The Boston Red Sox have acquired left-hander Matt Hall from Detroit for minor league catcher Jhon Nuñez. The 26-year-old Hall made 16 relief appearances for the Tigers last season and five the year before, posting an 0-1 record with a 9.48 ERA in all. A sixth-round draft pick in 2015, he is 33-15 with a 2.97 ERA in 122 appearances in the minors.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 10:19 pm
Commissioner Rob Manfred’s one-season suspensions of Hinch and Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow signaled the harsh repercussions. It’s a serious problem for baseball, the merging of technology and an ancient game. It seems to me that cheating – and this was clearly cheating – had to be stepped on very firmly,” former Commissioner Fay Vincent said.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 5:49 pm
Boston Red Sox fans may have to reserve judgment for quite some time. Major League Baseball may take “a while” to determine punishment for the Red Sox as it continues to investigate the 2018 team, The Athletic’s Peter Gammons reported Friday morning. Gammons added the league hasn’t even interviewed former Red Sox manager Alex Cora, whom the club parted ways with Tuesday.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 12:57 pm
The New York Mets let go of manager Carlos Beltran on Thursday, without the team even losing a game under him. The move was able to free the team from another large financial obligation, according to the New York Post. Beltran stepped down as manager on Thursday, days after MLB investigators identified him as a key participant in the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal during the 2017 World Series run, according to a report.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 7:09 am
It’s 2007, and the Patriots have just been nailed for stealing opposing signals despite an explicit league directive banning the practice. With national reporters swarming Foxboro like the Zerg, owner Robert Kraft assesses the damage to his brand, the importance of integrity to his family, and makes a heart-rending decision — he must fire Bill Belichick. Belichick broke the rules and brought shame to the organization.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 5:21 am
The Boston Red Sox say the turmoil in the manager’s office isn’t a reason to give up on this season and trade outfielder Mookie Betts. “The goal remains to be competitive always,” Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom said this week after Alex Cora was ousted, leaving the Red Sox without a manager with less than a month before spring training. The 2018 AL MVP, Betts has been the subject of trade rumors this winter because he is in the last year of team control before he is eligible to become a free agent.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 9:52 pm
On scandal and subsequent punishment “It is disappointing,” Ross said. “You gotta applaud Major League Baseball for doing their due diligence and upholding the integrity of the game – super important for our fans, for our players, for our coaches. I’m glad they did their homework and made some of the decisions they made.”
Posted: January 16, 2020, 9:43 pm
Two: The Mets are tangentially caught up in the hoopla surrounding Major League Baseball’s investigation into the 2017 Astros as new manager Carlos Beltrán was a player on that Astros squad and the only player mentioned by name in the league’s report on its investigation. While Beltrán avoided punishment from the league, the Mets are under mounting pressure to oust their skipper like the Astros and Red Sox did. These two items met each other in the middle on Thursday as Mendoza appeared on ESPN Radio’s Golic and Wingo to discuss the sign-stealing controversy.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 4:03 pm
While most have been quiet since the Red Sox split with Cora on Tuesday, pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez and catcher Christian Vazquez used Instagram to share their thoughts. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App. Here’s Rodriguez, who referred to Cora as a “brother” and a “friend” in an Instagram post Wednesday: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Eduardo Rodriguez (@eduardorjose) on Jan 14, 2020 at 6:05pm PST And here’s Vazquez, who thanked Cora for aiding relief efforts in their native Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: Infielder Michael Chavis also became the first Red Sox pla…
Posted: January 16, 2020, 1:09 pm
Per Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. City Council will vote within the next week on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to award the Dodgers the 2017 and ’18 World Series which were won by the Astros and Red Sox over the Dodgers, respectively. Major League Baseball recently released a report based on its investigation into a technologically-aided sign-stealing scheme by the Astros in 2017. As a result, it suspended GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for one year, fined the team $5 million, and took away its first- and second-round draft picks for the next two seasons.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 3:20 am
For more than an hour on Wednesday afternoon, the Red Sox asked us to embrace two essentially incompatible ideas. On the one hand, they repeatedly requested that we withhold judgment over any cheating they may have committed in 2018 until Major League Baseball completes its investigation. On the other hand, we were only sitting there because they had already rendered a seemingly ironclad verdict on the matter by dismissing manager Alex Cora.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 2:04 am
Schilling took to Twitter to share his take on the 2017 Houston Astros and 2018 Boston Red Sox’ involvements in the scandal: LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App. The “system” Schilling is referring to is a live camera in center field that relayed the catchers’ signs to the replay room, where the Astros would bang on a trash can to alert the hitter a certain pitch was coming. While the ’18 Red Sox didn’t use the live camera method, they allegedly used similar tactics to steal signs.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 12:30 am
Alex Cora played for Terry Francona with the Red Sox from 2005-08 and the two have remained good friends as Francona’s managerial career took him to Cleveland and Cora assumed Francona’s old job in Boston in 2017. Francona told WEEI on Wednesday that it hurts seeing Cora let go by the Red Sox after the former utility infielder on Francona’s successful teams in Boston – including the 2007 world champions – was implicated in a sign-stealing scandal. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 12:18 am
The Texas Rangers acquired first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis from Boston on Wednesday in a trade that sent left-hander Jeffrey Springs to the Red Sox. The addition of Travis came on the same day the Rangers announced the signing of Todd Frazier, another right-handed hitter who can play first base. Texas plans to use Frazier primarily at third.
Posted: January 15, 2020, 10:53 pm
The Boston Red Sox announced their second trade of the offseason Tuesday, a few hours after a press conference where ownership discussed the departure of manager Alex Cora. The Red Sox have acquired left-handed pitcher Jeffrey Springs from the Texas Rangers in exchange for first baseman/outfielder Sam Travis. Boston also announced it has designated right-handed pitcher Bobby Poyner for assignment in order to make room for Springs on the 40-man roster.
Posted: January 15, 2020, 10:36 pm