Hart takes over in Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Cleveland and Texas general manager John Hart has been named president of baseball operations by the Atlanta Braves. He had been hired by the club as interim general manager on Sept. 22 and will also continue to serve in that role. It’s unclear if Hart’s new title means the team no longer will seek a full-time replacement for Frank Wren, the former general manager.
The club has announced that the 66-year-old Hart has agreed to a three-year contract that will continue through the team’s first season at its new stadium in Cobb County.
In other baseball news:
— The New York Mets hired Kevin Long as hitting coach. The 47-year-old Long spent the last eight seasons as the Yankees’ hitting coach. The Mets also added Dustin Clarke as major league strength and conditioning coach.
— The Phillies and Grady Sizemore have agreed to a one year, $2 million contract, not counting performance bonuses. Sizemore would have been eligible for free agency after the World Series. Sizemore split the 2014 season between the Red Sox and Phillies, hitting .233 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 112 combined games.
— The Arizona Diamondbacks added Bryan Minniti as assistant general manager and Mike Russell as professional scouting coordinator.
— Darnell Coles is the new hitting coach for the Milwaukee Brewers, a team that missed the playoffs in large part because of problems at the plate.