Red Sox-Dodgers Series is the one we deserve – MLB.com

We get Boston against Los Angeles in the World Series, the way it used to be the Celtics against the Lakers in all those NBA Finals. But this time, it’s Boston against Los Angeles for the first time in baseball history. If you want to go through all the reasons why the World Series we’ve got is the one we should have been rooting for all along, start there.

Once the Dodgers were the Brooklyn Robins, and the Red Sox played the Robins in the World Series in 1916. But after that the Red Sox never played a Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. It has taken all this time for two of the sport’s iconic franchises to meet up in October, the way they will meet up at Fenway on Tuesday night for Game 1.

We get Boston against Los Angeles in the World Series, the way it used to be the Celtics against the Lakers in all those NBA Finals. But this time, it’s Boston against Los Angeles for the first time in baseball history. If you want to go through all the reasons why the World Series we’ve got is the one we should have been rooting for all along, start there.:: World Series schedule and results ::

Once the Dodgers were the Brooklyn Robins, and the Red Sox played the Robins in the World Series in 1916. But after that the Red Sox never played a Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers. It has taken all this time for two of the sport’s iconic franchises to meet up in October, the way they will meet up at Fenway on Tuesday night for Game 1.

So we’ve got that going for us and more.

No small market vs. big market this time. Instead, it’s the biggest payroll

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Brad Ausmus named Angels manager – MLB.com

ANAHEIM — The Angels completed their first managerial search in nearly two decades on Sunday, announcing that Brad Ausmus has been hired to replace Mike Scioscia.

Ausmus, 49, will be formally introduced during a 1 p.m. PT press conference at Angel Stadium on Monday after signing a three-year contract with the club.

ANAHEIM — The Angels completed their first managerial search in nearly two decades on Sunday, announcing that Brad Ausmus has been hired to replace Mike Scioscia.

Ausmus, 49, will be formally introduced during a 1 p.m. PT press conference at Angel Stadium on Monday after signing a three-year contract with the club.

Ausmus, who managed the Tigers from 2014-17, spent this past season as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler. The former big league catcher beat out nine other candidates for the position, including fellow special assistant Eric Chavez, Astros bench coach Joe Espada, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, Rays field coordinator Rocco Baldelli and longtime MLB infielder Omar Vizquel.

“Over the past few weeks, our baseball operations personnel sat down with numerous highly qualified and impressive candidates for our managerial role. We are thankful to all of them for their time and effort throughout the process,” Eppler said in a statement. “Ultimately, Brad’s balance of connectivity, communication and leadership skills, as well as his understanding of evolving strategies and probabilistic approach to decision-making, led us to him. We believe his knowledge, drive and growth mindset will allow him to integrate seamlessly with our players and staff and will be pivotal in advancing our culture and moving us toward our goals as an organization.”

Scioscia announced that he would step down at the end of the season following the expiration of his 10-year contract, ending his 19-year run at the helm of the Angels.

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Rangers' list of managerial candidates narrows – MLB.com

ARLINGTON — The Reds and Angels both announced their new managers on Sunday, but the Rangers aren’t ready to do so just yet.

Industry sources indicated the Rangers aren’t rushing to find a new manager. Instead, they’re determined to be patient and make sure they make the right decision on who will replace Jeff Banister.

ARLINGTON — The Reds and Angels both announced their new managers on Sunday, but the Rangers aren’t ready to do so just yet.

Industry sources indicated the Rangers aren’t rushing to find a new manager. Instead, they’re determined to be patient and make sure they make the right decision on who will replace Jeff Banister.

The Rangers’ pool of managerial candidates was reduced as the Reds announced the hiring of David Bell as their new manager. An industry source also said Joe Girardi is no longer in the running for the Rangers position and is expected to remain with the MLB Network.

Both were among the eight known candidates to interview for the Rangers job in the past few weeks. The other six are interim manager Don Wakamatsu, farm director Jayce Tingler, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde, Phillies third-base coach Dusty Wathan, Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Rays field coordinator Rocco Baldelli.

The Angels hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to replace Mike Scioscia. The Rangers did not interview Ausmus for their opening.

The Rangers have not yet announced what the next step will be toward hiring a new manager. They are scheduled to begin their annual organizational meetings on Monday at their complex in Surprise, Ariz.

In 2014, the Rangers interviewed eight candidates for the position and brought in three finalists for a second round of interviews. Banister was hired over other finalists Kevin Cash and Tim Bogar. The Rangers have

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Usain Bolt has signed with the Mariners — no, sadly, not those Mariners – MLB.com

If you woke up on Sunday morning and decided to take a quick scroll through some sports headlines, there’s a chance you were greeted with the following:

 Alas, pick your jaw up off the floor, we have some bad news: No, Usain Bolt did not sign with the Seattle Mariners. He signed with the Central Coast Mariners, a soccer team in Australia’s A-League, as he continues his shockingly successful attempt to become a two-sport star. Which means we’ll all have to wait a little longer to realize our dream of watching Bolt become the greatest designated runner in baseball history. 

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Joe Kelly: MLB officials have been checking on cheating – WEEI (blog)

The Houston Astros’ excuse for why they sent a person affiliated with the organization next to the Red Sox dugout in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series — suggesting they were trying to catch the Red Sox cheating — is made to look even worse considering the protocol Major League Baseball had already evidently put into play.

Why take it upon yourselves to police any cheating suspicions when MLB was already evidently on the case?

Speaking on WEEI with Rob Bradford and Alex Reimer Saturday, Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly detailed how the presence of MLB officials monitoring potential suspect behavior throughout the postseason has been extremely noticeable.

“There’s always fishy stuff here and there. I think it’s great Major League Baseball is trying to do the best that they can at this moment,” Kelly said. “They might be making changes in the offseason. But I think it’s great that there have been people in the clubhouse from Pitch 1 to Pitch Whatever, guys that I haven’t seen who are MLB credentialed, officials. There’s one in the video room. I mean there was a guy in our bullpen the whole series in Houston sitting right behind us the whole entire game, every single pitch. Obviously he went to the bathroom. But there was an MLB official sitting in our bullpen the whole game just to make sure we aren’t doing anything in the bullpen, which I think is a little much. But they’re taking the initiative. MLB has heard this stuff. Players have heard this stuff. Teams have heard this stuff. And MLB is doing the best they can to make sure none of this fishy stuff goes on. So I’ve seen it throughout the playoffs. There has been some truth to some of this stuff or MLB

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