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  • • Ranking the best MLB ballparks in the event of a neutral-site World Series in the winter
    It's starting to look like MLB is going to go this route, so what works best?...2020
  • • Manfred indicates that MLB has completed Boston Red Sox investigation
    Major League Baseball has completed its investigation into the Boston Red Sox’s alleged cheating. Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke with ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt for an interview on Wednesday night. Manfred shared that the investigation has been completed. He said no written report has been produced yet because they have been focused on other more pressing matters. “We are done with the investigation,” ...2020
  • • Yankees, Dodgers on top: World Series odds for all 30 MLB teams
    The Dodgers and Yankees are co-favorites to win the World Series. Here are the divisional, pennant and World Series odds for all 30 MLB teams....2020
  • • Report: MLB, MLBPA near deal to structure 2020 season
    Negotiations between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA appear close to delivering an outline for how the 2020 season will proceed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the deal will see both sides commit to playing as close to a 162-game season as possible despite the delayed start to the year. The goal is at least 100 games, and the league is prepar...2020
  • • World Series on Christmas? Agent Scott Boras proposes interesting MLB schedule
    Watching the World Series on Christmas would be pretty cool, but how could this possibly become reality? Well, Scott Boras has an idea. The well-known sports agent has brainstormed some ideas for how Major League Baseball can play a 162-game schedule in 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak. Boras's plan is an optimistic one. He submitted two ideas to the MLB, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los ...2020
  • • World Series game on Christmas? It's part of Scott Boras' proposed MLB schedule for 2020 season
    Boras told the Los Angeles Times about his vision for the 2020 season...2020
  • • Boras proposes 162-game season with World Series on Christmas
    2020
  • • Scott Boras proposes 162-game season, Christmastime World Series
    Major League Baseball, along with every other sports league, continues to explore every conceivable option on how to approach resuming normal operations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Super-agent Scott Boras recently pitched a concept through which MLB will be able to play a full 162-game season, with the only caveat being the World Series would be held at Christmastime. Boras has been s...2020
  • • Report: Mets’ SP Noah Syndergaard expected to undergo Tommy John surgery
    New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The news is crushing for a team that had World Series aspirations in 2020, even with the MLB season suspended indefinitely. The 27-year-old would have lined up as the New York’s No. 2 starter behind Jacob deGrom, helping...2020
  • • 2020 World Series odds, MLB picks, predictions: Computer model fading Athletics
    SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated the entire 2020 MLB season 10,000 times....2020

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World Series injury and suspension

  • • Report: Mets’ SP Noah Syndergaard expected to undergo Tommy John surgery
    New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan. The news is crushing for a team that had World Series aspirations in 2020, even with the MLB season suspended indefinitely. The 27-year-old would have lined up as the New York’s No. 2 starter behind Jacob deGrom, helping...2020
  • • How the delayed MLB season affects the Yankees
    One of today’s innumerable sad realities is that the coronavirus will shorten or, in a worst-case scenario, wipe out the 2020 Major League Baseball season. We’re all hoping the world will get back to normal as soon as possible, though the calendar could turn to June or July before MLB’s Opening Day rolls around. The only bright side for baseball is that will give injured players across the majors ...2020
  • • Nationals release Hunter Strickland, David Hernandez
    The Washington Nationals released Hunter Strickland Saturday amid a bevy of other roster moves, as announced by their PR department via Twitter.  David Hernandez was also granted his unconditional release. Strickland, 31, was acquired by the Nats at last year’s trade deadline. The move was notable for two reasons: in part because he’d made only four appearances for the Mariners at the time of the ...2020
  • • Assessing camp battle for Nationals' No. 5 starter slot
    When it comes to the Nationals’ rotation, this much is a near certainty: If healthy, it should be among the game’s premier starting staffs in 2020. That was the case last year when Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin and Anibal Sanchez combined for 123 regular-season starts of high-end production to help the team to a playoff berth.  Those four were also important contributors during t...2020
  • • Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer dealing with side 'ailment'
    Nationals ace Max Scherzer said on Tuesday he’s dealing with some discomfort in his side, as MLB.com’s Jessica Camerato (links to Twitter) was among those to report. The issue led the Nats to give Scherzer a break from a scheduled competitive spring outing. But the right-hander was still capable of throwing a 60-pitch bullpen session. Scherzer says he’s dealing with an “ailment,” not an injury. Th...2020
  • • Eight AL East pitchers looking for bounce-back years
    After taking a look at eight American League East hitters hoping to bounce back from down seasons in 2020, we’ll do the same here with an octet of the division’s pitchers… Nathan Eovaldi, RHP, Red Sox: The flame-throwing Eovaldi was one of Boston’s many heroes during its World Series run in 2018, convincing the team to re-sign him to a four-year, $68M contract thereafter. But the first year of the...2020
  • • Alex Rodriguez blasts Astros’ players for showing no remorse for cheating
    Alex Rodriguez has experienced what it’s like to suffer the consequences in MLB for cheating. As the former New York Yankees star now looks at the Houston Astros players getting away with cheating to win a World Series championship, he made it clear they deserve what’s coming to them. During ESPN’s broadcast, Rodriguez called out the Astros for not showing any remorse after getting caught for chea...2020
  • • Josh Reddick says he has had death threats, people wish ill on his children
    Fans are understandably irate over the way the Houston Astros cheated their way to a World Series title in 2017, but that certainly is not an excuse to threaten the lives of players or wish ill upon their families. Unfortunately, Josh Reddick says he and the members of the team have experienced that since MLB’s investigation concluded. Reddick spoke on Friday about the need for MLB to protect Astr...2020
  • • Curt Schilling says he would not throw at Astros hitters as retaliation
    Curt Schilling had a reputation for being a gritty player during his MLB career, but he says he would not try to showcase his toughness by intentionally throwing at Houston Astros hitters if he were still playing. In a recent appearance on WFAN’s “Moose & Maggie” show, Schilling was asked if he thinks pitchers are going to retaliate against the Astros by plunking their hitters in 2020. The three-t...2020
  • • Red Sox owner John Henry issues statement addressing Mookie Betts trade
    Boston Red Sox fans were not happy when their team traded superstar outfielder Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers this month, and nothing John Henry can say will make them feel better about the deal. That didn’t stop the Red Sox owner from trying. Henry issued a lengthy statement on Monday attempting to explain the Red Sox’s rationale behind moving on from Betts. He compared the trade to when...2020

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World Series trade, contract, salary rumors

  • • Report: MLB, MLBPA near deal to structure 2020 season
    Negotiations between Major League Baseball and the MLBPA appear close to delivering an outline for how the 2020 season will proceed in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the deal will see both sides commit to playing as close to a 162-game season as possible despite the delayed start to the year. The goal is at least 100 games, and the league is prepar...2020
  • • Nationals release Hunter Strickland, David Hernandez
    The Washington Nationals released Hunter Strickland Saturday amid a bevy of other roster moves, as announced by their PR department via Twitter.  David Hernandez was also granted his unconditional release. Strickland, 31, was acquired by the Nats at last year’s trade deadline. The move was notable for two reasons: in part because he’d made only four appearances for the Mariners at the time of the ...2020
  • • 2020 College World Series canceled amid coronavirus outbreak; decision could impact MLB draft
    The College World Series is typically held in Omaha each June...2020
  • • Eight AL East pitchers looking for bounce-back years
    After taking a look at eight American League East hitters hoping to bounce back from down seasons in 2020, we’ll do the same here with an octet of the division’s pitchers… Nathan Eovaldi, RHP, Red Sox: The flame-throwing Eovaldi was one of Boston’s many heroes during its World Series run in 2018, convincing the team to re-sign him to a four-year, $68M contract thereafter. But the first year of the...2020
  • • Theo Epstein: Cubs will 'be very objective' at trade deadline
    You’ve heard by now that the Cubs didn’t exactly turn in an active offseason. Despite entering the winter with talk of change, the club largely picked around the edges and ended up sticking with its existing veterans. That doesn’t mean the status quo will hold indefinitely. If anything, it seems the pressure will be applied right out of the gates to a roster now overseen by rookie skipper David Ro...2020
  • • Alex Rodriguez blasts Astros’ players for showing no remorse for cheating
    Alex Rodriguez has experienced what it’s like to suffer the consequences in MLB for cheating. As the former New York Yankees star now looks at the Houston Astros players getting away with cheating to win a World Series championship, he made it clear they deserve what’s coming to them. During ESPN’s broadcast, Rodriguez called out the Astros for not showing any remorse after getting caught for chea...2020
  • • Cubs president Theo Epstein admits fire sale could be looming
    The Chicago Cubs head into the 2020 MLB season with mild expectations. Sure, they would like to compete for another World Series appearance after missing out on the playoffs for the first time in five years last season. That has to be the goal. Even then, team president Theo Epstein has gotten to this point in his career being a realist. There’s a number of teams that are seemingly better equipped...2020
  • • Ex-Astros pitcher Ken Giles offers to return World Series ring
    It seems increasingly unlikely that Major League Baseball will take further action against the Houston Astros, but one member of the 2017 title-winning team is willing to play his part in stripping the team of the championship. Ken Giles, a reliever on the 2017 team, said he would return his World Series ring if asked in light of the team’s cheating scandal. “It just hurts,” Giles said, via Rosie ...2020
  • • Red Sox have not yet approached Rafael Devers with contract extension
    The Red Sox have not broached the subject of a contract extension with Rafael Devers, though the player says he’s open to it, per Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com. Of course, that’s a boilerplate response from Devers, and one of the reasons agents are so important for players.  Devers, represented by Nelson Montes de Oca of Rep 1 Baseball, can let a shoulder shrug do his talking while rightfully layi...2020
  • • Blue Jays honor late Tony Fernandez with black armbands
    The Toronto Blue Jays are remembering the late former shortstop Tony Fernandez with a nice gesture for their spring training opener. The Blue Jays are wearing black armbands on Saturday against the New York Yankees in honor of Fernandez, who died last week due to complications from kidney disease. We don’t know if the Blue Jays will wear these through spring or into the regular season, but it’s a ...2020

World Series kids, wife/husband, girlfriend/boyfriend, father/mother

  • • Madison Bumgarner uses a secret alias to participate in rodeo events
    Madison Bumgarner is well-known as a three-time World Series champion and elite postseason pitcher. He’s also known as a regular rodeo participant, albeit under a different name. After a bit of research, Andrew Baggarly and Zach Buchanan of The Athletic deduced that Bumgarner, now with the Arizona Diamondbacks, participates in various rodeo events under the alias Mason Saunders. Bumgarner even won...2020
  • • Josh Reddick says he has had death threats, people wish ill on his children
    2020
  • • Joey Votto pays tribute to late Tony Fernandez with note on hat
    Joey Votto paid tribute to the late Tony Fernandez with a message written on his hat at spring training Wednesday. Votto, who is from Toronto, was a Blue Jays fan growing up. On his hat, he wrote a message that said: “RIP Tony – My Dad and I loved you.” Fernandez played 12 of his 17 MLB seasons with Toronto, winning the 1993 World Series with them. Votto said, via MLB.com: “My condolences to his f...2020
  • • Blue Jays great Tony Fernandez dead at 57, receives tributes
    Former Blue Jays standout Tony Fernandez died on Saturday at the age of 57 due to complications from kidney disease. Fernandez, who was a five-time All-Star, dealt with complications from polycystic kidney disease earlier this month and was hospitalized in critical condition. Hector Gomez of Z 101 in the Dominican Republic reported that Fernandez suffered a brain hemorrhage and died of complicatio...2020
  • • Former Astros' catcher apologizes for role in sign-stealing methods
    While many of the Houston Astros’ current players continue to stay quiet on the team’s sign-stealing methods, a former teammate has now apologized for his involvement in the methods. Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi, who played with the Astros from 2013-’19, publicly apologized for taking part in the methods and not doing anything to stop it. “As a younger guy, I was called up in August 2017 ...2020
  • • Looking back at the Blue Jackets’ best streaks
    Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports This run the Blue Jackets are on might just be the best in the clubs’ franchise history. In my humble opinion. But there’s actually lots of other great ones, too, and we take a look back. The Blue Jackets have been on one impressive run over the last month and change, with points in 20 of their last 22 games, and it got me thinking about the other impressive st...2020
  • • Former MVP Dustin Pedroia suffers significant setback in return from injury
    Boston Red Sox second baseman and former AL MVP Dustin Pedroia’s career could very well be over. The 36-year-old infielder has played in a grand total of nine games over the past two seasons after suffering a knee injury back in 2017. According to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, Pedroia is now dealing with yet another setback in his return to the diamond. There’s no more information available at...2020
  • • Former Royals owner David Glass dies at age 85
    The Royals announced today that David Glass, who owned the franchise from 2000 to 2019, passed away last week at the age of 85. "Mr. Glass loved this game, this team, and our city with all his heart,” GM Dayton Moore said in a statement. “He cared deeply for our fans and for the future of baseball. But above all, Mr. Glass placed an emphasis on putting family first which is what he stressed to our...2020
  • • Jose Altuve interview, jersey cover-up sparks electronic buzzer speculation
    An interview with Jose Altuve after his huge home run to send the Houston Astros to the World Series last season — coupled with the infielder’s behavior after the homer — have fueled speculation about the Astros illegally using an electronic buzzer to communicate signs. Altuve hit a monster home run off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6 of the ALCS against the Yankees las...2020
  • • MLB great Tim Hudson named pitching coach at Auburn
    The Auburn Tigers baseball program have added one heck of a figure to lead their pitching staff. The program announced on Tuesday that it has hired four-time All-Star Tim Hudson to its staff as the pitching coach. Hudson’s wife, Kim, made the announcement that her husband was returning to the college he pitched for before the Oakland Athletics made him a sixth-round pick back in 1997. Hudson, 44, ...2020

Top World Series news

  • • Resolution: Dodgers should be awarded WS titles
    A resolution urging Major League Baseball to strip the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox of recent World Series titles and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers has been unanimously approved by the L.A. City Council....2020
  • • Astros' Luhnow, Hinch suspended for 2020 season
    Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch have been suspended for one season after an MLB investigation found the team used technology to cheat during its World Series-winning 2017 season, it was announced Monday....2020
  • • Two California Little Leagues ban use of Astros
    The Long Beach Little League and the East Fullerton Little League have both banned the use of Astros from their teams this year after the major league team was found to have illegally stolen signs en route to winning the 2017 World Series....2020
  • • Astros' Luhnow, Hinch suspended for 1 year
    Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch have been suspended for one year after an MLB investigation found the team used technology to cheat during its World Series-winning 2017 season, it was announced Monday....2020
  • • Keuchel sorry, says ex-teammates should be, too
    Former Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel apologized on Friday, becoming the first member of the 2017 World Series championship team to apologize for using electronics to steal signs. Keuchel says everyone on the team should apologize....2020
  • • Larsen, with only perfect World Series game, dies
    Don Larsen, who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history while with the New York Yankees, died Wednesday at the age of 90....2020
  • • Correa: Astros World Series won fair and square
    Though he conceded the Astros sign-stealing was wrong, Carlos Correa says the team's 2017 World Series title was "won fair and square."...2020
  • • A's Fiers acknowledges receiving death threats
    Mike Fiers has acknowledged receiving death threats after he revealed a sign-stealing scheme committed by the 2017 World Series champion Astros, for whom he pitched....2020
  • • Blue Jays' Ken Giles says he's willing to give back 2017 Astros World Series ring
    Giles saved 46 games for the Astros from 2017-18...2020
  • • Nationals Agree To Re-Sign Stephen Strasburg
    The defending World Series champs and the game’s biggest agent have kicked off the Winter Meetings with a bang. The Nationals have reached agreement on a new contract with star righty Stephen Strasburg, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. It’s a stunning seven-year deal that guarantees a whopping $245MM, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.com (via Twitter).…...2019

World Series schedule, game

  • • Ranking the best MLB ballparks in the event of a neutral-site World Series in the winter
    2020
  • • Report: MLB, MLBPA near deal to structure 2020 season
    2020
  • • World Series on Christmas? Agent Scott Boras proposes interesting MLB schedule
    2020
  • • World Series game on Christmas? It's part of Scott Boras' proposed MLB schedule for 2020 season
    2020
  • • Scott Boras proposes 162-game season, Christmastime World Series
    2020
  • • Report: Mets’ SP Noah Syndergaard expected to undergo Tommy John surgery
    2020
  • • Astros’ Josh Reddick fires back at Twitter troll with World Series ring pic
    Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick attempted to zing a Twitter troll by sharing a photo of his World Series ring from 2017, but the case can be made that his retort only reinforced how the team’s sign-stealing scandal egregiously contributed to the ill-gotten championship. The social media shade at Reddick’s expense was spawned by his tweets Monday bemoaning his experience at Walmart amid the ...2020
  • • Mariano Rivera doesn't think MLB can crown champion in short season
    Major League Baseball does not know how much of its season will be played due to the coronavirus pandemic, but one Hall of Famer is worried about it being shortened too much. Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera does not think the champion of an abbreviated season should be viewed the same way as other World Series winners due to the many variations that can take place over the course of ...2020
  • • College World Series 2020 schedule
    The 2020 College World Series has been canceled, part of the NCAA's response to the coronavirus....2020
  • • Why these 10 MLB contenders will (and won't) win World Series
    The coronavirus pandemic has brought nearly the entire sports world to a halt, so it's unclear when the 2020 MLB season might begin. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention releasing new guidance Sunday recommending that all in-person events of more than 50 people be canceled or postponed for the next eight weeks, a 162-game season is out of the question. Instead the season potentially...2020

World Series rumors, scandals

  • • Manfred indicates that MLB has completed Boston Red Sox investigation
    2020
  • • Astros’ Josh Reddick fires back at Twitter troll with World Series ring pic
    2020
  • • Astros continue to take the heat from fans during spring training
    The only thing that’s going to stop the Houston Astros from being trolled at a record level this season is the possibility that teams will have to play in empty stadiums. We continue to see the defending AL champs receive flack during spring training in Florida after the sign-stealing scandal. This did not stop during Tuesday’s Grapefruit League action against another World Series contender, the A...2020
  • • Yankees P Aroldis Chapman autographed an Astros' trash-can sign
    The Houston Astros have already experienced plenty of trolling from players and fans during spring training. As the fallout continues from their cheating scandal, New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman had a little fun at their expense by signing a trash-can sign. Chapman, who hasn’t been afraid of trolling the Astros, seemed to enjoy the “Houston Trashtros” sign and was more than happy to autogr...2020
  • • Ex-Astros pitcher Ken Giles offers to return World Series ring
    2020
  • • Yu Darvish has hilarious anti-Astros shirt
    Yu Darvish continues to have a pretty savage response to the fallout from the Houston Astros cheating scandal. Reporters spotted a t-shirt in front of the Chicago Cubs pitcher’s locker on Friday with a hilarious series of anti-Astros messages on it. Darvish lost twice in the 2017 World Series to the Astros, including in Game 7. He posted a 21.60 ERA in that series, and we now know there’s reason t...2020
  • • Don Mattingly calls out Mike Fiers for not speaking out on Astros sooner
    While many have applauded Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers for blowing the whistle on the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal, he’s also received plenty of heat for it. Now, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly is calling out Fiers for not speaking out sooner. During an appearance on "The Dan Patrick Show," Mattingly took Fiers to task for staying quiet for so long and letting the Astros cheat all...2020
  • • Jose Canseco defends Mike Fiers for whistleblowing, calls out David Ortiz
    After hearing former Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz call Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers a “snitch” for blowing the whistle on the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal, former big-league slugger Jose Canseco stepped in and came to Fiers’ defense. Canseco, a six-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, tweeted support for Fiers and his decision to alert MLB about the Astros’ cheating sch...2020
  • • NY state senator demands MLB probe Astros’ cheating against Yankees
    If the fallout from the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal hasn’t been ugly enough already, the fact that politicians are getting involved will only make matters worse. New York state senator James Skoufis (D) has drafted a resolution that demands Major League Baseball specifically investigate whether the Astros’ cheating cost the Yankees appearances in the World Series, both in 2017 and 2019. ...2020
  • • Five ways MLB commissioner can dig out from Astros mess
    Stick an asterisk next to the Houston Astros' 2017 World Series title and a fork in baseball’s integrity: Rob Manfred has a mushrooming scandal on his hands that needs a competent cleanup crew ASAP. Here’s what happened under the MLB commissioner’s embarrassing watch in the past week: Braves outfielder Nick Markakis said "every single" scandal-scarred Astros player "needs a beating." Yankees slugg...2020

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