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MLB notebook: Former Reds player, writer Jim Brosnan dies at 84

Associated Press

Former pitcher Jim Brosnan, known as much for writing about life in baseball as helping the Cincinnati Reds reach the 1961 World Series, has died. He was 84.

The Simkins Funeral Home in Morton Grove, Ill., said he died June 28.

Brosnan played nine seasons in the majors, going 55-47 with 67 saves for the Reds, Cubs, Cardinals and White Sox. In 1961, he was 10-4 with 16 saves, then pitched three times in the Reds’ five-game loss to the Yankees in the World Series.

The right-hander had already drawn plenty of attention around baseball for his 1960 book The Long Season. He gave a look inside the locker room, a forerunner of Jim Bouton’s controversial Ball Four a decade later — Brosnan’s book was popular with fans, but rankled some fellow players.

Brosnan also wrote Pennant Race, chronicling the Reds’ run to the ’61 pennant. After leaving baseball, he wrote children’s sports books and magazine articles.

SORIANO STRUGGLING — The New York Yankees’ reunion with Alfonso Soriano is likely over after the team designated the struggling outfielder for assignment on Sunday.

Soriano returned to New York midway through last season and sparked the offense with 17 home runs in 58 games.

But Soriano hit just .221 this season with six homers and 23 RBIs in 67 games. He has been splitting time in right field with Ichiro Suzuki since Carlos Beltran was injured. Soriano has not homered since May 17 and has struck out 71 times.

INJURIES — Chicago White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie left a game against the Seattle Mariners with a bruised right knee. Gillaspie went down in a heap after he was hit on his leg by a pitch from reliever Dominic Leone in the fifth inning. … Second base umpire Dana DeMuth also left the game between Seattle and Chicago after colliding with White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham in the fifth inning. … The Detroit Tigers put left-hander Patrick McCoy on the 15-day disabled list after he pulled his right hamstring. … The New York Mets placed left-hander Jonathon Niese on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain. … The Pittsburgh Pirates placed shortstop Clint Barmes on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. … The Los Angeles Dodgers placed infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip flexor strain. … The Colorado Rockies placed right-hander Nick Masset on the 15-day disabled list with a left patellar tendon strain.


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