HOUSTON -- In his short time in the Major Leagues, Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa has been about as philanthropic as any player in the league. The 23-year-old routinely performs charitable endeavors in the regular season and offseason, typically focused around helping youth.
Correa and teammate Carlos Beltran were front and center this summer in helping their native Puerto Rico with recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria, and this week Correa will travel to his home island for the first time since helping the Astros win the World Series earlier this month to hold a benefit event for those in need.
Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
The baseball player from 'Miracle on 34th Street' highlighted the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
By Adrian Garro |
Every Thanksgiving comes with a yearly tradition: The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
This year's Parade featured the oversized balloons and floats you'd expect to see traveling around the streets of New York City -- Pikachu, various Power Rangers, Charlie Brown among them -- but one in particular warranted a special shout-out.
This year, though, we're going to do something different: We've created a full lineup of Major League stars ... which also happens to double as a full Thanksgiving feast. If we left off any of your favorites -- or if you're aware of a baseball player named "gravy" -- please let us know in the comments.
PITTSBURGH -- As their planes descended into San Juan, they witnessed the devastation. The island Mike Gonzalez loves was littered with debris, its people without power and water. Frank Coonelly saw entire towns leveled. Joey Cora struggled to see Puerto Rico, his home, "so destroyed" by Hurricane Maria.
"It was difficult," Cora said. "I know what Puerto Rico is supposed to look like."
The Hot Stove is open for business. As the top free agents begin to ink new deals and clubs begin to make the moves they think will vault them into contention or put them over the top, MLB.com will have you covered with all the latest buzz right here.
Former and current players, families and broadcasters share their favorite dishes
By Deesha Thosar
Thanksgiving falls at a perfect time on the baseball calendar, right on the heels of the World Series and awards season. It's an ideal time for players and fans to catch their collective breath before the Hot Stove burns bright again during the Winter Meetings.
Major League players, coaches, and broadcasters love a delicious Thanksgiving meal as much as the rest of us, and many of them have been kind enough to share their favorite recipes. We've been collecting recipes from Major Leaguers for the last few years, and below is a sampling of some of the best we've encountered, along with the stories behind them. We'll be adding to this leading up to Thanksgiving, so please keep checking back if you are looking for some inspiration for your family dinner.
Deesha Thosar is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter at @DeeshaThosar. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MLB and its players give thanks, give back
By Mark Newman
Thanks to nearly 74 million fans who poured through Major League Baseball gates for the regular season, postseason and All-Star Week in 2017.
Thanks to sluggers who hit a single-season record 6,105 home runs in 2017; to the Astros and Dodgers for making it two straight years with classic seven-game series (first time since 2001-02); and to Jose Altuve, Giancarlo Stanton and all the new award winners.
Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com and a baseball writer since 1990. Follow him on Twitter @Marathoner. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Each team has reasons to be thankful this year
By Richard Justice
On this Thanksgiving, we pause to appreciate another jaw-dropping, mind-blowing, epic-beyond-words World Series. Wait, didn't we write the same thing last year?
Just when some of us wondered if a World Series could ever be better than the Cubs and Indians delivered a year ago, the Astros and Dodgers gave us another masterpiece. It was the appropriate finishing touch to a season that featured the moonshot home runs of Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge right alongside the daily craftsmanship of Jose Altuve and Joey Votto.
Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
It hasn't exactly been a straight line, as Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and Nippon Professional Baseball had to hammer out a new posting system, but it looks like the time has come for Japanese two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani to be made available to all 30 Major League teams with the system expected to be ratified on Dec. 1.
BOSTON -- At a time of year when people look for ways to give back and make a true difference in someone's life, a shared act of kindness by Red Sox players Christian Vazquez and Xander Bogaerts that took place four months ago can certainly serve as inspiration.
As the Red Sox were going through the grind of their season, a 5-year-old named Ari Schultz was in a fight for his life.
Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Judge's shoulder surgery, timetable explained
Yanks slugger has arthroscopic procedure, should be ready for Spring Training
By Lindsay Berra
On Tuesday afternoon, the Yankees made an unexpected yet not entirely surprising announcement about their mighty right fielder, newly anointed American League Rookie of the Year Award winner Aaron Judge.
The team said in a news release: "Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder yesterday. The procedure involved a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up, and was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. The anticipated recovery time will be completed in advance of the start of Spring Training."
Lindsay Berra is a national correspondent for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Good choice: Ohtani studies Bryce's hitting
By Matt Monagan |
Unless you're living in the Upside Down with a bunch of demogorgons, you've heard that Japanese two-way-playing phenom Shohei Ohtani has been cleared to come to the Major Leagues next season. A decision as to which team he signs with is likely to come before the end of the year.
For the second straight year, the Arizona Fall League's most talented team won the championship. After posting a league-best 18-12 record during the regular season, the Peoria Javelinas started the developmental circuit's -- and maybe baseball's -- top prospect, as well as four first-round picks and one supplemental first-rounder in their title-game win over the Mesa Solar Sox.
Seven Javelinas made MLBPipeline.com's Fall League Top 25 prospects list below, and several more came up during discussions with evaluators who scouted the league. Righty relievers Art Warren (Mariners) and Touki Toussaint (Braves) received support, as did catcher Alex Jackson (Braves) and first baseman Josh Naylor (Padres) to a lesser extent. Outfielders Jonathan Davis (Blue Jays) and Eric Filia (Mariners) also boosted their stock with strong falls, with Filia leading the AFL in batting (.408), on-base percentage (.483), OPS (1.088), hits (31) and shimmies at the plate (at least 89).
MIAMI -- The Marlins remain active in trade talks regarding National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, and while nothing is considered "imminent," that is subject to change heading into Thanksgiving weekend.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported on Tuesday that the Marlins and Giants have had "deeper discussions" on Stanton, with a handful of other teams, including the Cardinals, still considered in the mix.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
MILWAUKEE -- Perhaps Ryan Braun has an idea about how bold Brewers general manager David Stearns and assistant GM Matt Arnold should be this offseason, in the wake of the team's better-than-expected performance in 2017. Should they drop $100 million on a free agent like Jake Arrieta? Or save those resources and let the young core continue to develop?
If he does indeed have an opinion, Braun was keeping it to himself when he visited Miller Park on Wednesday to take donations for the team's annual Thanksgiving food drive.
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy and like him on Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Mariners set to make best pitch for Ohtani
Dipoto says club will pursue every avenue to acquire Japanese star
SEATTLE -- Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto, debuting a new weekly podcast with club broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith on Wednesday, made no effort to hide his team's eagerness to recruit Shohei Ohtani now that there's a posting process in place to allow the Japanese two-way star to pursue a Major League career.
Dipoto said the Mariners have been preparing their pitch for the 23-year-old Ohtani for more than a year now, and the GM believes the franchise's history with Japanese players could be a significant factor.
The Angels announced Wednesday that they've added former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus to their front office as a special assistant to general manager Billy Eppler.
Ausmus, a former Major League catcher, managed the Tigers for four seasons, but the club announced in September that it would not extend his contract beyond this past season. Detroit went 314-322 during that span, winning the American League Central in his first year in 2014.
Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Softball invented thanks to these Ivy Leaguers
By Chris Landers |
There's no such thing as a baseball offseason -- at least not if you try hard enough.
As proof, we offer the story of the Harvard and Yale alumni who congregated at the Farragut Boat Club in Chicago on Thanksgiving 1887. So badly did they miss our national pastime, so desperately did they need baseball back in their lives, that they went ahead and invented an indoor version -- a game that would eventually grow to become ...
After reaching the American League Championship Series in back-to-back seasons, the Blue Jays' 2017 campaign was nothing short of a disappointment.
Yet despite his team's 76-86 record, Toronto general manager Ross Atkins believes a return to the postseason in 2018 is only a roster tweak or two away, no matter how many Josh Donaldson trade rumors surface this winter.
Mark Feinsand, an executive reporter, originally joined MLB.com as a reporter in 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
'Pure joy': Astros' World Series doc premieres
By Ben DuBose
Special to MLB.com |
HOUSTON -- November remains one of the busiest months of the year for Jeff Luhnow, but even the always-active Astros general manager was willing to make time in his schedule for a premiere of the 2017 World Series documentary.
Luhnow attended an event for the 90-minute showing with Houston manager A.J. Hinch, Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell and numerous other club staffers. Produced by Major League Baseball, the documentary showcases the franchise's first World Series title through highlights and exclusive access and interviews.
In the early years of Larry Walker's inclusion on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot, a writer who once covered Walker wrote about how much he enjoyed watching Walker's skills in action, but that he wasn't a Hall of Famer because he wasn't serious enough about the game.
A few years later, when the writer wanted to talk to Walker, he apologized for what he had written, but the damage had been done.
At last, we can say it: Shohei Ohtani is coming to Major League Baseball in 2018.
Officials from Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and Nippon Professional Baseball agreed Tuesday on a new posting system to govern player transfers from Japan to North America, sources confirmed to MLB.com. Once MLB owners ratify the terms on Dec. 1 -- viewed as a formality -- the NPB's Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters will post Ohtani to MLB clubs, initiating a courtship period for the two-way phenom that will culminate just before Christmas.
Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network. He has also covered baseball for FOX Sports, the Detroit Free Press, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Braves penalized for int'l signing violations
By Mark Bowman
ATLANTA -- After spending the past two months investigating infractions committed by the Braves in the international market and in relation to the domestic Draft, Major League Baseball announced its finding and the resulting sanctions late Tuesday afternoon.
The Braves' penalties include the forfeiture of 13 international prospects, strict restrictions on the international market over the next three years and the loss of their third-round pick for the 2018 Draft.
For several years now, the Baseball Hall of Fame -- and generally speaking, the Hall of Famers -- has stayed pretty silent on the question on what to do about accused and admitted steroid users. This specifically includes two players: Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Bonds is the all-time home run leader and one of the greatest players in the history of baseball. Clemens won seven Cy Young Awards, 354 games and has a case as the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball.
Both have been connected to the use of performance-enhancing drugs. The connection is somewhat tenuous. Bonds, it seems, tacitly admitted to limited and unintended steroid use. Clemens has furiously denied all charges. Neither ever failed a drug test. But both have been at the center of high-profile PED investigations and court cases and were mentioned in the Mitchell Report, MLB's 2007 investigation into PED use. Polls suggest that the majority of people believe that they both knowingly used.
Joe Posnanski is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
With Shohei Ohtani cleared to come to MLB in 2018, watch what he can do on a baseball field
By Andrew Mearns |
It's official -- the path has been cleared for Shohei Ohtani to come to Major League Baseball in 2018. Whoever is lucky enough to sign him will get a truly one-of-a-kind talent because Ohtani is a rare two-way player and will only be 23 on Opening Day.
Since debuting for the Nippon-Ham Fighters at the mere age of 18 in 2013, Ohtani has had more than his share of highlights.
Jimenez, ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, spoke with reporters in a conference call from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Tuesday, discussing a wide range of topics about his play and expectations for the coming season.