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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 8:59 am 
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Mysterious “Agent X” Intervenes?



After an often contentious summer of negotiations executed both in private and in the press, word from Yellow Springs is that the team and its manager are nearing a deal that would keep Bret Richards in place for a longer stint. Richards has been adamant about wanting a long term deal, the club as been firm on the money side of the ledger. Insiders close to Richards say that both sides are getting what they want. If true, Richards will be at the Nine rudder for the next five seasons as something considerably less than the $1.5M per he's been so firm on.

Among the more intriguing angles in the news is that the agreement might have been brokered by a third party, who our source named as “Agent X,” and who is rumored to be part of a group gearing up to buy the team away from beleaguered owner John Little, and who suggested that stability through the organization would make the team more attractive. While the source declined to reveal the identity of Agent X, the individual is said to have been interested in baseball and the BBA for some time and would be “a considerable step up from that lying Little.”

Regardless, if the news of Richards’ extension is true, it could also serve to release some of the pressure off the YS9 clubhouse as the team braces for a tough four-game run through the end of the season. The Nine trail the Wolves by three games, and would dearly love to steal a pennant out from under the Heartland rivals. While the team itself has often shrugged off the idea that tensions are high, it’s suffered several high-profile flare-ups as the season has wound down, one by notoriously stoic Richards.

“We’re professionals,” said All-Star second baseman Lucas McNeil. “If we don’t win the division, it’s because Madison beat us. But we’re not giving up until the thing’s over.”

Richards, who was an unknown upon arriving in Yellow Springs, has taken the team to the post season each of his now-four seasons, and has a 378-266 career record. His team made it all the way to the Landis series last year, nearly pulling out a victory after losing each of the first three games.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2017 9:38 am 
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Just realized my Bench Coach, Brett Rose, was the manager in YS/PHO for 23 years before getting the axe in 2020 (10 years at .500 or better, 3 playoff appearances and division titles)

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Guess it's a Bret(t) thing.


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It would be interesting to have a managerial record tied to teams.


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