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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Steve Blass’ 60th season with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be his last in the broadcast booth.The former pitcher announced Tuesday that 2019 will be his 34th and final year as a color analyst. He will step away as the longest-tenured broadcaster in team history. Blass will remain with the club as an alumni ambassador.The 76-year-old Blass joined the organization after signing a professional contract with the club’s affiliate in the Appalachian League in 1960. He made his major league debut with the Pirates in 1964 and spent a decade in the majors Christian Arroyo Jersey , going 103-76 with a 3.63 ERA in 282 appearances. The defining moment of his playing career came in the 1971 World Series when he pitched a four-hitter in Game 7 against Baltimore to lead Pittsburgh to a 2-1 win and the title.“Sixty seasons with the Pirates, one organization in one city, I am so very proud of that. It ranks right up there with anything I have ever done on the baseball field Nathan Eovaldi Jersey ,” Blass said in a statement. “It has been a wonderful run.”Blass retired in 1975 after a baffling loss of control that became known as “Steve Blass Disease.” He returned to the club as a part-time analyst in 1983 before joining the broadcast team on a full-time basis in 1986. His folksy delivery and penchant for sharing offbeat stories from his playing days became a fixture of broadcasts.“Steve is as synonymous with Pirates baseball as anyone in the history of our organization. Steve leaping up into the air following the final out in his second complete game victory of the 1971 World Series is one of the most iconic moments in Pirates history,” Pirates owner Bob Nutting said in a statement. “For 60 seasons, Steve has represented the Pirates with humility http://www.raysfanproshop.com/authentic-evan-longoria-jersey , grace, pride and passion. Words cannot express how appreciative we at the Pirates organization are for his dedication or how beloved he is and always will be.”The team will honor Blass throughout the season and is planning an on-field send-off for Blass before the Pirates host Cincinnati on Sept. 28. CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox manager Rick Renteria was released from a Minnesota hospital on Tuesday after undergoing tests following an episode of lightheadedness.The 56-year-old Renteria was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center before Monday night’s 8-5 victory over the Twins. Renteria will return to Chicago on Wednesday and undergo further testing at Rush University Medical Center, according to the team.Bench coach Joe McEwing spoke with Renteria before Tuesday’s matchup with Minnesota.“Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family Matt Andriese Jersey ,” said McEwing, who is running the team while Renteria is gone. “He sounds good. He’s a very tough individual.”The White Sox also scratched All-Star first baseman Jose Abreu from their lineup for Tuesday’s game against Minnesota. The team says Abreu is being treated for lower abdomen pain after complaining of discomfort when he arrived at the ballpark.White Sox outfielder Leury Garcia was placed on the 10-day disabled with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring. Touted pitching prospect Michael Kopech and outfielder Ryan LaMarre were promoted from Triple-A Charlotte, and pitcher Tyler Danish was sent down.Garcia had an MRI and will be sidelined for three to six weeks. He left in the fourth inning Monday night after trying to run down a liner from Mitch Garver.The 22-year-old Kopech was scheduled to make his major league debut Tuesday. He went 7-7 with a 3.70 ERA and 170 strikeouts in 126 1/3 innings for Charlotte this season.“We’re all very excited C. J. Cron Jersey ,” McEwing said. “We’re excited as an organization, we’re excited as a city. It brings a lot of positive energy to what we’re building here.”