Baseball Wiretap

Phil Nevin Won't Return As Angels' Manager

Oct 3, 2023 1:00 AM

Phil Nevin will not return as manager of the Los Angeles Angels, the team announced Monday.

The move comes a day after the club finished the season at 73-89. The Angels didn't schedule an end-of-the-season news conference with general manager Perry Minasian immediately after the season finale, raising questions about his future after three unsuccessful years in charge.

Minasian will be available to the media Tuesday, the team said.

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

Bob Melvin's Job Appears Safe With Padres

Oct 2, 2023 1:55 PM

Manager Bob Melvin's job appears to be safe with the underwhelming San Diego Padres after owner Peter Seidler said in a statement Monday morning that the current leadership team "continues to have my full support."

The announcement came less than 24 hours after the Padres finished the most disappointing season in franchise history at 82-80. They were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night, a bitter result for a team that came into the season with World Series expectations after making a stirring run to the National League Championship Series last fall and then increasing its payroll to around $250 million, the third highest in baseball.

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

Alex Cora To Remain Manager, Won't Join Red Sox Front Office

Oct 2, 2023 7:28 AM

Alex Cora says ownership has assured him he'll return as manager of the Boston Red Sox next season.

Cora, who has a year remaining on his contract, added that he informed ownership he was not prepared for and did not want to be considered a candidate for a front-office role at this point.

The 47-year-old has amassed a 439-370 regular season record and led Boston to the 2018 World Series championship.

Jen McCaffrey/The Athletic

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Tim Anderson Willing To Move To Second Base

Oct 2, 2023 7:20 AM

Tim Anderson put together a disappointing season in the final guaranteed year of the six-year, $25 million extension he signed in March 2017.

The deal came with a pair of club option years, with the 2024 option worth $12.5 million (with a $1 million buyout). 

"All I can do is understand whatever process it is and live with it," Anderson said. "It's not my decision if I want to stay or leave. I just have to hang with them. I mean I would love to [stay], but I understand if I don’t fit into what they are trying to do."

Anderson could also consider a new defensive position, a potential move to second base.

"Really, at this point, it doesn't matter. I'm a shortstop/second baseman," Anderson said. "It's whatever to allow my career to keep going. I'm not going to wrestle with a team that I'm this or I'm that. It's just an honor and a blessing to fit in any lineup as a starter considering how hard this game is. Short would be my first choice, but I also understand how older guys are viewed, now that I'm stepping into that phase, which sucks and is different. I just want to continue to keep building on what I started and get back to what I used to be."

Scott Merkin/MLB

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Misc Rumor

Rays' Yandy Diaz Sits, Wins AL Batting Title

Oct 2, 2023 7:14 AM

Yandy Diaz edged Corey Seager for the American League batting title.

Diaz (.3295.), who trailed Seager (.3298) by percentage points heading into Sunday's season finale, sat out game 162.

The Tampa Bay Rays' playoff seeding was set, allowing Diaz to sit. The Texas Rangers were still trying to win the AL West title, so Seager played and went 0-for-4. His batting average dipped to .327, giving Diaz the batting crown.

Diaz is the first Tampa Bay player to win a batting title.


Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Stats

Braves Tie MLB Record With 307 Home Runs

Oct 2, 2023 7:10 AM

The Atlanta Braves finished the 2023 season with 307 home runs, tying the Major League record.

Marcell Ozuna homered twice in Sunday's season finale against the Washington Nationals.

The Braves matched the season home-run record set by the 2019 Minnesota Twins. They set a Major League record with a .501 slugging percentage, topping the .495 for the 2019 Houston Astros.

The Braves are the first team with four players with at least 35 homers, with Ronald Acuna, Jr. (41) and Austin Riley (37) joining Matt Olson and Ozuna. Ozzie Albies hit 33 homers.

Associated Press

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Stats

Aaron Judge Supports Aaron Boone, Iffy On Team's Analytics

Oct 2, 2023 12:26 AM

Slugger and team captain Aaron Judge has opinions on what the New York Yankees need to do to improve after this lost season -- from the manager to the team's analytics department to his teammates -- and he wasn't shy in expressing them Sunday.

"There's some bigger-picture ideas and philosophies that I think maybe need to change," Judge, who wasn't in the lineup for the season finale, told reporters before Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

"I've talked mostly with Hal [Steinbrenner], more than [GM Brian Cashman]," Judge said. "I'm looking forward to having some meetings with Hal and Cash, both in the room, and kind of all of us voicing our opinion."

He added later: "We have a good group of guys in here. I'm excited to build off what we've got here, and if we can add a couple of more pieces down the road this winter, then we'll be in a good spot."

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Twins Place Dallas Keuchel On IL With Achilles Soreness

Oct 1, 2023 3:19 PM

Former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel saw a little bit of Achilles soreness develop into a right calf strain shortly after covering first base Saturday night while pitching for the Minnesota Twins.

The 35-year-old left-hander was placed on the 15-day injured list Sunday before the playoff-bound Twins finished the regular season against the Colorado Rockies. Keuchel said he is slated for an MRI on Monday.

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Injury

Cal Raleigh Apologizes For Calling Out M's Teammates

Oct 1, 2023 3:07 PM

Seattle catcher Cal Raleigh apologized to his teammates and coaches on Sunday for his strong comments about the team's commitment to winning after the Mariners were eliminated from postseason contention.

Raleigh spoke for about 90 seconds and did not take questions, a day after Seattle lost to Texas and was eliminated from postseason contention.

"Obviously yesterday was a really emotional day for everybody. I just want to apologize to my teammates, my coaches, fans. It wasn't a time to talk about what-ifs in that scenario," Raleigh said. "That being said, I'm not going to apologize for wanting to win and wanting to bring a World Series to the city. They deserve it, the fans do and our organization does and I'm committed to doing that."

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor

Tim Wakefield Passes Away At 57

Oct 1, 2023 3:04 PM

Tim Wakefield has passed away at the age of 57 due to brain cancer. Wakefield made public his brain cancer diagnosis late last month.

Wakefield retired after the 2011 season at the age of 45 as the definitive knuckleball pitcher of his era.

"Tim's kindness and indomitable spirit were as legendary as his knuckleball," said Red Sox owner John Henry in a statement. "He not only captivated us on the field but was the rare athlete whose legacy extended beyond the record books to the countless lives he touched with his warmth and genuine spirit. He had a remarkable ability to uplift, inspire, and connect with others in a way that showed us the true definition of greatness. He embodied the very best of what it means to be a member of the Boston Red Sox and his loss is felt deeply by all of us."


Tags: Boston Red Sox

Buck Showalter Won't Return As Manager Of Mets In 2024


Shohei Ohtani Back In Angels' Dugout

Felix Bautista To Have Tommy John Surgery

Mets Place Brandon Nimmo On IL With Injured Shoulder

High-Spending Padres Eliminated From Playoff Contention

Rangers Place Jon Gray On IL With Forearm Strain

Rockies, Charlie Blackmon Agree To One-Year, $13M Deal

Miguel Cabrera To Be Tigers' Special Assistant In Front Office

Giants Fire Manager Gabe Kapler

Chris Sale Eyes Opening Day Start For Red Sox In 2024

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Braves Lock Up Home Field Advantage Throughout Playoffs

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Orioles Clinch AL East With 100th Win

Associated Press

MLB Draws Highest Attendance Since 2017

Red Sox Say Tim Wakefield Undergoing Treatment, Ask For Privacy

O's, Maryland Agree To 30-Year Deal To Remain At Camden Yards

Padres Prefer To Retain A.J. Preller, Bob Melvin

Kevin Acee/San Diego Union-Tribune

Alex Cora On Future With Red Sox: 'I'll Be Here Next Year'


Rob Manfred Hopes Owners Vote On A's Las Vegas Move In November

Associated Press

Mets Apologize To Marlins After Wet Field Forced Doubleheader


Terry Francona's Scooter Stolen, Reflects On Leaving Baseball