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MLB Franchise Notes: Dodgers' Kasten Hopes Manfred Delivers All-Star Game To L.A.

In L.A., JP Hoornstra wrote the "longstanding friendship" between Dodgers President & CEO Stan Kasten and incoming MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred "raises the possibility that the Dodgers might host an All-Star Game sooner rather than later." The event was last held in at Dodger Stadium in '80. Meanwhile, Hoornstra notes among Bud Selig's top priorities late in his tenure as commissioner has been "expanding MLB's footprint around the globe." The Dodgers opened the season in Australia in March, but Kasten said that he "doesn't see the Dodgers playing overseas for at least another two years" with Manfred in charge (L.A. DAILY NEWS, 8/19).

THE RIPPLE EFFECT: SPORTSNET's Shi Davidi noted Blue Jays President & CEO Paul Beeston's contract "is believed to expire soon after the season ends, and given his role as the conduit between the team and owner Rogers Communications Inc., the uncertainty over his long-term status bears watching." The Blue Jays would be "unlikely to make any major front office personnel moves without some resolution to the president position, as ownership decides on the president, and the president decides on the GM, and the GM decides on the manager" (SPORTSNET.ca, 8/18).

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE WITH YOU: In Philadelphia, Matt Gelb wrote the "pressure mounts for the Phillies to make changes in their leadership, although there are few signs from within that an overhaul is probable even with numerous candidates across baseball." Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. is under contract through '15, a "fact that complicates matters." If the goal is "to surround Amaro with better baseball men, what intelligent person ... would come to Philadelphia to join a lame-duck general manager's front office with the potential of being fired after one season?" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 8/17).

NAME RECOGNITION: On Long Island, Anthony Rieber noted the Yankees are holding Derek Jeter Day on Sept. 7, as the team has "made a mint this year on ceremonies honoring their former greats." Each one "has been a sellout -- three of only 11 sellouts in the Bronx this season." Next up is Joe Torre's number retirement this Saturday, which as of last Friday "was not sold out." The Sept. 7 game against the Royals "may not have been a sellout without the Jeter boost," as it also is the opening Sunday of the NFL season (NEWSDAY, 8/16).
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