Baseball Wiretap

Chicago Cubs Win National League Pennant

Oct 23, 2016 12:17 AM

Somewhere in a booth at Wrigley Field broadcaster Pat Hughes gave his listeners the news that few of them thought they’d ever hear: The Chicago Cubs are going to the World Series.

The most dramatic result of the past seven decades of Cubs baseball unfolded in almost shockingly undramatic fashion. Dexter Fowler, Kris Bryant and Ben Zobrist drove in runs early. Willson Contreras homered in the fourth, Anthony Rizzo in the fifth. Starter Kyle Hendricks was brilliant into the eighth inning. Closer Aroldis Chapman lit up the scoreboard with triple-digit velocity to finish it off. The Cubs beat the Dodgers 5-0 to win the NLCS in six games.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians

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Javier Baez, Jon Lester Named Co-MVPs Of NCLS

Oct 23, 2016 12:23 AM

Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and starting pitcher Jon Lester were named co-MVPs of the National League Championship Series after the team's 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night in Game 6 in Chicago.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Kyle Schwarber Could Possibly Return For World Series

Oct 22, 2016 9:57 PM

The Cubs haven't ruled out a possible return for injured slugger Kyle Schwarber, if the team were to advance to the World Series.

Schwarber, who tore two ligaments in his left knee in just the third game of the regular season, has been cleared by doctors to hit. He will join the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Saturday.

"It was a pleasant surprise," Cubs president Theo Epstein said before Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. "We got news that was better than expected."

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Indians May Have Danny Salazar Back For World Series

Oct 22, 2016 1:41 AM

After weeks of being broken and bloodied, the Indians' pitching staff might have reinforcements in the World Series.

Starter Danny Salazar, who hasn't pitched since Sept. 9 because of tightness in his right forearm, has thrown well in recent bullpen sessions and might be able to pitch for the first time this postseason.

Manager Terry Francona said Friday that Salazar has "let it go" during some recent workouts and has not been restricted to throwing only fastballs and changeups.

"I think he's ready to pitch," Francona said as they awaited their Series opponent.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Mets Will Pick Up Option On Jose Reyes For 2017

Oct 21, 2016 5:28 AM

The New York Mets have already decided to pick up the 2017 option on the contract of Jose Reyes.

Reyes agreed to a deal at midseason that included an option at the Major League minimum.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Tags: New York Mets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Scott Brosius Joining Mariners As Assistant Coach

Oct 21, 2016 5:25 AM

The Seattle Mariners have hired Scott Brosius as an assistant coach.

Brosius, 50, spent 11 seasons in the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees and Oakland Athletics.

He served as the hitting coach at Triple-A Tacoma last year.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Seattle Mariners

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Coast Guard To Examine Jetty In Jose Fernandez Boat Crash

Oct 21, 2016 5:21 AM

The U.S. Coast Guard will examine lighting on the Miami Beach jetty involved in a boat crash that killed Jose Fernandez and two other men last month.

Fernandez's crash remains under investigation.

Rear Admiral Paul Thomas said in a letter to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio that the Coast Guard is commissioning a new analysis of the north and south jetties at the entrance to a channel that runs past the southern end of Miami Beach. The letter says an analysis performed last November found that aids to navigation in the area met boaters' needs.

Associated Press

Tags: Miami Marlins

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Charlie Sheen Offers To Throw First Pitch At World Series

Oct 21, 2016 5:17 AM

Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the movie "Major League," has offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games.

The World Series will begin on Thursday with the Cleveland Indians hosting the opening games.

Shortly after the Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays to win the American League pennant, fans began requesting that Sheen be involved on social media.

Sheen responded to the demand Thursday on Twitter, posting a photo of himself as Vaughn in his Indians uniform and writing, "Major League continues to be the gift that keeps on giving! if called upon, I'd be honored."

Released in 1989, "Major League" is a fictional account of the Indians finishing in first place with an unconventional group of players.

Associated Press

Tags: Cleveland Indians

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Mariners Retain Scott Servais, Staff For 2017 Season

Oct 21, 2016 5:11 AM

The Seattle Mariners will bring back Scott Servais and his entire coaching staff for the 2017 season.

The Mariners won 86 games and narrowly missed the postseason.

In addition to Servais, Manny Acta (third base coach), Tim Bogar (bench coach), Casey Candaele (first base coach), Mike Hampton (bullpen coach), Edgar Martinez (hitting coach) and Mel Stottlemyre (pitching coach) will all return.

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

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Reds Agree To New 15-Year Television Contract

Oct 20, 2016 7:34 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a new 15-year television contract with FOX Sports Ohio.

The deal will run through the 2032 season. The current contract was set to expire after the 2017 season.

Terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but Reds COO Phil Castellini said the extension will provide the Reds with a "nice increase" in their yearly rights fees. They currently receive about $30 million annually.

Zach Buchanan/Cincinnati Enquirer

Tags: Cincinnati Reds

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John Gibbons Will Manage Blue Jays In 2017
The Blue Jays have plenty of question marks ending the offseason, but manager isn't one of them.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Twins Coveted Ben Cherington To Run Front Office
Ben Cherington, who was the general manager of the Red Sox from October 2011 to August 2015, is Toronto's vice president of baseball operations.

Evan Drellich/Boston Herald

Kenta Maeda, Not Clayton Kershaw, Will Start Game 5 For Dodgers
Kenta Maeda, 28, said he hasn't been happy with the way he has pitched in two games this postseason but believes that will change on Thursday.


Andrew Miller Becomes Fourth Reliever To Win ALCS MVP
Andrew Miller was named MVP of the ALCS after he helped lift the Indians to the World Series for the first time since 1997.


Adrian Gonzalez On Controversial Call: 'Us Against The World'
Adrian Gonzalez insisted he was safe after a controversial call that he and the Los Angeles Dodgers thought swung Game 4 of the NLCS towards the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night.


Rangers, Red Sox, Yankees Early Possibilities For Edwin Encarnacion
Edwin Encarnacion is headed for free agency and figures to be coveted after another productive season.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Blue Jays Unlikely To Outbid Competitors To Re-Sign Jose Bautista
Jose Bautista will be a free agent this winter and seems unlikely to receive the $150 million payday he once sought.

Jon Heyman/Fan Rag

Under Armour To Replace Majestic As MLB's Jersey Provider
Major League Baseball will team with Under Armour and Fanatics to provide on-field jerseys, according to a report.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Al Avila: 'Changes Are Coming' To Tigers
Al Avila told reporters that the Tigers will look to shake up their approach to roster building this winter.

Evan Woodbury/MLB

Chip Hale Returns To A's As Third Base Coach
Chip Hale spent the last two seasons as the manager of the Diamondbacks.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

Frank Wren Now Unlikely To Be Named Boston's GM
Previously tabbed as the most likely candidate for the vacant general manager job with the Red Sox, Frank Wren is now unlikely to fill the position.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Terry Francona Claims Middle Finger Was 'Nervous Habit'
Terry Francona says video showing him extending a middle finger to a camera during Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night was a "nervous habit" and not intentional.


Clayton Kershaw Could Pitch Game 5 On Short Rest
The Dodgers haven't ruled out pitching Clayton Kershaw on short rest in Game 5 of the NLCS against the Cubs.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

MLB Pushing For International Draft In CBA Talks
Major League Baseball is pushing to add an international draft in negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement with the MLB Players Association.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Ben Zobrist Denies Stealing Signs From Dodgers
Ben Zobrist has laughed off accusations by Yasmani Grandal that he has been stealing signs from the Dodgers during the first two games of the NLCS.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Dodgers Name Julio Urias Starter For Game 4
Julio Urias will become the youngest postseason starting pitcher in Major League history.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Mike Hazen: Goal In Arizona Is To Win Championship
Mike Hazen jumped at the chance to take over the lead in baseball operations with the Diamondbacks despite working as the general manager of his hometown Red Sox.

Associated Press

Trevor Bauer Leaves Game 3 Start With Bloody Finger
Trevor Bauer was forced out of his Game 3 start after just four batters when blood began to drip out of his right pinkie finger.

Scott Lauber/ESPN

Frank Wren Leading Candidate To Be Named Red Sox GM
The Red Sox are looking for a new general manager after Mike Hazen was hired away by the Diamondbacks.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Miguel Montero Thought Cubs Would Release Him
The Cubs never considered releasing Miguel Montero despite having Willson Contreras and David Ross as catcher.

Jack Magruder/Fan Rag