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NY Daily News:
MLB commish Bud Selig's nightmare is Cubs dream as Joe Maddon leaves Rays  —  As if the TV ratings weren't anemic enough, the commissioner's long-standing edict to the clubs of no announcements during the World Series was blown to smithereens Friday with Joe Maddon's stunning and abrupt departure as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays.
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Who's the next Tampa Bay Rays manager?  —  Given Joe Maddon's unexpected departure, the Rays will need some time to come up with a list of candidates to replace him.  Here are a few names you can expect to hear:  —  Dave Martinez  —  Current Rays bench coach, has interviewed for five other manager jobs, well-liked in clubhouse.
Bill Chastain /
Skipper plans to remain a part of Tampa community going forward  — Rays reporter Bill Chastain discusses Joe Maddon opting out of his contract and the Rays' search for a new manager  —  ST. PETERSBURG — Joe Maddon hopes Rays fans will understand his decision to exercise an opt …
D.J. Short / HardballTalk:
Report: Rays owner Stuart Sternberg has discussed moving the team to Montreal  —  Many have long speculated about the possibility of the Rays moving to Montreal if things don't work out in Tampa Bay and the scenario is naturally coming up again now that Andrew Friedman has left for the Dodgers …
Buster Olney / MLB:
Joe Maddon opts out of contract … Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has exercised an opt-out clause in his contract and is leaving the team immediately.  —  “We tried diligently and aggressively to sign Joe to a third contract extension prior to his decision,” Rays owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Joe Maddon Opts Out Of Contract With Rays  —  12:29pm: Maddon's agent, Alan Nero, tells Topkin (Twitter link) that he expects Maddon will manage a team in 2015.  Friedman tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times (via Twitter) that his new team, the Dodgers, will not be among …
Tim Rohan / New York Times:
World Series 2014: Kansas City Royals Beat San Francisco Giants in Game 3  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Throughout the playoffs, as the Kansas City Royals kept beating teams the same way — with quality starting pitching, sound defense and a dominant bullpen — their formula was simple, the results were clear …
David Pinto /
Playoffs Today  —  Jeremy Guthrie takes the hill for the Royals as the World Series shifts to San Francisco.  The Giants send Tim Hudson to the mound.  —  The Royals had a choice between starting Guthrie or Jason Vargas in game three.  They are very similar pitchers …
Jon Heyman /
(USATSI)  —  KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Giants and third baseman …
Frank Pallotta /
World Series strikes out with lowest Game 1 ratings in history
T.R. Sullivan /
Third baseman has opportunity to add fifth trophy to collection  —  9/14/14: Adrian Beltre is able to fight through the fans to make the catch in foul territory in the 5th inning  —  ARLINGTON — Adrian Beltre of the Rangers is one of three finalists announced Thursday for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award …
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Rob Neyer / Fox Sports:
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Mike Axisa /
Rawlings announces 2014 Gold Glove finalists
Jackie MacMullan / ESPN:
Curt Schilling not hiding his scars  —  Still reeling from his company's bankruptcy and a grueling battle with cancer, former World Series hero knows he has only himself to blame … KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Curt Schilling owned October.  —  When you win three World Series rings and submit …
Discussion: and HardballTalk
Jon Heyman /
Victor Martinez likely to pursue four-year deal after monster season  —  Tigers star designated hitter Victor Martinez will try to capitalize on a monster season with a four-year deal as a free agent, according to sources.  —  The Tigers will extend the qualifying offer to the switch-hitting Martinez …
Associated Press:
Konerko, Rollins win Clemente Award  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Retiring White Sox star Paul Konerko and Philadelphia shortstop Jimmy Rollins are the first co-winners of Major League Baseball's Roberto Clemente Award.  —  The annual honor is given for contributions on and off the field that best represent …
Discussion: Let's Go Tribe and Phillies Nation
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Kevin Towers Likely To Join Reds' Front Office  —  Former Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers is expected to join the Reds' front office to work with close friend Walt Jocketty in the near future, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney (Twitter link).  —  The 52-year-old Towers was removed …
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