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By Murray Chass

November 11, 2018

Did anyone notice who the managers were in this year’s World Series? More important, did any major league club owners and general managers notice? If anyone missed it, I’m happy to fill you in. The World Series managers were Alex Cora with Boston and Dave Roberts with Los Angeles.

To shed more light on these gentlemen, both were born in foreign lands. Not only were they minority managers, they were also the only minority managers in the majors last season.

That last statement could be disputed. Some people consider Rick Renterria of the Chicago White Sox and Dave Martinez of the Washington Nationals minority managers. I don’t, but I am ready to listen to a different view of what constitutes a minority manager or general manager.

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By Murray Chass

November 4, 2018

Probably no community in any city anywhere has gained the infamy that is now and will forevermore be attached to Squirrel Hill. The Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh is where the Tree of Life synagogue is located and the Tree of Life synagogue is where 11 Jewish worshipers were murdered on a recent Saturday by a mad man intent on killing as many Jews as possible.

This has nothing to do with baseball, but it does have something to do with humanity. It also has something to do with my home.

I was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Squirrel Hill, though in a different section from where Tree of Life is located. Squirrel Hill has many different sections and many synagogues of different denominations. The killer apparently chose Tree of Life because …

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By Murray Chass

October 29, 2018

Steve Pearce, a journeyman first baseman, was named most valuable player of the World Series, but my choice is Dave Dombrowski. Yes, I know that Dombrowski didn’t wear a uniform and run around the bases whereas Pearce hit three home runs, two in the final game, a 5-1 Boston win.

Pearce’s home runs were critical, but not moreso than Dombrowski’s home runs, without which the Red Sox wouldn’t have been in the World Series, let alone win it.

Dombrowski is the Red Sox president of baseball operations. He has held that position since Aug. 18, 2015, two weeks after the Detroit Tigers fired him. It was not the smartest move Mike Ilitch, the Tigers’ elderly owner ever made, but …

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