• Chris Davis’ latest cold streak will blow your mind

    Sportsnaut "A season that seemingly couldn’t get any worse for Baltimore Orioles first baseman has, in fact, gotten much worse. The 32-year-old slugger, who enters Friday with a .171/.246/.302 slash line with a .548 OPS and 185 strikeouts in 461 at-bats, has been on an insane cold stretch..." September 22

  • Report: Buck Showalter not expected to return as Orioles manager

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2018 Baltimore Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball history, so it should come as no surprise that they are expected to be in the market for a new manager this winter. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Orioles are planning to part ways with Buck Showalter..." September 21

  • Jeff Banister fired as Texas Rangers manager

    Dallas Morning News "In the span of four years, Jeff Banister went from first to worst. He will not get a chance to reverse the club's course again. With the Rangers headed for a last-place finish and the team's second consecutive losing season, the Rangers decided to make a change, the..." September 21

  • Giants CEO Larry Baer updates contract talks with Madison Bumgarner

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Giants have promised change this upcoming offseason.  Trades, free-agent signings and everything in between could be on the way after two straight disappointing seasons. The biggest change, though, would be the loss of lefty team legend Madison..." September 21

  • Tigers DH Victor Martinez says Saturday will be final game of career

    Click on Detroit "Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez announced Saturday will be the final game of his illustrious career. Martinez made the announcement Friday before the Tigers' game against Kansas City. Martinez's four-year contract with the Tigers will..." September 21

  • MLB puts Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on leave after ex-wife's blog post details abuse allegations

    USA Today "Major League Baseball has placed Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on leave, hours after his ex-wife revealed more abuse charges on an Instagram post. Thomas Field, the attorney who originally represented the ex-wife of Russell told USA TODAY Sports on Friday that the abuse..." September 21

  • Why Christian Yelich has taken over the NL MVP race and deserves to win the award

    CBS Sports "The National League MVP race seems to have a different frontrunner every week. And without the type of dominant season we've had from a household name the past three years -- Giancarlo Stanton, Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper -- it makes sense that several players have..." September 21

  • MLB Rumors: Surprise NL team stealing Manny Machado from Yankees, Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Get ready for a bidding war. When the offseason arrives, two free agents will dominate conversation around the sport: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Harper's powerful left-handed swing will likely attract record offers. Machado's versatile..." September 21

  • Royals Reportedly Set For Payroll Reduction In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals entered the 2018 season with a payroll of roughly $122MM — their fourth straight season with a $100MM-plus payroll — but Fancred’s Jon Heyman writes in his latest notes column that the team is expected to pare that figure back by as much as $30-35MM for..." September 21

  • Angels' Francisco Arcia Makes Baseball History In Demoralizing Ass-Whupping

    Deadspin "History was made in Thursday afternoon’s Angels-Athletics game. Surprisingly, it was not made by the Athletics, who beat the absolute shit out of the Angels by the football score of 21–3. No, it was made by Francisco Arcia of the Angels, who became the first MLB..." September 21

  • Masahiro Tanaka pitched himself out of wild-card conversation

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka made the decision for Aaron Boone. Boone and the Yankees do not want to admit it just yet, but there is no way they can have Tanaka start the wild-card game. The season is on the line that game and the fear is that Tanaka might come up with a clunker like..." September 21

  • Addison Russell's Ex-Wife Shockingly Describes Years of Physical and Mental Abuse

    12 Up "Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell's ex-wife, Melisa, made headlines a year ago after accusing him of cheating on her. It was all a big enough mess that Major League Baseball attempted to investigate the matter. Melisa was reticent about cooperating, so the matter ended up..." September 21

  • Tigers fully expect Fulmer to be full-go for spring training

    Detroit News "Finally, Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer got a bit of good news. When renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews put an arthroscope to Fulmer’s ailing right knee Thursday morning, he found relatively minor ancillary damage around the torn..." September 21

  • Yankees set MLB record with most 10+ HR players in single season

    The Score "The newest iteration of the Bronx Bombers is now in the history books. During Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees became the first team in Major League Baseball history to feature 12 players with at least 10 home runs. The feat was..." September 21

  • Diamondbacks’ decline raises questions about Paul Goldschmidt’s future

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks’ sudden descent has brought upon a host of questions that just a month ago seemed to be perhaps a full year away. The most prominent among them: Is Paul Goldschmidt’s time with the franchise nearing an end? Barring a miraculous comeback, the..." September 21

  • Royals lose homestand finale, but appear to have growing trust in one young star

    Kansas City Star "This wasn’t a good representation of the homestand. The Royals lost to the Twins, 9-6, on Sunday afternoon, halting a three-game win streak and also pausing a stretch of success where the team had won 10 of 11 at home. In truth: One defeat isn’t that big a deal..." September 21

  • Michael Fulmer's trade value continues to plummet for Detroit Tigers

    Detroit Free Press "Last off-season, nearing the height of Michael Fulmer’s fruitless trade market heading into the winter meetings, one veteran executive told me his cardinal rule in player movement: “The best time to trade a player is yesterday.” Those words have not escaped the mind..." September 21

  • Losing Eric Hosmer may have been a blessing in disguise for the Royals

    MLB Daily Dish "It was a sad day in Kansas City on February 19 when first baseman Eric Hosmer — who had been flirting all offseason with the idea of re-signing with the team that drafted him and likely spending the rest of his career in a Royals uniform — signed an eight-year,..." September 21

  • Where Dominic Smith stands with Mets after lost season

    New York Post "Dominic Smith smiles to hide the frustration when his lost season is mentioned. This was supposed to be the year the Mets discovered if their top pick in the 2013 draft was a viable major league player who could potentially secure first base for the next several seasons and provide a..." September 21

  • With Clayton Kershaw's opt-out looming, Dodgers boss hopeful the two sides 'work together for a long time'

    CBS Sports "Wednesday night the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Rockies (LAD 5, COL 2) thanks to Yasiel Puig's latest heroics. The sweep gives Los Angeles a season-high 2 1/2-game lead in the NL West with nine games to play. While the team's focus is on winning the division..." September 20

  • Mets' Flores diagnosed with early onset arthritis in both knees

    Amazin' Avenue "Wilmer Flores has been diagnosed with early onset arthritis in both knees and is done for the season. Mickey Callaway acknowledged that he is unsure what this means for Flores’s future. The injury brings an end to a season in which Flores played in 126 games and hit..." September 20

  • Smoltz proposes split season to fix baseball's schedule

    USA Today "Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz watches baseball every day, talks about it virtually every day, sits in a broadcast booth and TV studio every week, and can’t stand what he’s seeing. He’s not just talking about all of the strikeouts, home runs, shifts and lack of..." September 20

  • Sources: Rangers consider parting ways with Banister. Here’s why this might happen

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The rebuilding plan the Texas Rangers are undertaking has reached the manager’s office. Multiple sources confirmed that the Rangers are contemplating replacing Jeff Banister after the season even though he is under contract for 2019. The Rangers exercised the..." September 20

  • Oakland A's Fans Love Their Team, But Don't Trust Its Owners

    Deadspin "Sixteen games into the Oakland A’s historic 20-game win streak back in 2002, Mike Davie realized how cheap team ownership truly was. Weeks prior, the MLB Players Association had voted to set August 30 as the deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement. Another in-season..." September 20

  • This could be Bryce Harper's last homestand with the Nationals; here's what he had to say about it

    CBS Sports "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is going to be a free agent this coming offseason. Thanks to his youth relative to almost any other free agent (he turns 26 in October) and MVP upside, he's going to perhaps ink the largest contract in MLB history. As for that idle..." September 20

  • Giants’ Madison Bumgarner wants to stay, but knows decision isn’t all his

    San Francisco Chronicle "As the Giants end another disappointing season and dive into what promises to be a turbulent winter, they finally need to address one of their most critical questions in perhaps decades, which has no easy answer: What are they going to do with pitcher Madison Bumgarner, one of the..." September 20

  • Is Red Sox' slump temporary, or did they come back to earth?

    NBC Sports Boston "All year, this looked like the revival of the 2016 offense. Some extended drop-offs are starting to make that seem like a mirage. The Red Sox’ 11 home runs in the month of September are the fewest of all 30 teams. As of midnight going into Thursday, their on-base percentage in..." September 20

  • Aaron Boone makes an interesting admission about Yankees wild card choice

    SNY TV "Yankees officials have begun discussing in earnest who will start the wild card game next month, and Aaron Boone made an interesting admission on Wednesday: That a potential division series meeting with the Red Sox could factor into which starter the team chooses. This is a logical..." September 20

  • After Orioles win, 2003 Tigers will keep record for most losses by AL team

    Michigan Live "The 2003 Detroit Tigers will not lose their dubious record this season. With their win on Wednesday night, the Baltimore Orioles improved to 44-108, ensuring that they will not break the record for most losses by an American League set by the Tigers 15 years..." September 20

  • Should Chris Sale win American League Cy Young?

    WEEI Boston "With the baseball regular season winding down, so are the races for the end of year awards, including the Cy Young. According to Bovada, Chris Sale is the favorite despite only pitching four innings since Aug. 12. This was part of a debate Thursday morning on Kirk & Callahan..." September 20

  • David Price’s Yankees nightmare is only getting worse

    New York Post "David Price entered Wednesday 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break, but his run of excellence came to a screeching halt against the Yankees — and not surprisingly, it happened in The Bronx. Yankee Stadium continued to be a nightmare for the left-hander,..." September 20

  • Rangers hope Odor can turn things around late, carry momentum to bring back good Rougie in 2019

    Dallas Morning News "In their postseason player evaluations, the Rangers will have a tough call on second baseman Rougned Odor. Which Odor can they expect for next season? Odor has been a peaks-and-valleys offensive player this season. He is at another low point as the Rangers open the final..." September 20

  • Alex Cora: Red Sox are ‘too passive at the plate’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox have lost two in a row to the New York Yankees, scoring only three runs combined in the defeats. Alex Cora thinks he knows one of the reasons for their struggles at the plate. Cora said after Wednesday’s 10-1 loss that the team is getting too passive at the..." September 20

  • Cubs' Pedro Strop hasn't ruled out late September return

    Chicago Tribune "Pedro Strop said the Cubs medical staff is not pushing his recovery in the wake of closer Brandon Morrow being ruled out for the season. “It all depends on the way I heal,” Strop said Wednesday, six days after suffering a left hamstring strain that initially ruled him out..." September 20

  • Dodgers ‘betting’ on repeat performance from reluctant reliever Kenta Maeda

    Orange County Register "Kenta Maeda is asked a very American question and laughs it off. What does it matter whether he has learned to enjoy pitching out of the bullpen? He won’t admit to enjoying life as a starter either. “It’s not enjoyable. It’s a very hard job,”..." September 20

  • Brandon Belt ‘likely’ done for ’18

    San Francisco Chronicle "Padres baserunners had a great chance to meet Giants rookie Aramis Garcia at first base. Garcia started all three games there. Brandon Belt kept hoping his right knee would allow him back into the lineup, but that probably won’t happen over the final nine games. Before the..." September 20

  • Cubs are odds-on favorite to sign Harper in offseason

    The Score "Bryce Harper is set to hit the free-agent market when the season concludes and the odds-on favorite to land the six-time All-Star resides in Chicago. Bovada released its odds for the likeliest landing spots for Harper on Wednesday and the Chicago Cubs (+150) appeared on top. They were..." September 19

  • NL has better record than AL in interleague play for first time since 2003

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs pointed out that, for the first time since 2003, the National League will best the American League interleague play this year. As of his writing on Monday, the NL had won 151 games and there are 300 interleague games scheduled per season, so win No. 151 clinched the..." September 19

  • Red Sox lose championship banner, and it’s now being held for ransom

    Sportsnaut "There will be a point within the next couple days that the Boston Red Sox are going to clinch the American League East championship. It’s been a long time coming for MLB’s best team. While a division title isn’t the end of Boston’s aspirations this season, one..." September 19

  • No resolution in Roberto Osuna case; next court date set for Sept. 25

    Sportsnet "The next court appearance for Roberto Osuna’s assault case will take place Tuesday, Sept. 25, when the Houston Astros are in Toronto for their lone visit of the year. The appearance is tentatively scheduled for 2 p.m., five hours before the Astros face the Blue Jays at Rogers..." September 19

  • The dilemma of Mookie Betts' MVP race

    NBC Sports Boston "A potential MVP award isn’t something to walk away from lightly. Neither is a 30-30 season, nor is a chance to win a World Series.  For the second time this year, Mookie Betts has a sore left side. The injury landed him on the disabled list once before, but it's not as..." September 19

  • Mets shutting down resurgent Wheeler for rest of season

    The Score "The New York Mets are shutting down right-hander Zack Wheeler for the rest of 2018. Nearing a career high in innings pitched (182 2/3) after his latest outing, Mets manager Mickey Callaway said Wheeler's spike in workload is a big reason for the shutdown, according to Tim Britton..." September 19

  • Tigers, Athletics complete Mike Fiers trade

    Yardbarker "The Tigers and Athletics have announced the completion of the mid-season trade that sent starter Mike Fiers to Detroit. Righty Logan Shore will head to the Tigers in the deal, making him the second player to be named later. About one month back, the sides announced the first PTBNL:..." September 19

  • MLB Rumors: Astros' Charlie Morton back to Phillies in 2019?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Get ready for the most important offseason in recent Phillies history. With less than $70M on the books for 2019 and a team off a season featured first-place contention in September, the Phillies have an opportunity to strike in free agency and trade market. All..." September 19

  • Yankees activate Aroldis Chapman

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday the New York Yankees got Aaron Judge back. Today they activated closer Aroldis Chapman. Chapman has been on the disabled list since August 22 with left knee tendinitis. Before going down the 30-year-old fireballer registered a 2.11 ERA and 31 saves with..." September 19

  • Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig burglarized for the fourth time Scott

    USA Today "The home of Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig was burglarized on Tuesday night, the fourth time a police report has been filed on a residence owned by the baseball star in the last 18 months. It's the third time Puig's current house in Los Angeles' San..." September 19

  • No structural damage for Trevor Story, Rockies hope to get him back this week

    Sportsnaut "The Colorado Rockies received some absolutely huge news on Tuesday as they prepare for a late-season playoff push. Star shortstop Trevor Story suffered an injury in Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers while attempting to field a ground ball. He was ultimately forced from..." September 19

  • After watching Wilson Ramos with Phillies, Mets need to sign him this winter

    SNY TV "Phillies C Wilson Ramos will be a free agent after this season and I want him to be on the Mets in 2019, when he'll still be just 31 years old. The Mets are set up to again have a dominant starting rotation next year, with or without Jason Vargas. My hunch is no one..." September 19

  • Cubs' Mike Montgomery: 'I can be a starter in this league'

    Chicago Tribune "Left-hander Mike Montgomery got his wish to pitch deeper into games Tuesday night, and he rewarded the Cubs with six innings of four-hit ball in a 9-1 win over the Diamondbacks. Montgomery’s work fell in line with a rotation that has posted a major-league low..." September 19

  • Rhys Hoskins signs on with MLB super agent Scott Boras

    Hardball Talk "Phillies slugger Rhys Hoskins has signed on with super agent Scott Boras, according to industry sources. Boras represents some of biggest stars in baseball, including Bryce Harper. He also represents Phillies Jake Arrieta and Vince Velasquez. Just last week, Harper and..." September 19