• Manfred not in favor of removing umpires for electronic strike zone

    SI "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he is not in favor of switching to an electronic strike zone, according to MLB.com's Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they get them right well over 90 percent of the time, Manfred reportedly said. "And there is a human aspect to that, a work..." August 17

  • 'Big Papi Way' next to Fenway? 'Haunted' Red Sox want to rename Yawkey Way

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox have had enough. At a moment when racial tensions have escalated rapidly and the removal of Confederate statues acts as a flashpoint for violent and racially divisive protests, the Red Sox are ready to start taking down a symbol of their own racially tainted history. Red Sox..." August 17

  • Joe Maddon rips umpires for ‘asinine’ call Wednesday night

    Sportsnaut "The Chicago Cubs haven’t had an easy go of it this season after winning the World Series last year. However, Joe Maddon and Co. have clawed their way atop the NL Central and are now 1.5 games ahead of the the Milwaukee Brewers. Though, a controversial call Wednesday night almost cost them a..." August 17

  • Yasiel Puig after walk-off win: ‘I’ll see you in the World Series’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the ninth inning trailing 4-3 against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday night, but that was not enough to keep them from winning their MLB-best 85th game of the year. Yasiel Puig played the role of hero, and he capped it off with a very bold prediction. Puig drove..." August 17

  • Jeter's group still seeking investors despite winning Marlins bid

    Fanrag Sports "Even after getting the deal and the Miami Marlins for $1.2 billion, the winning Derek Jeter-Bruce Sherman team is looking for investors, sources say. It isn’t clear whether they need investors to get more comfortably to the $1.2 billion figure or are worried about having the money to cover..." August 17

  • The evolution of Kris Bryant and why Joey Votto became his favorite player

    CSN Chicago "Kris Bryant already has a bromance with Anthony Rizzo, their Bryzzo Souvenir Co. brand and a joint appearance at a downtown Chicago hotel this weekend where Cubs fans can pay $699 for their autographs. Bryant also has a friendly rivalry with Bryce Harper, the Washington Nationals superstar who..." August 17

  • Chris Sale rebuffs hate from Yankees fans: 'I don't go to New York to make friends'

    WEEI Boston "Chris Sale is a Red Sox fan’s dream: the left-handed hurler pitches quickly, takes responsibility for his performance and hates the Yankees. Oh, and he’s also enjoying the best season for a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999. In an interview Wednesday with OMF as part of the Jimmy..." August 17

  • Giancarlo Stanton winter trade not a long shot

    Fanrag Sports "Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo first reported. And while this wouldn’t seem to be any time to trade Stanton as he’s coming off a six-game home run streak that ended on Wednesday — giving him 10 more home runs (44) than anyone else in the NL..." August 17

  • Giancarlo Stanton views 61 as the legitimate home run record

    Larry Brown Sports "Giancarlo Stanton may have very little chance at surpassing Barry Bonds’ single-season record of 73 home runs, but the Miami Marlins star is eyeing a number that is certainly attainable and he believes is more legitimate. That number is 61. Stanton, who is currently on pace to hit 60 homers,..." August 17

  • Cardinals' Mike Matheny pops off on umpire: 'It's not your show, man'

    USA Today "The St. Louis Cardinals unraveled Wednesday night — with their play, then with their frustration — against the Boston Red Sox, blowing a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth to fall 5-4 at Fenway Park. Much of the unraveling came as a result of some questionable calls. Cardinals manager..." August 17

  • Curt Schilling 'Absolutely' Supporting Trump ... He's No Racist!

    TMZ "Curt Schilling is standing by his President -- telling TMZ Sports Donald Trump is NOT a white supremacist and will continue to have his support. Trump's been taking heat for his comments about the violence in Charlottesville -- with some claiming he was defending neo-Nazis, the KKK and other..." August 17

  • The Cubs gave Rick Renteria a World Series Ring

    Hardball Talk "It was revealed, in the course of a Jerry Reinsdorf interview the other day, that the Chicago Cubs gave Chicago White Sox manager Rick Renteria a World Series ring. Renteria, of course, managed the Cubs for one season — in 2014 — and was fired when Joe Maddon became available after exiting his..." August 17

  • Hal Steinbrenner: ‘If we don’t make the playoffs, it’s a failure’

    New York Post "With the moves the Yankees made at the trade deadline, adding players such as Sonny Gray, Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Jaime Garcia — and their salaries — it was clear the team was going for it. On Wednesday at the quarterly MLB owners meetings in Chicago, managing general partner Hal..." August 17

  • Darvish left start with trainer in Dodger Stadium debut

    USA Today "Yu Darvish’s highly anticipated first home start as a Los Angeles Dodger ended amid some mystery as the Japanese right-hander left the game in the top of the seventh after being visited by the team’s trainer. After Logan Forsythe ended the bottom of the sixth by bouncing into a double play,..." August 17

  • Mets' Gsellman apologizes to GM for 'care'-less remark

    MLB.com "For the better part of a minute, Robert Gsellman trudged from the pitcher's mound to the dugout, twice glancing behind him to the open bullpen doors. Gsellman appeared agitated, distressed -- hardly the emotionless soul he purported to be just one night earlier, when Gsellman defied Mets general..." August 17

  • Cubs' Maddon makes contact with umps during tirade, may face discipline

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs manager Joe Maddon expects to be fined after his ejection, subsequent actions and comments Wednesday night in the ninth inning of a 7-6 win over the Reds. "I don’t know what to say about that call," said Maddon, who was irate that a pitch from Wandy Peralta that struck Ben Zobrist on the..." August 17

  • Aaron Judge Sets Record for Most Consecutive Games with Strikeout by Non-Pitcher

    Bleacher Report "It took until his final at-bat, but Aaron Judge set another record during his historic rookie season Wednesday night—just not a great one. New York Mets reliever Erik Goeddel got Judge to strike out swinging in the ninth inning of the Yankees' 5-3 win over their cross-city rival. It's the 33rd..." August 17

  • Votto falls short of on-base record

    CBS Sports "Joey Votto did something Wednesday night he hadn't done since July 25: he failed to reach base multiple times. Votto went 1 for 4 with a single in Wednesday's walk-off loss to the Cubs. Had the game gone to extra innings, he would've led off the 10th. Votto's streak of reaching base multiple..." August 17

  • Marlins ‘willing to engage’ on Stanton trade talks

    Sportsnet "With Giancarlo Stanton clearing waivers Tuesday, the Miami Marlins have the opportunity to trade MLB’s home run leader to any club before the Aug. 31 waiver trade deadline if that’s the road the franchise wants to go down. Speaking on Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Starting Lineup, MLB Network’s Jon..." August 16

  • The Jose Fernandez statue may be in jeopardy

    Hardball Talk "Last November it was reported that the Marlins planned to build a memorial for Jose Fernandez, likely including a statue. The effort was said to be a pet project of the Marlins owner, Jeff Loria, who was close with Fernandez. Today the Miami Herald reports, however, that those plans are in..." August 16

  • Alex Rodriguez, Jennifer Lopez help Yankees' Gary Sanchez out of his slump

    USA Today "Leave it Alex Rodriguez, with an assist to his girlfriend Jennifer Lopez, in helping Gary Sanchez emerge from his defensive slump and go on an offensive tear. “The idea is to try to hit it up the middle,’’ Sanchez said after hitting a homer and a long sac fly against Jacob deGrom in the..." August 16

  • Jered Weaver Announces Retirement

    MLB.com "Jered Weaver today announced that he has retired from Major League Baseball following a playing career that spanned 12 seasons. "I've decided to step away from baseball. While I've been working hard to get back on the mound, my body just will not allow me to compete like I want to," said..." August 16

  • Verlander: Trade rumors 'on my mind, that's for sure'

    Detroit Free Press "Justin Verlander spoke on a few topics after the Detroit Tigers’ 10-4 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday night, their ninth loss in the last 11 games. Among them were the trade rumors that have circulated his name for the better part of the past two months and his future with the only organization he..." August 16

  • Dodgers move 50 games above .500 for the first time since 1953

    Los Angeles Times "That was quite a team the Dodgers assembled in 1953. They had Hall of Famers everywhere — at catcher (Roy Campanella), shortstop (Pee Wee Reese), left field (Jackie Robinson), center field (Duke Snider) and in the broadcast booth (Vin Scully and Red Barber). They were Brooklyn’s finest,..." August 16

  • Mets’ Noah Syndergaard doesn’t want to ‘just shut it down,’ has changed workout routine in hopes of return

    New York Daily News "During his three-and-a-half months on the disabled list since tearing his lat muscle, Noah Syndergaard has changed the emphasis of his workout routine, and says he believes it is already having a significant effect. In fact, after his bullpen session on Tuesday, his first time throwing off a..." August 16

  • Aaron Judge ties an ignominious MLB record

    New York Post " Aaron Judge whiffed in the first inning against Jacob deGrom in the Yankees’ 5-4 win over the Mets on Tuesday night at the Stadium, marking the 32nd straight game in which Judge has struck out, matching Adam Dunn’s MLB record. He doubled to lead off the eighth." August 16

  • Aroldis Chapman to undergo testing on hamstring

    Larry Brown Sports "Aroldis Chapman will undergo testing after experiencing a hamstring issue on Tuesday night. Chapman struggled for the third consecutive outing, though he managed to get the save in the New York Yankees’ 5-4 win over the Mets. Chapman hurt himself after getting a groundout to end the..." August 16

  • Joey Votto reaches base twice in 20th consecutive game, one game shy of Ted Williams’ record

    Hardball Talk "Reds first baseman Joey Votto drew a walk in the first inning and walked again in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Cubs. That marked the 20th consecutive game in which he has reached base twice, leaving him one shy of the modern era record Ted Williams set in 1948. The last hitter to..." August 16

  • Kinsler: Umpire 'needs to find another job,' messing with games 'blatantly'

    Detroit Free Press "He had plenty of time to think, a night’s worth of sleep, and when Ian Kinsler sat at his locker inside the visiting clubhouse at Globe Life Park this afternoon, he said exactly what he thought. In short, that Angel Hernandez is a bad umpire. Also, that a career change could serve Hernandez..." August 16

  • Reinsdorf: Ozzie Guillen 'can't come back' as White Sox manager

    CSN Chicago "The calls for Ozzie Guillen to return as the White Sox skipper will go unanswered as long as Jerry Reinsdorf owns the team. The chairman made that crystal clear in his interview with USA Today's Bob Nightengale on Tuesday: I feel very badly for him. Ozzie is a good manager. I’ve..." August 16

  • Report: Blue Jays’ Estrada claimed on waivers by unknown team

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada was claimed on revocable waivers by an unknown team, according to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. The Blue Jays now face a decision on the impending free agent. Toronto can trade him to the mystery team, allow the team to assume Estrada’s contract or pull..." August 15

  • Tigers and Astros discussing Verlander deal

    Fanrag Sports "The Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers are discussing a possible deal to send former MVP and Cy Young-winning starting pitcher Justin Verlander to Houston, sources tell FanRag Sports. Though the two continue to discuss a deal, completing one won’t be easy. Verlander, 34, is still due to make $28..." August 15

  • Red Sox Made ‘Every Accommodation’ For Pablo Sandoval, Dave Dombrowski Says

    NESN "Dave Dombrowski isn’t really trying to hear Pablo Sandoval’s excuses. The Boston Red Sox’s president of baseball operations appeared on WEEI on Tuesday during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and was asked about Sandoval’s comments in The Players’ Tribune after he rejoined the San..." August 15

  • Mets Acquire Travis Snider, Sign Neil Wagner

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have announced two minor acquisitions, with outfielder Travis Snider joining the club through a trade with the Rangers and righty Neil Wagner signing a minors deal with the organization. Both players will head to Triple-A Las Vegas. Snider, 29, comes over in a minor swap with the..." August 15

  • Giancarlo Stanton clears waivers, teams interested

    TSN "According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, Giancarlo Stanton has cleared revocable waivers and could soon be on the move. The Miami Marlins slugger has 10 years and $295 million left on his mammoth contract, but does currently lead the majors in home runs with 43. Passan reports at least four..." August 15

  • Will Cubs make another deal in August with Willson Contreras sidelined?

    CSN Chicago "The expectation that catcher Willson Contreras didn’t suffer a season-ending injury – combined with Alex Avila’s experience and Victor Caratini’s upside – means the Cubs will likely stand pat before the Aug. 31 trade deadline. “We’re happy with those guys right now,” general manager Jed Hoyer..." August 15

  • There was an important difference to this Aaron Judge homer

    New York Post "Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have both gone through stretches when they’ve been among the most dominant hitters in the game — and they’ve also suffered through maddening periods when it was easy to wonder what happened to their bats. If the Yankees are going to go anywhere this season — and..." August 15

  • Mariners have tried to trade for Ervin Santana multiple times

    Larry Brown Sports "The non-waiver trade deadline may have already passed, but the Seattle Mariners are still pursuing upgrades on the waiver trade market. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reported over the weekend that the M’s have tried to trade for Minnesota Twins righty Ervin Santana “multiple times.” Divish..." August 15

  • Edwin Encarnacion: 'I was surprised' Red Sox didn't make offer

    WEEI Boston "When Edwin Encarnacion sat down with his agent, Paul Kinzer, to strategize the slugger's plan heading into free agency after the 2016 season, three teams were surfaced by the player as preferred destinations: Toronto, Boston and another team. (No, that third club wasn't the Yankees.) David..." August 15

  • Sandoval says he's happy to be back in S.F., but that's taken as a jab at Red Sox

    CBS Sports "Simply put, Pablo Sandoval's tenure with the Red Sox will go down as one of the worst free agent signings in baseball history. The team gave him a five-year contract worth $95 million, and in return, he gave them a .236/.286/.360 batting line and minus-2.2 WAR in 161 games. Boston owes him $18.6..." August 15

  • Blue Jays agree to minor-league deal with Brett Anderson

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays and left-hander Brett Anderson have agreed on a minor-league deal pending a physical, according to industry sources, as the club continues to find ways to bolster its pitching depth. Barring a surprise Anderson, released by the Chicago Cubs on July 31 after signing a..." August 15

  • Astros' Clippard was notified of trade while watching 'Game of Thrones'

    Uproxx "Sundays are important for a lot of people, as it is the night where some of us sit on our couches in complete silence for an hour while watching Game of Thrones. One such person is relief pitcher Tyler Clippard, who likely won’t forget this week’s episode any time soon. Clippard started..." August 15

  • Dodgers’ OF Andre Ethier sells near $5 million Arizona mansion

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier may be sidelined with a back injury. He’s also seen his career take a turn for the worse in recent seasons. The 35-year-old is hitting just .208 with one homer and two RBI in 16 games on the season. In no way does this mean Ethier’s life off the..." August 15

  • McGwire hopes Judge, Bellinger break his rookie HR record

    MLB.com "Mark McGwire arrived in Oakland in 1987, a bright-eyed rookie with a powerful swing. Before he had time to fully comprehend his status as a big leaguer, he says, he was already threatening Major League Baseball's 31-year-old rookie homer record -- held at the time by Frank Robinson and Wally..." August 14

  • Girardi sticking with Chapman despite recent struggles

    New York Daily News "Something hasn’t been quite right with Aroldis Chapman all season, and now it’s official: the Yankees have a closer-crisis on their hands. They were fortunate to survive a wild, messy outing on Friday night, thanks in part some dumb baserunning by the Red Sox, but on Sunday night Chapman cost..." August 14

  • Making sense of Yankees-Mets front office standoffs

    New York Post "The Subway Series renews with minimal on-field spark, but with the backdrop of animosity between the front offices on how potential deals for Neil Walker and Jay Bruce did not result in a love connection. As a baseball columnist for a New York tabloid, if I were to play my role ideally, even..." August 14

  • Inside the brain trust that created the unstoppable Los Angeles Dodgers

    USA Today "You walk the halls of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ baseball operations department at your own risk, never quite knowing what’s around the corner. You may stumble into a vicious whiffle ball game, with Dodgers president Andrew Friedman smashing the ball off the light fixtures, or firing a fastball..." August 14

  • Hawk Harrelson: Time For Wrigley Field ‘To Be Replaced’

    CBSChicago.com "Some fans love him, some fans despise him, but he’s pretty hard to ignore. White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson doubled down on his criticism of the Cubs’ fabled Wrigley Field on Saturday, echoing recent comments that he’ll never step foot in the stadium again and then adding more detail to why..." August 14

  • Todd Coffey retires

    Hardball Talk "Todd Coffey has not pitched in a major league game for over five years, but he never retired. He pitched in the minors. He pitched in the independent leagues. He pitched for the Diablos Rojos of the Mexican League. He signed multiple minor league deals with big league clubs for spring training..." August 14

  • Harper won't risk season by rushing back from knee injury

    USA Today "Bryce Harper’s left knee did not succumb in the waning, rain-swept hours of Saturday evening. Nor did the very real World Series hopes of his Washington Nationals. Yet even as Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo declared Sunday morning that Harper suffered only a “significant bone bruise,”..." August 14