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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

Academy notebook

Academy staff surprises Miguel Perez Torres with Youth of the Year Honor, trip to World Series

As far as Miguel Perez Torres knew, Wednesday, October 2, was going to be a normal night at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota. 
 
Torres was on hand early for the Youth Academy Fall Training Program activities, so the 16-year-old assumed he was being asked to help when a member of the Academy staff asked him to head out to Oates Field.
 
Instead, Texas Rangers Director of Youth Academy & Youth Baseball/Softball Programs Juan Leonel Garciga and other members of the Academy coaching staff were on hand to tell Torres he'd been named the Academy's Youth of the Year. Click here to watch video on the Academy website of Torres being surprised with the honor. 
 
"I'm very excited that I was chosen. I didn't actually know there was an award for that," Torres said.
 
A Youth of the Year was selected from each of the eight MLB Youth Academies across the country. The award comes with a trip to Game 4 of the World Series, courtesy of Major League Baseball.
 
"Miguel is a very coachable player who is always looking for ways to improve his game. He's the player who will go out of his way to help pick up equipment and also ask for additional ground balls at third base. Since the beginning of the year, you would have been hard pressed to come out to the Academy and not see Miguel," Garciga said. "His attitude is what you look for when putting together a winning team." 
 
While Torres was surprised by the award, he was especially excited about the opportunity to attend the World Series and take his sister.
 
"It's crazy. I've never gone to a postseason game, but I've gone to a few Rangers games, thanks to them as well. They've also invited to some of those. I'm very excited to go," Torres said of the opportunity to attend Game 4.
 
Pinkston High School is the home school for Torres, who attends JBS Law Magnet School as part of the Townview High School System, so Torres also practices and plays his home games at the Academy as part of the Vikings baseball team. 
 
"I've been coming out since January and played all my high school games here. It's been very fun and a very good experience for me. My teammates, my coaches, and the front office here, they've helped a lot," Torres said. 
 
The Academy's Youth of the Year was quick to thank the coaches and staff for their impact, saying the support of the staff has been a highlight of his experience at the facility. 
 
"They're always here giving us water, anything we need. They help me out. One time I didn't have turf shoes and they gave me some turf shoes, it was very special. I want to thank them," Torres said. 
 
***Photos of Torres being told about the Award are attached, and video is available at https://www.mlb.com/video/rangers-youth-academy-surprise/c-2516635283.***
 
Still Camping 
 
Through the first four weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, over 700 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 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. 
 
Scheduling is subject to change, and updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account. 
 
ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE
DATE   TIME   HOME TEAM   AWAY TEAM   FIELD     
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. 

As far as Miguel Perez Torres knew, Wednesday, October 2, was going to be a normal night at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota. 
 
Torres was on hand early for the Youth Academy Fall Training Program activities, so the 16-year-old assumed he was being asked to help when a member of the Academy staff asked him to head out to Oates Field.
 
Instead, Texas Rangers Director of Youth Academy & Youth Baseball/Softball Programs Juan Leonel Garciga and other members of the Academy coaching staff were on hand to tell Torres he'd been named the Academy's Youth of the Year. Click here to watch video on the Academy website of Torres being surprised with the honor. 
 
"I'm very excited that I was chosen. I didn't actually know there was an award for that," Torres said.
 
A Youth of the Year was selected from each of the eight MLB Youth Academies across the country. The award comes with a trip to Game 4 of the World Series, courtesy of Major League Baseball.
 
"Miguel is a very coachable player who is always looking for ways to improve his game. He's the player who will go out of his way to help pick up equipment and also ask for additional ground balls at third base. Since the beginning of the year, you would have been hard pressed to come out to the Academy and not see Miguel," Garciga said. "His attitude is what you look for when putting together a winning team." 
 
While Torres was surprised by the award, he was especially excited about the opportunity to attend the World Series and take his sister.
 
"It's crazy. I've never gone to a postseason game, but I've gone to a few Rangers games, thanks to them as well. They've also invited to some of those. I'm very excited to go," Torres said of the opportunity to attend Game 4.
 
Pinkston High School is the home school for Torres, who attends JBS Law Magnet School as part of the Townview High School System, so Torres also practices and plays his home games at the Academy as part of the Vikings baseball team. 
 
"I've been coming out since January and played all my high school games here. It's been very fun and a very good experience for me. My teammates, my coaches, and the front office here, they've helped a lot," Torres said. 
 
The Academy's Youth of the Year was quick to thank the coaches and staff for their impact, saying the support of the staff has been a highlight of his experience at the facility. 
 
"They're always here giving us water, anything we need. They help me out. One time I didn't have turf shoes and they gave me some turf shoes, it was very special. I want to thank them," Torres said. 
 
***Photos of Torres being told about the Award are attached, and video is available at https://www.mlb.com/video/rangers-youth-academy-surprise/c-2516635283.***
 
Still Camping 
 
Through the first four weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, over 700 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 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. 
 
Scheduling is subject to change, and updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account. 
 
ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE
DATE   TIME   HOME TEAM   AWAY TEAM   FIELD     
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

Academy Notebook

Academy Staff Surprises Miguel Perez Torres with Youth of the Year Honor, Trip to World Series

Arlington, Texas - As far as Miguel Perez Torres knew, Wednesday, October 2, was going to be a normal night at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota.

Torres was on hand early for the Youth Academy Fall Training Program activities, so the 16-year-old assumed he was being asked to help when a member of the Academy staff asked him to head out to Oates Field.

Arlington, Texas - As far as Miguel Perez Torres knew, Wednesday, October 2, was going to be a normal night at the Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy at Mercy Street Sports Complex, Presented by Toyota.

Torres was on hand early for the Youth Academy Fall Training Program activities, so the 16-year-old assumed he was being asked to help when a member of the Academy staff asked him to head out to Oates Field.

Instead, Texas Rangers Director of Youth Academy & Youth Baseball/Softball Programs Juan Leonel Garciga and other members of the Academy coaching staff were on hand to tell Torres he'd been named the Academy's Youth of the Year. Click here to watch video on the Academy website of Torres being surprised with the honor.

"I'm very excited that I was chosen. I didn't actually know there was an award for that," Torres said.

A Youth of the Year was selected from each of the eight MLB Youth Academies across the country. The award comes with a trip to Game 4 of the World Series, courtesy of Major League Baseball.

"Miguel is a very coachable player who is always looking for ways to improve his game. He's the player who will go out of his way to help pick up equipment and also ask for additional ground balls at third base. Since the beginning of the year, you would have been hard pressed to come out to the Academy and not see Miguel," Garciga said. "His attitude is what you look for when putting together a winning team."

While Torres was surprised by the award, he was especially excited about the opportunity to attend the World Series and take his sister.

"It's crazy. I've never gone to a postseason game, but I've gone to a few Rangers games, thanks to them as well. They've also invited to some of those. I'm very excited to go," Torres said of the opportunity to attend Game 4.

Pinkston High School is the home school for Torres, who attends JBS Law Magnet School as part of the Townview High School System, so Torres also practices and plays his home games at the Academy as part of the Vikings baseball team.

"I've been coming out since January and played all my high school games here. It's been very fun and a very good experience for me. My teammates, my coaches, and the front office here, they've helped a lot," Torres said.

The Academy's Youth of the Year was quick to thank the coaches and staff for their impact, saying the support of the staff has been a highlight of his experience at the facility.

"They're always here giving us water, anything we need. They help me out. One time I didn't have turf shoes and they gave me some turf shoes, it was very special. I want to thank them," Torres said.

***Photos of Torres being told about the Award are attached, and video is available at https://www.mlb.com/video/rangers-youth-academy-surprise/c-2516635283.***

Still Camping

Through the first four weeks of the Youth Academy Fall Training program, over 700 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 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.

Scheduling is subject to change, and updates will be posted via the @RangersYA twitter account.

ACADEMY RBI FALL SCHEDULE

DATE

TIME

HOME TEAM

AWAY TEAM

FIELD

 

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

Broadcast schedule for the 2018 World Series announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Twins announce 2018 Diamond Awards recipients winners selected by Twin Cities Baseball Writers Association of America

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minnesota Twins

A's medical update on Matt Chapman

Chapman underwent successful surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

Donation made in partnership with the Gordon Family Foundation

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

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

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Brewers announce World Series single-game ticket details

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Brewers' NLCS roster substitution approved

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

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

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

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

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

MLB

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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bob Melvin named Sporting News American League Manager of the Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oakland Athletics

Texas Rangers appoint Shiraz Rehman as Assistant General Manager

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Orioles team up with local nonprofits to fight hunger in Sarasota

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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