• Jose Fernandez, companions had strong odor of alcohol after fatal crash

    Miami Herald "Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two of his friends who perished in a violent boat crash off of South Beach last month all had a strong odor of alcohol on them when their bodies were recovered by divers, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald. The..." October 26

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • 97-year-old Pearl Harbor vet and Cubs fan gifted front-row tickets to World Series

    CBS Sports "Now that the Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since then, Schlegal's granddaugther set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds necessary to get him a ticket. As it turns out, none of those funds were needed for a ticket. CNBC host Marcus Lemonis has given Schlegal two tickets. So..." October 26

  • Cleveland Police troll Cubs after Game 1

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland fans are puffing their chests after winning Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Even the city’s police are trolling the Game 1 victim Chicago Cubs. After the Indians shut out the Cubs 6-0 Tuesday, Cleveland Police sent out the following tweet trolling the Cubs. That’s some..." October 26

  • Corey Kluber’s masterful Game 1 effort shows why Indians are so dangerous

    SI "Corey Kluber smiled, which if you know even a little bit about the Indians' stoic ace is the rough equivalent of a Haley’s comet sighting, a Thomas Pynchon book tour or a Cleveland professional sports championship. But yes, there it was—a smile in the Indians' bullpen before World Series Game 1 on..." October 26

  • Start time moved up for Game 2 of World Series due to rain in forecast

    USA Today "The start time for Wednesday’s Game 2 has been moved up one hour - to 7:08 p.m. ET - due to expected rain in the Cleveland area, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday night. The chance of rain in Cleveland increases from 20% during the day Wednesday to 80% later Wednesday evening. Up to..." October 26

  • Who knew? A-Rod turning into top TV analyst for Fox

    Sporting News "You never know who's going to succeed or fail on TV. Witness the long, strange trip of Alex Rodriguez to Fox Sports/FS1. It was just a few years ago the disgraced A-Rod was one of the most reviled figures in sports. He was a two-time admitted steroids user. His reputation for self-serving..." October 26

  • Dombrowski: Drew Pomeranz does not need surgery

    Boston Herald "A tumultuous year for Drew Pomeranz, one that put the left-hander in the middle of a spat between two clubs and MLB, seems to be ending on a high note: the Red Sox pitcher does not need surgery. Pomeranz had soreness in his throwing forearm late in the season and was taking anti-inflammatories..." October 26

  • C.J. Cron To Undergo Thumb Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Angels first baseman/designated hitter C.J. Cron will undergo an arthroscopic debridement to address an impingement in his left thumb, the team announced today. Cron has been experiencing pain in the base of his thumb recently according to the team, and as Pedro Moura of the L.A. Times points out..." October 26

  • Kyle Schwarber’s return is more than just a feel-good story

    New York Post "Getting their all-time postseason home-run leader back before the first pitch wasn’t enough to help the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber had been to just one postseason with the Cubs and he made the most of it last year, bashing five home runs in nine games. Schwarber returned for Game 1 of the World..." October 26

  • Rangers official Thad Levine could be next general manager of Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thad Levine, currently the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers, has emerged as a candidate to work under Derek Falvey once he takes over as the Twins chief baseball officer, according to a source familiar with the Twins search. The Twins, according to another source, tried to hire..." October 26

  • Diamondbacks land Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks’ new-look front office continued to take shape Monday with the addition of Red Sox executive Amiel Sawdaye, who will become the club’s senior vice president and assistant general manager, a source said Monday night. Sawdaye, who has been with the Red Sox since 2002, will be the..." October 26

  • Petition calls for Bob Uecker to replace Joe Buck in Fox broadcast booth for Indians-Cubs World Series

    New York Daily News "Some people really want to bring “Major League” into this World Series. There was the push to get Charlie Sheen — aka Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn — to throw out the first pitch of Game 1 and now there’s a petition to bench Joe Buck and put Bob Uecker — aka Harry Doyle — behind the mike. This..." October 25

  • Jason Kipnis' injured ankle doesn't look good before Game 1 of World Series

    CBS Sports "As noted in this very space, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis may be somewhat limited in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cubs on Tuesday night because of the left ankle injury he suffered while celebrating the last out of the ALCS. By way of reminder, here's how the injury occurred..." October 25

  • Baseball writer takes chilly dip after Cleveland Indians reach World Series

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "News flash. The Indians are in the World Series and one particular baseball writer is in the drink. No, not that kind of drink, we're talking about Lake Erie and Davey Jones' locker. I made a bet that if the Indians reached the World Series, I'd jump into the lake after I wrote the Indians off..." October 25

  • Blue Jays aim to avoid emotional decisions in free agency

    Sportsnet "Ross Atkins announced Monday that barring any unforeseen circumstances the Toronto Blue Jays will qualify pending free agents Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays general manager followed that up Tuesday by saying he will attempt to prevent emotions from being involved in the..." October 25

  • World Series opponents Lester, Francona have deep bond

    Today's Knuckleball "Terry Francona certainly knows who he wants to win in Game 1 of the World Series. After all, he is the Cleveland Indians manager. However, Francona admits it will be hard to separate his emotions completely when his American League champions meet the National League champion Chicago Cubs on..." October 25

  • Kyle Schwarber is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Hardball Talk "Kyle Schwarber made a quicker-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery and then, after an Arizona Fall League rehab assignment, was shuttled up to Cleveland for the World Series. But that’s not all he has done. Schwarber is now the latest ever Best Shape of His Life All-Star. Or so says Kris..." October 25

  • A History Of Misery: Cubs, Indians in World Series We've All Been Waiting For

    The Comeback "The narratives are all over the place. The Indians haven’t won a World Series since 1948 and haven’t been there since 1997. The Cubs have an even longer history of non-relevance going back to their last World Series appearance in 1945 and last win in 1908. We know for sure that one of the two..." October 25

  • Terry Francona and J.R. Smith are unlikely texting buddies who hope to actually meet soon

    Akron Beacon Journal "They are slowly becoming Cleveland’s Odd Couple, the Indians’ 57-year-old manager and the Cavs’ 31-year-old shooting guard. On the surface, Terry Francona and J.R. Smith seem to have little in common. But there is an admiration and respect between them that they hope will soon blossom into more —..." October 25

  • The Red Sox may not hire a general manager after all

    Hardball Talk "When Mike Hazen left the Red Sox to go run the Diamondbacks, the Red Sox set out to look for a new general manager to replace him. Now, according to Pete Abraham, they may not replace him after all. Instead, president Dave Dombrowski may just leave the seat vacant and run the Sox all by..." October 25

  • Jon Lester hosted party with Eddie Vedder after Cubs clinched pennant

    Larry Brown Sports "When the Chicago Cubs finally finished guzzling champagne and Budweiser in the clubhouse following their NLCS-clinching win over the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday night, the party was just beginning. The afterparty, which was held at Jon Lester’s house, featured a very special guest. Eddie..." October 25

  • Chicago Cubs release World Series roster, Kyle Schwarber included

    WGNTV.com "The Chicago Cubs have set their 25-man roster in advance of the start of the 112th World Series Tuesday night against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Kyle Schwarber, who blew out his knee at the beginning of this season, is also on the roster. Here is a look at the Chicago Cubs..." October 25

  • Chicago native Jason Kipnis thinks Steve Bartman deserves 1st pitch

    ESPN "Jason Kipnis was raised on Chicago's North Side, and like so many other kids, he grew up idolizing Ryne Sandberg, watching Sammy Sosa smash home runs and listening to Harry Caray. He bled Cubs blue. And he never once blamed Steve Bartman -- they went to the same high school, by the..." October 25

  • Party at Napoli's is about more than revelry for Cleveland

    Sporting News "The story of “Party at Napoli’s” is pretty simple, at least to hear the host of Cleveland’s rockin’ shindig tell it. “I guess (it came) from my rant after the 2013 World Series,” Mike Napoli said on Monday, wearing a “Party at Napoli’s” t-shirt with his face emblazoned on the left sleeve. “But..." October 25

  • Indians confirm Danny Salazar will appear on World Series roster

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians got some welcome news on Monday with regards to their pitching staff. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway informed Salazar that he had made the World Series roster after recovering from injury." October 25

  • Chicago Cubs Should Activate Kyle Schwarber For World Series, Then Trade Him In Offseason

    Forbes.com "The Chicago Cubs are on one heck of a ride, and they would be wise to take young slugger Kyle Schwarber with them on the next phase. He should be activated for the World Series matchup with the Cleveland Indians. Perhaps Schwarber can become an important piece of Cubs history before potentially..." October 24

  • Epstein: Maddon almost became Red Sox manager in 2003

    Los Angeles Times "Chicago Manager Joe Maddon will have a chance to end baseball’s longest championship drought when he leads the Cubs, who haven’t won a title since 1908, into the World Series against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. The former Angels bench coach came very close to having a chance to end..." October 24

  • Lucroy: Decision to veto Indians trade 'over with and in the past'

    ESPN "As the Indians prepare for their first World Series appearance in 19 years, Jonathan Lucroy looks on from afar, with no regrets that he missed out on an opportunity to be part of the team's deep October run. Lucroy, a two-time All-Star catcher with the Milwaukee Brewers, was on the verge of..." October 24

  • Atkins says Blue Jays will qualify both Bautista, Encarnacion

    Sportsnet "It shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the Toronto Blue Jays will qualify both Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion barring any unforeseen circumstances, the team’s general manager Ross Atkins told reporters Monday. Time will tell whether or not they accept or reject the offers. Bautista is the..." October 24

  • Jon Lester named Cubs' Game 1 starter

    Chicago Tribune "Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester will start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Cleveland. The announcement will be made official at a Monday news conference at Progressive Field." October 24

  • Tomlin's paralyzed father to watch Game 3 start live

    MLB.com "Josh Tomlin got the nod to start Game 3 of the World Series in Wrigley Field. His father, Jerry, got the nod to travel to Wrigley to watch his son pitch. Enter one of the great subplots of an Indians-Cubs World Series loaded with them. Last week, we told you the story about how Jerry has..." October 24

  • Atkins: Blue Jays have explored extension with John Gibbons

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have explored a contract extension with manager John Gibbons, general manager Ross Atkins told reporters Monday afternoon. Gibbons, who has managed the Blue Jays to the ALCS in two straight years, is under contract through the 2017 season. Atkins says early conversations..." October 24

  • Tim Tebow 'Baseball Is My Passion Now ... I Love It'

    TMZ "It's not about the money or the fame ... Tim Tebow says he's simply pursuing a baseball career for the love of the game. Tebow appeared on "Good Morning America" in NYC Monday morning -- even though he's got a game tonight in Arizona -- and told Robin Roberts he's having a blast playing minor..." October 24

  • Blue Jays plan to exercise Jason Grilli’s $3M option

    Sportsnet "Barring the unforeseen, the Toronto Blue Jays plan to exercise Jason Grilli‘s 2017 option for $3 million, general manager Ross Atkins said Monday. “As near to a no-brainer as you’ll find,” Atkins said. Grilli, who turns 40 next month, impressed in Toronto after a mid-season trade with the..." October 24

  • As Royals look to upgrade bullpen, former closer Greg Holland remains on the market

    Kansas City Star "In the final days of September, before the Royals’ offseason had even begun, general manager Dayton Moore leaned up against a dugout rail in Cleveland and identified a top priority for the winter. The bullpen, Moore said, looking out toward the infield at Progressive Field, needed to be..." October 24

  • Theo Epstein on sportswriters: “The life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely"

    Chicago Sun-Times "In 1993, a 19-year-old sportswriter for Yale’s student newspaper wrote that the school’s long-time football coach should be fired. Considering the coach had won 10 Ivy League titles, it caused a stir. But the Bulldogs were on their way to a 3-7 season, the coach was at the tail end of his career..." October 24

  • Alex Rodriguez credits Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein with Cubs’ turnaround

    Fox Sports "It was the summer of 2011. As I walked from the first-base dugout toward the batting cage behind the right-field wall, I stopped to take in the ivy. How could you not? The ivy was perfect and so obviously well cared for. It seemed like the only thing in Wrigley with growth potential. In those..." October 24

  • Many Indians season ticket holders lost out on World Series tickets after violating resale policy

    ABC Cleveland "More than a dozen Indians season ticket holders had their World Series tickets cancelled after the Indians reported they violated the resale policy on their ticket package. AJ Booth of Richmond Heights said he was stunned to learn all of his World Series tickets has been cancelled just moments..." October 24

  • Jason Kipnis has support of family despite lifelong link to Cubs

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Jason Kipnis' uncle delivered one of Ryne Sandberg's children. Kipnis grew up a little more than a half-hour north of Wrigley Field, one of baseball's most treasured sanctuaries. Kipnis lived down the street from Steve Bartman, the most infamous man in a green turtleneck, glasses and cheap..." October 24

  • Dexter Fowler becomes first black Chicago Cub in World Series

    WGNTV.com "One member of the Cubs is about to make World Series history. Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler will become the first black Chicago Cub to lead-off in Game 1 of the World Series. The last time the Cubs made it all the way, was two-years before Jackie Robinson integrated the major leagues." October 24

  • Cleveland Indians' Salazar throws 3-inning simulated game; next stop World Series?

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Danny Salazar feels like he's 100 percent. If that's true, his next real game could be in the World Series. Salazar pitched a three-inning simulated game Sunday night during the Indians' workout in anticipation of playing the Cubs in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Progressive..." October 24

  • Indians' Jason Kipnis suffered minor 'freak' injury celebrating

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Indians have dealt with one too many freak injuries already this postseason -- Trevor Bauer's drone mishap had the potential to reshape the American League Championship Series, after all. Fortunately for the Indians, it looks like they avoided a significant blow to second baseman..." October 24

  • Friedman wowed by resilient Kershaw

    Orange County Register "It took so long. Then it happened so fast. The Chicago Cubs scored twice in the first inning and never trailed – never gave the curse a ghost of a chance to resurface in Game 6 of this National League Championship Series. They battered Clayton Kershaw for five runs in five innings and went on..." October 24

  • Indians turn to Kluber for World Series opener

    ESPN "The Indians will give Corey Kluber the starting nod for Game 1 of the World Series when Cleveland hosts the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. Kluber has gone 2-1 with an 0.98 ERA during the postseason, including two shutout wins. On Tuesday, the Indians will announce whether Trevor Bauer or Josh..." October 24

  • Red Sox, D-backs, Twins In Mix For Amiel Sawdaye

    MLB Trade Rumors "Red Sox vice president of international and amateur scouting Amiel Sawdaye is weighing whether to accept Boston’s general manager job or take the Diamondbacks’ assistant GM position, Peter Gammons reports (Twitter link). It’s also possible Sawdaye could join the Twins’ front office, a source told..." October 24

  • Kyle Schwarber fine after first action in Arizona Fall League

    Chicago Tribune "In his first action since undergoing left knee surgery early in the season, Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber went 0-for-3 with a walk Saturday night in the Arizona Fall League. Batting second and serving as the designated hitter for the Mesa Solar Sox, Schwarber grounded out twice, walked on a full..." October 24

  • Top 8 storylines for 2016 World Series

    Sportsnaut "Given how strange the year has been, it’s fitting that the 2016 World Series will feature the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians. No two teams are currently experiencing longer championship droughts. In fact, no other team is terribly close. With the 2016 World Series fast approaching, what..." October 24

  • Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen could return to the Dodgers in 2017

    Hardball Talk "With their 2016 season and 11-game playoff run in the books, the Dodgers are refocusing their attention on the upcoming 2017 season. Two outstanding performers, third baseman Justin Turner and right-handed closer Kenley Jansen, are on the cusp of free agency heading into the offseason. According..." October 23

  • President Obama, noted White Sox fan, shows some love for the Cubs

    CBS Sports "While I don't think it's possible for anyone to be here and not already know this, we'll say it again for the purposes of being complete: The Chicago Cubs won Game 6 of the NLCS on Saturday night, meaning they beat the Dodgers four games to two and have moved on to their first World Series since..." October 23