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Tuesday Sports in Brief

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred apologized Tuesday for what he called a disrespectful reference to the World Series trophy as a ''piece of metal. Even before being asked about it, Manfred said he made a mistake with those comments while trying to deliver a rhetorical point in an interview two days earlier. I referred to the World Series trophy in a disrespectful way, and I want to apologize for it,'' Manfred said.

Baseball Returns As Playoff Format Debate, Houston Astros Cheating Scandal Raise Questions About Future Of ESPN, Turner TV Rights

Friday, February 14th, 2020

Grapefruit and Cactus league play has been an annual ritual for more than a century ahead of the spring start of the regular season, but this year there are as many existential questions as fastballs flying through the air. Some of the uncertainties swirling around America's (Ex?) Pastime, from the Houston Astros' widening cheating scandal to significant potential changes to the playoff format, are likely to affect the sport's TV value in the months ahead, as two significant rights deals are set to be negotiated before they expire in 2021.

Astros superfan ‘Mattress Mack’ loses $2 million betting against Chiefs

Sunday, January 19th, 2020

It hasn't been a great year for a certain Houston gambling enthusiast's bank account. Houston-area furniture chain owner Jim McIngvale, better known as “Mattress Mack,” lost nearly $12 million last year betting on the Astros to win the World Series, ostensibly as a way to hedge against a refund promotion for his stores. McIngvale kicked off a new year of sports betting by turning his attention to a new sport, according to The Action Network.

Thursday Sports in Brief

Friday, January 17th, 2020

Next to fall was Beltran, the only Astros hitter mentioned by name Monday when MLB issued its findings from an investigation into the club's conduct. No players were disciplined, but the nine-page report said Beltran was among the group involved in the team's illicit use of electronics to pilfer signs during Houston's run to the 2017 World Series championship. Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million.

Thursday Sports in Brief

Friday, January 17th, 2020

No players were disciplined, but the nine-page report said Beltrán was among the group involved in the team's illicit use of electronics to pilfer signs during Houston's run to the 2017 World Series championship. HOUSTON (AP) — George Springer, the World Series MVP of the tainted 2017 Houston Astros, and the team settled on a $21 million, one-year contract Thursday. Springer had asked for $22.5 million in salary arbitration last week and the Astros offered $17.5 million.

Update on the latest sports

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

The new manager of the New York Mets is leaving that job before a single game. The Mets say Carlos Beltrán and the team have agreed to part ways in the latest fallout from the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. Thursday's announcement came two days after Boston cut ties with manager Alex Cora, who was Houston's bench coach in 2017 when Beltrán played for the Astros.

The Case Against Stripping the Astros of Their World Series Title

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020

Monday afternoon, the Major League Baseball commissioner, Rob Manfred, handed out the stiffest penalties for in-game misconduct in the sport's recent history. The guilty party was the Houston Astros, who during their 2017 championship season designed a system of stealing opposing teams' pitching signs and relaying them to their own hitters. Manfred found that both Houston's general manager, Jeff Luhnow, and its manager, A. J. Hinch, knew of the plan and failed to stop it; Lunhow and Hinch were suspended for a year by the MLB and, hours later, fired by the Astros themselves.

Hinch, GM fired for Astros sign stealing after MLB bans pair

Monday, January 13th, 2020

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora could be next. Hinch and Luhnow were fired Monday after being suspended by Major League Baseball for the team's illicit use of electronics to steal signs during Houston's run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season. In U.S. sports' largest scandal since the New England Patriots' ''Spygate,'' MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline and strongly hinted that Cora - the Astros bench coach in 2017 - will face equal or more severe punishment.

Hinch, GM fired for Astros sign stealing after MLB bans pair

Monday, January 13th, 2020

The Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal cost manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow their jobs, and Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora could be next. Hinch and Luhnow were fired Monday after being suspended by Major League Baseball for the team's illicit use of electronics to steal signs during Houston's run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season. In U.S. sports' largest scandal since the New England Patriots' “Spygate,” MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline and strongly hinted that Cora — the Astros bench coach in 2017 — will face equal or more severe punishment.

If The Astros Stole Signs, How Much Did It Help Them?

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Stealing signs has been part of baseball since signs existed. The 1951 New York Giants used a telescope and an electrical buzzer to relay opposing catchers' pitch calls in games at the Polo Grounds. In 2017, the Boston Red Sox were fined for using Apple Watches as part of an in-game reconnaissance scheme.