Former YSU baseball star Dosch retires
Drew Dosch, who was a star infielder with Youngstown State and spent several seasons in the Baltimore Orioles minor-league system, announced his retirement from baseball on Thursday.
Dosch, 26, has spent parts of the last five seasons with Delmarva (Class A), Frederick (Class A), Bowie (Class AA) and Norfolk (Class AAA). He appeared in games at all four infield positions in the minors.
Dosch played in 103 games with Norfolk in 2018. He batted .276 with seven home runs and 40 RBIs.
Dosch was selected by the Orioles in the seventh round of the 2013 June amateur draft.
The former YSU standout announced his retirement on his Twitter account.
Indians sign pitcher Grimm to minor deal
Looking to rebuild their bullpen, the Cleveland Indians signed free agent right-hander Justin Grimm to a minor-league contract.
Grimm’s deal includes an invitation to training camp where the three-time defending AL Central champions will try to patch together a bullpen missing key components from past seasons.
The 30-year-old Grimm has gone 20-23 record 4.98 ERA in 306 games major league games. He’s been with Texas, the Chicago cubs, Kansas City and Seattle. Grimm was on Chicago’s 2016 postseason roster and appeared in three games against the Indians in the World Series.
He recorded at least 50 relief appearances with the Cubs over four straight seasons, pitching in a career-high 73 games in 2014.
Grimm split last season between the Kansas City and Seattle organizations. He twice went on the disabled list with the Royals.
The Indians lost reliever Andrew Miller as a free agent in the offseason. Closer Cody Allen remains unsigned, but the team’s career saves leader is unlikely to return.
Foster has domestic charge dropped
Prosecutors have decided not to pursue a domestic violence charge against Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster, though the NFL continues to review the matter.
Prosecutors in Tampa, Fla., filed a notice of termination of prosecution on Wednesday. The notice states that the first-degree misdemeanor battery charge is dismissed and there is no need for Foster to appear at any future court hearings.
Prosecutors concluded there was insufficient evidence to file charges against Foster after “a meticulous review of the facts of the case,” said Estella Gray, director of communications for the State Attorney’s Office.
She didn’t elaborate further.
“We take allegations of domestic violence very seriously and thoroughly investigated this case,” Gray said in an email to The Associated Press.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Thursday the league is monitoring all developments in the situation, which continues to be under review. Foster is currently on the Commissioner Exempt list, which prevented him from playing in games or practicing.
Judge upholds charges against Chuck Person
A New York judge gave the go ahead Thursday to a trial next month over charges that former Auburn basketball assistant coach Chuck Person accepted bribes from a financial adviser working for the FBI to steer athletes his way.
U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said there was enough evidence to let the case against Person and Atlanta clothier Rashan Michel proceed.
She said federal bribery, wire fraud charges and Travel Act conspiracy charges against Person were supported by detailed descriptions and enough supporting evidence to let a jury decide the case. Michel was not charged with wire fraud, but Preska declined to toss out the other charges he faces.
A trial is set to start in Manhattan on Feb. 4. Both men have pleaded not guilty.