October 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Cubs Search For Manager Down To David Ross, Joe Espada

Oct 22, 2019 8:45 AM

The Chicago Cubs have been without a manager for more than three weeks, but the wait may soon be over.

Reports indicate that the search is down to a pair of candidates: David Ross and Joe Espada.

Ross played catcher for the club and is currently a special assistant.

Espada is the bench coach for the Houston Astros.

Gordon Wittenmyer/Chicago Sun-Times

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Astros Will Start Justin Verlander In Game 2; Zack Greinke In Game 3

Oct 22, 2019 8:41 AM

The Houston Astros have rounded out their rotation for the first three games of the World Series.

After Gerrit Cole takes the mound in Game 1, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke will follow.

As the Game 3 starter, Greinke will get to hit in the National League park.

He has a .225 career batting average with nine homers, including three this season for the Arizona Diamondbacks before he was traded to Houston on July 31.

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Washington Nationals

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Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole To Face Off In Game 1

Oct 22, 2019 8:36 AM

The official starters for Game 1 of the World Series will be Max Scherzer and Gerrit Cole.

Cole is on a streak of 19 straight winning decisions.

Scherzer is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 27 strikeouts in three starts and one relief appearance (20 innings) this postseason.

"I've been in the situation, faced really good pitchers here in the National League over the years: Clayton Kershaw, Jacob deGrom, those guys," Scherzer said. "You just know you've got to come out there, you're going to be throwing up zeros. And you've got to try to match the intensity from your opponent. And Cole's had a terrific year. So obviously it's going to be one heck of a challenge."

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals, Houston Astros

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Astros Assistant GM Taunts Three Female Reporters Over Roberto Osuna

Oct 21, 2019 9:41 PM

The Houston Astros controversially acquired Roberto Osuna following a domestic violence incident that led to a 75-game suspension from Major League Baseball.

Osuna gave up a two-run home run to tie Game 6 of the ALCS in the top of the ninth inning, but one staffer of the Astros taunted three female reporters in their clubhouse shortly after Jose Altuve hit the series-clinching home run.

Assistant general manager Brandon Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters and yelled half a dozen times “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f------ glad we got Osuna!” One of the reporters was wearing a purple domestic violence awareness bracelet. 

The outburst was offensive and frightening enough that another staffer of the Astros apologized. The franchise has declined to comment and declined to make Taubman available for an interview.

Stephanie Apstein/Sports Illustrated

Tags: Houston Astros

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Freddie Freeman Undergoes Elbow Surgery

Oct 21, 2019 7:50 AM

Freddie Freeman played through an elbow injury late in the season and underwent surgery to fix the issue last Wednesday.

Freeman's right elbow joint was cleaned out during the procedure and he's expected to be ready for spring training with the Atlanta Braves.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury

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Astros Made Decision To Save Gerrit Cole For Potential Game 7 Early On

Oct 21, 2019 7:47 AM

The Houston Astros didn't use Gerrit Cole in Game 6 of the ALCS because they made the decision earlier in the week to save him for a potential Game 7.

A weather postponement altered the pitching rotation's for both the Astros and New York Yankees.

If the Yankees had won Game 6 on Saturday night, Game 7 would have been on Sunday.

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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Carlos Martinez Undergoes Right Shoulder Surgery

Oct 21, 2019 7:41 AM

Carlos Martinez underwent a "small procedure" on his troublesome right shoulder after the season.

The treatment involved a platelet-rich plasma injection. 

The St. Louis Cardinals don't expect Martinez to miss any significant time.

The pitcher has been bothered by shoulder issues in each of the last two seasons.

Derrick Goold/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Injury

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Eric Cooper, Veteran MLB Umpire, Dies At 52

Oct 21, 2019 3:22 AM

Eric Cooper, a Major League Baseball umpire who worked the American League Division Series two weeks ago, has died. He was 52.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper's death Sunday.

Cooper died after having a blood clot. He had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father's home in Iowa. Popular with his fellow umps, he spoke with some of them Saturday about his recovery.

Cooper made his debut in the majors in 1996 as a minor league fill-in and joined the big league staff in 1999.

ESPN.com

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Reliever Ryan Pressly Expects To Be Ready For World Series

Oct 20, 2019 12:39 PM

Houston Astros reliever Ryan Pressly said he expects to be ready for the World Series after right-knee discomfort forced him from Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday.

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Tags: Houston Astros, Injury

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Aaron Judge Labels Yankees' Season 'A Failure'

Oct 20, 2019 12:37 PM

A 103-win season, claiming the AL East for the first time since 2012, prevailing over an unprecedented rash of injuries and opening postseason play with a sweep of the Twins all meant nothing to the Yankees as they bowed out of the playoffs with a single swing from Jose Altuve off closer Aroldis Chapman.

"It's a failure," a dejected Aaron Judge said. "In spring training, we talked about winning the division and putting ourselves in a good spot in the postseason to win a World Series. We came up short. No matter how many games we won in the regular season or what else we did, this season is a failure."

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Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Astros Installed As Heavy World Series Favorites

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Astros' Jose Altuve Named ALCS MVP

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Recap: Jose Altuve's Walk-Off Puts Astros In World Series

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Astros To Start Brad Peacock, Yankees To Throw Chad Green In Game 6

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Bryce Harper Has No Jealousy Seeing Nationals In World Series

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Recap: Yankees Beat Justin Verlander, Force Game 6

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MLB Proposes Reducing Number Of Minor League Teams

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Both Astros And Yankees Plan To Feature Bullpen In Game 6

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James Paxton Pitches Yankees To Game 5 Win, Close To 3-2 In ALCS

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Recap: Astros Beat Yankees 8-3, Take 3-1 ALCS Lead

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Phillies Meet With Dusty Baker A Second Time

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Astros Power Past Yankees To Take 3-1 Series Lead

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Angels Hire Joe Maddon As Manager

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Padres Interview Bob Henley For Managerial Position

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Josh Reddick Calls Yankees Fans 'Disrespectful' For Throwing Debris

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Howie Kendrick: This Is 'Best Time Of My Career'

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Angels Could Face Sanctions Over Drug Policy Violation

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Recap: Howie Kendrick Named MVP As Nationals Sweep Cardinals

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Recap: Gerrit Cole Silences Yankees As Astros Take Game 3

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Gerrit Cole Pitches Astros To Game 3 Win Over Yankees

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