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Tue Oct 1600:11Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to 'Play Ball' amid crisisHarold Castro2BTigersFree Agent
Eduardo ParedesRP/SPAngelsFree Agent
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — For 10 years, ever since they bonded over baseball at work, Franlet Bencomo and Elbert Albarran haven't missed an opening day game together.This year, however, they left their kids behind and ate a big breakfast before heading out to watch their beloved Caracas Lions because a hot dog inside the stadium costs more than 10 percent of the roughly $30 each makes a month at their minimum-wage jobs."Now we have to eat beforehand, watch the game and go straight home" said Bencomo, in line for tickets six hours before the start of Friday's season opener. "There's no other way."Throughout Venezuela, as winter league play gets under way, fans are having to make similar sacrifices to feed their passion for the "pelota," or the ball, as the national pastime is affectionately known.Hyperinflation has pulverized incomes while putting ticket prices out of reach for many. Others are avoiding the ballpark for fear of getting mugged or because they don't know how they'll get... [More]
Sun Oct 1417:10Red Sox shuffle lineup heading into Game 2 of ALCS vs AstrosRafael Devers3BRed SoxTeam Joker
Sandy LeónCRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora has shuffled his lineup for Game 2 against the Houston Astros, putting infielders Ian Kinsler and Rafael Devers and catcher Christian Vazquez in the starting lineup for the first time in the AL Championship Series.Devers was batting sixth and playing third base in place of Eduardo Nunez, who had a fielding error and let a two-run single go by him in Boston's 7-2 loss Saturday night in Game 1. Kinsler was batting seventh in place of Brock Holt, who hit for the first postseason cycle in baseball history in the clincher against the New York Yankees.Vazquez will start in place of Sandy Leon.The Astros did not have any lineup changes, but manager A.J. Hinch said he plans to start Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton in Games 3 and 4.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Oct 1401:50Sale, Cora make early exits as Red Sox lose ALCS openerJosé Altuve2BAstrosThe Empire
Brandon WorkmanRPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale and manager Alex Cora both made early exits in Boston's 7-2 loss to Houston in Game 1 of AL Championship Series on Saturday night.Sale lasted just four innings, giving up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter.Cora wasn't far behind the lanky left-hander going back to the clubhouse. The rookie manager was ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning with the game tied 2-2 after arguing a called third strike on Andrew Benintendi that ended Boston's first rally of the game."You can't argue balls and strikes, and I did," Cora said. "It's kind of like embarrassing that it happens in the playoffs. That wasn't cool watching the game in the clubhouse. ... But sometimes you got to do what you got to do, and you've got to defend your players."Sale opened the game with an eight-pitch walk to George Springer and struggled through the first three innings with subpar stuff and location."I just went out there and lost it for a little bit," Sale said.Housto... [More]
Sun Oct 1401:30Sale, Cora make early exits for Red Sox in ALCS Game 1José Altuve2BAstrosThe Empire
Brandon WorkmanRPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale and manager Alex Cora both made early exits in Boston's 7-2 loss to Houston in Game 1 of AL Championship Series on Saturday night.Sale lasted just four innings, giving up two runs, one hit, four walks and a hit batter.Cora wasn't far behind the lanky left-hander going back to the clubhouse. The rookie manager was ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning with the game tied 2-2 after arguing a called third strike on Andrew Benintendi that ended Boston's first rally of the game."You can't argue balls and strikes, and I did," Cora said. "It's kind of like embarrassing that it happens in the playoffs. That wasn't cool watching the game in the clubhouse. ... But sometimes you got to do what you got to do, and you've got to defend your players."Sale opened the game with an eight-pitch walk to George Springer and struggled through the first three innings with subpar stuff and location."I just went out there and lost it for a little bit," Sale said.Housto... [More]
Sun Oct 1400:30Sale, Cora make early exits for Red Sox in ALCS Game 1José Altuve2BAstrosThe Empire
Brandon WorkmanRPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale and manager Alex Cora both made early exits in Boston's 7-2 loss to the Houston Astros in Game 1 of AL Championship Series on Saturday night.Sale lasted just four innings, giving up two runs on one hit, four walks and a hit batter.Cora wasn't far behind the lanky left-hander going back to the clubhouse. The rookie manager was ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning with the game tied 2-2 after arguing a called third strike on Andrew Benintendi that ended Boston's first rally of the game.Sale opened the game with an eight-pitch walk to George Springer and struggled through the first three innings with subpar stuff and location.Houston took advantage in the second. Sale got two quick outs, but then walked Carlos Correa, plunked Martin Maldonado on the hand with a fastball and walked Josh Reddick. Springer followed with a hard grounder past third baseman Eduardo Nunez to put Boston ahead 2-0.Sale decided to go sleeveless despite a 48-degree first p... [More]
Thu Oct 1118:59Detroit's Zimmermann, Stewart have core muscle surgeryChristin StewartLFTigersFree Agent
Jordan ZimmermannSPTigersBuchanalia
DETROIT (AP) — Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann and outfielder Christin Stewart had core muscle repair surgery Thursday but are expected to be ready for spring training.The Tigers said the operations took place in Philadelphia and were performed by Dr. William Meyers.Zimmermann went 7-8 with a 4.52 ERA in 25 starts this season.Stewart, one of Detroit's top prospects, made his major league debut this year. He played 17 games for the Tigers, hitting .267 with two home runs.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Oct 1118:49A capsule look at the Astros-Red Sox playoff seriesJosé Altuve2BAstrosThe Empire
Brandon WorkmanRPRed SoxFree Agent
A look at the best-of-seven American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox:___Schedule: (All times EDT) Game 1, Saturday, at Boston, 8:09 p.m.; Game 2, Sunday, at Boston, 7:09 p.m.; Game 3, Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Houston, 5:09 p.m.; Game 4, Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Houston, 8:39 p.m.; x-Game 5, Thursday, Oct. 18, at Houston, 8:09 p.m.; x-Game 6, Saturday, Oct. 20, at Boston, 5:09 p.m.; x-Game 7, Sunday, Oct. 21, at Boston, 7:39 p.m. (All games on TBS).x-if necessary.___Season Series: Astros won 4-3.___Projected Lineup:Astros: CF George Springer (.265, 22 HRs, 71 RBIs), 2B Jose Altuve (.315, 13, 61), 3B Alex Bregman (.286, 31, 103, AL-best 51 doubles, 84 walks, 82 Ks), 1B Yuli Gurriel (.291, 13, 85), LF Marwin Gonzalez (.247, 16, 68), RF Josh Reddick (.242, 17, 47), SS Carlos Correa (.239, 15, 65), DH Tyler White (.276, 12, 42, .888 OPS in 66 games) or Tony Kemp (.263, 6, 30 in 97 games) or Evan Gattis (.226, 25, 78), C Martin Maldonado (.225, 9, 44 for An... [More]
Wed Oct 1018:31Yankees in danger of decade without World SeriesChance AdamsRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Miguel Andujar3BYankeesBuchanalia
Dellin BetancesRPYankeesDoubleHeader
Zach BrittonRPYankeesTeam Lorin
Luis CessaRP/SPYankeesTeam Joker
Aroldis ChapmanRPYankeesDoubleHeader
Patrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesThe Empire
Domingo GermánRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Sonny GrayRP/SPYankeesTeam Sapinski
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesTeam Joker
J.A. HappSPYankeesBallbusters
Adeiny HechavarriaSSYankeesFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesBallbusters
Aaron JudgeDH/RFYankeesBallbusters
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosTeam Sapinski
Jonathan LoaisigaRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Lance LynnRP/SPYankeesTeam Joker
Andrew McCutchenRFYankeesFree Agent
David RobertsonRPYankeesThe Empire
Gary SánchezCYankeesBuchanalia
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesDark Angel
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesDoubleHeader
Gleyber Torres2B/SSYankeesDoubleHeader
Luke Voit1BYankeesThe Empire
Neil Walker1B/2B/3B/RFYankeesDoubleHeader
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees are in danger of going an entire decade without reaching a World Series for the first time since the 1910s.Aaron Boone's rookie season as a manager ended in failure when New York fizzled in the AL Division Series against Boston and was eliminated in four games."You're always chasing utopia," Boone said after the Yankees' final rally of the season fell short Tuesday night.A year after losing in the AL Championship Series was perceived as success, elimination by Boston left a feeling of failure for the title-worshipping Yankees.New York went 100-62 for its best record since its last World Series championship in 2009, yet finished eight games back of the Red Sox. The Yankees have gone six straight seasons without a first-place finish.They're set to retool around the young core of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Gleyber Torres, Miguel Andujar and Luis Severino, plus in-prime regulars Giancarlo Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Aaron Hicks. The Yankees got the power but w... [More]
Wed Oct 1018:01Francona, Indians still feeling 'sting' after ALDS sweepCody AllenRPIndiansDark Angel
Cody AndersonSPIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Terry Francona's emotions are still raw and real. The postseason pain hasn't subsided just yet.Still feeling a "sting" after another successful season for Cleveland ended in disappointment and well short of a World Series title, Francona tried to explain on Wednesday why his team looked so overmatched against the Houston Astros.Francona didn't have all the answers — and he got annoyed at one point while defending star Jose Ramirez — but if October has taught anything to the two-time Series winner with Boston, it's that only one manager won't get second-guessed when the playoffs end."When you win you're smart, and when you lose you're dumb," Francona said. "That's kind of the way it is. You have one chance to do it, so you do it to the best of your ability and you have the confidence to come answer the questions and move on. But also move on trying to learn from what you didn't do good enough."The Indians weren't close to being good enough against the Astros, who ... [More]
Mon Oct 821:40White Sox OF Avisail Garcia has surgery on right kneeTyler DanishRP/SPWhite SoxFree Agent
Avisail GarcíaRFWhite SoxDark Angel
Kevan SmithCWhite SoxBallbusters
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox say outfielder Avisail Garcia has had surgery on his right knee.Limited to 93 games because of discomfort in the knee, Garcia went from batting .330 in a breakout All-Star season in 2017 to .236 this year. The team announced Monday he had surgery.The White Sox also said catcher Kevan Smith had ankle surgery and pitcher Tyler Danish has refused his outright assignment, making him a free agent.Chicago finished fourth in the AL Central at 62-100 — six losses shy of the franchise record.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Oct 616:49Red Sox replace Wright with Hembree on roster vs YankeesHeath HembreeRPRed SoxFree Agent
Steven WrightRP/SPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright has been replaced on the AL Division Series roster with reliever Heath Hembree.Wright has inflammation in his left knee and a loose body. He is ineligible for the rest of the best-of-five series and also cannot play in the AL Championship Series. He could be active for the World Series.Wright told manager Alex Cora before Game 1 on Friday that his knee was bothering him.Hembree was 4-1 with a 4.20 ERA in 67 games this season. Boston announced the decision Saturday before Game 2.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Oct 518:09Bob Melvin extension among A's offseason prioritiesFranklin Barreto2B/SSAthleticsFree Agent
Khris DavisDHAthleticsBallbusters
Jed Lowrie2BAthleticsBallbusters
Jonathan LucroyCAthleticsTeam Joker
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics plan to discuss a contract extension with manager Bob Melvin this offseason as well as possible new deals with home run leader Khris Davis and All-Star second baseman Jed Lowrie.Two days after the A's lost to the New York Yankees in a wild-card game, team officials began mapping out the framework for 2019 with hopes of capitalizing on the team's first playoff appearance in four years.Signing Melvin, Oakland's manager since 2011, to an extension is high on the list of things to do. He's currently signed through the 2019 season."Bob's one of the best in the game and he's perfect for us," said Executive Vice President Billy Beane, who appeared before reporters Friday along with Melvin and general manager David Forst. "The idea is that he's here for a long time and the rest of his career. Our feeling is that Bob's the right guy for this club and should be going forward. (That's) another question that we hope to have answered in the offseason."... [More]
Thu Oct 405:02Red Sox, Yankees ready to rumble again in playoffsTyler Austin1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxObi-Wan
Aaron HicksCFYankeesBallbusters
Brock Holt2B/3B/OF/PH/SSRed SoxObi-Wan
Aaron JudgeDH/RFYankeesBallbusters
Joe KellyRPRed SoxTeam Lorin
J.D. MartínezDH/LF/RFRed SoxTeam Lorin
David OrtizFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxDark Angel
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxTeam Lorin
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesDoubleHeader
NEW YORK (AP) — Fans have been waiting for another one of these rumbles: baseball's most-bitter rivals set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs.Munson vs. Fisk, Pedro vs. Popeye , A-Rod vs. Varitek and earlier this year Brock Holt vs. Tyler Austin .The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees back at each other in the postseason for the first time in 14 years."We're a team that can play with anybody, and we're not afraid to go in there," Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks said after a 7-2 wild-card win over Oakland sent New York to a best-of-five AL Division Series that starts Friday in Fenway Park.Yankees fans were chanting "We want Boston!" during the late innings. The Red Sox tweeted "We want New York" after the final out in the Bronx."I think they're ready and relish the opportunity to go up against the game's best this year," Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone said of his players.That is the same Aaron Boone whose 11th-inning homer in Game 7 of the 2003 ... [More]
Wed Oct 315:32Indians debating final roster spot for ALDS vs AstrosErik González2B/3B/SSIndiansFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansBallbusters
Josh TomlinRP/SPIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians manager Terry Francona has finalized his 25-man roster for the AL Division Series against Houston except for one spot.Francona said Wednesday that either outfielder Raja Davis or utility infielder Erik Gonzalez will be the last addition to the roster. The Indians open the series on Friday in Houston against the defending World Series champions.Francona, who will carry 11 pitchers — three left-handers — for the ALDS, said the decision between Davis and Gonzalez is a tough one. Davis hit a memorable home run in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series and can affect games with his speed. Gonzalez is a "safety net" in case All-Star infielders Francisco Lindor or Jose Ramirez get hurt.Francona said one of the toughest decisions was to leave off veteran right-hander Josh Tomlin, the club's longest-tenured player. Francona called Tomlin "one of the best teammates I've ever seen in my whole career and that doesn't change."___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Oct 312:12Jackson only starting pitcher on A's wild-card rosterRyan BuchterRPAthleticsFree Agent
Jeurys FamiliaRPAthleticsBallbusters
Mike FiersRP/SPAthleticsTeam Lorin
Adeiny HechavarriaSSYankeesFree Agent
Liam HendriksRP/SPAthleticsFree Agent
Kyle HigashiokaCYankeesFree Agent
Jonathan HolderRP/SPYankeesDark Angel
Edwin JacksonSPAthleticsObi-Wan
Shawn KelleyRPAthleticsFree Agent
Emilio PaganRPAthleticsTeam Lorin
Yusmeiro PetitRPAthleticsTeam Erik
Fernando RodneyRPAthleticsTeam Sapinski
Austin RomineCYankeesDoubleHeader
Gary SánchezCYankeesBuchanalia
Stephen TarpleyRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPAthleticsTeam Joker
Lou TrivinoRP/SPAthleticsThe Empire
Tyler Wade2B/SSYankeesFree Agent
Neil Walker1B/2B/3B/RFYankeesDoubleHeader
J.B. WendelkenRPAthleticsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Jackson is the only starting pitcher included on the Oakland Athletics' roster for their AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees.Right-hander Liam Hendriks will be on the mound for the start of Wednesday night's game, and A's manager Bob Melvin would not say who will follow.His bullpen includes just one left-hander, Ryan Buchter. The righties in addition to Jackson are closer Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino, Jeurys Familia, Shawn Kelley, Emilio Pagan, Yusmeiro Petit, Fernando Rodney and J.B. Wendelken.Mike Fiers, among Oakland's few healthy starting pitchers, was left off and if the A's advance would be in position to start an AL Division Series opener at Boston on Friday. When the A's had him make his first relief appearance of the season, on Friday at the Los Angeles Angels, Fiers replaced Trivino in the second and allowed six runs in 3 1/3 innings.Teams may change rosters after each round.First baseman Greg Bird was left off the Yankees' roster following a season-long slump, and right-hander Jonathan Holder was picked for the 10th and final pitching spot over left-hander Stephen Tarpley.Yankees manager Aaron Boone carried three backup catchers, including Kyle Higashioka in addition to starter Gary Sanchez and backup Austin Romine.Backup infielders include Neil Walker, Adeiny Hechavarria and Tyler Wade.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Oct 303:32LEADING OFF: Yanks' Severino gets wild-card do-over vs A'sByron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
J.A. HappSPYankeesBallbusters
Liam HendriksRP/SPAthleticsFree Agent
Miguel Sano3BTwinsBuchanalia
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesDark Angel
Trevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
Dansby SwansonSSBravesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesObi-Wan
Tony WoltersCRockiesFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:TRY AGAINLuis Severino gets a wild-card do-over when he starts for the Yankees against Oakland in a winner-take-all matchup. Severino allowed three runs and got just one out in last year's wild-card game against Minnesota before New York rallied for an 8-4 victory. Severino was chosen over J.A. Happ and Masahiro Tanaka despite a second-half slump."I think he's equipped in so many ways to handle this, and perhaps most importantly, he's equipped with amazing stuff and the ability to dominate big league hitters because he's such a talented pitcher," manager Aaron Boone said.The A's will counter with a bullpen game, beginning with reliever Liam Hendriks — among the more unlikely postseason starters ever. Hendriks was waived off the 40-man roster in June, spent two months in the minors, then emerged in September as Oakland's go-to "opener" to cover for an injury-decimated rotation.Hendriks (0-1) will be just the fourth pitcher to start a ... [More]
Tue Oct 219:02Twins fire Molitor, eye new manager to 'grow a young team'Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BDodgersFree Agent
Zach DukeRPMarinersFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsTeam Sapinski
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsBuchanalia
Ryan PresslyRPAstrosFree Agent
Addison ReedRPTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Sano3BTwinsBuchanalia
Ervin SantanaSPTwinsTeam Lorin
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two years ago, the Minnesota Twins made Derek Falvey their chief baseball officer with the precondition that Paul Molitor remain as manager.Molitor presided over a playoff team and won the American League Manager of the Year award in 2017, but the Twins slipped backward this season. Last week, Falvey and general manager Thad Levine decided the time was right to hire their own manager.Citing pursuit of more productive development by their younger players, Falvey and Levine fired Molitor on Tuesday while offering him an opportunity to remain with the organization in an undefined position in baseball operations."This wasn't about our record this year. This is about what we think is best as we continue to grow a young team in the direction toward being a championship contender," Falvey said.Falvey and other club executives expressed confidence that Molitor would stay with the Twins beyond the 20 years he has already worked for them in various roles, including the final... [More]
Tue Oct 218:02Twins fire Molitor, eye new manager to 'grow a young team'Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BDodgersFree Agent
Zach DukeRPMarinersFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsTeam Sapinski
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsBuchanalia
Addison ReedRPTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Sano3BTwinsBuchanalia
Ervin SantanaSPTwinsTeam Lorin
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins fired Paul Molitor on Tuesday, one season after he won the American League Manager of the Year award, in pursuit of more productive development by their younger players."This wasn't about our record this year. This is about what we think is best as we continue to grow a young team in the direction toward being a championship contender," said chief baseball officer Derek Falvey.Molitor has been offered an undefined position in baseball operations with the organization. Falvey and other club executives expressed confidence that Molitor would accept it and remain with the Twins."I fully respect that decision," Molitor said in a statement distributed by the team. "I will forever be grateful for the opportunity they gave me to serve in the role as manager for these past four years. I'm going to consider their genuine offer to serve in a different capacity to positively impact the Twins from a different role."The Twins went 305-343 under the 62-year-o... [More]
Tue Oct 214:51Minnesota Twins fire manager Paul Molitor after 78-84 finishByron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BDodgersFree Agent
Zach DukeRPMarinersFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsTeam Sapinski
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsBuchanalia
Addison ReedRPTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Sano3BTwinsBuchanalia
Ervin SantanaSPTwinsTeam Lorin
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins fired Paul Molitor on Tuesday, one season after he won the American League Manager of the Year award.Molitor has been offered another position within the organization."I fully respect that decision," Molitor said in a statement distributed by the Twins. "I will forever be grateful for the opportunity they gave me to serve in the role as manager for these past four years. I'm going to consider their genuine offer to serve in a different capacity to positively impact the Twins from a different role."The Twins went 305-343 under the 62-year-old Molitor, with one appearance in the playoffs in 2017. They were 78-84 this year, long out of postseason contention after a series of early setbacks to several key players.Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine inherited Molitor when they were hired two years ago, when owner Jim Pohlad said keeping him would be a prerequisite for the job. After the Twins went 85-77 and reached the... [More]
Tue Oct 214:22Minnesota Twins fire manager Paul Molitor after 78-84 finishByron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BDodgersFree Agent
Zach DukeRPMarinersFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsTeam Sapinski
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsBuchanalia
Addison ReedRPTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Sano3BTwinsBuchanalia
Ervin SantanaSPTwinsTeam Lorin
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins fired Paul Molitor on Tuesday, one season after he won the American League Manager of the Year award.Molitor has been offered another position within the organization."I fully respect that decision," Molitor said in a statement distributed by the Twins. "I will forever be grateful for the opportunity they gave me to serve in the role as manager for these past four years. I'm going to consider their genuine offer to serve in a different capacity to positively impact the Twins from a different role."The Twins went 305-343 under the 62-year-old Molitor, with one appearance in the playoffs in 2017. They were 78-84 this year, long out of postseason contention after a series of early setbacks to several key players.Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine inherited Molitor when they were hired two years ago, when owner Jim Pohlad said keeping him would be a prerequisite for the job. After the Twins went 85-77 and reached the... [More]
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