerr’s legacy includes being known for “his exemplary work habits, quiet confidence, and the ability to lead by example”, as MLB.com’s Ian Browne reports.

Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said the following in a statement:

“Bobby’s life is one we salute not only for its longevity, but for its grace. He set the standard for what it means to be a good teammate through abiding friendships with Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky and Dom DiMaggio, all while realizing legendary status on the diamond. He touched us all with his class and dignity, and will remain an example and an inspiration for generations of players to come.”

Doerr was just under five months shy of his 100th birthday.

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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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