Players who have won a World Series — and those who have come up short — seethed Monday at Commissioner Rob Manfred’s reference to the sport’s championship trophy as merely a ”piece of metal,” saying that comment reflected a disconnect between baseball’s boss and those who produce the product on the field. It made him sound really out of touch,” said reliever Sean Doolittle, a member of the 2019 title-winning Washington Nationals. Added Doolittle: ”I just can’t believe how out of touch that is.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 11:00 pm
Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno acknowledges he scrapped the proposed trade that would have landed Joc Pederson and Ross Stripling from the Dodgers. Moreno also says the Angels can make an even bigger trade for an elite starting pitcher if they get a chance this season. Moreno covered many topics in his annual informal conversation with reporters on the training fields outside Tempe Diablo Stadium.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 9:49 pm
Red Sox owner John Henry says he knows why Boston fans are angry the team traded Mookie Betts. When I say I understand how many of you feel about this trade with the Dodgers, I know many of you – particularly our youngest fans – are disbelieving or angry or sad about it. I know it’s difficult and disappointing,” Henry said Monday, reading from a statement on the first day of full-team workouts.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 8:58 pm
Every day brings a new player showing up to camp, facing the media and offering their two cents about the Astros, the sign-stealing scandal and Major League Baseball’s handling of it. Today Justin Turner of the Dodgers gave more than his two cents. He gave a few bucks worth.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 7:10 pm
Braves manager Brian Snitker and his coaching staff were given one-year contract extensions through the 2021 season on Monday. Atlanta general manager Alex Anthopoulos was extended for three years through the 2024 season and given the additional title of president of baseball operations. The Braves have won back-to-back NL East titles under Anthopoulos and Snitker.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 4:35 pm
Principal owner John Henry has deep pockets, after all — Forbes recently listed his Fenway Sports Group empire as the third-wealthiest sports group in the world at $6.6 billion — so why couldn’t the club shell out a little more money to sign Betts to an extension before he hit free agency in 2021? 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. In a recent interview with The Boston Globe’s Michael Silverman, Henry defended the team’s decision to trade Betts and insisted critics are too focused on his September 2019 comments admitting the Red Sox need to be under the CBT in 2020.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 4:06 pm
Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado reported to spring training on Sunday, ready to address a difficult offseason that left the All-Star feeling “disrespected” as trade rumors ran rampant. Among the remarks he had for reporters at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Ariz., was a message for Rockies fans.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 1:38 am
Yu Darvish got hit hard by the Houston Astros during the 2017 World Series — both his ERA and reputation took quite a beating. On Sunday, after a bullpen session for the Chicago Cubs, he sought to settle the score a bit. He said the Astros, their sign-stealing scheme exposed, should be stripped of their title.
Posted: February 17, 2020, 12:59 am
Former Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Yu Darvish said Sunday that the Houston Astros should not have the right to call themselves 2017 World Series champions. Darvish, who was rocked by the Astros in Games 3 and 7 of that World Series, spoke with reporters Sunday at the Chicago Cubs’ spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz. “It’s like the Olympics,” Darvish said, per ESPN.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 9:01 pm
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker has gone from hoping aloud that fallout from his new team’s sign-stealing scandal would go away quickly to accepting that the back-and-forth is lingering. You realize it’s going to take a while to move on. You don’t just move on, just ’cause you say, ‘Move on.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 8:05 pm
Houston shortstop Carlos Correa took his turn escalating the situation to something a professional wrestling fan might appreciate, going after Los Angeles Dodgers star Cody Bellinger on Saturday for the reigning NL MVP’s recriminations. In an interview with MLB Network, Correa responded to Bellinger’s barbs from a day earlier by saying: ”The problem I have is when players go out there and they don’t know the facts, they’re not informed on the situation and they just go out there in front of cameras and just talk. And with me, that doesn’t sit right.
Posted: February 16, 2020, 3:47 pm