New Management for Baseball’s Panthers
October 22, 2029
by Samantha Guerin (Sports Editor)
At a surprise press conference at the end of the regular season, Portland Panthers owner Geoff Brown announced to the assembled media that General Manager Don Dinsmore was retiring effective immediately. Dinsmore had hinted during the season that he wanted to spend more time with his family, but the resignation still came as a shock to almost everyone associated with the team. Dinsmore was also reportedly disappointed with the first sub .500 season for the Panthers since 2021.
Brown stated, “Don Dinsmore has been nothing but an exemplary general manager since he took over the club. He would have been welcomed back for the opportunity to right the ship after this disappointing season for which we do not hold him responsible in any way. His presence will be missed in the front office.”
Brown also announced that John Gagan has accepted the job as Dinsmore’s replacement and is already hard at work off-site familiarizing himself with the organization. Since several players, including Griffin Helms, Manny Perez, Dave Gill, and Steve Gates, opted to wait for the completion of the season before discussing possible extensions to their contracts. Without new contracts, the four will become free agents. Helms is 33, old for a catcher, and the highest paid Panther with a contract that exceeded $20 million for 2039. There is considerable doubt whether the team will be able to reach a mutually agreeable figure to allow for any extension. Two other players, pitchers Randall Delgado and Rafael Montero, will also be eligible for free agency. Since both are now 39 years old, the consensus among the media covering the team is that neither will be offered new contracts. Delgado would be also coming off a torn meniscus injury that has sidelined him since late July. There are also five players who will be in arbitration with salaries that could exceed $5 million each. So Gagan will have lots of decisions to make between now and the end of the playoffs.
Gagan was not present for the press conference, but Brown indicated a follow up media gathering would be held in the near future to formerly introduce him to the local reporters. There was no time frame announced for that follow up.