October 2019 - Baseball Wiretap

Angels Hire Joe Maddon As Manager

Oct 16, 2019 11:47 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have reached an agreement with Joe Maddon to become their next manager.

According to a source, Maddon will receive a three-year contract worth between $12 million to $15 million.

The 65-year-old returns to the Angels after spending five years with the Chicago Cubs.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

Padres Interview Bob Henley For Managerial Position

Oct 16, 2019 9:06 AM

The San Diego Padres have conducted an interview with Bob Henley as they search for Andy Green's replacement as manager.

Henley is currently the third base coach for the Washington Nationals. He has held that position since the start of the 2014 season.

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Tags: San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

Josh Reddick Calls Yankees Fans 'Disrespectful' For Throwing Debris

Oct 16, 2019 9:02 AM

Josh Reddick called out fans of the New York Yankees after Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday night.

The Houston Astros outfielder says fans at Yankee Stadium were throwing water bottles, baseballs and other objects onto the field.

"You throw a baseball hard enough and hit somebody in the head when they're not looking, it could do some damage to the player, so it's definitely disrespectful and at the same time very unsafe," Reddick said.

Fans erupted after a replay review changed Edwin Encarnacion's infield hit leading off the eighth to a groundout.

"I don't think fans realize when they do that that you could hit a player. You hit a baseball player with a baseball from the third deck, it's got a little bit of movement on it, so it can definitely do some damage to you, and it's frustrating to see as a player in the outfield," Reddick said. "I saw water bottles and, like, two baseballs. There were two souvenir baseballs thrown in center and left field. I got all the water bottles in right."

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees

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

Oct 16, 2019 8:59 AM

Howie Kendrick was named the MVP of the NLCS after helping the Washington Nationals make the World Series for the first time in 86 years.

"I can truly say this is the best time of my career, the best moment of my career this year," Kendrick said.

He has never played in the World Series during his 14-year career.

"When we were down and had a lot of players injured early on, Howie was the one big bat that carried us. He had such a magic season," Mike Rizzo said.

David Schoenfield/ESPN

Tags: Washington Nationals

Angels Could Face Sanctions Over Drug Policy Violation

Oct 16, 2019 8:57 AM

Major League Baseball could hit the Los Angeles Angels with significant sanctions if it is determined that team employees were told of Tyler Skaggs' opioid use prior to his July 1 death and didn't inform the commissioner's office.

Eric Kay, currently on paid leave as the club's communications director, told the DEA last month that two team employees, including his former supervisor, Tim Mead, were informed of Skaggs' drug use but did not take action.

Under MLB policy, any team employee who isn't a player is obligated to inform the commissioner's office of "any evidence or reason to believe that a Player ... has used, possessed or distributed any substance prohibited" by MLB.

T.J. Quinn/ESPN

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

Recap: Howie Kendrick Named MVP As Nationals Sweep Cardinals

Oct 16, 2019 8:51 AM

The Washington Nationals are headed to their first-ever World Series as there was little doubt about the outcome of Tuesday's Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Nationals jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning and hardly looked back as Howie Kendrick took home NLCS MVP honors. Patrick Corbin was good enough on the mound, allowing four runs over five innings but striking out 12 batters. The Washington bullpen allowed just one hit over the final four innings of the game.

In 10 playoff games, Kendrick is hitting .289/.341/.474 with a home run and nine RBI.

Washington sent Dakota Hudson into the dugout early, shelling him for five hits and all seven runs (four earned) in just 1/3 of an inning. Adam Wainwright stopped the bleeding and the bullpen held firm, but the damage had been done.

At one point the Nationals were 19-31 and they needed to win the National League Wild Card Game just to get into the NLDS. They are just the fourth time in Major League history to reach the World Series after being 12 games under .500.

The Astros will wait for the winner of the ALCS, but will be traveling to either Houston or New York for Games 1 and 2 of the World Series.


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Tags: Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap

Recap: Gerrit Cole Silences Yankees As Astros Take Game 3

Oct 16, 2019 8:40 AM

The Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 4-1 in Game 3 of the ALCS on Tuesday afternoon.

Gerrit Cole wasn't perfect, walking five and scattering four hits, but he struck out seven and didn't allow a run over seven innings. New York's lone run, a Gleyber Torres home run, was hit off Joe Smith in the eighth.

Luis Severino had six strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings, but surrendered two home runs -- one to Jose Altuve in the first and another to Josh Reddick in the second.

Houston broke the game open in the seventh with a pair of runs. Altuve scored on a wild pitch from Zack Britton and Yuli Gurriel followed that up with a sacrifice fly to score Michael Brantley.

Aside from Torres' home run, the Yankees failed to threaten in the late innings. Their greatest chance for a multi-score inning came in the first when D.J. LeMahieu and Aaron Judge singled to open the frame. Cole got two quick outs before walking Torres to load the bases. Didi Gregorius then grounded out to end the rally.

Cole has now won 19 straight decisions.

The clubs are scheduled to play Game 4 on Wednesday night, but the forecast in New York is calling for significant rain.


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Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Game Recap

Gerrit Cole Pitches Astros To Game 3 Win Over Yankees

Oct 16, 2019 2:26 AM

Astros ace Gerrit Cole did not have his best stuff against the potent Yankees offense in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday. 

Cole went seven often-laborious innings in Houston's 4-1 win, striking out seven and walking a career-high-tying five batters. But he held New York to just four hits over his seven scoreless frames, extending his streak of starts without a loss to 25, dating back to May 22.


Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Game Recap, Team Achievement

Nationals Head To World Series With Sweep Of Cardinals

Oct 16, 2019 2:23 AM

Extending their stunning turnaround, the wild-card Nationals got RBI from middle-of-the-order stars Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto in a seven-run first inning Tuesday night, and Patrick Corbin's 12-strikeout performance plus a trio of relievers helped hold on to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-4 in Game 4 to complete a sweep in the NLCS.


Tags: Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals, Game Recap, Team Achievement

Gerrit Cole Could Set Records In Free Agency

Oct 15, 2019 7:56 AM

Gerrit Cole has been brilliant this season and Jon Heyman is predicting big things for him in free agency.

On the "Big Time Baseball" podcast, Heyman says he expects Cole to set multiple records by landing a contract in the range of seven years and $245 million.

The 29-year-old is expected to be the most coveted free agent on the market.

Big Time Baseball Podcast

Tags: Houston Astros, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Rain Could Alter NLCS, ALCS Schedules


Recap: Nationals Remain Hot, Take 3-0 Lead Over Cardinals

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Cubs Set To Interview Gabe Kapler, Joe Espada


Strasburg, Kendrick Lead Nationals To Game 3 Win, Take 3-0 Series Lead


Phillies To Interview Dusty Baker

Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune

Aaron Boone Doesn't Think James Paxton Was Tipping Pitches

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Man Injured By Foul Ball Taken To Houston Hospital

Associated Press

Recap: Carlos Correa's Walk-Off Home Run In 11th Ties ALCS

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Carlos Beltran Only Interested In Managing Mets


Carlos Correa Hits Walk-Off HR In 11th Inning To Tie ALCS


Angels' Eric Kay: Cooperating With Feds 'Right Thing To Do'


Giancarlo Stanton Out Of Starting Lineup In Game 2 With Quad Strain


Recap: Masahiro Tanaka Shines, Yankees Win Game 1

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Recap: Nationals Take 2-0 Lead Thanks To Max Scherzer's Brilliance

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Source: Johnny Washington Among Candidates For Angels' Manager


Recap: Anibal Sanchez Shuts Down Cardinals, Nationals Take Game 1

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CEO John Middleton Overruled Front Office In Firing Gabe Kapler


Zack Greinke To Start For Astros In Game 1


Yankees To Start Masahiro Tanaka In Game 1


Nationals' Sanchez, Doolittle One-Hit Cardinals To Win Opener