• 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

  • Pending free agent Gregor Blanco thanks San Francisco

    CSN Bay Area "It appears Gregor Blanco's time in San Francisco is coming to an end. The pending free agent posted a video montage to Instagram, that included the following caption: "Thanks for everything San Francisco this is my home and always will be #staystrong #sfgiants #giantsforever..." October 19

  • Ex-Yankee Hiroki Kuroda to retire after Japan Series

    New York Daily News "Former Yankee Hiroki Kuroda, who left the Bronx to pitch for his old club in Japan, is hoping to author a championship farewell to his baseball career. Kuroda’s Hiroshima Carp will play in the Japan Series against the Nippon Ham Fighters and the 41-year-old righty says he will retire afterward,..." October 19

  • Jason Heyward Benched Ahead of Game 3

    12 Up "Man, $184 million simply doesn't buy what it used to. It seems the Cubs' biggest offseason acquisition has completed his transition to platoon bat and ace defender before Game 3 of the NLCS Tuesday night. With floater-tossing lefty Rich Hill on the mound in Los Angeles, Heyward will sit in..." October 18

  • Tim Tebow finally records his first hit in Arizona Fall League

    CBS Sports "Earlier today, we noted that Mets outfielder and pop-culture sensation Tim Tebow entered Tuesday mired in an 0-for-12 slump during Arizona Fall League play. Naturally, Tebow chose this afternoon to tally his first hit -- a line-drive single against Cubs prospect Duane Underwood. Here's a few..." October 18

  • 'As it stands right now' Clayton Kershaw won't pitch for Dodgers until NLCS Game 6

    Los Angeles Times "As the Dodgers boarded a flight home Sunday night, soon after Clayton Kershaw had almost single-handedly evened the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs at a game apiece, Rich Hill cracked a joke to his wife. “I think Clayton’s going back to the Bat Cave,” Hill said...." October 18

  • The Texas Rangers' Ballpark Scam Is Even Worse Than We Thought

    Deadspin "Back in June, WFAA-TV took a close look at the Texas Rangers’ proposal to build a new stadium in Arlington, which the city and team insist would be built with a 50-50 split of private and public money. WFAA-TV discovered an unprecedented clause in the proposal that proved the 50-50 promise to be..." October 18

  • Ben Zobrist denies Dodgers' allegations of stealing signs

    Hardball Talk "As Craig wrote about on Monday afternoon, Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal accused the Cubs’ Ben Zobrist of stealing signs during the NLCS. Grandal said, “We are literally paranoid when it comes to men on second and they are trying to get signs. We know who is getting the signs. We know what..." October 18

  • Dodgers catcher admits the Cubs are stealing signs: 'We know what they're doing'

    Fox Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal didn't have to worry too much in Game 2 of the NLCS, with Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen dominating the Chicago Cubs and allowing only one runner to reach second base, but he might in Game 3. That's because Grandal says the Cubs are stealing the..." October 18

  • Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez chose not to stay in a Trump hotel, but he didn't want it to be news

    Los Angeles Times "From behind the Dodgers bench, Adrian Gonzalez glanced at his teammates who were taking their first rounds of batting practice during an afternoon workout. He looked down and sighed. Gonzalez was suddenly part of the national conversation about the upcoming presidential election, courtesy of..." October 18

  • How Theo Epstein built Cubs: 140 players, 37 trades, 80 signings and 85 departures

    Chicago Tribune "In October 2011, the Cubs agreed to a five-year contract with Theo Epstein, naming him the president of baseball operations. Epstein assembled a team, including GM Jed Hoyer, and went through the process of rebuilding Cubs baseball from the bottom up. The year after Epstein was hired, the Cubs..." October 18

  • Tigers GM Avila says payroll won’t go up, team wants to get younger

    Today's Knuckleball "The Detroit Tigers have been known to be one of the biggest free-spenders in all of baseball. Team general manager Al Avila said he hasn’t conformed what his budget for next year’s payroll will be, but he did say it will not go up according to MLB.com Tigers reporter Jason Beck. Avila also said..." October 18

  • Indians' Trevor Bauer suggested a gruesome solution to stop his finger from bleeding

    Fox Sports "We all saw what happened to Trevor Bauer's finger during Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday. The Indians starter was forced to leave the game in the first inning, thanks to his grotesquely injured pinkie finger. It was literally a bloody mess. But apparently it all could have been avoided, if..." October 18

  • A's Name Chip Hale Third Base Coach

    CSN Bay Area "The Oakland A’s named Chip Hale as third base coach on Bob Melvin’s coaching staff for the 2017 season, the club announced on Tuesday morning. The A’s also named Jeff Collins as Assistant Athletic Trainer and Josh Cuffe as Major League Strength and Conditioning Coach. The remainder of the A’s..." October 18

  • Cubs' curse is alive and well at the Billy Goat Tavern

    Sporting News "Last October, I sat in The Bartman Seat. Seemed like the thing to do in Chicago’s first trip back to the NLCS since that fateful series against the Marlins in 2003. Of course, the actual action by lifelong Cubs fan Steve Bartman — accidentally preventing left fielder Moises Alou from catching..." October 18

  • Terry Francona: Middle finger during broadcast a 'nervous habit'

    ESPN "Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday morning that video showing him extending a middle finger to a camera during Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday night against the Toronto Blue Jays was a "nervous habit" and not intentional. "God, I was so embarrassed..." October 18

  • Red Sox's Championship Pedigree Permeating 2016 MLB Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "The Boston Red Sox themselves are nowhere to be seen, but there are still Red Sox ties everywhere you look in the 2016 postseason. The Chicago Cubs have a front office run by former Red Sox executives and a roster populated by former Red Sox players. The Los Angeles Dodgers are managed by a..." October 18

  • Are the Indians making the right move starting Kluber on short rest in Game 4?

    CBS Sports "On Tuesday afternoon, the Indians will look to finish off an ALCS sweep of the Blue Jays and clinch their first pennant since 1997. The first three games have been very close -- one game was decided by one run, the other two by two runs -- and all have gone Cleveland's way. The Indians will..." October 18

  • Curt Schilling says he’ll run for Senate in 2018. As long as his wife says it’s OK.

    Hardball Talk "Curt Schilling has been toying with the idea of launching a political career lately. I’d say “planning” or “investigating” a political career if he had done more than post dumb political memes on his social media platforms and rant incoherently on talk radio and cable TV, but at the moment we’ll..." October 18

  • Kluber in Game 4 on short rest

    MLB.com "There was little solace to be had at the time. Indians manager Terry Francona, with no choice but to remove his starting pitcher from the mound in the first inning Monday, as Trevor Bauer's lacerated pinkie continued dripping too much blood to conceal, began trudging back to the dugout. He had..." October 18

  • The ALCS will be played even if the Indians’ logo is banned

    The Comeback "The Cleveland Indians lead the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 in the ALCS as it moves to Toronto for Game 3. While Jose Bautista may be wondering if the ALCS is rigged, there are some wondering if the playing fo the ALCS will be considered illegal in Ontario. A judge in Ontario is overseeing a legal..." October 17

  • Indians’ Twitter account taunts Jose Bautista, Blue Jays over excusemaking

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are up 2-0 in the American League Championship Series, and they’ve about had it with Jose Bautista’s excusemaking. Their Twitter account kept prodding at Bautista on Monday, and they even asked fans to chime in on what they expected Toronto’s next defense to be." October 17

  • MLB Pushing For International Draft In CBA Negotiations

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball is pushing hard to implement an international draft in the current wave of collective bargaining negotiations with the MLB Players Association, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney. The international draft would be a centerpiece in the changes brought forth with the new CBA, per..." October 17

  • Under Armour reportedly will replace Majestic as MLB on-field jersey providers

    Fox Business "Under Armour (UA) and online sports retailer Fanatics reportedly scored a deal to make on-field jerseys for Major League Baseball, replacing Majestic Athletic. The jersey deal will start with the 2020 season, according to a Sports Business Journal report on Monday Opens a New Window. . The..." October 17

  • Dodgers catcher says Cubs were stealing signs in Game 2

    CBS Sports "Just in case you thought the NLCS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs couldn't get more tense -- and remember, the series is tied at 1-1 and heading out west -- then how about some gamesmanship talk? That's precisely what Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal introduced to the equation..." October 17