MLB Chatter - Tuesday, Oct 16th sorted by time
Official Site of the Rangers: Wakamatsu, Wathan interview for managerial job
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers added two more candidates to their managerial search by interviewing interim manager Don Wakamatsu and Phillies third-base coach Dusty Wathan.
The Rangers have now interviewed eight candidates in their search for a replacement for Jeff Banister. The Rangers have not yet indicated what the next step will be -- they could continue to interview additional candidates, they could bring back finalists for a second round or they could make a final decision.
The other candidates to interview so far are: Rangers farm director Jayce Tingler, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, former Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Giants vice president of player development David Bell and Rays field coordinator Rocco Baldelli.
- Official Site of the Rangers: Full Article
Official Site of the Cardinals: Mozeliak: Ankiel 'very much committed' to return
ST. LOUIS -- While the Cardinals practice a policy of not commenting about potential interest in free agents, president of baseball operations John Mozeliak made an exception Tuesday. It had to do with Rick Ankiel.
Back in August, after pitching against other former big leaguers in an exhibition game, Ankiel announced that he planned to pursue one final comeback attempt at the age of 39. It was an unexpected pronouncement from the converted outfielder, who hadn't pitched in the Majors since 2004. He retired in 2013 and currently serves on the Cardinals' broadcast team.
Mozeliak confirmed that he "had a nice discussion" with Ankiel a few weeks ago about the left-hander's future plans.
- Official Site of the Cardinals: Full Article
Fansided: Seattle Mariners Podcast: Diamondbacks Rebuild, Finding Payroll Flexibility
Today, the Sodo Mojo Podcast, Ty Gonzalez and Colby Patnode dive into the recent news that the Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to trade major pieces off of their MLB roster. Can the Mariners snag some useful pieces from the wreckage?
We dig into names like Zack Greinke, Robbie Ray, and Paul Goldschmidt. The discussion was inspired by our recent piece on the subject, which you can read by clicking here. The guys kick around a few names and try to find something of value Jerry Dipoto can actually afford.
- Fansided: Full Article
McCovey Chronicles: Championship Series GameThread, 10/16
RED SOX @ ASTROS -- ALCS GAME 3
Series tied 1-1
Here's a tantalizing preview of two potential free agent additions to the Giants this offseason. Regardless of the progressive baseball brain hired to oversee the operation, the marching orders will remain unchanged: "win and develop."
Eovaldi is a right-handed fireballer who will be 29 next season and a successful year removed from Tommy John surgery. Both he and Jeff Samardzija sport the same career ERA+ (96), but he's also four years younger right now and would be two years younger than when the Giants signed the Shark to his ill-fated deal.
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Official Site of the Padres: Here are 4 options the Padres have with Myers
SAN DIEGO -- Two years ago, the Padres entered the offseason with a clear goal: find a way to lock up Wil Myers. Then 25, Myers was coming off an All-Star season, and he finished two homers and two steals shy of becoming the franchise's first 30-30 player.
By January, it was mission accomplished. Myers signed a six-year contract worth $83 million to be the Padres' first baseman of the future. His long-term place was seemingly secure.
Since then, 21 months have passed, and quite a few questions have emerged about Myers' long-term place in San Diego -- if it's in San Diego at all.
- Official Site of the Padres: Full Article
Phillies Nation: Manny Machado says there's no excuse for not hustling; also says he won't be 'Johnny Hustle'
For the better part of his career, Jimmy Rollins was criticized by some Philadelphia Phillies fans for not always sprinting to first base. Rollins also won a league MVP, and whether or not he was the best player in the franchise's 2007-2011 run, he was the face of the run. Charlie Manuel famously benched Rollins in 2012 after he didn't run out a lazy fly ball. Rollins still reached first base when the ball wasn't caught, but the belief at the time was that had he been sprinting in an anticipation of a potential drop, he could have ended up on second base.
- Phillies Nation: Full Article
San Jose Mercury News: A's manager Bob Melvin recognized by peers with award
The job Bob Melvin did with the A's roster he was given to work with this season was remarkable, and he's been recognized for it by his peers.
Melvin was named American League Manager of the Year by Sporting News Tuesday, which is determined by a poll of nine AL managers. He is the third manager in A's history to win the award, joining Tony La Russa and Billy Martin, and also won National League honors in 2007 as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
It really should be a no-brainer when it comes to Melvin and Manager of the Year.
- San Jose Mercury News: Full Article
Official Site of the Yankees: Yankees give $100k to hurricane relief efforts
NEW YORK -- The Yankees have made a $100,000 donation to support the relief efforts associated with Hurricane Michael, the team announced on Tuesday. The contributions include $50,000 to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to the Salvation Army.
"The devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in the panhandle of Florida is overwhelming," said Yankees general partner/vice chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal. "Floridians are resilient and strong, and we want to offer our assistance and support in this time of serious need. We extend our deepest sympathies to the great many lives that have been impacted by the storm."
Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida on Oct.
- Official Site of the Yankees: Full Article
Official Site of the Mets: Mets, Syracuse reach long-term deal for Triple-A
NEW YORK -- With New York state luminaries and high-ranking Mets officials in attendance in Syracuse on Tuesday, the Mets announced a pending agreement to keep the organization's Triple-A affiliate there for at least the next quarter century. The Mets intend to sign a 25-year lease at NBT Bank Stadium, on which the state of New York, Onondaga County and the city of Syracuse plan to spend $26.25 million in renovations.
The team also announced that the Syracuse Chiefs will be rebranded the Syracuse Mets, effective immediately.
"This has been a long road to get here," Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon said.
- Official Site of the Mets: Full Article
Fansided: Milwaukee Brewers: Bullpen Shines Bright in Game 3 Win
With the series being tied at one game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, the Brewers decided to go with their ace Jhoulys Chacin and the Dodgers called on rookie sensation Walker Buehler.
Confident that Chacin will get the job done, manager Craig Counsell also had some relief knowing that hard thrower Josh Hader was ready to go if need be. But how long would Counsell let Chacin go?How Did Jhoulys Chacin Do?
He pitched extremely well. He lasted longer than anyone thought he would with the past history of initial out-getters this postseason (i.
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Fish Chunks: Playoffs Continue
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True Blue LA: Matt Kemp named Sporting News' Comeback Player of the Year
The improbable year for Matt Kemp continues. Back when he was traded to the Dodgers in December, many believed he wouldn't suit up for LA.
He proved the naysayers wrong, making the opening day roster. Kemp didn't stop there, as he was named a starter in the All-Star Game, his first since 2012.
Kemp wrapped up his incredible 2018 campaign by being named the Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year in the National League. He received 51 votes, ahead of Nick Markakis (34), Miles Mikolas (24) and Jonny Venters (13).
On the year, Kemp hit .
- True Blue LA: Full Article
Fansided: A Patrick Corbin-LA Angels reunion eight years in the making
It's not that strange to think that two starters have done as much, if not more, for the LA Angels than most of the guys currently on the roster. You're probably wondering exactly what these two have done for the team that validates such high praise? Well for one, both of these athletes have been working to improve the Angels since at least 2010.
What exactly do these two pitchers have that allows them such elite value specifically to the Angels? Well it may not be so much what they've done with the organization as much as what they've done for.
- Fansided: Full Article
Royals Review: Championship Series Open Thread
After two days without multiple games, we have a two game championship series slate. The Red Sox and Astros will start things off in the late afternoon, with Nathan Eovaldi getting the road start against Dallas Keuchel.
Later tonight, the Brewers will look to take a commanding 3-1 lead over the Dodgers in Game Four of the NLCS. Gio Gonzalez will be making his second start of the series, opposing Rich Hill.
- Royals Review: Full Article
Official Site of the Astros: Kemp saves at least 1 run with remarkable grab
HOUSTON -- Astros left fielder Tony Kemp made a sensational leaping grab at the wall to end a Red Sox rally and save at least one run in the third inning of American League Championship Series Game 3 on Tuesday.
With runners on first and second and two outs, Kemp perfectly timed a high fly by Steve Pearce, coming away with the ball before it could hit the wall and keeping Boston's lead at 2-1. The Red Sox challenged Kemp's catch, but after a review, the initial call was confirmed.
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The 5-foot-6 Kemp was the shortest player in the Majors this season to play the outfield.
- Official Site of the Astros: Full Article
Official Site of the Rockies: Rox's No. 2 prospect Welker takes big step in '18
DENVER -- Third-base prospect Colton Welker was happy to establish himself in 2018 as an important part of the Rockies' next wave of infielders.
Welker, a fourth-round Draft pick in 2016, led the Class A Advanced California League in batting at .333 and rose to become Colorado's No. 2 prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Counting No. 1 prospect Brendan Rodgers, seven of the team's top 13 prospects are infielders. Welker and infielder Garrett Hampson (No. 4), who debuted in the Majors this season, were both taken in the 2016 Draft.
"You got guys like Hampson, who was at my level last year and just debuted this year who is just an all-around amazing player, a utility player who can play any infield position to a high level," said Welker, who turned 21 on Oct.
- Official Site of the Rockies: Full Article
Fansided: Cleveland Indians: Jason Kipnis gives fans some October joy
It was a rough 2018 season for Jason Kipnis. The same is true for Cleveland Indians fans.
To help move on and look ahead to 2019, Kipnis gifted fans with some gear and autographs in what has become an annual "shoe toss" event.
This is a very cool thing for Kipnis to do, especially when he can just go home in the offseason like most players and not show up again until next April.
Instead, Kipnis showed fans that he cares about the support.
Now that's a pretty cool birthday present.
- Fansided: Full Article
South Side Sox: Gamethread: Red Sox at Astros, ALCS Game 3
Boston Red Sox at Houston Astros, ALCS Game 3 (4:09 CT, TBS)
Based on the first two games in Boston and the overall shape of the Red Sox pitching staff, it's hard to see how the 108-win Sawx can even get out of Houston alive, much less win the series. However, the Astros are a bit banged up, with Jose Altuve starting at DH today due to a knee banged up in the ALDS.
Perhaps offsetting Altuve's limp is the remarkable postseason so far for Alex Bregman. Besides all of his walk "heroics," he's been OK against Boston starter Nathan Eovaldi:
Eovaldi gets the ball for Boston, pitching well enough to be unconcerned about Bregman's DEFCON 1 Instagram trolling.
- South Side Sox: Full Article
Fansided: Chicago Cubs: Pursuing Bryce Harper this winter is a no-brainer
In what will likely be a busy offensive season for the Chicago Cubs, all eyes have shifted to the front office to see if they will make any big splashes this offseason.
We've already seen hitting coach Chili Davis hit the road, and fans wonder if this is just the beginning of a flurry of moves to help this team get back into World Series contention.
Of course, at the head of all this discussion is superstar Bryce Harper. With this obviously comes a lot of speculation. Would his big attitude fit in the Cubs clubhouse?
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Official Site of the Red Sox: No denying Pearce's first postseason homer
HOUSTON -- Steve Pearce watched Tony Kemp rob him of a run-scoring hit in the third inning Tuesday night. Three innings later, he made sure the outfielder couldn't do it again.
Pearce drilled a Joe Smith fastball into the seats over the high wall in left field, his majestic blast putting the Red Sox back on top of the Astros, 3-2, in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
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Alex Bregman had tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a double off the glove of third baseman Rafael Devers, sending the packed house at Minute Maid Park into a frenzy.
- Official Site of the Red Sox: Full Article