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MLB Franchise Notes: Weiss Reportedly Growing Frustrated With Rockies' Front Office
Published July 24, 2014
GO BIG OR GO HOME: In Phoenix, Dan Bickley writes the D-Backs "need a total overhaul from top to bottom," as well as "better infrastructure, with more competent people in charge of coaching and player development." There is pressure on D-Backs Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa to "do something big and he likes it that way." Many fans are "expecting genius" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 7/24).
FRIAR SALE: CBS Sports Network's Doug Gottlieb said of the many recent transactions by the Padres, "They don't have a GM. They're trying to get rid of salaries from the previous GM, that's why they traded their closer to the Angels and why they traded Chase Headley to the Yankees." Gottlieb: "Grab a bucket, throw water on the fire. This is a fire sale" ("Lead Off," CBSSN, 7/23).
CALLING COOPERSTOWN: In Atlanta, Chris Vivalamore reported the Braves will open the Turner Field gates at 1:00pm ET for Sunday's 5:05pm game against the Padres, and the Baseball HOF induction ceremony "will be shown on the stadium scoreboard." Fans in attendance will receive a "commemorative poster" featuring incoming HOFers Bobby Cox, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 7/22).