Archive for September, 2016

Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod Agree to New Contracts with Cubs: Details, Reaction

After locking up president Theo Epstein, the Chicago Cubs are keeping the rest of their dynamic front-office trio together with extensions for general manager Jed Hoyer and vice president Jason McLeod.   According to the Cubs' official Twitter account, Hoyer and McLeod each received five-year extensions through 2021.  The trio of Epstein, Hoyer and McLeod joined the Cubs in October 2011 after previously working together with the Boston Red Sox from 2003 to 2009.  As part of the team's announcement on Friday, Epstein praised the work of Hoyer and McLeod to help make the Cubs into what they are, per Carrie Muskat of MLB.com: Jed and Jason are simply the best at what they do and have played fundamentally important leadership roles in helping the Cubs build a healthy and thriving organization. We feel honored to have the stability and support that we enjoy throughout baseball operations and look forward to many years of working together in ...




2017 MLB Free Agents: Updated Rumors, Predictions on Top Stars Available

While the top teams in the league are focused on the postseason, the rest of Major League Baseball is looking toward the future for players who can turn around fortunes next year. Unlike the past few years, the 2017 free-agent class lacks many high-profile names who are going to steal headlines for the next few months. Yoenis Cespedes would be the top player available if he chooses to opt out of his current contract, but there is no guarantee of that. Beyond that, the players looking to cash in all have some sort of question marks. With this in mind, here is a look at some of the biggest stars set to become free agents at the end of the 2016 season.        Wilson Ramos, C This will be one of the biggest storylines in free agency. Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was in the midst of his best year as a professional, hitting ...




Cubs vs. Pirates Ends in First MLB Tie Since 2005

With weather wreaking havoc in Pennsylvania on Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates had their game called in the middle of the sixth inning with a 1-1 score for Major League Baseball's first tie game in 11 years. MLB's last tie game prior to Thursday was on June 30, 2005, when a game between the Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds was called after seven innings due to weather with the score tied at two. Per MLB.com's Adam Berry, the tie game will not be reflected in the standings for the Cubs and Pirates, and it won't be completed before the regular season ends since it holds no bearing on standings for the playoffs or draft. After the game was called, Pirates pitcher Ivan Nova, who was on the mound when the weather delay started, said he had never seen a tie in baseball. "Never seen that before," Nova said, per Berry. "I ...




Selecting Every MLB Team’s 2016 Regular-Season MVP

The upcoming postseason may be the main focus of the baseball world right now, but as the regular season winds down, the debate over who should win each of the league's major awards generally starts to heat up. Kris Bryant looks like the front-runner to win NL MVP honors, while the AL race is still wide-open with Boston Red Sox teammates Mookie Betts and David Ortiz perhaps the co-favorites heading into the final week. The following won't focus on each league as a whole, though, but instead on who deserves team MVP honors for all 30 MLB franchises. Position players generally tend to get the nod over pitchers when it comes to the league award, with Clayton Kershaw being a rare exception in 2014, but more than a few pitchers walked away with team honors. The idea here was to find the player who has meant the most to the success of his respective team here in 2016. Sometimes ...




B/R MLB 300: Ranking the Top 25 Center Fielders of 2016

Having concluded its tour around the infield at third base, the B/R MLB 300 now heads to the outfield. First up are the top center fielders of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. There's no shortage of talent in center field, so we're sticking with our usual allotment of 25 players. Our scoring system acknowledges that center field is an important defensive position while also recognizing that center fielders are also well-rounded offensive players: Hitting: 25 points Power: 25 points Baserunning: 20 points Defense: 30 points Before we move on, here's a reminder that this year's B/R MLB 300 is different from past versions in a key way. Rather than use the events of 2016 to project for 2017, the focus is strictly on 2016. Think of these rankings as year-end report cards. For more on how the scoring and ranking work, read ahead.Begin Slideshow




Resurgent Ubaldo Jimenez Emerging as Secret Weapon in Orioles’ October Hunt

Unlikely heroes rise in the postseason. With the Baltimore Orioles fighting for their playoff lives, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez is getting an early start. Jimenez twirled 6.2 scoreless frames Thursday in the Orioles' 4-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing one hit with three walks and five strikeouts. The win moved the O's (87-72) into a tie with Toronto for the American League's top wild-card spot and 1.5 games ahead of the Detroit Tigers, the closest WC competition. The Orioles finish the season with three games in the Bronx against the dangerous New York Yankees. The Jays get three on the road against the division-winning and possibly complacent Boston Red Sox, while the Tigers take on the cellar-dwelling Atlanta Braves. Baltimore's work isn't finished, in other words. There's a scenario where the club sits at home for most of October. If the Orioles do flutter into the playoffs, however, Jimenez's resurgence will be an unexpected boon—and ...




Joey Votto Injury: Updates on Reds Star’s Face and Return

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was forced to come out of Thursday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals with a facial laceration.  Continue for updates. Votto Hit in Face by Throw Thursday, Sept. 29 According to the Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans, Votto appeared to get hit by a throw from Cardinals left fielder Tommy Pham that opened up a cut on his chin.  "He has a big cut and a gash and I think took seven stitches to close on his chin," Reds manager Bryan Price said after the game, per Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. Votto has been one of the best hitters in baseball this season, overcoming a slow start to be among the league leaders in a variety of offensive categories. His .433 on-base percentage leads the National League. His performance is especially impressive, given he was flirting with a .200 batting average in late May. When he is playing well, the four-time All-Star and one-time NL ...




Michael Brantley Injury: Updates on Indians OF’s Recovery from Shoulder Surgery

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley missed nearly the entire 2016 season due to a shoulder injury, and that ailment could cost him time in 2017 as well.  Continue for updates. Brantley May Not Be Ready for 2017 Thursday, Sept. 29 According to Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball, a source indicated that Brantley could miss significant time in 2017 after undergoing surgery on his shoulder that reportedly involved "re-anchor[ing] the muscle to the bone." Brantley missed the start of 2016 due to the injury, and after appearing in 11 games, he went back on the shelf and underwent season-ending biceps tenodesis surgery in August. Despite reports of a longer recovery, Indians president Chris Antonetti told Heyman the following: "Nothing new on Michael. He underwent biceps tenodesis surgery with an expected recovery time of four months." The 29-year-old star hit just .231 with no home runs and seven RBI in 11 games this year following the two best seasons of his career. Brantley was an ...




John Farrell Is 1st Red Sox Manager Since Joe Morgan to Win 2 Division Titles

Fact: The Red Sox clinched the AL East on Wednesday night, winning their second division title in four years under John Farrell. Farrell becomes the first manager since Joe Morgan (1988, 1990) to win two division titles with the Red Sox.  Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: B/R Insights Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com




MLB Playoff Picture 2016: Latest Postseason Bracket and World Series Odds

All six MLB divisions are settled.  That doesn't diminish the chaos in store for the season's final four days, though. Every division is wrapped up, but all four wild-card spots have yet to be determined. Don't be surprised if bonus baseball is needed to settle a tiebreaker on Monday. Excluding the Chicago Cubs, who have clinched home-field advantage throughout the National League stage, the other division champions can all alter their positions to secure more home cooking. As examined below, a grueling season has left some teams hobbling into October. They might not have anything left in the tank when it matters most.                   Playoff Brackets              World Series Odds            Injury Bug Spreading The Washington Nationals finally lived up to their promise this season. A year after the World Series favorites missed the playoffs, they stormed past the New York Mets to reclaim the ...




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