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MLB News: Managerial changes from across the league

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Hannah Foslien

For many teams the offseason is well underway and a they have wasted no time in making managerial and coaching changes to better their organization for next season.

Bud Selig has named Executive Vice-President Rob Manfred to be the Chief Operation Officer of Major League Baseball. While nothing is official, many believe that this is Selig's way of naming his successor as the next commissioner of baseball come January 2015.

The Houston Astros have moved Doug Brocail from pitching coach to special assistant to the GM and they have fired bullpen coach Dennis Martinez and first base coach Dave Clark.

The Chicago Cubs have fired manager Dale Sveum after their third straight 90+ loss season and, reportedly, because of the back steps their most promising players took this season. There's no idea whether or not the Cubs are looking at Joe Girardi as a possible replacement, but the Yankees are not likely to give them permission to interview him.

The Miami Marlins have fired their director of baseball operations Mike Wickman and promoted Dan Noffsinger to the position. They have also have reassigned hitting coach John Pierson back to the minor leagues. He replaced Tino Martinez on an interim basis after he resigned mid-season. This marks their sixth hitting coach since June 2010.

The Philadelphia Phillies have fired pitching coach Rich Dubee. The pitching staff as a whole had a 10.5 WAR (eighth worst), 4.34 ERA (fourth worst), but also a 3.94 FIP (12th highest).

The Kansas City Royals have signed manager Ned Yost to a two-year extension for the next two seasons. The Royals had their first winning season since 2003 and hope to duplicate their success in 2014.

The Minnesota Twins have re-signed manager Ron Gardenhire to a new two-year deal for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. The team just had their third 90-loss season in a row, though the organization doesn't lay the blame solely on their manager.

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