Right after Joe Maddon opted out of his contract with Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs were mentioned as a possible landing spot for one of baseball’s best managers. Flush with prospects and ready to make a splash in free agency, the Cubs already had a manager in Rick Renteria. Looking for a turnaround after five consecutive losing seasons, the Cubs announced Friday that they had hired Maddon to replace Renteria after just one year on the job. Renteria was fired after leading Chicago to a 73-89 record in his only season as a major league manager.

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Baseball’s business season began Thursday when 121 players became free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. James Shields, Nori Aoki and Jason Frasor of the AL champion Kansas City Royals also were among the players who became free. Top free agent pitchers also include Max Scherzer and Jon Lester.

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The Boston Red Sox have signed Koji Uehara for two more years, committing $18 million to the reliever who closed out the 2013 World Series but struggled along with the team this season. One year to the day after Uehara struck out Matt Carpenter to seal Boston’s third title in 10 years, the team gave him a deal that will pay him $9 million in each of the next two years, when he will be 40 and 41 years old. General manager Ben Cherington said he thought Uehara had less wear and tear on his arm than other pitchers his age. ”You’re really looking at a guy who has been one of the elite relievers in baseball,” Cherington said in a conference call with reporters on Thursday night.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — As it relates to sport, a dynasty is supposed to be a sequence of champions. A sequence is supposed to be a continuously connected series of occurrences. The championships must connect, and not merely in a figurative sense. And yet, it’s tempting to bend the definition of dynasty so that it might fit what the San Francisco Giants have accomplished three times, though not in a row, since 2010. The Giants beat the Kansas City Royals 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series, giving manager Bruce Bochy, general manager Brian Sabean and many others connected to the team a third championship ring. For those men, along with many of Bochy’s coaches and Sabean’s lieutenants, and eight of the players who span all three championship rosters, winning certainly has become a habit.  “In today’s game, if it’s not, it’s as close as you’re gonna get,” said catcher Buster Posey, a rookie in 2010 and one of nine players with three rings. But is it a dynasty? The most recent MLB team to win three straight was the New York Yankees from 1998-2000. The Oakland Athletics did the same from 1972-1974. Three in a row; that’s a dynasty. Pitching coach Dave Righetti’s presence on the Giants spans 15 years, two managers and two different sets of World Series appearances. The Giants also made it in 2002. Now, nobody would say that season could be used to say the Giants are a dynasty, even though most other teams in the majors would envy an organization that’s been to the Series four times in 13 years. Righetti doesn’t think the current Giants run equals a dynasty.

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Police in Las Vegas say no crime was committed when former major league slugger Jose Canseco shot himself in the finger in what he and investigators say was an accident. The former Oakland Athletics outfielder tweeted a photo Wednesday of his heavily bandaged left hand and said he was recovering at home. Canseco’s fiancee, Leila Knight, was also active on social media urging friends to pray for his finger. Police say Knight was in the house Tuesday afternoon when the gun discharged as Canseco was cleaning in it the kitchen.

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Former Major League Baseball slugger Jose Canseco — a World Series winner and admitted steroid user — accidentally shot himself in the hand while cleaning a gun, US media reported.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.

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Buster Posey was annoyed. The Giants catcher wanted Madison Bumgarner to do more than barely break a smile after a brilliant pitching performance put San Francisco one win from another World Series title. Heck, Bumgarner might still have more work to do. Baseball took its final break Monday before the Giants and Royals settle things.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Athletics have hired former Oakland and San Francisco first baseman and outfielder Mike Aldrete as bench coach on manager Bob Melvin’s staff.

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Will Clark remembers each moment of that day when a major earthquake interrupted the 1989 World Series, from the sprint out to center field he had just completed during warmups to the fear and chaos that followed in the ballpark and well beyond. The former Giants star first baseman, now part of another World Series as a coach with his old club, can hardly comprehend that 25 years have passed since Candlestick Park swayed just before Game 3 of the Bay Bridge Series against the Oakland Athletics.

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