Tony Gwynn, appreciated throughout baseball for his wizardry with a bat and beloved in San Diego for his loyalty to his adopted city, died Monday. He was 54.
There are two numbers we will remember in association with Tony Gwynn. One is 19, of course, the uniform number he wore with distinction as the right fielder for the San Diego Padres.
The Dodgers' management made its call on Don Mattingly last year. The powers that be loved how he ran the clubhouse. They did not love how he ran a game. So they fired his handpicked bench coach, Trey Hillman, and replaced him with Tim Wallach.
"Staying the course is becoming less appealing as the ugly losses continue."
U.S. Coach Juergen Klinsmann wasn't with the German team in person when it won the World Cup on Sunday. But he was certainly there in spirit and influence. That's because it was Klinsmann, as coach of the national team, who began the overhaul that led to Sunday's win over Argentina. And it was Klinsmann's hand-picked successor, Joachim Loew, who coached the team to that victory. So Loew made sure Klinsmann's contributions were noted Sunday. "In 2004, German football was down. We took decisive steps," he said. "We said, 'We have to invest more in the education so we are technically better. Just having the German virtue is not...