Sportsnaut "The 2021 MLB regular season was an unexpected joyous ride for the San Francisco Giants, as they won a league-best 107 games. At the same time, them losing in the National League Division Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers squandered that storybook regular season. Blowing a 2-1..." October 20
Larry Brown Sports "Every so often you’ll see video of a lucky baseball fan making a quality catch on a home run or a foul ball into the seats. You almost never see it on a bat, but it happened Wednesday. One Boston Red Sox fan turned what could have been a scary moment into a highlight during Game..." October 20
MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers won’t renew the contract of hitting coach Andy Haines for the 2022 season, according to multiple reporters (including MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy). Assistant hitting coach Jacob Cruz may also be on the way out, as the Brewers have informed him that he is free to..." October 20
Yardbarker "Alex Cora has generally made very good managerial decisions with his Boston Red Sox this year. But he made one terrible decision in Game 5 of the ALCS on Wednesday that backfired. The Houston Astros entered the top of the sixth leading 1-0 on a second inning home run by Yordan..." October 20
Baseball Essential "The 2021 season was a big one for right-handed pitcher Zack Plunkett. This year presented Plunkett with an opportunity to showcase what he could do on the mound after transitioning from catching to pitching two years ago. “Going from catching to pitching in 2019, I was able..." October 20
MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced they’ve acquired right-handed pitching prospect Zach Willeman from the Dodgers. The move completes the clubs’ July 29 deal that sent left-hander Danny Duffy to Los Angeles. Willeman, 25, is a former 19th-round pick by Los..." October 20
"Death, taxes and fans complaining about calls that don't go their way.
As long as sports have existed, there has been an element of error that comes with living, breathing human beings officiating those sports.
Mass Live "A total of 309 pitches were thrown between the Red Sox and Astros in Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday night. One stands out above the rest. With the game tied, 2-2, and the potential go-ahead run on second base, Sox starter-turned-reliever Nathan Eovaldi found himself in a two-out battle..." October 20
Bleacher Report "Aaron Boone heard the rumors all season. He knew fans were calling for his job and media members were questioning his decisions. A 13-game winning streak and a trip to the AL Wild Card Game quieted the detractors for a little while, but when the New York Yankees were unceremoniously..." October 20
The Athletic "Let’s make one thing clear: The Mets were probably never going to get their dream pick of presidents, the Theo Epstein or Billy Beane or David Stearns types, all three of whom are officially out of contention to lead the Mets’ baseball operations. All of them, while outstanding..." October 20
Bleacher Report "Heading into the bottom of the eighth inning in Game 3 of the 2021 NLCS, it felt like the series was over. The Atlanta Braves were ahead 2-0 in the series and led 5-2 in the game. Luke Jackson (1.98 ERA during the regular season) and Will Smith (five scoreless innings of work thus far..." October 20
MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds were competitive in 2021 but ultimately came up short of a Wild Card berth. Cincinnati now faces the potential departure of one of their middle-of-the-order hitters, which would leave general manager Nick Krall needing to find some other way to bolster the offense while restructuring a..." October 20
"Was anyone a bigger surprise during the 2021 MLB season than Baltimore Orioles center fielder Cedric Mullins?
That's certainly up for debate, but each team had at least one player who surpassed even the most optimistic expectations over the course of the year.
Yardbarker "Longtime Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush is leaving his position to become a senior advisor for the team’s baseball operations department, The Athletic’s Patrick Mooney reports. Bush has been Chicago’s assistant GM since December 2006, and briefly served as the..." October 20
"Javier Baez may be on the verge of becoming the New York Mets' long-term second baseman.
There is a real chance the Mets and Baez will agree to a contract extension early in the offseason, sources told SNY's Andy Martino.
Bleacher Report "Three of the last four World Series champions are still alive in the 2021 MLB postseason. The Boston Red Sox, who won it all in 2018, hold a 2-1 ALCS lead over 2017 winner Houston, while the reigning champion Los Angeles Dodgers face a 2-0 NLCS deficit to..." October 19
The Score "The New York Yankees are going to be shopping for a starting shortstop during the offseason. Gleyber Torres started 104 games at short for New York this campaign. However, the two-time All-Star struggled offensively and defensively, accruing a .697 OPS with nine homers..." October 19
TMZ "Twenty-one baseball fans headed for the Red Sox vs. Astros ALCS game in Boston were involved in a horrific plane crash Tuesday ... but somehow, they all miraculously survived. Officials say a McDonnell Douglas MD-87 carrying the nearly two dozen people attempted to take off from..." October 19
Larry Brown Sports "Kyle Schwarber has quickly become a fan favorite with the Boston Red Sox since they acquired him from the Washington Nationals at the trade deadline this season. The first baseman is so popular, in fact, that he already has his own nickname. But many people have no idea where it came from,..." October 19
Bleacher Report "The MLB offseason is right around the corner, and it's never too early to start setting the landscape for another busy winter of wheeling and dealing on the trade market. Last month, we counted down the top 25 upcoming free agents, and now it's time to turn our attention to..." October 19
Sportsnaut "As the 2021 season concludes, baseball fans and teams are excited for the exciting crop of MLB free agents who will be available this winter. From young shortstops like Carlos Correa and Corey Seager to future Hall of Famer pitchers like Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw, a lot of money will be..." October 19
The Athletic "On the first day of free agency, Joc Pederson’s phone rang. On the line was Andrew Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations. He was not calling to discuss a new contract. He was calling to say goodbye. Pederson had spent a decade in the Dodgers organization...." October 19
Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees re-signed skipper Aaron Boone to a three-year contract on Tuesday. And while some fans wish the club moved on, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters he believes Boone would have been a top managerial candidate if New York let him..." October 19
MLB Trade Rumors "After a lengthy silence on the matter, the Yankees this morning will announce a new contract for manager Aaron Boone, reports Jack Curry of the YES Network. Boone and the Yankees have agreed to a three-year deal that contains a club option for a fourth season. He’d managed the 2021 season..." October 19
New York Post "The Hot Stove League can’t begin soon enough for most New York baseball fans, and that explains why the most intriguing person of this American League Championship Series might very well be a guy who isn’t even here. Unless the concept of Justin Verlander pitching for the..." October 19
Sportsnet "If any team in baseball represents the modern ideal of sustained big-market success, it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers. After winning eight consecutive NL West titles, they tied a franchise record with 106 wins in 2021 only to lose the division to an even better Giants team led by..." October 19
McCovey Chronicles "The postseason is still raging on, but for San Francisco Giants fans, the focus has already shifted to who will be on the team next year. With so many players heading into free agency, we’re sure to see some changes over the coming months. In particular, to the rotation. Farhan Zaidi..." October 19
MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve taken a position-by-position look at the upcoming free agent class at MLBTR in recent weeks. With the position players now all covered, we turn our attention to the starting pitching market. Each winter, free agency offers a wide variety of starting pitching tiers. There..." October 19
"This has gotta sting!!
Alex Rodriguez was just trying to talk some baseball during American League Championship Series coverage on Monday ... when Boston fans used it as an opportunity to ruthlessly troll the hell out of him about Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck.
USA Today "Upbraided by his manager on national television, Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez struck a remorseful tone after he mocked Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa upon finishing six innings of superb work. Rodriguez even said that after pointing to his wristwatch in..." October 19
ESPN "The new and old school ways of baseball etiquette clashed during the Boston Red Sox's 12-3 victory over the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night when Carlos Correa grounded out to second baseman Christian Arroyo to end the sixth inning. As Red Sox pitcher Eduardo..." October 19
MLB.com "Zack Greinke pitching a must-win postseason game was among the surest of sure bets during the six-time All-Star’s peak. It’s explicitly why the Astros acquired him ahead of the 2019 Trade Deadline. Now, with a 2-1 deficit in the American League Championship Series and..." October 19
SI "Even when touching on positives from the Toronto Blue Jays 2021 season and offseason plans, President and CEO Mark Shapiro said there was a sense of "bitterness" watching the postseason play out without the Blue Jays involved. The feeling leaves Shapiro determined to improve..." October 18
Yahoo! Sports "The Giants were sent home for the winter about three weeks earlier than they hoped, but that doesn't mean it's a quiet time of year for their front office. Farhan Zaidi and Scott Harris have a lot of decisions to make with pending free agents and arbitration-eligible..." October 18
Larry Brown Sports "The New York Mets’ hunt for a new president of baseball operations is turning messy as candidate after candidate passes on the opportunity. That may force the organization to do something controversial. As it stands, the Mets have not asked for permission from any other..." October 18
MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs have designated catchers Erick Castillo and Tyler Payne for assignment, as relayed by Jordan Bastian of MLB.com (Twitter link). Additionally, Johneshwy Fargas, Tyler Ladendorf and Joe Biagini — each of whom were selected to the majors..." October 18
Clutch Points "The New York Mets have a lot of slots to fill in this offseason. It’s a list that includes needing a new manager, and a president of baseball operations, amongst other openings. While both openings have been swung into motion, there’s been an emphasis on the..." October 18
ESPN "On the last day of August, before the bottom of the second inning in a road game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora called his All-Star shortstop off the field. "Alex never took me out," Xander Bogaerts told ESPN in an interview last week. Bogaerts..." October 18
CBS Sports "Nearly two weeks have passed since the San Diego Padres fired manager Jayce Tingler following a disappointing 2021 season. It wasn't all Tingler's fault, of course; the Padres suffered from myriad injuries, especially on the pitching side, and their underlying measures suggested they..." October 18
New York Post "The Brewers have officially denied permission to allow the Mets to talk to Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns to run the Mets baseball department, The Post has learned. Brewers owner Mark Attanasio denied the Mets’ request over the weekend, officially..." October 18
The Athletic "The San Diego Padres are expected to interview former St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt for their managerial opening, sources tell The Athletic. Shildt was fired by the Cardinals on Thursday for “philosophical differences,” according to St. Louis president of..." October 18
CBS Sports "The Houston Astros lost Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday to the Boston Red Sox by a 9-5 margin (box score), thereby evening the best-of-seven series at 1-1 as the setting shifts to Fenway Park. More damaging to the Astros than the loss itself is what Game 2 did to..." October 18
"As shortstop for the New York Yankees, Derek Jeter won five Gold Glove Awards. But some of the credit should go to Brian Butterfield.
Who’s that you ask? MLB Network’s Jon Heyman explains:
CBS Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers lost to the Atlanta Braves 5-4 (box score) in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night. The Dodgers held a 4-2 lead entering the bottom of the eighth inning, yet were unable to hold on after an interesting pitching decision by Dave Roberts..." October 18
The Athletic "In his first comments since his firing was announced on Thursday, former Cardinals manager Mike Shildt admitted multiple factors, including differing opinions on the use of analytics, played a part in his departure from the organization. “There is merit (to those factors)”..." October 17
MLB Trade Rumors "As the Mets continue their search for a new president of baseball operations, they may have to change tack, according to Andy Martino of SNY. It has long been reported that the top tier of their preferred candidates included Theo Epstein, Billy Beane and David Stearns. Martino reports that..." October 17
ESPN "Amid mounting pressure from players and advocacy groups, Major League Baseball will require teams to provide housing for minor league players starting in 2022, sources told ESPN. While MLB has yet to outline its plan formally, six team officials told ESPN they are starting to prepare..." October 17
Bleacher Report "No MLB postseason series lead is safe. According to Matt Kelly of MLB.com, there have been 14 instances in history when a team has blown a 3-1 lead in a best-of-seven series. Those 14 losing teams make up our list of contenders for the title of worst playoff collapse in MLB..." October 17
Yardbarker "The Atlanta Braves started off the National League Championship Series with a bang by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 3-2, in Game 1 via a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning from Austin Riley. But Los Angeles had an opportunity to score a go-ahead run of its own..." October 17
TMZ "It ain't Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays ... no, according to David Ortiz, the greatest baseball player ever is Barry Bonds. The Red Sox legend made the claim to TMZ Sports out in Beverly Hills this week ... saying Bonds is his..." October 17