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Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 10 / 18 / 17

D-backs Advisor Tony La Russa will leave the organization at the end of the month. He served as the team's Chief Baseball Officer from '15-16 before shifting roles ahead of the '17 season ( D-backs ). Switzerland's federal government today said that it would "contribute almost" US$1.02B toward ...

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