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  • Allen Ripley, Jose Martinez and Gordon Mackenzie, former Cubs players, pass away

    Allen Ripley pitched for the Cubs in 1982, winning five games for that lackluster team.

    NORTH ATTLEBORO — Allen Ripley, a colorful professional baseball player in the 1970s and 1980s, has died.

    A former Boston and Pawtucket Red Sox, Ripley was part of an informal group of counterculture Red Sox players known as The Buffalo Heads who clashed with team management.
    Read more:

    http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/...7d1783b1a.html

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    Jose Martinez coached for the Cubs from 1988 to 1994.

    ATLANTA -- The Braves lost a valuable and treasured friend when Jose Martinez suddenly passed away at an Orlando-area hospital on Wednesday night. Martinez had spent the past couple of weeks exercising his passion to help young baseball players at the Braves' Spring Training complex.

    Martinez, 72, had just completed his 20th season as a special assistant to the general manager in the Braves' organization. The friendly Cuban was lured to Atlanta by Braves president John Schuerholz before the 1995 season. Schuerholz and Martinez had become associated while they were together in the Royals' organization.
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    http://m.braves.mlb.com/news/article...ses-away-at-72

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    Gordon Mackenzie coached for the Cubs in 1982.

    Longtime Astros minor league coach and scout Gordy MacKenzie passed away on Tuesday. He was 77 years old. Astros Director of Player Development Quinton McCracken released the following statement regarding MacKenzie's passing:

    "This is truly a sad time for the Astros family. Gordy was an outstanding baseball man that was widely respected not only in our organization, but throughout all of baseball. He will be greatly missed. We send our heartfelt condolences to Gordy's family and many friends."
    Read more:

    http://houston.astros.mlb.com/news/a...r_hou&c_id=hou

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