October 2020 - Baseball Wiretap

David Price 'At Peace' With Decision To Opt-Out

Oct 21, 2020 8:40 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers are in the World Series, but David Price says he's content with his decision to sit out the 2020 season.

"I'm definitely missing it, but I'm at peace with my decision," Price said. "What I missed the most is the competition, being in the clubhouse, being in the dugout, picking someone up after a rough game or week, having them come over to my room, and forgetting baseball."

Price won a World Series as the member of the Boston Red Sox in 2018. He came to the Dodgers in February's blockbuster trade centered around Mookie Betts.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Randy Arozarena Joins Derek Jeter In Postseason History Books

Oct 22, 2020 9:37 AM

Randy Arozarena made playoff history in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

Arozarena's single in the ninth inning was his 22nd hit of the 2020 postseason, tying him with Derek Jeter (1996) for the most by a rookie in a single playoffs.

"Any time you're mentioned with that name in terms of postseason stats, that's pretty special," Joey Wendle said. "We've got at least three more games to play, so I think his chances of breaking that are pretty good."

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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor

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Mark Shapiro Expects To Remain With Blue Jays

Oct 22, 2020 9:32 AM

Mark Shapiro has strongly suggested that he'll re-sign with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Shapiro has long expressed a desire to remain part of Toronto's front office.

"The desire to be here long term has been reciprocated by the people I work for. That's as simple as I can be for you," he said. "I'll be here until I'm not here. Based upon my desire to be here and the reciprocation of that, I would expect that that's going to continue to happen."

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Dodgers Keep Julio Urias Fresh For Game 4 Start

Oct 22, 2020 9:26 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers didn't use Julio Urias out of the bullpen in Game 2 of the World Series, instead lining him up to start Saturday's Game 4.

L.A. is lined up to start Walker Buehler in the third game of the series against the Tampa Bay Rays with Clayton Kershaw lining up for Game 5.

The World Series is tied at 1-1.

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Game 1 Was Least-Watched World Series Game In History

Oct 21, 2020 4:12 PM

Game 1 of the 2020 World Series is the least-watched World Series game of all-time with 9.195 million total viewers.

The game drew a 2.4 rating among adults 18-49.

The smallest audience ever for a World Series Game 1 was in 2014 with 12.19 million total viewers.

The smallest (final) audience for a World Series game ever came from 2008’s Game 3, which averaged 9.836 million total viewers. That was also an election year World Series featuring the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay Rays

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Steve Cohen Takes Step In Finalizing Deal To Buy Mets

Oct 21, 2020 8:43 AM

Steve Cohen has taken the next step in finalizing a deal to purchase the New York Mets.

Cohen was approved by Major League Baseball's Ownership Committee on Tuesday. He received seven of the eight possible votes from the committee.

He will next have to pass the test of the Executive Committee, and then will be subject to a vote from the other 29 owners.

Cohen agreed earlier this year to purchase 95 percent of the Mets in exchange for $2.42 billion.

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Padres' Luis Perdomo Has Tommy John Surgery

Oct 21, 2020 8:36 AM

The San Diego Padres will be without Luis Perdomo in 2021 after the right-hander opted to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Perdomo is eligible for arbitration this offseason. He was found to have a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament after the season.

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Rob Manfred Hopes MLB's Changes Stick Long Term

Oct 21, 2020 8:34 AM

Rob Manfred hopes this year's innovations -- expanded playoffs and starting extra innings with runners on second base -- stick over the long-term.

"People were wildly unenthusiastic about the changes. And then when they saw them in action, they were much more positive," Manfred said.

Even before the pandemic-shortened season, Manfred advocated a future expansion of the playoffs to 14 teams.

"I like the idea of, and I'm choosing my words carefully here, an expanded playoff format," the commissioner said. "I don't think we would do 16 like we did this year. I think we do have to be cognizant of making sure that we preserve the importance of our regular season. But I think something beyond the 10 that we were at would be a good change."

With the added runner rule, the longest of 68 games of 10 innings or longer were a pair of 13-inning contests.

"I think the players like it,'' Manfred said. "I think it's really good from a safety and health perspective that keeps us from putting players in situations where they're out there too long or in positions they're not used to playing."

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Kevin Cash Defends Career-High Pitch Count For Tyler Glasnow

Oct 21, 2020 8:31 AM

Kevin Cash has defended his decision to stick with Tyler Glasnow in the fifth inning of Tuesday's Game 1 of the World Series.

Glasnow ended up throwing a career-high 112 pitches in the Tampa Bay Rays' 8-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He allowed six runs on three hits and six walks. Four of those runs came in the fifth inning.

"Just trust that he had plenty of stuff to keep us right there," Cash said. "The walks are definitely not ideal, but we didn't do a good job of holding the runners on. We can't allow the double steal right there."

With the Dodgers leading 2-1, Cash opted to let Glasnow keep pitching after he walked Mookie Betts and Corey Seager. Betts stole second, and then the runners pulled off a double steal. Glasnow was at 99 pitches after the two walks -- his fifth and sixth of the night -- but kept going.

"I felt relatively good," Glasnow said. "Any pitcher at the end part of the [outing], you want to be left in. That's the competitive nature ... I think the adrenaline takes over. When I go to 100 pitches, I don't feel the fatigue that much."

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Dodgers To Start Tony Gonsolin In Game 2

Oct 21, 2020 8:26 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers will start rookie Tony Gonsolin in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night.

Gonsolin will face off against the Tampa Bay Rays' Blake Snell. The right-hander threw 41 pitches in Game 7 of the NLCS, which means he'll likely be limited to a few innings.

Dave Roberts said Julio Urias and Dustin May will be available out of the bullpen.

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Fans Traveling Average Of 732 Miles To Attend World Series

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MLBPA Creates Curt Flood Award For Player Advocacy

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Game 7 Dodgers/Braves Draws 6.4M Viewers

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Jeff Luhnow Again Denies Role In Astros' Sign-Stealing Scandal

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Dodgers Planning To Start Walker Buehler In Game 3

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Tyler Glasnow, Blake Snell To Start First Two Games For Rays

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Dodgers Favored To Win World Series

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Braves Looking Forward To 'Something Special'

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Marlins Intend To Exercise Option On Starling Marte

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Astros Laud Team Unity After ALCS Loss

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Braves Bemoan Game 7 Baserunning Blunder: 'It Was Huge'

Associated Press

Phillies Pitching Coach Bryan Price Retires After One Season

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Cody Bellinger's HR Gives Dodgers Game 7 Win, Advance To World Series

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Marlins Parting Ways With Michael Hill

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Rays Beat Astros, Advance To World Series

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Randy Arozarena Ties MLB Rookie Record With Sixth Playoff Home Run

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Padres Will Look Into Long-Term Extension For Fernando Tatis, Jr.

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Brian Cashman Defends Yankees' ALDS Opener Strategy

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White Sox Get OK From Angels To Talk To Tony La Russa

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Carlos Correa Calls Walk-Off Home Run: 'I'm Going To End It'

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