Matt Williams goes from favorites to fired
The Nationals manager was dismissed today. Washington was the most recent World Series favorite (per Westgate Las Vegas Superbook) to fall short of expectations.
Wallace Matthews ESPN Staff Writer
I have an AL MVP ballot this year, and I know who I'm putting on top: Josh Donaldson #1, Mike Trout #2 in a close race. For Yankees MVP? It's got to be Alex Rodriguez, who led the team in HRs (33), OBP and OPS and played in 151 games. Who else could it be?
Matt Williams dismissed as Nats manager
After a disappointing 83-79 season and missing the playoffs, the Nationals have parted ways with their manager. Williams was the NL Manager of the Year in 2014.
American League playoff picture
- The Yankees will host the AL wild-card game vs. the Astros on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET on ESPN), with the winner facing the Royals
- The Rangers, who clinched the AL West on Sunday, will take on the Blue Jays in the ALDS.
Kris Bryant has top selling MLB jersey
Nope, not Mike Trout, Bryce Harper or Clayton Kershaw. The Cubs rookie 3B had the best selling jersey in MLB during the regular season. Giants' Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey were No. 2 and 3 with Kershaw, Trout and Harper following.
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ICYMI: Ichiro makes pitching debut
In the final game of the season, Ichiro Suzuki took the mound for the first time in his 15-year MLB career. He allowed one run on two hits against the Phillies.
Cora: Credit GM for Rangers' revival
Jon Daniels made three key moves that helped turn a last place team into AL West champions. ESPN's Alex Cora dissects those moves.
National League playoff picture
- The Cubs will visit the Pirates in the wild-card game, with the Cardinals awaiting the winner
- The Dodgers and Mets will clash in the NLDS; New York leads the season series 4-3
Red Sox tell Hanley Ramirez to slim down
Sox interim manager Torey Lovullo said the team instructed Ramirez to lose 15-20 pounds so he could play 1B next season. Said Lovullo: "It has been discussed. It was outlined in his exit physical that he needs to come in at a certain weight. That's our expectation. To be an infielder you have to be a little more agile." Lovullo added Pablo Sandoval got similar instructions.
Crazy Stat of Day: Dee Gordon is first NL player to lead MLB in BA (.333) & stolen bases (58) in same season since Jackie Robinson in 1949.
Carlos Gomez says he'll be ready for Yanks
The Astros CF (rib muscle) sat out the final series of the season, but plans to play Tuesday at Yankee Stadium. Said Gomez: "Yeah, definitely I'll be ready in New York. You know because, that game means a lot for us. No matter what, I'm going to be ready. That's what we planned, the whole last five days made me feel better so I can be more 100 percent to do my best in New York."
Adnan Virk, ESPN @adnanESPN
The only pitcher to 300 K's in a single season with fewer innings than Clayton Kershaw this year? Pedro Martinez in 1999.
Major League Baseball October blueprint
Congrats, your team is headed to the postseason. But does the style of play that got it there work under the bright lights of October? Formula for winning
Angels to hire Eppler as GM
Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler has been hired by the Angels as general manager, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand and multiple reports. The hire will be announced Monday. The L.A. Times first reported the news.
Rangers clinch division title
The Rangers defeat the Angels 9-2 to clinch the American League West title.
Astros get wild-card spot even with loss
Despite losing to the Diamondbacks, the Astros clinch a spot in the American League wild card game against the Yankees.
How the Rangers made the playoffs
While celebrating, Cole Hamels, Elvis Andrus and Price Fielder talk about how the Rangers bounced back to make the postseason.