Alex Rodriguez and Matt Vasgersian will be the announcers for ESPN’s “Sunday Night Baseball” series, marking the first time since 2007 that the network is going with a two-person booth for its signature game. Jessica Mendoza had been part of the booth since 2015 but has been moved to more studio work as well as calling weeknight games. This is the third season Rodriguez and Vasgersian will be calling the Sunday night games with Buster Olney reporting from the dugout.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 10:45 pm
Newly signed Boston Red Sox catcher Jonathan Lucroy had the unfortunate experience of seeing the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing operation firsthand over the last three years. Major League Baseball handed down unprecedented punishments to the Astros in January after completing an investigation on Houston’s in-depth system created to illegally steal signs from opponents. 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: February 20, 2020, 7:12 pm
In fact, managers who view first base or outfield as the deepest positions need to get their heads around third base being the new king of the fantasy landscape. With too many power hitters to count and a variety of steals sources, managers can go in any direction. Ramirez emerged from an ugly first half to re-establish himself as a fantasy stud by hitting .327 with 16 homers and 48 RBI across just 44 games after the All-Star break.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 4:09 pm
This was the whole team, and coaches, for two full seasons. Using a center-field camera, a video monitor near the dugout, and a system of trash-can bangs from a teammate in the dugout, the Houston Asterisks knew what pitch was coming for two years. According to opponents, the Asterisks taped tiny buzzers to hitters’ chests, set off little blinking lights, and even whistled.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 1:55 pm
Miami Marlins first baseman Jesus Aguilar and Houston Astros infielder Aledmys Diaz were among three players to win their arbitration cases Wednesday. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin was also victorious, bringing the number of players to succeed in having their salary demands for 2020 met to four. The teams have won six arbitration cases thus far.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 4:12 am
The Boston Red Sox made an unexpected managerial switch this offseason in the wake of allegations of sign-stealing against Alex Cora during his time with Houston Astros and Red Sox. While moving on from Cora, who helped the team win a World Series in his first year, 2018, wasn’t ideal, the Red Sox had a viable, experienced managerial candidate available to take over for him. Roenicke is a long-time MLB veteran who worked with Mike Scioscia as part of the Los Angeles Angels and later would go onto manage the Milwaukee Brewers.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 9:54 pm
Rob Manfred is, by trade, a labor lawyer. Faced with a massive cheating scandal that involved the 2017 World Series champion Houston Astros, Manfred thought like a lawyer — reacting cautiously, limiting exposure, setting the terms of the investigation and then finally doling out sanctions that leaned heavily on precedent (both established and future) rather than punishment. On a seemingly hourly basis, Manfred’s decision to spare individual Astros from any punishment and his refusal to strip Houston of that World Series title is getting blasted by the players themselves.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 9:10 pm
If, as he hopes, and the Washington Nationals hope, Carter Kieboom earns a job this spring as the reigning World Series champions’ starting third baseman, he’ll do so with the help of years’ worth of ideas typed into the Notes app on his cellphone. Bogar, who works with Washington’s infielders in addition to being the new bench coach, said a lot of what Kieboom needs to get used to are the angles and timing that vary from short to third.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 7:24 pm