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Broadcast schedule for the 2018 World Series announced

AL Champion Red Sox will face Dodgers or Brewers in Baseball's 114th Fall Classic; FOX Sports will cover the World Series for the 21st time, Opening Tuesday at Fenway Park

Major League Baseball today announced FOX's broadcast schedule for the 2018 World Series, which is set to begin on Tuesday, October 23rd at Fenway Park and is presented by YouTube TV. Baseball's 114th Fall Classic will feature the American League Champion Boston Red Sox, hosting Games One and Two, facing the National League Champions -- either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Milwaukee Brewers.  

The Dodgers currently lead the Brewers by a 3-2 margin heading into tonight's Game Six at Milwaukee's Miller Park (8:39 p.m. ET/7:39 p.m. CT on FS1). If the NLCS goes to a decisive Game Seven, then Saturday's first pitch will be at 8:09 p.m. (ET)/7:09 p.m. (CT) on FS1.  

Major League Baseball today announced FOX's broadcast schedule for the 2018 World Series, which is set to begin on Tuesday, October 23rd at Fenway Park and is presented by YouTube TV. Baseball's 114th Fall Classic will feature the American League Champion Boston Red Sox, hosting Games One and Two, facing the National League Champions -- either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Milwaukee Brewers.  

The Dodgers currently lead the Brewers by a 3-2 margin heading into tonight's Game Six at Milwaukee's Miller Park (8:39 p.m. ET/7:39 p.m. CT on FS1). If the NLCS goes to a decisive Game Seven, then Saturday's first pitch will be at 8:09 p.m. (ET)/7:09 p.m. (CT) on FS1.  

The 2018 Postseason schedule can be viewed at MLB.com/postseason or via the MLB At Bat mobile app. All games on FOX and FS1 will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers through a participating pay TV provider. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all games of the 2018 World Series. The broadcast schedule for the 2018 World Series, subject to change, follows:

Game | Match-Up | Date | Air Time | First Pitch | Network
NLCS Game 6 | LAD @ MIL | Fri., Oct. 19th | 7:30 p.m. (ET)/6:30 p.m. (CT) | 8:39 p.m. (ET)/7:39 p.m. (CT) | FS1
NLCS Game 7^ | LAD @ MIL | Sat., Oct. 20th | 7:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (CT) | 8:09 p.m. (ET)/7:09 p.m. (CT) | FS1
World Series Media Day in Boston | Mon., Oct. 22nd | *Times of Media Day @ Fenway TBD*
WS Game 1 | LAD/MIL @ BOS | Tues., Oct. 23rd | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | 8:09 p.m. (ET) | FOX
WS Game 2 | LAD/MIL @ BOS | Wed., Oct. 24th | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | 8:09 p.m. (ET) | FOX
Travel Day to NL Champion | Thurs., Oct. 25th    
WS Game 3 | BOS @ LAD/MIL | Fri., Oct. 26th | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | 8:09 p.m. (ET) | FOX
WS Game 4 | BOS @ LAD/MIL | Sat., Oct. 27th | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | 8:09 p.m. (ET) | FOX
WS Game 5^ | BOS @ LAD/MIL | Sun., Oct.28th | 8:00 p.m. (ET) | 8:15 p.m. (ET) | FOX
Travel Day to AL Champion | Mon., Oct. 29th    
WS Game 6^ | LAD/MIL @ BOS | Tues., Oct. 30th | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | 8:09 p.m. (ET) | FOX
WS Game 7^ | LAD/MIL @ BOS | Wed., Oct. 31st | 7:30 p.m. (ET) | 8:09 p.m. (ET) | FOX
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Twins announce 2018 Diamond Awards recipients winners selected by Twin Cities Baseball Writers Association of America

14th annual Diamond Awards event set for January 24, 2019

The Minnesota Twins announced today the recipients of the Diamond Awards, their annual awards for the 2018 season based on voting conducted by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. In addition, the Twins and the BBWAA announced plans for the 14th annual Diamond Awards, which will be held Thursday, January 24, 2019 at The Depot Minneapolis and will benefit research, education and care in brain, nerve and muscle disorders at the University of Minnesota.

Outfielder Eddie Rosario is the winner of the Calvin R. Griffith Award (the Twins' first owner) given to the Most Valuable Twin, his first time winning the award. The Puerto Rico native hit .288 (161-for-559) with 31 doubles, two triples, 24 home runs, 77 RBI and 87 runs scored in 138 games. He finished the season tied for 10th in the American League in multi-hit games despite playing in just 138 games.

The Minnesota Twins announced today the recipients of the Diamond Awards, their annual awards for the 2018 season based on voting conducted by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. In addition, the Twins and the BBWAA announced plans for the 14th annual Diamond Awards, which will be held Thursday, January 24, 2019 at The Depot Minneapolis and will benefit research, education and care in brain, nerve and muscle disorders at the University of Minnesota.

Outfielder Eddie Rosario is the winner of the Calvin R. Griffith Award (the Twins' first owner) given to the Most Valuable Twin, his first time winning the award. The Puerto Rico native hit .288 (161-for-559) with 31 doubles, two triples, 24 home runs, 77 RBI and 87 runs scored in 138 games. He finished the season tied for 10th in the American League in multi-hit games despite playing in just 138 games.

Right-handed pitcher José Berríos is the winner of the Joseph W. Haynes Award (former Twins Executive Vice President) given to the Twins Pitcher of the Year. The American League All-Star made 32 starts, going 12-11 with a 3.84 ERA (192.1 IP, 82 ER), two complete games, 61 walks and 202 strikeouts. He became the eighth different Twin to reach the 200-strikeout mark in a season. He also finished tied for first in the AL in complete games, tied for sixth in starts, eighth in innings pitched and 11th in strikeouts. He has also been named the winner of the Carl R. Pohlad Community Service Award. Berríos has done extensive work in his native Puerto Rico, including providing relief supplies to those in need following Hurricane Maria's devastation of the island. 

Outfielder Jake Cave is the winner of the Bill Boni Award (former St. Paul Dispatch-Pioneer Press Executive Sports Editor) given to the Twins Most Outstanding Rookie. Cave joined the Twins in spring training as part of a trade with the New York Yankees and played in 91 games for the Twins, hitting .265 (75-for-283) with 16 doubles, two triples, 13 home runs, 45 RBI and 54 runs scored. He ranked tied for first among AL rookies Post-All-Star Break in games (65), fifth in homers (10) and RBI (33), and eighth in hits (51).

Outfielder Max Kepler is the winner of the Jim Kaat Award (former Twins pitcher) for Twins Defensive Player of the Year. Kepler led the club in games played in the field with 151 (142 starts), making just one error and seven outfield assists in 335 total chances. He ranked third in the AL in games played in the outfield, playing in both rightfield and centerfield.

First baseman Joe Mauer is the winner of the Dick Siebert Award (former University of Minnesota Baseball Coach) given to the Upper Midwest Player of the Year. The St. Paul native wins the award for the seventh time in his career (2006, '08, '09, '10, '12, '17). Mauer played in 127 games, hitting .282 (137-for-486) with 27 doubles, six home runs, 48 RBI, 51 walks and a .351 on-base percentage. He is also the winner of the Bob Allison Award (former Twins player) given to the Twins player who exemplifies determination, hustle, tenacity, competitive spirit and leadership both on and off the field.

Right-handed pitcher Kyle Gibson has been named the winner of both the Mike Augustin "Media Good Guy" Award (former Pioneer Press Sports Writer) and the Charles O. Johnson Award (former Minneapolis Star Tribune Sports Editor), awarded to the most improved Twin. Gibson went 10-13 with a 3.62 ERA (196.2 IP, 79 ER), 79 walks and 179 strikeouts. He led the club in innings pitched and set career-highs in strikeouts, ERA and innings.

Former Twins third baseman Corey Koskie will be given the Kirby Puckett Award for Twins Alumni Community Service. Koskie works with and supports the Positive Coaching Alliance and the Twins Community Fund as a board member and volunteer. Koskie has also spent much of his post-playing career coaching and working to improve youth amateur sports.  
  
In addition, Hall of Famer Jack Morris will be given the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award. The St. Paul native pitched 18 seasons in the majors, going 254-186 with a 3.90 ERA in 549 games between Detroit, Minnesota, Toronto and Cleveland. The 1991 World Series MVP was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in July. Jack joins Herb Carneal (2006), Tom Mee (2007), Carl Pohlad (2008), Jerry Bell (2009), Bert Blyleven (2010), John Gordon (2011), Jim Rantz (2012), Tony Oliva (2013), Tom Kelly (2015), Rod Carew (2016) and Rick Stelmaszek (2017) as the only recipients of the award.

The 14th annual Diamond Awards dinner, which will be held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at The Depot Minneapolis, will honor the 2018 BBWAA award recipients as well as the winners of the Sherry Robertson Award (Alex Kirilloff) for the Twins Minor League Player of the Year and the Jim Rantz Award (Lewis Thorpe) for the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year. 

All proceeds from the event will benefit the University of Minnesota's innovative research and patient care focused on ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), ataxia, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. Along with the award winners, current and former Twins players and coaches are scheduled to appear at the event. Corporate sponsorship opportunities, tables and individual tickets are now available. For more information on the event visit www.minnesotadiamondawards.org or call (612) 425-1483.  

Minnesota Twins

A's medical update on Matt Chapman

Chapman underwent successful surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on third baseman Matt Chapman:

Chapman had successful left thumb surgery on Tuesday. Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shin was pleased with the outcome of the surgery and anticipates Matt to make a full recovery prior to the start of spring training.

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on third baseman Matt Chapman:

Chapman had successful left thumb surgery on Tuesday. Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shin was pleased with the outcome of the surgery and anticipates Matt to make a full recovery prior to the start of spring training.

Chapman, 25, had a breakout season with the Athletics in 2018, hitting .278 (152-for-547) with100 runs scored, 42 doubles, 24 homers and 68 RBI. He led the Majors in doubles (25) after the All-Star break and his 52 runs scored and 42 extra-base hits led the American League in the second half. The former 1st rounder finished the second-half with a .309 batting average, 14 homers, 39 RBI and .961 OPS. He became the first player to score 100 runs in a season since Nick Swisher scored 

Oakland Athletics

Red Sox support "Spirit Day" with $200,000 pledge to Fenway Health

Donation made in partnership with the Gordon Family Foundation

As part of "Spirit Day," a world-wide, LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign during National Bullying Prevention Month, the Red Sox, in partnership with Fenway Sports Group President Mike Gordon's Gordon Family Foundation, have made a $200,000 pledge to support its neighborhood LGBTQ health center, Fenway Health.
 
The donation will benefit Fenway Health's youth, anti-bullying and anti-violence programs, including its Violence Recovery Program and the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center, which provides safe, non-judgmental care for young people ages 12 - 29.
 
"Spirit Day is meant to bring attention and awareness to bullying among LGBTQ youth, and there is no better way to affect real change related to this kind of abuse - whether its verbal or physical - than by supporting the great work being done right in our own neighborhood at Fenway Health," said Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy. "We are lucky to have a facility in our community with the highest level of leadership and expertise in this area, and are thankful to Mike and Christina Gordon for their partnership, generosity, and thoughtfulness around this important topic."
 
Fenway Health is one of seven national centers of excellence in LGBTQ health. Fenway's Violence Recovery Program provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and anti-LGBTQ hate violence. Fenway's satellite center, the Borum, provides medical and behavioral health care and services for youth and young adults, including those who are LGBT or just figuring things out; homeless; struggling with substance use; or living with HIV/AIDS.
 
"Fenway Health is grateful for this generous donation from the Boston Red Sox and the Gordon Family Foundation and for their public acknowledgement of the importance of Spirit Day and LGBTQ youth issues," said Fenway Health Interim CEO Darlene Stromstad. "We know that LGBTQ young people, especially those of color, are at increased risk of bullying and discrimination and this support will allow us to expand the important work we do with those populations."
 
The pledge to Fenway Health is just one way the Red Sox support the LGBTQ community. The club recently participated in Major League Baseball's "Shred Hate" campaign, which was launched in January, 2017, and is part of an effort by the nonprofit No Bully to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying worldwide. Red Sox Outfielder Mookie Betts is one of nine players who lent their voice to the PSA launched earlier this month.
 
"I am so proud of the Boston Red Sox who are commemorating their support of Spirit Day by making an incredibly generous donation to Fenway Health," said Major League Baseball Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner Billy Bean. "This gift will impact many people in need who receive life-saving treatment and care at this wonderful facility. It will also bring great visibility to this important day, and support to LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately singled out as the target of bullying throughout the U.S."
 
In addition to MLB's Shred Hate campaign, the Red Sox have supported the ongoing efforts of Freedom For All, a coalition to update Massachusetts law to protect transgender people from discrimination. The team has also hosted Pride Night at Fenway Park since 2013, when Jason Collins was invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the ballpark shortly after coming out as the first openly gay athlete playing in American professional sports. Pride Night at Fenway Park is an official Boston Pride Week event and part of the club's ongoing effort to make Fenway Park an inclusive environment open to all fans regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

As part of "Spirit Day," a world-wide, LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign during National Bullying Prevention Month, the Red Sox, in partnership with Fenway Sports Group President Mike Gordon's Gordon Family Foundation, have made a $200,000 pledge to support its neighborhood LGBTQ health center, Fenway Health.
 
The donation will benefit Fenway Health's youth, anti-bullying and anti-violence programs, including its Violence Recovery Program and the Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center, which provides safe, non-judgmental care for young people ages 12 - 29.
 
"Spirit Day is meant to bring attention and awareness to bullying among LGBTQ youth, and there is no better way to affect real change related to this kind of abuse - whether its verbal or physical - than by supporting the great work being done right in our own neighborhood at Fenway Health," said Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy. "We are lucky to have a facility in our community with the highest level of leadership and expertise in this area, and are thankful to Mike and Christina Gordon for their partnership, generosity, and thoughtfulness around this important topic."
 
Fenway Health is one of seven national centers of excellence in LGBTQ health. Fenway's Violence Recovery Program provides counseling, support groups, advocacy, and referral services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and anti-LGBTQ hate violence. Fenway's satellite center, the Borum, provides medical and behavioral health care and services for youth and young adults, including those who are LGBT or just figuring things out; homeless; struggling with substance use; or living with HIV/AIDS.
 
"Fenway Health is grateful for this generous donation from the Boston Red Sox and the Gordon Family Foundation and for their public acknowledgement of the importance of Spirit Day and LGBTQ youth issues," said Fenway Health Interim CEO Darlene Stromstad. "We know that LGBTQ young people, especially those of color, are at increased risk of bullying and discrimination and this support will allow us to expand the important work we do with those populations."
 
The pledge to Fenway Health is just one way the Red Sox support the LGBTQ community. The club recently participated in Major League Baseball's "Shred Hate" campaign, which was launched in January, 2017, and is part of an effort by the nonprofit No Bully to eradicate bullying and cyberbullying worldwide. Red Sox Outfielder Mookie Betts is one of nine players who lent their voice to the PSA launched earlier this month.
 
"I am so proud of the Boston Red Sox who are commemorating their support of Spirit Day by making an incredibly generous donation to Fenway Health," said Major League Baseball Vice President and Special Assistant to the Commissioner Billy Bean. "This gift will impact many people in need who receive life-saving treatment and care at this wonderful facility. It will also bring great visibility to this important day, and support to LGBTQ youth who are disproportionately singled out as the target of bullying throughout the U.S."
 
In addition to MLB's Shred Hate campaign, the Red Sox have supported the ongoing efforts of Freedom For All, a coalition to update Massachusetts law to protect transgender people from discrimination. The team has also hosted Pride Night at Fenway Park since 2013, when Jason Collins was invited to throw the ceremonial first pitch at the ballpark shortly after coming out as the first openly gay athlete playing in American professional sports. Pride Night at Fenway Park is an official Boston Pride Week event and part of the club's ongoing effort to make Fenway Park an inclusive environment open to all fans regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

Boston Red Sox

Brewers announce World Series single-game ticket details

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have announced details related to the purchase of single-game tickets for potential World Series games at Miller Park.

World Series tickets will be available for purchase online only -- beginning with a series of exclusive presales this week. Please see below for a complete schedule of presales and single-game ticket opportunities. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to only one World Series game, with a limit of four tickets.

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have announced details related to the purchase of single-game tickets for potential World Series games at Miller Park.

World Series tickets will be available for purchase online only -- beginning with a series of exclusive presales this week. Please see below for a complete schedule of presales and single-game ticket opportunities. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to only one World Series game, with a limit of four tickets.

Season Seat Holder Presale
Thursday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. CT through Sunday, October 21 at 11:59 p.m. CT

Wisconsin Residents Presale
Monday, October 22 from 10:00 a.m. CT to 11:59 p.m. CT

Any single-game ticket inventory for the World Series will be made available to the general public on Thursday, October 25

In the event fans purchase tickets for any postseason game that does not occur, the full value of the purchase (including fees) will be refunded to their credit card within 10 days of the scheduled game. Seating and pricing information is available at Brewers.com/postseason.

All customers will have an opportunity to add on parking passes during the ordering process. Digital parking passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please visit Brewers.com/postseason, call 414-902-4000 or visit the Miller Park Box Office.

Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers' NLCS roster substitution approved

Major League Baseball announced today that it has approved a roster substitution for the Milwaukee Brewers due to an injury sustained by pitcher Gio Gonzalez. As a result, Gonzalez will be replaced by right-handed pitcher Zach Davies on Milwaukee's National League Championship Series roster. Dr. Gary Green, MLB's Medical Director, confirmed the injury after communicating with the evaluating physician.

MLB Postseason rules provide that a Club may request permission from the Commissioner's Office to replace a player who is unable to play because of an injury. The Commissioner's Office may approve or disapprove the request based on the specific facts and circumstances. In accordance with the rules, Gonzalez will be ineligible to return in the World Series if the Brewers participate.

Major League Baseball announced today that it has approved a roster substitution for the Milwaukee Brewers due to an injury sustained by pitcher Gio Gonzalez. As a result, Gonzalez will be replaced by right-handed pitcher Zach Davies on Milwaukee's National League Championship Series roster. Dr. Gary Green, MLB's Medical Director, confirmed the injury after communicating with the evaluating physician.

MLB Postseason rules provide that a Club may request permission from the Commissioner's Office to replace a player who is unable to play because of an injury. The Commissioner's Office may approve or disapprove the request based on the specific facts and circumstances. In accordance with the rules, Gonzalez will be ineligible to return in the World Series if the Brewers participate.

Major League Rule 40(a)(4)(C)
The injured player being replaced shall be ineligible to play for the remainder of such series, as well as the next subsequent post-season series that year. Notwithstanding the foregoing, a replaced player, who has suffered an acute concussion during a post-season series, may be eligible to play in the next subsequent post-season series that year, provided that the player has been ineligible to play for a minimum of seven days, and Major League Baseball's Medical Director has reviewed a Return to Play form and supporting information and approved the reinstatement.

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Yankees make $100,000 donation to Hurricane Michael relief efforts

The New York Yankees announced Tuesday that the organization has made a $100,000 donation to support the relief efforts associated with Hurricane Michael. The contributions include $50,000 to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to the Salvation Army.

"The devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle of Florida is overwhelming," said Yankees General Partner / Vice Chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal. "Floridians are resilient and strong, and we want to offer our assistance and support in this time of serious need. We extend our deepest sympathies to the great many lives that have been impacted by the storm."

The New York Yankees announced Tuesday that the organization has made a $100,000 donation to support the relief efforts associated with Hurricane Michael. The contributions include $50,000 to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to the Salvation Army.

"The devastation caused by Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle of Florida is overwhelming," said Yankees General Partner / Vice Chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal. "Floridians are resilient and strong, and we want to offer our assistance and support in this time of serious need. We extend our deepest sympathies to the great many lives that have been impacted by the storm."

New York Yankees

Governor Cuomo announces NY Mets and county close to finalizing a lease extension to keep professional baseball in Onondaga County for next 25 years

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the New York Mets, New York State, Onondaga County and the City Of Syracuse are committed to signing a lease extension to keep professional baseball in Onondaga County for the next 25 years. Under terms of the agreement, the New York Mets would sign a 25 year lease and the State, County and City will invest $26.25 million to modernize and upgrade NBT Bank Stadium, making it a suitable home for professional, AAA baseball for the next 25 years.

Additionally, Mets officials announced that the name of the Triple-A affiliate will be changed to the Syracuse Mets. New home and road uniforms were unveiled along with the new primary logo that features the words "Syracuse Mets" emblazoned over the State of New York. The team will wear a new "S" in a nostalgic font on their hats.

"Baseball has been engrained in Syracuse's history for more than 80 years, and this critically important investment will ensure that it remains an 'amazin' part of this community's future for decades to come," Governor Cuomo said. "By renovating this stadium, we are going to attract new and old fans alike, generate economic activity and increase tourism across the region and help foster the next generation of baseball greats."

City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "This investment by the County Executive and the Governor exemplifies the partnerships necessary to sustain and grow our city and region. I am excited to welcome the Syracuse Mets to our community, which ensures that a baseball team and stadium will remain in Syracuse and continue to provide recreational opportunities for our region to enjoy."

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Governor Cuomo is a true champion for upstate New York. We are grateful for his support, which will ensure that NBT Stadium continues serving as an economic engine for our region. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's commitment and leadership, we are continuing to see great momentum and progress in Central New York."

The Mets have also committed to use their expert design team to develop many of the improvements and upgrades to NBT Bank Stadium, allowing local dollars to be spent on the construction of the project instead of various fees associated with design and engineering.
"We look forward to being in Syracuse as an organization and in the community with our top minor league club for many years to come," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "We must thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support. Additional thanks to Joanie Mahoney, the great folks at the ESD as well as the Onondaga County Legislators for all their efforts."

Onondaga County will reinvest revenue from stadium naming rights revenue in addition to bond proceeds to the project. The NBT Bank Stadium renovation will have a keen focus on hospitality and the improvement of the fan experience. Improvements will be focused on the in seat and in venue experience, with an emphasis on technology. The retail environment will see an upgrade with additional & renovated team stores, and rebranding and improvement to the food & beverage experience, with a focus on showcasing NYS best food and drink.

In addition, capital will be focused on replacing and extending the useful life on various mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and security systems and the refreshing of public restrooms. Ushering in the Syracuse Mets era will include a re-conceptualization of both interior and exterior stadium color palette, branding, and wayfinding. With the intention of creating a destination for fans of all ages to enjoy, emphasis will be placed on creating a more walk-able neighborhood venue environment that Mets have come to know and love at Citi Field. Plans are currently in development to extend the concourse beyond the 1st and 3rd base lines with amenities such as destination bars and food concepts. Construction will begin in 2019.

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that the New York Mets, New York State, Onondaga County and the City Of Syracuse are committed to signing a lease extension to keep professional baseball in Onondaga County for the next 25 years. Under terms of the agreement, the New York Mets would sign a 25 year lease and the State, County and City will invest $26.25 million to modernize and upgrade NBT Bank Stadium, making it a suitable home for professional, AAA baseball for the next 25 years.

Additionally, Mets officials announced that the name of the Triple-A affiliate will be changed to the Syracuse Mets. New home and road uniforms were unveiled along with the new primary logo that features the words "Syracuse Mets" emblazoned over the State of New York. The team will wear a new "S" in a nostalgic font on their hats.

"Baseball has been engrained in Syracuse's history for more than 80 years, and this critically important investment will ensure that it remains an 'amazin' part of this community's future for decades to come," Governor Cuomo said. "By renovating this stadium, we are going to attract new and old fans alike, generate economic activity and increase tourism across the region and help foster the next generation of baseball greats."

City of Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh said, "This investment by the County Executive and the Governor exemplifies the partnerships necessary to sustain and grow our city and region. I am excited to welcome the Syracuse Mets to our community, which ensures that a baseball team and stadium will remain in Syracuse and continue to provide recreational opportunities for our region to enjoy."

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "Governor Cuomo is a true champion for upstate New York. We are grateful for his support, which will ensure that NBT Stadium continues serving as an economic engine for our region. Thanks to Governor Cuomo's commitment and leadership, we are continuing to see great momentum and progress in Central New York."

The Mets have also committed to use their expert design team to develop many of the improvements and upgrades to NBT Bank Stadium, allowing local dollars to be spent on the construction of the project instead of various fees associated with design and engineering.
"We look forward to being in Syracuse as an organization and in the community with our top minor league club for many years to come," said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. "We must thank Governor Cuomo for his continued support. Additional thanks to Joanie Mahoney, the great folks at the ESD as well as the Onondaga County Legislators for all their efforts."

Onondaga County will reinvest revenue from stadium naming rights revenue in addition to bond proceeds to the project. The NBT Bank Stadium renovation will have a keen focus on hospitality and the improvement of the fan experience. Improvements will be focused on the in seat and in venue experience, with an emphasis on technology. The retail environment will see an upgrade with additional & renovated team stores, and rebranding and improvement to the food & beverage experience, with a focus on showcasing NYS best food and drink.

In addition, capital will be focused on replacing and extending the useful life on various mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, and security systems and the refreshing of public restrooms. Ushering in the Syracuse Mets era will include a re-conceptualization of both interior and exterior stadium color palette, branding, and wayfinding. With the intention of creating a destination for fans of all ages to enjoy, emphasis will be placed on creating a more walk-able neighborhood venue environment that Mets have come to know and love at Citi Field. Plans are currently in development to extend the concourse beyond the 1st and 3rd base lines with amenities such as destination bars and food concepts. Construction will begin in 2019.
New York Mets

Bob Melvin named Sporting News American League Manager of the Year

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been named the Sporting News American League Manager of the Year. It is his second Sporting News Manager of the Year Award after being named the National League winner with Arizona in 2007.

Melvin is just the third Athletics Manager to be named the Sporting News Manager of the Year, following Billy Martin (1981) and Tony La Russa (1988 & 1992). He is also a two-time winner of the Baseball Writers' Association of America Manager of the Year award with Arizona (2007) and Oakland (2012).

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been named the Sporting News American League Manager of the Year. It is his second Sporting News Manager of the Year Award after being named the National League winner with Arizona in 2007.

Melvin is just the third Athletics Manager to be named the Sporting News Manager of the Year, following Billy Martin (1981) and Tony La Russa (1988 & 1992). He is also a two-time winner of the Baseball Writers' Association of America Manager of the Year award with Arizona (2007) and Oakland (2012).

Melvin led the A's to the fourth best record in the Majors (97-65) and a postseason berth this season. It was Melvin's fourth time leading the A's to the postseason since joining the organization in 2011 and improved his record as A's skipper to 634-599 (.514). His win total is the third most in franchise history behind Connie Mack (3,582) and Tony La Russa (798).

The 22-win improvement from 2017 to 2018 (75-87 in 2017) was the third time a Bob Melvin-managed team increased its win total by 20 or more games from the previous season. Among active managers, only Bruce Bochy (SF), Ned Yost (KC), and Clint Hurdle (PIT) have longer uninterrupted tenures with their current teams.

The Sporting News AL Manager of the Year award is based on a survey of American League Managers and has been awarded every season since 1936.

Oakland Athletics

Texas Rangers appoint Shiraz Rehman as Assistant General Manager

The Texas Rangers today announced the appointment of Shiraz Rehman as Assistant General Manager.

The 41-year-old Rehman joins the Texas organization after seven years in the baseball operations group of the Chicago Cubs, most recently as Assistant General Manager, Strategic Initiatives. He will start in his new position with the Rangers this week.

The Texas Rangers today announced the appointment of Shiraz Rehman as Assistant General Manager.

The 41-year-old Rehman joins the Texas organization after seven years in the baseball operations group of the Chicago Cubs, most recently as Assistant General Manager, Strategic Initiatives. He will start in his new position with the Rangers this week.

With the Rangers, Rehman will assist President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels in the day-to-day management of Major League operations of the baseball department, including player acquisitions, roster management, player contracts, and salary arbitration. He will also be involved in other areas of baseball operations.

"I believe that Shiraz Rehman will be a valuable addition to our baseball operations team," said Daniels. "He has extensive experience with the Diamondbacks and Cubs in a number of roles that will be beneficial to our group. Shiraz will join Josh Boyd, Mike Daly, and several others in key baseball leadership positions as we go forward."

Rehman joined the Cubs as Assistant to the General Manager in November, 2011 shortly after Chicago hired President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and General Manager Jed Hoyer. He was promoted to Assistant General Manager a year later with his responsibilities including providing scouting, financial, and statistical information to support trade and player evaluation, salary arbitration, and development of the club's evaluation technologies and research and development department.

He was appointed as the Assistant General Manager, Strategic Initiatives after the 2017 season and in that role, focused on evaluating existing systems, and identifying and implementing solutions in an effort to create competitive advantages in the organization.

Prior to joining the Cubs, Rehman spent six seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball operations department as Manager of Baseball Operations, Director of Baseball Operations, and Director of Player Personnel. He began his baseball career as an intern in the Boston Red Sox baseball department in 2005.

Rehman is a 1999 graduate of McGill University in Montreal, where he earned a bachelor's degree in finance and accounting and was a four-year letterman for the baseball team. Before getting into baseball, he spent more than five years as a commodities trader and financial consultant and obtained his MBA from Columbia (NY) Business School in 2006.   

Rehman, his wife Beth, (a Midland, TX native) and their two children, daughter Eden (8) and son Mays (5) will be relocating from Chicago to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Orioles team up with local nonprofits to fight hunger in Sarasota

The Orioles are once again teaming up this fall with local nonprofits Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program and All Faiths Food Bank to fight hunger in Sarasota.

To support the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium beginning on Monday, November 5, and will host the charity's Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the ballpark on Friday, November 16. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium, located at 2700 12th Street, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The collection station is located inside Café 54 on Euclid Avenue. The stadium will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

The Orioles are once again teaming up this fall with local nonprofits Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program and All Faiths Food Bank to fight hunger in Sarasota.

To support the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program, the Orioles will collect non-perishable food items at Ed Smith Stadium beginning on Monday, November 5, and will host the charity's Thanksgiving Sorting Day at the ballpark on Friday, November 16. Non-perishable food items may be dropped off at Ed Smith Stadium, located at 2700 12th Street, on weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The collection station is located inside Café 54 on Euclid Avenue. The stadium will be closed on Monday, November 12, in observance of Veterans Day.

The Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is a nonprofit organization that has collected and distributed more than 600 tons of food and more than $3.5 million in food gift cards given to the hungry in Sarasota and Manatee counties since 1987. The organization's Thanksgiving food drive collects more than 46 tons of non-perishable food items annually. Food is distributed through charitable groups, religious institutions, and service agencies. Mayors' Feed the Hungry also uses cash donations to distribute food gift cards. For more information, visit www.mayorsfeedthehungry.org.

Tickets are on sale now for All Faiths Food Bank's popular Bowls of Hope benefit, which will be held at Ed Smith Stadium on Sunday, December 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Each year more than 1,500 guests attend the family-friendly event where 40 of the community's finest restaurants and caterers serve delicious soups, breads, desserts, and more. Guests select beautiful, handcrafted bowls to keep -- all donated by local potters, artists, and students -- while enjoying a modest meal as a reminder of the empty bowls they help to fill.

Each year during Spring Training, the Orioles host a food collection drive for All Faiths Food Bank at Ed Smith Stadium, and fans attending Gulf Coast League and Fall Instructional League games also contribute. In 2017, All Faiths Food Bank distributed more than 10.2 million pounds of food, which equates to 8.5 million meals to 66,000 people in Sarasota and DeSoto counties. For more information, visit www.allfaithsfoodbank.org.

"The Orioles have a long-standing commitment to fighting hunger, not just locally but also regionally throughout the mid-Atlantic and internationally through a variety of partnerships," said David Rovine, Vice President, Orioles-Sarasota. "We encourage local residents to participate in the important efforts of Mayors' Feed the Hungry and All Faiths Food Bank. Together, we can help improve the lives of families in need throughout the Sarasota area."

The Orioles' support for All Faiths Food Bank and Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub's year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. An independent analysis commissioned by Sarasota County Government concluded that the Orioles generate approximately $97 million in annual economic impact back to taxpayers and residents. By marketing Sarasota to fans in the Mid-Atlantic region, operating a year-round athletic training facility, producing entertainment and sporting events, partnering with charitable causes, and hosting and often subsidizing youth sports tournaments and activities, the Orioles demonstrate an abiding commitment to their Florida home that goes far beyond baseball. For more information, visit www.orioles.com/Sarasota.

Baltimore Orioles

Statement from Mariners Chairman & Managing Partner John Stanton on passing of Paul Allen

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Chairman & Managing Partner John Stanton issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Allen:

On behalf of the Seattle Mariners organization and ownership, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Paul's family and many friends.

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Chairman & Managing Partner John Stanton issued the following statement on the passing of Paul Allen:

On behalf of the Seattle Mariners organization and ownership, I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Paul's family and many friends.

His life and his legacy are a great example for us all.

Paul had a myriad of interests and he pursued them with dedication and curiosity. He had great success in business, but his passion was working to make his community, and the world, a better place. His success in those good works are his bequest to so many whose lives he changed, and to so many whose lives will be changed by the research still underway.

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Mariners Care raises over $1.4 million for Northwest charities in 2018

Over $26 million raised since 1991

Mariners Care, the Seattle Mariners non-profit foundation, and its corporate partners, helped provide $1.4 million for a variety of charitable programs throughout the Northwest. Since 1991, when Mariners Care was established, the nonprofit has helped raise over $26 million to benefit primarily youth-oriented community service programs.

"The Seattle Mariners have long been leaders in giving back to the community. It is a responsibility that we all take very seriously. I'm proud to continue the tradition that has helped this organization make such a positive and lasting impact on our community," said John Stanton, Mariners Chair and CEO. 

Mariners Care, the Seattle Mariners non-profit foundation, and its corporate partners, helped provide $1.4 million for a variety of charitable programs throughout the Northwest. Since 1991, when Mariners Care was established, the nonprofit has helped raise over $26 million to benefit primarily youth-oriented community service programs.

"The Seattle Mariners have long been leaders in giving back to the community. It is a responsibility that we all take very seriously. I'm proud to continue the tradition that has helped this organization make such a positive and lasting impact on our community," said John Stanton, Mariners Chair and CEO. 

During 2018, Mariners Care and the Mariners corporate partners supported over 1,500 local organizations including Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Seattle Children's, United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program, Northwest Harvest, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Additionally, every Mariners player participated in and supported various community programs and causes.

Mariners Care Highlights

Toys for Kids Dinner and Auction
Rich Rizzs and the Seattle Mariners RBI Club held the 17th annual dinner and auction to benefit several Puget Sound area charities serving disadvantaged children and families. The event raised over $300,000.

Goodwill Refuse To Abuse® 5k Run/Walk at Safeco Field
The 7th Annual Goodwill Refuse To Abuse 5k Run/Walk, held on July 21 at Safeco Field, raised $190,000 for the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Refuse To Abuse® campaign.


Cystic Fibrosis Mariners Care Golf Tournament
Over $175,000 was raised for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at the 333rd annual golf tournament and auction held on July 2 at Broadmoor Golf Club.

Mariners Care Silent Auctions
Held on Saturday home game at Safeco Field, silent auctions of autographed and game-used memorabilia raised $126,360 for Mariners Care in 2017. Since 2000, the Mariners Care Silent Auctions have raised over $1.73 million.

Peoria Diamond Club Annual Spring Training Charity Game
The annual Spring Training Charity Game between the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres raised $100,000 for local charities in Peoria, AZ, home of the Seattle Mariners Spring Training complex.

Mariners Care Charity Night
ROOT SPORTS and the Mariners teamed up to host the 8th annual online tele-auction during the June 14 telecast to raise funds for Mariners Care. The total for this year was $78,350.

PACCAR RBI for Literacy
For every Mariners RBI during the 2018 season, PACCAR made a donation to the Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program. This year, the program raised $75,000.

Mariners Care Speed Pitch
Located on the Main Level in Center Field, all proceeds from the interactive fan game are donated to Mariners Care. The season ending total is $45,500.

Premera Steals for the Cure
For each Mariners stolen base in 2018, Premera Blue Cross made a donation to Susan G. Komen. The Steals for the Cure program raised $40,972.

Seattle Mariners "Groundskeeper for a Day" Fundraising Program
This season, $36,650 was raised for Pacific Northwest charities through the "Groundskeeper for a Day" experiences offered at various auctions.

Jack in the Box for Seattle Children's
In 2018, Jack in the Box and the Mariners teamed up to help raise $31,727 for Seattle Children's through donations from customers at Seattle area Jack in the Box restaurants.

BECU Saves
For every save made by a Mariners pitcher at Safeco Field, Boeing Employees Credit Union donated $1,000 to Junior Achievement of Washington. The 2018 program resulted in a donation of $30,000.

Mariners Wives Favorite Things Auction
A silent auction of baskets filled with the favorite things of Mariners players raised $27,789 to benefit Mariners Care, the team's nonprofit foundation.

Alaska Airlines Home Runs for Education
For every home run hit by a Mariners player, Alaska Airlines donated airline miles to the United Negro College Fund Seattle serving Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. In 2018, 1,000,000 miles, valued at $27,500, were donated to help worth students succeed in education.

Holland America Line K's for Kids
For every strikeout recorded by a Mariners pitcher, Holland America Line made a donation to the Seattle Children's Uncompensated Care Fund. The 2018 program raised $25,000.

Pearl Jam Mariners Care Silent Auction
On July 20, Mariners Care and Pearl Jam hosted a silent auction at Safeco Field with Mariners and band memorabilia. The auction raised $21,377 for Pearl Jam's Vitalogy Foundation's homelessness relief initiative.

Mariners Wives Mystery Bag Fundraiser
Selling mystery bags of baseballs autographed by members of the 2018 team raise $19,320 for Mariners Care.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Equipment Drive
On June 3, Mariners fans and The Baseball Tomorrow Fund teamed up to collect new and gently used baseball and softball equipment to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County. The equipment and cash donations totaled $12,500.

Marineros Jersey Auction for Puerto Rico Relief
Game-used Marineros jerseys from Salute to Latin American Beisbol Night on September 8, along with unique items from Edgar Martinez and Edwin Diaz, were offered in a silent auction at Safeco Field. The auction raised $12,000 to benefit the Hispanic Federation and Unidos Disaster Relief & Recovery program to support Puerto Rico.

Baseball Tomorrow Fund Field Maintenance Clinic
The Mariners Grounds Crew and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund teamed up to present a Field Maintenance Clinic where a $10,000 grant was presented to Seattle Parks & Recreation to support sports field maintenance.

Moneytree Wins for Mariners Care
For every Mariners win, Moneytree made a donation to Mariners Care. The 2018 program totaled $9,000.

Hempler's Doubles
For every double hit by a Mariners player at Safeco Field, Hempler's donated $50 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. In 2018, the program raised $5,600.

Mariners Care Garage Sales
Mariners Care Garage Sales held at two home games this season, featuring memorabilia from current and past seasons, raised $4,377 for Mariners Care.

Fight Hunger Presented by 97.3 KIRO FM and Mariners Care
The annual food drive collected $3,775 in cash donations, providing 16,928 meals to families in need through Northwest Harvest.

Page Ahead Book Drive Presented by PACCAR
On August 21, Mariners Care and PACCAR hosted a book drive at Safeco Field to benefit the Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program. Participating Mariners fans donated 1,073 books, valued at $3,219.

Seattle Mariners

Astros Host Boston Red Sox for Games 3, 4 and 5 of AL Championship Series, Starting Tomorrow

Fans encouraged to arrive early for Postseason Street Fests, pregame ceremonies and gate giveaways on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 16-18

The Astros will host the Boston Red Sox in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the American League Championship Series here at Minute Maid Park starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 18. Tomorrow's Game 3 will begin at 4:09 p.m. CT as lefty Dallas Keuchel takes the mound against Boston. Wednesday's Game 4 will begin at 7:39 p.m. CT with Astros veteran RHP Charlie Morton on the bump and Thursday's Game 5 will begin at 7:09 p.m. CT. All Boston starters are TBA. The Astros and Red Sox enter play on Tuesday tied at 1-1, with Houston taking the first game of the series and Boston taking the second. The Astros will look to secure their second consecutive World Series berth in this best-of-seven AL Championship Series.

 

The Astros will host the Boston Red Sox in Games 3, 4 and 5 of the American League Championship Series here at Minute Maid Park starting tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 16 through Thursday, Oct. 18. Tomorrow's Game 3 will begin at 4:09 p.m. CT as lefty Dallas Keuchel takes the mound against Boston. Wednesday's Game 4 will begin at 7:39 p.m. CT with Astros veteran RHP Charlie Morton on the bump and Thursday's Game 5 will begin at 7:09 p.m. CT. All Boston starters are TBA. The Astros and Red Sox enter play on Tuesday tied at 1-1, with Houston taking the first game of the series and Boston taking the second. The Astros will look to secure their second consecutive World Series berth in this best-of-seven AL Championship Series.

 

ASTROS POSTSEASON STREET FESTS, GATE TIMES AND ROOF STATUS

Astros fans of all ages are invited to a Postseason Street Fest prior to each Astros Postseason home game! The Postseason Street Fest takes place on Tuesday from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Crawford Street. Fans can enjoy live music by the Powell Brothers (Tuesday), Cottonwood Crows (Wednesday) and Fidelity Maxx (Thursday); photo opportunities; face painters; caricaturists; food trucks; inflatables; bar games; photo booths; poster-making stations and much more before the Astros take on the Boston Red Sox. Fans can access the Astros Postseason Street Fest via the Atrium, Left Field Gate and Center Field Gate. A valid game ticket is required for entry.

 

Gate times for the three ALCS home games are as follows: 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday and 4:00 p.m. on Thursday.

 

The roof of Minute Maid Park will be closed for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the ALCS.

 

POSTSEASON GATE GIVEAWAYS AND PREGAME CEREMONIES

All fans in attendance at Astros ALCS Games 3, 4 and 5 will receive a special postseason gate giveaway. Prior to Game 3 on Tuesday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel presented by Chevron. Prior to Game 4 on Wednesday, all fans will receive an Astros Postseason Pom Pom. Astros fans will receive an Astros Postseason Rally Towel at gates prior to Game 5 on Thursday.

 

During a special pregame ceremony on Tuesday, Astros Season Ticket Holders will present a 50-yard U.S. flag in the outfield as Astros front office members and their families unfurl a "Never Settle" banner that will cover the infield. A Joint-Service Color Guard will present our nation's colors before country music star Cody Johnson performs Tuesday's National Anthem. Fellow country music star Neal McCoy will perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch. Astros legend Lance Berkman will throw Tuesday's ceremonial first pitch to former teammate and current Astros TV broadcaster Geoff Blum. Houston rapper Slim Thug will call "Play Ball!" to kick off Game 3 of the ALCS.

 

Wednesday's pregame will also feature several special guests. The U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Station Houston Color Guard will present our nation's colors prior to country music artist Tracy Byrd performing the National Anthem. Additionally, Tauren Wells, who performed at this year's Faith and Family Night, will return to perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch. Astros legend and 2005 NLDS Game 4 hero Chris Burke will throw the ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday to fellow Astros legend Brandon Backe, who was a key piece of the Astros' success during their 2005 World Series run. Houston Texans wide receiver Deandre Hopkins will call "Play Ball!" before the Astros take on the Red Sox in Game 4 of the ALCS.

 

On Thursday, Astros favorite and country music legend Clay Walker will perform the National Anthem following the Navy Recruiting District Houston All Female Color Guard's presentation of our nation's colors. Native Houstonian and 2014 Miss Houston Isis Smalls will perform God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch. Astros legend Jeff Kent, who is no stranger to postseason grandeur having hit the game-winning home run in Game 5 of the 2004 NLCS, will throw out Thursday's ceremonial first pitch to former first base coach and fellow Astros legend Jose Cruz. The Astros TV broadcast team, composed of Todd Kalas (play-by-play), Geoff Blum (color) and Julia Morales (sideline), will call "Play Ball!" prior to Thursday's 7:09 p.m. CT first pitch.

 

TICKETS

All fans must either have their printed tickets in hand or utilize the MLB.com Ballpark App on their mobile devices to access Minute Maid Park and the Astros Postseason Street Fest for all Astros Postseason games. PDFs, screenshots or any photos of tickets on a mobile device will NOT be accepted, and the Astros will not be able to print tickets on-site. Additionally, there is a no re-entry policy during the postseason.

 

TRAVELING TO THE BALLPARK

The Astros encourage fans to give themselves extra time to travel to the ballpark as there will be several road and lane closures surrounding Minute Maid Park, which will remain in effect through the end of the Astros postseason run. Astros fans and media should heed all directional signage indicating altered routes around downtown and surrounding the ballpark. Additionally, parking around Minute Maid Park will be limited. Directional signage around the ballpark will also advise fans of postseason entrances, which may vary slightly from the regular season.

 

The Uber pickup and dropoff area in center field will be available for fans to utilize throughout the postseason. Metro also provides a fast and easy alternative for getting to and from the ballpark. For more information, please visit www.ridemetro.org.

 

ASTROS ON TV AND RADIO

TBS is slated to exclusively televise ALCS Games 3-5 between the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox, with Brian Anderson and Ron Darling on the call and Lauren Shehadi reporting from the sidelines.

 

Fans can catch both games on the radio on the Astros flagship radio stations 790 KBME AM and in Spanish on La Ranchera 850 AM/101.7 FM, as well as on ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes 1230 AM.

 

MEDIA INFORMATION

Please carefully review the attached 2018 ALCS Media Info Sheet for details regarding credentials, parking, press box seating, clubhouse policies and access throughout the series. Per MLB, violations of media rules and restrictions can result in postseason credentials being revoked. Please contact the Astros Communications staff with any questions.

 

ORANGE OUT HOUSTON

The Astros are asking local businesses, schools, community leaders, organizations and Astros fans to Orange Out Houston by wearing orange clothing and accessories, rocking their Astros apparel, decking out their buildings in orange and creatively displaying their Astros pride throughout the Astros' postseason run. Astros fans are encouraged to post photos of what they are doing to Orange Out Houston with the hashtag #NeverSettle.

 

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Houston Astros

Cubs name Anthony Iapoce Majoe League hitting coach

The Chicago Cubs have named Anthony Iapoce as major league hitting coach, replacing Chili Davis. An announcement on the entire 2019 Cubs coaching staff will come at a later date.   

Iapoce, 45, was the major league hitting coach for the Texas Rangers for the last three seasons after spending the previous three years in the Cubs organization, guiding the development of many members of today's major league club as a Special Assistant to the GM while overseeing the club's minor league hitting program from 2013-15. During Iapoce's three years in Texas, the Rangers ranked fifth in the American League in runs and fourth in home runs in that span. The 2017 Rangers became the first team in big league history to see nine players reach 17 homers in the same season.

The Chicago Cubs have named Anthony Iapoce as major league hitting coach, replacing Chili Davis. An announcement on the entire 2019 Cubs coaching staff will come at a later date.   

Iapoce, 45, was the major league hitting coach for the Texas Rangers for the last three seasons after spending the previous three years in the Cubs organization, guiding the development of many members of today's major league club as a Special Assistant to the GM while overseeing the club's minor league hitting program from 2013-15. During Iapoce's three years in Texas, the Rangers ranked fifth in the American League in runs and fourth in home runs in that span. The 2017 Rangers became the first team in big league history to see nine players reach 17 homers in the same season.

Prior to joining the Cubs, Iapoce spent the previous three seasons as the roving hitting coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays (2010-12). Iapoce also served as the hitting coach for the Marlins Single-A Jupiter affiliate for two seasons from 2008-09.

A former outfielder, Iapoce played 11 seasons in the minor leagues in the Brewers and Marlins organizations, as well as independent ball, after being selected by Milwaukee in the 33rd round of the 1994 Draft. He reached the Triple-A level four different times and was a career .273 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage in 845 professional games.

Davis was Chicago's major league hitting coach for the 2018 campaign after serving as hitting coach in Oakland (2012-14) and Boston (2015-17).

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