Indians Manager Terry Francona and Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle Named NL Manager of The Year : After taking over two once-proud baseball clubs, Terry Francona and Clint Hurdle would both be named Manager of the Year in both the American and National leagues.
Francona, who won two World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox, led the Cleveland Indians to the post-season for the first time to 2007. Cleveland would finish with a record of 92-60-a 24-game improvement–and the No.1 wild card slot, where they would eventually lose to the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild-card game, 4-0.
Hurdle would help lead the Pirates to their first winning season in 20 years and their first playoff appearance in the new millennium in finishing with a record of 94-68, third in the NL Central, and eventually lose to the St Louis Cardinals in the NL playoffs.
Houston Texans Cut S Ed Reed : After singing a three-year $16 million deal as a free agent, the Houston Texans cut Super Bowl champion Ed Reed. Reed, a nine-time Pro Bowler, played a vital role in Baltimore’s Super Bowl run, was cut by the Texans Tuesday after playing 12 snaps in a loss to Arizona.
For the season, Reed has 16 total tackles.