• Arizona Diamondbacks, Tony La Russa part ways

    Hardball Talk "The Arizona Diamondbacks just announced that they are parting ways with Tony La Russa at the end of the month. La Russa served as the club’s “Chief Baseball Officer” from 2015-16. For the last year he was styled “Chief Baseball Analyst.” That’s a nice way to saying that he was pushed aside when..." October 18

  • Twins to buy out final year of Glen Perkins’ contract

    ESPN 1500 Twin Cities "Former Twins closer Glen Perkins is now a free agent. The Twins have informed Perkins that they won’t pick up the 2018 option in his contract, a source said. That would have paid Perkins $6.5 million next year. Instead he’ll get a $700,000 buyout, and is free to sign with any team. Perkins..." October 18

  • Los Angeles transit account trolls Cubs fans for leaving game early

    Larry Brown Sports "Some Chicago Cubs fans were seen leaving Tuesday night’s Game 4 of the NLCS early, and one Los Angeles Twitter account made sure to let them hear about it. Metro Los Angeles, which is responsible for public transit in the city, trolled Cubs fans who left Game 4 early with the following..." October 18

  • Astros' Dallas Keuchel welcomes the boos from the 'Evil Empire'

    Newark Star-Ledger "Dallas Keuchel knows what's coming when he takes the mound at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night, in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. He already had a preview of it on Monday night during introductions, when fans booed the opposing team, as they tend to do. But maybe Yankee..." October 18

  • Former Trail Blazers broadcaster Mike Barrett part of MLB to Portland group

    Oregonian "A lot of Major League Baseball traction in the last couple of weeks, amplified by a Tracy Ringolsby piece that points out that Portland is a real player in this conversation. On Tuesday, former Trail Blazers broadcaster Mike Barrett confirmed to The Oregonian/OregonLive that he is part of the..." October 18

  • Kris Bryant admits Cubs are ‘tired.’ Sadly, the whole world can tell

    Chicago Sun-Times "Rarely is the glass half-full with Cubs manager Joe Maddon. Two-thirds full? Sure. Three-fourths? Even better. Overflowing? What the heck, let’s party. It’s hard to see emptiness when everything’s-gonna-be-all-right is staring back at you. But everything isn’t going to be all right. Not this..." October 18

  • Are suddenly vulnerable Astros headed for another playoff collapse?

    USA Today "The 2015 Houston Astros stunned baseball followers by getting into the playoffs, then had the postseason-tested Kansas City Royals on the ropes before letting them escape in a five-game defeat in the division series. Players from that club believe this year will be different, pointing to the..." October 18

  • Rockies Expected To Pursue Reunion With Jonathan Lucroy

    MLB Trade Rumors "Jonathan Lucroy has already openly expressed interest in returning to the Rockies, and MLB.com’s Thomas Harding writes today that the Rox are “expected” to pursue a reunion with the 31-year-old backstop. As Harding points out, the Rockies will return a very young pitching staff in 2018, and the..." October 18

  • Yu Darvish: Stop criticizing Rangers pitching coaches

    Dallas Morning News "In a few hours, Yu Darvish will attempt to put the Los Angeles Dodgers closer to the World Series than they've been in 29 years. But first, an explanation. After stories suggesting the Dodgers overhauled his pitching style led the social media world to wonder if the Rangers pitching coaches..." October 18

  • It turns out Gary Sanchez’s self confidence wasn’t misplaced

    New York Post "Gary Sanchez was hitless in his previous 18 at-bats when he came to the plate in the bottom of the seventh and the Yankees trailing by three runs. The catcher — who served as the DH in Tuesday’s Game 4 because he’s had a hard time catching Sonny Gray — had picked a bad time for his worst..." October 18

  • Joe Maddon: ‘Confidence issue’ causing Kris Bryant’s slump

    Sportsnaut "Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is not hitting well in the 2017 postseason. His manager, Joe Maddon, feels that his star’s slump is a matter of confidence. Whatever the cause, Bryant’s needs to snap out of it fast. In the NLDS victory over the Washington Nationals, Bryant slashed at..." October 17

  • Bryce Harper Hints He's Headed to Yankees With Sly Twitter Like

    12 Up "​Oh boy. Here we go. Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals just had their season end at the hands of the Chicago Cubs, and even though the wounds are still fresh, it's time for the rumor mill to begin wondering where Harper is going to land when his contract expires after the 2018..." October 17

  • Rangers Reportedly Inform Mike Napoli His Option Will Be Declined

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have informed first baseman/designated hitter Mike Napoli that his $11MM club option for the 2018 season will not be exercised, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets. He’ll instead take home a $2.5MM buyout, bringing his total earnings in his third stint with the Rangers to..." October 17

  • Gary Sanchez to DH, Austin Romine to catch for Yankees in Game 4 vs. Astros

    New York Daily News "Joe Girardi is going with a Sonny Gray-Austin Romine pairing in Game 4 of the ALCS, citing run prevention and chemistry, with Gary Sanchez moving from catcher to DH. “They’ve seemed to work a little bit better together during the course of the season,” Girardi said of Gray and Romine. “I’m..." October 17

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Red Sox pitcher Rodriguez out 6 months after knee surgery

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox need more than a manager. Looks like they need a starting pitcher, too. And maybe a second baseman. And a reliable power hitter wouldn’t hurt. Injuries already are starting to mount, and Opening Day is more than five months away. Left-handed pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez underwent..." October 17

  • Joe Maddon sounds off on second-guessers: 'Twitter doesn't count'

    USA Today "The day after his team's 4-1 walk-off loss against the Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series, Cubs manager Joe Maddon still faced questions about his decision to go with John Lackey in the decisive ninth inning. Maddon explained after the game why he did not use closer..." October 17

  • Red Sox could be targeting Monday for managerial hire

    WEEI Boston "Consider this an educated guess. The way the Red Sox are moving with their managerial search, along with Major League Baseball protocol, you might want to clear your calendar for Monday. Putting the pieces together, that date is starting to seem like the sweet spot for Dave Dombrowski..." October 17

  • For Yankees GM Brian Cashman, 'World Series or bust' mentality a thing of the past

    Sporting News "Outside the Yankees' clubhouse, there's a quote inscribed on a sign from the lips of legendary Yankee Joe DiMaggio: "I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Yankee." Little does anybody know, there's another sign just beyond it that reads, "World Series or bust." OK, maybe I made that..." October 17

  • Hanley Ramirez undergoes offseason shoulder surgery

    WEEI Boston "After originally saying he would not need offseason shoulder surgery, Red Sox first baseman/designated hitter Hanley Ramirez went under the knife on Tuesday. Ramirez tweeted a picture of him in the hospital with the caption: Hi my people, went in for left shoulder surgery today, keep me in..." October 17

  • CC Sabathia again lives up to stopper reputation, ignites Yankees back into ALCS

    New York Daily News "Joe Girardi jogged briskly to the mound, but his stay didn’t last long. He was not wanted there, not this time, and his pitcher firmly stood his ground. CC Sabathia informed his manager he wanted one more batter, after Didi Gregorius’ throwing error had given the Astros runners on the corners..." October 17

  • Gary Sanchez is now the biggest dead spot in Yankees lineup

    New York Post "Gary Sanchez’s hitless streak reached 17 plate appearances Monday night, but the Yankees catcher might have showed signs of breaking out of it. In an 8-1 win over the Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium, Sanchez went 0-for-4 and was the only Yankee not to reach base. He has not..." October 17

  • Yankees' Dellin Betances sick and tired of making bullpen mates clean up his messes

    Newark Star-Ledger "Dellin Betances, an All-Star reliever who's been pitching like he's Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the Major League movie, didn't tune out Yankees fans booing him off the field Monday night. The big righty knows that he deserved them. Once again, control problems plagued Betances in Game 3 of..." October 17

  • Kevin Long viewed as top choice for Mets job, but Alex Cora drawing rave reviews

    North Jersey "Mets hitting coach Kevin Long has emerged as the early favorite for the team's managerial opening, a source told The Record's Bob Klapisch. Long has been with the organization for the past three years, and has been praised for his ability to communicate with players. Players such as Robinson..." October 16

  • Report: Brad Ausmus Could Be Next Red Sox Manager

    CBS Detroit "Brad Ausmus has again surfaced as a candidate for another managing job, and this time it’s for an even better franchise. It was reported a couple of weeks ago that Ausmus was “in the mix” for the vacant Philadelphia Phillies manager position, and now he’s reportedly a candidate to take over as..." October 16

  • Corey Seager could be available if the Dodgers make the World Series

    Hardball Talk "Corey Seager‘s absence from the Dodgers’ NLCS roster was a surprise, but bad backs are bad backs. If the Dodgers, who have a 2-0 NLCS lead right now, make the World Series, however, they may very well have Seager back. From MLB.com: Prior to Sunday’s Game 2 of the National League..." October 16

  • Ausmus out as Mets manager search continues

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Mets‘ managerial search continues this week with new sense of clarity as some names have dropped out of the derby while others have already been interviewed or are scheduled to do so. Former Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has taken his name out of the running for the Mets gig,..." October 16

  • Joe Girardi saying goodbye to Yankees after playoffs?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Joe Girardi's days as Yankees manager could be coming to an end--but not for the reason that so many thought (hoped) after Game 2 of the ALDS. When the Yankees playoff run ends, Girardi will be a free agent. That gives the team and Girardi options moving forward. While a new contract and..." October 16

  • Yasiel Puig pokes Keith Olbermann over bat flips on Twitter, eventually makes peace

    Awful Announcing "Among current MLB players, there may be no more polarizing figure than Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig. Some think he brings fun and enthusiasm to baseball, while others feel that he disrespects the game — especially when arguably overreacting to a play that doesn’t warrant such a..." October 16

  • Girardi hints CC Sabathia may not be long for his start

    New York Post "During the Yankees’ postseason run in 2012, CC Sabathia was their version of Justin Verlander, regularly pitching deep into games and putting the entire staff on his back. In Game 1 of the ALDS against the Orioles that season, Sabathia gave up just two runs in 8 ²/₃ innings and followed that up..." October 16

  • Report: Former Braves GM Considering Legal Action Against Team

    12 Up "​The separation of John Coppolella from the Atlanta Braves was a bit of an ugly one. ​Coppolella was forced out after he allegedly broke MLB rules regarding international signees. It was a messy firing, but the Braves allegedly offered Coppolella a severance package, which he then turned down...." October 16

  • Joe Maddon explains why he did not bring Wade Davis into Game 2

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Maddon gave us one of the great head-scratching decisions of the postseason when he opted not to pitch Wade Davis during a tie game on Sunday and instead let John Lackey pitch in a critical situation, which backfired. Jon Lester started for the Chicago Cubs in Game 2 of the NLCS and went..." October 16

  • Corey Seager says he feels considerably better today

    Los Angeles Times "Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts sounded an optimistic note about injured shortstop Corey Seager, who is recovering from a lower back sprain that kept him off the team’s roster for the National League Championship Series. “Well, Corey, in talking to him, he says he feels considerably better,”..." October 16

  • Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb, 28, dies in Tennessee ATV accident

    Chicago Tribune "Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died in an ATV accident in Tennessee on Saturday at the age of 28. Webb pitched in parts of four seasons with the Sox, going 7-5 with a 4.50 earned-run average in 94 games as a reliever from 2013-16. “Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox..." October 16

  • Looking For A Match In A Billy Hamilton Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "After a second consecutive 68-94 season, the Cincinnati Reds’ rebuilding process still has no clear end in sight. Complicating things further for the organization are the facts that they already owe $68.7MM in guaranteed contracts to five players for the 2018 season, and $56.6MM to four players in..." October 16

  • Former Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez reportedly the favorite for Tigers job

    CBS Sports "The Detroit Tigers are one of a few teams seeking a new manager. However, if reports are to be believed, then their next skipper might be a familiar face. That's because former Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins headman Fredi Gonzalez is the favorite for the job, according to Fanrag Sports' John..." October 15

  • Red Sox request D-Backs' permission to interview Gardenhire

    Boston "The search for the next Red Sox manager is beginning to come into focus. With former Red Sox infielder – and current Astros bench coach – Alex Cora scheduled for an interview, another name is reportedly in the mix. Ron Gardenhire, who was the Diamondbacks’ bench coach in 2017, is reportedly a..." October 15

  • ‘Had him dead at home’: Sanchez takes blame for play-at-plate flub

    New York Post "After a crushing loss in Game 2 of the ALDS, the Yankees came back and knocked off the Indians, making Joe Girardi’s mistakes in that game a thing of the past. If they don’t pull off a similar feat against the Astros in the ALCS, the Yankees likely won’t be able to forget the way Game 2 ended..." October 15

  • Dodgers teammates enjoy Puig's antics: 'I don't care if he gets naked'

    USA Today "He makes the Los Angeles Dodgers want to punish him, bench him, or even give up on him, believing he’ll never become the man they ever envisioned. Yep, kind of like your own kids. Then, there are days like Saturday, when the Dodgers laugh at his silly bat flips, look the other way when he..." October 15

  • Corey Seager unsure of status for World Series if Dodgers advance

    Yardbarker "Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager is set to miss the NLCS with a back problem, and there’s little clarity for him even if his team advances without him. Seager hurt his back during Game 3 of the NLDS against Arizona on a slide, and was left off the roster completely for the NLCS. Given..." October 15

  • Red Sox expected to interview Alex Cora for manager on Sunday

    Boston Herald "The Houston Astros took on the New York Yankees in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday afternoon. Come Sunday, their bench coach will be shifting his focus to the Red Sox. Astros coach Alex Cora is expected to be interviewed by Red Sox president of baseball..." October 15

  • Mia Khalifa gets kicked out of Dodger Stadium during NLCS Game 1

    Yardbarker "Sports fan Mia Khalifa hit up Game 1 of the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, but she didn’t make it until the end of the game. It’s not surprising that Khalifa was there, given that her new show with co-star Gilbert Arenas, “Out of Bounds,” premieres on Monday. The show..." October 15

  • AJ Hinch: Gary Pettis ‘most aggressive third base coach in league’

    Larry Brown Sports "A bold decision by third base coach Gary Pettis helped the Astros take a 2-0 series lead over the Yankees in the American League Championship Series. With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and the game tied 1-1, Carolos Correa hit a pitch from Aroldis Chapman to the gap in right field...." October 15

  • Yankees' Severino 'feels great,' wanted to stay in before early ALCS Game 2 exit

    CBS Sports "Earlier on Saturday, the Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees by a 2-1 final in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series (GameTracker). Yankees starter Luis Severino exited the game following four innings. He had a particularly rough final frame. First, he shooed off manager..." October 15

  • Jeter says Marlins will donate $200K to hurricane relief efforts

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Miami Marlins are making it easy for their fans to assist in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The team is partnering with Feeding South Florida, a local hunger-relief organization and food bank, to collect supplies at Marlins Park through the end of this homestand, which ends Wednesday with..." October 15

  • Dodgers' Corey Seager: Not on NLCS roster

    CBS Sports "Seager (back) was left off the NLCS roster against the Cubs, Andy McCullough of The Los Angeles Times reports. In a devastating blow for the Dodgers, Seager will be unavailable for the series against the Cubs due to the back injury he sustained in Game 3 of the NLDS against Arizona. " October 14

  • Astros acquire Juan Ramirez to complete Justin Verlander trade

    Hardball Talk "The Tigers sent minor league outfield prospect Juan Ramirez to the Astros on Friday night, per a team announcement. The move completes the trade that also sent Justin Verlander to Houston in August. As it stands now, the Astros received Verlander (with a $16 million salary discount) and Ramirez..." October 14

  • Cubs opt to start Jose Quintana over John Lackey in Game 1

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs have opted to start left-hander Jose Quintana in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jesse Rogers. The team also had been mulling the possibility of going with fifth starter John Lackey, who didn't pitch against the..." October 14

  • If Astros MVP candidate Jose Altuve had an MVP vote, he'd pick Aaron Judge

    CBS Sports "Friday night, the Astros beat the Yankees in Game 1 of the ALCS (HOU 2, NYY 1) thanks mostly to Dallas Keuchel, who kept New York off-balance and threw seven scoreless innings. Jose Altuve was the catalyst on offense, going 3 for 4 with a stolen base and a run scored. He is now 11 for 19 (.579) in..." October 14

  • Astros' Marwin Gonzalez goes from Game 1 to wife's side for birth of third child

    ESPN "Marwin Gonzalez delivered the biggest play Friday night in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. And then, his wife was ready to deliver a baby boy. Gonzalez made a throw from left field to cut down a runner at home plate in the fifth inning of the Houston Astros' 2-1 victory..." October 14