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Padres enter Winter Meetings with no million-dollar player on roster (Big League Stew)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 09:02:02 PST

In a span of two years, A.J. Preller’s Padres have gone from baseball’s most aggressive team to not employing a million-dollar player. Remember two years ago when the San Diego Padres were the most aggressive team in baseball under new general manager A.J. Preller? In fact, over the past 18 months, the Padres have gone aggressive in the other direction, having unloaded every large contract that existed before and after Preller’s arrival.



Ex-Tiger McGehee signs 1-year deal with Japan's Giants (The Associated Press)

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:43:17 PST

TOKYO (AP) -- Former Detroit Tigers infielder Casey McGehee has agreed to a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan's Central League worth $1.7 million.



Ross, Revere, Asche among 35 new free agents (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:47:31 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tyson Ross, an All-Star pitcher for San Diego two years ago, was among 35 players who became free agents when their teams declined to offer them 2017 contracts on Friday.



Giants agree to 1-year deals with Adrianza, Gearrin (The Associated Press)

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:32:46 PST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco Giants have agreed to one-year contracts with infielder Ehire Adrianza and right-hander Cory Gearrin to avoid salary arbitration.



Smokeless tobacco to take a dip among big league newcomers (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:48:46 PST

That visible circle in the back pockets of big leaguers - typically a sure sign of smokeless tobacco - might be far less common next season. ''I think the smokeless tobacco ban is both logical and I am thankful,'' Los Angeles Angels reliever Huston Street said in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday night. It is possible more than the 12 current major league cities with laws either in place or headed that way will have tobacco bans by the start of the 2017 season.



APNewsBreak: All-Star Game no longer determines Series start (The Associated Press)

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:47:00 PST

The league that wins baseball's All-Star Game no longer will get home-field advantage in the World Series, which instead will go to the pennant winner with the better regular-season record. The change was included in Major League Baseball's tentative new collective bargaining agreement and disclosed early Thursday to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the agreement. Home-field advantage in the World Series generally rotated between the leagues through 2002.



Hot Stove Digest: Forget about a Pablo Sandoval reunion with Giants (Big League Stew)

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 15:04:31 PST

NOT GONNA HAPPEN: The San Francisco Giants are not considering bringing back Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval in a trade. An earlier report said the club had internally considered a reunion with Sandoval, but Giants general manager Bobby Evans refuted that rumor, according to MLB.com.



Did Fidel Castro nearly have a career in professional baseball? (Big League Stew)

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 10:08:33 PST

Fidel Castro, the father of communist Cuba who led the country as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008, died on Friday. In fact, Castro was just in the sports headlines on Friday when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continued to defend Castro’s legacy despite his oversight of an oppressive regime that would seemingly contradict Kaepernick’s recent protests. As the story goes, Castro was a pitcher at the University of Havana when he began drawing the attention of scouts in the United States in the late 1940s.



Hot Stove Digest: Giants have discussed bringing back Pablo Sandoval (Big League Stew)

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 20:42:35 PST

REUNION?: Would the San Francisco Giants really consider reuniting with Pablo Sandoval? According to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, they have at least discussed that option internally. It’s unknown if those discussions will morph into serious trade talks, or whether the Red Sox would even be receptive, but it’s one of the more interesting rumors out there.



What every MLB team should be thankful for this Thanksgiving (Big League Stew)

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:13:56 PST

The holiday season is here. For some, that means consuming good food while being surrounded by old friends and loving family members. Your turkey is juicy, your conversations are rich and your weird uncle decided not to show up this year.



Branca, pitcher who gave up 'Shot Heard 'Round World,' dies (The Associated Press)

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 21:32:46 PST

Ralph Branca's career was defined by that one high-and-inside fastball. The Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who gave up Bobby Thomson's famed "Shot Heard 'Round the World" still echoing more than six decades later among the most hallowed home runs in baseball history, died Wednesday. Branca was a three-time All-Star and spent 12 seasons in the majors.



Bartolo Colon riding a scooter is the offseason content we deserve (Big League Stew)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 10:18:46 PST

You cannot deny Atlanta Braves pitcher Bartolo Colon is already having a fantastic offseason. Most 43-year-old free agents might find themselves struggling for work, but Colon found a job almost immediately. He quickly secured a one-year, $12.5 million deal with the Braves. With the hard part of his offseason out of the way, Colon can now dedicate the next few weeks to rest and relaxation. If this excellent picture from a Bartolo Colon Facebook page is to be believed, he’s doing just that.



Lew Wolff gives up A's managing partner role (The Associated Press)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:43:48 PST

The Oakland Athletics are staying put under new leadership and determined to find the right location for an intimate new ballpark that brings together the community with a great vibe for fans. Committed new team President Dave Kaval just pulled off something similar in his other job: Building the San Jose Earthquakes' second-year, state-of-the art Avaya Stadium, which just so happens to boast the largest outdoor bar in North America. ''I know they're starving for a place to call home,'' Kaval, also president of the MLS Earthquakes, said Thursday when he was formally introduced.



BLS Draft: MLB teams most likely to win the 2017 World Series (Big League Stew)

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 11:38:09 PST

The offseason is barely underway. While some players have signed, the big-name free agents still remain on the market. On top of that, trade rumors are already brewing, and some significant players appear to be available. In just a few months, the whole landscape of baseball could change drastically.



MVP 2016: Sizing up the finalists (Big League Stew)

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:28:16 PST

Each league has a most valuable player, and that player is decided by a panel of 30 voters for each league. All of the voting happened before the playoffs, which is good for most of the finalists, and disappointing for Kris Bryant (who did pretty well in the 2016 playoffs). The race in the American League is wide open, despite the presence of Mike Trout, the best baseball player on planet Earth. Both Jose Altuve and Mookie Betts turned in stellar seasons full of personal bests, and their teams were in contention down the stretch.



Bat boy to prospect: Dusty Baker's son signs with respected college baseball program (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 20:01:17 PST

J.T. Snow drags a then 3-year-old Darren Baker out of harms way during the 2002 World Series. The son of Dusty Baker will play baseball at the University of California, Berkeley. Now the son of former San Francisco Giants and current Washington National manager Dusty Baker is looking to create a few more iconic images on the field, this time as a Division I baseball player.



This Week in 'Pitch': Mike's Turn (Big League Stew)

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 09:43:11 PST

This week on “Pitch,” we take a little break from Ginny’s busy life to focus on what’s happening with her catcher, superstar Mike Lawson. More circumstances: the team’s backup catcher has gotten hurt, so they’re calling up Levon Duarte, the Cuban catcher that Oscar the GM signed over the All-Star break. Ugh.) When the Padres’ manager tells Mike that he’ll be trying out first base for a few games, Mike gets even more worried.



Cubs outfielder Heyward captures fourth Gold Glove (AFP)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 21:03:46 PST

Los Angeles (AFP) - The World Series-winning Chicago Cubs earned more glory on Tuesday when right fielder Jason Heyward and first baseman Anthony Rizzo earned Gold Glove awards for fielding excellence.



Good as Gold: Posey, Rizzo, Lindor among Gold Glove winners (The Associated Press)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 20:30:47 PST

Catch this: Buster Posey is the new Gold Glove backstop in the National League. The San Francisco Giants star unseated Yadier Molina behind the plate Tuesday when Rawlings announced its annual honors for fielding excellence. Posey was picked as the NL catcher, ending Molina's eight-year reign with St. Louis.



Good as Gold: Rizzo, Posey, Lindor among Gold Glove winners (The Associated Press)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 18:45:50 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- First baseman Anthony Rizzo and right fielder Jason Heyward from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs have won Gold Glove awards.



Honor thy glove: Here are this year's Gold Glove winners (Big League Stew)

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 17:57:41 PST

Baseball’s best defenders were honored Tuesday night with the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. The best gloves in baseball — some first-time winners and some long-standing repeat champs — got their moment to shine.



Giants fill out coaching staff, hiring Alguacil, Nevin (The Associated Press)

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 13:05:28 PST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has finalized his coaching staff, naming Phil Nevin third base coach and Jose Alguacil first base coach.



Four potential landing spots for Yoenis Cespedes (Big League Stew)

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 11:57:20 PDT

Yoenis Cespdes is a free agent after opting out his contract with the Mets. Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is a free agent after opting out of the two remaining years on his contract with the New York Mets. Of course, Cespedes was also a free agent last winter, but struggled to find a long-term deal to his liking.



Four early offseason moves you need to know (Big League Stew)

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 19:53:55 PDT

If you thought Major League Baseball was going to let us catch our breath follwoing an epic postseason and historic World Series, you’d be sorely mistaken. We’re barely two days into the offseason and the hot stove is already burning with a series of signings, trades and waiver claims that have been lost in the shuffle amid the chaos and the Cubs celebration.



Cubs receive delicious gift from previous World Series champion (Big League Stew)

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 16:31:54 PDT

Now that the Chicago Cubs have ended their 108-year championship drought, they’re finally enjoying the perks that go along with being a World Series champion. As much of their office staff learned on Thursday, sometimes those perks can be quite delicious. According to the Kansas City Star, when the Cubs staff arrived at work on Thursday, they were greeted by two dozen pizzas from Giordano’s Pizzeria courtesy of last year’s champions, the Kansas City Royals.



John Orsino, who spent 7 seasons in majors, dies at 78 (The Associated Press)

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 15:45:44 PDT

John Orsino, one of the San Francisco players who hit a record-tying five home runs in a 12-run ninth inning in a 1961 game at Cincinnati, has died. Orsino died Tuesday at Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, following a lengthy illness, according to his wife, Honey. A catcher and first baseman who was born in Fort Lee, New Jersey, Orsino spent seven seasons in the major leagues with the Giants (1961-62), Baltimore (1963-65) and Washington (1966-67), hitting .249 with 40 home runs and 123 RBIs.



Pizza delivery! Cubs get deep dish congrats from Royals (The Associated Press)

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 03:32:49 PDT

CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs' front office got a surprise a day after their World Series win: 25 pizzas courtesy of last year's champs, the Kansas City Royals.



More than 100 become free agents as business season starts (The Associated Press)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 18:51:22 PDT

NEW YORK (AP) -- Even before the Chicago Cubs got to celebrate their drought-ending World Series title with a parade, baseball's business season began Thursday when more than 100 players became free agents and teams started making decisions on 2017 options.



Baseball-Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:35:17 PDT

The dramatic final game of the 2016 World Series was the most-watched baseball game in 25 years. The Chicago Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in 10 innings on Wednesday night and Fox announced that its Game 7 broadcast averaged just over 40 million viewers. - - The Minnesota Twins appointed Thad Levine as the team's senior vice president and general manager Levine, who turns 45 on Nov. 12, has served as the assistant general manager for the Texas Rangers for the past 11 seasons.



With drought over, Cubs' attention turns toward title repeat (The Associated Press)

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 15:55:03 PDT

CHICAGO (AP) -- No more Lovable Losers. Forget those curses, too.