The Milwaukee Brewers shocked many in the MLB world when they announced the firing of manager Ron Roenicke Sunday night. With the team floundering in the standings, the front office will act quickly to find a replacement.
According to USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale, Craig Counsell is emerging as the early front-runner to take over for Roenicke:
Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported that his hiring is a mere formality:
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel spoke to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin, who refused to comment on the situation:
Counsell played in Milwaukee for six seasons near the end of his career. He played in 711 games, averaging .241 and driving in 130 runs. Upon retiring in 2012, he immediately accepted a job in the team’s front office. The 44-year-old currently holds the title of special assistant to the general manager.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times noted that this isn’t the first time Counsell has flirted with a managerial job:
Grantland’s Jonah Keri shared an interview he had with Counsell in 2003 while at Baseball Prospectus. More than a decade ago, Counsell made it clear he wanted to be a baseball lifer.
“I want to stay in baseball, no doubt,” he said. “It gets in your blood. I’ve done it my whole life, and I’d like to stay involved in the game somehow.”
Should he become the manager, Counsell will have a tall task ahead. While injuries have plagued the Brewers all year, Milwaukee is ill equipped to handle the rebuild that may be necessary. Baseball Americaranked the team’s minor league system 19th before the season, and the team’s veteran core isn’t good enough to win the National League Central.
Whomever the Brewers tab to replace Roenicke should be given enough time to suffer a losing season or two so the organization can fully focus on its future.
China’s factories suffered their fastest drop in activity in a year in April as new orders shrank, a private business survey showed on Monday, hardening the case for fresh policy stimulus to halt a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy.
Indigenous protesters in Victoria say they’re backing the right of Western Australian Indigenous communities to stay on their traditional homelands – because they don’t want them to lose the connection they’ve fought to get back. Tens of thousands of people across Australia have protested against the WA government’s decision to stop providing services to remote Indigenous communities . In Victoria, Indigenous people were forced from their land generations ago – and some people have spent years trying to rebuild the culture that was damaged when the link was severed Continue reading…
As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, the fire began at a church around 9:30 p.m. and quickly spread to several structures, including an apartment building. It remains unclear if that apartment building was occupied at the time.
So far there have been no reports of injuries.
As many as 70 people have been displaced from the fire, 35 of which, officials believe, may be displaced permanently, Castro reported.
Mayor Alex Blanco told Castro this could be one of the city’s worst fires in recent history.
“It was a terrifying scene, nightmarish,” Blanco said. “Flames all over. It spread quickly, affecting five structures. It’s probably going to be characterized as one of the biggest fires here.”
Those being evacuated are being directed to nearby St. Nicholas Church.
As of 11:30 p.m. Sunday the fire was under control but not completely out, Castro reported.
There is no word yet on how the fire started.
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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish added a big piece to their 2016 recruiting class Sunday, securing the commitment of 4-star point guard Temple “T.J.” Gibbs.
“I just really fell in love with the campus and everything that was going on there,” said Gibbs, per Scout’s Evan Daniels. “I felt comfortable and like I was at home. I definitely see how coach was really able to build up their guards. They had Jerian (Grant) and Demetrius (Jackson). Looking at all those guys, I can be one of those guys and fall right into line.”
According to 247Sports’ composite rankings, Gibbs is the No. 7 point guard in 2016 and the 44th-best player overall. Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop thinks the West Orange, New Jersey, native is a great addition for Notre Dame:
ESPN.com’s Adam Finkelstein envisions Gibbs leaving a lasting legacy in South Bend:
Gibbs is also the first commitment for head coach Mike Brey in 2016. He’s starting out the class on a high note with Gibbs’ imminent arrival.
Brey is doing a great job of creating an assembly line at point guard. With Grant graduating, Jackson will take a larger role on the court. And when it’s time for Jackson to move on, Gibbs can take a starring role.
Shortly after having unveiled Jared Leto’s take on the Joker, director David Ayer unveiled now the rest of the costumed Suicide Squad through Twitter. The upcoming DC Comics based feature film is certainly gaining some momentum. From left to right, the characters pictured on the leaked image are Slipknot (Adam Beach), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), Katana (Karen Fukuhara), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Deadshot (Will Smith), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and El Diablo (Jay Hernandez). After Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice film, Warner Bros. and DC Comics are launching an entire series of new movie characters with Suicide Squad.