• Blue Jays interviewed Canadian Stubby Clapp for manager job

    Sportsnet "The Blue Jays have interviewed Canadian Stubby Clapp for their managerial vacancy, Bob Elliott of Canadian Baseball Network reported Monday. It’s unclear whether Clapp’s one of the four finalists for the job or whether he simply interviewed earlier in the month when the..." October 22

  • Red Sox ace Chris Sale says he's '100 percent' for Game 1 vs. Dodgers

    CBS Sports "Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is slated to start Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Monday, Sale met with the press and discussed how he feels following his brief stomach-related hospital stay during the American League Championship..." October 22

  • Lenny Dykstra pleads not guilty to drug, terroristic threat charges

    The Score "Former Major League Baseball All-Star Lenny Dykstra pleaded not guilty to drug and terroristic threat charges, which both stem from an incident with an Uber driver, in a New Jersey court on Monday, according to The Associated Press. Following his arrest in May, Dykstra was..." October 22

  • Mets GM rumors: Jacob deGrom's agent is among the reported three finalists

    CBS Sports "The New York Mets appear to be winding down their search for a new general manager. After a lengthy process that saw various candidates reject their advances, the Mets have now reportedly narrowed the field down to three people, per MLB.com's Anthony Dicomo: Former Milwaukee Brewers GM Doug..." October 22

  • Joe Espada in Toronto to interview for Blue Jays’ managerial positon

    Sportsnet "Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada is in Toronto to interview for the Blue Jays’ managerial vacancy, the latest step in the ongoing process to find John Gibbons’ replacement. Espada is one of what was believed to be up to five finalists for the position, a group also..." October 22

  • Aside from Yankees, the Dodgers, Giants and Braves expected to pursue Patrick Corbin

    SNY TV "The Yankees like pending free agent LHP Patrick Corbin, according to SNY's Andy Martino. And if they pursue him, they could be joined by the Dodgers, Giants, and Braves -- who are expected to "show a lot of interest" -- according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston..." October 22

  • Inside MLB's Big Pitch-Tipping Problem

    Bleacher Report "For all the fuss this month about sign stealing, the key matchup in the World Series may have nothing to do with which team has the other team's signs. Sometimes, you don't need the signs. Sometimes, the pitcher tells you what's coming. He may do it..." October 22

  • Dodgers players and employees are the latest to cross hotel picket lines in Boston

    SB Nation "While in Boston for the ALDS at the beginning of October, Yankees players crossed a picket linewhile staying at the Ritz-Carlton Boston. As union members themselves, it was an incredibly bad look for the team at the time. Now, the Dodgers have done the same thing while in Boston..." October 22

  • What went right in Dave Martinez’s first season with the Nationals?

    NBC Sports Washington "After spending a decade as a Major League bench coach and managerial interviews with seven other ballclubs over the course of six years, Dave Martinez was hired to manage the Washington Nationals in 2018. The team had averaged 93 wins over the previous four years, winning 95-plus in three of..." October 22

  • Dodgers plan to tab Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of World Series

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers plan to tab ace Clayton Kershaw for Game 1 of the World Series. Nothing is set in stone yet ahead of Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series. In the event Kershaw can’t start Game 1, Rich Hill would start...." October 22

  • Marlins make it official, welcome Mesa brothers, Victor Victor and Victor Jr., to Miami

    Miami Herald "The illuminated sign inside a press conference room at Marlins Park said it all — “Bienvenidos a Miami” followed by the names Victor Victor Mesa and Victor Mesa Jr. In what marked the biggest signing splash under first-year owners Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman, the..." October 22

  • Is Victor Robles ready if the Washington Nationals need him in center in 2019?

    Federal Baseball "Washington Nationals’ prospect Victor Robles was four games into his 2018 campaign when he landed awkwardly on his left arm trying to make a tough play in the outfield and suffered a hyperextended elbow which kept him out of action from April 9th to July..." October 22

  • Alex Cora plans to stick with 11 pitchers for Series

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox aren’t going to mess with what’s been working. They’ve gone with 11 pitchers and 14 position players in both rounds of the postseason, and manager Alex Cora said yesterday he probably will do the same thing for the World Series. It got..." October 22

  • Red Sox bullpen was told about 'doubters'

    NBC Sports Boston "The Red Sox are in the 2018 World Series in large part because their bullpen has stepped up in a way that appeared unlikely. Not impossible, but unlikely. Matt Barnes has allowed one earned run in 6 1/3 innings on one hit, a home run. Ryan Brasier has no earned runs in seven innings...." October 22

  • MLB rumors: Ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi running out of options for 2019

    Newark Star-Ledger "Two down, four to go. That's the situation facing former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who watched the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels hire new managers over the weekend. The Reds hired David Bell, but only after Girardi reportedly removed himself..." October 22

  • Tigers will browse carefully for free-agent pitching help

    Detroit News "A year ago the Tigers were shopping for a couple of starting pitchers who, in automobile parlance, would be called basic transportation. They kicked tires across the free-agent lots and came away with two dependable baseball second-cars. Mike Fiers in 21 starts for the Tigers had..." October 22

  • The Brewers' bullpen was the story of 2018, but check out all the starting options they'll have next year

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "In the midst of its “bullpenning” approach to the 2018 postseason, the Milwaukee Brewers ironically gave fans a sneak peek at the promise within the starting rotation of 2019 and beyond. Brandon Woodruff and Corbin Burnes represented the two most prominent..." October 22

  • Joe Girardi waiting for opening with Cubs

    Hardball Talk "Fancred’s Jon Heyman reports that former Yankees manager Joe Girardi took himself out of the running for the Reds’ and Rangers’ managerial openings. The “industry speculation” is that Girardi is waiting a year for a potential opening to manage the..." October 21

  • Brad Ausmus named Angels manager

    MLB.com "The Los Angeles Angels today formally named Brad Ausmus the club's new Field Manager in an announcement by General Manager Billy Eppler. He becomes the 17th different field manager in club history, replacing Mike Scioscia, who held the position since 2000. As per club policy, no terms of..." October 21

  • Chris Sale not hospitalized because of belly button ring infection

    Hardball Talk "Amid the hubbub of Saturday’s Game 7 finale between the Dodgers and Brewers, there was some confusion over a statement Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale made to the press. Sale was temporarily hospitalized last week with a stomach ailment and later told reporters it was due to a rash he had..." October 21

  • Christian Yelich posts on Instagram, tells fans ‘we’ll be back’

    Larry Brown Sports "Christian Yelich’s season came to an end on Saturday night, but the Milwaukee Brewers star had some reassuring words for the team’s fans. Yelich posted on Instagram Sunday to thank Brewers fans for their “unbelievable” support. He also promised that the Brewers..." October 21

  • Red Sox favored slightly over Dodgers in World Series

    ESPN "The Boston Red Sox opened as slight favorites to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series, according to Las Vegas sports books. Oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook set the Red Sox as minus-135 favorites in early betting, with the Dodgers made plus-115 to win the..." October 21

  • Yanks considering bringing back Happ, Sabathia for 2019

    Yardbarker "With the offseason now underway for the Yankees, general manager Brian Cashman discussed several topics of interest in an interview with Mike Francesa of WFAN earlier this week. As free agency and trade season approach, the Yankees are expected to be among the majors’ most active..." October 21

  • Cincinnati Reds choose David Bell as their new manager

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Three weeks after ending the 2018 season, the Cincinnati Reds picked David Bell as their 63rd manager in franchise history. The Reds will introduce Bell as their manager at a press conference at 11 a.m. Monday. He agreed to a three-year contract with a club option for..." October 21

  • Joe Girardi Withdraws From Rangers’ Managerial Search

    MLB Trade Rumors "Joe Girardi has withdrawn from the Rangers’ managerial search, Jon Heyman of Fancred reports. Girardi previously exited the derby to become the Reds’ next manager, which helped lead to David Bell’s hiring on Sunday. " October 21

  • Dodgers' Cody Bellinger named MVP of NL Championship Series

    ESPN "With a key two-run home run in the decisive Game 7 against the Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the MVP of the National League Championship Series on Saturday. At age 23 years, 99 days, Bellinger is the youngest position player to win a..." October 21

  • LA wins NL, setting up titanic WS with Red Sox

    MLB.com "Corey Seager's elbow blew out, and the Dodgers found a way. The entire starting rotation went on the disabled list, and they found a way. Kenley Jansen's heart raced, and they found a way. They even found a way to overcome a nine-game deficit in the National League West. And on..." October 21

  • Machado takes last jab at Brewers fans: 'They're always going to boo the best'

    The Score "During the final two games of the National League Championship Series, the Miller Park faithful was vocal about their disdain for Manny Machado, routinely booing the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop any moment they could get. To Machado's credit, though, it didn't seem to faze..." October 21

  • Machado, Puig embrace their villain roles all the way to World Series

    ESPN "It was the top of the sixth inning. The Los Angeles Dodgers had two on with two out while still only leading by a run, their World Series hopes still very much teetering in the balance. And Miller Park began to shake. Yasiel Puig, the locals' second-favorite villain, walked to the..." October 21

  • Dave Roberts expects to use Clayton Kershaw in NLCS Game 7

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to use anyone they can to help them get through Game 7 of the NLCS, and it sounds as if that includes Clayton Kershaw. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts more or less guaranteed that Kershaw would find a way into Game 7 in a relief role ahead of..." October 20

  • Chris Sale Hospitalized for Irritation from Belly Button Ring

    NECN "Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale says he was hospitalized last week because of irritation from a belly button ring, according to Bob Nightengale and Jason Mastrodonato. Sale missed several games of the ALCS as Boston played the Houston Astros. He is set to make his next scheduled..." October 20

  • Red Sox may get creative with Mookie Betts to have J.D. Martinez in lineup on road

    CBS Sports "Saturday night the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers will meet in Game 7 of the NLCS at Miller Park. The loser goes home and the winner advances to take on the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Here's how you catch watch NLCS Game 7. The Red Sox beat the Astros in five..." October 20

  • Eric Gagne helped Craig Kimbrel stop tipping his pitches

    Mass Live "When Craig Kimbrel stepped onto the mound with renewed confidence in Game 5 of the ALCS Thursday night, he had a lot of people to thank. The most surprising member of that group? Former Red Sox closer Eric Gagne. Gagne, who last appeared in the majors in 2008, had watched from his..." October 20

  • Bell appears to be fave for Reds skipper

    MLB.com "David Bell is the front-runner to be offered the Reds' managerial position, a source told MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi on Saturday. Bell, currently the Giants' vice president of player development and a former manager in the Reds' Minor League system from 2009-12, has..." October 20

  • Verlander: 'I'm going to play until the wheels fall off'

    Yardbarker "Justin Verlander doesn’t plan on shutting it down any time soon, it seems. Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle quotes Verlander in a tweet: “I’m going to play until the wheels fall off.” In 2018, Verlander surpassed 200 innings and 200 strikeouts..." October 20

  • Victor Victor Mesa, Victor Mesa Jr. Expected To Sign With Marlins

    MLB.com "Without giving specifics, the Marlins have announced a news conference for Monday with chief executive officer Derek Jeter and president of baseball operations Michael Hill in attendance. Although the team didn't reveal the subject of the presser, it could be related to the..." October 20

  • Jesus Aguilar Taunted Yasiel Puig During and After the Game

    The Big Lead "Jesus Aguilar had a huge game as the Milwaukee Brewers forced a winner-take-all contest with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The first baseman was 3-for-4 with three RBIs, two runs, and two doubles. His first-inning opposite-field liner brought in two. His seventh-inning fly led to more insurance..." October 20

  • Astros star Jose Altuve had knee surgery on Friday

    ESPN "Houston Astros star second baseman Jose Altuve underwent surgery Friday on his injured right knee, according to MLB.com. Altuve served as Houston's designated hitter in the final three games of their five-game ALCS loss to the Boston Red Sox because of what had been described as a..." October 20

  • Giants Issue Statement on Owner Charles Johnson Donating to PAC Behind Racist Ad

    Bleacher Report "The San Francisco Giants and co-owner Charles Johnson issued statements regarding his donation to a political action committee that recently ran a racist radio ad in Arkansas.  With regard to Johnson's donation, the Giants released the following..." October 20

  • Former Comerica Park employee who spit on pizza pleads guilty

    The Score "Jaylon Kerley, a 21-year-old former food vendor at Comerica Park who was fired from his job and charged after video surfaced showing him spitting on a pizza, plead guilty in his case, according to The Associated Press. Kerley entered the plea on Wednesday to one felony count and one..." October 20

  • Brewers P Corey Knebel appears to have foreign substance on arm

    Larry Brown Sports "Corey Knebel pitched great for the Milwaukee Brewers during Game 6 of the NLCS at Miller Park on Friday, shutting down the Los Angeles Dodgers once again. Knebel entered the fifth inning with two on and one out and got out of the jam with a flyout and strikeout. He then held the..." October 20

  • Manny Machado – the most hated man in Milwaukee – gives boos the silent treatment after Game 6

    USA Today "On Manny Machado's first night as baseball's villain, he took on a bold strategy: If you don't acknowledge the thunderous boos of 43,619 fans, maybe they didn't happen. Machado made his debut as full-time heel Friday night in Game 6 of the National League Championship..." October 20

  • Dodgers manager explains why he did not pull starter Ryu earlier

    Larry Brown Sports "Manager Dave Roberts explained after the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 7-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 6 of the NLCS on Friday why he did not remove starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu earlier in the game. Ryu got hit hard in the first inning of the game by the Brewers. He allowed an..." October 20

  • Bill Belichick won’t even get excited about Red Sox in World Series

    Sportsnaut "Bill Belichick is a man of few words. And if you thought the Boston Red Sox reaching the World Series might prompt more, you’d be sorely mistaken. Ben Volin of the Boston Globe shared the transcript of the New England Patriots coach talking about the American League..." October 20

  • Braves unlikely to make bids for Machado, Harper

    MLB.com "While the Braves may have at least $60 million to address their multiple needs, which include a catcher, a corner outfielder, bullpen depth and a frontline starter, they may take a cautious approach to the free-agent market to avoid deals that hinder them down the..." October 19

  • Joe Girardi Withdraws From Reds’ Managerial Search

    MLB Trade Rumors "Joe Girardi has withdrawn from the Reds’ managerial search, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). He had the inside track on the job, per the report, but will instead continue working as a television analyst for the time being. It is not clear at this point..." October 19

  • Contract between Adam Wainwright, Cardinals on hold until after free agency

    ESPN "Adam Wainwright's contract with the St. Louis Cardinals has been put on hold because it violates the maximum-cut rule, and the pitcher will have to become a free agent before the agreement can be finalized, sources told the Associated Press on Thursday. The Cardinals announced the..." October 19

  • Report: Manny Machado controversies unlikely to impact free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "It hasn’t been the best week for Manny Machado PR-wise, but don’t count on it costing him too much money once he fits free agency. According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, few in the game think that his actions in the past week, including his comments about a lack of..." October 19

  • Kimbrel apologizes to Red Sox fans for causing 'heart attacks' during playoffs

    NESN "Craig Kimbrel wants all of New England to know something: He’s sorry. The Boston Red Sox closer has been a roller-coaster ride all postseason, surrendering runs in four of his five appearances and allowing the game-tying or winning run to come to the plate in those same four..." October 19

  • McCullers says he was pitching through 'a lot of stuff' in postseason

    The Score "Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. says he wasn't 100 percent healthy throughout the playoffs after a forearm injury cost him nearly the entire regular-season stretch run. "I was pitching through a lot of stuff," he told The Athletic's Jake..." October 19