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Tony La Russa probably doesn't expect him to be, either: "Williams also noted Ventura's familiarity with the team's minor league system. Ventura, 44, has never managed and only rejoined the Sox's front office last June as a special assistant to Buddy Bell, the team's director of player development. ‘Robin was brought in back in June to enhance our minor league system,' Williams said. ‘I would have preferred to allow him more time in that role. But this came up and I thought Robin was the guy.' As to Ventura's lack of experience, Williams said, ‘I don't expect him to be Tony La Russa right off the bat.'" [Chicago Tribune]
The ca$e against Tim Tebow: "Why is Kyle Orton the starting quarterback for the Broncos? Why is Tim Tebow on the bench? Follow the money. The Broncos are paying Orton nearly $9 million this season; they have no interest in shelling out that kind of cash for someone who sits on the bench. That's starter-type money. Furthermore, Denver would have to pay Tebow significantly more than the $1,618,750 base salary he is guaranteed for the 2011 season if they put him on the field. That's right; the second-year signal caller has incentives in his contract that kick in if he reaches certain playing-time thresholds." [Mile High Sports]
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They might as well start negotiating with Andrew Luck, too: "Another loss for the winless Miami Dolphins: Quarterback Chad Henne is out for the season. Henne decided to have shoulder surgery and was placed on the injured reserve list Thursday. The Dolphins replaced him on the roster by signing veteran quarterback Sage Rosenfels, who was released Tuesday by the New York Giants after recovering from a blood disorder that sent him to the hospital in August." [Sports Illustrated]
Is that all?: "David Beckham's income from personal sponsorship deals rose 30 percent last year, signaling the enduring strength of the Los Angeles Galaxy player's brand appeal. According to figures released by Britain's Companies House, revenue for the company that handle Beckham's endorsements was $23.9 million in 2010." [Associated Press]
Merch: Managing editor Tom Scocca and contributing editor Drew Magary have both written books. You can buy Scocca's Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future here, and Magary's The Postmortal here. Now do it.
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