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The grind to repeat as champions proved to be too much for Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES — The clock had just struck midnight on Saturday and the Dodgers' season, and rage didn't fill Mookie Betts. The Atlanta Braves toppled the Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series to cease the club's pursuit of back-to-back World Series titles but Betts was not angry. The superstar outfielder was not crushed. ...Read more

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Braves open World Series by defeating Astros in Game 1

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HOUSTON – That’s one: The Braves stunned the Astros 6-2 in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. It was their first victory in a World Series game since Oct. 21, 1996. They need three more wins to claim their first championship since 1995.

But the day wasn’t all rosy. Starter Charlie Morton left in the third inning with a fractured right...Read more

Angels' Shohei Ohtani receives rare MLB award handed out for first time since 2014

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HOUSTON — Shohei Ohtani made a World Series appearance this year after all.

Before Game 1 on Tuesday night, Ohtani was honored with the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award for his unprecedented two-way performance this season.

The 27-year-old Angels star became the 16th recipient of the honor, which was first handed out in 1998, and ...Read more

Barry Bonds documentary to examine ex-Giants star's Hall of Fame bid

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With mid-November fast approaching, it's almost time for an annual baseball tradition launched more than a decade ago — debating home run king Barry Bonds' worthiness for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The maligned former Giants superstar's final chance to be voted into baseball immortality in Cooperstown, New York, via the Baseball Writers ...Read more

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Padres interviewed Ozzie Guillen for manager job

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The Padres reached way back when conducting what may have been their first managerial interview last week.

A source confirmed Tuesday the team interviewed former White Sox and Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, who has not managed since 2012.

The interview took place before the team spoke with Luis Rojas, who managed the Mets from 2020-21, and ...Read more

Supply scarce, prices high in Braves' public sale of World Series tickets

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Braves fans continued to scramble for tickets to World Series games at Truist Park, finding little availability and high prices when the team put an “extremely limited” number of seats on sale online to the general public Tuesday.

Many fans seeking tickets at the 10 a.m. starting time of the public sale found more than 2,000 others ahead of...Read more

Ben Frederickson: Cardinals will have trouble fully turning page on Shildt until Marmol's Cardinals win bigger

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“Today is about Oli,” president of baseball operations John Mozeliak said Monday morning while introducing Oliver Marmol as the 51st manager of the Cardinals.

Well, not exactly.

It sure was hard to keep the conversation from veering back toward the 50th manager, wasn’t it?

Mike Shildt just kept coming up, and he will continue to until ...Read more

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The Yankees have work to do on their rotation (again)

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The Yankees went into the 2021 season with a rotation of Gerrit Cole and a lot of questions.

They signed two-time Cy Young Corey Kluber off two seasons cut short by injuries. They traded for Jameson Taillon, who was coming back from his second Tommy John surgery. Luis Severino hadn’t pitched a full season since 2018 and was also coming back ...Read more

Benjamin Hochman: New Cardinals manager Marmol says 'a championship is the goal.' The pressure is immediately on.

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The honeymoon is over.

New Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol got the gig of a lifetime, but it comes with a caveat. There is no honeymoon period. There is no “let’s let him find his way into the job, and hopefully in a couple of years, it’ll pay off.” The St. Louis Cardinals must win the National League Central in 2022. And frankly, if ...Read more

Mark Bradley: How much should we hate the cheating Astros?

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The Braves are in the World Series. They’re playing the Astros. We need to talk about the Astros.

How much should we hate the Astros?

It’s a fact that the Astros cheated in 2017, the year they beat the Dodgers in the World Series. Tony Adams, an Astros fan whose findings can be found on signstealingscandal.com, watched every pitch of 58 ...Read more

Ken Griffey Jr. joins Mariners' ownership group

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The "Kid" who helped made baseball cool, the All-Star center fielder who helped keep baseball in Seattle, the Hall of Famer who has a statue of his oft-imitated swing in front of T-Mobile Park will now be something more than an icon and special consultant to the franchise he made recognizable.

On Monday, Mariners chairman John Stanton announced...Read more

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Chicago Cubs hire Ehsan Bokhari as assistant general manager. The former Houston Astros official has a Ph.D. from Illinois.

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The Chicago Cubs’ reshaping of the front office features another addition.

The team announced the hiring Monday of Ehsan Bokhari as assistant general manager. The move comes 10 days after the Cubs named Carter Hawkins their GM.

Bokhari, 38, spent the previous three seasons with the Houston Astros, most recently as senior director of ...Read more

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Dodgers, Kenley Jansen enter offseason with uncertainty

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ATLANTA — Kenley Jansen’s 2019 season ended with the Dodgers closer standing on the bullpen mound, baseball in hand, while Joe Kelly gave up a 10th-inning grand slam to Howie Kendrick in Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals.

His 2020 season ended with Jansen wearing a hooded sweatshirt and watching ...Read more

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Matthew Roberson: The Braves are everything the Mets are not

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The Mets and their legion of fans hate to hear it, and they’ve been largely spared from hearing it since the ‘90s, but now it rings true again.

The Atlanta Braves did everything right. Now they’re heading to the World Series again.

Sure, the Mets have been to the World Series twice since the Braves’ last appearance in 1999, and the ...Read more

Cardinals set to announce Oliver Marmol as next manager

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HOUSTON — A Cardinals draft pick who retired his glove and rose rapidly through the organization as a coach will be named manager Monday morning and become the only manager in the majors still in his 30s.

Oliver Marmol will be introduced as the next manager of the Cardinals, multiple sources confirmed to the Post-Dispatch on Sunday night.

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Mark Bradley: The pennant-winning Braves and a magical Saturday night

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In the moment he gained admittance to the club of World Series managers, Brian Snitker — a baseball lifer who’s 66 and who assumed he’d seen everything — wasn’t quite sure what to do. He didn’t jump for joy. He’d didn’t do the Jim-Valvano-in-Albuquerque-thing and run around looking for somebody to hug. In that moment, he didn’t...Read more

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Bill Madden: Baseball hurting itself with postseason of endless bullpen games, shoddy umpiring

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NEW YORK — For a game in serious trouble in terms of losing its appeal with its longstanding loyal fan base, baseball is doing itself no favors in this postseason rife with interminable games, relentless pitching changes and embarrassingly awful umpiring calls.

If there’s one thing that’s stood out the most in a game run amok with ...Read more

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Bill Plaschke: Grueling season and injured cornerstones left Dodgers too beat to reach World Series

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ATLANTA — L.A. Beat.

The chants can stop now, their words transposed, their challenge answered, their silence deafening.

L.A. Beat.

In a year that seemed so invincible, the unthinkable has happened.

The Dodgers are done early. The Dodgers are out abruptly. The Dodgers’ journey toward a second consecutive World Series championship is ...Read more

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Dodgers' World Series championship reign ends in NLCS loss to Braves

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ATLANTA — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ season effectively ended in the seventh inning Saturday night at Truist Park. It effectively ended with runners at second and third, stranded after Atlanta Braves left-hander Tyler Matzek mowed through three Dodgers.

It effectively ended in fitting fashion, with the Dodgers unable to capitalize on a prime ...Read more

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Dodgers' failed World Series bid cost them money and trust. Now the bill comes due

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ATLANTA — It was close to midnight Saturday when Atlanta erupted. A sellout crowd erupted. Fireworks erupted. The players erupted, tossing off their caps and hopping madly around the infield. The mascot charged onto the field, waving an enormous red flag with the words “NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPS.”

But, as the Dodgers left the field for the ...Read more