• 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

  • 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 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

  • Gordon: Jose Fernandez said Cubs, Indians had best lineups

    SI "Around an hour after the Cubs clinched their first pennant since 1945, sending them into the World Series to face the Indians, Marlins shortstop Dee Gordon shared a moving anecdote about his late teammate, Jose Fernandez. Gordon—who homered in his first at bat following Fernandez’s tragic death..." October 23

  • Dodgers' Anderson calls out beer-throwing Cubs fans

    New York Daily News " It’s been 71 years, but maybe Cubs fans are partying a little too hard. Los Angeles pitcher Brett Anderson alleged on Twitter that Chicago die-hards were tossing alcohol bottles towards the area where family members of Dodgers players sat at Wrigley Field as the Cubs were closing out Game 6." October 23

  • Ticket prices for the Cubs-Indians World Series are insane

    Fox Sports "You probably could've seen this coming, but World Series ticket prices are going to be very expensive this time around. With the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians going head-to-head in the Fall Classic, we're witnessing a matchup of two historically hard-luck franchises. The Indians haven't..." October 23

  • Barely Anyone Came to Curt Schilling’s Trump Rally at Boston City Hall

    Complex "Curt Schilling continued his track record as a politician when he held a Trump "rally" (let's use that word loosely) at Boston City Hall on Saturday. The pitcher-turned-businessman-turned-social media troll-turned-political activist brought out the fire with his tent and Trump picket signs that..." October 23

  • STL Cardinals Outfielder 'I CAN SAVE YOUR BEER With Brilliant Invention!'

    TMZ "You know what sucks ... LUKEWARM BEER!!! But fear not, St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty says he can save your mouth from sucking down overheated brew ... with a very chill invention. It's called the Beer Bit -- and Stephen and his brother, Nick, swear it will keep your..." October 23

  • Morosi: Don’t think Blue Jays want Bautista back

    Sportsnet "If the Toronto Blue Jays make a qualifying offer to pending free agent Jose Bautista, they’ll probably be hoping he rejects it. This according to Jon Morosi, MLB insider at FOX Sports and MLB.com contributor. Morosi joined Blundell and Co. this morning to talk about what the Blue Jays need to..." October 23

  • Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks’ 88 pitches were just about perfect

    Los Angeles Times "For 42,000 screaming people inside Wrigley Field, the many thousands in the engorged area and millions of Chicago Cubs fans worldwide, Game 6 of the 2016 National League Championship Series was the most important game the franchise had played in decades. For Kyle Hendricks, it was his 33rd..." October 23

  • What was happening the last time the Cubs won the World Series?

    Sportsnaut "After defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Chicago Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945. Should they defeat the Cleveland Indians, the Cubs will win their first World Series since 1908. That’s quite the drought. MLB’s other 15 “original franchises” have won at least..." October 23

  • Rizzo: I'm sleeping with final out baseball tonight

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo caught the final out of the NLCS, and it sounds like he has big plans for that baseball. After the Cubs defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night by the final of 5-0 to advance to their first World Series since 1945, Rizzo was interviewed on the..." October 23

  • In playoffs, bullpen strategy can make or break a manager

    Boston Globe "You don’t change the way you do things in the playoffs, right? Remember that outdated philosophy? It’s obvious that the way playoff teams have dealt with their starters and bullpen during the postseason is far different than during the regular season. Indians manager Terry Francona used..." October 23

  • Mets have the luxury to slow-play winter market with Cespedes

    ESPN "Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey provided another look at Yoenis Cespedes' greatest flaw as a hitter in the National League wild-card game, likely Cespedes' last game before he hits the free-agent market again. Posey kept hoisting his glove high, setting a target for Bumgarner above the strike..." October 23

  • Will Phils trade big names in offseason

    MLB.com "At the very least, they will be open-minded to it. That might not lead to a blockbuster, but there is no reason not to inquire and listen. After all, is there anybody in the organization that is truly untouchable? The fact the Phillies engaged in serious trade talks with the Rangers in July..." October 23

  • Drew’s strong second half could entice Nats to try to re-sign him

    Masn "The offseason signing of Drew raised a few eyebrows, because it seemed unclear how much exactly the Nationals needed his services. Drew had been a starter his entire career, and the Nats were committed to Danny Espinosa as their shortstop, with Trea Turner likely to take over at some point. The..." October 23

  • R.A. Dickey reflects on time with Blue Jays: ‘I’ll never forget it’

    Sportsnet "Shortly after Toronto was eliminated from the American League Championship Series, R.A. Dickey met Aaron Sanchez in the middle of the Blue Jays locker room and said goodbye. "Might not see you tomorrow," the 41-year-old knuckler said, shaking the fresh-faced ace’s hand, pulling him close. "I’ll..." October 23

  • Cubs' Javier Baez, Jon Lester share MVP honors in NLCS

    ESPN "Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and starting pitcher Jon Lester were named co-MVPs of the National League Championship Series after the team's 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in Game 6 in Chicago. The Cubs won the series 4-2 to advance to their first World Series in..." October 23

  • The Cubs could use Kyle Schwarber as a DH in World Series

    Fox Sports "The Cubs have been adamant that Kyle Schwarber, their power-hitting catcher/outfielder will not play this season after tearing two ligaments in his knee in the Cubs' third game of the year. Make that: had been adamant. Schwarber is going to play, in the Arizona Fall League — he was added to..." October 22

  • Cubs' Kyle Schwarber headed to Arizona Fall League

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber is headed to the Arizona Fall League to continue his recovery from knee surgery, a source said Saturday. Schwarber, 23, is expected to be in the starting lineup Saturday night for the Mesa Solar Sox. Schwarber hasn't played in a game since tearing his medial..." October 22

  • Tigers shopped Upton during season

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers were shopping outfielder Justin Upton only months after signing him to a lucrative long-term contract, ESPN's Buster Olney reported in his insider column this week. In the report, available only to subscribers, Olney said the Tigers pushed to trade Upton during the season and..." October 22

  • Montero: Cubs 'starting to feel a little sexy at the plate'

    Los Angeles Times "Momentum can be fickle and fleeting in the postseason, where a game, a series and ultimately a season can turn on one pitch, one hit, one play. For the 2004 Boston Red Sox, it was the Dave Roberts’ stolen base that sparked a ninth-inning comeback against the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the..." October 22

  • Eddie Carnett, oldest living MLB player, celebrates 100th birthday

    MLB.com "On Oct. 12, 1916, Babe Ruth won the second of his three World Series titles with the Boston Red Sox. Nine days later, Eddie Carnett was born in Springfield, Mo. Now, Carnett is the oldest living Major Leaguer, and today, he celebrates his 100th birthday. As a child, Carnett moved to..." October 22

  • Maddon: Chicago 'buzzing' as Game 6 looms

    ESPN "We’ve been here before. Granted, it hasn’t been often. Only twice since 1945 have the Chicago Cubs been in position to advance to the World Series with just one more victory. In those two cases -- 1984 and 2003 -- they actually had a combined six chances to win one more game, yet they came up..." October 22

  • Virginia Tech fans hang horrific Jose Fernandez sign before Miami game

    SI "Virginia Tech fans hung a banner in front of an off-campus house in Blacksburg that made light of the recent death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez. "Bury the U next to Jose Fernandez RIP," the sign read. Virginia Tech played Miami on Thursday night, beating the Hurricanes, 37–16...." October 22

  • Danny Salazar could return to rotation in World Series

    Larry Brown Sports "Fresh off winning the American League pennant, the Cleveland Indians may get another reason to celebrate. Indians manager Terry Francona said on Friday that right-hander Danny Salazar, who has been out for over a month with a forearm strain, will throw a simulated game over the weekend and..." October 22

  • Curt Schilling Says Nazis & Islam 'There's a Long Standing Connection'

    TMZ "Curt Schilling says he's NOT anti-Muslim -- just anti-extremism -- but insists there's a "long-standing connection between Islam and the Nazi party." Yeah, there's a lot to digest here. The former MLB superstar just appeared on CNN to talk about his potential Senate run -- when he was..." October 22

  • Here's how the AL champion Cleveland Indians were built

    CBS Sports "For the first time since 1997, the Cleveland Indians are the American League champions. They dispatched the Blue Jays in five games in the ALCS earlier this week. The Indians are now four wins away from their first championship since 1948. They'll play the winner of the Dodgers-Cubs NLCS in the..." October 22