Baseball Wiretap

Astros Advance To World Series, Justin Verlander Named ALCS MVP

Oct 21, 2017 11:40 PM

The Houston Astros defeated the New York Yankees 4-0 in Game 7 of the ALCS to advance to the World Series.

Charlie Morton pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, while Lance McCullers Jr. threw four innings in relief and allowed just one hit. Morton and McCullers combined to strikeout 11 Yankees.

The Astros receive solo homers in the fourth by Evan Gattis and in the fifth by Jose Altuve. Houston received a pair of insurance runs when Brian McCann had a two RBI double.

Justin Verlander was named ALCS MVP over Altuve.

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Giants Remove Dave Righetti As Pitching Coach

Oct 21, 2017 10:24 PM

The San Francisco Giants have reassigned Dave Righetti to a front office role with the club.

Righetti had served as pitching coach as the Giants since 2000. Righetti will now serve as special assistant to general manager Bobby Evans.

"We had a last-place season. That can happen in sports, like you have a lost year in life," Giants executive vice president Brian Sabean said after the regular season. "But we're not last-place people, and we're not a last-place organization. We're the furthest thing from that."

The move was part of an announced staff shakeup that resulted in Mark Gardner and Steve Decker also being reassigned.

Ron Wotus and Hensley Meulens have also been reassigned.

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Cubs Fire Pitching Coach Chris Bosio

Oct 21, 2017 1:11 PM

The Chicago Cubs have fired pitching coach Chris Bosio, according to multiple reports Saturday.

Bosio had been with the Cubs since 2012, joining the franchise when Theo Epstein became team president.

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Video: World Series MVPs Since 2007

Oct 20, 2017 3:48 PM

The World Series Most Valuable Player Award was renamed this year in honor of Willie Mays. There hasn't been a repeat winner of the award since Reggie Jackson in 1977.

The following video shows the winner of the award in each season since 2007.

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Mets Believed To Be Choosing Between Kevin Long, Manny Acta

Oct 20, 2017 1:50 PM

The New York Mets are believed to be deciding between Kevin Long and Manny Acta for their managerial vacancy.

The Mets fired Terry Collins at the end of the season.

Long is the Mets' hitting coach while Acta is currently third base coach for the Seattle Mariners. Acta previously was manager of the Nationals and Indians.

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Nationals Part Ways With Dusty Baker

Oct 20, 2017 12:16 PM

The Washington Nationals have announced Dusty Baker won't return as manager.

Baker was hired by the Nationals in 2016. The Nationals won the NL East in each season with the team.

"Even though this ultimately wasn’t our season, we remain devoted to that cause," wrote the Lerner family in a statement. "In further pursuit of that goal, we have decided to make a change in leadership and begin the process of finding a new manager. This was an incredibly difficult decision for us. Dusty Baker led the team to the first back-to-back division titles in our history and represented our club with class on and off the field. He is one of the true gentleman in our sport, and we thank him for the successes that we enjoyed together over the last two years. We wish him nothing but the best going forward."

The Nationals' next manager will by Bryce Harper's fourth since his debut in 2012. Harper will be a free agent after the 2018 season.

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Justin Turner, Chris Taylor Named Co-MVPs Of NLCS

Oct 20, 2017 11:25 AM

Justin Turner and Chris Taylor were named co-MVPs of the NLCS.

"Everybody could have predicted it was going to be co-MVPs," Taylor said. "If we could have given it to more than two guys, I'm sure we would have. All year long it's been a different guy every night, and a total team effort."

Turner batted .353 with two homers, six RBIs and five walks. His walk-off home run in Game 2 will serve as one of the postseason's lasting images.

Taylor, the upstart leadoff hitter and utility-man extraordinaire, hit .316 with two homers and five runs scored over the five-game series. Taylor added three RBIs and four walks for a 1.247 OPS.

"It's incredible," Turner said. "What C.T. has done for our lineup all year long, settling into the leadoff spot, getting on base, the baserunner that he is, hitting balls over the fence -- he's a dynamic player and a tablesetter. When he goes, we usually go as a team. You guys saw that here in the postseason."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Personal Award

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Dusty Baker Hopes To Remain With Nationals

Oct 20, 2017 11:16 AM

Dusty Baker hopes to return as manager of the Washington Nationals in 2018 after another playoff exit.

“It’s up to (the Nats),” one person familiar with the situation said. 

The Nationals have yet to clarify Baker's status.

“Why should he be fired? They had so many injuries. They lost (Adam) Eaton. (Trea) Turner was out a lot. And they had many other injuries. Plus, their bullpen was a mess in the first half,” one MLB manager said. “What did he do wrong? He had (Max) Scherzer on the mound. He did the right thing,” one NL exec said. 

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Dodgers Return To World Series For First Time In 29 Years

Oct 20, 2017 9:07 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have returned to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. The Dodgers had been in the playoffs 10 previous times since they won the World Series in 1988.

The Dodgers defeated the Chicago Cubs 11-1 in Game 5.

After a torrid 56-11 run put them on pace to challenge the MLB record for wins in a regular season, they inexplicably lost 16 of 17 from late August through mid-September.

"We learned that we could get through something like that and come out on the other side," manager Dave Roberts said before Game 4. "It was also encouraging to see that guys continued to stay the course as far as the preparation. There wasn't any finger-pointing. We still banded together and stayed focused on winning baseball games."

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Tigers To Hire Ron Gardenhire After Identifying 50 Initial Candidates

Oct 19, 2017 5:52 PM

The Detroit Tigers intend to hire Ron Gardenhire as their next manager. The two sides are expected to finalize a contract.

Gardenhire managed the Minnesota Twins for 13 seasons. The Tigers interviewed 10 candidates after initially identifying 50 candidates. 

Other candidates who recently interviewed with the Tigers include Houston Astros bench coach Alex Cora, Colorado Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond, Miami Marlins third base coach Fredi Gonzalez, Chicago White Sox bench coach Joe McEwing and San Francisco Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens. The Tigers also planned to interview Chicago Cubs’ bench coach Dave Martinez.

Al Avila wanted a candidate with previous managerial experience.

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Ron Gardenhire Interviews For Boston's Managerial Vacancy
Alex Cora is considered the favorite for the job.

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Michael Brantley Out Four Months With Ankle Surgery
Michael Brantley's surgery could affect whether the Indians pick up a $12 million contract option.

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Joe Maddon Would Have Run Out In Jockstrap If Granderson Hit HR
Jim Wolf admitted he was "dead wrong" in overturning a call that led to Joe Maddon's second ejection in the NLCS.

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Dayton Moore Dismisses Reports Of Interest In Braves
Dayton Moore's first job was with the Braves and left the club to become general manager of the Royals in 2006.

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Twins Hire Baseball America Editor-In-Chief For Scouting Department
Derek Falvey worked with six former Baseball America writers while with the Indians.

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2017 Postseason Setting Record For Game Duration
The average nine-inning game is lasting three hours and 35 minutes, up 21 minutes from 2015.

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MLB Could Eliminate League Distinctions

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MLB Seriously Considering Expansion In Portland, Montreal
There is a legitimate ownership group in place in Portland with support for a stadium.

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Brad Ausmus, Robin Ventura Not Interested In Mets' Job
The Mets are searching for a replacement for Terry Collins.

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Astros To Start Lance McCullers Jr. In Game 4
Houston decided not to bring back Dallas Keuchel on three days' rest for Game 4, which would have also allowed him to pitch in Game 7.

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Mets To Interview Alex Cora For Managerial Vacancy
Alex Cora became bench coach of the Astros in 2017.

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Retired Police Officer Catches Justin Turner's Walkoff Homer
Keith Hupp has caught 10 homers this season and 18 over the past two.

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Yankees Could Trade Dellin Betances, Adam Warren
The Yankees will attempt to drop below the $197 million luxury tax threshold.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Lasorda Delivers Message To Roberts, 'You're Doing It'
Tommy Lasorda is 90 wasn't going to leave the ballpark on Sunday night without delivering a message to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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Severino OK'd By Team Doctors After Exiting Game
Yankees manager Joe Girardi lifted starter Luis Severino believing the pitcher was hurt.

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Alex Cora To Meet With Red Sox For Managerial Job
Alex Cora is also expected to be a candidate for managerial openings with the Tigers, Phillies, and Mets.

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Cubs To Start Jose Quintana In Game 1 Of NCLS
The Cubs have opted to start Jose Quintana instead of John Lackey.

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Dodgers Leave Corey Seager Off NCLS Roster
Corey Seager had missed three workouts due to an injured back.

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Bruce Bochy 'Feeling Better' After Heart Procedure
Bruce Bochy's contract with the Giants goes through the 2019 season.

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Terry Francona 'Wiped Out' After Loss
Indians manager Terry Francona understands his roster decisions are being second-guessed.

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