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Friday, January 05, 2018

Long time Padres coach Rob Picciolo dies at 64.

The longest-tenured coach in Padres history, Rob Picciolo played nine years in a big league infield and worked his way up San Diego’s coaching ladder after starting in player development. That made him a natural resource as former pitcher Mark Grant moved into the television booth for Padres broadcasts in the late ‘90s.

Picciolo’s easy-going nature also made him an easy mark any time Grant tried to contact him via their old flip-phones’ walkie-talkie mode.


Thursday, December 07, 2017

Pioneer Press: Twins use international bonus money to acquire two minor-league prospects

The Twins were unable to make it to the final round in the competition for Shohei Ohtani, but they still found a way to capitalize on the mania surrounding the two-way Japanese sensation.

In separate trades announced Wednesday night, the Twins shipped $1 million of their remaining 2017-18 international bonus money to both the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels in exchange for promising 2017 June draftees.

Surprised more of the runners-up haven’t tried this.


 

 

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