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Cubs close, but Sarge knows what can happen in a hurry (The Associated Press)

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 22:17:39 PDT

Once in a while, Gary Matthews relives how close his Chicago Cubs came to reaching the World Series. With his former team just one win from its first World Series trip since 1945, fans everywhere already are envisioning the excitement at Wrigley Field. The Cubs lead the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in the NL Championship Series and can clinch the pennant in Game 6 on Saturday night.

Dodgers save Kershaw for Game 6, and now they'll need him (The Associated Press)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 22:27:13 PDT

Clayton Kershaw gripped a baseball in his left hand and grimaced while he watched Game 5 of the NL Championship Series from the dugout. The Los Angeles Dodgers' best pitcher was ready and eager, and he was sitting on three days of rest. Manager Dave Roberts could have deployed him Thursday night in Chavez Ravine and probably again in relief at Wrigley Field.

Coast Guard to look at jetty in Jose Fernandez boat crash (The Associated Press)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:26:17 PDT

U.S. Coast Guard officials say they'll examine lighting on the Miami Beach jetty involved in a boat crash that killed Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and two other men last month. Rear Admiral Paul Thomas said in a letter this week to U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio that the Coast Guard is commissioning a new analysis of the north and south jetties at the entrance to a channel that runs past the southern end of Miami Beach.

Families of 2 killed in Jose Fernandez boat crash get lawyer (The Associated Press)

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 04:08:02 PDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- The families of two men who died in a boat crash off Miami Beach that also killed Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez have hired an attorney to handle their sons' estates.

Game Over: The 2016 Boston Red Sox (Big League Stew)

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 13:46:25 PDT

Sorry, Boston Red Sox, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that’s furnished with David Ortiz’s retirement gifts.

Kershaw, Hendricks duel as Dodgers face Cubs in Game 2 (The Associated Press)

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 11:20:42 PDT

For the fourth time in their seven games this postseason, Clayton Kershaw takes the ball for the Dodgers, while Chicago Cubs' right-hander Kyle Hendricks is merely glad to be back on the mound. Kershaw won Game 1 of the National League Division Series, then started Game 4 on short rest and came in to close Game 5, earning one win and a save against the Washington Nationals. Three nights after the seven-pitch, series-clinching save at Washington, Kershaw gets the call Sunday night after the Cubs' rode a Miguel Montero grand slam to a 8-4 win in Game 1 of the NLCS the night before.

Antonio Brown to wear Jose Fernandez-inspired cleats in Miami (Big League Stew)

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 09:07:08 PDT

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has made headlines this season for sporting a different pair of customized cleats for every game. The running theme has been to honor those who have inspired Brown, and that trend will continue this Sunday in Miami. With the Steelers visiting Brown’s hometown to take on the Dolphins, Brown has revealed his plans to wear another pair of customized cleats paying tribute to Miami Marlins star Jose Fernandez and MMA legend Kimbo Slice, both of whom died this year.

Game Over: The 2016 Texas Rangers (Big League Stew)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 16:36:28 PDT

Sorry, Texas Rangers, your World Series trophy is in another castle, one that doesn’t care one iota about run differential.

Scherzer embraces spotlight for Game 5 vs. Dodgers (The Associated Press)

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 08:51:16 PDT

WASHINGTON - - Max Scherzer was asked last year about impending free agent pitchers that his team could sign during the annual Washington Nationals WinterFest event. "It is all about winning," Scherzer said. Scherzer has been all about winning since he signed a seven-year contract with the Nationals prior to the 2015 season.

Game Over: The 2016 Seattle Mariners (Big League Stew)

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:57:37 PDT

Sorry, Seattle Mariners, your World Series trophy is in another castle. And if Bowser is in that castle, it would be the most on-brand one of these we’ve done.

Game Over: The 2016 Houston Astros (Big League Stew)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:25:42 PDT

Sorry, Houston Astros, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Well, that, or maybe Colby Rasmus got there first and is off somewhere throwing an epic celebration party without you.

Braves name Snitker manager for 2017, Washington joins staff (The Associated Press)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:52:58 PDT

Brian Snitker finally was given his most-cherished prize for four decades of service to the Atlanta Braves. Snitker was hired by the Braves as their full-time manager on Tuesday, rewarded for helping reverse the team's direction in his interim role this season. The Braves finished last in the NL East but won 20 of their final 30 games under Snitker, who became interim manager on May 17 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired.

How the Miami Heat will pay tribute to Jose Fernandez (Big League Stew)

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 15:21:49 PDT

The tragic death of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is still being felt and mourned throughout the sports world. In the hours following Fernandez’s death, the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes football teams did their part to honor him with on-field and symbolic tributes. Now the NBA’s Miami Heat is joining hands with a grieving community, revealing special warm up shirts honoring Fernandez that will be worn before Tuesday’s exhibition game against the Brooklyn Nets.

No big hits left for Big Papi as Red Sox swept from playoffs (The Associated Press)

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 22:04:40 PDT

David Ortiz didn't want it to end. With his team trailing the Cleveland Indians by two runs in Game 3 of the AL Division Series, Boston's biggest star trotted to first base after an eighth-inning walk Monday night and turned toward the Red Sox fans who had cheered him through so many memorable moments for 14 seasons. After providing so many huge hits for the franchise, winning three World Series championships and becoming a beloved figure in Boston, it was time for Big Papi's story to end.

Game Over: The 2016 Kansas City Royals (Big League Stew)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 18:03:00 PDT

Sorry, Kansas City Royals, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Probably the same one you left it in last year before losing the key.

Game Over: The 2016 New York Yankees (Big League Stew)

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 09:56:10 PDT

Sorry, New York Yankees, your World Series trophy is in another castle. A castle likely owned by Derek Jeter.

Game Over: The 2016 Baltimore Orioles (Big League Stew)

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 16:30:00 PDT

Sorry, Baltimore Orioles, your World Series trophy is in another castle. Maybe call the bullpen to see if your lonely closer has seen it.

Column: Cubs not only team holding postseason misery card (The Associated Press)

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 12:28:14 PDT

Sorry, Chicago Cubs, you're not the only team in this year's baseball playoffs that gets to play the misery card.

Barry Bonds wrote a thank you note to the Marlins after being fired (Big League Stew)

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 09:20:15 PDT

Three days after being fired as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins, Barry Bonds took to his personal blog to pen a thank you note to the guys he played with and the man who gave him the opportunity to return to baseball. Working with the Marlins this past season has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my baseball career. It’s a very nice note, and it specifically mentions Jeffrey Loria, the owner of the Marlins, for giving him the chance to come back to baseball.

Daily Dose: Remarkable Marco (Rotoworld)

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 21:15:00 PDT

D.J. Short recaps Marco Estrada's dominant Game 1 start against the Rangers and much more in Friday's Daily Dose.

Game Over: The 2016 New York Mets (Big League Stew)

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 19:57:07 PDT

Sorry, New York Mets, your World Series trophy is in another castle. In fact, rumor has it that it’s receiving treatment in the trainer’s room.

Hitting coach Barry Bonds among those fired by Miami Marlins (The Associated Press)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:54:57 PDT

Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds was fired Wednesday along with third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius. Miami also announced a $40 million, three-year contract with third baseman Martin Prado, who would have been eligible for free agency, and exercised a $2 million club option on outfielder Ichiro Suzuki. Miami finished fourth in the majors in batting average at .263 but fourth-lowest in runs at 655 and next-to-last with 128 homers.

Marlins sign Ichiro for another year (AFP)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 11:40:13 PDT

Japanese star Ichiro Suzuki will extend his Major League Baseball career for at least another year after the Miami Marlins exercised their 2017 option on the outfielder on Wednesday. The Marlins confirmed on Twitter they had agreed to pick up the $2 million option on the 42-year-old. The decision comes after a successful season in Florida for Ichiro, which saw the veteran succeed in his quest to join the 3,000-hit club.

Manfred in favor of changing roster expansion rule (The Associated Press)

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:32:59 PDT

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred supports changing the rule that expands active rosters from 25 to 40 each Sept. 1. ''Controversy has arisen because of changes that have taken place in the game and the way the game is played, particularly the use of so many relievers,'' Manfred said Tuesday before the AL wild-card game. ''I don't think 18 pitchers in a game is a good thing,'' Manfred added.

Bonds fired from Marlins coaching role - reports (AFP)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:03:06 PDT

Home-run king Barry Bonds has been fired as hitting coach of the Miami Marlins after just one season, US media reports said. Bonds, whose record-breaking career was marred by his involvement in baseball's steroids scandal, was dumped by the Marlins after the Florida franchise finished the season 79-82. As well as Bonds, third base coach Lenny Harris and bullpen coach Reid Cornelius were axed from manager Don Mattingly's staff.

Baseball: Bonds out as hitting coach of Marlins: report (Reuters)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 17:02:21 PDT

(Reuters) - Major League Baseball home run king Barry Bonds was fired from his role as hitting coach of the Miami Marlins after failing to kickstart the team's offense during his one season in charge, the Miami Herald reported on Monday. Bonds, a seven-times National League Most Valuable Player whose suspicion of doping has kept him out of the Hall of Fame, was released after the Marlins offense finished near the bottom of the league, the report said. Under Bonds, who leads the all-time home run list with 762 and hit an MLB-record 73 homers in 2001, the Marlins scored the fourth fewest runs of 30 teams, only two spots higher than the prior campaign.

MLB managers on the hot seat: Walt Weiss and Chip Hale fired, who's next? (Big League Stew)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:18:32 PDT

The regular season might be over, but the real fun is just beginning for any club that didn’t make the postseason. When things don’t go your way in baseball, people get fired. The first to go was Colorado Rockies skipper Walt Weiss, who resigned his post after three seasons. The Arizona Diamondbacks then canned Chip Hale after two years, along with GM Dave Stewart.

Report: Barry Bonds fired as Marlins hitting coach after one season (Big League Stew)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 15:04:16 PDT

Barry Bonds’ return to baseball was short-lived. The Miami Marlins have reportedly parted ways with the San Francisco Giants legend after just one season as the team’s hitting coach, according to Jon Heyman. In his only season as the team’s hitting coach, Bonds managed to improve the Marlins’ offense, but not by much.

Marlins' disappointing season ends in despair (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 09:29:38 PDT

For the Miami Marlins, a season of disappointment turned to despair in the final week. The Marlins posted a winning record in each of the first four months, and on Aug. 1 they were in contention for their first playoff berth since 2003. Dismay over another losing season was overshadowed, however, by the death of ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Nationals' Scherzer wins 20th of the year, defeats Marlins (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:56:03 PDT

A day after the Nationals locked up home field advantage in the NL Division Series, they shared in Max Scherzer's latest individual accomplishment. The ace earned his 20th victory of the season and drove in a career-high four runs to help Washington beat the Miami Marlins 10-7 on Sunday. ''Everybody had their fingerprints all over the game,'' said Scherzer, who last year threw two no-hitters and earlier this season tied a record with a 20-strikeout outing.