The Baltimore Sun reported that Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who led the Orioles to their first World Series title in 1966, is in the late stages of a long illness, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Robinson, 83, was the first African American manager in both the American and National Leagues. He also managed the Orioles for parts of four seasons (1988-91) and worked in the club’s front office during a long post-playing career.
He has been dealing with health problems for months and last appeared at a major baseball event in July, when he traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in All-Star Game festivities.
When Robinson, a McClymonds High-Oakland alum, retired as a player after breaking the managerial color barrier by agreeing to be the player/manager of the Cleveland Indians in 1974, his offensive statistics placed him among a handful of truly elite players. His 586 career home runs ranked fourth all time, though he has been overtaken by six players.
He became the first African American manager in the National League when he was hired by the Giants in 1981. He also managed the Montreal Expos and accompanied the franchise on its move to Washington, where he was the Nationals’ first manager.
• The Arizona Diamondbacks have given manager Torey Lovullo, 53, a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season.
• Relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia, allowed back into baseball after a lifetime ban caused by three positive drug tests, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Boston Red Sox.
If added to the 40-man roster, the Dominican right-hander, 29, would receive a one-year contract at a rate of $625,000 while in the major leagues and $90,400 while in the minors.
Mejia was suspended for life Feb. 12, 2016, after his third positive test for a banned steroid. The drug agreement allowed him to apply a year later for reinstatement that would be effective a minimum of two years after the ban started, at the commissioner’s discretion.
• Switch-hitting infielder Neil Walker agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins. With t he Yankees last year, he hit .197 with 19 RBIs in the first half, then improved to .247 with 27 RBIs in the second half to finish at .219 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs in 113 games.
• Infielder Freddy Galvis and the Toronto Blue Jays agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract, a cut from his $6,825,000 salary in 2018.
Colts re-sign Luck protector
The Indianapolis Colts signed starting right guard Mark Glowinski to a three-year contract extension worth $18 million.
Glowinski was part of a line that allowed quarterback Andrew Luck to be sacked a league-low 18 times and paved the way for Marlon Mack to top the 100-yard mark four times during the regular season — the most by an Indy runner since Joseph Addai in 2007.
• The Green Bay Packers are bringing back Luke Getsy, this time as their quarterbacks coach to work with Aaron Rodgers. Getsy spent four seasons on former head coach Mike McCarthy’s staff before leaving to become Mississippi State’s offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach last year.
• In other assistant coaching announcements, the Baltimore Ravens hired former Buffalo quarterbacks coach David Culley as assistant head coach and passing coordinator. … The Chicago Bears hired Mark DeLeone as inside linebackers coach. DeLeone spent the past six seasons on Andy Reid’s staff in Kansas City and worked with Chicago head coach Matt Nagy from 2013 through ’17.
Soccer: Manchester City’s grip on the English Premier League title loosened even more after a 2-1 loss at Newcastle. Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s record winning run as Manchester United manager ended at home to Burnley despite a late rally to draw.
With second-place City losing for the fourth time this season, Liverpool can move seven points clear by beating Leicester on Wednesday as the team bids to become English champion for the first time since 1990.
Sergio Aguero gave City the lead after just 24 seconds — the quickest goal in the league this season — only for the defending champions to concede twice in the second half against an injury-hit team that started the game one point above the relegation zone.
Solskjaer was looking to become the first manager to win his first seven EPL games in charge of a team but United could only draw 2-2 against Burnley, another team fighting relegation. United needed late goals from Paul Pogba and Victor Lindelof to rescue a point.
United missed the chance to move even on points with fourth-place Chelsea in the race for Champions League qualification.
• Amid shoes being thrown in insult, Qatar won its politically charged match against host United Arab Emirates 4-0 and advanced to the Asian Cup final. The Qataris will face four-time champion Japan on Friday in the final.
Skiing: Austria’s Marcel Hirscher dominated a men’s World Cup night slalom in Schladming, Austria, for his 10th win of the season.
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