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Integration, expansion, MLB changes since Cubs' last Series (The Associated Press)

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 07:20:17 PDT

One way to realize just how long it's been since the Chicago Cubs last reached the World Series is to look at how much the game has changed since then, on and off the field. The Cubs are making their first appearance since 1945 and chasing their first title since 1908. INTEGRATION: Jackie Robinson became the first black player to reach the major leagues in 1947, two years after the Cubs' last World Series appearance.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A capsule look at the Blue Jays-Rangers playoff series (The Associated Press)

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 01:08:45 PDT

A look at the best-of-five American League Division Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers:

Brewers transforming food, beverages, concession areas (The Associated Press)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 17:33:46 PDT

As the Milwaukee Brewers reshape their on-the-field roster, the home ballpark will undergo the single largest improvement since it opened in 2001, team executives said Wednesday. An approximately $20 million transformation of the food and beverage concession areas on all four levels of Miller Park is expected to be completed in time for the April 3, 2017, home opener. The Brewers are partnering with concessionaire Delaware North to overhaul, reconfigure and rebuild the concession areas and bars.

ALDS preview: Indians, Red Sox get a sequel nine years later (Big League Stew)

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 13:30:08 PDT

It was 2007 last time the Cleveland Indians won the AL Central. They went to the playoffs and faced the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS, the whole series coming down to a Game 7 in which Indians pitching disintegrated on the mound, allowing eight runs in last two innings. The Red Sox were on their way to another World Series win while the Indians had a tough few years ahead of them. They meet for Game 1 of the ALDS on Thursday, and it’s clearly time for a sequel.

Brewers hope to maintain aggressive tone on base paths (The Associated Press)

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 11:19:35 PDT

The rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers tried to make up for any deficits in talent by staying aggressive, especially on the base paths. It's a tone that manager Craig Counsell wants to maintain as the roster reshaping continues, with more young players expected to arrive at Miller Park in 2017. The Brewers led the majors with 181 stolen bases, 42 more than second-place Cincinnati.

Stearns: Brewers to bring back entire coaching staff in 2017 (The Associated Press)

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 08:28:04 PDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers say that their entire coaching staff will return for the 2017 season, giving the rebuilding franchise stability in the clubhouse.

Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:16:24 PDT

One day after finishing a season in which they went 69-93, the Arizona Diamondbacks fired general manager Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the club announced Monday. Stewart has been the Diamondbacks GM since September of 2014, when Arizona's chief baseball officer Tony La Russa hired Stewart to replace Kevin Towers. - - The Colorado Rockies announced that manager Walt Weiss decided to step down after four seasons.

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.

Brewers move forward in rebuild, with or without Braun (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:21:11 PDT

To take the next step forward in their rebuilding project, the Milwaukee Brewers might need to part with their most recognizable player. Ryan Braun could be a difference-maker in a lineup for a contender that can stomach his pricey contract. Dealing Braun could net more young prospects for a farm system already teeming with talent.

Twins quickly move forward with new executive Derek Falvey (The Associated Press)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 13:39:07 PDT

The day after their worst season in club history, the Minnesota Twins took a symbolic step forward. The Twins formally announced 33-year-old Cleveland Indians assistant general manager Derek Falvey would be their new executive vice president and chief baseball officer, charged with turning around a team that lost by far the most games (103) in the major leagues. ''I believe the addition of Derek Falvey to the Minnesota Twins will markedly enhance our organizational excellence and bring championship baseball back to Minnesota,'' Twins owner and chief executive officer Jim Pohlad said on Monday, in a prepared-yet-ambitious statement distributed by the Twins.

D.J. LeMahieu wins NL batting title after spending weekend on bench (Big League Stew)

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:00:57 PDT

With regular season baseball over, we finally know who won the very close race for the National League batting title. LeMahieu, who batted .348, won the title by the slimmest of margins. Weiss didn’t start LeMahieu in Saturday or Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, and he didn’t appear as a pinch hitter either.

Baseball-Highlights of Sunday's MLB games (Reuters)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:46:38 PDT

Highlights of Sunday's Major League Baseball games: Blue Jays 2, Red Sox 1 Troy Tulowitzki singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the eighth inning to help the Toronto Blue Jays clinch an American League wildcard berth with the win over the Boston Red Sox. Toronto (89-73) claimed the top American League wildcard spot despite the Baltimore Orioles' win over the New York Yankees.

Susac hits 2-run homer in 10th, Brewers beat Rockies 6-4 (The Associated Press)

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:40:17 PDT

Andrew Susac's first homer of the season came on his final swing. Not a bad for Milwaukee to wrap up the season, either, as the catcher's two-run drive in the 10th inning lifted the Brewers over the Colorado Rockies 6-4 in the finale Sunday. ''I wanted to do anything to help this team,'' said Susac, who was acquired from San Francisco on Aug. 1.

Baseball-Highlights of Saturday's MLB games (Reuters)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 23:55:43 PDT

Mets 5, Phillies 3 New York's James Loney got all of a 3-1 pitch in the sixth inning and sent a tiebreaking two-run homer over the fence in right field. The Mets never relinquished the advantage and clinched a 2016 National League wild-card berth with a 5-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. New York hosts the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday.

Marquez to get another start for Rockies (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 23:10:22 PDT

German Marquez will try to rebound from a poor outing when he makes his third career outing Sunday for the Colorado Rockies against the Milwaukee Brewers in the final game of the regular season. The Brewers are planning a bullpen game with Tyler Cravy, who threw 20 pitches in two perfect innings Friday night, making the start. Cravy took the turn of Wily Peralta, who was on the paternity list, and gave up five runs in four innings and took a 5-1 loss.

Blue Jays, Orioles control their wild-card prospects heading into final day (Big League Stew)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:30:10 PDT

Rather than entering the season’s final day with more scenarios than solutions, we enter with two straight-forward resolutions: If the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles win, they are in. As of Sunday morning, Toronto and Baltimore are tied with matching 88-73 records. The Seattle Mariners, as a result of their loss to the Oakland A’s, were officially eliminated. Of course, if one or both of the Blue Jays and Orioles lose, then the door remains open for Detroit, which would also need a win in Monday’s makeup game against the Cleveland Indians to force a tiebreaker or perhaps two.

Carter's homer in 10th gives Brewers 4-3 win over Rockies (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 22:12:29 PDT

Chris Carter's homer broke one tie to forge another, and set up a showdown on the last day of the season for the NL home run crown. Carter hit a tiebreaking home run with two outs in the top of the 10th inning, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night. Carter's 41st homer of the season came on a 3-2 pitch against Adam Ottavino (1-3) and salvaged a victory after the Milwaukee bullpen gave up a three-run lead in the eighth and ninth.

Game Over: The 2016 Miami Marlins (Big League Stew)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:51:59 PDT

Sorry, Miami Marlins, your World Series trophy is in another castle.

Which stadiums were used for less time than Turner Field? (The Associated Press)

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 01:19:46 PDT

There are a handful of stadiums in Major League Baseball's modern era that were used for fewer seasons than Atlanta's Turner Field, which has been home of the Braves since 1997. Sick's Stadium, Seattle (1969) - A minor-league park that opened in 1938, it hosted the only season of the expansion Seattle Pilots, who moved to Milwaukee in 1970 and became the Brewers. Merely intended as a temporary home until a new domed stadium was built, Sick's Stadium was expanded to hold around 25,000 for the Pilots.

Rockies plan to sit LeMahieu to preserve batting title (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:21:23 PDT

Colorado Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu likely won't play in the final two games of the season as he clings to a minute lead over injured Daniel Murphy of the Washington Nationals for the National League batting title. LeMahieu sat out Wednesday and Thursday at San Francisco. "It's a unique situation because Murphy's injured, he's not playing," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

Bettis, Rockies beat Brewers 4-1 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 21:23:24 PDT

Chad Bettis put a nice finishing touch on his best season in the majors. Bettis pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Nolan Arenado hit his NL-Leading 41st homer and the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-1 on Friday night. Bettis (14-8) allowed one run and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings while extending a career high in wins this season.

Game Over: The 2016 Pittsburgh Pirates (Big League Stew)

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:24:03 PDT

Sorry, Pittsburgh Pirates, your World Series trophy is in another castle. And she’s trapped in the NL Central too!