Lou and Christian think Jeter should go out on top and sit out this weekend. Tim disagrees.

Former Athletics pitcher Dave Stewart was named the senior vice president and fourth-ever general manager of the Diamondbacks.

Tony La Russa, who became chief baseball officer of the Diamondbacks earlier this year, hired Stewart because of his good track record in baseball. La Russa was Stewart’€™s manager from 1986 through 1992, and also in 1996. The two won three consecutive American League championships from 1988 through 1990 and claimed the World Series title in 1989 over the Giants.

“I’ve known Stew for nearly three decades, and his diverse background includes championships on the field as player and coach, in the front office and in contract negotiations as a player representative,”  La Russa said in a statement Thursday.

Stewart will replace former GM Kevin Towers, a person Stewart served under as a special assistant with the Padres. Stewart also has been a special assistant for the Athletics and was an assistant GM for the Blue Jays. He was a pitching coach for three different big league clubs.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy success as a player and coach and really enjoyed my time representing players, but this is the perfect challenge for me,” Stewart said in a statement. “To try and put together the pieces of a championship team is something I can’t wait to begin and I could not be more excited about doing it with De Jon [Watson] and alongside a Hall of Famer who I respect greatly in Tony.”

Watson will join Stewart with Arizona as senior vice president/baseball operations. Watson had spent the last eight years with the Dodgers, with the last few years as the vice president of player development.

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano
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The top stories of the day as recounted by Kirk Minihane.

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The guys opened the show by discussing Derek Jeter's final performance in the Bronx.

Here are the highlights from Friday’s Headlines on Dennis & Callahan with Kirk Minihane, John Dennis and Gerry Callahan. To hear the segment, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

– Five weeks ago, a Haverhill man bought a winning $1 million lottery ticket. Earlier this week, police raided Gary L. Bond’s house and found cocaine, marijuana, EBT cards, a machete and brass knuckles. He was charged for cocaine and marijuana possession as well as trafficking.

His wife, Fritzlaine Liautaud, faced the same charges, but posted her and Bond’s bail earlier this week.

Said Callahan: “It’s one thing to get caught, you got caught. You’re a liar, you’re a cheater, you’re stealing from the taxpayers, you’re dealing drugs. But then there’s this indignation. How dare you?”

Continued Callahan: “How is he given an EBT card? You walk in the [welfare] office, and they just say, ‘Here you go’?”

Replied a sarcastic Dennis: “His back hurts, Gerry. He can’t work and provide for his family.”

Said Minihane: “So I can go get one?”

– Governor Deval Patrick said Thursday that he has no intention of succeeding Eric Holder as attorney general. Many have speculated a role for Patrick in the Barack Obama administration, especially since Patrick is going on a trip to Washington, but Patrick continued to deny it.

“Wouldn’t it be a lot fun to hang out with Obama and Patrick?” Minihane asked. “Go play 18 with them?”

Said Callahan: “I was just hoping he’d take the gig and go before the Senate and get out of our lives.”

– A Canadian man unsuccessfully attempted to smuggle 51 live turtles over the Detroit border and into Canada when he taped the reptiles to his body. Kai Xu tried to put the turtles under his sweatpants, but he was caught by agents near the border.

Asked Dennis: “How big were the turtles?”

Replied Minihane: “They’re like those little snapping turtles.”

Said Dennis: “Well, you’ve got to be careful then, if they’€™re snapping turtles. Like, where you put them in your sweatpants.”

– Robert Kennedy Jr. and new wife Cheryl Hines recently purchased a $5 million home in Malibu, California. The house was bought from award-winning composer David Kurtz.

Callahan didn’t have many nice things to say about Kennedy.

“All you need to know about Robert Kennedy Jr. is he’s been called the dumbest Kennedy,” Callahan said.

Blog Author: 
Andrew Battifarano

Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

Welcome to Friday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

MLB: Yankees at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m. (NESN; WEEI-FM)
College football: Fresno State at New Mexico, 8 p.m. (ESPN2)
College football: Middle Tennessee at Old Dominion, 8 p.m. (FS1)
MLS: Revolution at Sporting Kansas City, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
NHL preseason: Flames at Canucks, 10 p.m. (NHL Network)


– NFL security chief Jeffrey Miller staunchly denied having seen the second Ray Rice elevator videotape after a law enforcement official said he mailed it to Miller in April.

“I unequivocally deny that I received at any time a copy of the video, and I had not watched it until it was made public on September 8,” Miller said in a statement from London, where the Raiders and Dolphins will play Sunday.

The unidentified official previously told The Associated Press that he mailed the video to NFL headquarters in April, and he has a short voicemail from a woman confirming receipt of the package and saying, “You’re right. It’s terrible.” On Thursday the official allowed the AP to report that Miller was the intended recipient.

“Since the NFLPA and NFL have launched separate investigations into the league and the Ravens’ handling of Ray Rice‘s case, I want to make a few things clear. No one from the NFL ever asked me for the inside-elevator video,” the official said Thursday. “I mailed it anonymously to Jeff Miller because he’s their head of security. I attached a note saying: ‘Ray Rice elevator video. You have to see it. It’s terrible.’ I provided a number for a disposable cellphone and asked for confirmation that it was received. I knew there was a possibility Mr. Miller may not get the video, but I hoped it would land in the right hands.”

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The official insisted his only goal was for the NFL to have more information before deciding how to punish Rice.

“My intention wasn’t to bring down commissioner Goodell or anyone else at the NFL,” he said.

The official also said he has no desire to be a part of former FBI director Robert Mueller’s investigation into the NFL’s handling of the situation.

“I know nothing else about this case,” he said.

– Twins pitcher Phil Hughes, who missed a chance to earn a $500,000 bonus for innings pitched when a rain delay forced him out of his final scheduled start Wednesday, said he will not pitch this weekend in an attempt to get the extra check.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said the team was prepared to let Hughes pitch again — he needs only one out in order to reach 210 innings — but Hughes declined.

“I just didn’t think it was right,” the right-hander said. “If I were fighting for a playoff spot, I’d 100 percent be available. But given the circumstances, I don’t think it’s the right thing to do.”

Added Hughes: “I owe too much to this organization for the next two years to risk getting hurt for an incentive. For whatever reason it wasn’t meant to be. There’s a lot bigger problems out there. I’m proud of my season.”

Hughes (16-10, 3.52 ERA) is being paid $8 million this season, and he already picked up $500,000 in bonuses for two previous innings marks. The first-year Twin — he played his first seven seasons with the Yankees — will set a major league record for strikeout-to-walk ratio, as he has 186 K’s and just 16 walks for a mark of 11.63.

– The 4-year-old daughter of Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still had a cancerous tumor removed during a six-hour surgery at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on Thursday.

Leah Still had been given a 50-50 chance of survival after being diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma June 2. While Thursday’s surgery apparently was successful, she still must undergo another round of chemotherapy, radiation and stem-cell transplants.

The Still family has become an inspirational story since the Bengals decided to sign Devon to the practice squad in part so that he could retain his insurance for Leah’s mounting medical bills. Still had been cut late in the preseason after acknowledging that he wasn’t 100 percent focused on football due to his daughter’s predicament.

Still was activated two weeks ago and has five tackles in two games for the undefeated Bengals. And he and the Bengals have helped raised about $1 million for pediatric cancer research, mainly through sales of Still’s jersey after the team promised to donate all proceeds to charity.

On Thursday, Still posted a video of him psyching up his daughter before taking her for surgery.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Sept. 26, 1973, which Red Sox speedster stole his 52nd base of the season to tie Tris Speaker’s single-season club record?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It was above and beyond anything that I’ve ever dreamt of. This was a lot of fun.”– Derek Jeter, after hitting a walkoff single in the ninth inning against the Orioles in his final at-bat at Yankee Stadium

STAT OF THE DAY: 2 – Red Sox players who hit their first career home run in Thursday’s 11-1 rout of the Rays, as Christian Vazquez and Rusney Castillo went deep

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Derek Jeter‘s final roll call from the fans at Yankee Stadium is spoiled when Orioles batter Nick Markakis hits a home run during the chant.

Adrian Beltre drills an opposite-field home run to give the Rangers a walkoff win over the Athletics in the bottom of the ninth inning.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Tommy Harper, who finished with 54

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Marty Robbins, who died in 1982, was born on this day in 1925.

Blog Author: 
Jerry Spar
We check in with former Patriot and NFL Network analyst Willie McGinnest, who was part of a panel of former players brought in by Roger Goodell this week to help contribute to helping the NFL learn from and grow from the mistakes and controversies it's faced the past month.
We check in with former Patriot and NFL Network analyst Willie McGinnest, who was part of a panel of former players brought in by Roger Goodell this week to help contribute to helping the NFL learn from and grow from the mistakes and controversies it's faced the past month.