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Bartman nixes effort to send him to playoffs

MILWAUKEE — Steve Bartman will not attend the Cubs' first playoff game in seven years despite a campaign designed to raise money to get him there.

A GoFundMe page started by Keque Escobedo was more than two-thirds of its way to its goal of $5,000 as of Saturday evening.

"It's nice of these people to think of Steve, but he won't be taking advantage of the offer," Frank Murtha, a longtime spokesman for Bartman, told "He's perfectly capable of attending the game on his own, though he has no intention of being at the wild-card game."

Bartman hasn't spoken publicly since that day in October 2003 when he deflected a catchable foul ball during an NLCS game against the Marlins. The Cubs lost the game and the series.

REDS TO RETAIN PRICE: Bryan Price will return as the Reds manager, GM Walt Jocketty said. Price, 53, is 139-183 in two seasons.

EX-MET HAS HEART ATTACK: Former Mets star Rusty Staub is recovering in a hospital in Ireland after a heart attack on an overseas flight. The Mets said Staub, 71, is "resting comfortably."

DODGERS: OF Yasiel Puig rejoined the team after his second stint on the disabled list, this time with a right hamstring strain.

PIRATES: RHP Gerrit Cole will start Wednesday's NL wild-card game against the Cubs.

RANGERS: The team dismissed a social media staffer who accidentally tweeted on the team's official account that Texas football coach Charlie Strong should be fired.

LATE FRIDAY: The Astros set a team record for runs in a 21-5 victory over the Diamondbacks, helping ace LHP Dallas Keuchel became the AL's first 20-game winner.

Bartman nixes effort to send him to playoffs 10/03/15 [Last modified: Saturday, October 3, 2015 8:26pm]
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