• Yankees' Aaron Judge breaks Mark McGwire's rookie home run record

    USA Today "Aaron Judge caught and passed Mark McGwire in just one sun-splashed afternoon at Yankee Stadium. Judge became the first rookie in major league history to hit 50 home runs, breaking Mark McGwire’s rookie record that had stood since 1987. The New York Yankee right fielder hit a two-run home..." September 25

  • Why the Blue Jays should trade Josh Donaldson and head in a new direction

    CBS Sports "On Sunday, long-time Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista got a standing ovation from the hometown fans as a show of appreciation for all the joy he's brought them over the year. Long-time slugger Edwin Encarnacion departed via free agency after last season, too. Along with those two players, former..." September 25

  • AL MVP Watch: Can Yankees' Aaron Judge steal the award with his big September?

    CBS Sports "Sunday afternoon, Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge crushed his 47th and 48th home runs of the season, meaning he is very close to making some impressive history. The all-time rookie record is 49 home runs by Mark McGwire with the 1987 Athletics. Judge is one away from tying Big Mac's record and..." September 25

  • Dave Roberts Would Take Issue With Anthem Protest

    Real GM Baseball "Oakland Athletics rookie Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League player to take a knee in protest during the national anthem on Saturday. If someone on the Los Angeles Dodgers follows in Maxwell's footsteps, Dave Roberts won't readily offer his support. Roberts said Sunday he'd take..." September 25

  • Derek Jeter must make impossible decision about Giancarlo Stanton's future

    ESPN "After the 2001 Yankees lost the World Series to the Diamondbacks on Luis Gonzalez’s broken-bat hit in the bottom of the ninth inning, a lot of the Yankees players were circumspect in defeat. Arizona had generally dominated the Yankees for the majority of that World Series, and New York was..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • How rapidly shrinking Detroit Tigers payroll could speed rebuild

    Michigan Live "The crowds have been smaller than usual during a miserable September for the Detroit Tigers, the first painful glimpse of the bad baseball still to come as the team embarks on a complete rebuilding. Outgoing manager Brad Ausmus said he knows fans will be tested in 2018 after more than a decade..." September 25

  • Chris Archer Says Teammates' Feedback Prevents Him From Protesting

    Deadspin "Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first MLB player to kneel for the national anthem over the weekend. Maxwell, whose father served in the Army, explained that his demonstration had nothing to do with disrespecting the military. On Sunday, Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer, one of 62..." September 25

  • Cashner, eagerly awaiting free agency, expects to hear from Rangers

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Andrew Cashner has two more chances this season to establish a career-high in victories (11), but the big stat for him is how many times his team wins when he starts. The Rangers have won half of Cashner’s 26 starts in a season in which he gambled on a one-year deal so that he could hit free..." September 25

  • The Braves in 2018: Snitker could return, but much will change

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "First things first: The Braves are believed to be leaning toward keeping Brian Snitker as manager for next season. No final decision has been made, but Saturday’s luncheon meeting between Snitker and upper management generated, in general manager John Coppolella’s description, “productive..." September 25

  • Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

    Hardball Talk "ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a..." September 25

  • Dave Roberts would have issue with player protesting anthem

    Yardbarker "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts would not stop one of his players from protesting the national anthem, but he would have an issue with it. Roberts talked about the anthem protests subject on Sunday and said he would have an issue with a player doing it, citing his father’s background..." September 24

  • Why there are reasons to believe the Reds could be much better in 2018

    CBS Sports "As the 2017 season winds down, we're giving each team once eliminated from postseason contention its own spotlight. You might not specifically notice it as such, but we've done it several times already. On this fine Sunday, I've tasked myself with grabbing the Reds and the avenue I'd like to take..." September 24

  • Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has 2 herniated disks; treatment plan undetermined

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has two herniated disks in his back but might still play again this season, manager Brad Ausmus said. Cabrera underwent an MRI on Sunday after leaving Saturday's game in the first inning with lower back pain. Ausmus said the MRI showed two..." September 24

  • Judge closing in on rookie home run mark

    North Jersey "Aaron Judge’s strong September showing continued on Sunday, with two more home runs – leaving him one shy of the MLB rookie mark. Jaime Garcia didn’t make it through the third inning at Rogers Centre, and the Yankees were already in an eight-run hole before Judge connected for homers No. 47 and..." September 24

  • Roberts frustrated with Puig: I need players 'I can trust'

    Orange County Register "Dodgers manager Dave Roberts assured reporters that Yasiel Puig’s ankle was not keeping the right fielder out of Sunday’s lineup. Puig was caught stealing second base to end Saturday night’s game, a 2-1 loss. Afterward, Puig said through an interpreter that he felt pain in his ankle the moment..." September 24

  • Nationals plan to activate Bryce Harper Monday after missing last 40 games

    Washington Post "Barring a setback, or some other unforeseen change, the Nationals will activate Bryce Harper Monday in Philadelphia, according to people familiar with the situation. Harper has been out since Aug. 13 with a bone bruise in his left knee and a left calf strain, injuries that felt like a decent..." September 24

  • Farrell: Red Sox 'would fully support' player's decision to protest

    Mass Live "Red Sox manager John Farrell is well aware of President Donald Trump's view of how professional athletes should be "fired" if they choose not to stand for the national anthem. He said he has followed what is going on with the president and the protests in the NFL and NBA closely. Oakland..." September 24

  • Bronson Arroyo retires from baseball

    Hardball Talk "Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds’ right-hander Bronson Arroyo has decided to officially retire from Major League Baseball. At this point, the announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise. The 40-year-old starter was placed on the Reds’ 60-day disabled list after sustaining a..." September 24

  • Maddon clarifies view on athlete protests: Everyone has 'right to express themselves'

    Chicago Tribune "Joe Maddon clarified a statement he made Saturday about the controversy pitting President Trump against protesting athletes, saying he was unaware of Trump’s reference to NFL players as "S.O.B.’s." “I had no idea what he said,” Maddon said Sunday before the Cubs-Brewers game at Miller Park. “I..." September 24

  • Athletics' Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during national anthem

    ESPN "Oakland Athletics rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem when he did so before Saturday night's 1-0 home victory against the Texas Rangers. Maxwell, 26, dropped to a knee and pressed his cap against his chest just outside..." September 24

  • Sabathia would 'never' visit Trump in the White House if Yankees win WS

    New York Daily News "If the Yankees wind up winning the championship this season, CC Sabathia won’t be visiting President Donald Trump in the White House. “Never,” Sabathia told the Daily News before the Bombers had a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a win on Saturday against the Blue Jays at Rogers..." September 23

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge breaks MLB record in first inning Saturday

    Newark Star-Ledger "Hot or cold at the plate, Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge does a lot of striking out. A whole lot. His first-inning strikeout in Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays ran his 2017 total to an even 200, which is a new Major League record for rookies. Kris Bryant of the Chicago..." September 23

  • MLB to donate $1M for P.R., Mexico relief

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball announced Saturday it will donate $1 million to aid communities affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico. The league's contributions are being sent to immediate relief efforts and long-term rebuilding endeavors through Habitat for..." September 23

  • Braves sign Suzuki to 1-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "Due to be a free agent at the end of the 2017 season, catcher Kurt Suzuki has agreed to a one-year extension with the Atlanta Braves, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports. News of his extension, which will be worth $3.5 million, was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Suzuki has..." September 23

  • Padres, Dodgers might play series in Mexico next season

    San Diego Union-Tribune "In 1996, the Padres and the New York Mets traveled to Monterrey, Mexico, to play Major League Baseball’s first regular-season series outside the United States or Canada. The Padres went back in 1999, hosting the Colorado Rockies in the first regular-season opener south of the border. Next May,..." September 23

  • A's deal with another down year but have ingredients for solid lineup, intrigue in 2018

    CBS Sports "On Friday night, the Oakland Athletics were eliminated from playoff contention, stretching their postseason drought to three seasons. The main difference between the A's and other teams is they seldom "rebuild" in the conventional sense. Usually, Oakland puts effort into being a mediocre squad..." September 23

  • Rob Manfred says Portland could get MLB expansion team

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball may be expanding out to the state of Oregon. During a news conference earlier this week, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke about the possibility of the league expanding to 32 teams. “I think it’s important to get [the] Oakland and Tampa [stadium situations] resolved..." September 23

  • Carlos Beltran donates $1M for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico

    Sporting News "Astros star Carlos Beltran has donated $1 million to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, but a number of other pro athletes have also stepped forward with aid in the wake of the storm. The Category 4 hurricane caused catastrophic damage last week to the Caribbean island and U.S...." September 23

  • Jeter fires McKeon, Conine, Dawson, Perez from Marlins jobs

    Miami Herald "Derek Jeter doesn’t even own the Marlins yet, but he already has informed the team that he plans to fire two special assistants who are in Baseball’s Hall of Fame (Andre Dawson and Tony Perez), the manager who led them to the 2003 World Series championship (Jack McKeon) and the player known as Mr...." September 23

  • Six candidates to replace Brad Ausmus as Detroit Tigers manager

    Sporting News "Brad Ausmus is out as the manager of Detroit’s baseball club, and the only mild surprises about that announcement are that the Tigers didn’t wait until the end of the season to officially make the move, and that Ausmus will finish out the season as the skipper. About 15 seconds after digesting..." September 23

  • Yost committed to Royals in 2018: 'I'm not walking away'

    MLB.com "As the Royals face the prospect of losing several of their core players to free agency this offseason, there's one spot they won't need to replace: Their manager. Royals manager Ned Yost, who has one year left on his contract after 2017, said he definitely plans on returning for '18. "I'm..." September 23

  • Bryce Harper runs bases ahead of possible return

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to take significant steps toward a return to action. On Friday, Harper was spotted at Citi Field in New York running the bases and shagging fly balls, with an evaluation by the team pending." September 22

  • Noah Syndergaard to pitch 1 inning Saturday

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Mets have scheduled right-handed starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard to throw one inning of work against the arch rival Washington Nationals on Saturday, according to the National League East ball club. With “Thor” slated to toss just one inning, fellow right-hander Matt Harvey will..." September 22

  • Brad Ausmus Ousted As Detroit Tigers Manager

    CBS Detroit "The Detroit Tigers ousted manager Brad Ausmus Friday afternoon in a move that, like most things, happened slowly — and then suddenly. The news started as a hint on Twitter when an assignment editor at a local television station said the team had invited media down for an impromptu presser. The..." September 22

  • Lance McCullers to start for Astros on Sunday night

    Houston Chronicle "Lance McCullers Jr. will start for the Astros in their Sunday night game against the Angels, the first of two outings he will get to prove his health ahead of the playoffs. McCullers, who after pitching Sunday would then be in line to face the Boston Red Sox next weekend, hasn't pitched since..." September 22

  • Robinson Cano hit his 300th home run last night

    Hardball Talk "Last night Robinson Cano hit a solo homer in the ninth inning of the Mariners’ loss to the Texas Rangers. It was his 22nd on the season. Though it was insignificant to the outcome of that game, it was significant to Cano: it was his 300th career homer. While we’ve become accustomed to not..." September 22

  • Girl hit by Yankees’ foul ball has ‘long’ recovery ahead: relative

    New York Post "The little girl who was hit in the head by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium remains in the hospital two days after the freak accident — but her recovery could take much longer, a relative said Friday. “She’s stable. It’s going to be a long process,” said the family member, who didn’t give his..." September 22

  • Reds Sign Tucker Barnhart To Four-Year Extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced on Friday morning that they’ve signed catcher Tucker Barnhart to a four-year contract extension that will keep him around through at least the 2021 season. Barnhart’s new contract also contains a club option for the 2022 season. Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer..." September 22

  • Orioles of course want to keep Machado, but may have underwhelmed him with offer

    CBS Sports "Orioles star third baseman Manny Machado has surged in the second half and reestablished himself as one of the most coveted young players in the game. He's still just 25, owns a career OPS+ of 117, recently notched his third straight 30-homer season and is an elite defender at the hot corner. He's..." September 22

  • Mets expect Terry Collins to retire at end of 2017 season

    New York Daily News "Terry Collins and the Mets return to Citi Field Friday night to begin the final homestand of the 2017 season with an uncertain future. After seven seasons at the helm, the Mets manager’s contract expires after this season and there have been no talks to extend his tenure. Team sources said..." September 22

  • Yankees' CC Sabathia: 'I'll be fine' at boozy playoff celebration

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia, who's battled alcoholism, said he won't back out of the team's booze-drenched clubhouse bash if -- and more likely when -- they clinch a playoff spot. "I'll be fine," Sabathia said after the Yankees' win over the Twins at Yankee Stadium on..." September 22

  • No neck pain leaves Zimmermann with dash of optimism

    Detroit News "All he and the Tigers can do is hope. They hope those neck demons flee during the coming offseason. They hope he can heal, fully, ahead of February and the start of spring camp. They hope, most of all, that a man only 31 years old, with a sterling past and three years to go on his Tigers..." September 22

  • Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

    Hardball Talk "Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season. The Orioles are still technically in..." September 22

  • Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey hints at retirement after beating Nationals

    CBS Sports "Thursday night, veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey twirled a gem against the Nationals, holding them to two runs in eight innings. The Braves held on to win the series finale against Washington (ATL 3, WAS 2). The win improved Dickey to 10-10 with a 4.32 ERA in 183 1/3 innings this season. And,..." September 22

  • Orioles Looking To Add Two Starters In Offseason

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yesterday, FanRag’s Jon Heyman wrote that the Orioles have “no intention” of shopping Manny Machado with just a year on his contract before free agency and a potential record-setting deal, and today MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reports that Baltimore is aiming to add two starting pitchers from outside the..." September 22

  • Report: Alderson Expected To Return To Mets, But Collins’ May Retire

    CBS New York "Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is reportedly expected to return next season. As for manager Terry Collins’ future? That remains murky. Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reported Thursday that multiple sources told her Alderson, 69, whose contract expires after this season, will be back..." September 21

  • Yankees intend to get under luxury tax threshold for 2018

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees have every intention to get below the luxury tax threshold for the 2018 season, which rises to $197 million next year, people familiar with their thinking say. New York has significant money coming off the books after the year, with CC Sabathia ($25 million salary in 2017)..." September 21

  • Reds will extend safety netting for 2018 following latest ballpark injury

    WCPO Cincinnati "The Reds have announced plans to extend safety netting to the end of the dugouts for the 2018 season following the gruesome injury to a child at Yankee Stadium this week. Thursday's announcement came after a 4-year-old girl was hit in the face by a foul line-drive hit by former Red Todd..." September 21

  • Orioles have no intention of shopping Manny Machado

    Fanrag Sports "The Baltimore Orioles have no intention to shop Manny Machado, though they haven’t yet decided whether they will make a second big attempt to lock him up long-term. Owner Peter Angelos has not yet made the commitment to extend an offer to Machado, which would presumably have to be for at least..." September 21

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