September 2021 - Baseball Wiretap

M's Kyle Seager Retires After 11 MLB Seasons

Jan 2, 2022 5:47 PM

Kyle Seager announced his retirement Wednesday after 11 seasons in the majors, all with the Mariners.

Always one to eschew social media, Seager made his decision known through a short statement posted by his wife, Julie, on her Twitter account.

"Thank you to all of my family, friends and fans for following me throughout my career. It's been a wonderful ride but I am unbelievably excited for the next chapter of my life,'' the statement says.

Tags: Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Holiday Bowl At Petco Park Canceled Due To COVID

Dec 29, 2021 10:00 AM

The Holiday Bowl, scheduled to take place Tuesday at Petco Park, was canceled just hours before kickoff due to COVID-19 cases within UCLA's football program.

The game between UCLA and N.C. State was set to be the first of five Holiday Bowls at the San Diego Padres' ballpark.

Shanthi Sepe-Chepuru/MLB

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

Virginia Tech To Wear 'NY' On Helmets For Pinstripe Bowl

Dec 29, 2021 9:58 AM

Virginia Tech will honor the New York Yankees on their helmets when they play Maryland in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

The football team revealed its uniforms on Twitter Tuesday night, and the helmets include the Yankees' white interlocking "NY" outlined in Hokies orange on the maroon headgear.

Bryan Hoch/MLB

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Blue Jays Planning $200M Renovation Of Rogers Centre

Dec 31, 2021 1:58 AM

The Toronto Blue Jays are in the process of finalizing plans to renovate Rogers Centre, according to a report.

The renovations for the soon-to-be 33-year-old ballpark are expected to run more than $200 million and will redesign the stadium's lower bowl, and modernize the ballpark throughout. 

It was reported last year that the Blue Jays were looking into demolishing Rogers Centre and building a new stadium in the same location with sports-centered real estate development in the surrounding area.

Shi Davidi/Sportsnet

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, Misc Rumor

Shohei Ohtani Named AP Male Athlete Of The Year

Dec 29, 2021 10:00 AM

Shohei Ohtani's astonishing redefinition of modern baseball captured the world's attention so vividly in 2021 -- and that's why the Los Angeles Angels' two-way superstar is the winner of The Associated Press' Male Athlete of the Year Award.

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Dodgers, Cody Bellinger Agreed To One-Year, $17M Deal Before Lockout

Dec 29, 2021 1:32 AM

Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a one-year, $17 million to avoid arbitration before the Dec. 1 lockout that has shut down Major League Baseball and frozen transactions, sources familiar with the agreement told ESPN.

The deal was not announced after the lockout, as teams are not referencing players by name during the work stoppage that has lasted more than three weeks and will stretch into the new year.

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Pirates Hire First In-Uniform Female Coach

Dec 23, 2021 8:24 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired an in-uniform female coach for the first time in franchise history.

Caitlyn Callahan will serve as a development coach for the organization, based out of its Pirate City complex in Bradenton, Florida.

Callahan, a former Division I softball player at Boston University, comes to the Pirates with Major League experience after serving as the Cincinnati Reds' Minor League video and technology intern for the past two seasons.

She also served the Staten Island Yankees as a baseball operations assistant in 2019 and was the assistant GM for the Cape Cod League's Brewster Whitecaps, a college summer baseball team, in 2017-18.

Jake Crouse/MLB

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Bob Melvin Adds Matt Williams, Bryan Price To San Diego Staff

Dec 23, 2021 8:21 AM

Bob Melvin has rounded out his coaching staff with the San Diego Padres.

Melvin hired Matt Williams and Bryan Price.

Williams will serve as third-base coach, while Price will be senior adviser to the coaching staff.

Melvin was hired on Oct. 28 to replace Jayce Tingler.

Associated Press

Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

Yankees Unsure Of Injury Progress Due To Lockout

Dec 22, 2021 11:53 PM

Major League Baseball's lockout has left the New York Yankees unaware of how DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks, Jameson Taillon and Darren O'Day are progressing following surgery.

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury, Misc Rumor

Tigers Coach Kimera Bartee Passes Away At 49

Dec 22, 2021 9:35 AM

Kimera Bartee, who played six seasons as a Major League outfielder before becoming a coach and instructor, passed away suddenly at age 49.

Bartee had just been brought back on A.J. Hinch’s coaching staff after joining as first-base coach midseason. 

He had previously coached with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies before joining the Tigers a year ago to serve as their baserunning instructor.

Jason Beck/MLB

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

MLB Payrolls Drop 4 Percent, Back To 2015 Levels

Associated Press

Eric Chavez Joins Yankees' Coaching Staff


Guardians Owner Paul Dolan To Sell Large Minority Stake

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Ivan Nova Signs With KBO's SSG Landers

Jeeho Yoo/Yonhap News

MLB Sued By Four Former Affiliates Over Minor League Cuts

Associated Press

A's Hire Mark Kotsay As New Manager

Padres Add Matt Williams, Bryan Price To Coaching Staff

Athletics 'Closing In' On New Manager

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Sources: MLB, Players' Association Met Thursday

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Diamondbacks Hire Jason McLeod As Special Assistant

Associated Press

Mets Hire Buck Showalter As New Manager

Anthony Bemboom Signs Minors Deal With Orioles

Dan Connolly/The Athletic

Yankees, Jimmy Cordero Agree Upon Minor League Contract

Jon Heyman/MLB Network

Nomar Mazara Agrees To Minors Deal With Padres

Chris Cotillo/Mass Live

Matt Andriese To Sign With NPB's Yomiuri Giants

Yahoo! Japan

Rockies, Tim Lopes Agree To Minor League Deal

Darragh McDonald/MLB Trade Rumors

Tigers Offered Carlos Correa 10-Year, $275M Deal

Buster Olney/ESPN

Guardians Minor Leaguer Andres Melendez Dies Suddenly

Associated Press

Pirates Hire Andy Haines As Hitting Coach

Associated Press

D-Backs Add Jason McLeod To Front Office