• Dusty Baker calls Nationals dismissal ‘hard to understand’

    USA Today "Dusty Baker will not return to manage the Washington Nationals in 2018, the club announced Friday in a startling move for a club that won 97 games and consecutive division championships. Baker spent two seasons as Washington's manager and won back-to-back NL East titles, but the Nationals were..." October 20

  • James Paxton will “nerd out big-time” to stay healthy next year

    Hardball Talk "To the surprise of, well, very few, the Mariners didn’t make the cut for the postseason this year. While they threw their hats in the ring for a wild card berth, their pitching staff just couldn’t stay healthy, from the handful of pitchers who contracted season-ending injuries in spring training..." October 20

  • Dusty Baker Will Not Return As Nationals’ Manager In 2018

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced on Friday that Dusty Baker will not return as the team’s manager for the 2018 season. Baker’s contract only ran through the 2017 season, but the two sides had reportedly been discussing the possibility of a reunion prior to today’s announcement. The Nats offered the..." October 20

  • Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

    Fanrag Sports "The Detroit Tigers continue to purge a flawed, aging roster that provided the team its worst regular-season finish since 2002. As a result, management has decided to decline the club option on veteran pitcher Anibal Sanchez for next season, according to Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free..." October 20

  • Mets near manager decision with Long, Acta front-runners

    New York Post "Dusty Baker was told he would not be back as the Nationals manager, but he almost certainly will not become part of the Mets’ process for a new skipper. The Mets were described by sources as near the goal line on making a decision on who will replace Terry Collins, with the internal belief that..." October 20

  • The Yankees are finally getting production from the DH spot this postseason

    CBS Sports "The New York Yankees will look to continue exceeding expectations this season Friday by clinching a spot in the 2017 World Series. Most, including myself, saw them as a fringe contender coming into the year. Instead, they won 91 games and are a win away from their 41st pennant. The Yankees, as..." October 20

  • Bryce Harper is a year from free agency. So what's he really worth?

    Chicago Tribune "Every baseball season brings new data, and revisions to reputations. But this year has been especially revealing about Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, two of the game's most scrutinized players. Strasburg is rocketing up the game's "respectrum," while Harper, one year from free agency, now..." October 20

  • Vin Scully Not Returning for World Series, Dodgers Say

    TMZ "It would be awesome if it happened ... but the Dodgers tell TMZ Sports ... Vin Scully will NOT be firing up his legendary microphone for a World Series cameo. The greatest Dodgers broadcaster of all time retired last year -- but many are holding out hope he will come back to work to call an..." October 20

  • Dodgers expect to have Corey Seager back for World Series

    Fanrag Sports "The already potent Los Angeles Dodgers will be receiving some more firepower for their World Series pursuit, as L.A. manager Dave Roberts says the team is expecting to have start shortstop Corey Seager back in the lineup for Game 1 of the championship series. Roberts broke the news shortly..." October 20

  • Clayton Kershaw jokes he 'might retire' if Dodgers win World Series

    Sporting News "The Dodgers are going back to the World Series for the first time since 1988 and Clayton Kershaw is ecstatic. After the Dodgers closed out the Cubs in five games with an 11-1 victory to win the NLCS, Kershaw made a shocking proclamation. "If we win, I might retire, call it a career," the..." October 20

  • Justin Turner and Chris Taylor named co-MVPs of NLCS

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner and SS/CF Chris Taylor have been named co-MVPs of the NLCS, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. Turner hit .333/.478/.667 with four singles, two home runs, and five walks across 23 plate appearances in the NLCS. He hit a walk-off..." October 20

  • Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez becomes 10th to hit three homers in MLB playoff game

    CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to the World Series, and Enrique Hernandez nearly carried them there single-handedly in Game 5 against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night (LAD 11, CHC 1). Hernandez, a versatile utility man who played seven positions in 2017, smacked three home runs in Game 5..." October 20

  • Ron Gardenhire to be next Tigers manager, pending completion of contract

    The Athletic "The Detroit Tigers have identified Ron Gardenhire as the manager they wish to hire, pending the completion of a contract, Major League sources told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. The 59-year-old Gardenhire, who spent the 2017 season as the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks, would bring..." October 19

  • Dallas Keuchel: ‘Yankee Stadium is a tough place to play’

    New York Daily News "Yankee Stadium got to Dallas Keuchel. A day after saying he relished pitching in the hostile ballpark in the Bronx, the Astros lefty admitted the pinstriped patrons made his night tougher. “New York is no joke. Yankee Stadium is a tough place to play,” said Keuchel, the Astros ace who couldn’t..." October 19

  • Report: Alex Cora to be named Red Sox manager after the ALCS

    Hardball Talk "Astros bench coach Alex Cora has been described as a leading candidate for multiple managerial openings since the end of the regular season. He has been tied most closely to the Red Sox job, however, having already interviewed with Boston and with several people reporting that he is the Sox’ top..." October 19

  • How Can The Nationals Improve Behind The Plate?

    MLB Trade Rumors "Nationals catchers Matt Wieters and Jose Lobaton combined for some highly visible lapses in the team’s cringe-inducing Game 5 NLDS loss. That helped to illuminate a problem that was largely masked as the team coasted to the NL East title after addressing the easier-to-spot problem of late-inning..." October 19

  • Luis Severino ‘100 percent’ healthy and ready to finish off Astros

    New York Post "Luis Severino has gone from getting knocked out in the first inning of the wild-card game to having a chance to pitch the Yankees into the World Series. And despite the team’s concerns about his health during his last outing against the Astros, when he was removed after four innings, the..." October 19

  • Joe Maddon ejected in eighth inning of NLCS Game 4 after umpires overturn a Wade Davis strikeout

    Hardball Talk "Cubs manager Joe Maddon was once again ejected from an NLCS game, this time in Game 4. In the top of the eighth inning, closer Wade Davis found himself in a bit of a pickle. He gave up a leadoff home run to Justin Turner, cutting the Cubs’ lead to 3-2. Davis then walked Yasiel Puig. He was able..." October 19

  • Jim Wolf admits missed call on Curtis Granderson foul tip

    Fanrag Sports "On Wednesday evening, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Curtis Granderson found himself in the midst of quite the strange play. After originally being called out on strikes, Granderson was then sent back to the plate as it was determined that he actually foul tipped the previously called third..." October 19

  • Indians' Michael Brantley undergoes surgery on right ankle

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians announced Thursday that outfielder Michael Brantley underwent right ankle surgery. Brantley will need four to five months of rehab before he can resume full baseball activities. The surgery was performed Wednesday in Charlotte, N.C. Dr. Robert Anderson performed the arthroscopic..." October 19

  • 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