• Clevenger compared Black Lives Matter to KKK in Facebook post

    USA Today "Steve Clevenger’s tweet that cost him his job as a Seattle Mariners catcher was not the first occasion he posted racially-charged messages on social media. In an August post from Clevenger’s deactivated Facebook account obtained by USA TODAY Sports, Clevenger called the Black Lives Matter..." September 24

  • Verlander defends Fulmer in testy exchange with reporter

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander deemed it a poor choice of words, so he came to the defense of teammate Michael Fulmer in a social media exchange today with a senior writer for Fox Sports. Dieter Kurtenbach wrote a column explaining why he thought Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees..." September 24

  • Should MLB be concerned about the increase in home runs this season?

    The Comeback "The Steroid Era, for all of the finger-wagging and disappointment from idealists, was one of the most popular times in MLB history. Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire produced one of the most memorable summers on record in 1998, simply because of their ability to hit home runs. Sure, the idea of a home..." September 24

  • How Much Has Trea Turner Impacted The Nationals?

    The Sports Quotient "When Trea Turner was called up for good on July 10th, the Nationals already had a 97% chance of winning their division. With players like Daniel Murphy, Wilson Ramos, and a resurgent Anthony Rendon leading the offense, it was not like the team struggled for offensive firepower. However, there were..." September 24

  • Klay Thompson’s dog poops on Dodger Stadium field

    Larry Brown Sports "Klay Thompson’s dog was feeling right at home at Dodger Stadium on Friday. Klay visited Dodger Stadium to hang out with his brother, Trayce, who is an outfielder for the Boys in Blue. The Golden State Warriors sharpshooter took batting practice, and he even brought along his dog, Rocco. " September 24

  • Roberts: Dodgers players frustrated over sporadic playing time

    Fox Sports "As clubs employ a greater number of platoons, players sometimes grow frustrated with a lack of regular playing time. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged Friday that several players have conveyed such frustration to him as the team continues its march to the NL West title. “You would..." September 24

  • Five MLB pitchers who need to be rescued from their teams

    Yardbarker "Earlier this week I was given an opportunity to play GM for the entire MLB and save five position players from their awful teams and plug them in on contenders where they deserve to be given their skill set. Today, I am doing the same with five pitchers. I am a big believer that solid pitching..." September 24

  • Daniel Murphy has strained left buttocks, Stephen Strasburg’s playoff status still uncertain

    Washington Post "Daniel Murphy, whose left leg injury was not responding to treatment, has a mild strain in his left buttocks, Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said Friday. Murphy underwent an MRI, which revealed the strain, an issue that plagues him most when he is running. Baker said the Nationals are going “to..." September 24

  • Mariners name Justin Hollander director of baseball ops

    Today's Knuckleball "Just a year after general manager Jerry Dipoto departed the Los Angeles Angels front office to take over the Seattle Mariners, he has now brought over Justin Hollander to Seattle from Los Angeles as well. Hollander now becomes the Mariners’ director of baseball operations. Hollander was hired..." September 24

  • D-Backs president to decide on La Russa, Stewart after season

    Arizona Sports "The first of what could be a few dominoes to fall within the Arizona Diamondbacks’ front office hit the table over the weekend, when it was announced that VP of baseball operations De Jon Watson would not have his contract renewed for next season. With chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and..." September 23

  • Mariners suspend Steve Clevenger after tweets about protesters

    Kiro 7 "The Seattle Mariners have suspended backup catcher Steve Clevenger without pay for the remainder of the season. Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced that the club has suspended Clevenger on Friday." September 23

  • Matt Holliday and his underappreciated career with the Cardinals

    Today's Knuckleball "The St. Louis Cardinals are set to activate left fielder Matt Holliday sometime after their three-game set at Wrigley ends Sunday. Holliday has missed most of the season’s second half after breaking his thumb on a hit-by-pitch. From an offensive standpoint, the Cardinals don’t really need..." September 23

  • Steve Clevenger apologizes for anti-Black Lives Matter tweets

    Larry Brown Sports "Seattle Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger released a statement early Friday morning apologizing for the racially-charged tweets he sent the day before. Clevenger said he worded his rant about the Black Lives Matter movement poorly and that he is “sickened” by the thought of anyone thinking he’s..." September 23

  • Yasiel Puig wants to play winter ball in Dominican Republic

    Orange County Register "Yasiel Puig hasn’t played winter baseball since he was 21, a few months after he successfully defected from Cuba. Puig played 20 games for Mayaguez in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 2012. It was a logical step after his first season in the Dodgers organization, which consisted of 23 games in..." September 23

  • Pirates discussing long-term deal with Nova

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates have made two contract offers to right-hander Ivan Nova, who will reach free agency after this season, according to sources. Nova, 29, joined the Pirates in a trade with the New York Yankees at the non-waiver deadline in exchange for two players to be named later — minor league..." September 23

  • Orioles gift Ortiz with destroyed dugout phone

    USA Today "Who could forget the time David Ortiz smashed a dugout phone to smithereens? The Baltimore Orioles didn't, and on Thursday, they actually presented what they claim to be the "exact, authenticated" visitor's dugout phone Big Papi's big bat laid waste to three years ago. Orioles outfielder Adam..." September 23

  • Rangers' Jeffress expected to rejoin team Friday

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress, who has been checked into an inpatient rehab clinic for nearly a month following a DWI arrest, is expected to rejoin the Rangers’ bullpen tomorrow, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Jeffress, who turned 29 yesterday, was arrested late last..." September 23

  • Mariners' Martin: 'We'll just keep playing and believing'

    MLB.com "Ten games. One road trip. One homestand. And a chance. That's what remains for the Mariners as they embark on their final trek of the season, with a three-game series against the Twins starting Friday, then three games at Houston and four final Safeco Field appearances against the..." September 23

  • Mariners issue statement after catcher Steve Clevenger makes racist tweets

    Hardball Talk "Mariners catcher Steve Clevenger found himself in hot water on social media on Thursday evening. He tweeted some racist statements pertaining to the Black Lives Matter movement. After receiving criticism, he locked his account and presumably deleted the tweets. The Score has screen caps of both..." September 22

  • Manny Ramirez Joining Winter League at 44 Years Old

    12 Up "​Are we shocked to hear the news that Manny Ramirez is back in a baseball uniform playing baseball again? We shouldn't be. According to a report from Antonio Puesan, Manny Ramirez will be joining the Aguilas Cibaenas in the winter league at the ripe age of 44 years old. The last time Ramirez..." September 22

  • Yankees announce Masahiro Tanaka will not make his next scheduled start

    New York Daily News "And now the Yankees have a case of the Mets. The Yankees announced Masahiro Tanaka will not make his next scheduled start Monday after an MRI revealed a slight strain in flexor mass. Manager Joe Girardi stressed that Tanaka's issue is not near the elbow ligament. He will not pick up a ball..." September 22

  • Bryce Harper told the Nationals he is not hurt, and they seem to believe him

    Washington Post "Bryce Harper went 1 for 4 with a walk in Wednesday night’s win over the Miami Marlins, a typical night for him in the 2016 season in which he is hitting .240 and keeping pace with Paul Goldschmidt for the National League lead in walks. He slid headfirst into second base twice, both times without a..." September 22

  • Miami radio host will literally eat crow after losing bet over Christian Yelich

    The Comeback "The Miami Marlins fell to .500 after a tough loss against the Washington Nationals on Thursday. The game was largely uneventful for Miami, as three errors and just four mediocre innings from Tom Koehler led to the defeat. One of the Marlins runs’ came from a Christian Yelich solo homer in the..." September 22

  • Steven Matz Scratched Due To Shoulder Discomfort, Unlikely To Start Again In 2016

    MLB Trade Rumors "Not long after declaring Steven Matz ready to go for Friday’s start, the tables have turned, as the Mets have scratched the left-hander due to lingering discomfort in his left shoulder, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (links to Sherman on Twitter). Furthermore, general manager Sandy Alderson..." September 22

  • Resurgent McCutchen could be playing his way out of Pittsburgh

    Today's Knuckleball "The question has been being asked for months now: Is Andrew McCutchen having a sub-par season or has he entered the decline phase of his career? The Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder is hitting .255 with 24 home runs, 76 RBIs and a .769 OPS in 142 games. While certainly not an awful season,..." September 22

  • Gary Sanchez's MLB Superstar Breakout Just the Start of an All-Star Future

    Bleacher Report "There's a New York Yankees coach named Tony Pena. He was an All-Star catcher when he played in the major leagues, the only All-Star catcher ever born in the Dominican Republic. When you ask him why there's only been one, he first says, "Don't ask me that question." Then he points across the..." September 22

  • MLB and the Mets may be headed to London for regular season games

    CBS Sports "The Mets could be taking a trip to London. Remember how, back in July, Major League Baseball scrapped plans to host a 2017 game in London? We noted at the time that talks were likely to be revisited down the road. We are officially down the road. On Sunday, London mayor Sadiq Khan, who..." September 22

  • Snitker wants to keep Braves managerial job

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "When Brian Snitker took over as interim manager for a 9-28 team in mid-May, he wasn’t sure if he was ready for the job, and for a while afterward he wasn’t certain if he’d want to keep it. Not anymore. The Braves have responded as the front office hoped they would to the 60-year-old baseball..." September 22

  • Kyle Schwarber preparing for playoff role: Cubs cheerleader

    ESPN "He has been gone for all but three games this season, but he isn't far from the action. Chicago Cubs outfielder/catcher Kyle Schwarber is preparing for the playoffs as well -- as a cheerleader. He has been in the dugout for the home games but now looks to expand his role. Here’s a quick update..." September 22

  • Adam Jones says Camden Yards is 'eerie' with attendance down

    Fox Sports "The Orioles are desperately trying to hold on to a wild-card spot with 10 games remaining in the regular season. And center fielder Adam Jones would like to see a few more fans in the seats. Jones stopped short of calling out the absent fans, saying it’s "not sad, just, like, eerie." And he did..." September 22

  • Phil Coke: Dealt to Pirates

    CBS Sports "Coke was traded to the Pirates on Thursday in exchange for cash considerations. Coke has appeared in three games for the Yankees on the year but has spent the bulk of the season at Triple-A, where he holds a 3.04 ERA and 1.29 ERA across 74 innings. The plan is for Coke to join the Pirates in..." September 22

  • Nationals open talks with Ramos; sides not close

    Today's Knuckleball "The Washington Nationals initiated talks with soon-to-be free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, making an initial offer. However, indications are that the Nats’ offer was somewhere in the range of $30 million over three years, which apparently isn’t in the ballpark of what Ramos seeks and perhaps not..." September 22

  • Chipper Jones Q&A: Remembering baseball's return to New York after 9/11

    SI "Fifteen years ago, the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves played the first baseball game in New York City after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Mike Piazza led the Mets to a 3–2 comeback victory with a home run off Steve Karsay in the eighth inning, making for one of the most memorable nights in New..." September 22

  • Why the San Francisco Giants are on the verge of a historical collapse

    Fox Sports "It’s not supposed to be this hard for the Giants in an even-numbered year. However, San Francisco is holding on for its postseason life with 11 games remaining on its schedule. Winners of the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series, the Giants are in danger of making some dubious history. Their 57..." September 21

  • The Man. The Voice. The Stories. Vin Scully.

    ESPN "For 67 years, we have been hearing those soothing words come floating out of that voice: The warmest, most welcoming, most melodic voice in the sports universe. And if it feels as if that voice has been a part of your life forever, well ... It probably has. He has been as much a presence..." September 21

  • Jeff Samardzija throws some major shade Tim Tebow’s way

    Sportsnaut "As a Major League pitcher and former All-American receiver at Notre Dame, Jeff Samardzija can certainly be labeled a two-sport athlete. That makes him a natural person to ask about former NFL player Tim Tebow and his quest to play in Major League Baseball. Samardzija was asked such a question..." September 21

  • Nationals dismiss report about Bryce Harper shoulder injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Two prominent members of the Washington Nationals on Tuesday dismissed a report discussing the extent of Bryce Harper’s shoulder injury. SI’s Tom Verducci wrote a column Tuesday about the Nats’ playoff hopes, which he said were dampened by Harper’s shoulder concerns. Verducci reported a source..." September 21

  • Dodgers mock Madison Bumgarner with 'Don't Look at Me' shirts

    Sporting News "The Dodgers won't soon let Madison Bumgarner and the Giants forget about Monday's benches-clearing scuffle with Yasiel Puig. Dodgers players Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Turner and Kenley Jansen all donned "#DONTLOOKATME" T-shirts and covered their eyes prior to Tuesday's game, an ode to Bumgarner's..." September 21

  • Yankees’ 2017 rotation upgrade: kids, or star they trade kids for

    New York Post "The four-game sweep the Yankees endured last weekend at Fenway Park had overtones of when Boston historically rallied from an 0-3 deficit to win the 2004 AL pennant. Once the Yankees blew the very winnable first game in that quartet – Game 4 in 2004, Thursday night this time – the snowball..." September 21

  • Indians complete MLB-best 11th walk-off of season

    Today's Knuckleball "Joakim Soria spent his prime years closing for a team that did not really need a closer. His return to the spotlight has not unfolded well, and the latest such instance of the Royals setup man’s recent shortcomings doubled as another heroic moment from the team that’s set to take the Royals’ AL..." September 21

  • Keuchel, McCullers will only return if Astros make playoffs

    The Outside Corner "If the Houston Astros want to make the postseason, they’ll have to do it without top starters Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers. At 79-71, Houston sits 3.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles for an AL Wild Card spot. The Astros are 9.5 games back of Texas for the..." September 21

  • Cubs' Jon Lester endorses Kyle Hendricks for NL Cy Young Award

    CSN Chicago "Win or lose, Jon Lester is always a straight shooter during his postgame press conferences, never sugarcoating his performance, the responsibilities that comes with his $155 million contract or those World Series-or-else expectations surrounding the Cubs. When asked about the National League Cy..." September 21

  • Mookie Betts becomes the first this season to 200 hits

    Hardball Talk "Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts beat Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (199) to 200 hits, racking up two hits in his first two at-bats of Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles. Both hits were singles. Betts is currently hitting .316/.358/.542 with 31 home runs, 108 RBI, 114 runs scored, and..." September 21

  • Cubs' Kyle Schwarber incorporates jogging in rehab

    Chicago Tribune "The chances of Kyle Schwarber rejoining the Cubs by next spring training is coming into focus. Before Monday's game, Schwarber was jogging lightly between and around some well-spaced cones in a figure-8 route in the Wrigley Field outfield. The left-handed hitting Schwarber, who hit 16..." September 21

  • Giants' Brandon Crawford Exits Early With Dislocated Pinky

    NBC Bay Area "Brandon Crawford, as indispensable as any Giant, was pulled between innings Tuesday night after dislocating his left pinky finger. Crawford tried to go first-to-third on a single to left in the second inning and he was thrown out by Andrew Toles. Crawford went hard into third base with both..." September 21

  • Terry Collins found a new rock bottom for Jay Bruce

    New York Post "Jay Bruce’s name reappeared in the lineup Tuesday, his latest mental break finished with hope renewed in his corner of the Mets clubhouse that he could finally help the cause. Another rough night for the veteran slugger followed: An 0-for-3 performance at the plate and miscommunication with..." September 21

  • Giants RHP Johnny Cueto suffers groin injury

    Today's Knuckleball "The San Francisco Giants’ hopes for a postseason berth may have taken another hit Tuesday as right-hander Johnny Cueto left his start against the Los Angeles Dodgers with strained left groin. Cueto scattered eight hits over five scoreless innings and struck out the first batter he faced in the..." September 21

  • Tim Tebow Wants Colin Kaepernick to Protest in “The Right Way”

    Black Sports Online "Tebow doesn’t clarify what is the right way to protest over 300 years of racial injustice, but I think he intentionally made his comments vague. It is a way of saying something, but nothing at the same time. “When people have belief in something, or a conviction in something, trying to stand..." September 20

  • Tim Tebow Q&A: 'This Isn't a Publicity Stunt, and It's Definitely Not for Money'

    Bleacher Report "Hey, not sure if you've heard, but Tim Tebow is a baseball player now. Or, at least, he's trying to be. The 29-year-old former NFL quarterback agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets and had his first workout with their instructional league team Monday. As he tries to refine..." September 20

  • Should The Marlins Shop Jose Fernandez This Offseason?

    MLB Trade Rumors "This time of year is as quiet as it gets in terms of actual baseball transactions, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things happening beneath the surface. While postseason play remains the focus for contenders, all teams need to have at least one eye on an offseason that isn’t far away. Internal..." September 20