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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Tony La Russa questions Colin Kaepernick’s ‘sincerity’ regarding anthem protest 09.15.16 at 8:10 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

THURSDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
NFL: Jets at Bills, 8:25 p.m. (CBS, NFL Network)
College football: Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Alcorn State, 7:30 p.m. (ESPNU)
College football: Houston at Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
WNBA: Mystics at Dream, 7 p.m. (NBA TV)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, AS Saint-Etienne at FSV Mainz, 1 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: UEFA Europa, Manchester United at Feyenoord, 1 p.m. (FS1)
Soccer: EUFA Europa, Schalke 04 at OGC Nice, 3 p.m. (FS2)
Soccer: Women’s exhibition, United States vs. Thailand, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)

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— Former major league manager Tony La Russa jumped headfirst into the racial debate that’s gripped the nation, refuting Orioles outfielder Adam Jones’ comment about baseball being a “white man’s sport” and questioning Colin Kaepernick’s “sincerity.”

La Russa spent two years working for Major League Baseball after his retirement from managing, and while he acknowledged there is an issue — only 8 percent of MLB is African-American, according to USA Today — he said attempts have been made to bring the game to the inner city.

“When he says it’s a white, like elitist, kind of sport, I mean, how much wronger can he be? We have tried so hard, the MLB, to expand the black athletes’ opportunity,” La Russa said in an interview on ESPN Radio’s Dan Le Batard program. “We want the black athletes to pick not basketball or football, but want them to play baseball; they should play baseball. And we’re working to make that happen in the inner cities. We have a lot of Latin players. We have players from the Pacific Rim.”

As for Kaepernick, La Russa said he’s not impressed with the 49ers quarterback’s decision to protest the national anthem.

“I was there in the Bay Area when he first was a star, a real star. I never once saw him do anything but promote himself. And all of a sudden now he’s a second-stringer and he’s got this mission … and I just don’t trust his sincerity,” La Russa said. “And even if he was sincere, there’s ways to express your belief in some of the issues that face blacks around this country without disrespecting the country you live in or the flag that it represents.”

La Russa said he “absolutely would not allow” one of his players to sit during the anthem, forcing him to leave the field until the song ended.

“I would tell [a player who wanted to protest the anthem to] sit inside the clubhouse,” La Russa said. “You’re not going to be out there representing our team and our organization by disrespecting the flag. No, sir, I would not allow it. … If you want to make your statement, you make it in the clubhouse, but not out there. You’re not going to show it that way publicly and disrespectfully.”

— The ACC became the latest organization to pull events from North Carolina due to the state’s law limiting protections for LGBT people, as the Council of Presidents voted to relocate the league’s championships until the law is changed.

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Dave Stewart looks forward to ‘perfect challenge’ after being named Diamondbacks GM 09.26.14 at 11:33 am ET
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Former Athletics pitcher Dave Stewart was named the senior vice president and fourth-ever general manager of the Diamondbacks.

Tony La Russa, who became chief baseball officer of the Diamondbacks earlier this year, hired Stewart because of his good track record in baseball. La Russa was Stewart’€™s manager from 1986 through 1992, and also in 1996. The two won three consecutive American League championships from 1988 through 1990 and claimed the World Series title in 1989 over the Giants.

“I’ve known Stew for nearly three decades, and his diverse background includes championships on the field as player and coach, in the front office and in contract negotiations as a player representative,”  La Russa said in a statement Thursday.

Stewart will replace former GM Kevin Towers, a person Stewart served under as a special assistant with the Padres. Stewart also has been a special assistant for the Athletics and was an assistant GM for the Blue Jays. He was a pitching coach for three different big league clubs.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy success as a player and coach and really enjoyed my time representing players, but this is the perfect challenge for me,” Stewart said in a statement. “To try and put together the pieces of a championship team is something I can’t wait to begin and I could not be more excited about doing it with De Jon [Watson] and alongside a Hall of Famer who I respect greatly in Tony.”

Watson will join Stewart with Arizona as senior vice president/baseball operations. Watson had spent the last eight years with the Dodgers, with the last few years as the vice president of player development.

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Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox elected to Baseball Hall of Fame 12.09.13 at 11:01 am ET
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Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox — three of the most successful managers in baseball over the past three decades — were elected to the Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee Monday at MLB’s winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Torre won four World Series titles with the Yankees, while La Russa won titles with the A’s and Cardinals. Cox won one championship and guided the Braves to 14 consecutive division titles.

The trio will be inducted during ceremonies July 27 in Cooperstown, N.Y., along with those who are elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America. That voting ends Dec. 31, with the results scheduled to be announced Jan. 8.

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Kevin Youkilis shines again for White Sox, Jonathan Papelbon blows one for Phillies 07.06.12 at 7:59 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

FRIDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Braves at Phillies, 7 p.m. (MLB Network)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 8 a.m. (ESPN)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, Game 1, 12:35 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, Game 2, 7:15 p.m. (Fox; WEEI)
MLB: Cubs at Mets, 4 p.m. (WGN)
MLB: Orioles at Angels, 10 p.m. (MLB)
MLL: Cannons at Nationals, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 9 a.m. (ESPN)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 8:05 p.m. (ESPN; WEEI)
MLB: Braves at Phillies, 1:30 p.m. (TBS)
MLB: Blue Jays at White Sox, 2 p.m. (WGN)
MiLB: All-Star Futures Game, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)
MLS: Red Bulls at Revolution, 7 p.m. (CSNNE)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 9 a.m. (ESPN)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ A couple of former Red Sox players are in the news for opposite results from Thursday night. In Chicago, Kevin Youkilis continued to deliver key hits for the first-place White Sox, while in New York, Jonathan Papelbon said, “This one’s on me,” after blowing a save for the last-place Phillies.

Youkilis completed a memorable first homestand at U.S. Cellular Field as a member of the White Sox, as he hit a game-winning home run in the sixth inning for a 2-1 victory and series sweep of the Rangers.

Youkilis is batting .307 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in his 10 games with the White Sox, even though he claims he hasn’t found his comfort zone in his new home.

“I haven’t gotten too good of a feel for [U.S. Cellular Field] yet, but hopefully the ball keeps jumping,” he said.

Papelbon, who left Boston as a free agent after last season, entered his team’s game in the ninth inning with a 5-4 lead but allowed two runs as the Phillies dropped a 6-5 decision to the Mets at Citi Field.

“The way I look at it, this one’s on me,” said Papelbon, who is 2-3 with a 3.45 ERA and 18 saves (but two blown saves in his last three opportunities). “This ain’t on nobody else. I thought the team went out and grinded as hard as we could, every out, every inning. This one’s on my shoulders. When I take it on my shoulders, I take it pretty serious. I’ve just got to come back and keep fighting.”

‘™¦ The Tony La RussaDusty Baker feud continues, as La Russa said Thursday that he isn’t ready to forgive Baker after the Reds skipper accused him of holding a grudge when he left two Cincinnati players off the All-Star team. Johnny Cueto and Brandon Phillips were key figures in a brawl between the Reds and Cardinals two years ago, and Baker said that’s why La Russa passed them over when naming his reserves.

La Russa, who retired after leading the Cardinals to a World Series championship last year, defended his decision earlier in the week, then he appeared on Thursday’s Dan Patrick Show and didn’t hide his feelings.

“I feel betrayed by him,” La Russa said of Baker. “Professionally is one thing. That was personal. ‘€¦ That was a knife in the back I don’t think I’ll forget.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 6, 1966, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Yankees. Which Red Sox pitcher won both games, and which Sox closer saved both games?

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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: Heat owner Mickey Arison says team likely to lose money again despite title 07.03.12 at 7:50 am ET
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Welcome to Tuesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

TUESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
MLB: Red Sox at Athletics, 10:05 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLB: Yankees at Rays, 7 p.m. (MLB)
Tennis: Wimbledon, 7 a.m. (ESPN, ESPN2)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Heat owner Mickey Arison is celebrating an NBA championship, but he says the on-court success is not enough for the team to turn a profit.

“This is a hobby of passion, it’s not a business,” Arison told CNBC’s Darren Rovell. “Every year in the building we’ve lost money aside from last year, under the old collective bargaining agreement, because of LeBron [James].”

Arison says the new CBA hurts his team because Miami isn’t one of the bigger markets yet he has to share revenue due to his team’s huge payroll (about $7 million over the $58 million cap this past season). Even the fact that the Heat have not paid rent in the 12 seasons they have played in county-owned American Airlines Arena isn’t enough to put his team in the black.

“The reality is we’re not a big market team,” said Arison, who has owned the team since 1995. “Minnesota is a larger market than Miami. Where we find ourselves struggling is our local TV revenue is smaller than big markets and despite sellouts we’re only seventh or eighth in gate revenues. Obviously our payrolls are up and our revenues are not because of the limitations of our market.”

‘™¦ Tony La Russa continues to rub some people the wrong way, even though he’s no longer managing in the majors. The former Cardinals skipper will helm the National League All-Star team because he was the manager of the NL champions last year. When selecting All-Star reserves, La Russa passed over two players from the Reds, who happen to be the Cardinals’ division rivals.

This did not sit well with Reds manager Dusty Baker, who claims La Russa is still mad about a brawl between the teams two years ago and the involvement of pitcher Johnny Cueto and second baseman Brandon Phillips in that incident. “A snub like that looks bad,” Baker said.

Responded La Russa on Monday: “The comments Dusty made clearly disappoint me and are attacking my integrity. The All-Star experience is too important to let anything stand in the way of a decision like that.”

‘™¦ Orioles Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer is auctioning off his three Cy Young Awards and two Gold Gloves. Although he insists he isn’t in financial trouble, he said the money raised from the auction will help care for his 15-year-old autistic stepson and his grandchildren. He also plans to donate to an autism charity in Florida.

“They’re hanging on my wall,” Palmer said of the Cy Youngs from 1973, ’75 and ’76. “It seems like it could make more of a difference in other people’s lives instead of just hanging on my wall of my office. The Gold Gloves are in storage.”

The auction is scheduled for July 10, according to the Hunt Auctions website. The Cy Youngs have been estimated to be worth between $60,000 and $80,000, with the Gold Gloves worth between $10,000 and $15,000.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 3, 1913, the Red Sox set a major league record for most hits without scoring a run when they collected 15 hits but lost 1-0 to which Hall of Fame pitcher?

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Cardinals’ Tony La Russa: Bullpen phone mixup was my fault 10.26.11 at 11:19 am ET
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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is taking full responsibility for the bullpen miscommunication that cost St. Louis in the Rangers’ Game 5 win in the World Series. La Russa said that it was his fault that reliever Jason Motte was not warming up in the eighth inning of what was a tie game. The Rangers ended up scoring twice in the eighth to secure a 4-2 win.

La Russa said that he called to the bullpen twice to get Motte ready, but he may have mentioned his name after hanging up the phone the first time. On the second call, bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist said he heard the name of reliever Lance Lynn instead of Motte.

“Hey, it’s my fault,” La Russa said. “Maybe I slurred it, whatever it is. It comes down to who has the responsibility when there’s those kinds of miscommunications.

“I said, man, this is stuff that I hope happens on a Wednesday game on the road someplace that nobody is there. Then of course it wouldn’t have happened that way. … The phones are preventable. It’s my fault for not handling it better and making sure. All I had to do was look in the bullpen — repeat — to make sure.”

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Friday’s Morning Mashup: Colby Rasmus’ father fires back at Cardinals’ Tony La Russa after trade 07.29.11 at 7:31 am ET
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Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY FRIDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

SATURDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)
MLS: Revolution at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. (CSNNE)

SUNDAY:
MLB: Red Sox at White Sox, 2:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ The Cardinals traded outfielder Colby Rasmus to the Blue Jays on Wednesday, and that’s fine with Rasmus’ father, who tired of Cards manager Tony La Russa picking on his son. La Russa had claimed that Rasmus stopped listening to the coaches and implied he was going to his father for hitting advice. Responded Tony Rasmus, a high school coach in Alabama: “Evidently Tony has absolutely made that stuff up. He’s got it on the brain. If I was working with my son I’d tell people. Tony needed pitching and wanted to force the GM into making a trade, so he belittled Colby to the fans.”

Added the elder Rasmus: “There are three or four guys in the St. Louis clubhouse right now, thinking ‘Uh-oh, who is the manager going to pick on next with Colby gone?’ ”

‘™¦ Following a disappointing performance in the Gold Cup, Bob Bradley was fired as coach of the U.S. national soccer team. At Yahoo! Sports, Martin Rogers writes that Bradley never won over the American soccer community.

‘™¦ The NHL has used a shootout to decide tie games for the past six seasons. At NHL.com, John Kreiser examines the results and writes about which players have had the most and least success. Former Bruin (and Boston College Eagle) Chuck Kobasew is 0-for-9 all-time.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On July 29, 1988, the Red Sox traded Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling to the Orioles for which player?

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Wednesday’s Morning Mashup: Charles Barkley calls Heat ‘a whiny bunch’ 05.18.11 at 7:44 am ET
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Welcome to Wednesday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY WEDNESDAY:
MLB: Tigers at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI)

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley said he admired LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh but called the Heat “a whiny bunch” in reference to the players getting defensive about criticism. During an appearance on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on Chicago radio, Barkley said: “[They say] we don’t like the Miami Heat. First of all, that’s not true at all. Those guys are actually a whiny bunch. They said a couple of times this year, ‘Well the world is happy the Miami Heat [is losing].’ Please don’t flatter yourself. C’mon man.”

‘™¦ Speaking of whining, Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman called Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter a “whiner and excuse-maker” Monday after Carpenter complained about the condition of the mound and lingering smoke from fireworks in Cincinnati following the Reds’ three-game sweep. Brennaman, a member of the Hall of Fame, also said the Cardinals “might be the most disliked team in baseball.” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa responded Tuesday: “[Brennaman] earned the right to get into the Hall of Fame. And now he ought to keep earning that respect instead of abusing it.”

‘™¦ Twins legend Harmon Killebrew passed away Tuesday. In the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Patrick Reusse writes that “Killer” put Minnesota on the baseball map in 1965.

‘™¦ Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard writes in his forthcoming autobiography “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring” that an unnamed “prominent Olympic coach” sexually abused him.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On May 18, 1976, Carl Yastrzemski played in his 2,293rd game with the Red Sox, surpassing which player for first place in team history for games played?

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Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter strains hamstring 03.02.11 at 8:55 am ET
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Cardinals fans probably just want spring training to end before anything else happens. A day after ace pitcher Adam Wainwright had season-ending elbow surgery, Chris Carpenter — the team’s No. 2 starter — strained his left hamstring in the third inning of a 7-1 win over the Marlins, according to The Associated Press.

This time, though, the injury is not considered serious.

“We kind of held our breath,” manager Tony La Russa said. “We came in here and the doctors and trainers said [the injuries] are minor. Looks like we caught a break.”

Carpenter said he has never had a hamstring injury before and that he isn’t too concerned about it.

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Tony La Russa says union is attempting to ‘beat up’ Albert Pujols 02.16.11 at 8:23 am ET
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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said Tuesday that he thinks the MLB Players Association is trying to “beat up” Albert Pujols and his agent in hopes of getting him to sign a record contract, according to ESPN.com.

La Russa told the site that the pressure “is bull—-. That’s not the way it should be.” La Russa said Pujols should be looking at all the factors and not just the money, but that the union sees Pujols as someone who can raise the salary bar, so it puts more pressure on him than other players.

“I’m not saying that if I was a union representative I would do it differently,” La Russa said. “I’m just saying I think it diminishes the other factors that a player looks at. … I think each negotiation should be based on what’s the best decision — taking everything into account, not taking one thing into account.”

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