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 Posted: Sat Oct 8th, 2016 04:24 am
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Corey Seager's postseason got off to an explosive start Friday.

The Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop carried the momentum from his incredible 2016 regular season into the playoffs, when he launched the first pitch he saw from Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer 429 feet into the stands in right-center field.

We love you, Corey. pic.twitter.com/gjV3W8wrMN

— Chavez Ravine Fiends (@RavineFiends) October 7, 2016
The 22-year-old became the youngest player in Dodgers history to homer in the postseason, surpassing former record-holder Pete Reiser.

Seager is a favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year award, after slashing .308/.365/.512 with 26 home runs, 40 doubles, and 72 RBIs.

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Justin Verlander came under fire Sunday after including an #alllivesmatter hashtag in a tweet in which the Tigers pitcher questioned fellow athletes who protest by not standing during the national anthem.

Just sang the Canadian national anthem on TBS and we here in America can't stand together for our anthem. #alllivesmatter #TogetherStronger

— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) October 10, 2016
The tweet came moments after Toronto's dramatic 7-6 walk-off win over the Rangers on TBS, when Casey Stern, Gary Sheffield, Jimmy Rollins, and Pedro Martinez were shown on camera singing O Canada.

"There are people DYING protecting our freedom as well. My point: let's all stand TOGETHER to create change. #standtogether," Verlander tweeted to a user.

Verlander's reference to All Lives Matter was not taken well by Twitter. Here's a sampling:

After you read the Verlander tweet pic.twitter.com/eMOnGwfVGf

— Jake Nazar (@ATVS_JakeNazar) October 10, 2016
@JustinVerlander pic.twitter.com/EM9R1mqsiP

— yrocAfella (@yrocAfella) October 10, 2016
@JustinVerlander pic.twitter.com/swz3mLYlOE

— Lester Anderson (@WordsfromLes) October 10, 2016
@JustinVerlander pic.twitter.com/9OJmrTg3ow

— George Gines (@GEORGEGiNES312) October 10, 2016

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FFS Pedro Martinez, what are you doing?pic.twitter.com/EmivW7qD5b
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) October 11, 2016
Pedro Martinez has apologized for making an offensive gesture at the expense of Native Americans on Monday.
After the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Monday, the former big-league pitcher and current Hall of Famer - currently joining TBS as an analyst for the MLB postseason - made an ill-advised joke on air that saw him earn heavy criticism on social media.
"I used to hunt Indians, but now I'm going to pay tribute to the Indians," Martinez said before wailing in an offensive and stereotypical war cry.
To make matters worse, Monday is Columbus Day in the United States, a statutory holiday honoring Christopher Columbus' arrival to the Americas that's been met with opposition from Native Americans across the United States.
Martinez later took to his Twitter account to apologize for the offensive joke.
"I send my apologies if I was misunderstood when I was trying to pay tribute to the Cleveland Indians on the TBS post season show," he tweeted.










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The Atlanta Braves named Brian Snitker as the team's manager on Tuesday, and also announced the rest of the coaching staff for the 2017 season.

Snitker, who was named the Braves' interim manager on May 17, led the Braves to a 59-65 record after taking over for Fredi Gonzalez.

"Brian earned this opportunity through his dedication to the Braves and to our players," general manager John Coppolella said in a statement. "We are excited for the energy and momentum he will bring into SunTrust Park next season."

The decision to hire Snitker as the club's permanent manager wasn't just based on the team's late-season success - which included a 37-35 mark after the All-Star break and a 20-10 record in its last 30 games - but also because the front office was impressed with how he immediately changed the culture of the team, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports.

Before being named as the team's interim manager, the 60-year-old filled many roles within the organization, including stops as third-base coach for the Braves from 2006-13.

Atlanta also named the rest of the coaching staff for 2017, exercising contract options on bench coach Terry Pendleton, first base coach Eddie Perez, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, and assistant hitting coach Jose Castro.

Bullpen coach Marty Reed will return in the same role next season, while Chuck Hernandez has been named pitching coach, and Ron Washington has been named third base coach.

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The San Francisco Giants' even-year World Series streak has ended at three.

With their ninth-inning meltdown in Game 4 of the NLDS on Tuesday, the Giants were bounced from the postseason after the bullpen allowed four runs in the ninth inning in the 6-5 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

The Giants won the World Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014, and hadn't lost a playoff series since 2003. The loss also snapped a streak of 10 consecutive wins in elimination games.

"It's a weird feeling, it is," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of losing a playoff series. "It just ends so abruptly and especially the way it ended. That's kind of tough on all these guys. They played so well today."

He added: "It's a strange feeling, it kind of gives you an empty stomach to go out like this."

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David Ross still has it.

With the Chicago Cubs down 1-0 in Game 4 of the NLDS against the San Francisco Giants, the oldest player on the Cubs' roster made history.

Ross found a Matt Moore pitch he could handle, and drilled a game-tying, solo home run to left field to tie the game 1-1.

The home run was Ross' first postseason dinger since he was a member of the Atlanta Braves in 2012.

With the homer, Ross not only became the oldest player in Cubs history to belt a postseason home run, but he also became the oldest catcher ever to go deep in the playoffs, according to MLB.com's Andrew Simon.

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SAN FRANCISCO - Kris Bryant tossed his glove high in the air, Jake Arrieta jumped over the dugout railing and the rest of the Chicago Cubs rushed to join the celebration.

Pure revelry and a sigh of relief, all at once.

World Series favorites since opening day, the Cubs took another step in their championship chase Tuesday night by rallying for four runs in the ninth inning of Game 4 to beat San Francisco 6-5 and win their NL Division Series.

''You could see it coming. You could see little signs. We've done it before and the guys, we don't quit,'' Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler said. ''It's a little more special doing it here. They for sure were thinking that they won it. But we play 27 outs and we don't give up until we win.''

Javier Baez's tiebreaking single capped the comeback against a beleaguered bullpen that sabotaged the Giants one last time.

The team with the best record in the majors this year will open the NL Championship Series at Wrigley Field on Saturday against the Los Angeles Dodgers or Washington Nationals. That matchup is tied 2-all heading into the deciding Game 5 on Thursday.

''I've seen it so many times from this group. It's a big part of our philosophy,'' manager Joe Maddon said.

Seeking their first World Series title since 1908, the Cubs will get a few days of rest before opening the NLCS. Chicago was swept by the New York Mets in a four-game NLCS last year.

Held to two hits over eight innings by Matt Moore, the Cubs trailed 5-2 heading to the ninth.

Now, they're headed back to their second consecutive NLCS after snapping San Francisco's 10-game winning streak when facing postseason elimination.

Pinch-hitter Willson Contreras tied it with a two-run single with none out. Baez singled in the go-ahead run two batters later, and the Cubs capitalized on Gold Glove shortstop Brandon Crawford's second costly error and more untimely blunders by the Giants' once-reliable relief staff.

One day after getting tagged in the eighth inning, Aroldis Chapman closed this one out by striking out the side in order. When he set down Brandon Belt to end it, Chapman's teammates rushed to the mound to hug him and begin their celebration.

After finishing off the resilient Giants, Maddon should have his rotation all lined up because lefty Jon Lester wasn't needed to pitch a potential Game 5 in the Division Series.

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Cubs didn't win last nite game. Giants lost it. Fucking bullpen blew 30 saves and most were exactly like last nite.



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The San Diego Padres announced Wednesday they've parted ways with Mike Dee, who was acting as franchise president and CEO, after a season of trials and tribulations in their front office - including angry rants from executive chairman Ron Fowler and the suspension of general manager A.J. Preller.

"My goal and our organization’s objective is to have stability and long-term tenure in our front office, but sometimes these changes are inevitable," Padres managing partner Peter Seidler said in a statement provided to the San Diego Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin. "Mike is no longer with the Padres, but I know our organization is strong and on the right path."

The Padres did not give a reason for the split, and Dee wouldn't comment on the matter to the Union-Tribune.

"Mike’s departure creates a position we will need to fill, and the search will begin immediately," Fowler said in the statement. "In the meantime, we will work closely with our talented and trusted senior executives to lead the organization forward.

"We will continue to work hard to build a winning ballclub and to provide our fans an exceptional experience at Petco Park. I remain optimistic about the future as we develop a core group of homegrown players who play an energetic, aggressive style of baseball."

Dee left his position as CEO of the Miami Dolphins to join the Padres in 2013, after previously serving with the organization as a business executive from 1995-2002. He was responsible for the hiring of Preller, but his departure is not related to the GM's suspension, according to Lin's sources.

Lin also scribes that, despite Dee's departure, Preller is expected to keep his job.

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San Diego Padres pitcher Tyson Ross will undergo surgery Thursday to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome, manager Andy Green told The San Diego Union-Tribune's Dennis Lin.

The procedure is expected to sideline Ross for four-to-six months, which means he could be ready for Spring training, but could also miss early regular season action.

Thoracic outlet syndrome occurs when blood vessels or nerves between the collarbone and the first rib are compressed, which can cause shoulder and neck pain, as well as numbness.

Dr. Robert Thompson, the surgeon set to perform the operation on Ross, has performed the same procedure on Matt Harvey, Chris Young, and Clayton Richard.

Ross, an All-Star in 2014, started opening day for the Padres in 2016 before shoulder inflammation derailed his season. He pitched one High Single-A rehab game in August, but could never overcome the shoulder discomfort that limited him to that lone opening day start for San Diego.

The 29-year-old, set for free agency in 2017, has appeared in 153 games - starting 102 of them - over the last seven seasons, posting a 32-53 record to go along with a 3.64 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP.

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Edwin Encarnacion's career-year appears to have convinced the Toronto Blue Jays front office that he belongs in their plans moving forward.

The Blue Jays reportedly intend to make a long-term offer to Encarnacion, according to Jon Heyman of Today's Knuckleball, who notes they plan to extend both Encarnacion and Jose Bautista a qualifying offer.

Encarnacion is coming off a monster season in which he hit .263/.357/.529 with 42 home runs, 34 doubles, and 127 RBIs in 160 games. The 33-year-old has established himself as one of the most consistent and feared bats in the majors over the last five seasons, averaging 39 home runs and 110 RBIs.

After spending the last eight seasons in Toronto, Encarnacion has expressed a strong desire to remain in the organization, but he did tell the club that he would not hold any contract negotiations during the season.

According to Heyman, the Blue Jays offered Encarnacion a two-year deal in the spring that included two option years and adds that while Toronto's offer will be competitive, it's not expected to blow him away and it isn't a guarantee that they won't be outbid.

Along with Bautista, Encarnacion is one of the top bats set to hit the market in a rather weak free-agent class that could also include Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Reddick.

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Longtime play-by-play announcer Jerry Howarth won't refer to the Toronto Blue Jays' opponent as the "Indians" when the two clubs open their AL Championship Series in Cleveland on Friday.

Howarth said he hasn't used the word nor similar ones since the 1992 World Series after receiving a letter from a member of a First Nation who politely told the veteran broadcaster he found terms such as "Braves" deeply offensive.

"He just wrote it in such a loving, kind way," Howarth told Jeff Blair on Sportsnet 590 The Fan, according to Peter Edwards of the Toronto Star. "He touched my heart."

Cleveland's team name has come under renewed scrutiny in recent years, particularly last season when a popular-selling T-shirt depicting a yellow-colored Chief Wahoo brought about intense criticism of the organization's use of the logo.

Since receiving the letter more than two decades ago, Howarth said he's also refrained from using phrases such as "a powwow on the mound."

"For the rest of my career I will not say 'Indian' or 'Brave' and if I was in the NFL I would not say 'Redskins,'" Howarth told Blair on Tuesday.

The Indians have been scaling back the use of the Chief Wahoo logo in recent years, and in 2013, the club removed the logo from its home batting helmet altogether. However, it's still found on the sleeve of the team's jerseys, and Indians owner Paul Dolan said last year it will remain there as a "part of our history and legacy."

On Monday, Hall of Fame pitcher and TBS analyst Pedro Martinez came under fire for making a stereotypical joke about Native Americans during the ALDS postgame show. He apologized shortly after the video was shared on social media.

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It's hard not to think of the curse if you're a Chicago Cubs fan.

More than anything, it's difficult to deny that the Curse of the Billy Goat isn't a real thing. Chicago hasn't been to the World Series since 1945 and hasn't won it all since 1908.

So when the San Francisco Giants mounted a serious comeback in the NLDS, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer began to sweat.

"If you are being honest, it creeps into your mind," Hoyer told the New York Post's Joel Sherman.

The Cubs jumped out to a 2-0 series lead over the Giants, but after a San Francisco walk-off in Game 3 and a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning of Game 4, doubt began to sink in.

"You know it is lurking - Cueto, Bumgarner, and no margin for error," Cubs president Theo Epstein said. "We needed a lightning strike to turn it around."

Lightning did strike, as the Cubs summoned a four-run rally in the ninth to claim the NLDS, 6-5.

If a Game 5 had happened, the Cubs were likely going to see Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, or both.

While Chicago's offense is a good bet to compete against them, it's never a sure thing against two of baseball's best pitchers.

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The Atlanta Braves hired Brian Snitker as the team's manager on Tuesday after a three-way race that also included Bud Black and Ron Washington came down to a close finish. So close, in fact, that Washington actually thought the job was his.

"I thought my interview was good to the point I got that I had the (manager’s) job, no doubt in my mind," Washington told John Hickey of The Mercury News. "But you never know what the other side is thinking and how it will go. They offered me a different job in the organization.

"They really liked the job Brian Snitker did as their interim guy, which is good. But I felt taking this job was good for me and my family."

Washington, who was manager of the Texas Rangers from 2007-14 and led them to two American League pennants, ended up being hired as Atlanta's third-base coach after spending the past two seasons in the same role with the Oakland Athletics.

He joined a Braves staff also featuring bench coach Terry Pendleton, first base coach Eddie Perez, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, assistant hitting coach Jose Castro, bullpen coach Marty Reed, and pitching coach Chuck Hernandez.

The Braves finished 68-93 during the 2016 campaign, but were 37-35 after the All-Star break.

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It's been two days since the San Francisco Giants' bullpen melted down en route to a series and season-ending loss to the Chicago Cubs in front of their hometown crowd at AT&T Park.

San Francisco's 'pen coughed up Tuesday's game, allowing four runs (three earned) in an eventual 6-5 defeat after starter Matt Moore was nearly unhittable.

Though the disastrous inning finished the Giants' season, manager Bruce Bochy has no remorse about using any of the relievers he deployed in the late-game collapse.

"We didn't have any regrets with the guys we threw out there ... I was just proud of how hard we fought," the skipper told reporters during a press conference Thursday.

The Cubs managed to secure a base runner off all five relievers Bochy sent to the hill during the Giants' meltdown.

The poor performance followed a so-so regular season for the bullpen, which finished ninth in the NL in ERA, recording just 43 saves in 72 opportunities. However, general manager Bobby Evans seems content with what the organization has.

"We feel we have a good core there for years to come," he said. "An overhaul would be a tremendous overstatement."

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