FRIDAY MATTERS

BY:  Richard W. Humphrey

1.  Boston and Chicago have contacted the Rangers requesting permission to interview pitching coach Greg Maddux for their vacant managerial jobs.  Texas has granted permission to both teams, and Maddux is to conduct both interviews next week.

2.  Texas has announced an $11.5 million stadium renovation to the Vandergriff Plaza area behind center field.  More than 1,000 bleacher seats will be lost in left field to make available room for an enlarged visiting team bullpen area.  The kid zone activities will be moved indoors to the first floor of the center field office building, and a new Batters’ Eye Club will be added.   

3.  Michael Young has received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award in Major League baseball.  This award is voted upon by Major League players.  Young, who also received the award in 2008, becomes the third player to win the award for a second time.  John Smoltz and Jim Thome are the other two-time winners.

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