He didn't make the trades or strip the Pirates roster of so many proven players. In the end, John Russell's resume will always include 299 losses in three seasons. Russell was fired Monday after matching the Pirates' record for most losses by a manager in three seasons.
The only other manager in the franchise's 124-season history with so many losses in so few seasons was Fred Haney, who was 163-299 from 1953-55.
Macha out with Brewers
Ken Macha will not return as manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, who have not made decisions about his staff. The 60-year-old Macha was 157-167 in two losing seasons following Milwaukee's first postseason appearance in 26 years. The club confirmed the decision not to exercise its option.
D-Backs keep Gibson
Interim general manager GM Jerry Dipoto also will remain with the club as VP of scouting and player development.
Reds extend Baker
New rules for Tropicana
A batted ball that caroms off the A- and B-ring catwalks that support the stadium roof will be ruled dead and the pitch will not count. Balls striking the two lower catwalks in fair territory will continue to be home runs. - AP