Baseball Wiretap

Mets Part Ways With Manager Carlos Beltran

Jan 17, 2020 2:51 AM

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, it was announced Thursday.

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Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Josh Reddick: Astros Need To 'Focus On Winning'

Jan 17, 2020 8:33 AM

Josh Reddick has become the first veteran to discuss the firings of president of baseball operations Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch in the wake of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

While appearing at the Astros' annual Caravan fan outreach tour, Reddick said "it just stinks" that Hinch and Luhnow were out of jobs.

Reddick wouldn't discuss much, but he did state what Houston's focus should be going forward.

"We've got to keep our focus on winning," he said. "It's as simple as that. We keep our focus on winning and everything will work itself out."

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Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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No Evidence Astros Used Wearable Devices To Steal Signs

Jan 17, 2020 8:28 AM

Major League Baseball investigated concerns and doesn't believe the Houston Astros used wearable, concealed devices to aid in their sign-stealing methods.

An MLB official said the inquiry into wearable devices included the 2019 season.

Concerns were raised after replays of Jose Altuve's walk-off home run in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees showed the infielder grabbing his jersey to avoid it being torn off or ripped open by teammates as he crossed home plate.

In response to speculation that he did not want his jersey removed because he was wearing an electronic device, Altuve released a statement through his agent, Scott Boras.

"I have never worn an electronic device in my performance as a major league player," the statement read.

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Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Astros, George Springer Agree To One-Year, $21M Deal

Jan 17, 2020 8:21 AM

The Houston Astros have avoided arbitration with George Springer by agreeing to a one-year, $21 million deal, according to reports.

The 30-year-old had been seeking $22.5 million in arbitration while the Astros had been offering $17.5 million.

He has hit at least 20 home runs in five of his six seasons for the Astros and was named the 2017 World Series MVP.

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Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Astros Interview Buck Showalter, Will Talk To John Gibbons

Jan 17, 2020 2:53 AM

The Houston Astros have interviewed Buck Showalter for their managerial vacancy, ESPN has confirmed.

The Astros interviewed Showalter on Wednesday, two days after they fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow.

The Astros will interview former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons on Thursday, according to multiple reports.

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Giants Make Alyssa Nakken First Female Coach In MLB

Jan 17, 2020 2:49 AM

Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler.

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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Signing

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Road Outside Yankee Stadium To Be Renamed 'Jeter Street'

Jan 16, 2020 7:51 AM

Two councilwomen have introduced legislation to rename East 161st Street, located right outside of Yankee Stadium and then some eastbound blocks, as "Jeter Street."

Jeter Street will also intersect with River Avenue, which was renamed to "Rivera Avenue" when Mariano Rivera was inducted into Cooperstown.

Sources say that after the bill is introduced by councilwoman Vanessa Gibson and neighboring co-sponsor Diana Ayala then the Jeter Street vote will essentially be a formality.

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Mets Assessing Carlos Beltran After Astros Fallout

Jan 16, 2020 7:47 AM

Carlos Beltran has been cleared by Major League Baseball in the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal of 2017, but the New York Mets are still assessing the situation.

Beltran is scheduled to open spring training with the team next month in his first season as manager.

There are now questions regarding Beltran's past denials about his role in the Astros' cheating scandal and his accountability for what occurred.

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Tags: New York Mets, Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Red Sox Say Alex Cora Admitted Wrongdoing With Astros

Jan 16, 2020 7:43 AM

The Boston Red Sox say 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.

The Red Sox parted ways with Cora on Tuesday night. Major League Baseball suspended A.J. Hinch and Jeff Luhnow for one year on Monday and the Astros let them both go.

"Alex, by his own admission, we agreed, played a central role in what happened in Houston," Tom Werner said. "And we all agreed that it was wrong, and we had a responsibility as stewards, as John has said, to have a standard here where that sort of behavior is not acceptable."

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Braves Rename Ballpark After Just Three Seasons

Jan 15, 2020 9:01 AM

The Atlanta Braves have renamed their ballpark just three seasons after opening it.

The stadium opened in Cobb County, north of Atlanta, in 2017.

Truist Park is the new name, replacing SunTrust Park.

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Mets Mum On Carlos Beltran After He Was Named In Sign-Stealing Report

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CC Sabathia: Yankees Were 'Cheated' Out Of Title In 2017

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Caesars Sportsbook Sets Astros' Win Total At 97 Despite Firings

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Alex Cora, Red Sox Mutually Agree To Part Ways

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Josh Donaldson Agrees To Four-Year, $92M Deal With Twins

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Named In MLB Report, Alex Cora May Face Discipline

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Nationals Prospect Fausto Segura Dead At 23

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Tigers Agree To Terms With Ivan Nova

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Astros Fire AJ Hinch, Jeff Luhnow

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MLB Suspends Jeff Luhnow, A.J. Hinch For One Year

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Cardinals Emerge As Trade Suitor For Nolan Arenado

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Cody Bellinger On Astros, Red Sox: Dodgers Did It 'The Right Way'

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Alex Wood Returns To Dodgers On One-Year Contract

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Todd Frazier Joins Rangers On One-Year Deal

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Twins, Miguel Sano Agree Upon Three-Year Extension

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Relationship Between Rockies, Nolan Arenado May Be Fractured

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Failed Prospect Says Derek Jeter Ruined His Career In Lawsuit

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Mets Again Invite Tim Tebow To Spring Training

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Cardinals Trade Jose Martinez To Rays For Prospect Matt Liberatore

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Phillies May Have To Wait To Sign J.T. Realmuto To Extension

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