San Francisco Giants dismiss general manager Bobby Evans

SAN FRANCISCO–Giants CEO Larry Baer has promised a significant offseason shake up, but the franchise did not wait until the end of the 2018 season to begin making changes.

General manager Bobby Evans has been dismissed from his job and a search will begin for a replacement, according to a source. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported Evans’ firing.

Evans has spent more than 20 seasons in the organization and was elevated to general manager after the Giants won the 2014 World Series. Evans had one season left on his contract, but the Giants plan to go in a new direction as the team closes out its second consecutive losing season.

Though Evans will not continue in his role as general manager, the Giants will likely reassign him to a different job within the organization.

Vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy have not yet been informed whether they will be retained for the 2019 season, as they also have one year left on their respective contracts.

The Giants have posted a 166-224 record since the 2016 All-Star break and have suffered back-to-back losing seasons for the first time since the franchise finished under .500 in four straight years from 2005-2008.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports

      

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

SEATTLE — The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena, clearing one of the last major hurdles in the city’s bid to land an expansion NHL franchise.

The 8-0 vote Monday was the last step needed to complete Seattle’s expansion application in time to potentially field a team for the 2020-21 season. Seattle Hockey Partners, the ownership group attempting to land the expansion team, is set to present before the NHL Board of Governors’ Executive Committee next week.

The council approval ended a more than decade-long struggle to find an arena solution. Issues with KeyArena ultimately led to the Seattle SuperSonics’ move following the 2008 season to Oklahoma City, where the franchise was rebranded as the Thunder.

The final scheduled event for the arena in its current state is an Oct. 5 NBA exhibition game between the Golden State Warriors and Sacramento Kings.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

Ujiri opens up about Leonard trade, state of Raptors

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

      

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