February 2020 - Baseball Wiretap

Investigation Into Red Sox Won't Conclude This Week

Feb 27, 2020 8:39 AM

Major League Baseball is still investigating the Boston Red Sox for stealing signs during their championship run in 2018.

It was originally reported that the Red Sox implemented a scheme that involved using the replay monitor to decode the signs from the opposing battery and then relay the pitch selection to the batter via a runner on second or sometimes first.

Rob Manfred said last week that he expected the Boston investigation to conclude by the end of this week.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Alex Bregman Becomes Seventh Astros Player HBP In Five Games

Feb 27, 2020 8:34 AM

Alex Bregman was hit on the back by a pitch on Wednesday, making him the seventh Houston Astros player drilled in five spring training games.

Some opposing players have called for retaliation against the Astros following Major League Baseball's finding that Houston broke rules against electronic sign stealing en route to its 2017 World Series title and again in 2018.

"I think I got hit, like, 10 times last year or something like that," Bregman said. "One of them got me good last year, but that one was just a split-finger."

Associated Press

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor

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MLB Appoints Kerwin Danley As First Black Crew Chief

Feb 27, 2020 8:30 AM

Major League Baseball has appointed its first African American umpire crew chief by promoting Kerwin Danley to the position, according to a report.

MLB often shuffles its roster of umpires in the offseason to account for retirements, promotions and new hires.

Danley, 58, has worked two World Series and been on the field for 10 other postseason rounds, including the AL Championship Series last year. He also has been chosen to call two All-Star Games.

Associated Press

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Giancarlo Stanton May Miss Start Of Season

Feb 27, 2020 8:27 AM

The New York Yankees will likely be without Giancarlo Stanton on Opening Day because of a strained right calf.

Stanton was injured near the end of defensive drills on Tuesday and an MRI found a Grade 1 strain.

"It will probably put us against it a little bit," Aaron Boone said. "I would say it's time for him to get back, but then getting built up and stuff. We'll see."

The Yankees open the season on March 26 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Associated Press

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury

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Bryce Harper 'More Calm' In Year 2 With Phillies

Feb 26, 2020 9:06 AM

Nearly a year after he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bryce Harper says he's more comfortable in his second year with the club.

"It's definitely different," Harper said.

"Coming into camp this year, it’s a lot better knowing you’re going to be here for the next 12 years. A lot better coming in. A lot more calm. Not as crazy. Not as many cameras or anything like that. Just talking to you guys, which is great. So just trying to enjoy that and go about it the right way and talk to the young guys as much as possible. [Mickey] Moniak, [Bryson] Stott, [Alec] Bohm, just trying to get to know them a little bit more each day. Because those are the guys that are going to help us hopefully this year and beyond that. So just trying to talk to them as much as possible and try to get to know them a little bit more."

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Mets May Enter Season Without Designated Fifth Starter

Feb 26, 2020 7:56 AM

The New York Mets are considering entering the season without a fifth starter, instead making their plans based on their opponent, according to a report.

New York will enter the season with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Rick Porcello as their top four starters.

The fifth starter could be either Steven Matz or Michael Wacha, depending on whether the opposing team is better against righties or lefties.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

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Marlins To Host World Baseball Classic Final

Feb 26, 2020 7:51 AM

The 2021 World Baseball Classic will be played Taiwan, Tokyo, Phoenix and Miami.

The Marlins will host the semifinals and final along with half of the quarterfinals.

The tournament will be played from March 9-23 next year. There will be four groups of five teams. Those are the 16 participants in the 2017 tournament plus four qualifiers to be determined during a 12-nation tournament this March 13-25 at Tucson, Arizona.

Associated Press

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Luis Severino To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Feb 26, 2020 7:47 AM

Luis Severino has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and will require Tommy John surgery.

The New York Yankees will be without Severino for all of 2020 after he missed nearly all of last season.

Severino will be operated on by Dr. David Altchek on Thursday at the Hospital For Special Surgery in New York.

In 2018, Severino went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 191 1/3 innings.

ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury

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Diamondbacks Unaware Of Madison Bumgarner's Rodeo Gigs

Feb 25, 2020 7:49 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks didn't know Madison Bumgarner had been competing in rodeo events under the alias "Mason Saunders."

It was reported on Sunday that he won $26,560 in a team-roping competition in December.

Mike Hazen was aware Bumgarner was "a very strong horseman," and the general manager added that even though he didn't know about the rodeos, that knowledge wouldn't have affected Arizona's decision to sign the left-hander to an $85 million, five-year contract.

"Madison's a grown man and we know he's committed to helping us achieve our goals as a team," Hazen said. "Those have been the conversations that we've had from the time we first talked to him until very recently."

Associated Press

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

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MLB To Judge: Cheating Attempts Part Of Sports

Feb 25, 2020 7:43 AM

Major League Baseball has told a federal judge that attempts at cheating are a part of sports.

MLB is urging the judge to dismiss a lawsuit by fantasy contestants.

Five men sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of consumer protection laws, negligence, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB's rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers' signs.

The five said they participated in DraftKings fantasy baseball contests.

"Rules violations -- large and small, intentional and unintentional, technical and game-changing -- are a never-ending source of sports television, talk radio, web and elevator commentary by sports pundits and fans alike," MLB said Friday in papers submitted to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff.

"And fans' general awareness of the potential for infractions is underscored in this case by the fact that clubs were publicly disciplined for electronic sign-stealing violations during the 2017 regular season."

Associated Press

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Jose Altuve Grazed By Pitch In First Spring Away Game

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Josh Reddick: Astros Have Received Death Threats

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Padres, Brian Dozier Agree Upon Minor League Deal

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George Springer Will Continue As Leadoff Hitter

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Madison Bumgarner Has Been Competing In Rodeos Under Alias

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Jonathan Lucroy Changed Signs With Every Pitch Against Astros

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Yankees Shut Down Luis Severino With Forearm Soreness

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Pennsylvania Little League District Dropping 'Astros'

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MLBPA Pushes Back Against Claim They Pushed For Player Immunity

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Giancarlo Stanton: I Would've Hit 80 HRs If I Knew What Was Coming

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Cubs To Use Kris Bryant As Leadoff Hitter

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Shin-Soo Choo Confident He Can Play Beyond 2020

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Kris Bryant On His Future: 'I'm A Chicago Cub'

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LeBron Calls Out Rob Manfred: 'Listen To Your Players'

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Red Sox Reach Minor League Deal With Jonathan Lucroy

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Rockies GM In No Rush To Clear Air With Nolan Arenado

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Cubs, Giants Raise Minor League Pay Early

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Arte Moreno Nixed Joc Pederson Trade With Dodgers

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Giants Excluding Aubrey Huff From 2010 World Series Reunion

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Francisco Lindor: 'I Wanna Win' In Cleveland

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