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Fri Nov 1519:24Betting on himself: Odorizzi accepts offer for Twins' returnDallas KeuchelSPBravesFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi watched Dallas Keuchel remain on the free-agent market until June and didn’t want to take a chance of lingering without a contract. So he accepted the Minnesota Twins’ $17.8 million qualifying offer for a one-year contact and put himself in position to become a free agent again after the 2020 season.“When it came down to it, the decision came down to me pretty much betting on myself and returning to a place I know very well and enjoyed and continue to improve on what I did last year and then re-entering the market next offseason with a different class,” Odorizzi said Friday, a day after accepting the offer just before the deadline.While this year’s free-agent class includes Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner, next year’s is a less accomplished group headed by Trevor Bauer, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Marcus Stroman, José Quintana and Jake Arrieta.If Odorizzi had turned down the Twins’ offer and signed ... [More]
Fri Nov 1503:54A position-by-position look at the free agent marketDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Jerry BlevinsRPBravesFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Nicholas CastellanosRFCubsFree Agent
Starlin Castro2BMarlinsFree Agent
Robinson ChirinosCAstrosFree Agent
Steve CishekRPCubsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BNationalsFree Agent
Brett GardnerLFYankeesFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCBrewersFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
Will HarrisRPAstrosFree Agent
Rich HillSPDodgersFree Agent
José IglesiasSSRedsFree Agent
Howie KendrickLFNationalsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPBravesFree Agent
Brandon KintzlerRPCubsFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1BRed SoxFree Agent
Mike Moustakas2BBrewersFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Drew PomeranzSPBrewersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFIndiansFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BTwinsFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Justin Smoak1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Patrick Corbin was an exception last offseason.Amid a slow free agent market — some stars didn’t sign until after the start of spring training — Corbin’s search for a new home was over in December when he received a $140 million, six-year contract from Washington.That worked out pretty well for both team and player. Corbin was a key part of the Nationals’ starting rotation this year, and he threw three scoreless innings in relief in Game 7 of the World Series, helping the team win its first World Series title.Now, another offseason is in full swing. It’s hard to say whether teams will be more aggressive in pursuing free agents, hoping to land the next Corbin, but the Atlanta Braves already made a significant move, signing reliever Will Smith away from San Francisco.Here’s a look at the top free agents still available, broken down by position. Players are listed with their most recent teams, with their ages in parentheses:LEFT-HANDED STARTERHyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers (32)The ru... [More]
Thu Nov 1421:23Angels’ Trout overcomes injury, tragedy to win 3rd AL MVPCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — It had never been so difficult for Mike Trout to arrive at the ballpark, get his mind and body ready, and perform at the level baseball fans have come to expect.And still, nobody did it better in the American League.Trout overcame injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP award Thursday night, getting 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second, and that duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes. Trout also won the award in 2014 and ’16.“This year was probably the toughest year,” Trout said.Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger made it a Southern California sweep, beating out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the NL prize. Bellinger got 19 of 30 first-place votes, Yelich got 10, and Washington’s Anthony Rendon got one while finishing third. Yelich won the award last year.Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September while the Angels languished... [More]
Thu Nov 1419:13LA Sweep: Angels’ Trout, Dodgers’ Bellinger win MVP awardsCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP award.Trout got 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second with the other 13 first-place votes. That duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes.Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger made it an LA sweep, beating out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the NL prize. Bellinger got 19 of 30 first-place votes, Yelich got 10, and Washington’s Anthony Rendon got one while finishing third. Yelich won the award last year.Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September. The outfielder played just 134 games but still set a career high with 45 homers. He batted .291, led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and drove in 104 runs. It was just enough to avoid another second-place finish — he’s tied for the record with four runner-ups.The 28-year-old... [More]
Thu Nov 1419:03LA Sweep: Angels’ Trout, Dodgers’ Bellinger win MVP AwardsCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP Award.Trout got 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second with the other 13 first-place votes. That duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes.Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September. The outfielder played just 134 games but still set a career high with 45 homers. He batted .291, led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and drove in 104 runs.The 28-year-old shined even following the death of close friend and teammate Tyler Skaggs on July 1. Trout smashed a 454-foot homer wearing Skaggs’ No. 45 in the team’s first game back, when LA pitchers threw a combined no-hitter.Trout is the 10th three-time MVP and joins an elite group: Barry Bonds, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Mike Schmidt. Bonds is the only player with more than three MVPs — he won seven.Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger beat out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the NL prize. Yelich won the award last year.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1417:43Odorizzi, Abreu accept $17.8M offers to stay with teamsBrett AndersonSPAthleticsFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Jeremy HellicksonSPNationalsFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPCubsFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Colby RasmusLFOriolesFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Neil Walker1BMarlinsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Matt WietersCCardinalsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Jake Odorizzi accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer to stay with the Minnesota Twins and first baseman José Abreu took the same amount to remain with the Chicago White Sox as general managers headed home Thursday following their four-day annual meeting.Using the threat to accept San Francisco’s offer as leverage, reliever Will Smith became the first of the 168 free agents to switch teams, agreeing to a $40 million, three-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.Just 10 free agents received the offers on Nov. 4, and their former teams will receive draft-pick compensation if they sign elsewhere before the amateur draft in June. Players who did not accept included pitchers Gerrit Cole (Houston), Stephen Strasburg (Washington), Zack Wheeler (New York Mets) and Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco) along with third basemen Anthony Rendon (Washington) and Josh Donaldson (Atlanta) and outfielder Marcell Ozuna (St. Louis).Qualifying offers began after the 201... [More]
Thu Nov 1417:23Odorizzi, Abreu accept $17.8M offers to stay with teamsBrett AndersonSPAthleticsFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Jeremy HellicksonSPNationalsFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Colby RasmusLFOriolesFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Neil Walker1BMarlinsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Matt WietersCCardinalsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Jake Odorizzi accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer to stay with the Minnesota Twins and first baseman José Abreu took the same amount to remain with the Chicago White Sox as general managers headed home following their four-day annual meeting.Using the threat to accept San Francisco’s offer, reliever Will Smith became the first of the 168 free agents to switch teams, agreeing Thursday to a $40 million, three-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.Just 10 free agents received the offers on Nov. 4, and their former teams will receive draft-pick compensation if they sign elsewhere. Players who did not accept included pitchers Gerrit Cole (Houston), Stephen Strasburg (Washington), Zack Wheeler (New York Mets) and Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco) along with third basemen Anthony Rendon (Washington) and Josh Donaldson (Atlanta) and outfielder Marcell Ozuna (St. Louis).Qualifying offers began after the 2012 season, and only eight of 90 offers have been accepted. The others were Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters, Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson after the 2015 season; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker and Philadelphia pitcher Jeremy Hellickson following the 2016 season; and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu last offseason.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1417:03Yankees turn to young pitching coach for high-tech approachDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Just four years ago, Matt Blake was varsity pitching coach at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, about 20 miles outside of Boston. Next spring, the 34-year-old will be guiding the high-priced arms of the New York Yankees."The biggest thing is just finding out where the player is at and what it is that makes him tick," Blake said Thursday after his hiring as Yankees pitching coach was formally announced. "Across different ages or nationalities and cultures, you got to get to the root of what is it that they are seeking for help and then bring it to the edge of their learning zone, if you will."Blake replaced Larry Rothschild, who was fired after nine seasons and got hired as pitching coach of the San Diego Padres.A 2007 graduate of Holy Cross, where he pitched, Blake started coaching at the youth level while working alongside his father."Just to give back because he coached me when I was younger, so it's kind of interesting jumping off point as a favor to t... [More]
Wed Nov 1320:33Astros sign stealing charges latest to tarnish reputationJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Roberto OsunaRPAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Not too long ago, the Houston Astros were the feel-good story of baseball. Led by their diminutive Venezuelan dynamo and featuring smart play on the field and in the front office, they emerged from a morass of awful seasons that got them mocked as the ‘Lastros and ascended to the top of the big league galaxy as World Series champions.That picture of the sheer joy as the Astros celebrated their 2017 crown at Dodger Stadium sure looks different now.Fresh off a bitter Game 7 loss in its bid for another title, and tarnished by an executive’s clubhouse rant at female reporters and the failed attempt to smear the journalist who wrote about the scene, the franchise is now embroiled in a new scandal: allegations with on-the-record comments from a former player the Astros turned to technology to devise a sign-stealing scheme during their greatest season.Sign stealing may be as old as baseball. From a clandestine buzzer-and-spyglass system the New York Giants invented to ove... [More]
Wed Nov 1320:03Astros sign stealing charges latest to tarnish reputationJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Roberto OsunaRPAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Not too long ago, the Houston Astros were the feel-good story of baseball. Led by their diminutive Venezuelan dynamo and featuring smart play on the field and in the front office, they emerged from a morass of awful seasons that got them mocked as the ‘Lastros and ascended to the top of the big league galaxy as World Series champions.That picture of the sheer joy as the Astros celebrated their 2017 crown at Dodger Stadium sure looks different now.Fresh off a bitter Game 7 loss in their bid for another title, and tarnished by an executive’s clubhouse rant at female reporters and the failed attempt to smear the journalist who wrote about it, the franchise is now embroiled in a new scandal: allegations with on-the-record comments from a former player the Astros turned to technology to devise a sign-stealing scheme during their greatest season.Sign stealing may be as old as baseball. From a clandestine buzzer-and-spyglass system the New York Giants invented to overtake... [More]
Wed Nov 1320:03Boras bashes lack of competition, senses faster-paced marketGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFPhilliesFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baseball’s most prominent agent criticized teams for a lack of competition, proclaiming rebuilding teams have caused four straight years of attendance drops, then said he senses a faster-paced free agent market that could lead to earlier signings this offseason.Scott Boras, who represents top free agents Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon, accused many teams of entering last season with the goal of rebuilding through high drafts picks rather than competing for a title.Standing in a courtyard at the hotel where general managers are holding their annual meeting, Boras said the decision of some fans to stay away from ballparks was understandable. Major League Baseball’s average attendance has fallen from 30,169 in 2016 to 28,339 this year, its lowest since 2003.“In the big world, when you go to the zoo and half the bears are asleep, you are not able to enjoy the zoo as it should be,” he said Wednesday.In a year of booms and busts, there we... [More]
Wed Nov 1319:03Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young AwardsGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander has been awarded his second AL Cy Young Award.Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America announced Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes compared to 13 for Cole, who became a free agent after the season.The 36-year-old Verlander won his first Cy Young in 2011, when he was also named MVP, and has since been a three-time runner-up.Verlander continued a marvelous second act to his career since a 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. He led the majors with 21 victories and padded his Hall of Fame resume by getting his 3,000th strikeout in his final start of the regular season. He also reached 300 punchouts in a season for the first time.Verlander no-hit Toronto on Sept. 1, becoming the sixth pitcher with three no-hitters in a career. He joined a group that includes Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan, Sandy Kofax, Bob Feller and Cy Young, along with 1880s pitcher Larry Corcoran.Tampa Bay Rays righty Charlie Morton finished third a year after leaving Houston in free agency.Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL Cy Young for the second straight year.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 1318:33Boras says lack of competition caused attendance dropGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFPhilliesFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baseball’s most prominent agent criticized teams for a lack of competition, proclaiming “in many ways the industry is in a competitive hibernation” that has led to four straight years of attendance drops.Scott Boras, who represents top free agents Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg and Anthony Rendon, said Wednesday many teams entered last season with the goal of rebuilding through high drafts picks and an attitude of “I don't want to win 82 games. I want to win 69 games. You know why? Because I get rewarded for it.”Standing in a courtyard at the hotel where general managers are holding their annual meeting, Boras said the decision of some fans to stay away from ballparks was understandable. Major League Baseball’s average attendance has fallen from 30,169 in 2016 to 28,339 this year, its lowest since 2003.“In the big world, when you go to the zoo and half the bears are asleep, you are not able to enjoy the zoo as it should be,” he said.Boras also rebuked clubs at last year’s GM meetings, the start of a slow free-agent market in which only 25% of free agents signed before January. His top free agent, Bryce Harper, waited until spring training was underway to reach a record $330 million 13-year contract with Philadelphia.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Nov 1310:33Acing it: Success of Nats, Astros puts attention on startersGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPAstrosFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington went against baseball's trend toward bulked-up bullpens, dedicating 39% of its payroll to three starting pitchers: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. The trio triumphed, lifting the Nationals to the first World Series title in the team's 51-season history.Houston came within one win of its second championship in three seasons, led by a rotation headed by Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke.In a sport of copycats, will rotation arms regain prominence throughout the major leagues?"That's my favorite question of every GM meetings. It is the narrative of whoever won the World Series," Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Tuesday. "I think as you look back at the World Series champions the last five, 10 years, they're all great teams and they all get there in slightly different ways."Starting pitchers averaged 5.2 innings this year, the lowest since Baseball-Reference.com's figures began i... [More]
Tue Nov 1221:33Shildt wins NL Manager of the Year days after mom's deathWillians AstudilloCTwinsFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Nelson CruzDHTwinsFree Agent
Mitch GarverCTwinsFree Agent
Max KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Miguel Sanó3BTwinsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Shildt began his life in baseball at his mom's side, tagging along with her to work at a Double-A ballpark and picking up odd jobs around the clubhouse.When Shildt was recognized Tuesday night for the career that has followed, the late Lib Shildt was the first thing on his mind."My mom was remarkable," he said.Less than a week after his mother died, Shildt was honored for piloting the St. Louis Cardinals back into the playoffs, narrowly beating Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers to win NL Manager of the Year.Shildt earned the award in his first full season on the job, even though Counsell received more first-place votes (13-10) from the Baseball Writers' Association of America.Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli won the AL prize in a tight finish over Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees. Both received 13 first-place votes, but Baldelli got more second-place nods (13-9). The 38-year-old is the youngest to win the award.Shildt teared up upon learning he'd b... [More]
Tue Nov 1220:43MLB checking into report '17 Astros stole signs, broke rulesDanny FarquharRPYankeesFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Carson SmithRPRed SoxFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field.The report Tuesday quoted pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season, and three other unidentified people with the club. The Astros won the World Series that year — two sources told The Athletic that Houston used the system into the playoffs while another source said the system ended before the postseason.The website said the process was started by a struggling hitter and a coach, neither of whom was identified. The camera at Minute Maid Park was connected to a television monitor in the tunnel between the Astros' dugout and clubhouse, The Athletic said, and team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal off-speed pitches."I just want the game to be cleaned up a little bit because there are guys ... [More]
Tue Nov 1220:03Acing it: Success of Nats, Astros puts attention on startersGerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPAstrosFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington went against baseball's trend toward bulked-up bullpens, dedicating 39 percent of its payroll to three starting pitchers: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin. The trio triumphed, lifting the Nationals to the first World Series title in the team's 51-season history,Houston came within one win of its second championship in three seasons, led by a rotation headed by Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke.In a sport of copycats, will rotation arms regain prominence throughout the major leagues?"That's my favorite question of every GM meetings. It is the narrative of whoever won the World Series," Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Tuesday. "I think as you look back at the World Series champions the last five, 10 years, they're all great teams and they all get there in slightly different ways."Starting pitchers averaged 5.2 innings this year, the lowest since baseballreference's figures began... [More]
Tue Nov 1219:53Shildt wins Manager of the Year days after mom's deathWillians AstudilloCTwinsFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
Nelson CruzDHTwinsFree Agent
Mitch GarverCTwinsFree Agent
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Sanó3BTwinsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Shildt began his life in baseball at his mom's side, tagging along for her shifts at a Double-A ballpark and picking up odd jobs around the clubhouse.When Shildt was recognized Tuesday night for the career that has followed, the late Lib Shildt was the first thing on his mind.Less than a week after his mother's passing, Shildt was honored for piloting the St. Louis Cardinals back into the playoffs, narrowly beating Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers to win NL Manager of the Year.Shildt earned the award in his first full season on the job, even though Counsell received more first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli won the AL prize in a tight ballot over Aaron Boone of the New York Yankees. Both received 13 first-place votes, but Baldelli got more second-place nods. The 38-year-old is the youngest to win the award.Shildt teared up upon learning he'd been chosen. The 51-year-old is the... [More]
Tue Nov 1219:23MLB checking into report '17 Astros stole signs, broke rulesDanny FarquharRPYankeesFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Carson SmithRPRed SoxFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field.The report Tuesday quoted pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season, and three other unidentified people with the club. The Astros won the World Series that year — two sources told The Athletic that Houston used the system into the playoffs while another source said the system ended before the postseason.The website said the process was started by a struggling hitter and a coach, neither of whom was identified. The camera at Minute Maid Park was connected to a television monitor in the tunnel between the Astros' dugout and clubhouse, The Athletic said, and team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal off-speed pitches."I just want the game to be cleaned up a little bit because there are guys ... [More]
Tue Nov 1217:53MLB checking after report 2017 Astros illegally stole signsMike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Major League Baseball has expanded its investigation into the Houston Astros after The Athletic website reported the team stole signs during home games in 2017 by using a camera positioned in center field.The report Tuesday quoted pitcher Mike Fiers, who played for the Astros that season, and three other unidentified people with the club. The Astros won the World Series that year — two sources told The Athletic that Houston used the system into the playoffs while another source said it ended before the postseason.The website said the process was started by a struggling hitter and a coach, neither of whom was identified. The camera at Minute Maid Park was connected to a television monitor in the tunnel between the Astros' dugout and clubhouse, The Athletic said, and team employees or players would communicate expected pitches by banging a trash can to signal off-speed pitches."I just want the game to be cleaned up a little bit because there are guys who are losing their jobs because t... [More]
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