Monday, May 20, 2013
The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Some Minnesota lawmakers hope to force the release of Lou Gehrig's medical records, saying they might provide insight into whether he died of the disease that came to take his name or whether repetitive head trauma played some kind of role.
Their effort comes despite opposition from Mayo Clinic, which holds the records, and skepticism from experts that the records alone would prove anything.
Rep. Phyllis Kahn, a Minneapolis Democrat and self-described baseball fanatic, conceded that the records "probably won't show anything" about Gehrig, the Hall of Fame first baseman for the New York Yankees.
"But just in case they might, it's ridiculous not to look at them," she said Thursday.
CUBS: The team promoted Shiraz Rehman, 34, to assistant general manager.
TWINS: Minnesota fired five coaches and its head athletic trainer in the wake of a second straight last-place finish in the AL Central.
INDIANS: Sandy Alomar Jr., who guided Cleveland in its final six games after Manny Acta was fired, interviewed to become the full-time manager. Alomar spent most of the day meeting with the owner, Paul Dolan, General Manager Chris Antonetti and other front office members at Progressive Field.
NATIONALS: Gio Gonzalez won the Warren Spahn Award in a tiebreaker over David Price of Tampa Bay. The award is given to the top left-handed pitcher in the major leagues, using a formula based on wins, strikeouts and ERA.
BRAVES: Atlanta benched catcher Brian McCann for Friday's wild-card playoff game against St. Louis. David Ross will start and bat seventh, the only change in the regular lineup.
MARINERS: The team won't retain hitting coach Chris Chambliss after its offense was among the worst in baseball.
ROYALS: The team chose not to renew the contract of hitting coach Kevin Seitzer after finishing 72-90 for its ninth consecutive losing season.
PHILLIES: Ryne Sandberg was hired as third-base coach and infield instructor.