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 Posted: Sun Oct 23rd, 2016 08:36 am
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After seven decades of waiting and heartbreak, the curse of the billy goat is dead.

The Chicago Cubs are champions of the National League for the first time since 1945 and the 17th time in their history, after a 5-0 thrashing of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS at Wrigley Field Saturday night.

NLCS ✔️ pic.twitter.com/2thTGltZRC

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) October 23, 2016
Kyle Hendricks tossed 7 1/3 shutout innings, facing only the minimum and allowing one hit, before Aroldis Chapman entered for the final 1 2/3 to nail down the pennant. Although he walked a batter in the ninth, pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig grounded into the series-ending double play, which began a party decades in the making.

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw struggled, allowing two runs in the first inning - one of them unearned, courtesy of an Andrew Toles error - and allowed all five runs over five innings. Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered for Chicago.

Once the celebration is complete, the Cubs will travel to Cleveland where they'll face the Indians in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night.

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With the Cleveland Indians back in the World Series, the contentious Chief Wahoo logo has returned to the national spotlight, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred indicated Tuesday he and team owner Larry Dolan will meet after the Fall Classic to discuss what to do about the problematic caricature.

"Well, I understand that particular logo is offensive to some people, and I understand why," Manfred said during an appearance on ESPN's Mike and Mike Show. "On the other side of the coin, you have a lot of fans that have history and are invested in the symbols of the Indians. I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. (Larry) Dolan and I have agreed we'll have a conversation about what should happen with that particular logo going forward."

Criticism of the logo has permeated social media throughout Cleveland's postseason run, and protesters gathered outside Progressive Field on Tuesday to decry the Indians' continued use of the Chief Wahoo logo.

Related: Blue Jays' Shapiro 'personally' bothered by Indians' Chief Wahoo logo

During the club's American League Championship Series showdown with the Blue Jays, an Ontario activist pleaded in court to bar the Indians from using their logo and nickname in Toronto, his lawyer arguing that they evoke "the racism that lies beneath the surface in the relationship between the dominant society and the indigenous peoples." The injunction was denied and the league defended Cleveland's right to use the name, but noted in its statement that "thoughtful and inclusive dialogue to address these concerns outside the context of litigation" is welcome.

In April, the Indians publicly announced plans to move away from Chief Wahoo, opting for the block 'C' as their primary mark, but the club has worn hats emblazoned with the Chief Wahoo logo for all nine of its postseason games in 2016.

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New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is reportedly hoping to parlay a career year into a long-term contract.

The two-time All-Star will opt out of his current contract in hopes of landing a five-year deal in free agency, Mets officials told Adam Rubin of ESPN.

While the Mets would love to have Cespedes back in Queens, Rubin notes the team is pessimistic about their chances of re-signing him, but will extend a one-year, $17.2-million qualifying offer as insurance should he leave.

Cespedes inked a three-year, $75-million deal with the Mets in January that included an opt-out after this season. He'd forfeit roughly $47.5 million by entering free agency, but would hope to land a much more lucrative deal.

Since joining the Mets at the non-waiver trade deadline last August, Cespedes has slashed .282/.348/.554 with 48 home runs and 130 RBIs in 189 games. He would join a rather weak market as the top outfield option, along with 36-year-old Jose Bautista.

The Mets have outfielders Michael Conforto and Curtis Granderson returning next season, and Rubin reports the team plans to exercise Jay Bruce's $13-million option.

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Following the trend of naming every team in the Atlanta organization the Braves clearly wasn't important to the newly appointed Class-A affiliate Florida Fire Frogs.
Meet @MiLB’s newest team – The Florida Fire Frogs.https://t.co/WH3pkGjP2v pic.twitter.com/P1n5utC51W
— Cut4 (@Cut4) October 28, 2016
Previously known as the Brevard County Manatees, the organization is in the process of relocating to Kissimmee, Fla., and fielded input from fans on what their new team name should be, according to Benjamin Hill of MiLB.com.
Instead of simply going with the Florida Braves, the team settled on the Fire Frogs.
Other candidates included the Dragonflies, Mud Kickers, Rodeo Clowns, Sorcerers, and Toucans.










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Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton, who failed to blow a save all season, and Los Angeles Dodgers fire-baller Kenley Jansen have been named the 2016 Relievers of the Year in their respective leagues, Major League Baseball announced Saturday.

Britton received the Mariano Rivera Award for his dominance in the American League, while Jansen took home the Trevor Hoffman Award for his brilliance in the NL. The awards were presented by Rivera, Hoffman, and commissioner Rob Manfred prior to Game 4 of the World Series in Chicago.

The 28-year-old takes home the award after a dominant and historic season closing games in Baltimore. Britton finished his season with a 0.54 ERA, the lowest single-season mark by a reliever ever, while going a perfect 47-for-47 in save opportunities. Despite being a one-inning reliever, he's considered to be a top candidate for the AL Cy Young Award.

"I think it's a credit to the teammates around me," Britton said, according to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun. "Obviously, you're only as good as the guys behind you on the field. (With) me relying on ground balls, obviously we have a great defense back there, so a lot of the credit goes to the teammates (for) putting me in situations to be successful too."

Jansen had a stellar season of his own in Los Angeles, helping the Dodgers to a fourth consecutive division title by posting career bests in saves (47), ERA (1.83), and WHIP (0.670). The free-agent-to-be also struck out over 100 batters for the third time in his career.

The Rivera and Hoffman Awards were established in 2014, taking over from the Delivery Man of the Year that existed from 2005-13. Winners are determined by a panel of nine iconic relief pitchers: Rivera, Hoffman, Lee Smith, John Franco, Billy Wagner, and Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Bruce Sutter, and Rich "Goose" Gossage.

MLB awarded the Rolaids Relief Man Award to the top reliever in each league from 1976-2012.

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A look back into an amazing young Alex Rodriguez commercial. #WorldSeries https://t.co/st2Mi2m2gq
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 29, 2016
Alex Rodriguez has been in the news for his fair share of ridiculous moments throughout his career, such as the photo shoot where he kissed himself in the mirror, but one particularly embarrassing commercial starring the three-time MVP resurfaced on Friday.
During the FOX broadcast of the World Series, a commercial for Eagle Hardware & Garden, starring a young, wide-eyed Rodriguez during his time with the Seattle Mariners, made an appearance to the delight of his fellow analysts.
Even A-Rod had bills to pay when he was 18.










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Heading into free agency coming off a down season doesn't appear enough for Jose Bautista to not bet on himself on the open market.

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins confirmed last week that the team plans to issue a one-year qualifying offer to Bautista in the upcoming weeks, though the slugger is expected to decline it in hopes he'll land a multi-year deal, a major league source told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

The 36-year-old headlines a rather weak free-agent class that also includes teammate Edwin Encarnacion, Mark Trumbo, Mike Napoli, Carlos Beltran, Ian Desmond, and possibly Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to opt out of his contract with the New York Mets.

There was some thought that Bautista would take the one-year, $17.2-million qualifying offer in order to rebuild some of his value after suffering through an injury-plagued 2016 season. Separate knee and toe issues limited him to 116 games in which he hit .234/.366/.452 with 22 home runs and 24 doubles. It was the worst batting average he's posted in nine years in Toronto.

Even if Bautista rejects the qualifying offer, the Blue Jays could still sign him to a contract. Should he turn the qualifying offer down and sign elsewhere, the Jays would receive a compensatory draft pick.

Following the Blue Jays elimination from the postseason, Bautista told reporters that it wasn't the right time to talk about his future, but acknowledged that it was possible he played his last game for the franchise.

"I don't really feel like I'm in the proper state of mind to be talking about that," Bautista said. "I know it's a possibility, but we'll see what happens."

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Cubs are in deep shit.

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Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement will expire on Dec. 1, and with potential changes on the horizon, the Oakland Athletics could lose their cut of revenue sharing.

Oakland is in danger of losing some, or all, of its revenue-sharing money, which totaled $34 million last season, according to sources of the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser.

The revenue-sharing system helps balance competition by redistributing income from rich teams to poor teams, but Slusser writes "there are many in the union" who believe the Athletics aren't correctly using this money to improve their team.

"That’s definitely been a topic," a Players Association source told Slusser.

Slusser writes that Oakland is under fire for continually trading away popular players - to save money - and for its inability to find a site for a new stadium. Revenue-sharing money can also be used for items such as adding scouts or front-office staff, improving technology systems, and signing international players.

"There is leeway to justify other expenditures," a union official told Slusser. "But if a team shows no progress year after year and most of the revenue-sharing spending is on non-major-league salaries, red flags go up. There are clubs that other clubs look at and say, ‘What are they doing? Is this really the best use of our money?'"

Oakland's opening-day payroll was $87 million, but the team later traded away Josh Reddick, Rich Hill, Coco Crisp, and Marc Rzepczynski, finishing last in the AL West for a second consecutive season.

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The St. Louis Cardinals have signed manager Mike Matheny to a three-year contract extension, the club announced Thursday.

Over his five seasons on the Cardinals' bench, Matheny has compiled a 461-349 record, averaging 92 wins per season - the most among all MLB managers since 2012.

"Mike has continued the Cardinals tradition of winning in his first five years as manager and we are happy to extend his contract leading our club on the field through 2020," Cardinals CEO Bill DeWitt, Jr. said.

The club also announced that Cardinals' Class A manager Oliver Marmol has been promoted to Major League first-base coach, while Triple-A Memphis manager Mike Shildt was promoted to Cardinals' quality control coach.

All remaining coaches will return to their respective roles in 2017 with the exception of assistant hitting coach Derrick May, who will not rejoin the club.

As the Cardinals manager, the team has never finished lower than second place in the National League Central, while winning the NL Pennant in 2013.

Matheny also finished second in NL Manager of the Year voting in 2015.

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The Minnesota Twins have found their man.

Longtime Texas Rangers executive Thad Levine was announced as the new general manager and senior vice president of the club on Thursday.

"I am inspired to work for the Twins franchise, known as being one of the best organizations in all of professional sports due to stalwart leadership of the Pohlad family, commitment of its loyal workforce, talent of its players and unflagging loyalty of its fans," Levine wrote in a press release.

The 44-year-old Levine will work under the Twins' new chief baseball officer Derek Falvey, who signed on just a few weeks ago.

Rumors of the Levine hiring have swirled for weeks, after LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star-Tribune first reported Minnesota's interest.

Levine has been the assistant GM in Texas, operating under Jon Daniels since 2005.

Minnesota finished with the worst record in baseball this past season, going 59-103.

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Down to their last transaction, the Boston Red Sox are honoring David Ortiz.

The club picked up the slugger's $17.2-million club option Thursday, despite the fact that he's expected to announce his retirement this offseason.

In his final season in the majors, to say the 40-year-old went out with a bang would be an understatement. Ortiz mashed his way to a .315/.401/.620 slash line to go with a career-high 1.021 OPS.

He also finished with 38 homers, 48 doubles, and 127 RBIs en route to his 10th All-Star selection.

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The Tigers trade OF Cameron Maybin to the Angels for P Victor Alcantara



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Giants pick up P Matt Moore's 7 million dollar option



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Not even 24 hours after helping the Chicago Cubs snap their 108-year World Series drought, Dexter Fowler made it clear he won't be exercising his $9-million mutual option for 2017.

Instead, Fowler will receive a $5-million buyout from the Cubs and hit the open market, though the 30-year-old center fielder won't rule out re-signing with the defending champions. (The Cubs will likely extend Fowler a qualifying offer, guaranteeing them draft-pick compensation should he sign elsewhere).

"I'm definitely going to be a free agent, but hopefully it happens a little bit quicker than last year," Fowler said Thursday evening during an appearance on SportsCenter. "You can't control what goes on, but I loved my time in Chicago and I'm definitely not counting them out, but we'll see what God has planned for us now."

In 2016, after unexpectedly re-signing with the Cubs, Fowler enjoyed the finest season of his nine-year career, posting career highs in WAR (4.7), on-base percentage (.393), walk rate (14.3 percent), and weighted runs created plus (129) while smashing 13 homers and swiping 13 bases with an .840 OPS in 125 games.

Fowler was a key contributor to the Cubs' first World Series title in more than a century, as the newly minted All-Star managed a .724 OPS with three homers and five doubles this postseason, and became the first player in history to lead off Game 7 of the World Series with a home run Wednesday night at Progressive Field.

Since debuting with Chicago two years ago, Fowler has accrued more WAR than all but 10 outfielders, hitting .261/.367/.427 while averaging 15 homers and 16 steals per season. Last winter, Fowler appeared to have a three-year deal in place with Baltimore in late February, but abruptly changed course and re-upped with the Cubs after the Orioles refused to grant him an opt-out clause following the 2016 campaign, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

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