For­mer man­ager Green dies

‘Big man’ led Phillies to their first World Se­ries ti­tle in 1980.

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Dal­las Green, the toughtalk­ing man­ager who guided the Philadel­phia Phillies to their first World Se­ries cham­pi­onship, died Wed­nes­day. He was 82.

The Phillies said Green died at Hah­ne­mann Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Philadel­phia. He had been in poor health for a while.

Green spent 62 years in base­ball as a player, man­ager, gen­eral man­ager, team pres­i­dent and other roles.

“He was a big man with a big heart and a big­ger-than-life per­son­al­ity,” Phillies Chair­man David Mont­gomery said.

As a ma­jor league pitcher, Green went just 20-22 in the 1960s.

In­stead, it was in the dugout where the gruff, 6-foot-5 Green re­ally found his voice — and a boom­ing one, it was.

In 1980, with Pete Rose play­ing first base on a team that in­cluded fu­ture Hall of Famers Mike Sch­midt and Steve Carlton, Green guided the Phillies to the World Se­ries cham­pi­onship, end­ing a drought that stretched back nearly a cen­tury.

Mid­way through that sea­son, he re­ally let the Phils hear it af­ter a loss in Pitts­burgh left them around .500. His club­house tirade was so loud that writ­ers out­side the locker room at Three Rivers Sta­dium said they could hear ev­ery word.

Green later man­aged the Yan­kees and the Mets. Green

also was the GM and pres­i­dent of the Cubs.

Green is sur­vived by his wife of 59 years, Sylvia; four chil­dren; and five grand­chil­dren.

Twins: Right-han­der Trevor May had Tommy John surgery that will keep him off the mound this sea­son. May, 27, was placed on the 60-day dis­abled list, mak­ing room for the Twins to add left-han­der Craig Bres­low to the 40-man ros­ter. Bres­low, 36, is among the fi­nal­ists for a mid­dle re­lief role.

Car­di­nals: Car­los Martinez and not Adam Wain­wright will start the April 2 opener against the Cubs. Wain­wright had started the past four open­ers.

Na­tion­als: Ace Max Scherzer pro­claimed him­self healed fol­low­ing his first exhibition start this year, al­low­ing two runs and five hits in 4⅔ in­nings to the Car­di­nals on Wed­nes­day. “It’s be­hind me now,” Scherzer said of a stress frac­ture in the knuckle of the ring fin­ger on his pitch­ing hand. Scherzer, 32, will make two more starts be­fore the sea­son be­gins, but the NL Cy Young Award win­ner won’t start the April 3 opener against Mi­ami. “Right now we’ve kind of got Max slated as the No. 3 starter,” man­ager Dusty Baker said. “He’s No. 3 be­cause that’s how his turn worked out with giv­ing him more time.”

Tigers: Slug­ger Miguel Cabr­era, who has been out since leav­ing Venezuela’s game Satur­day in the World Base­ball Clas­sic with back stiff­ness, might play Fri­day against At­lanta, man­ager Brad Aus­mus said.

Yan­kees: Greg Bird home­red twice and had five RBIs in Wed­nes­day’s 7-3 win over the Phillies. Bird, who missed all of 2016 with a shoul­der in­jury, was named the open­ing day first base­man by man­ager Joe Gi­rardi.

U.S. wins World Base­ball Clas­sic

Mar­cus Stro­man threw six hit­less in­nings, Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer and the United States routed Puerto Rico 8-0 at Dodger Sta­dium in Los Angeles to win its first World Base­ball Clas­sic in four at­tempts. Puerto Rico lost for the first time in eight games af­ter outscor­ing the op­po­si­tion 55-26. Stro­man was named the tour­na­ment’s most valu­able player.

AP FILE

For­mer Phillies man­ager Dal­las Green (right), who died Wed­nes­day at 82, spent 62 years in base­ball as a player, man­ager, gen­eral man­ager, team pres­i­dent and other roles.

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