Big League Stew
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew1 hr ago
New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia has decided to enter an alcohol rehabilitation center, the club announced Monday, and will not be available during the postseason.
The Yankees host the Houston Astros on Tuesday in the AL wild-card game. Sabathia wasn't scheduled to pitch, but if the club were to advance to the ALDS, he likely would have been called upon.
Sabathia issued a heartfelt statement, outlining the reasons behind his decision:
STATEMENT FROM CC SABATHIA:
“Today I am checking myself into an alcohol rehabilitation center to receive the professional care and assistance needed to treat my disease.
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew3 hrs ago
The Washington Nationals were an utter disappointment this season, missing the playoffs when they were expected to win the World Series, so it's no surprise at all that Matt Williams won't be their manager anymore.
The Nats made this one quick, making Williams the first MLB manager to lose his job on this Monday after the regular-season concluded. (The Padres canned interim manager Pat Murphy on Sunday). The Williams news was first reported by James Wagner of the Washington Post and later confirmed by the Nats, who not only fired Williams but his entire staff too:Sun, 4 OctWashington0 - 1NY MetsGame Recap
- Chris Cwik at Big League Stew13 hrs ago
The Major League Baseball regular season has come to an end. For teams that didn’t make the playoffs, fans are usually left wondering one thing: Will your manager survive?
Not all firings take place the Monday immediately after the season ends, but that’s the first opportunity for teams that were “evaluating” situations to make a move. With that in mind, we’ll take you through the managers on a cusp of losing their jobs.
UPDATE: Some firings will take place Monday, and that Nationals were the first to act. After two seasons, Matt Williams, and his entire coaching staff, have been fired early Monday morning.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
Dee Gordon winning the National League batting title wasn't the only notable news from the Marlins on the final day of the regular season.
Veteran outfielder Ichiro Suzuki finally was able to fulfill his dream of pitching in a major league game when Miami manager Dan Jennings put him on the mound in the bottom of the eighth inning of Philadelphia's 7-2 win.
Ichiro has been lobbying managers throughout his time in baseball, both here in America and in Japan, to allow him to pitch. When he finally got the chance on Sunday, he threw multiple pitches, including a fastball and slider.
He made it through the entire inning, facing five batters. He gave up two doubles, one earned run and did not record a strikeout or walk a batter.Sun, 4 OctMiami2 - 7PhiladelphiaGame Recap
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
San Diego general manager A.J. Preller didn't wait long after Sunday's season-ending loss to the Dodgers to inform interim manager Pat Murphy that he wasn't being retained as manager for the 2016 season and beyond.
The Padres are now looking for a new manager for the first time since 2006 when Bud Black replaced Bruce Bochy. The padres fired Black earlier this year and Murphy took over after Dave Roberts managed the team for one game.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported former player Phil Nevin has emerged as a candidate.
Murphy finished with a 42-54 record as the Padres struggled to a third-place finish in the National League West (74-88) ahead of only the Colorado Rockies, who lost 94 games.Sun, 4 OctSan Diego3 - 6LA DodgersGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Phew! Now that a fun day of Game 162s around Major League Baseball is over, we've got our 10 playoff teams and the schedule for the opening rounds of the postseason.
A few things came down to the wire and baseball's plan to play to start all the final-day games at the same time proved entertaining, as the Texas Rangers won the AL West, the Houston Astros secured the second AL wild card while the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates both locked down home-field advantage for their play-in games. Here's the entire playoff field.
American League • Kansas City Royals (AL Central champs and No. 1 overall seed) • Toronto Blue Jays (AL East champs) • Texas Rangers (AL West champs) • New York Yankees (Wild Card No. 1) • Houston Astros. (Wild Card No. 2)Sun, 4 OctLA Angels2 - 9TexasGame Recap
- Mike Oz at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
Finally, the Texas Rangers can call themselves the champions of the American League West. And their in-state neighbors, the Houston Astros, they've stamped their postseason ticket too.
On Sunday's final day of the MLB regular season, where every game started at the same time and chaos looked possible, the result was what seemed most likely the past few weeks: The Rangers are going to the ALDS and the Astros are playing in the wild-card game.
After a stunning ninth-inning collapse on Saturday, the Texas Rangers would have far less drama on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, who themselves were trying to keep their postseason hopes alive with a win. Butthe Rangers trounced them 9-2, clinching the division, giving the Astros the wild card and eliminating the Halos.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew20 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Dodgers faced no pressure going into the final game of the regular season on Sunday allowing them to have plenty of fun with the day.
While other clubs around the major leagues were fighting for their playoff lives or positioning within the postseason, veteran shortstop Jimmy Rollins stepped into the manager's role for the day while Don Mattingly watched in the background as Los Angeles beat San Diego 6-3.
Ok, Ok, Mattingly might have given Rollins a piece of advice or two such as when he sent Rollins to the mound to take Clayton Kershaw out of the game not long after Kershaw became the first pitcher in more than a decade to register 300 strikeouts in a season.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
At age 27, Clayton Kershaw has already accomplished just about everything imaginable as a major league pitcher.
Now he can add one more impressive accolade to the list after notching his 300th strikeout of the season during Sunday's game against the San Diego Padres.
In doing so, Kershaw became the 34th different pitcher in MLB history to reach 300 strikeouts in a single season. That's according to records dating back to 1901, when strikeouts were first recorded. Kershaw is the third pitcher to reach the mark since the year 2000. Randy Johnson (334) and Curt Schilling (316) got there in 2002 as Arizona Diamondbacks teammates.
- Kyle Ringo at Big League Stew22 hrs ago
Mark Buehrle took the mound on the final day of the regular season Sunday looking for a milestone in what's expected to be the final appearance of a remarkable career.
The aging lefty was pitching on one day of rest hoping to helping the Toronto Blue Jays capture home-field advantage in the playoffs while reaching the 200-inning plateau for a 15th consecutive season. Buehrle is reportedly set to retire after Sunday's game and won't be a part of the playoff roster.
But allowing Buehrle to chase an historic milestone instead of sending a more rested pitcher out for the start proved to be ill-conceived. Tampa Bay jumped all over Buehrle in the first inning, scoring eight unearned runs, including four that came on a grand slam to center field by designated hitter Joey Butler.
Buehrle didn't even make it out of the inning. He was replaced Ryan Tepera, who recorded the third out after allowing a two-run homer to Mikie Mahtook.Sun, 4 OctToronto3 - 12Tampa BayGame Recap