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Offseason storylines you may have missed

Oct 14, 2012 New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (18) during a game two of the America League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium during game 2 of the ALCS
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October baseball this season has been bountiful with Tim Tebow talk and a recent drone incident that resulted in the bloody finger of Cleveland pitcher Trevor Bauer. You add a beer-throwing incident in Toronto and an even year that has come to a close for the Giants, and that pretty much sums up what has happened.

Beyond those headlines, there are still quite a few offseason happenings that have occurred so far. And it’s only the beginning.

  • Diamondbacks Moves

I’m not referring to any of the players…yet. The front office in Arizona is what made the most moves thus far.

After the dismissal of general manager Dave Stewart, vice president DeJon Watson and manager Chip Hale, the GM role has been recently filled. Mike Hazen was introduced to take over the reigns with the help of Hall of Fame skipper Tony La Russa. La Russa stayed with the organization after talks he may not be there much longer with the amount of “restructuring” that had been going on.

Hale is now back with the Oakland A’s and will serve as the third base coach after Ron Washington took the same position with the Braves at the beginning of October. A’s GM David Forst says the team is “thrilled” to have Hale back to work with the infielders.

  • Hiroki Kuroda to Retire

David Ortiz and Alex Rodriguez are a couple of the more popular names that have decided to hang up their cleats this season. Another veteran will count the 2016 season as his last.

Veteran pitcher Hiroki Kuroda recently told Japan’s Kyodo News that after seven years in the majors, he will retire. Kuroda has been pitching in the Nippon Professional Baseball league for the last two seasons.

  • Tigers Hold on to Brad Ausmus

In a somewhat surprising move, one wasn’t made.

That’s the case for Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, who will remain as the team’s skipper in 2017. The team did finish second in its division and scrounged up 86 wins, but it was still categorized as a disappointing season with the team unable to qualify for the payoffs. This was the first time the team had gone back-to-back playoffs without appearing since 2009-10.

  • Honoring Jose Fernandez 

Late Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez passed away at the end of September. His spirit, however, continues to live on.

With many tributes across the world in sports and in the Miami area, there is no way the memory of the 24-year-old will fade. The Miami Hurricanes honored Jose with a sticker on their helmets, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown wore cleats in honor of Fernandez as well as Kimbo Slice and along with the countless other ways he has been honored, the most recent one was done by his own teammates.

Giancarlo Stanton, A.J. Ramos, and Ricky Nolasco, while vacationing in Brazil, created this mural. And it’s beautiful.

So while you enjoy postseason baseball, remember a whole offseason has already begun, even if all too soon for many.

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