While second baseman Jose Altuve was open and eager to address the sign-stealing scandal at the Astros’ winter fan festival, third baseman Alex Bregman was stoic and stingy with his words as the team sets its sights on spring training.
Harrison Bader is confident he’ll be in center field for the St. Louis Cardinals when the season begins. “It’s my position. I’m going to take it. There’s no sense in talking about it,” he said.
The Baseball Hall of Fame on Saturday said that death does not open the door for players on MLB’s ineligible list to be placed on the ballot for entry into Cooperstown.
At the Red Sox Winter Weekend fan festival in Springfield, Mass., Boston slugger J.D. Martinez reiterated his confidence that his club will be cleared in MLB’s investigation into sign stealing from the video room.
The Houston Astros will interview Dusty Baker for their open manager position next week, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
More than half of MLB fans believe that Astros players should have been penalized along with team management in the aftermath of the sign-stealing scandal, according to an online survey conducted on behalf of ESPN.
In the aftermath of the Astros’ cheating scandal, a big question now lingers for former Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, who was rocked by Houston during the 2017 World Series: “Was I tipping (pitches) or were they stealing (signs)?”
While Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said no real progress has been made in the team’s search for Alex Cora’s replacement, fans at the team’s winter carnival chanted “Hire Tek!” — a nod to former captain Jason Varitek.
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane said Friday that he expects to hire a manager to replace AJ Hinch by Feb. 3. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday after both were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team’s sign-stealing scandal.
David Glass, who bought the Kansas City Royals in 2000, died last week at the age of 84, the team announced. Under Glass’ ownership, the team reached the World Series in 2014 and won the title in 2015.