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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Sunday that the Astros are promoting bench coach Joe Espada to be their next manager. Espada has been with Houston since 2017 and has previously interviewed for multiple managerial positions. The Astros are holding a press conference today to announce the news.
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Nightengale also reported that Craig Counsell was never going to take the Mets’ offer to be their new manager. Counsell said he’d rather sit out a year from baseball than have to manage a team 1,000 miles away from his home. He used the Mets’ offer as leverage for the record-setting deal he signed with the Cubs.
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1985: Dwight Gooden wins the NL Cy Young award. The young fireballer won the pitching Triple Crown, going 24-4 with a 1.53 ERA and 268 strikeouts.
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