On Sunday, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Ruben Niebla is the Padres top choice to fill their pitching coach vacancy. The report comes as a shock to many. The Padres general manager, A.J. Preller, has publicly stated that the new manager will have full say in who joins his coaching staff. Currently, there are no indications that the Padres are close to naming a new manager, so this is a clear deviation from Preller’s statement.
Switch-hitting catchers are special. Ones that can actually swing the bat and perform are rare. At the age of 21, Valenzuela is showing a plus bat and the ability to stick behind the plate. The Padres have plenty of young catchers gaining momentum in the minor leagues, and Valenzuela could be the most exciting. The 6-foot-0, 170 lb catcher put up a .299/.393/.429 batting line and a .821 OPS in 97 games last year in the minors. He started in Lake Elsinore and was promoted to Fort Wayne late in the year.
MLB.com is keeping track of all the latest news and rumors surrounding three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who can become a free agent this offseason. Scherzer labored in his National League Wild Card Game start against the Cardinals on Wednesday, walking three batters and throwing 94 pitches over 4 1/3 innings, but he limited St. Louis to one run and the Dodgers advanced on Chris Taylor's walk-off homer.
Remember April, when Major League Baseball (MLB) pulled this year’s All-Star game from Georgia to protest the state’s new restrictive voting law? At the time MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said, “I have decided that the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport is by relocating this year’s All-Star Game and MLB Draft. Major League Baseball fundamentally supports voting rights for all Americans and opposes restrictions to the ballot box.”But that was six months ago, an eternity in this country’s short attention span. Tonight’s opening game in the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros will...
The San Francisco Giants have made it a priority to bring back veteran catcher Buster Posey for a 13th season, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said Monday, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). The Giants plan to exercise Posey's $22 million club option for the 2022 season, provided the 34-year-old wants to continue playing. "He is, in our estimation, the best catcher in baseball this year," Zaidi said.
ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves are headed to the World Series after finishing off the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night with a 4-2 win to win the NLCS 4-2, as well. It's the first time in 22 years the Braves will appear in the Fall Classic. The last time...
Good morning, baseball fans! The postseason is still raging on, but for San Francisco Giants fans, the focus has already shifted to who will be on the team next year. With so many players heading into free agency, we're sure to see some changes over the coming months.
Ol’ Blake is gearing up for a big game this Thursday…. And he’s already hittin’ the sauce. The country music star and The Voice judge is a BIG Cardinals guy, perhaps the only Cardinals fan in country music (maybe Dierks Bentley too?), but Kyler Murray and the undefeated Cards are taking on Aaron Rodgers and the 6-1 Green Bay Packers this week.
Standing in the epicenter of a World Series storm with a broken leg, Charlie Morton was forced to make a choice. Give in to the considerable pain and leave of his own accord. Or dig deep and summon an otherworldly toughness. The 37-year-old, fighting the 17th battle of his postseason career, channeled all the grit and guile required from a true starting pitcher and stayed on the mound, retiring three more Houston Astros hitters before departing for the hospital and from this postseason.
Shortstop Javier Baez is set to hit free agency for the first time in his career, and there’s still a strong connection between him and the Cubs organization, as Audacy Sports insider Jon Heyman explained on the Mully & Haugh Show.
Heroic might not begin to describe some of the accomplishments coming from the Atlanta Braves bullpen during this postseason. Catcher Travis d’Arnaud shared his thoughts on just how great Atlanta’s bullpen has been.
Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Morton suffered a heartbreaking injury in Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night. Morton got handed the ball in hopes of getting the Braves off to a good start on their quest for a championship and he was dealing. He was in the middle of the third inning with three strikeouts, two walks and only one hit allowed when he was dealt an unlucky blow.
SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants’ season is riding on Logan Webb’s right arm, but the 24-year-old pitcher couldn’t be in better hands. In fact, Buster Posey might be the greatest pitcher whisperer in playoff history. The 34-year-old catcher, as usual, will be behind the plate for Thursday night’s winner-take-all Game...
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Nebraska baseball team’s annual Red-White Series came to an end Wednesday afternoon, with the Red team scoring early to take a 7-1 win in six innings at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park. Red won the series, 2-1. Emmett Olson went 4.0 innings in his start for the Red squad, allowing one run on two hits while striking out seven. Quinn Mason relieved him with a hitless fifth-inning stint with two Ks, and Drew Christo and Chandler Benson combined for a final hitless inning.
It is hard to entwine two teams more tightly than these Giants and these Dodgers, and no, this isn’t about the they’ve-been-archrivals-for-every-day-of-the-last-140-years arglebargle we’ve been subjected to this last month. They are genuinely the same people doing the same things, cloned for your enjoyment until the next bunch of emails the NFL says it didn’t leak get leaked.
The San Francisco Giants could not have had a tougher conclusion to a remarkable year. Not only did their 107-win season get rewarded with an NLDS matchup against a 106-win Los Angeles Dodgers club - the playoff format needs serious reformatting - but first-base umpire Gabe Morales' call on a Wilmer Flores check-swing will live in infamy for years in the Bay Area.
When a team is described as “a year ahead of schedule,” a string of postseason appearances often follows. The Giants’ 2021 season was so entirely unexpected, though, it’s difficult to categorize them. With a franchise-record 107 wins and the NL West title, were they maybe even two years ahead of...