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Archive for Friday, July 21, 2000

MLB Briefs

July 21, 2000

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Agent: Teams already calling for Cuban defector Morales
Miami Cuban baseball player Andy Morales had not been released from government detention and was already being courted by major league teams, according to his agent.
Morales and eight other migrants who came ashore near Key West on Tuesday were transported from Miami's Krome Avenue Detention Center to a county clinic shortly after 5 p.m.
Immigration and Naturalization Service officials had said they might be released Thursday.
Dressed in sneakers, dark-green jogging pants and a T-shirt, Morales, 25, stepped out of a white county van, kissed his fingers and touched the ground as members of the media watched.
His agent, Gus Dominguez, followed the van in a white Cadillac, cell phone in hand.
"On the way over here, we got three phone calls from major league teams, wanting to confirm that Andy was here, and asking us to call them," Dominguez said, declining to name the teams.
Rookie's appearance completes
third generation of Bell family
Houston (ap) Mike Bell struck out in his major league debut Thursday night, making history. With Bell's pinch-hit appearance in the seventh inning for Cincinnati against Houston, he became part of the first three-generation family to play for the same major league team.
Grandfather Gus Bell played for the Reds from 1953-61 and his father Buddy Bell played for the Reds from 1985-88.

Coaches Cuellar, Pujols terminated by Expos
Montreal One day after falling a season-high five games under .500, Montreal fired pitching coach Bobby Cuellar and bench coach Luis Pujols on Thursday following the team's 4-1 win over the Mets.
Cuellar, who declined an offer to stay with the organization, was replaced by bullpen coach Brad Arnsberg and Pujols was replaced by Jeff Cox, the manager of Montreal's Triple-A Ottawa affiliate.
Expos general manager Jim Beattie was hopeful the moves will shake up the injury-ravaged team.
"We hope they improve the club," Beattie said. "Whenever you hire, whenever you make trades, whenever you make any kind of changes, there's always the hope that the club gets better."
Cuellar, 47, was in his fourth year as the team's pitching coach after three years in a similar role with Seattle.
Beattie, who had worked along with Cuellar in the Mariners' organization, hired him to replace Joe Kerrigan, who left the Expos to become Boston's pitching coach following the 1996 season.
"I think regardless of who it is it's always a tough decision to let someone go, especially in the middle of the season they're not expecting it," Beattie said. "These are very difficult decisions to make but we, as the organization, felt it was something we needed to do for our players."
The 44-year-old Pujols, who had spent eight seasons on the team's coaching staff, was in his second season as manager Felipe Alou's bench coach.
"They both were very professional about it," Beattie said. "They understand the reasons for these types of things are varied and so we thanked them, they thanked us, and we're moving on."

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