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Chiefs hire Packers' Dorsey as general manager

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Chiefs hire Packers' Dorsey as general manager

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs must have figured if the Green Bay Packers were playing in the NFC playoffs on Saturday night, they were making a wise choice for their next general manager.

The Chiefs announced during the first half of the Packers' game against the San Francisco 49ers that they had hired longtime Green Bay personnel man John Dorsey to replace Scott Pioli, who was fired after four tumultuous years and a 2-14 finish this past season.

The team announced the hiring on Twitter, but did not make Dorsey, Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt or new coach Andy Reid available to comment. An introductory news conference was scheduled for Monday.

Hunt did describe his ideal GM candidate in an interview earlier in the week: ``First of all, someone who's a sharp talent evaluator,'' he said. ``I'd like someone who's been part of a successful program from a talent standpoint. Someone who's a good communicator, a good manager, and last but really not least, someone who will work well with Andy.''

Hunt may as well have been describing Dorsey, a linebacker for the Packers in the 1980s.

Dorsey was instrumental in helping build Green Bay into a perennial contender, first as a college scout from 1991-97 and then as director of college scouting from 1997-98 - a period that roughly coincided with Reid's time as a Packers assistant coach.

Dorsey spent one season with the Seattle Seahawks before returning to Green Bay, where he was director of college scouting from 2000-12 and director of football operations this season.

During that time, the Packers have won six division titles, a conference championship and the 2010 Super Bowl. They've also made nine playoff appearances in the past 12 seasons.

Dorsey helped select quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the 24th overall pick in the 2005 draft, and has been a part of several other solid draft choices: linebacker Nick Barnett in 2003, wide receiver Greg Jennings and linebacker A.J. Hawk in 2006, wide receiver Jordy Nelson and tight end Jermichael Finley in 2008, and defensive tackle B.J. Raji in 2010.

All that success in the NFL draft should come in handy. The Chiefs, with the league's worst record, will have the No. 1 pick for the first time in franchise history.

One of their most pressing needs is an upgrade at quarterback, where Matt Cassel and his six-year, $63 million contract were benched last season. Brady Quinn started half the season and fared little better, while third-string quarterback Ricky Stanzi never saw the field.

Reid said recently he's going to examine the players on the roster, and then consult with the GM - whoever it ended up being - on what other options are available.

That may include selecting a quarterback with the first pick in the draft.

``You don't build your team in free agency. That's not how you go about it,'' Reid said. ``I've experienced that. I've seen it first-hand. You can afford to bring a guy in here or there, but you better have that nucleus of guys that you kind of raised up, and then what's important about that is you better make sure you have the right guy. And that's the general manager's responsibility. You have to identify the right guy.''

Hunt and Reid both insisted that the coach will not have final say on personnel decisions, and that the general manager will be responsible for building a winning roster.

The Chiefs have won the AFC West twice since 1997, and haven't won a playoff game since '93.

``You'd love to get good players. That's the primary thing,'' Reid said. ``As the general manager comes in, that's what he's going to do. That's his responsibility. He's going to narrow that whole field down, makes sure he brings in good football players.''

Dorsey will report directly to Hunt, just as Pioli and other GMs have in the past. But during a massive overhaul of the Chiefs' front office, the chairman said he's altering the organizational structure so Reid also reports directly to him.

In the past, Chiefs coaches always reported to the general manager.

``The general manager has say over personnel. The coach has say over coaching the football team. And I want them to be able to work together,'' Hunt said. ``That's the most important thing.''

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Nationals vs. Astros spring training opener: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Nationals vs. Astros spring training opener: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Nationals will send Max Scherzer to the mound on Saturday as they take on the Houston Astros in what will be their first organized game of baseball since facing off in the 2019 World Series.

Washington and Houston have shared their spring training facility in West Palm Beach since 2017 and have made it a tradition to kick off their respective Grapefruit League schedules against each other.

Nationals manager Davey Martinez hopes his players will "act professional" when facing the Astros, a team mired in controversy, for the first time.

Here's everything you need to know before first pitch Saturday night.

Nationals vs. Astros Spring Training Opener: How to Watch

Who: Washington Nationals vs. Houston Astros
What: Grapefruit League opener
When: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 6:05 p.m. ET
Where: FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, FL
TV Channel: You can watch Nationals vs. Astros on MASN
Radio: 106.7 The Fan

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Manager Davey Martinez hopes Nationals ‘act professional’ in first spring training game against Astros

Manager Davey Martinez hopes Nationals ‘act professional’ in first spring training game against Astros

When the Nationals take the field the for their Grapefruit League opener on Saturday against the Houston Astros, Washington skipper Davey Martinez isn’t expecting anything out of the ordinary from his players.

“I’m hoping that on our side—I can’t tell you anything about the Houston Astros or what they’re going to do, whatever—but for us that we act professional, we go about our business and get ready for the season,” Martinez said. We’re going to “go out there and compete and just get ready to play.”

Max Scherzer will be making the start for the Nationals and is only expected to throw a couple of innings. He’ll be facing reigning Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year Cristian Javier, manager Dusty Baker announced Thursday.

The Astros and Nationals, who faced off in the World Series last October, have shared the FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches spring training facility in West Palm Beach since 2017. They’ve opened their respective Grapefruit League seasons against each other every year since.

Although the Nationals didn’t lose to the Astros in a pivotal postseason series like the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers did, several of their players including Scherzer, Patrick Corbin, Kurt Suzuki, Howie Kendrick, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Zimmerman have weighed in on the scandal that’s dominated baseball’s headlines for most of the offseason.

Saturday’s contest will be the first of six Grapefruit League games between the two teams.

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