Pirates Fans Want Owner to Sell Team
Some Pittsburgh Pirates fans are signing a petition to express their frustration following the team’s decision to trade star outfielder Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants.
As of Wednesday, more than 28,000 fans signed a petition on change.org asking Major League Baseball to force Pirates owner Bob Nutting to sell the team.
Writing “we deserve better,” the petition’s starters aim to reach 35,000 signatures to protest the direction Nutting and the front office have taken in the offseason. Pittsburgh sent top starting pitcher Gerrit Cole to Houston on Saturday, then sent McCutchen to the Giants, shedding the organization of $20 million in salary in the process.
The Minnesota Twins have hired the recently retired Justin Morneau as a special assistant. The team said Morneau will become the fourth former Twins player from his generation to get the job, joining Michael Cuddyer, Torii Hunter and LaTroy Hawkins.
Ariza, Green suspended
Houston’s Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green have been suspended for two games for entering the Los Angeles Clippers’ locker room after a game earlier this week to confront another player.
Ariza and Green went into the Clippers’ locker room after a game Monday night in Los Angeles, one that was marred late by on-court chippiness. Ariza had been ejected from that game in the final moments, as was the Clippers’ Blake Griffin.
The San Antonio Spurs say Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from a leg injury. Leonard has played in just nine games after missing the beginning of the season because of right quadriceps tendinopathy. The All-Star forward is averaging 16.2 points this season.
Steelers part with Haley
Todd Haley spent six seasons helping turn the Pittsburgh Steelers offense into one of the most dynamic in the NFL.
All the yards and all the touchdowns weren’t enough, however, for the fiery offensive coordinator to keep his job. The Steelers chose not to renew Haley’s contract, three days after the AFC North champions were ushered out of the playoffs in a 45-42 divisional round loss to Jacksonville.
The New York Jets are looking for someone to lead their offense -- again. The Jets announced that they fired offensive coordinator John Morton after just one season. ... Referee Gene Steratore will lead the seven-person crew of on-field game officials working the Super Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The other members of the officiating crew for the Feb. 4 game are Roy Ellison (umpire), Jerry Bergman (down judge), Byron Boston (line judge), Tom Hill (field judge), Scott Edwards (side judge) and Perry Paganelli (back judge).