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San Francisco Giants mourn the passing of former longtime broadcaster Hank Greenwald

The San Francisco Giants issued the following statement on behalf of the Greenwald Family:

It is with deep sadness we announce that former Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon at the age of 83 after a long battle with heart and kidney complications.

The San Francisco Giants issued the following statement on behalf of the Greenwald Family:

It is with deep sadness we announce that former Giants broadcaster Hank Greenwald passed away peacefully yesterday afternoon at the age of 83 after a long battle with heart and kidney complications.

"Hank was a broadcasting legend throughout the Bay Area and was a huge part of the Giants throughout his 16 seasons as our play-by-play announcer. He was the key link to our fans listening at home and brought our game to life through the radio," said Giants President and CEO Larry Baer. "Hank and his family continued to stay connected with the Giants following his retirement and he often could be found talking baseball or taking in a game on the broadcast level of AT&T Park. He will be deeply missed and our thoughts are with Carla, Kellie and Doug."

"My dad's goal was to be a Major League Baseball broadcaster, the San Francisco Giants provided him with that opportunity and in turn he provided Giants fans everywhere with many exciting moments," said Hank's son Doug Greenwald.

Hank spent 16 seasons overall as the play-by-play voice of the Giants on KNBR (680 AM). He was the voice of the Giants from 1979-86 before departing for a two-year stint with the New York Yankees radio team. He returned to the Giants in 1987 until his retirement from the club in 1996. A 1957 graduate of Syracuse University, Hank did radio play-by-play for the University of San Francisco Dons basketball, Syracuse football, Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League and the Golden State Warriors. Hank also served as the press box public address announcer for the Super Bowl. Following his retirement from the Giants in 1996, Hank did some broadcasting for CBS radio and served as a part-time television broadcaster for the A's during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.  

He is survived by his wife Carla of 48 years and their children Kellie and Doug. A celebration of Hank's life is pending.   

San Francisco Giants

Pirates Charities, People's Gas, Robert Morris University and other partners break ground on Moon Township Miracle League Project

Moon Township Miracle League Field and playground to assist persons living with disabilities

Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is partnering with the Miracle League of Moon Township to build the new Miracle League of Moon Township at People's Park Miracle League Field, adaptive playground and ADA restroom facility in Moon Twp. Pa.   
The project is designed to promote inclusive, healthy environments for persons living with disabilities in Moon Township and the surrounding communities and is being made possible by a partnership of community leaders, including Pirates Charities, People's Gas, Robert Morris University, Edgar Snyder and Associates, the Buncher Foundation, Edith Trees Trust, RB Vetco and Acme Door and Hardware. 

On Wednesday, October 24 at 3:30 p.m., the Pirates, and many of the above partners, will be joined at the project site (Moon Park 1350 Ewing Rd, Moon, PA 15108) by former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier, Allegheny County Councilman Tom Baker, and other dignitaries for the official ground breaking of the new Miracle League Field and playground. 

Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is partnering with the Miracle League of Moon Township to build the new Miracle League of Moon Township at People's Park Miracle League Field, adaptive playground and ADA restroom facility in Moon Twp. Pa.   
The project is designed to promote inclusive, healthy environments for persons living with disabilities in Moon Township and the surrounding communities and is being made possible by a partnership of community leaders, including Pirates Charities, People's Gas, Robert Morris University, Edgar Snyder and Associates, the Buncher Foundation, Edith Trees Trust, RB Vetco and Acme Door and Hardware. 

On Wednesday, October 24 at 3:30 p.m., the Pirates, and many of the above partners, will be joined at the project site (Moon Park 1350 Ewing Rd, Moon, PA 15108) by former Steelers running back Rocky Bleier, Allegheny County Councilman Tom Baker, and other dignitaries for the official ground breaking of the new Miracle League Field and playground. 

Construction of the project is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2019 and will include a Miracle League athletic field for athletes with special needs; a 9,500 square foot custom, adaptive playground; and a fully ADA accessible restroom facility.   

The field, which is the seventh in the tri-state region in which Pirates Charities has played a vital role in constructing, will allow persons with special needs to realize their dream of playing baseball, many of them for the very first time. As important, children and adults will now have the opportunity to develop relationships with their peers and coaches while playing on their very own field.   

Each Miracle League Field supported by Pirates Charities is made of a synthetic surface with no raised areas, to make it possible for children and adults in wheelchairs and walkers to safely move about the field. The fields feature accessible dugouts as well as new electronic scoreboards.  

"The Miracle League programs are very special to the Pirates and Pirates Charities and each time we are afforded the opportunity to assist in the construction of a new facility, we take a great amount of pride in being able to help," said Bob Nutting, Pirates and Pirates Charities Chairman. "This project will allow hundreds of children and adults in the area the chance to experience the great game of baseball while developing relationships with others in their community. It is incredibly rewarding for our organization to see the growth of the Miracle League in our region and to know that many children who would otherwise not be able to play baseball now have fields of their own."

Located in Moon Park, the Miracle League Field will complement the existing Miracle League fields in the Pittsburgh region and focus on players from areas such as Montour, West Allegheny, Moon, Sewickley, Weirton, Steubenville, Beaver County and surrounding communities. 

"Social capital, confidence and personal worth are the keys to improving our society and this project will provide an opportunity for all children to make our future better," said Mike Magulick, Miracle League of Moon Township president. "The board is proud to help lead the development of the project. We are excited to provide a platform for the amazing athletes to play in front of family, friends and the community. These athletes spend countless hours in therapy learning skills and milestones most others reach with ease and soon the athletes will be able to show their skills. We hope the community is ready to support and cheer because soon dedicated athletes will be playing on the playground and Miracle Field creating miracles in Moon." 

Since 2009, Pirates Charities has donated more than $1.3 Million in support of 10 Miracle Leagues throughout the areas in which the team has a footprint. Pirates Charities has played a vital role in the construction of seven Miracle League Fields, including the region's first field in Cranberry Township, Pa. Since 2009, fields in Upper St. Clair, Murrysville, Indiana County, Wheeling, WV, DuBois and in the Pirates spring home in Bradenton, Fla have been opened and are operational today.  

More than 250 Miracle League organizations operate across the country with the goal of empowering children and adults challenged by any form of special need to experience the joys and thrills of baseball regardless of their ability to play. The Miracle League, whose motto is "Every child deserves a chance to play baseball," allows for each player to bat once each inning and that all batters are "safe" and score a run before the inning is over. Games are two innings long and each team and each player always win.   

Integral to the Miracle League concept is the "Buddy System." Buddies assist all Miracle League players, and are volunteers from youth baseball organizations, local civic and community groups, and individuals with an interest in helping children with special needs.   

The Miracle League of Moon Township will implement a "buddy system" that is comprised predominantly of high school students who will mentor the athletes and help with participation in the recreational activities. Relative to the buddy system, the organization has established a junior board for high school students, to provide a leadership role in the league.  

For more information on the Miracle League of Moon Township, including project updates and fundraising information, visit miraclesinmoon.org.   

Pittsburgh Pirates

Ceremonial & off-field activities for Games One and Two of the 2018 World Series presented by YouTube TV

Major League Baseball today announced the ceremonial & off-field activities for Games One and Two of the 2018 World Series presented by YouTube TV. The 114th Fall Classic between the American League Champion Boston Red Sox and the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers begins tonight, Tuesday, October 23rd, at Fenway Park with LIVE coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX, FOX Deportes and ESPN Radio. 

RED SOX LEGENDS THROWING FIRST PITCHES: 
The ceremonial first pitches of the first two games of the Fall Classic will be thrown by a group of Red Sox Legends, some of whom also had a hand in the same ceremonies in previous World Series in Boston.  

Major League Baseball today announced the ceremonial & off-field activities for Games One and Two of the 2018 World Series presented by YouTube TV. The 114th Fall Classic between the American League Champion Boston Red Sox and the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers begins tonight, Tuesday, October 23rd, at Fenway Park with LIVE coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on FOX, FOX Deportes and ESPN Radio. 

RED SOX LEGENDS THROWING FIRST PITCHES: 
The ceremonial first pitches of the first two games of the Fall Classic will be thrown by a group of Red Sox Legends, some of whom also had a hand in the same ceremonies in previous World Series in Boston.  

Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, who hit .352 in 14 World Series games (1967 & 1975), will once again throw the ceremonial first pitch of a World Series Game One hosted at Fenway Park. Yastrzemski threw out the first pitch of Game One of the 2004, 2007 and 2013 World Series. The Red Sox have won each of those games. 

In another repeat performance from the 2013 World Series, members of the 2004 World Series Champion Red Sox will throw the ceremonial first pitch of Game Two. 

NATIONAL ANTHEM PERFORMANCES: 
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and Red Sox fan James Taylor will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of Game One. As a recording and touring artist, Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years. Over the course of his celebrated songwriting and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum, and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002. In 2015, Taylor released Before This World, his first new studio album in thirteen years, which earned him his first ever #1 album. The album features the song "Angels of Fenway," which James wrote as a tribute to his favorite team and the enduring power of baseball. 

He has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2012, Taylor was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government and the National Medal of Arts by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. In November 2015, Taylor was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. In December 2016 Taylor received the Kennedy Center Honors, which are presented annually to individuals who have enriched American culture by distinguished achievement in the performing arts. This month, Taylor announced the "James Taylor Million Meals Challenge," an initiative to aid New Bern, NC, and the surrounding 22 counties who have been affected by the devastation of Hurricane Florence with The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The program is doubling donations through October 31st.

Michelle Brooks Thompson, who is a regular performer at Fenway Park, will sing "God Bless America" after the top of the 7th inning during Game One. 

The National Anthem for Game Two will be performed by Boston Pops, with vocalists from the Tanglewood Chorus and the Boston Symphony Children's Chorus, under the direction of Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart

SPECIAL GUESTS FOR GAMES ONE & TWO: 
Major League Baseball has invited service members through the PALS for Patriots program to a first-class experience at Game One, including attending Batting Practice, meeting Commissioner Rob Manfred, Major League players and MLB Network talent. The PALS for Patriots program, in partnership with Patient AirLift Services, provides morale-boosting trips to Major League Baseball games. Launched in 2013, Major League Baseball annually donates tickets, lodging and meals for wounded veterans to attend baseball games through the program. Patient AirLift Services arranges volunteer pilots to fly the veterans from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and other military hospitals, to the games in several major league cities each year. Information about the Game One guests, who will be joined by a companion and the volunteer pilot, are below:

Isaac Francois
A retired Fleet Marine Force Hospital Corpsman Second Class, Isaac joined the Navy in April 2004 as a Hospital Corpsman, and has served with the Marines in Okinawa, Japan, Camp Lejeune, NC, and Afghanistan. Isaac was medically retired in December 2013 after the Navy found him unable to perform his duties due to injuries sustained in Afghanistan and throughout his Naval career (Bilateral Compartment Syndrome of lower extremities, PTSD). Since Isaac's separation from the Navy, he has been very involved with adaptive sports, and has participated in two Warrior Games, as well as the 2014 Invictus Games in London. Isaac has an adventurous soul and likes to think of himself as the guy who tries everything at least once, so he has competed in cycling, track and field, swimming, rock climbing, shooting and archery. When he's not working, he enjoys spending time with family, cycling, building pinewood derby cars, and learning to play the guitar.
 
Sharod Wade
A native Washingtonian, Sharod enlisted in the US Marine Corps to serve active duty in 2003. Upon completing recruit training aboard Parris Island, SC. Sharod was stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC serving as Food Service and Operations Specialist. From 2005-2006, Sharod deployed with 2nd Marine Logistics Group conducting counterinsurgency operations with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). Upon being medically retired, Sharod returned home to Washington, DC to pursue a new career as an entrepreneur. In 2016, Sharod completed the Dog Tag Fellowship program, and earned a Professional Business Administration Certificate from Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies. Sharod and his wife Brittany (a veteran of the US Air Force), launched a facilities maintenance company "Semper Sanitize." Sharod remains a proud resident of Washington, DC, where he lives with Brittany and their five children (4 girls and 1 boy). 

Tevon Mitchell
A native of Annapolis (MD), Tevon enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 2001. He completed recruit training aboard Parris Island, SC and was then stationed on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC serving as Food Service and Operations Specialist. From 2002-2007, Tevon deployed with 2nd Marine Logistics Group conducting counterinsurgency operations with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable). Upon being wounded in combat and honorably discharged, Tevon became interested in the medical field. He returned home to Annapolis where he began pursuit of a career in the nursing industry. Tevon and his wife Tara have seven children (5 girls and 2 boys).

Jesse Quist, 15, a now 10th grader from Cheyenne, Wyo., will be recognized alongside Sharon Robinson prior to Game Two for being a grand prize winners of the 2018 Breaking Barriers: In Sports, In Life essay contest. Jesse was one of two grand prize winners, selected out of thousands of essays written from around the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. In his essay, Jesse describes the amount of determination and persistence he has demonstrated in his life after being born without fully functioning hands or arms. The essay contest is the central component of the Breaking Barriers educational program, led by Major League Baseball, Scholastic, and Sharon Robinson. Breaking Barriers is designed to educate students in grades four through nine about the values demonstrated by Jackie Robinson as he broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, and how to apply them to their own lives. *Jesse's winning essay available by request.*

GAME TWO COMMUNITY EVENT -- VISITING BOSTON'S CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: Prior to Game Two, representatives from Major League Baseball and the Boston Red Sox will visit young patients at Boston Children's Hospital, the #1 ranked pediatric hospital in the nation (according to U.S. News & World Report's 2018-19 Best Children's Hospitals Honor Roll). As part of the visit, the group will donate a "Play Space," a unit containing game consoles, including Virtual Reality, TVs and MLB video games. As an extension of UMPS Care Charities, umpires assigned to the World Series will be on-hand to help the kids create and customize their own Build-A-Bears. Commissioner Manfred and representatives from the Red Sox also will be on-hand and will be joined by the family of Roberto Clemente. 

ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED PRIOR TO GAME TWO: The 2018 Roberto Clemente Award will be announced in a press conference and recognized on-field prior to the start of Game Two. The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of a Major League player who best represents the game of Baseball through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. The annual Award pays tribute to Roberto Clemente's achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others.  

The concept of honoring Major League players for their philanthropic work was created in 1971 as the "Commissioner's Award." It was renamed the "Roberto Clemente Award" in 1973 in honor of the Hall of Famer and 15-time All-Star who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. 

GAME BALL DELIVERY: Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston will deliver the game ball of Games One and Two to the mound. Stavaughn Harris, 13, a student at Peter Noyes Middle School will deliver the game ball for Game One with Hall of Famer and Red Sox Legend Jim Rice. His favorite player is ALCS MVP Jackie Bradley, Jr. Jajuan Julian, 18, is a senior at Edward M. Kennedy High School and will deliver the game ball for Game Two with former Red Sox All-Star second baseman and current NESN analyst Jerry Remy. His favorite player is Mookie Betts. 

Red Sox set roster for 2018 World Series

The Boston Red Sox today announced the team's 25-man active roster for their World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
 
The roster is as follows:
 
PITCHERS (11): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale
 
CATCHERS (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vázquez
 
INFIELDERS (7): Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Núñez, Steve Pearce
 
OUTFIELDERS (4): Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez
 
The Red Sox will play the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series tonight at Fenway Park beginning at 8:09 p.m. ET. 
 

The Boston Red Sox today announced the team's 25-man active roster for their World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
 
The roster is as follows:
 
PITCHERS (11): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz, Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale
 
CATCHERS (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vázquez
 
INFIELDERS (7): Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, Brock Holt, Ian Kinsler, Mitch Moreland, Eduardo Núñez, Steve Pearce
 
OUTFIELDERS (4): Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., J.D. Martinez
 
The Red Sox will play the Dodgers in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series tonight at Fenway Park beginning at 8:09 p.m. ET. 
 

Boston Red Sox

Snow Patrol to open for Ed Sheeran

Newly released seats available for the Wednesday, October 24 show

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Snow Patrol will be able to perform on the rescheduled Ed Sheeran date at Miller Park this Wednesday, October 24. Snow Patrol will be the sole supporting act.

Doors to Miller Park will open at 5:30 p.m. CT with show beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT.   

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Snow Patrol will be able to perform on the rescheduled Ed Sheeran date at Miller Park this Wednesday, October 24. Snow Patrol will be the sole supporting act.

Doors to Miller Park will open at 5:30 p.m. CT with show beginning at 7:00 p.m. CT.   

Additional seats have been recently released and are available for purchase at Brewers.com/EdSheeran.

Milwaukee Brewers

D-backs agree to terms with Eduardo Escobar on a 3-year contract

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with INF Eduardo Escobar (@escobarmaracay) on a 3-year contract through the 2021 season.
  
Escobar, 29, established career highs in home runs (23), doubles (48), walks (52), runs scored (75), RBI (84), games (151), hits (154), total bases (277) and at-bats (566) while hitting .272 in 151 combined games with the D-backs and Minnesota Twins in 2018. He led all switch-hitters in doubles, ranked third in average and slugging pct. (.489), fourth in OPS (.824), fifth in RBI and hits and tied for eighth in home runs. Overall, his 48 doubles ranked second in the Majors behind Alex Bregman/HOU (51) and were tied for ninth most all-time in a season by a switch hitter.
 
Escobar, who was acquired from the Twins on July 27 RHP Jhoan Durán, OF Ernie De La Trinidad and OF Gabriel Maciel, appeared in 131 games at third base (124 starts), 21 games at shortstop (20 starts) and 1 at second (1 start). He led all third basemen with a .983 fielding pct. (5 E in 299 TC), the best fielding mark at that position since Placido Polanco/MIA in 2013 (.990).
 
Since 2014, Escobar ranks among the Major League switch-hitting leaders in doubles (6th, 144) and extra-base hits (7th, 228). He has recorded 30 or more doubles 3 times in the last 5 seasons, 1 of 6 Major League switch-hitters to accomplish that feat, joining Melky Cabrera (4), Asdrúbal Cabrera (4), José Ramírez (3), Francisco Lindor (3) and Ben Zobrist (3). Escobar was named the Twins' 2018 nominee for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's Heart and Hustle Award, and was 1 of 6 finalists for the 2017 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, given annually to the player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.
 
Escobar is a career .257 (648-for-2520)/.308 OBP/.417 SLG hitter with 153 doubles, 19 triples, 71 home runs, 308 RBI, 180 walks and 310 runs scored in 770 games over parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2011-12), Twins (2012-18) and D-backs (2018). He has made an appearance at every defensive position except first base, including 328 at shortstop, 311 at third base, 59 at second base, 43 in left field and 1 in right field, center field, catcher and pitcher. He was originally signed by the White Sox as a non-drafted free agent on January 28, 2006 and was traded to Minnesota on July 28, 2012 for LHP Francisco Liriano.

The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with INF Eduardo Escobar (@escobarmaracay) on a 3-year contract through the 2021 season.
  
Escobar, 29, established career highs in home runs (23), doubles (48), walks (52), runs scored (75), RBI (84), games (151), hits (154), total bases (277) and at-bats (566) while hitting .272 in 151 combined games with the D-backs and Minnesota Twins in 2018. He led all switch-hitters in doubles, ranked third in average and slugging pct. (.489), fourth in OPS (.824), fifth in RBI and hits and tied for eighth in home runs. Overall, his 48 doubles ranked second in the Majors behind Alex Bregman/HOU (51) and were tied for ninth most all-time in a season by a switch hitter.
 
Escobar, who was acquired from the Twins on July 27 RHP Jhoan Durán, OF Ernie De La Trinidad and OF Gabriel Maciel, appeared in 131 games at third base (124 starts), 21 games at shortstop (20 starts) and 1 at second (1 start). He led all third basemen with a .983 fielding pct. (5 E in 299 TC), the best fielding mark at that position since Placido Polanco/MIA in 2013 (.990).
 
Since 2014, Escobar ranks among the Major League switch-hitting leaders in doubles (6th, 144) and extra-base hits (7th, 228). He has recorded 30 or more doubles 3 times in the last 5 seasons, 1 of 6 Major League switch-hitters to accomplish that feat, joining Melky Cabrera (4), Asdrúbal Cabrera (4), José Ramírez (3), Francisco Lindor (3) and Ben Zobrist (3). Escobar was named the Twins' 2018 nominee for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association's Heart and Hustle Award, and was 1 of 6 finalists for the 2017 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, given annually to the player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.
 
Escobar is a career .257 (648-for-2520)/.308 OBP/.417 SLG hitter with 153 doubles, 19 triples, 71 home runs, 308 RBI, 180 walks and 310 runs scored in 770 games over parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2011-12), Twins (2012-18) and D-backs (2018). He has made an appearance at every defensive position except first base, including 328 at shortstop, 311 at third base, 59 at second base, 43 in left field and 1 in right field, center field, catcher and pitcher. He was originally signed by the White Sox as a non-drafted free agent on January 28, 2006 and was traded to Minnesota on July 28, 2012 for LHP Francisco Liriano.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Umpires for the 2018 World Series announced

Ted Barrett to serve as crew chief for baseball's 114th Fall Classic

Major League Baseball today announced the umpires who have been assigned to the 2018 World Series, which is presented by YouTube TV. Ted Barrett, who is in his 21st season as a Major League Umpire, will work the Fall Classic for the fourth time, including his first as crew chief.

Barrett, who was the crew chief for this Postseason's National League Division Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Colorado Rockies, previously worked the Fall Classic in 2007, 2011 and 2014. Barrett, who holds a doctorate in theology, is the only umpire in history to have been behind home plate for multiple perfect games (David Cone in 1999 and Matt Cain in 2012). He will lead a crew that includes regular season crew chiefs Fieldin Culbreth and Jeff Nelson as well as Kerwin Danley, Chad Fairchild, Jim Reynolds and Tim Timmons. Like Barrett, it is the fourth career Fall Classic for Nelson; the third for Culbreth; the second for Danley and Reynolds; and the first for Fairchild and Timmons. All seven umpires who will be on the field in the World Series were assigned to this year's Division Series.

Major League Baseball today announced the umpires who have been assigned to the 2018 World Series, which is presented by YouTube TV. Ted Barrett, who is in his 21st season as a Major League Umpire, will work the Fall Classic for the fourth time, including his first as crew chief.

Barrett, who was the crew chief for this Postseason's National League Division Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Colorado Rockies, previously worked the Fall Classic in 2007, 2011 and 2014. Barrett, who holds a doctorate in theology, is the only umpire in history to have been behind home plate for multiple perfect games (David Cone in 1999 and Matt Cain in 2012). He will lead a crew that includes regular season crew chiefs Fieldin Culbreth and Jeff Nelson as well as Kerwin Danley, Chad Fairchild, Jim Reynolds and Tim Timmons. Like Barrett, it is the fourth career Fall Classic for Nelson; the third for Culbreth; the second for Danley and Reynolds; and the first for Fairchild and Timmons. All seven umpires who will be on the field in the World Series were assigned to this year's Division Series.

Culbreth will serve as the Replay Official for Games One and Two of the World Series, after which he will join the on-field crew as the left field umpire for Game Three. Timmons, the home plate umpire for Game One, will be the Replay Official from Game Three through the conclusion of the World Series. The Replay Assistant throughout the Fall Classic will be Major League Umpire Chris Conroy, who was on the field for the American League Division Series (HOU-CLE). A complete listing of the rotation assigned to the 2018 World Series accompanies this press release. 

The 2018 Postseason schedule can be viewed at MLB.com/postseason. All games on FOX will be available to MLB.TV subscribers who are authenticated subscribers to the applicable network through a participating pay TV provider. ESPN Radio will provide live national coverage of all 2018 MLB Postseason games.  

Target Field to host NDSU vs. Butler football game presented by Pioneer

Tickets to go on sale November 8th

The Minnesota Twins and North Dakota State University today announced that the NDSU football team will host Butler on August 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Target Field presented by Pioneer. The NCAA Division I matchup, which will be a NDSU home game, will be the second-collegiate and first Division I football game played at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. The game will mark the first meeting between the two schools and will be the season-opener for both teams.

"The Minnesota Twins organization is honored and excited to host one of America's greatest college football success stories - the NDSU Bison - at Target Field," Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. "The NDSU-Butler game is certain to be a tremendous college football showcase, as Bison Nation takes over downtown Minneapolis."

The Minnesota Twins and North Dakota State University today announced that the NDSU football team will host Butler on August 31, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Target Field presented by Pioneer. The NCAA Division I matchup, which will be a NDSU home game, will be the second-collegiate and first Division I football game played at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. The game will mark the first meeting between the two schools and will be the season-opener for both teams.

"The Minnesota Twins organization is honored and excited to host one of America's greatest college football success stories - the NDSU Bison - at Target Field," Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. "The NDSU-Butler game is certain to be a tremendous college football showcase, as Bison Nation takes over downtown Minneapolis."

"There has been great buzz and excitement from our fan base since the game at Target Field was announced. The opportunity to partner with the Twins organization and showcase Bison football in Minneapolis is something our players and coaches are excited about," said NDSU Director of Athletics Matt Larsen. "We look forward to seeing 40,000 members of Bison Nation, clad in green and gold, packing Target Field next year."

"We're delighted to partner with Pioneer and North Dakota State Athletics in bringing DI football to Target Field next fall," said Senior Director, Corporate Partnerships Jeff Jurgella. "The Agriculture Industry is a vital economic force throughout all of Twins Territory, and we're hoping many Ag producers will take the opportunity to travel to Minneapolis to enjoy Bison Football in such a unique venue before the harvest season is upon them." 

Minnesota Twins

Marlins sign top-ranked international prospect Víctor Víctor Mesa and brother Víctor Mesa Jr.

The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has signed outfielders Víctor Víctor Mesa and Víctor Mesa Jr. to Minor League contracts.  
 
Mesa, 22, is the top-ranked International prospect in the 2018-19 class, according to MLB Pipeline, Baseball America, and FanGraphs. He debuted for Matanzas in Cuba's top domestic league, Serie Nacional, as a 16-year-old in 2012 and had his best season in 2016-17, batting .354 with a .399 on-base percentage, a .539 slugging percentage, seven home runs, and 40 stolen bases in 70 games. He also played for Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, going 3x7 (.429) with two doubles and three RBI in six games.  
 
Mesa Jr., 17, a left-handed hitter who starred for Cuba's U18 national team, batting .320 (8x25) with a double and an RBI at the U18 World Cup last year. He was part of Cuba's U15 World Series winning team in 2014 and claimed the batting title in his most recent domestic amateur tournament. 

The Miami Marlins today announced that the club has signed outfielders Víctor Víctor Mesa and Víctor Mesa Jr. to Minor League contracts.  
 
Mesa, 22, is the top-ranked International prospect in the 2018-19 class, according to MLB Pipeline, Baseball America, and FanGraphs. He debuted for Matanzas in Cuba's top domestic league, Serie Nacional, as a 16-year-old in 2012 and had his best season in 2016-17, batting .354 with a .399 on-base percentage, a .539 slugging percentage, seven home runs, and 40 stolen bases in 70 games. He also played for Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, going 3x7 (.429) with two doubles and three RBI in six games.  
 
Mesa Jr., 17, a left-handed hitter who starred for Cuba's U18 national team, batting .320 (8x25) with a double and an RBI at the U18 World Cup last year. He was part of Cuba's U15 World Series winning team in 2014 and claimed the batting title in his most recent domestic amateur tournament. 

Miami Marlins

StadiumLinks coming to Globe Life Park this weekend

Globe Life Park will be transformed into a one-of-a kind golf experience

 Tickets are still available for StadiumLinks, a one-of-a-kind, nine-hole golf experience taking place at Globe Life Park this weekend. 
 
Tee times are available this Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Tee time bookings are available in two-person and four-person registrations. Tickets start at $75 per person and are available by visiting texasrangers.com/stadiumlinks. 
 
There is also limited availability for the newly enhanced VIP Package. VIP guests will have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge with complimentary food and beverage opportunities, VIP tee boxes along the course, and the newly offered practice range, among other premium upgrades. Stadiumlinks will also reward a cash purse of $2,000 to players with top scores.
 
"The upcoming event gives fans of this iconic sports venue and golfers of all skill levels the rare opportunity of hitting incredible golf shots from nine new locations throughout the ballpark. These new tee box locations, combined with target greens that will be newly designed into the playing field, will create an incredibly unique and memorable experience," Jon Stephens, founder of Stadiumlinks said. "Whether you're a highly competitive golfer, casual golf or sports fan, or have an interest in experiencing Globe Life Park in a one-of-a-kind and intimate setting, we're excited to offer an amazing experience that appeals to everyone from all walks of life."
 
Globe Life Park is one of five MLB ballparks to host StadiumLinks this fall, joining Guaranteed Rate Field, Citi Field, Minute Maid Park and Angel Stadium. 
 
Stadiumlinks returns to Arlington for the second time, the first since 2016. The Globe Life Park field surface will not be impacted by the Stadiumlinks event, as it is scheduled to be completely re-soded following the conclusion of the Stadiumlinks and previously announced Enchant Christmas Event.
 
ABOUT STADIUMLINKS: Stadiumlinks is a consumer event company re-imagining the way golf and stadium venues are experienced. It partners with prominent sports venues around the country, producing events that attract participants of all ages, skill types, and competition levels. Find out more about the event and register at texasrangers.com/stadiumlinks.

 Tickets are still available for StadiumLinks, a one-of-a-kind, nine-hole golf experience taking place at Globe Life Park this weekend. 
 
Tee times are available this Friday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.. Tee time bookings are available in two-person and four-person registrations. Tickets start at $75 per person and are available by visiting texasrangers.com/stadiumlinks. 
 
There is also limited availability for the newly enhanced VIP Package. VIP guests will have exclusive access to the VIP Lounge with complimentary food and beverage opportunities, VIP tee boxes along the course, and the newly offered practice range, among other premium upgrades. Stadiumlinks will also reward a cash purse of $2,000 to players with top scores.
 
"The upcoming event gives fans of this iconic sports venue and golfers of all skill levels the rare opportunity of hitting incredible golf shots from nine new locations throughout the ballpark. These new tee box locations, combined with target greens that will be newly designed into the playing field, will create an incredibly unique and memorable experience," Jon Stephens, founder of Stadiumlinks said. "Whether you're a highly competitive golfer, casual golf or sports fan, or have an interest in experiencing Globe Life Park in a one-of-a-kind and intimate setting, we're excited to offer an amazing experience that appeals to everyone from all walks of life."
 
Globe Life Park is one of five MLB ballparks to host StadiumLinks this fall, joining Guaranteed Rate Field, Citi Field, Minute Maid Park and Angel Stadium. 
 
Stadiumlinks returns to Arlington for the second time, the first since 2016. The Globe Life Park field surface will not be impacted by the Stadiumlinks event, as it is scheduled to be completely re-soded following the conclusion of the Stadiumlinks and previously announced Enchant Christmas Event.
 
ABOUT STADIUMLINKS: Stadiumlinks is a consumer event company re-imagining the way golf and stadium venues are experienced. It partners with prominent sports venues around the country, producing events that attract participants of all ages, skill types, and competition levels. Find out more about the event and register at texasrangers.com/stadiumlinks.

Texas Rangers

Ed Sheeran concert at Miller Park rescheduled

Multi-Grammy Award Winner to Now Play Miller Park on Wednesday, October 24

MILWAUKEE - Today, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that the Ed Sheeran concert at Miller Park has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 24 from the originally scheduled date of Tuesday, October 23. The change has been made by the Brewers and Messina Touring Group to accommodate tour load-in and setup following Game 7 of the NLCS. All tickets issued for the original date of October 23 will be honored for admission to the show on October 24.

The Ed Sheeran concert is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. with all doors to Miller Park opening at 5:30 p.m.

MILWAUKEE - Today, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that the Ed Sheeran concert at Miller Park has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 24 from the originally scheduled date of Tuesday, October 23. The change has been made by the Brewers and Messina Touring Group to accommodate tour load-in and setup following Game 7 of the NLCS. All tickets issued for the original date of October 23 will be honored for admission to the show on October 24.

The Ed Sheeran concert is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. with all doors to Miller Park opening at 5:30 p.m.

Thus far, every date on the North American leg of Sheeran's worldwide stadium tour has sold out, including Saturday's show in Minneapolis. The tour supports the British superstar's blockbuster GRAMMY award-winning, third album "÷" (pronounced "divide"), which was crowned the biggest album of 2017 by Nielsen Music, and has since been certified 4x Platinum in the U.S. alone. Sheeran's most recent single "Perfect" - a staggering 9x-Platinum certified - is one of the biggest songs of the year, holding at No. 1 on the Hot AC radio chart for the eleven weeks, as well as topping the Top 40 radio chart for two weeks. "Perfect" also held the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 for six consecutive weeks. The song earned Sheeran his second chart-topper on the Hot 100, joining "Shape Of You" which was No. 1 for a remarkable 12 weeks, and made "÷" the only album of 2017 to have two of its singles top the Hot 100.  

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Ed Sheeran has established himself as one of the world's biggest musical artists with over 40 million albums sold and more than 17 billion streams. Having released his history-making third studio album '÷' (Divide) in March last year, Ed has continued to dominate charts across the globe and solidified his status as one of the world's most talented, and loved, modern day troubadours. With over 15 million copies sold worldwide to date, '÷' has spawned Ed's global hit singles "Shape of You", "Castle on the Hill", "Galway Girl", "Perfect" and "Happier".

A songwriter of a generation, he has won an array of awards over his career to date including 4 Grammy Awards, 5 BRIT Awards, 4 Ivor Novello's, 6 Billboard Music Awards and many more. Additionally, he was awarded a MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to music and charity at the end of 2017, as well as being announced as the IFPI's Best-Selling Global Recording Artist of the Year.

Heralded over his career for his exceptional live show, in July 2015 Sheeran became the first-ever artist to headline Wembley Stadium, solo, without a band - with just his loop pedal and guitar - over three, consecutive sold out nights. Move forward to June 2017, Ed closed Glastonbury Festival with a triumphant headline slot on the prestigious Pyramid Stage. Currently on the North American leg of his world stadium tour, Ed recently finished his UK stint which included four nights at London's Wembley Stadium. He officially entered record books again with his Divide tour after it became the biggest solo tour [without a band] in the UK, ever!

Milwaukee Brewers

Angels Name Brad Ausmus as Field Manager

Becomes 17th Different Manager in Club History

The Los Angeles Angels today formally named Brad Ausmus the club's new Field Manager in an announcement by General Manager Billy Eppler. He becomes the 17th different field manager in club history, replacing Mike Scioscia, who held the position since 2000. As per club policy, no terms of the contract will be released. 

The club will host an introductory press conference with Ausmus, Angels owner Arte Moreno and General Manager Billy Eppler in the Lexus Diamond Club at Angel Stadium on Monday, October 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. Media interested in covering the event can enter through the Media Entrance located at Gate 3. All attending media are asked to RSVP to the Angels Communications department prior to Monday's event.

The Los Angeles Angels today formally named Brad Ausmus the club's new Field Manager in an announcement by General Manager Billy Eppler. He becomes the 17th different field manager in club history, replacing Mike Scioscia, who held the position since 2000. As per club policy, no terms of the contract will be released. 

The club will host an introductory press conference with Ausmus, Angels owner Arte Moreno and General Manager Billy Eppler in the Lexus Diamond Club at Angel Stadium on Monday, October 22nd, at 1:00 p.m. Media interested in covering the event can enter through the Media Entrance located at Gate 3. All attending media are asked to RSVP to the Angels Communications department prior to Monday's event.

"Over the past few weeks, our baseball operations personnel sat down with numerous highly-qualified and impressive candidates for our managerial role. We are thankful to all of them for their time and effort throughout the process," Angels General Manager Billy Eppler said. "Ultimately, Brad's balance of connectivity, communication and leadership skills as well as his understanding of evolving strategies and probabilistic approach to decision making led us to him. We believe his knowledge, drive and growth-mindset will allow him to integrate seamlessly with our players and staff and will be pivotal in advancing our culture and moving us toward our goals as an organization."

Ausmus, 49, served as an Assistant to the General Manager for the Angels in 2018. The native of New Haven, CT takes over the managerial role following 23 seasons of professional baseball as a player and four as manager of the Detroit Tigers (2014-2017).  

Ausmus was named the 38th manager in the history of the Tigers on November 3, 2013. He became the 14th manager in Tigers history to have also played at the Major League level for Detroit, joining among others Alan Trammell, Billy Martin, Fred Hutchinson, Mickey Cochrane and Ty Cobb. In his first year at the helm, he guided the Tigers to a 90-72 record and a Central division title in 2014. Two years later Detroit would finish 2.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. He finished with a 314-332 record during his tenure with the Tigers.  

A standout prep performer at Cheshire High School (CT), Ausmus played shortstop and batted .327 as a sophomore before converting to a catcher as a junior and hitting .436. During his senior season recorded a .411 average and was named the Cheshire Area High School Player of the Year. In addition, he was named to the All-State team both his junior and senior years. During his high school career, he was also a solid performer as a guard on the basketball team.

Drafted by the New York Yankees in the 47th round of the 1987 First Year Draft, he chose to alternate between attending Dartmouth College and playing minor league baseball. He served as a volunteer coach and bullpen catcher at Dartmouth. During his collegiate career he graduated with an A.B. in Government. In 2005 he became the first Ivy League catcher to play in a World Series since Dartmouth's Chief Meyers in 1916. He would eventually play in more games than any of the 1,150 players drafted ahead of him.

Ausmus played five seasons in the Yankees minor league system prior to being selected by the Colorado Rockies organization in the 1992 expansion draft. He spent less than a year in the organization prior to being traded to the San Diego Padres in July, 1993. Two days following the transaction, he made his Major League debut on July 28.

His Major League career included time with San Diego (1993-96), Detroit (1996, 1999-2000), Houston (1997-1998, 2001-2007) and Los Angeles (2009-2010). A five-time leader as a catcher in fielding percentage, Ausmus ranks third all-time among catchers with 12,839 putouts, is 10th with 15,840.2 innings played and 11th with 1,766 games started. He was selected as a Gold Glove recipient with Houston in 2001, 2002 and 2006. He remains the Astros all-time leader among catchers in nearly every offensive category, including games played (1,259), hits (970), runs scored (415) and RBI (386).

Ausmus made five post-season appearances as a player, including two trips to the National League Championship Series (2004, 2005) and one to the World Series (2005). In Game 4 of the '05 NLDS, he homered with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game at six and send it into extra innings. Houston went on to win in the 18th during a game in which Ausmus caught 17 innings and played one at first. It remains the longest game in post-season history. He was also a member of the 1999 American League All-Star team as a member of the Detroit Tigers.

Following his playing career and prior to taking over in Detroit, Ausmus also served as a special assistant in the Padres front office from 2010-2013.

Ausmus and his wife Elizabeth have two daughters, Sophie and Abigail and reside in Del Mar, CA.

Los Angeles Angels

Reds Name David Bell Manager

Cincinnati Native To Be Introduced Monday

At a press conference at 11:00 a.m. Monday in the field level interview room at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini and President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams will introduce Cincinnati native David Bell as the club's new field manager.

 

At a press conference at 11:00 a.m. Monday in the field level interview room at Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Reds Chief Executive Officer Bob Castellini and President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams will introduce Cincinnati native David Bell as the club's new field manager.

 

Bell, 46, has agreed to a 3-year contract through the 2021 season, with a club option for 2022, to become the 63rd field manager in club history and the 53rd since 1900.

 

Bell and his father, former infielder and current Reds front office executive Buddy, will become the fourth father-son duo to serve as Major League managers, joining George & Dick Sisler, Bob & Joel Skinner and Bob & Aaron Boone. Buddy Bell managed the Detroit Tigers (1996-1998), Colorado Rockies (2000-2002) and Kansas City Royals (2005-2007).

           

David Bell spent last season as Vice President of Player Development for the San Francisco Giants following 4 years on the Major League coaching staff of the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent the 2014 season as Cardinals assistant hitting coach and his last 3 years there as manager Mike Matheny's bench coach.

 

Bell also has experience as a third base coach, with the Chicago Cubs in 2013. He went to Chicago after 4 years managing in the Reds' player development system, from 2009-2011 at Class AA Carolina and in 2012 at Class AAA Louisville. Following the 2009 campaign, he managed the Peoria Saguaros of the prestigious Arizona Fall League.

 

The former infielder was selected by the Indians in the seventh round of the June 1990 free agent draft and made his Major League debut in 1995. He played parts of 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Cleveland Indians, Cardinals, Seattle Mariners, Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers.

 

Bell played in 35 Postseason games, reaching the American League Championship Series with Seattle in both 2000 and 2001 before playing in the World Series with the Giants in 2002, when he received the Willie McCovey Award as the Giants' most inspirational player.

 

The Bells are one of Major League Baseball's five 3-generation families, along with the Boones, Colemans, Hairstons and Schofield/Werths. Reds Hall of Famer Gus Bell is Buddy's father and David's grandfather. David's brothers, Mike and Rick, also played professional baseball. Mike made 19 appearances for the Reds in 2000.

 

Bell was born in and grew up in Cincinnati. He helped lead Moeller High School to the 1989 state baseball championship.

Cincinnati Reds

Dodgers clinch National League title

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers tonight clinched the 2018 National League pennant and are heading to the World Series for the 11th time since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. This is the Dodgers 23rd National League pennant and the first time winning consecutive NL pennants since 1977 and 1978.

Official NL Champion merchandise is now available on Dodgers.com and will be at the Top of the Park store at Dodger Stadium tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. Fans are encouraged to visit Dodgers.com for the best selection of tickets from the team and secondary market partners. 

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers tonight clinched the 2018 National League pennant and are heading to the World Series for the 11th time since moving to Los Angeles in 1958. This is the Dodgers 23rd National League pennant and the first time winning consecutive NL pennants since 1977 and 1978.

Official NL Champion merchandise is now available on Dodgers.com and will be at the Top of the Park store at Dodger Stadium tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT. Fans are encouraged to visit Dodgers.com for the best selection of tickets from the team and secondary market partners. 

Games 1 and 2 of the World Series against the Boston Red Sox will take place on Tuesday, October 23 at 5:09 p.m. and Wednesday, October 24 at 5:09 p.m. PT at Fenway Park. The Dodgers will host games 3-5 October 26 at 5:09, October 27 at 5:09 and October 28 at 5:15 PT.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Update on Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Joe Musgrove

After recent reexaminations determined there was less than the desired amount of clinical healing, the decision was made that surgery was the most prudent path to optimal health for the 2019 season. 
 
Surgery to repair the abdominal wall and to help the stress reaction heal was performed today by Dr. Craig Smith in Los Angeles, CA.  
 
A typical recovery timeframe from this type of surgery that would allow an athlete to participate in full off-season training activities is approximately six weeks. We anticipate Joe will be on or close to a regular schedule for 2019 Major League Spring Training.
 

After recent reexaminations determined there was less than the desired amount of clinical healing, the decision was made that surgery was the most prudent path to optimal health for the 2019 season. 
 
Surgery to repair the abdominal wall and to help the stress reaction heal was performed today by Dr. Craig Smith in Los Angeles, CA.  
 
A typical recovery timeframe from this type of surgery that would allow an athlete to participate in full off-season training activities is approximately six weeks. We anticipate Joe will be on or close to a regular schedule for 2019 Major League Spring Training.
 

Pittsburgh Pirates