Sunday, September 23, 2018
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Billy Murray as Joe Maddon?

It looks like Cubs fans will get to relive the team's historic 2016 World Series again — and this time possibly with even more Bill Murray. A movie about the Cubs breaking the 108-year title drought is going forward and Murray's in the running to play manager Joe Maddon, Deadline Hollywood reported.

Murray, who recently signed on to voice a character in the new DreamWorks film B.O.O., has not commented on the potential role, but Maddon thinks it's an "awesome" idea.

"He's much better looking than me," Maddon, 63, told the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday. "Second, it's very flattering if it's true."

Of course, if Murray lands the role of Maddon, that leaves one obvious question.

Who would play Murray?

While Murray didn't play as integral a part as Maddon in the Cubs' title run, the 67-year-old actor gained plenty of attention as a high-profile fan at several of the team's games. Murray even wound up in the Cubs' locker room interviewing players and team president Theo Epstein after Chicago won Game 7 of the World Series against Cleveland.

Maybe Maddon could play him.

In June, the former Rays manager expressed an interest in acting when he agreed to appear on an episode of the HBO comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm. The timing, however, didn't work out, so Maddon did not get his cameo.

The film, to be directed by Shane Abbess, according to Deadline, will be based on the book Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages, written by former Cubs C David Ross and sports writer Don Yaegers.

There is no planned release date yet for the film.

'Don't be alarmed' by Harper

RF Bryce Harper was out of the Nationals' starting lineup Thursday because he felt sore after returning this week from a knee injury that sidelined him for about a quarter of the season. Manager Dusty Baker wanted to make one thing clear: "Don't be alarmed," he said. Concern about Harper's health is understandable, considering the 2015 NL MVP might be the key to Washington's postseason success.

Extras

. Bob Melvin is set to manage at least two more years for the A's, his latest extension takes him through the 2019 season. He had been signed through 2018 in a deal he reached in 2015. In late July, the 55-year-old former catcher earned his 1,000th managerial win.

. Derek Jeter has about a 4 percent stake in the group buying the Marlins and retired NBA great and current Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan approximately half of 1 percent, part of a $1.2 billion purchase from Jeffrey Loria that includes $800 million in cash. Bruce Sherman, who will become the controlling owner, has the highest equity stake in the group, about 46 percent, according to the Associated Press. Jeter will head the team's baseball and business operations. Loria bought the franchise for $158.5 million in 2002.

. The Rangers held a groundbreaking ceremony for their $1.1 billion retractable-roof stadium that is scheduled to open in time for the 2020 season.

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