• 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 23

  • 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 23

  • 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

  • Could free agent Ian Desmond really return to the Nationals?

    Washington Post "Earlier this week, Tom Boswell offered one plan for the Nationals this offseason: Re-sign Ian Desmond, the beloved former shortstop who rebuilt his value in center field with the Rangers this season. The idea is that Desmond could play center field, allowing Trea Turner to move back to..." October 22

  • Trainers might boycott showcase over international draft proposal

    Baseball America "Major League Baseball’s annual Dominican national showcase is next week, but whether any players will show up is now in question. In response to MLB’s reported international draft proposal that caught many in the industry off guard, trainers in Latin America are considering pulling their..." October 22

  • Tigers hire Lloyd McClendon as hitting coach

    Detroit News "The Tigers named Lloyd McClendon as the team's new hitting coach and Leon "Bull" Durham as assistant hitting coach Friday. McClendon replaces Wally Joyner, who opted not to return after three seasons in the position. McClendon served as manager of the Tigers' Triple A affiliate Toledo Mud..." October 22

  • 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