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Stephen Cannella
October 04, 1999
HOW BAD have the Cubs been? Their ERA of 5.31 through Sunday was the worst in club history by more than half a run....
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October 04, 1999

The Hot Corner

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HOW BAD have the Cubs been? Their ERA of 5.31 through Sunday was the worst in club history by more than half a run....

New Rockies G.M. Dan O'Dowd received permission from the Reds to interview their director of player development, Buddy Bell, for Colorado's vacant managerial spot, but Cincinnati G.M, Jim Bowden wouldn't clear Bell to leave. "As long as our manager [ Jack McKeon] is unsigned, I'm not going to give permission for Buddy to be hired," says Bowden. "[If McKeon isn't signed,] Buddy would be a candidate for that job." McKeon wants a multiyear contract and is expected to talk about a new deal after Oct. 1....

The Angels, who refused to part with lefthander Chuck Finley at the trade deadline, still hadn't extended his contract beyond this season, fueling speculation that they'll let him test the free-agent market. After a 5-10, 5.76 start, Finley was 7-1 with a 1.88 ERA and 74 strikeouts in his last 10 starts.

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