• Heyward happy to accept benching if Cubs win World Series

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Both the Cardinals and the Cubs made the same bet in the past two seasons on the upside of the same player, and Jason Heyward has a simple, one-word solution for fixing the swing that has limited him with both teams. “Play,” he said. That doesn’t seem likely until next spring. Heyward,..." October 28

  • Cubs-Indians World Series: Ticket prices up nearly 400 percent from 2015

    CBS Sports "Friday night, Wrigley Field will host its first World Series game since way back in 1945. The Cubs and Indians will meet in Game 3 at the friendly confines at 8 p.m. ET. The best-of-seven series is tied 1-1. Here's how you can watch Game 3. Needless to say, tickets prices are through the roof..." October 28

  • Bill Murray to Handle Seventh-Inning Stretch Duties at Game 3 of World Series

    12 Up "​It's the Cubs first World Series home game in over 70 years. Expectations are high as to who will throw the first pitch and who will sing the traditional song "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the seventh-inning stretch. For an occasion as special as this, the Cubs are under a lot of..." October 28

  • Red Sox Shut Down Yoan Moncada With Sprained Thumb In Arizona Fall League

    NESN "Yoan Moncada is done in the Arizona Fall League. The Boston Red Sox shut down their top prospect Friday after the third baseman was diagnosed with a sprained left thumb. Moncada jammed it swinging at an inside pitch on Oct. 21. Moncada went to the AFL after a lackluster call-up with the..." October 28

  • Steve Bartman stays hidden — and it’s not hard to see why

    New York Post "The Post has a few friends who live in this great city, so when the Cubs finally made the World Series last week, I tossed a few Hail Mary passes into the end zone. Does anyone, I queried, know anyone who in turn knows Steve Bartman? No dice. The question, however, stirred up some..." October 28

  • Cubs fans line up outside bar at 5:30 a.m. before World Series

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago Cubs are hosting their first World Series game in 71 years Friday night, and fans who are preparing for Game 3 have thrown the whole “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” thing out the window. In fact, many have them have adopted a new mantra for the weekend. It’s 5 a.m. somewhere. As..." October 28

  • Chicago hospital bracing for influx of World Series-related ER visits

    WGNTV.com "It’s no game, but it does take special teamwork during the World Series for hospitals to treat the fans. Between the emotions and the libations – Cubs fans may need hospitalization this weekend. They're flying the ‘W’ -- supporting the Cubs and their fans. The emergency room at Advocate..." October 28

  • Cubs reveal who will throw out ceremonial first pitch for World Series Game 3

    CBS Sports "On Friday night, the Chicago Cubs will host the Cleveland Indians for Game 3 of the World Series -- the first World Series game to be hosted by Wrigley Field in 71 years. Prior to the game, the Cubs will task a franchise legend and Hall-of-Famer with tossing out the ceremonial first pitch --..." October 28

  • Pablo Sandoval, Boston Red Sox 3B, looks noticeably thinner visiting with FC Barcelona

    Mass Live "Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval visited with FC Barcelona on Friday and looked noticeably thinner in photos shared on Twitter and Instagram. Sandoval has battled weight issues throughout his professional career. His weight was a major talking point during spring training when he..." October 28

  • Indians' Perez reveals battle with Bell's palsy

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Think about this number -- 1,011. Now, put that number next to your name. In the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, Roberto Perez was picked by the Cleveland Indians in the 33rd round. That's doesn't sound awful. But the Tribe's catcher was the 1,011th player picked in that 2008..." October 28

  • Indians fan ditches class for World Series, gets the best response from professor

    Fox Sports "An Ohio University student named Charlie got a sweet surprise from his dad earlier this week: tickets to Game 1 of the World Series in Cleveland for Charlie and his brother. The only problem: Charlie had class that night. So he did what any resourceful college student would do in this..." October 28

  • The Cubs and Sammy Sosa haven't communicated in 'about three years'

    New York Post "Don’t expect to hear Sammy Sosa sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” any time soon. A day before the National League champions play their first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945, “Slammin’ Sammy” isn’t joining any of the festivities on Chicago’s North Side. And it has nothing to do..." October 28

  • Here are the 10 teams that stand to lose the most talent in free agency

    CBS Sports "Right now, our focus is mostly on the still unfurling and curse-busting/curse-sustaining World Series matchup between the Cubs and Indians. However, free agency begins not long after said World Series concludes, and the vast remainder of teams are no doubt busy readying their winter plans. So..." October 28

  • Indians strongly considering starting Carlos Santana in left field sans DH

    Hardball Talk "Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National..." October 27

  • Cubs' Kyle Schwarber not medically cleared to play outfield in Game 3

    USA Today "Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber was not medically cleared to play the outfield and will be limited to pinch hitting duty for Games 3-5 of the World Series, club president Theo Epstein said Thursday. " October 27

  • Unpredictable Pete Rose is the Charles Barkley of Fox Sports

    Sporting News "Fox Sports has found its own Charles Barkley. He's Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader, who's found a second act as TV analyst for FS1's "MLB on Fox" pregame/postgame show. Like Barkley, the 75-year old Rose is direct, unpredictable and wildly entertaining as he analyzes the 2016..." October 27

  • Median ticket price for Game 3 at Wrigley Field is $3,000

    ESPN "The most costly games in baseball history await Chicago Cubs fans at Wrigley Field this weekend as the World Series returns to the stadium for the first time in 71 years. The median price of a ticket sold on reseller StubHub for Game 3 is $3,000; the median for Game 4 is $3,650 and Game 5 is..." October 27

  • Astros Void Deal With Cuban Prospect Cionel Perez

    MLB Trade Rumors "10:10pm: A medical matter of some kind gummed up the arrangement, ESPN.com’s Keith Law tweets, though the precise issue isn’t known. 7:37pm: The Astros have voided their agreement with top Cuban pitching prospect Cionel Perez, sources tell Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs (via Twitter). It’s not..." October 27

  • Blue Jays enter off-season weighing changes on two fronts

    Sportsnet "Think of it as operating on two fronts. As they enter another precarious off-season, Mark Shapiro’s and Ross Atkins’s to-do list is both obvious and obviously daunting. First off, they have to approach ownership, suddenly in transition at the top, and make the case for added payroll, as have..." October 27

  • White Sox’s James Shields to opt into final two years of deal

    Today's Knuckleball "Chicago White Sox right-handed pitcher James Shields will opt into the final two years of his current contract, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. The veteran hurler is in the midst of a four-year, $75 million contract that he originally signed with the San Diego Padres prior to the start of..." October 27

  • Ken Griffey Jr. to be on the cover of MLB The Show 17

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson will be passing the mantle of MLB The Show cover athlete to one of the greatest players of all time. The creators of the video game announced on Twitter Thursday that the Kid, Ken Griffey Jr., will be on the cover for next season’s game. The Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati..." October 27

  • Leave Steve Bartman out of this

    Fox Sports "It seems crazy that this needs to be said in 2016, but here we go: Leave Steve Bartman alone. With the Chicago Cubs in the midst of their most successful playoff run in decades, Bartman's name has come up quite a bit from fans around baseball who want to see him incorporated into the..." October 27

  • Max Scherzer says wife threw his no-hitter jersey in the trash

    Larry Brown Sports "Max Scherzer has thrown two no-hitters in his career, and the Washington Nationals pitcher saved momentos from both of them. His wife Erica doesn’t seem to have an appreciation for that. On Wednesday, Scherzer tweeted a photo of what he claims was the jersey he wore during his second no-hitter..." October 27

  • Yoenis Cespedes to reportedly opt out of Mets contract and become a free agent

    CBS Sports "The three-year, $75 million contract that slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes signed with the Mets in January of course included an opt-out. That opt-out allows Cespedes to forgo the final two years and $47.5 million of his Mets contract in favor of free agency this upcoming offseason. According..." October 27

  • Trey Hillman Leaving Astros To Manage Korea’s SK Wyverns

    MLB Trade Rumors "The SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization announced yesterday that they’ve hired Astros bench coach Trey Hillman as their new manager (via Jeeho Yoo of Yonhap News). Hillman signed a two-year contract that’ll pay him $1.6MM, per Yoo’s report, which also notes that Hillman will become just..." October 27

  • Cubs not ruling Kyle Schwarber out, despite loss of DH option

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber isn't sure if he can play defense when the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field for Games 3, 4 and 5 this weekend, but he and the team aren't ruling anything out. "We'll see where it goes," Schwarber said after the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Cleveland Indians in..." October 27

  • David Ortiz, Kris Bryant win 2016 Hank Aaron Awards for best hitter in each league

    CBS Sports "Wednesday evening at Progressive Field, Red Sox icon David Ortiz and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were announced as the winners of the 2016 Hank Aaron Award. The award is given annually to the players deemed the best hitters in their league. Ortiz, who retired following the 2016 season, hit..." October 27

  • Jose Fernandez, companions had strong odor of alcohol after fatal crash

    Miami Herald "Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two of his friends who perished in a violent boat crash off of South Beach last month all had a strong odor of alcohol on them when their bodies were recovered by divers, according to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Miami Herald. The..." October 27

  • A guy gave up his airline seat to Kenny Lofton, cashes in big

    Hardball Talk "A man named Ken Kostal of Marblehead, Ohio was just trying to get home from Los Angeles yesterday morning. He looked over and saw former Indians great Kenny Lofton in the boarding area, trying to fly standby to Cleveland. Why was Lofton trying to get to Cleveland? To throw out the first pitch in..." October 26

  • Terry Francona confirms Corey Kluber will start Games 4 and 7, if necessary

    CBS Sports "Speculation and reporting around the Indians leading up to the World Series was that given their rotation injuries, ace Corey Kluber might be used in Games 1, 4 and 7. Obviously Game 7 is an if necessary situation, but that is, indeed, the plan. Manager Terry Francona confirmed it on..." October 26

  • Athletics claim Giovanni Soto off waivers from Cubs

    Today's Knuckleball "The fallout from the Chicago Cubs making the move to promote utility man Kyle Schwarber for some World Series designated hitter responsibilities will send a minor league pitcher to California from Iowa. Chicago designated relief pitcher Giovanni Soto for assignment in order to place the injured..." October 26

  • Rob Manfred to meet with Indians over 'Chief Wahoo' logo this offseason

    CBS Sports "With the Indians currently in the World Series, more attention is being paid to the team's controversial "Chief Wahoo" logo. One activist in Canada tried to get the logo banned before ALCS games in Toronto. Prior to Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, commissioner Rob Manfred said during a..." October 26

  • Torey Lovullo is the front runner to be the Diamondbacks next manager

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports says that “folks would be surprised” if the Diamondbacks didn’t hire Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo as their next manager. Indeed, he says he’d be “shocked” if Lovullo wasn’t given the job. New Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen comes from Boston, obviously,..." October 26

  • Javier Baez breaks out as Cubs' unexpected star in October

    SI "Late in Game 4 of the NLDS, Cubs shortstop/second baseman/third baseman/first baseman/outfielder/Swiss Army knife/wizard Javy Baez wanted some gum. As he went to pop a piece in his mouth, it fell, and what the dugout camera caught next was a feat of defensive heroics. Bobble, bobble, bobble with..." October 26

  • MLB cancels its Dominican showcase after players protest an international draft

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America Reports that Major League Baseball has cancelled its Dominican national showcase, which was scheduled for today and tomorrow. Why? Because, Badler reports, trainers and players in the Dominican Republic planned to skip the showcase in protest over Major League..." October 26

  • 97-year-old Pearl Harbor vet and Cubs fan gifted front-row tickets to World Series

    CBS Sports "Now that the Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since then, Schlegal's granddaugther set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds necessary to get him a ticket. As it turns out, none of those funds were needed for a ticket. CNBC host Marcus Lemonis has given Schlegal two tickets. So..." October 26

  • Cleveland Police troll Cubs after Game 1

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland fans are puffing their chests after winning Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Even the city’s police are trolling the Game 1 victim Chicago Cubs. After the Indians shut out the Cubs 6-0 Tuesday, Cleveland Police sent out the following tweet trolling the Cubs. That’s some..." October 26

  • Corey Kluber’s masterful Game 1 effort shows why Indians are so dangerous

    SI "Corey Kluber smiled, which if you know even a little bit about the Indians' stoic ace is the rough equivalent of a Haley’s comet sighting, a Thomas Pynchon book tour or a Cleveland professional sports championship. But yes, there it was—a smile in the Indians' bullpen before World Series Game 1 on..." October 26

  • Start time moved up for Game 2 of World Series due to rain in forecast

    USA Today "The start time for Wednesday’s Game 2 has been moved up one hour - to 7:08 p.m. ET - due to expected rain in the Cleveland area, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday night. The chance of rain in Cleveland increases from 20% during the day Wednesday to 80% later Wednesday evening. Up to..." October 26

  • Who knew? A-Rod turning into top TV analyst for Fox

    Sporting News "You never know who's going to succeed or fail on TV. Witness the long, strange trip of Alex Rodriguez to Fox Sports/FS1. It was just a few years ago the disgraced A-Rod was one of the most reviled figures in sports. He was a two-time admitted steroids user. His reputation for self-serving..." October 26

  • Dombrowski: Drew Pomeranz does not need surgery

    Boston Herald "A tumultuous year for Drew Pomeranz, one that put the left-hander in the middle of a spat between two clubs and MLB, seems to be ending on a high note: the Red Sox pitcher does not need surgery. Pomeranz had soreness in his throwing forearm late in the season and was taking anti-inflammatories..." October 26

  • C.J. Cron To Undergo Thumb Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Angels first baseman/designated hitter C.J. Cron will undergo an arthroscopic debridement to address an impingement in his left thumb, the team announced today. Cron has been experiencing pain in the base of his thumb recently according to the team, and as Pedro Moura of the L.A. Times points out..." October 26

  • Kyle Schwarber’s return is more than just a feel-good story

    New York Post "Getting their all-time postseason home-run leader back before the first pitch wasn’t enough to help the Cubs. Kyle Schwarber had been to just one postseason with the Cubs and he made the most of it last year, bashing five home runs in nine games. Schwarber returned for Game 1 of the World..." October 26

  • Rangers official Thad Levine could be next general manager of Twins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Thad Levine, currently the assistant general manager of the Texas Rangers, has emerged as a candidate to work under Derek Falvey once he takes over as the Twins chief baseball officer, according to a source familiar with the Twins search. The Twins, according to another source, tried to hire..." October 26

  • Diamondbacks land Red Sox exec Amiel Sawdaye

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks’ new-look front office continued to take shape Monday with the addition of Red Sox executive Amiel Sawdaye, who will become the club’s senior vice president and assistant general manager, a source said Monday night. Sawdaye, who has been with the Red Sox since 2002, will be the..." October 26

  • Petition calls for Bob Uecker to replace Joe Buck in Fox broadcast booth for Indians-Cubs World Series

    New York Daily News "Some people really want to bring “Major League” into this World Series. There was the push to get Charlie Sheen — aka Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn — to throw out the first pitch of Game 1 and now there’s a petition to bench Joe Buck and put Bob Uecker — aka Harry Doyle — behind the mike. This..." October 25

  • Jason Kipnis' injured ankle doesn't look good before Game 1 of World Series

    CBS Sports "As noted in this very space, Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis may be somewhat limited in Game 1 of the World Series against the Cubs on Tuesday night because of the left ankle injury he suffered while celebrating the last out of the ALCS. By way of reminder, here's how the injury occurred..." October 25

  • Baseball writer takes chilly dip after Cleveland Indians reach World Series

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "News flash. The Indians are in the World Series and one particular baseball writer is in the drink. No, not that kind of drink, we're talking about Lake Erie and Davey Jones' locker. I made a bet that if the Indians reached the World Series, I'd jump into the lake after I wrote the Indians off..." October 25

  • Blue Jays aim to avoid emotional decisions in free agency

    Sportsnet "Ross Atkins announced Monday that barring any unforeseen circumstances the Toronto Blue Jays will qualify pending free agents Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays general manager followed that up Tuesday by saying he will attempt to prevent emotions from being involved in the..." October 25

  • World Series opponents Lester, Francona have deep bond

    Today's Knuckleball "Terry Francona certainly knows who he wants to win in Game 1 of the World Series. After all, he is the Cleveland Indians manager. However, Francona admits it will be hard to separate his emotions completely when his American League champions meet the National League champion Chicago Cubs on..." October 25