• MLB Shuts the Door on Mike Trout HGH Rumors in Statement

    12 Up "The MLB offseason took a turn for the bizarre with the Astros sign-stealing scandal, and the latest Mike Trout rumor follows that theme. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer and the son of former MLB player Scott Brosius publicly accused Trout, the pound-for-pound..." January 17

  • Aroldis Chapman Trolls Astros Amid Cheating And Sign-Stealing Scandal

    Total Pro Sports "New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was left with a smirk on his face as he watched in horror as Jose Altuve blasted a walk-off home run to clinch the ALCS in 2019. Who knew Chapman would be getting the last laugh. " January 17

  • Yankees castoff Jacoby Ellsbury drawing interest from NL contender

    NJ "The Chicago Cubs are hoping to upgrade their center field depth and bring in someone who can hit leadoff before the start of spring training. One of the options that GM Theo Epstein is considering to fill both spots is former Yankees bust Jacoby Ellsbury, who was..." January 17

  • Ex-MLB Pitcher Accuses ’80s White Sox, Tony La Russa Of Using Camera To Steal Signs

    Total Pro Sports "Major League Baseball is having the worst week ever. Amid the cheating scandal involving the Houston Astros that has seen three managers lose their jobs come another one that happened back in the 80’s. Former MLB pitcher and 1993 AL Cy Young winner Jack McDowell made a..." January 17

  • Reds Interested In Brock Holt

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds are among the teams with interest in free-agent utilityman Brock Holt, per Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer. The report comes just one day after Cincinnati president of baseball operations Dick Williams indicated that his club may not yet be done adding..." January 17

  • Anatomy of an Astros cheating rumor: ‘Carlos Beltran’s niece’ is actually a phony Twitter account

    Larry Brown Sports "The sports world went wild on Thursday with allegations that some of the Houston Astros’ top players wore electronic buzzing devices that communicated what pitch was coming during their at-bats. The allegations of this extremely advanced form of high-tech cheating actually had been around..." January 17

  • Rockies to retire Larry Walker’s No. 33 before game against Cardinals in April

    Denver Post "Larry Walker, the lone MVP in Rockies franchise history, will have his number retired Sunday, April 19, the team announced Friday. Walker’s No. 33 will join Todd Helton’s No. 17 on the right-field facade inside Coors Field. “There is no bigger honor an..." January 17

  • Ex-Giants player Aubrey Huff criticizes former team for hiring Alyssa Nakken as first female MLB coach

    USA Today "Former San Francisco Giants player Aubrey Huff criticized his former team for hiring MLB's first female, full-time coach.  Giants manager Gabe Kapler announced the hire of former Sacramento State softball player Alyssa Nakken on Thursday...." January 17

  • Complete Timeline of Houston Astros Cheating Scandal

    12 Up "This MLB offseason has been nothing short of insane. What started out as one player airing some dirty laundry about his former team has now spiraled into massive cheating scandal, resulting in multiple investigations by MLB and a number of people losing their jobs. The Houston..." January 17

  • MLB Says Whistleblower Mike Fiers ‘Did The Right Thing And Should Be Commended’

    Sportsnaut "ESPN personality and New York Mets special assistant Jessica Mendoza made waves on Thursday when she called out Mike Fiers for being the whistleblower that brought the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal to the forefront. Mendoza’s comments were interesting in that they came..." January 17

  • Michael Chavis looking forward to playing versatile role for Boston Red Sox in 2020

    Mass Live "For Michael Chavis, bouncing around the diamond is nothing new. The second-year Red Sox infielder is looking forward to doing just that for a 2020 team that doesn’t have a starter locked in at either spot on the right side of the infield. Chavis, who was in Boston to accept..." January 17

  • The Tatis family is not having it with the cold

    MLB.com "Cold weather certainly has some value. For instance, it instantly elevates sipping a cup of hot chocolate in front of a fireplace to the most pleasant experience known to humankind. However, many would argue that the bad far outweighs the good, mostly because the state of being cold is deeply..." January 17

  • Buster Olney: Astros Could Face 'Retribution' From Opposing Pitchers

    The Big Lead "The fallout from the Astros' cheating scandal is still mounting, and doesn't show signs of slowing down anytime soon. One thing I hadn't thought of but makes sense is a point that Buster Olney brought up on Get Up today: Opposing pitchers could throw at them all season..." January 17

  • Xander Bogaerts says Red Sox 2018 title not tainted by allegations

    ESPN " Red Sox All-Star Xander Bogaerts, addressing the sign-stealing scandal that cost Boston manager Alex Cora his job, said Thursday that he doesn't believe MLB's investigation of the team's alleged practices in 2018 taints their World Series title. "Nah,..." January 17

  • Report: Carlos Gomez plans to retire as Brewer at start of season

    The Score "Free-agent outfielder Carlos Gomez will formally announce his retirement from baseball at the beginning of the MLB regular season, according to baseball insider Hector Gomez. He hopes to do so as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers. Gomez has been playing for the..." January 17

  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Derek Jeter is a no-brainer, but will he be unanimous?

    USA Today "In other news  …. There’s a Baseball Hall of Fame election around the corner, coming on Tuesday. Derek Jeter will finally give us a break from baseball’s ugly cheating scandal. You remember, Jeter, right? The guy with five World..." January 17

  • Baseball Hall of Fame: Examining Larry Walker's candidacy in his final year on the ballot

    CBS Sports "On July 26, 2014, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that it had decided to change the BBWAA voting rules. One of the changes was that players were only allowed to be on the ballot for 10 years before falling off; prior to that, the maximum was 15 years.  To this point, we..." January 17

  • Blue Jays face challenges, temptations in handling of prospect Nate Pearson

    Sportsnet "In the lead-up to the 2019 season, the Toronto Blue Jays met with electric pitching prospect Nate Pearson and presented him with different plans to balance the year’s conflicting developmental priorities. Coming off a campaign in which injuries limited the..." January 17

  • MLB players react to new Astros cheating conspiracy theory with anger, disbelief

    Yahoo! Sports "January is typically the quietest time for Major League Baseball news. Not this year. The Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal has taken center stage in the sports news cycle, and the buzz hasn’t died down one bit since the league announced its punishments on..." January 17

  • Blue Jays sign Ruben Tejada to minor-league deal

    TSN "The Blue Jays have added more depth to their infield.  According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, Toronto has signed Ruben Tejada to a minor league deal that includes an invite to MLB training camp.  " January 17

  • MLB says it found no evidence of Astros wearing devices during games

    Houston Chronicle "As the Internet exploded with rumors that Astros players could have been wearing some sort of buzzers underneath their uniforms during the 2019 postseason, Major League Baseball released a statement to stamp out that talk. "MLB explored wearable devices during the investigation..." January 17

  • Cubs Sign Former Indians LHP Tyler Olson to Minors Deal

    Cubs Insider "You’ll never believe this, but the Cubs have signed another pitcher to a minor-league deal. As first reported by MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the club has reached an agreement with lefty Tyler Olson that will pay him $650,000 if he makes the roster. Though it wasn’t specified, the..." January 17

  • Pirates Outright Pablo Reyes

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have outrighted infielder/outfielder Pablo Reyes to Triple-A Indianapolis, per Nubyjas Wilborn of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The club designated Reyes for assignment on Jan. 9. Reyes hasn’t been outrighted previously, nor does he have the necessary service..." January 17

  • Son of Ex-Mariners Coach Accuses Mike Trout of Using HGH Through MLB Loophole

    12 Up "Allegations are flying around Major League Baseball, with a majority of the latest firestorm stemming from the Houston Astros and their numerous sign-stealing techniques. Now, one plugged-in individual is making claims about the league's biggest star in Los Angeles..." January 16

  • Josh Reddick: Astros need to 'focus on winning'

    MLB.com "Josh Reddick became the first veteran Astros player to discuss the firings of president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch in the wake of the sign-stealing scandal, but the Astros outfielder wouldn’t specifically address questions about the..." January 16

  • A first for MLB baseball: SF Giants hire female coach, a former Sac State star

    Sacramento Bee "The San Francisco Giants made a historic hire on Thursday, adding former Sacramento State softball star Alyssa Nakken to their major league coaching staff. While women have begun serving on coaching staffs in the NFL and NBA, and the New York Yankees recently hired Rachel Balkovec to be a minor..." January 16

  • Carlos Beltran Lost His Best Asset: Credibility

    New York Times "With no official punishment from M.L.B. for his role in the Astros’ cheating scandal, Beltran could have continued as the Mets’ manager. But his reputation had sustained too much damage. No one in baseball over the last decade was more revered than Carlos Beltran...." January 16

  • Released Footage Shows Astros’ Josh Reddick Actually Had Confetti On Him, Was Not Wearing A Buzzer

    Total Pro Sports "Major League Baseball handed down its punishment for the Astros cheating scandal on Monday, but an account on Twitter that proclaimed to be Carlos Beltran’s niece stated some of the players on the Astros were using buzzers on the inside of their jersey to be notified on certain pitches..." January 16

  • Trevor Bauer trolls Astros with bandage T-shirt

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Bauer has long been one of the most outspoken critics of the Houston Astros. Back in the 2018 season, he accused their pitchers of using substances to increase their spin rate and therefore improve their performance. He has long suggested the Astros were up to no good, and the..." January 16

  • Blue Jays’ Dave Hudgens appears safe as fallout from Astros scandal widens

    Sportsnet "Dave Hudgens’ status as Toronto Blue Jays bench coach appears unaffected by Major League Baseball’s discipline of the Houston Astros for electronic sign-stealing, the fallout of which widened Thursday to claim New York Mets manager Carlos..." January 16

  • Indians' Mike Clevinger Goes Scorched Earth On Astros, 'Worse Than Steroids'

    TMZ ""This is worse than steroids." That's Cleveland Indians superstar Mike Clevinger going OFF on the Houston Astros ... ripping them for getting caught in a massive cheating scandal!! "They shouldn’t feel comfortable looking at any of us in..." January 16

  • Astros' Jose Altuve denies ever wearing electronic devices; MLB says no evidence to back rumors

    CBS Sports "MLB's sign-stealing scandal continues to rock the sport this week, and it doesn't appear it's going to slow down any time soon. MLB released a nine-page report and issued sanctions against the Astros on Monday for a technology-driven sign-stealing scheme they used during their 2017..." January 16

  • Back to business: Astros agree with George Springer on $21 million deal, avoiding arbitration

    USA Today "Days after the team fired its manager and GM, the Houston Astros and outfielder George Springer agreed on a $21 million salary for 2020 to avoid arbitration, according to a report from MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. Springer, a free agent after the 2020..." January 16

  • Carlos Beltran's ouster the lesser of 2 humiliations for the Mets

    The Score "As the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal snowballed in the hours and days following the release of MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's findings, the prospect of humiliation for the New York Mets - a franchise summed up visually by this clip of Sideshow Bob stepping..." January 16

  • Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year contract

    Phillies Nation "The San Francisco Giants and former Phillies pitcher Drew Smyly have agreed to a one-year contract worth $4 million, with $250,000 in incentives, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic. The Giants placed Smyly on their 40-man roster and has a chance to compete for a job in the..." January 16

  • A new Astros cheating conspiracy theory has set Twitter ablaze

    Yahoo! Sports "Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired. Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora was fired. Now New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran is out, as the Astros sign-stealing saga has claimed another job and become one of the biggest..." January 16

  • Carlos Beltran to step down as Mets manager

    ESPN "Carlos Beltran, the only player named in MLB's investigation of the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal, is out as manager of the New York Mets before beginning his first season with the team, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan on Thursday. Beltran is..." January 16

  • Braves re-sign Adeiny Hechavarria to one-year deal

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves intended to address their depth before spring training, and they did so Thursday night in re-signing one of 2019’s pleasant surprises. Shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria returned to the Braves on a one-year, $1 million deal, the team announced. Hechavarria, a 30-year-old..." January 16

  • Álex Romero suspended 20 games for attacking Gabriel Lino with bat

    Hardball Talk "Last week, former major league outfielder Álex Romero attacked catcher Gabriel Lino with his bat during a Venezuelan winter league game. Things were already tense prior to the attack as the benches of both Caribes de Anzoátegui and Águilas del Zulia emptied, resulting in..." January 16

  • Report: Bruce Bochy not interested in Astros, Red Sox jobs

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox are scrambling to find new managers in the wake of the sign stealing scandal that erupted across Major League Baseball recently, and both teams need to look further than three-time World Series champion Bruce Bochy. Bochy does not plan to pursue..." January 16

  • Social media seems to think Carlos Beltran has a burner account defending himself

    Awful Announcing "It’s always interesting when anonymous Twitter accounts pop up seemingly just to defend certain often-criticized sports figures, such as one with New York Knicks’ owner James Dolan in December, the whole saga with then-Philadelphia Sixers’ GM Bryan..." January 16

  • Red Sox: Alex Cora admitted to wrongdoing on Astros

    ESPN "Alex Cora admitted to playing a central role in the sign-stealing scheme that the Houston Astros used in their 2017 World Series title run, according to the brass for his current team, the Boston Red Sox. Red Sox owner John Henry, chairman Tom Werner, president Sam..." January 16

  • Baseball Hall of Fame: MLB's home run king Barry Bonds is running out of time

    USA Today "Barry Bonds, simply, is one of the greatest players who ever lived. You can’t talk to anyone who played during Bonds’ generation who doesn’t believe he was the greatest player they’ve seen. He could hit. He could run. He could play..." January 16

  • 4 Manager Replacements for Carlos Beltran if Mets Fire Him Over Sign-Stealing Scandal

    12 Up "The New York Mets could be in the hunt for a new manager just weeks after hiring one, as Carlos Beltran's involvement in the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal might see him deposed of in the same manner as Alex Cora and AJ Hinch. Should the Wilpon family decide to..." January 16

  • Ryan Zimmerman says he and the Nationals continue to talk

    NBC Sports Washington "Ryan Zimmerman remains unfazed. After trying to stop Alex Ovechkin slap shots Wednesday at Capitals practice as the guest goalie, Zimmerman said he continues to not fret about his future with the Nationals. “We’ve talked,” Zimmerman told reporters..." January 16

  • A Boston city councilor responded to a Los Angeles resolution over the 2018 World Series

    Boston "The latest consequence of Major League Baseball’s investigation into illegal sign-stealing by the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox is a testy political disagreement between city councilors in Boston and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Dodgers lost the 2017 World..." January 16

  • How an episode of 'Hey Arnold!' is a perfect love letter to baseball and its beauty, power and simplicity

    Sporting News "Nostalgia can be a gift and a curse. Oftentimes, nostalgia operates as nothing more than beer goggles — distorting the view of something from afar while we slam Natty Light after Natty Light. Then, the sensation passes, and we're reminded of our jobs, our stresses,..." January 16

  • Astros manager likely to be Joe Espada

    Sportsnaut "Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada is reportedly emerging as the likely candidate to replace A.J. Hinch as the Astros’ manager for the 2020 season. According to MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, early indications from Houston indicate that Espada will be promoted to become..." January 16

  • The Mets philosophy that could doom Carlos Beltran

    New York Post "Is Mets jersey No. 15 about to become available again for whomever in the organization wants it? The next potential domino in the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing caper on Wednesday was Carlos Beltran, who remained in limbo as Mets officials attempted to determine their..." January 16

  • Red Sox expect Mookie Betts to be in Opening Day lineup

    MLB.com " It is certainly an unsettling time for the Red Sox, who are suddenly searching for a new manager with just a month to go before Spring Training. But chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom on Wednesday offered some words on Mookie Betts that might make fans feel a little..." January 16