All-Star - Baseball Wiretap

MLB 'Looking Into' Big Papi Breaking Tampering Rules

Jul 16, 2016 12:46 AM

David Ortiz has never been shy about saying what's on his mind. This time, though, it might earn him a slap on the wrist.

After playing in his final All-Star Game on Tuesday night , Ortiz lobbied for the Red Sox to trade for Marlins ace Jose Fernandez. Big Papi also made a recruiting pitch for Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion, a free agent after the season, to replace him as Boston's designated hitter next season.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays, All-Star, Misc Rumor

San Diego Sets MLB FanFast Merchandise Sales Record

Jul 14, 2016 6:22 AM

This week's Major League Baseball All-Star Fan Fest in San Diego set a record for merchandise sold. More merchandise was sold over the past five days than at any All-Star Game in the past 16 years, which is as long as the league has kept that data.

The previous records were set in San Francisco in 2007 and New York in 2008.

"We candidly didn't think sales would be like this," said Adam Blinderman, MLB's vice president of consumer products. "We look at the market, the fan base and how a team is playing, and we thought San Diego would sell like Cincinnati did last year."

The San Diego-themed merchandise featured, among other things, retro brown-and-gold batting practice jerseys and hats.

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Tags: San Diego Padres, All-Star

Eric Hosmer Named All-Star Game MVP As AL Wins

Jul 13, 2016 1:02 PM

Eric Hosmer was named MVP of the All-Star Game on Tuesday as he accounted for half of the American League's production in a 4-2 win over the National League.

Hosmer hit a second-inning home run off Johnny Cueto, the first member of the Kansas City Royals to go deep in an All-Star Game since Bo Jackson in 1989.

He won a truck as part of being named MVP and said he was giving it to his dad, Michael, who stood off to the side.

"So he can stop stealing all my cars,'' Hosmer said.


Tags: Kansas City Royals, All-Star, Personal Award

Jose Fernandez Hopes To Groove Fastball To David Ortiz

Jul 12, 2016 3:20 PM

Jose Fernandez would love to pitch to David Ortiz during Tuesday night's All-Star Game, going as far as to say that he'd love to groove a fastball to the retiring slugger.

"I would love to face David," Fernandez said. "It would be a dream come true for me.

"I told him yesterday that I am going to throw him three fastballs down the middle. I want to watch him hit a home run."

When asked if he'd be bringing his usual 98 mph heat, Fernandez said he'd take a little off his pitches to achieve the goal.

"No -- 90 miles per hour," Fernandez said. "So there is no chance that he fouls them or misses them."


Tags: Miami Marlins, Boston Red Sox, All-Star

Jake Arrieta Leaning Toward Sitting Out All-Star Game

Jul 12, 2016 7:35 AM

Jake Arrieta is leaning toward resting up for the second half and not pitching in Tuesday's All-Star Game, according to Scott Boras.

"We've scuffled the past couple weeks," Arrieta said. "The break is coming at a really good time."

Arrieta is 12-4 with a 2.68 ERA, but has pitched no more than six innings in each of his past five starts, including three that lasted less than six.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, All-Star

Giancarlo Stanton Wins Derby With Record 61 Home Runs

Jul 12, 2016 7:27 AM

Giancarlo Stanton won the Home Run Derby on Monday night with an event-record 61 home runs at Petco Park.

Stanton clubbed 20 home runs in the final round to beat defending champion Todd Frazier.

The previous record for the most home runs in the event was held by Bobby Abreu, who hit 41 in 2005.

"For sure, being on the West Coast and taking the flight out here just for this, you know. I figure it's a waste if I don't bring this bad boy home," Stanton said while holding the trophy.

The three-time All-Star is not on the National League roster this year.

His longest shot was estimated at 497 feet. He hit the eight longest homers of the competition and 20 of the 21 deepest drives.

"When I get a few in a row I would kind of bump it up 5 to 10 percent," he said. "But most the time I stuck at 80-90 percent. I knew I could do it endurance-wise. I was just hoping my swing didn't fall about."

Associated Press

Tags: Miami Marlins, All-Star

Chris Sale, Johnny Cueto To Start All-Star Game

Jul 11, 2016 2:47 PM

The starting pitchers for the 2016 All-Star Game have been announced.

Chris Sale will start for the American League, while Johnny Cueto will take the mound for the National League.

Sale, 27, is 14-3 with a 3.38 ERA and leads the Major Leagues in wins. He has 123 strikeouts and just 26 walks in 125 innings, and batters are hitting .225 against him.

Cueto, 30, tops NL pitchers in victories. He is 13-1 with a 2.47 ERA, striking out 115 in 131 1/3 innings. He has won 10 consecutive decisions since an April 21 loss.

Associated Press

Tags: Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, All-Star

The World Beats U.S. In All-Star Futures Game

Jul 11, 2016 12:19 AM

Shortly after Yoan Moncada hit a go-ahead, two-run home run for the World in the All-Star Futures Game, the Red Sox farmhand found out that the Hall of Fame requested his bat to put on display.

"I feel really excited and really happy that they really want my bat. But it's really emotional as well," Moncada said through a translator after the World rallied to beat the United States 11-3 on Sunday.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, All-Star, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

Quintana Replaces Salazar On AL All-Star Roster

Jul 10, 2016 6:24 PM

Chicago White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana has replaced Cleveland's Danny Salazar on the American League All-Star roster.

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Syndergaard, Cespedes, Fowler Scratched From All-Star Game

Jul 9, 2016 10:49 PM

A day after right-hander Noah Syndergaard and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes departed a game with injuries, both Mets players were scratched from Tuesday's All-Star Game.

Cubs outfielder Dexter Fowler also had to withdraw on Saturday due to a hamstring injury.

They will be replaced by Padres left-hander Drew Pomeranz, Pirates outfielder Starling Marté and Reds outfielder Jay Bruce.

Tags: New York Mets, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, All-Star, Injury, Misc Rumor

Bartolo Colon Replaces Madison Bumgarner On All-Star Roster
Madison Bumgarner is unavailable because he will pitch Sunday for the Giants.

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Frazier, Trumbo Headline HR Derby Contestants
The 2016 Home Run Derby will take place Monday at San Diego's Petco Park,

Cardinals Place Matt Carpenter On DL With Oblique Strain
Cardinals teammate Aledmys Diaz will replace Matt Carpenter on the NL roster in next week's All-Star Game.

Dexter Fowler's Health Is Cubs' Concern
The Cubs hope inured outfielder Dexter Fowler can play in next week's All-Star Game in San Diego.

Cubs Make All-Star History
The Cubs join the 1963 Cardinals as the only teams to have their entire infield start an All-Star Game.

2016 All-Star Game Starters Announced
Royals catcher Salvador Perez was Major League Baseball's leading vote-getter, while Cubs star Anthony Rizzo led the NL in voting.