2:51 AM EDT, Fri October 31, 2014
MASN Sports 21 hours ago
Time to stock the shelves in the free agent market - School of Roch

Time to stock the shelves in the free agent market - School of Roch

The World Series has finally come to an end, with Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner flushing the Royals in Game 7 while carrying an entire team on his back. Don't try it at home. My rooting interest was having seven close...
Bless You Boys 13 hours ago
Who do you want to see play center field in 2015?

Who do you want to see play center field in 2015?

Other than Mike Trout. Ever since Austin Jackson was sent to the Mariners as part of the trade that brought David Price to Detroit, there have been some questions surrounding center field. Rajai Davis did an admirable job filling in to finish the season, but many feel that Davis is not a long-term answer. Both his hitting and defense were acceptable, but only as an emergency stopgap, not an everyday player. Davis has a career slash line of .270/.317/.381, but is at his best when facing left-handed pitching where his line improves to .304/.358/.446. Despite Davis’ blistering speed, he is...

Next wave of Sox rebuild set to begin

CHICAGO – The end of the World Series sets the reset button for everybody, including the Chicago White Sox , who appear to be ready to do a little shopping this winter. Free agents aren’t eligible to sign with new teams until Tuesday, and most won’t pick a club for another three to eight weeks, if not longer, but the White Sox’s front office has been putting together a roster plan even before the regular season ended. Where the White Sox actually spend their money remains to be seen.

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Minneapolis Star-Tribune 7 hours ago

TFD: With Maddon destined for the Cubs, let's get serious about Molitor vs. Lovullo

Joe Maddon was a nice diversion. Our own La Velle E. Neal reported that the Twins at least had preliminary discussions with Maddon’s representatives. We’re assuming that went nowhere. We wish it had gone somewhere. We’re guessing the Twins could have and should have tried harder. But it’s moot now, since most of the free world is reporting that Maddon to the Cubs will be a reality very soon. The attention now returns to the Twins candidates we’ve known about for quite some time. While some of the discussion now could be recycled conjecture, the popular sentiment is that Doug...
Ian Kinsler loses out to Dustin Pedroia on Fielding Bible Award at second base

Ian Kinsler loses out to Dustin Pedroia on Fielding Bible Award at second base

DETROIT — Ian Kinsler may have had a Gold Glove-caliber season in the estimation of his teammates and manager, but he did not have the best defensive season among second basemen, according to the Fielding Bible Awards. Boston’s Dustin Pedroia took home the Fielding Bible Award for second base, announced Thursday. The Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a 12-member panel, and selects the best player at each position in baseball, rather than by league. This year, it selected the best multi-position player, the American League Championship Series MVP Lorenzo Cain of Kansas City, who played...
Topeka Capital-Journal 9 hours ago

Royals look toward next season after dream run

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The emotions were still raw, the sting of defeat still fresh from Game 7 of the World Series when Billy Butler stood in front of his locker and spoke in a voice full of conviction. They would be back, this scrappy bunch of kids. Their return to the playoffs after 29 years was just the beginning, their 3-2 loss on Wednesday night hardly the end. The same team that swept through the playoffs before falling to the San Francisco Giants has brighter days ahead. read more
Minneapolis Star-Tribune 10 hours ago

Twins among teams with longest odds to win 2015 World Series

This might come as a shock, but a team that has lost 90 games in each of the past four seasons, doesn’t have a manager, doesn’t figure to spend much money and had their best prospects waylaid for much of the season and thus delayed their major league arrival … well, that team is not expected to do very well in 2015. As a matter of fact, the Twins are at 100 to 1 odds to win the World Series — tied with the Rockies, Astros and D-Backs for the longest odds in the majors. No team is better than 15 to 2 right now, though, so if you have a strong conviction, money can be made.

White Sox coaching staff looks set for 2015

CHICAGO -- While Chicago White Sox roster decisions are still to come, the coaching staff appears set for 2015. General manager Rick Hahn confirmed that, saying the club "expects" all the coaches to return. Next season will be Robin Ventura’s fourth as manager. The club went through the 2014 season with Mark Parent as bench coach, Todd Steverson as hitting coach, Don Cooper as pitching coach, Joe McEwing as third-base coach, Daryl Boston as first-base coach, Harold Baines as assistant hitting coach and Bobby Thigpen as bullpen coach.
St. Paul Pioneer Press 12 hours ago
Twins greats Kaat, Oliva among Golden Era Hall of Fame finalists

Twins greats Kaat, Oliva among Golden Era Hall of Fame finalists

Twins greats Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat are among the 10 former players on this year's Golden Era ballot, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

Playoff surge puts swagger back in Kansas City Royals, wins over fans

One of Bud Selig’s biggest accomplishments as commissioner of baseball was restoring what he likes to call “hope and faith” to franchises throughout the major leagues via the game’s new-found competitive balance.

Twinsights: Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat among 10 Golden Era Cooperstown finalists

Twins greats Tony Oliva and Jim Kaat head the list of 10 names on this year's Golden Era ballot, the National Baseball Hall of Fame announced Thursday. Oliva, a three-time American League batting champion now serving as a special assistant in the Twins' front office, spent his entire 15-year career in a Twins uniform. The stylish right fielder posted a lifetime .304 batting average, made eight straight AL all-star teams and had a league- and park-adjusted on-base/slugging percentage that was 31 percent higher than league average. Kaat, a left-hander who won 283 games in his 25-year career,...

3-pointers: Breaking down Bulls' win

Obviously, the Bulls aren't always going to shoot 50.7 percent and place six in double figures against opponents less dysfunctional than the Knicks.
K.c. Johnson / Chicago Tribune 14 hours ago

3-pointers: Breaking down Bulls' win

Obviously, the Bulls aren't always going to shoot 50.7 percent and place six in double figures against opponents less dysfunctional than the Knicks.
Grand Rapids Press 14 hours ago
Detroit Tigers share third-best odds to win World Series in 2015; Dodgers, Nationals open as favorites

Detroit Tigers share third-best odds to win World Series in 2015; Dodgers, Nationals open as favorites

The Tigers and Angels were both swept in the AL Division Series this past season and now theyre both listed as favorites to represent the AL in next years World Series. DETROIT -- What do the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels have in common? They were both swept in the American League Division Series this past season and now they're both listed as favorites to represent the AL in next year's World Series. The Tigers and Angels were handed the third-best odds to win the World Series in 2015, at 10-to-1 each, behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington...
Grand Rapids Press 17 hours ago
Column: Why the Tigers should honor Mark (The Bird) Fidrych and Norman (Turkey) Stearnes with statues at Comerica Park

Column: Why the Tigers should honor Mark (The Bird) Fidrych and Norman (Turkey) Stearnes with statues at Comerica Park

Plenty of room remains around those gleaming, larger-than-life action figures of Al Kaline, Ty Cobb, Willie Horton, Hank Greenberg, Hal Newhouser and Charlie Gehringer. And so we bid adieu to baseball season with San Francisco's 3-2 victory over Kansas City Wednesday night in Game 7 of the World Series, an excellent ending to a satisfying final round and a good month of playoffs. The black and orange team wins in Halloween week. Pitcher Madison Bumgarner, instant legend. Two years ago, the Giants swept the Tigers. This year, the Tigers didn't get close to them....

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