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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.

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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.

Texas Rangers

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.

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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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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).

Chicago Cubs

A's outright three to Triple-A Las Vegas

The Oakland outrighted right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher, left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekhefer and outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced today.

Hatcher spent most of season with Oakland and was 3-3 with a 4.95 ERA in 34 relief appearances. He also went 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five relief appearances with Triple-A Nashville during a two-week stint in August. The 33-year-old right-hander had a .289 opponents batting average, .365 on-base percentage and .828 OPS, all of which were his highest of his five full seasons.

The Oakland outrighted right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher, left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekhefer and outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced today.

Hatcher spent most of season with Oakland and was 3-3 with a 4.95 ERA in 34 relief appearances. He also went 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five relief appearances with Triple-A Nashville during a two-week stint in August. The 33-year-old right-hander had a .289 opponents batting average, .365 on-base percentage and .828 OPS, all of which were his highest of his five full seasons.

Kiekhefer began the season at Double-A Pensacola in the Cincinnati Reds organization but finished it in the majors with Oakland, allowing four runs in 2.0 innings over four relief appearances with the A's (18.00 ERA). The 29-year-old left-hander combined for an 8-1 record, three saves and a 3.39 ERA in 45 minor league appearances with Pensacola, Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. He walked just eight batters in 58.1 innings, an average of 1.23 per nine innings.

Smolinski batted .128 with no home runs and two RBI in 20 games with Oakland and .278 with 10 home runs and 19 RBI in 36 games with Triple-A Nashville before missing the final eight weeks of the Sounds season while on the disabled list with a blood clot in his left calf.

Oakland Athletics

Braves agree to terms with manager Brian Snitker on two-year contract

Deal includes club option for 2021

The Atlanta Braves and manager Brian Snitker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season. The 2019 campaign will mark Snitker's fourth at the helm of the Braves and his 43rd as a member of the organization. He was named interim manager on May 17, 2016, before officially being named as the club's manager on October 11, 2016.  

Snitker, who turns 63 on Wednesday (October 17), led the Braves to the 2018 National League East Division title - their first division crown since 2013 - and owns a 221-227 (.493) record in his two-plus seasons. He became the sixth skipper in franchise history to take the team to the postseason by his second full season. 

The Braves finished with a N.L. high-tying 20 victories in their final at-bat this season after also leading the league in such victories the previous two years (20 in 2017 and 19 in 2016). Since Snitker took over as interim manager in May 2016, the Braves have collected 57 of those final at-bat wins, the most in baseball in that span.
 

The Atlanta Braves and manager Brian Snitker have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with a club option for the 2021 season. The 2019 campaign will mark Snitker's fourth at the helm of the Braves and his 43rd as a member of the organization. He was named interim manager on May 17, 2016, before officially being named as the club's manager on October 11, 2016.  

Snitker, who turns 63 on Wednesday (October 17), led the Braves to the 2018 National League East Division title - their first division crown since 2013 - and owns a 221-227 (.493) record in his two-plus seasons. He became the sixth skipper in franchise history to take the team to the postseason by his second full season. 

The Braves finished with a N.L. high-tying 20 victories in their final at-bat this season after also leading the league in such victories the previous two years (20 in 2017 and 19 in 2016). Since Snitker took over as interim manager in May 2016, the Braves have collected 57 of those final at-bat wins, the most in baseball in that span.
 

Atlanta Braves

Red Sox set roster for 2018 American League Championship Series

The Boston Red Sox today announced the team's 25-man active roster for their American League Championship Series with the Houston Astros.
 
The roster is as follows:
 
PITCHERS (11): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Brandon Workman
 
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 Boston Red Sox today announced the team's 25-man active roster for their American League Championship Series with the Houston Astros.
 
The roster is as follows:
 
PITCHERS (11): Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Nathan Eovaldi, Heath Hembree, Joe Kelly, Craig Kimbrel, Rick Porcello, David Price, Eduardo Rodriguez, Chris Sale, Brandon Workman
 
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
 

Boston Red Sox

Academy notebook

Meet Ruben Martinez

At Globe Life Park in Arlington, dreams come true when players make their Major League debuts. Just 16 miles from Globe Life Park at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota, young athletes are taking the first steps towards making those dreams into reality.
 
In early October, Ruben Martinez Jr.'s family received an email from MLB inviting him to sign up for the MLB Draft Prospect Link, meaning he is officially on the radar of scouts surveying talent for MLB clubs. 
 
"My dad was very, very happy. At first, we thought it was a fake email. So my mom came (to the Academy) asking, and they said it was a legitimate email. And I've just been happy ever since," Martinez said. "I was really surprised. It really caught me off guard."
 
The centralized Prospect Link platform was developed by MLB to streamline the collection of biographical and medical information and allow MLB and MLB Clubs to communicate directly with amateur players and their families. 
 
Juan Leonel Garciga, the Texas Rangers Director of Youth Academy & Youth Baseball/Softball Programs, was able to reassure Martinez's mom that the email was legitimate.
 
"Ruben has worked very hard this summer and when MLB reached out requesting for an additional catcher for their Prospect Development Pipeline Premier back in June, we thought Ruben would be a good fit. He had an opportunity to compete with some of the top players in the DFW area and it looks like he held his own," Garciga said. 
 
"We're hoping that people begin to take notice of the talent that is right in our backyard here in West Dallas, and that more of our players are given the opportunity to compete at the next level."
Martinez, who graduated from Nimitz High School, has the support of his family. His mom, Violeta Romero, is working through the registration process required by the site. But the whole family has been involved in his baseball journey since the beginning.
 
"He's been playing since he was five years old. His dad and his uncle have always coached him," Romero said of her son.
 
Participating in training programs and traveling to Washington D.C. as part of the Academy's team in the inaugural Commissioner's Cup tournament has already given the catcher an opportunity to represent the Texas Rangers, his favorite team   
 
Now, he's one step closer to fulfilling his Big League dreams. 
 
"Ever since I was little, I've always told everybody I was going to be up there one day. And now that it is possible, I'm going to try to pursue that," Martinez said. 
  
Still Camping 
 
Through the first three weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, 610 baseball and softball players have taken part in the free activities.
 
Programming occurs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. through November 15. Registration is now available for baseball and softball players ages seven through 18 at www.rangers.com/academy

Fall RBI
 

The fall season of RBI baseball and softball is underway at the Academy, with games being played on Saturdays through November 17. 
 
An updated schedule for the eight baseball and four softball teams playing at the Academy is below. 
 
Due to possible inclement weather in the forecast for tomorrow, Saturday, October 13, this week's schedule is subject to change. Updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account. 
 
ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE
DATE   TIME   HOME TEAM   AWAY TEAM   FIELD     
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Lancaster   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Hard Hitters   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
13-Oct   11:30 AM   Mercy Street   Vikings   Oates Field   baseball
13-Oct   11:30 AM   Leopards   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Mercy Street   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
13-Oct   11:00 AM   Tigers   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Mercy Street   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Mustangs   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
20-Oct   11:30 AM   Vikings   Hard Hitters   Oates Field   baseball
20-Oct   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Tigers   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
20-Oct   11:00 AM   A's   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Leopards   Vikings   Field of Dreams   baseball
27-Oct   11:30 AM   Hard Hitters   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Mercy Street   Field of Dreams   baseball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Rangers   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
27-Oct   11:00 AM   Mercy Street   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Hard Hitters   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Mustangs   Mercy Street   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Rangers   Lancaster   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Rangers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Mercy Street   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Rangers   Tigers   Kershaw's Challenge Field   softball
10-Nov   2:00 PM   Mercy Street   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   4:00 PM   Jaguars   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   6:00 PM   Vikings   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   8:00 PM   Lancaster   Hard Hitters   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Mercy Street   Hard Hitters   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Tigers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
17-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
 
Also Taking the Field
 
The Academy is also home field for Mercy Street Little League. The fall season began Friday, September 28. 
 
West Dallas Little League partners with the Little League Urban initiative to facilitate baseball and softball for participants ages four through 12.
 
Registration is available at https://www.mercystreetdallas.org/baseball/
 
Coming Soon
 
The Buck O'Neil Scouts Association Clinic: Saturday, November 10
 
The clinic aims to promote baseball in inner-cities by educating coaches and mentoring players.
 
Founded in honor of the late legendary player and scout Buck O'Neil, the Buck O'Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association was created to provide a forum for scouts and coaches to share their passion for the game. O'Neil was the first African American to coach in the Major Leagues and one of the first to scout fulltime.
 
Registration is available at rangers.com/academy for players ages 14 through 18.
 
Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp: Saturday, November 10  
 
This will mark the seventh annual Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp, hosted by Mercy Street. 
 
Dallas native Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011 and have since given over six millions dollars to support at-risk children and families around the globe. The foundation contributed generously to the building of the Academy facility, which includes Kershaw's Challenge Field named in his honor. 

At Globe Life Park in Arlington, dreams come true when players make their Major League debuts. Just 16 miles from Globe Life Park at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota, young athletes are taking the first steps towards making those dreams into reality.
 
In early October, Ruben Martinez Jr.'s family received an email from MLB inviting him to sign up for the MLB Draft Prospect Link, meaning he is officially on the radar of scouts surveying talent for MLB clubs. 
 
"My dad was very, very happy. At first, we thought it was a fake email. So my mom came (to the Academy) asking, and they said it was a legitimate email. And I've just been happy ever since," Martinez said. "I was really surprised. It really caught me off guard."
 
The centralized Prospect Link platform was developed by MLB to streamline the collection of biographical and medical information and allow MLB and MLB Clubs to communicate directly with amateur players and their families. 
 
Juan Leonel Garciga, the Texas Rangers Director of Youth Academy & Youth Baseball/Softball Programs, was able to reassure Martinez's mom that the email was legitimate.
 
"Ruben has worked very hard this summer and when MLB reached out requesting for an additional catcher for their Prospect Development Pipeline Premier back in June, we thought Ruben would be a good fit. He had an opportunity to compete with some of the top players in the DFW area and it looks like he held his own," Garciga said. 
 
"We're hoping that people begin to take notice of the talent that is right in our backyard here in West Dallas, and that more of our players are given the opportunity to compete at the next level."
Martinez, who graduated from Nimitz High School, has the support of his family. His mom, Violeta Romero, is working through the registration process required by the site. But the whole family has been involved in his baseball journey since the beginning.
 
"He's been playing since he was five years old. His dad and his uncle have always coached him," Romero said of her son.
 
Participating in training programs and traveling to Washington D.C. as part of the Academy's team in the inaugural Commissioner's Cup tournament has already given the catcher an opportunity to represent the Texas Rangers, his favorite team   
 
Now, he's one step closer to fulfilling his Big League dreams. 
 
"Ever since I was little, I've always told everybody I was going to be up there one day. And now that it is possible, I'm going to try to pursue that," Martinez said. 
  
Still Camping 
 
Through the first three weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, 610 baseball and softball players have taken part in the free activities.
 
Programming occurs Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. through November 15. Registration is now available for baseball and softball players ages seven through 18 at www.rangers.com/academy

Fall RBI
 

The fall season of RBI baseball and softball is underway at the Academy, with games being played on Saturdays through November 17. 
 
An updated schedule for the eight baseball and four softball teams playing at the Academy is below. 
 
Due to possible inclement weather in the forecast for tomorrow, Saturday, October 13, this week's schedule is subject to change. Updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account. 
 
ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE
DATE   TIME   HOME TEAM   AWAY TEAM   FIELD     
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Lancaster   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Hard Hitters   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
13-Oct   11:30 AM   Mercy Street   Vikings   Oates Field   baseball
13-Oct   11:30 AM   Leopards   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
13-Oct   9:00 AM   Mercy Street   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
13-Oct   11:00 AM   Tigers   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Mercy Street   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Mustangs   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
20-Oct   11:30 AM   Vikings   Hard Hitters   Oates Field   baseball
20-Oct   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
20-Oct   9:00 AM   Tigers   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
20-Oct   11:00 AM   A's   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Leopards   Vikings   Field of Dreams   baseball
27-Oct   11:30 AM   Hard Hitters   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
27-Oct   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Mercy Street   Field of Dreams   baseball
27-Oct   9:00 AM   Rangers   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
27-Oct   11:00 AM   Mercy Street   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Hard Hitters   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Jaguars   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Mustangs   Mercy Street   Field of Dreams   baseball
3-Nov   11:30 AM   Rangers   Lancaster   Oates Field   baseball
3-Nov   9:00 AM   Rangers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
3-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Tigers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Mercy Street   A's   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
9-Nov   7:00 PM   Rangers   Tigers   Kershaw's Challenge Field   softball
10-Nov   2:00 PM   Mercy Street   Rangers   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   4:00 PM   Jaguars   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   6:00 PM   Vikings   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
10-Nov   8:00 PM   Lancaster   Hard Hitters   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Jaguars   Mustangs   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Vikings   Rangers   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Lancaster   Leopards   Oates Field   baseball
17-Nov   11:30 AM   Mercy Street   Hard Hitters   Field of Dreams   baseball
17-Nov   9:00 AM   Tigers   Mercy Street   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
17-Nov   11:00 AM   A's   Rangers   Josh Hamilton Field   softball
 
Also Taking the Field
 
The Academy is also home field for Mercy Street Little League. The fall season began Friday, September 28. 
 
West Dallas Little League partners with the Little League Urban initiative to facilitate baseball and softball for participants ages four through 12.
 
Registration is available at https://www.mercystreetdallas.org/baseball/
 
Coming Soon
 
The Buck O'Neil Scouts Association Clinic: Saturday, November 10
 
The clinic aims to promote baseball in inner-cities by educating coaches and mentoring players.
 
Founded in honor of the late legendary player and scout Buck O'Neil, the Buck O'Neil Professional Baseball Scouts & Coaches Association was created to provide a forum for scouts and coaches to share their passion for the game. O'Neil was the first African American to coach in the Major Leagues and one of the first to scout fulltime.
 
Registration is available at rangers.com/academy for players ages 14 through 18.
 
Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp: Saturday, November 10  
 
This will mark the seventh annual Kershaw's Challenge Baseball Camp, hosted by Mercy Street. 
 
Dallas native Clayton Kershaw and his wife Ellen founded Kershaw's Challenge in 2011 and have since given over six millions dollars to support at-risk children and families around the globe. The foundation contributed generously to the building of the Academy facility, which includes Kershaw's Challenge Field named in his honor. 

Texas Rangers

D-backs to utilize synthetic grass at Chase Field

The Arizona Diamondbacks will install state-of-the-art synthetic grass at Chase Field in partnership with Shaw Sports Turf. The high-performance B1K™ surface is designed specifically for baseball and is expected to be ready for Opening Day 2019. 
 
"Our Baseball Operations staff has completed extensive research, including site visits and player testing and we are all in agreement that this is the best decision for our franchise," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "Research has shown the performance and health benefits associated with playing on this surface that did not previously exist, which factored heavily into our decision. Additionally, our ability to keep the roof closed during the summer months will allow Chase Field to remain at a perfect temperature for our fans, which has become increasingly difficult over the last several years.
 
"The challenges with growing natural grass in our climate and stadium have been well documented and we have considered alternate solutions for many years. We decided to make this change because the technology developed by Shaw is the best in existence and will provide a consistent playing surface and benefits to our players on the field while enhancing our fan experience throughout the ballpark." 
 
The "Batting a Thousand" Natural Turf (B1K) is a dual fiber system comprised of Shaw' high-performance Strenexe® XD slit film and Shaw's Bolt® monofilament. This system provides high durability and functionality by preventing the infill from "splashing," maintaining adequate infill levels across the field. The Bolt fiber provides excellent ball roll, friction and natural grass aesthetics, ensuring that the playing surface at Chase Field will appear nearly identical to that which has been in place since the stadium opened in 1998, including the dirt path between the mound and home plate.
 
"The Arizona Diamondbacks are known as an innovative franchise in their approach to so many areas of their business and we're very excited for the opportunity to work with them on this project," said Vice President of Shaw Turf Chuck McClurg. "Throughout our discussion, they have prioritized player safety as their top goal and we are confident that the product we deliver will be an exceptionally consistent, top-of-the-line playing surface that will mimic the best natural playing surfaces in Major League Baseball today." 
 
The Geofill® Performance Infill within the blades forms a firm surface similar to natural soil with lower energy rebound levels identical to high-performance natural grass. The result is a more natural playing posture and motion from the players, creating less fatigue as their bodies will not have to overcompensate for the "bounciness" of the surface. The B1K surface also creates natural baseball bounce, allowing players to charge the ball confidently while fielding.
 
The D-backs' commitment to sustainability also played a role in the change, as the Geofill infill is made from natural materials that are environmentally friendly. In addition to conserving cooling energy by keeping the roof closed during the daytime, the transition to a synthetic playing surface is expected to provide 90% savings -- nearly two million gallons -- in water consumption each season by requiring less water to maintain the system. 
 
With improved technology over the last several years, synthetic grass surfaces have become commonplace throughout collegiate and professional sports, with 14 of the 32 NFL teams using synthetic grass, including the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals as well as numerous college football and baseball powerhouses. Notable collegiate programs include Louisiana State University, Brigham Young University, Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri, Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, among others. 
 
Shaw Sports Turf will partner with Arizona-based Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering as well as Fields Inc., an industry leader in synthetic field construction to deliver the playing field in time for the 2019 season. Various fields at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will also be outfitted with the Shaw Sports Turf synthetic grass this offseason in order to allow players at all levels of the organization to utilize the new playing surface. 
 
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 3,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. STRENEXE, BOLT, BATTING A THOUSAND and B1K are trademarks of Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc.
 
Geofill is a registered trademark of Italgreen SPA.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will install state-of-the-art synthetic grass at Chase Field in partnership with Shaw Sports Turf. The high-performance B1K™ surface is designed specifically for baseball and is expected to be ready for Opening Day 2019. 
 
"Our Baseball Operations staff has completed extensive research, including site visits and player testing and we are all in agreement that this is the best decision for our franchise," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "Research has shown the performance and health benefits associated with playing on this surface that did not previously exist, which factored heavily into our decision. Additionally, our ability to keep the roof closed during the summer months will allow Chase Field to remain at a perfect temperature for our fans, which has become increasingly difficult over the last several years.
 
"The challenges with growing natural grass in our climate and stadium have been well documented and we have considered alternate solutions for many years. We decided to make this change because the technology developed by Shaw is the best in existence and will provide a consistent playing surface and benefits to our players on the field while enhancing our fan experience throughout the ballpark." 
 
The "Batting a Thousand" Natural Turf (B1K) is a dual fiber system comprised of Shaw' high-performance Strenexe® XD slit film and Shaw's Bolt® monofilament. This system provides high durability and functionality by preventing the infill from "splashing," maintaining adequate infill levels across the field. The Bolt fiber provides excellent ball roll, friction and natural grass aesthetics, ensuring that the playing surface at Chase Field will appear nearly identical to that which has been in place since the stadium opened in 1998, including the dirt path between the mound and home plate.
 
"The Arizona Diamondbacks are known as an innovative franchise in their approach to so many areas of their business and we're very excited for the opportunity to work with them on this project," said Vice President of Shaw Turf Chuck McClurg. "Throughout our discussion, they have prioritized player safety as their top goal and we are confident that the product we deliver will be an exceptionally consistent, top-of-the-line playing surface that will mimic the best natural playing surfaces in Major League Baseball today." 
 
The Geofill® Performance Infill within the blades forms a firm surface similar to natural soil with lower energy rebound levels identical to high-performance natural grass. The result is a more natural playing posture and motion from the players, creating less fatigue as their bodies will not have to overcompensate for the "bounciness" of the surface. The B1K surface also creates natural baseball bounce, allowing players to charge the ball confidently while fielding.
 
The D-backs' commitment to sustainability also played a role in the change, as the Geofill infill is made from natural materials that are environmentally friendly. In addition to conserving cooling energy by keeping the roof closed during the daytime, the transition to a synthetic playing surface is expected to provide 90% savings -- nearly two million gallons -- in water consumption each season by requiring less water to maintain the system. 
 
With improved technology over the last several years, synthetic grass surfaces have become commonplace throughout collegiate and professional sports, with 14 of the 32 NFL teams using synthetic grass, including the Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals as well as numerous college football and baseball powerhouses. Notable collegiate programs include Louisiana State University, Brigham Young University, Vanderbilt University, University of Missouri, Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, among others. 
 
Shaw Sports Turf will partner with Arizona-based Lloyd Civil & Sports Engineering as well as Fields Inc., an industry leader in synthetic field construction to deliver the playing field in time for the 2019 season. Various fields at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will also be outfitted with the Shaw Sports Turf synthetic grass this offseason in order to allow players at all levels of the organization to utilize the new playing surface. 
 
A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw Industries is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. Shaw Sports Turf is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 3,000 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. STRENEXE, BOLT, BATTING A THOUSAND and B1K are trademarks of Shaw Contract Flooring Services, Inc.
 
Geofill is a registered trademark of Italgreen SPA.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Dodgers announce NLCS roster

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 25-man roster for the 2018 National League Championship Series, which begins tonight vs. the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:09 p.m. CT. 
 
The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players. The roster is as follows:
 
Pitchers (12)
RHP Pedro Baéz
RHP Walker Buehler
LHP Caleb Ferguson
RHP Dylan Floro
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Kenley Jansen
LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Ryan Madson
RHP Kenta Maeda
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
LHP Julio Urías
LHP Alex Wood

Position Players (13)
C/IF Austin Barnes
1B/OF Cody Bellinger (L)  
2B Brian Dozier 
IF David Freese
C Yasmani Grandal (S)
IF/OF Kiké Hernández 
OF Matt Kemp
IF Manny Machado
IF Max Muncy (L)  
OF Joc Pederson (L)
OF Yasiel Puig   
OF/IF Chris Taylor
3B Justin Turner
  
The NLCS continues tomorrow afternoon with Game 2 at 3:09 p.m. CT at Miller Park.   
 
The series shifts to Los Angeles next week, with Games 3 (4:39 PT), 4 (6:09 PT) and 5 (2:05 PT, if necessary) at Dodger Stadium. Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) would be played in Milwaukee on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 at Miller Park.  

The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their 25-man roster for the 2018 National League Championship Series, which begins tonight vs. the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7:09 p.m. CT. 
 
The Dodgers will carry 12 pitchers and 13 position players. The roster is as follows:
 
Pitchers (12)
RHP Pedro Baéz
RHP Walker Buehler
LHP Caleb Ferguson
RHP Dylan Floro
LHP Rich Hill
RHP Kenley Jansen
LHP Clayton Kershaw
RHP Ryan Madson
RHP Kenta Maeda
LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu
LHP Julio Urías
LHP Alex Wood

Position Players (13)
C/IF Austin Barnes
1B/OF Cody Bellinger (L)  
2B Brian Dozier 
IF David Freese
C Yasmani Grandal (S)
IF/OF Kiké Hernández 
OF Matt Kemp
IF Manny Machado
IF Max Muncy (L)  
OF Joc Pederson (L)
OF Yasiel Puig   
OF/IF Chris Taylor
3B Justin Turner
  
The NLCS continues tomorrow afternoon with Game 2 at 3:09 p.m. CT at Miller Park.   
 
The series shifts to Los Angeles next week, with Games 3 (4:39 PT), 4 (6:09 PT) and 5 (2:05 PT, if necessary) at Dodger Stadium. Games 6 and 7 (if necessary) would be played in Milwaukee on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 at Miller Park.  

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