• Indians should quit hedging, retire Chief Wahoo completely

    Sporting News "Progressive Field sits about a block removed from a bend in the Cuyahoga — a river name borne from a butchered Mohawk word, a river once so sullied that it could catch fire. And from those fires came a desire to be clean again. To restore the river to something closer to its natural..." October 21

  • Indians sell out World Series tickets in 15 minutes

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Indians announced Thursday that the team has sold out the remaining allotment of tickets for its home games in the 2016 World Series. A limited number of World Series tickets went on sale to the general public via indians.com at 10 a.m. on Thursday. By 10:17 the club announced..." October 21

  • MLB: Charlie Sheen won’t throw out first pitch at World Series

    Sportress of Blogitude "Major League Baseball said “Thanks but no thanks” — in a manner of speaking — to Charlie Sheen’s offer to throw out a ceremonial first pitch during a Cleveland Indians-hosted World Series game. Sheen, who portrayed Indians pitcher Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn in the revered 1989 baseball flick..." October 21

  • Braves pitcher Matt Marksberry has woken up from his medically induced coma

    The Comeback "A procedure like a colonoscopy is supposed to be simple and relatively safe. For Matt Marksberry, it was anything but, as the Braves pitcher ended up having to be put in a medically induced coma due to complications during the procedure. Luckily, he has now been woken up from the aforementioned..." October 21

  • Tigers open for biz, willing to trade anybody

    ESPN "It would be a stretch to compare the Detroit Tigers to a used-car dealership, with all of the merchandise priced to sell and a concerted effort to clear the lot of all of the big-ticket items. But the message being received from the rest of the industry is a dramatic shift for one of baseball's..." October 21

  • Cubs pulled in nearly twice the ratings of Bears Thursday night

    Sportsnaut "The NFL is king. This is a known fact, right? Don’t tell that to the millions of people in Chicago who chose to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the NLCS, rather than tune in to the Thursday night Chicago Bears game against the Green Bay Packers. According..." October 21

  • Ozzie Guillen wants to return to managing in Korea

    The Comeback "Ozzie Guillen wants back into the managing game, but his next potential landing spot isn’t where you’d probably expect. Guillen, 52, who guided the Chicago White Sox to a World Series championship in 2005, has been out of baseball since getting axed in 2012 after one season with the Miami..." October 21

  • Indians' 95-year-old WS winner upset club hasn't contacted him

    New York Daily News "The oldest living Yankee also happens to be the only surviving member from the last Cleveland Indians team to win a World Series title, the 1948 club that beat the Boston Braves in six games. But Eddie Robinson, 95, says he is not too pleased with his old team from northeast Ohio, mainly..." October 21

  • MLB announces World Series schedule

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Indians are of course the American League entrant in the 2016 World Series, and in a matter of days we'll know whether they'll oppose the Chicago Cubs or the Los Angeles Dodgers. So to set the stage for the 2016 Fall Classic, let's take a look at the schedule for the World Series,..." October 21

  • MLB replay system needs to be redefined

    Today's Knuckleball "No, the replay umpire isn’t blind. Really, he isn’t. The replay umpire sees what you see, and therefore has to know that Adrian Gonzalez was more likely than not safe, at the very least, on that bang-bang play at home in Game 4. Yet, the “out” call remained. The issue could be that the..." October 21

  • Former Red Sox trainer: Ortiz was 'playing on stumps'

    WEEI Boston "The message boomed across the Red Sox' trainers' room one August afternoon. "Danny-yel! Danny-yel!" echoed a familar voice. "You're screwed!" Red Sox coordinator of sports medicine services Dan Dyrek, along with 20 or so Red Sox players getting ready for that night's game, had no idea what..." October 21

  • Mets exercise 2017 option on Reyes

    Newark Star-Ledger "Jose Reyes will be back with the Mets in 2017. According to Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball, the Mets will pick up the league-minimum option year on Reyes' contract for 2017. When the Mets brought Reyes aboard in June, the team negotiated a team-friendly addition to the deal: Reyes could..." October 21

  • Dave Roberts explains why he pulled Kenta Maeda early

    Larry Brown Sports "Dave Roberts’ decision to pull pitcher Kenta Maeda in the fourth inning of Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday at Dodger Stadium caught many off guard, especially since the starter was about to face the Cubs’ pitcher. But Roberts had good reasons for doing so. After the Dodgers lost Game 5 8-4 to..." October 21

  • Charlie Sheen would like to throw out the first pitch at a World Series game

    Hardball Talk "For all of the ups and downs of his personal and professional life, Charlie Sheen is and always has been a passionate baseball fan. Sheen once bought out an entire section of bleachers for an Angels game so he could catch a home run ball (he didn’t catch a home run ball). He starred in “Eight Men..." October 21

  • Shane Victorino On Future In Baseball

    MLB Trade Rumors "Longtime Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino sat down for a lengthy Q&A with Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice.com and covered a great number of topics, including career highlights, his favorite teammates and places to play, his memories from the Phillies’ World Series run and also his future in the..." October 21

  • Matt Szczur’s bat and underwear have brought the Cubs good luck

    The Comeback "Curses aren’t supposed to have any loopholes, the Cubs may have found one in the infamous Curse of the Billy Goat. Outfielder Matt Szczur isn’t on the Cubs NLCS roster but he has been the rallying cry for the team. Anthony Rizzo used his bat in Game 4 and helped him break out of a massive..." October 21

  • Wedding crashers: Fans purchase gifts for Merritt

    MLB.com "When one of Ryan Merritt's teammates mentioned it late Wednesday night, the rookie pitcher assumed it was a joke. When text messages began arriving, buzzing the phones belonging to Merritt and his fiancee, they realized this was not a prank. Indians fans really had found their wedding..." October 21

  • Boras On Health Of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper

    MLB Trade Rumors "Righty Stephen Strasburg and outfielder Bryce Harper — arguably the Nationals’ two most important players — are both on track to participate in a full and normal Spring Training in 2017, agent Scott Boras tells Jon Morosi of MLB Network (Twitter links). That appears to be positive news for the..." October 21

  • Kershaw: Hendricks is 'Greg Maddux of this generation'

    CSN Chicago "The best pitcher on the planet (besides Andrew Miller) compared Kyle Hendricks to the best pitcher of a generation. Clayton Kershaw will go up against Hendricks for the second time in the National League Championship Series in Game 6 Saturday at Wrigley Field and the Dodgers ace said he sees a..." October 21

  • Braves pitcher Marksberry hospitalized in Florida

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves pitcher Matt Marksberry was being treated for severe dehydration in an Orlando-area hospital Wednesday after going in for a procedure unrelated to baseball. A Facebook post from his brother Wednesday afternoon said that Marksberry was on life support. Others familiar with the situation..." October 20

  • Dodgers’ Andre Ethier rebuffs Team Mexico’s World Baseball Classic offer

    Today's Knuckleball "Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier returned to action following a broken leg this past September, but that didn’t stop the Mexican national team from approaching him about his availability to patrol the outfield for them during the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which will take place in..." October 20

  • Trevor Bauer says his finger will be OK for the World Series

    Hardball Talk "Indians starter Trevor Bauer said he expects his sliced right pinkie to heal in time for the World Series. Bauer, of course, is a drone hobbyist and hurt his finger while fixing a drone. By the time he’ll have to pitch again he will have had nine days since his last, bloody start in ALCS Game..." October 20

  • How Much Will Jose Abreu Earn In 2017?

    MLB Trade Rumors "Three years ago, the White Sox signed Cuban slugger Jose Abreu to a franchise-record six-year, $68MM contract. Abreu kicked off his MLB career with a monster 2014 campaign, winning Rookie of the Year and finishing fourth in the MVP voting. His offensive production has declined steadily since..." October 20

  • Twins outfielder Logan Schafer elects free agency

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Veteran outfielder Logan Schafer has declined his outright to Triple-A Rochester and elected free agency after the Twins took him off their 40-man roster this week. Schafer, 30, made 19 starts with the Twins over the final five weeks after spending much of the year with the Red Wings. In 74..." October 20

  • Kipnis: Channing Tatum should play me in film adaptation of '16 Indians

    CBS Cleveland "When you don’t have your most consistent hitter, two of your best pitchers, experience a drone-related mishap, and a hurler with just 11 MLB innings under his belt pitches the clincher, your story is worthy of being a movie, right? Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis certainly..." October 20

  • It's time to end the Tim Tebow baseball experiment

    Fox Sports "How much longer can we pretend this is ok? How long can we keep ignoring that this is an embarrassment? You might have heard that Tim Tebow hit a single Tuesday afternoon in Arizona, where he’s playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. It was his first hit of the campaign — a “line..." October 20

  • Padres GM A.J. Preller’s suspension ends

    San Diego Union-Tribune "A.J. Preller returned Wednesday from an unprecedented suspension, venturing into an altered and uncertain landscape. A month ago, Major League Baseball banned the Padres general manager for 30 days after determining he had withheld medical information in the July trade of left-hander Drew..." October 20

  • The Indians' trust in Terry Francona has led to an unlikely World Series berth

    Fox Sports "The Francona Factor cancels out Murphy's Law. It seems like anything that could have gone wrong this postseason for the Cleveland Indians has ... but they keep winning. The Francona Factor is the main component of a team that has allowed it to overcome more adversity over the past few weeks..." October 20

  • Mike Napoli wanted Indians to celebrate by going to Las Vegas

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are four wins away from capturing their first World Series title since 1948, but Mike Napoli doesn’t want to wait that long to go all-out with the celebration. After his team finished off the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS, Napoli wanted to take the long way home from..." October 20

  • Most likely Detroit Tiger to be traded? Probably J.D. Martinez

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Tigers aren’t in a position to spend more money. General manager Al Avila said as much on Tuesday afternoon, saying with certainty the team would not be a big player in the free agent market. Avila wants the team to get younger. He wants more financial flexibility. And this..." October 20

  • Joe Maddon spent 90 minutes with tech support trying to get his iPad working

    The Comeback "There are few people more superstitious in the world than those involved with sports—specifically, baseball. This includes the likes of Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who has made his lineup all season on his iPad. Well, prior to Wednesday’s crucial NLCS Game Four between the Cubs and Los..." October 20

  • Andrew Miller named ALCS MVP for Cleveland Indians, but says he doesn't deserve it

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Andrew Miller was named MVP of the American League Championship Series, but he said he didn't deserve the award. The Indians advanced to the World Series on Wednesday with a 3-0 victory over Toronto in Game 5 of the ALCS. Miller helped secure the win with 2 2/3 scoreless innings, which was not..." October 20

  • Ump Hernandez to Rizzo after apology, 'You’re good, bro'

    Fox Sports "In the top of the fifth inning of the Chicago Cubs-Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS Game 4 on Wednesday night, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo dropped his bat (his teammate's bat, actually) and began to walk toward first base on what he thought was ball four from reliever Pedro Baez. But Rizzo assumed..." October 20

  • Bautista, Encarnacion may be done with Blue Jays, here's where they could land

    CBS Sports "Wednesday afternoon at Rogers Centre, the 2016 Blue Jays season came to an unceremonious end with a loss to the Indians in Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS (CLE 3, TOR 0). Toronto is the first team to lose the ALCS in back-to-back years since the Mariners in 2000 and 2001. "This group's come a..." October 20

  • Adrian Gonzalez sounds off after review upholds controversial call

    ESPN "A fired-up Adrian Gonzalez was adamant he was safe after a controversial call that he and Dodgers teammates thought swung Wednesday night's National League Championship Series Game 4 in the direction of the Chicago Cubs, and he sounded off after Los Angeles' 10-2 loss. "I knew I was safe,''..." October 20

  • John Gibbons Will Manage Blue Jays In 2017

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays’ 2016 season ended with disappointment tonight as the team lost 3-0 to the Indians, who will move on to the World Series after topping Toronto 4-1 in the American League Championship Series. While the offseason comes with plenty of uncertainty for Toronto — Edwin Encarnacion, Jose..." October 20

  • Cubs fan Bill Murray has a potential Game 7 conflict

    Sportsnaut "We have seen actor and comedian Bill Murray in the stands at Wrigley Field throughout the playoffs. Potentially the most famous Chicago Cubs diehard there is, Murray has made his presence known as his team looks to break a near 110-year drought without a World Series title. Unfortunately for..." October 19

  • MLB host: Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista is not a winning baseball player

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista is not a winning baseball player, says Casey Stern, MLB post-season host for TBS. Bautista is forever looking to be the hero, looking to hit a home run on every single swing, rather than try to put his team ahead by getting on base or tapping in a run, Stern told Dean Blundell &..." October 19

  • Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion asks court to throw out STD lawsuit

    Toronto Star "Lawyers for Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion have asked a New York court to throw out a $11.5-million lawsuit by a 24-year-old woman who claims Encarnacion knowingly infected her with two sexually transmitted diseases earlier this year in the Dominican Republic. Filed Tuesday, before..." October 19

  • A guy got four years in prison for vandalizing Matt Garza’s Ferrari

    Hardball Talk "As is frequently the case, the headline is kind of all you truly need to know. The whole story can be read over at Brew Crew Ball if you’d like, however. Four years seems rather steeps for vandalizing a car, but (a) the car was inside a garage and Garza’s family was home at the time; and (b)..." October 19

  • Jose Bautista has great quote about facing Indians’ Ryan Merritt

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays may be down 3-1 in the ALCS against the Cleveland Indians, but don’t tell that to Jose Bautista. The Blue Jays outfielder remains as confident as ever heading into Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday. In fact, he thinks Indians pitcher Ryan Merritt, who is scheduled to start..." October 19

  • Cubs being shut down in NLCS, and Joe Maddon has few options

    SI "An entirely different season begins tonight for the Cubs. For 168 games they sailed with the wind at their backs, never owning a losing record and never trailing another team except for one day out of the 198 since Opening Day, and that was way back on April 8, four games into the season. Tonight..." October 19

  • The Tigers aren’t saying they’re rebuilding. But they’re basically rebuilding.

    Hardball Talk "For the past several years the Tigers have spent big and gone for it. They’ve handed out large, multi-year contracts to superstars and have made blockbuster trades, all of which screamed “win now, the cost be damned.” As of yesterday, that era appears to be over. General Manager Al Avila spoke..." October 19

  • Pete Rose cracks subtle joke about being banned from Hall of Fame

    Larry Brown Sports "In case there was any doubt over whether Pete Rose is bitter about not being eligible for the Hall of Fame, the Hit King made his feelings pretty clear during the FOX broadcast after Game 3 of the NLCS Tuesday night. When asked by colleague Frank Thomas if he used to guess which pitches were..." October 19

  • Dodgers two wins from World Series and the man responsible isn't on the field

    CBS Sports "We've had three games so far in this thrilling National League Championship Series, and we have three heroes to credit for each victory. In Game 1, Miguel Montero delivered a grand slam and gave the Cubs a 1-0 series lead. In Game 2, Clayton Kershaw pitched his postseason opus, a thing of..." October 19

  • Could the Mets check in on Yankees' Brian McCann?

    Newark Star-Ledger "One of the biggest disappointments for the Mets in 2016 was the regression of catcher Travis d'Arnaud. D'Arnaud entered the year with high expectations after hitting .268 with a .825 OPS, 12 home runs and 41 RBI in 239 at-bats for the Mets in 2015. But d'Arnaud went down with a shoulder injury..." October 19

  • Maddon calls Urias' pickoff move 'balking 101'

    MLB.com "The deceptive move that helped Dodgers rookie Julio Urias convert an MLB-leading six pickoffs during the regular season and another this postseason is one that Cubs manager Joe Maddon hopes will be closely monitored by the National League Championship Series umpiring crew. Urias starts Game 4 on..." October 19

  • Phillies to reportedly switch to Under Armour uniforms in 2020

    CSN Philly "We must protect this house. First reported by Terry Lefton of SportsBusiness Daily, and later confirmed by ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell, Major League Baseball will reportedly be switching uniform makers from Majestic Athletic to Under Armour for the 2020 MLB season. Majestic has been making MLB..." October 19

  • Anaheim, Angels say yes to $450 million project next to stadium

    Orange County Register "The Anaheim City Council and the Angels gave their blessing to a developer’s plan to build a massive, L.A. Live-like project near Angel Stadium. The council on Tuesday unanimously approved LT Global’s LT Platinum Center, a $450 million mixed-use development that would include high-rise office..." October 19

  • Steve Garvey: Donald Trump considered buying San Diego Padres

    USA Today "As Donald Trump battled to keep the USFL viable, the Republican presidential candidate also eyed ownership of a Major League Baseball team. The San Diego Padres were up for sale in 1986 and one of the franchise’s potential suitors was Trump, who apparently wanted to move the team east. “I..." October 19