• The five most important series in final week of 2020 regular season

    CBS Sports "We're now in the final week of the 2020 MLB regular season, and even though time is running out the standings remain wonderfully muddled, especially in the National League. Thanks in part to the expanded 16-team postseason, we've got multiple playoff spots still up for grabs, and bear..." September 21

  • Dave Dombrowski could be candidate for Angels GM job

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Angels are likely to make major changes to their front office after the season. That means a big name could come in to take over baseball operations. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Angels general manager position is highly likely to open up at..." September 21

  • Domingo German Won’t Pitch In 2020

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yankees right-hander Domingo German, who’s serving the remainder of an 81-game suspension Major League Baseball handed him in January, may have been able to help the club during the postseason this fall. However, manager Aaron Boone said Monday that German won’t have..." September 21

  • Mets to clean house, attempt to lure Brian Cashman to Queens

    Elite Sports NY "The media has been in a frenzy trying to speculate on what changes Steve Cohen is going to make to the New York Mets. The two most common reports are that Cohen isn’t going to make much change this year, but will hire a President of Baseball Operations to take over as the..." September 21

  • Sandy Alderson likely to return to Mets under new ownership

    MSN.com "Steve Cohen figures to make changes to the New York Mets’ organization, but one of those changes may involve a familiar figure. According to Andy Martino of SNY, Cohen plans to bring former general manager Sandy Alderson back to the organization in an unknown role. " September 21

  • Indians won't have Terry Francona through at least Thursday

    Cleveland.com "If the Indians clinch a postseason spot Monday night, manager Terry Francona will not be in the dugout. Francona, recovering from surgery for a blood-clot issue, will miss the Indians' four-game series against the White Sox that starts Monday night at Progressive Field. The..." September 21

  • Did George Springer celebrate home run extra hard because of his free agency?

    Larry Brown Sports "The way George Springer celebrated his second home run on Sunday led some to wonder whether he had free agency in mind. Springer went 3-for-4 with two home runs in Houston’s 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Sunday. He hit one inside-the-park homer and the other a conventional..." September 21

  • Braves lose Cole Hamels for the season

    CBS Sports "When the Atlanta Braves signed left-hander Cole Hamels over the offseason, they envisioned him providing a boost to the middle of their rotation. Unfortunately for everyone involved, his one-year contract will expire with him recording just a single..." September 21

  • Ken Giles To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    TSN "Ken Giles confirmed on Monday that he will be undergoing Tommy John surgery. The 30-year-old Toronto Blue Jays closer was placed on the injured list again last week with a right-flexor strain after appearing only twice in his return from injury that sidelined him for most of..." September 21

  • Pirates Claim Carson Fulmer From Orioles

    Masn "Carson Fulmer’s stay in Baltimore was brief. The Orioles lost Fulmer today on a waiver claim by the Pirates after he made three relief appearances. He’s headed back to the organization that lost him on a waiver claim by the Orioles two weeks..." September 21

  • Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber pulled from game after poor defensive play

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber was pulled from Sunday's game after he played a double into a triple off the bat of Minnesota Twins center fielder Jake Cave. "I think the guy shouldn't have gotten to third base there," a..." September 21

  • Andrew Miller’s 2021 Option Vests

    Yardbarker "Andrew Miller made his 14th appearance of the season in Sunday’s Cardinals victory, and in doing so, he triggered a $12M vesting option for the 2021 season, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold points out. Miller, 35, signed a two-year, $25M..." September 21

  • Ryan Braun: Returning in 2021 depends on if it's 'something I want to do'

    MLB.com "No one knows a hitter better than his hitting coach, but even Andy Haines wasn’t sure whether Sunday marked Ryan Braun's final game in Milwaukee. Braun, 36 and the Brewers’ all-time leader with 351 home runs, 100 more than runner-up Robin Yount, will finish the..." September 21

  • MLB, MLBPA commit $10 million to Players Alliance to promote increased Black participation in baseball

    CBS Sports "MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on Monday announced a $10 million joint commitment to promote and enable increased Black participation in the sport of baseball at all levels. The commitment is being made through the Players Alliance, which comprises more than 100..." September 21

  • Yankees clinch 4th straight playoff berth

    New York Times "Before the 2020 season was originally supposed to begin in late March, the Yankees were considered among the favorites to win the World Series. Most of the team that won 103 games last season and reached the American League Championship Series was back. And they had added one of the best..." September 21

  • Padres clinch first playoff berth since 2006

    CBS Sports "The second-longest playoff drought in the National League has been snapped. With their win Sunday against the Mariners, 7-4 in 11 innings (box score), the San Diego Padres moved to 34-20 on the 2020 season and, more importantly, have punched their ticket to the 2020 Major League..." September 21

  • New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames to be considered for Tigers manager

    Empire Sports Media "Reports indicate that New York Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames will be considered for Detroit Tigers managerial vacancy. Ron Gardenhire was previously the manager of the Tigers, but abruptly retired on Saturday. He was expected to retire after the season, but didn’t feel..." September 20

  • Texas Rangers get Stephen Villines from Mets

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers have acquired righthanded relief pitcher Steve Villines from the New York Mets as the player to be named later in the Ariel Jurado trade, the team announced today. Villines, 25, was a 10th round draft pick of the Mets in 2017 out of the..." September 20

  • Pirates Announce Three Trades

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pittsburgh Pirates announced a trio of trades today. The first deal completes their August deal for Austin Davis, which the Phillies announced earlier today. The Pirates sent right-hander Joel Cesar to Philadelphia to complete that transaction. Davis, 27, has 3 scoreless..." September 20

  • Something Is On Fire at Citi Field During a Mets Game

    The Big Lead "The New York Mets haven't been great this year but this kind of symbolism is a bit heavy-handed. During their game with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, something was on fire just outside Citi Field and the smoke drifted on to the field of play. You can always get..." September 20

  • Red Sox-Yankees delayed by intruder at Fenway Park

    The Score "Can 2020 get any weirder? Sunday's game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees was delayed during the eighth inning after an intruder somehow found his way into Fenway Park. " September 20

  • Crunch time: 7 things to watch in final week

    MLB.com "There are playoff spots on the line, injuries to keep an eye on and home-field advantages up in the air. The Marlins are on the verge of pulling off what would amount to a little bit of a baseball miracle. The Cardinals would be in that conversation as well. The Mariners are still..." September 20

  • Will Twins or Cubs last longer in playoffs?

    ESPN "With the 2020 MLB season hitting the home stretch (already!), ESPN has a Sunday doubleheader with four teams hoping to make some noise in October. The Giants and A's get things going at 4 p.m. ET, followed by Twins-Cubs at 7 p.m. ET. To get you ready for the twin bill, we asked..." September 20

  • Orioles Acquire Victor Gonzalez From Mets, Release Chandler Shepherd

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have acquired infield prospect Victor Gonzalez from the Mets as the player to be named later in the August trade that sent Miguel Castro to New York.  The 17-year-old Gonzalez has been added to Baltimore’s 60-man player pool, while..." September 20

  • Trevor Bauer wanted Tim Anderson to flip bat after blasting HR against him

    The Score "An AL MVP candidate went toe-to-toe with an NL Cy Young favorite on Saturday and won. Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson demolished Cincinnati Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer with a solo home run to dead center, briefly admired his handiwork,..." September 20

  • Yankees’ Domingo German speaks out on his future in baseball

    Empire Sports Media "The starting rotation for the New York Yankees in 2021 will be far different than the one they featured this season. For starters, James Paxton will undoubtedly depart from the Bronx, and the jury is still out on Masahiro Tanaka and JA Happ. Both have looked solid during..." September 20

  • Reds star Trevor Bauer trolls Astros with epic trash can cleats

    Sportsnaut "The entire Houston Astros cheating scandal that dominated the news cycleduring the spring isn’t really on the front burner right now.  Instead, it’s all about the truncated 60-game regular season being completed and what promises to be a playoff format unlike..." September 20

  • Twins clinch second consecutive trip to postseason

    CBS Sports "With an easy 8-1 win over the Cubs on Saturday night (box score), the Twins clinched a spot in the expanded 2020 MLB postseason. The Twins will be part of the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2009-10. The Twins become the fifth team to secure a spot in the 2020..." September 20

  • Twins' Josh Donaldson says MLB umps have 'no accountability'

    ESPN "Two days after his ejection at home plate, Minnesota Twins third baseman Josh Donaldson lashed out at Major League Baseball's umpires, saying there's "no accountability" with the group and that the umps "don't care." "[If] the..." September 20

  • Chris Davis Out For Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "SEPTEMBER 19: Davis is out for the rest of the season, manager Brandon Hyde tells reporters (including Roch Kubtako of MASNsports.com). SEPTEMBER 14: The Orioles have placed first baseman Chris Davis on the 10-day injured list with left knee patellar tendinitis,..." September 20

  • Tigers' Ron Gardenhire retires from managing

    MLB.com "Ron Gardenhire on Saturday announced his retirement, effective immediately, after three seasons as the Tigers manager and a 16-year Major League managerial career. Gardenhire, 62, finishes his managerial career with 1,200 wins, which ranks 46th in MLB history. Gardenhire told general..." September 19

  • Two Players At Brewers’ Alternate Site Test Positive For COVID-19

    MLB Trade Rumors "Three people at the Brewers’ alternate training site, including a pair of players, have tested positive for COVID-19, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (Twitter link). Everyone else who was at the site is in quarantine while being tested daily, Rosenthal adds. These..." September 19

  • Justin Verlander Requires Season Ending Surgery

    The Score "Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander announced Saturday that he needs Tommy John surgery. "After consulting with several of the best doctors, it has become clear that I need Tommy John surgery," Verlander wrote on Instagram. "I was hopeful that I..." September 19

  • Cubs' improved bullpen loses important piece in Rowan Wick, who could be done for the season

    CBS Sports "The Cubs made a roster move on Saturday that seemed concerning at the time. They announced that right-handed reliever Rowan Wick was placed on the injured list, retroactive to Sept. 17 with a left oblique strain (lefty Andrew Chafin, acquired at the trade deadline,..." September 19

  • Red Sox legend David Ortiz says he tested positive for COVID-19: 'Man, this is no joke'

    CBS Sports "The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees renewed their historic rivalry Friday night with the first of three games at Fenway Park (GameTracker). Red Sox legend David Ortiz appeared on the NESN television broadcast and revealed he recently tested positive for..." September 19

  • Todd Frazier gets a strikeout in first career pitching appearance

    Larry Brown Sports "The bad news is the New York Mets lost 15-2 to the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. The good news is they may have found a new closer. Todd Frazier made his first career pitching appearance during the Mets’ blowout loss, and he actually did well. The 32-year-old, who..." September 19

  • Boston Red Sox not planning ‘long rebuilding process,’ Tom Werner says: ‘We’re going to be back next year'

    Mass Live "Red Sox chairman Tom Werner expects the team to be competitive in 2021 and is not anticipating a years-long rebuilding process, he said Friday on NESN’s Gameday Live. “We are intensely competitive,” Werner said. “I want to say to our fans that we’re not..." September 19

  • Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy, who had a heart attack in August, has rejoined the team

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bench coach Pat Murphy insisted Friday he had his doctor’s permission to rejoin the Milwaukee Brewers and didn’t sneak away from his home in Phoenix while no one was looking. “If I was going to sneak away, I would have done it four weeks ago,” Murphy said..." September 19

  • Brodie Van Wagenen upbeat about Steve Cohen owning Mets

    New York Post "Brodie Van Wagenen has not spoken with potential incoming owner Steve Cohen since the hedge fund billionaire’s announced intention to buy the Mets, and not at all since a cursory talk last winter. The Mets’ general manager is looking at the expected transition from the..." September 19

  • Albert Pujols passes Willie Mays for 5th all time on HR leaderboard

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has sole possession of fifth on Major League Baseball's all-time home run list after surpassing Willie Mays with his 661st dinger on Friday night. The Machine collected the momentous homer off of Texas Rangers left-hander Wes..." September 19

  • Brent Suter rolling off the mound like a confused armadillo is just what baseball needed

    SB Nation "It’s been a tough year in baseball, but everything is a little better in the world after you see this clip. This moment could happen to any of us. Just a guy, trying to do his best to play baseball, awkwardly rolling off the mound when his cleat turns unexpectedly. It’s no..." September 19

  • Baltimore Orioles get OF Mishael Deson to complete trade with Colorado Rockies

    ESPN "The Orioles on Friday received outfield prospect Mishael Deson from the Rockies to complete the trade that sent right-handed pitcher Mychal Givens to Colorado last month, Baltimore announced. Deson, 18, was originally signed by the Rockies on July 7,..." September 19

  • Trevor Bauer On Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer was already the top pitcher on MLBTR’s Free Agent Power Rankings back in February — well before the league shut down for several months, giving way to what felt like interminable negotiations between the league and MLBPA on a way to safely..." September 19

  • Aaron Judge on Yankees’ chances: ‘We have best team out there’

    New York Post "So much about baseball has changed since March 12, when the first spring training was shut down due to the coronavirus. Empty ballparks. Seven-inning doubleheaders. Designated hitters in the AL and NL. Alternate sites replaced minor league games. Teams forced to quarantine after..." September 18

  • Welcome back Mr. Sanchez, we were waiting for you

    Empire Sports Media "For most of the 2020 season, Gary Sanchez has struggled. The New York Yankees‘ starting catcher has a .145/.253/.374 line with a .274 wOBA and a 69 wRC+ in 41 games and 150 plate appearances, and there is a good chance he finishes the season below the Mendoza line. That’s fine,..." September 18

  • Red Sox acquire Jacob Wallace to complete Kevin Pillar trade

    Over The Monster "Among the trades the Red Sox made leading up to the trade deadline, Boston sent outfielder Kevin Pillar to the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later. As we covered at the time, PTBNL’s this season were not really analogous to those in the past,..." September 18

  • Yankees' Brett Gardner hopes to play in 2021

    MSN.com "Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner debuted in the majors in 2008, but it’s possible this will be the 37-year-old’s final season in the bigs. If it’s up to Gardner, however, that won’t be the case. He said Friday (via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com) that he..." September 18

  • Orioles Acquire Isaac De Leon From Marlins

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles announced that they have acquired shortstop Isaac De Leon from the Marlins. De Leon was the player to be named later in the teams’ Aug. 1 trade centering on left-hander Richard Bleier. He’ll join Baltimore’s 60-man player pool. De..." September 18

  • MLB, MLBPA announce two new positive COVID-19 tests over past week

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced Friday that there have been two positive COVID-19 tests across baseball over the last week. Of the 12,381 samples collected and tested through the end of Sept. 17, none of the positive results came from major league..." September 18

  • New insight into why Yoenis Cespedes opted out of the Mets’ 2020 season

    Yahoo! Sports "Remember when Yoenis Cespedes ghosted the Mets and subsequently opted out of the 2020 baseball season? Feels like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? And while it’s hardly a frontburner issue during the pennant race that is proceeding without him, his reasoning..." September 18