December 2023 - Baseball Wiretap

Giants' Alex Cobb To Undergo Hip Surgery

Oct 31, 2023 7:32 AM

Alex Cobb will undergo surgery on his left hip labrum Tuesday, the San Francisco Giants announced.

The surgery will address an issue that ended Cobb's 2023 season midway through September.

The left-hander will need approximately six months to return to pitching, which means he won't be ready for Opening Day 2024.

Cobb has a $10 million club option for next season, with a $2 million buyout.

Alex Pavlovic/NBC Sports Bay Area

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Injury, Misc Rumor

Game 1 Least-Watched World Series Game Ever

Oct 31, 2023 7:28 AM

Game 1 of the World Series between the Texas Rangers and Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night was the least-watched Game 1 in World Series TV history.

The Rangers' 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks in 11 innings averaged 9.35 million viewers on Fox, Fox Deportes and Fox's streaming service. 

The previous low was 9.48 for the opening game in 2020 between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays. 

Average viewer ratings have been calculated since at least 1969.

Associated Press

Tags: Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

Four-Time All-Star Frank Howard Dies At 87

Oct 31, 2023 1:14 AM

Frank Howard, a four-time All-Star who slugged 382 home runs during a lengthy major league career that included a World Series title with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963, has died. He was 87.

A spokesperson for the Washington Nationals said the team was informed of Howard's death by his family Monday. A cause of death was not provided.

"He was the ultimate teammate," Dick Bosman, who played six-plus seasons with Howard with Washington and Texas and remained friends with him for decades, told The Associated Press on Monday. "Next to my dad, he's the greatest guy I know."

Tags: Washington Nationals, Texas Rangers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, Legal, Misc Rumor

Adolis Garcia To Undergo Imaging On Left Torso

Oct 31, 2023 1:12 AM

Texas Rangers outfielder Adolis Garcia will undergo imaging on his left torso after grabbing it and leaving Game 3 of the World Series on Monday night following a swing in the eighth inning. Garcia's injury came after Max Scherzer, the Rangers' Game 3 starter, exited in the fourth inning after a spasm flared in his back.

The dual injuries put a damper on an otherwise-productive night for the Rangers, whose 3-1 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks gave Texas a two-games-to-one advantage in the series.

Tags: Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Injury

Yankees' Aaron Judge Wins Roberto Clemente Award

Oct 31, 2023 1:10 AM

Aaron Judge was working out at home in California with his wife, Samantha, on Oct. 20 when he received a call from Jason Zillo, the vice president of communications and media relations for the New York Yankees.

"You got a minute? This is very important," Judge recalled Zillo saying.

"Is there a trade going on?" Judge wondered. "What's going on? Something important?"

Then Zillo told him to sit down and informed Judge he had won Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award for character, community involvement and philanthropy.

"It is our highest honor because it represents the combination of on-field excellence and service in our communities," MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said.

Tags: New York Yankees, Personal Award

Rangers Beat D-Backs In Game 3 Behind Corey Seager, Jon Gray

Oct 31, 2023 12:59 AM

The Texas Rangers' incredible postseason road winning streak continued in Game 3 of the World Series on Monday night with a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks that was fueled by a prodigious home run from Corey Seager and a masterful bullpen performance from Jon Gray.

The Rangers, with a 2-1 lead in this best-of-seven series, are now two wins away from their first championship in franchise history

Tags: Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks, Game Recap, Team Achievement

Guardians Interview Craig Counsell For Managerial Job

Oct 30, 2023 2:33 PM

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell is meeting with the Cleveland Guardians about their managerial opening, according to multiple reports.

Counsell, who has led the Brewers to the postseason five times in the past six years, is at Progressive Field for his interview with the Guardians, according to the Associated Press.

Counsell's contract with Milwaukee is set to expire this week, but the Brewers are allowing him to look elsewhere while also hoping they can re-sign the coveted 53-year-old.

Tags: Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor

Phillies, Rob Thomson Haven't Yet Discussed Contract Extension

Oct 30, 2023 9:09 AM

There haven't yet been talks between the Philadelphia Phillies and Rob Thomson about a contract extension, says Dave Dombrowski.

Thomson was named interim manager during the 2022 season after Joe Girardi was fired. He then led the Phillies to the World Series and to Game 7 of the NLCS this season.

He was given a new two-year pact as the club's new full-time manager prior to the 2023 season. The contract has no club options.

Alex Coffey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

Torii Hunter Emerges As Candidate To Manage Angels

Oct 30, 2023 9:03 AM

The Los Angeles Angels are still looking for a manager and Torii Hunter has emerged as a candidate, according to a report.

Hunter played five seasons for the Angels and is a favorite of owner Arte Moreno.

Los Angeles has discussed other former players such as Darin Erstad and Tim Salmon, while also looking at experienced candidates in Ron Roenicke, Benji Gil and Buck Showalter.

Bob Nightengale/USA Today

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

Report: Cubs Interested In Trading For Juan Soto

Oct 30, 2023 8:56 AM

The Chicago Cubs will be involved in trade talks for Juan Soto if the San Diego Padres decide to shop the superstar, according to a report.

Soto, 25, hit .275/.410/.519 with 35 home runs in 162 games this past season.

Coming off a disappointing season, the Padres are rumored to be looking to cut payroll by a significant margin heading into 2024. San Diego had the largest Opening Day payroll of any club outside of New York this spring.

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Tags: Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tommy Pham Asked To Sit So Jace Peterson Could Hit In World Series

Ketel Marte Hits In Record 18th Straight Postseason Game

Merrill Kelly, D-Backs Roll In Game 2 To Even Series

Max Scherzer To Start World Series Game 3 For Rangers

Rangers Rally, Adolis Garcia Hits 11th-Inning HR To Win Game 1

Rob Manfred Touts Playoff Format, Tony Clark Not As Convinced

Owners' Vote For A's-To-Las Vegas Set For November 14-16

Report: Cardinals Interested In Yuki Matsui

Natuski Une/Yahoo! Japan

Phillies Will Make Re-Signing Aaron Nola A Priority

Corey Seidman/NBC Sports Philadelphia

Dusty Baker: Not Goodbye, Just 'See You Later'


Diamondbacks Fueled By Doubters, Keeping 'Receipts'

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Former President Bush To Deliver World Series First Pitch

Associated Press

Report: Yankees, Padres Have Had 'Preliminary' Talks About Juan Soto

Andy Martino/SNY

Giants To Sign Bob Melvin, Farhan Zaidi Through 2026

Andrew Baggarly/The Athletic

Guardians Interview Andy Green, Want To Speak With Craig Counsell

Anthony Franco/MLB Trade Rumors

Rhys Hoskins Would 'Love' To Return To Phillies

NBC Philadelphia

Sean Casey Won't Return As Yankees Hitting Coach

Braves Re-Sign Pierce Johnson To Two-Year, $14.25M Deal

Max Scherzer Has Cut On Thumb That Won't Hinder Him Pitching

D-Backs' Zac Gallen, Rangers' Nathan Eovaldi To Start Game 1