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Stephanie Apstein / Sports Illustrated:
Astros Staffer's Outburst at Female Reporters Illustrates MLB's Forgive-and-Forget Attitude Toward Domestic Violence  —  After the Astros clinched the AL pennant, a staffer looked at female reporters and shouted “Thank God we got Osuna!  I'm so f—  glad we got Osuna!
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Chandler Rome / Houston Chronicle:
Astros executive Brandon Taubman under fire for Osuna comments  —  Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman yelled in the direction of a group of female reporters during the team's American League Championship Series clubhouse celebration on Saturday, three eyewitnesses …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Astros AGM Brandon Taubman Reportedly Shouted “Thank God We Got Osuna” At Female Reporters  —  While celebrating his organization's ALCS victory on Saturday evening, Astros assistant GM Brandon Taubman repeatedly shouted at three female reporters who were standing together: “Thank God we got Osuna!
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
MLBTR Poll: Record Money For Gerrit Cole?  —  Astros right-hander Gerrit Cole is just moments away from taking the ball against the Nationals in Game 1 of the teams' World Series matchup.  It's a well-deserved honor for Cole, who has perhaps been the premier pitcher in baseball this season.
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Chris Chavez / Sports Illustrated:
Report: Cubs to Hire World Series Champion David Ross As Manager  —  The Chicago Cubs have decided to hire 2016 World Series champion catcher David Ross as their next manager.  —  The Chicago Cubs will reportedly named former catcher and 2016 World Series champion David Ross as the team's next manager …
Associated Press:
TV audience for World Series' Game 1 falls 11.4% from 2018  —  MLB, Houston Astros, Washington Nationals  —  The World Series opener between the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros narrowly averted setting a record low.  —  Washington's 5-4 victory Tuesday night averaged 12,194,000 television viewers …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com and ESPN
Mike Oz / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
What you need to know before Game 1 of the World Series  —  HOUSTON — Gerrit Cole will get the ball in Game 1, marking the first World Series appearance of his MLB career, against Max Scherzer no less.  That's a big moment for a player who has spent two decades preparing physically to be a big-league pitcher.
Bill Baer / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Nationals, Astros lineups for World Series Game 2
David Purdum / ESPN:
Astros biggest World Series favorites since 2007
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB looking into longtime umpire Rob Drake's tweet  —  Major League Baseball is looking into a since-deleted tweet by longtime major league umpire Rob Drake, according to a league spokesman.  —  Drake tweeted late Tuesday that he planned to buy an assault rifle “because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way …
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Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
MLB umpire Joe West suing former All-Star Paul Lo Duca for claiming he took bribes  —  Major League Baseball umpire Joe West is suing Paul Lo Duca for defamation over comments the former catcher made on a podcast in May, asserting that a teammate used to bribe the umpire by letting him borrow his vintage car.
ESPN:
Eric Cooper, MLB umpire for 21 years, dies at 52
Jason Mackey / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Travis Williams as Pirates president makes plenty of sense  —  There has been no shortage of Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow jokes made at the Pirates' expense this postseason, with fans pointing out a variety of personnel decisions the club has made recently, ones that have gone horribly wrong.
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Anthony Franco / MLB Trade Rumors:
Pirates, Team President Frank Coonelly Part Ways  —  The Pirates and Team President Frank Coonelly have mutually agreed to part ways, reports Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  (The organization has since announced the move).  Coonelly, 59, had been with the organization since 2007.
James Wagner / New York Times:
Stephen Strasburg: A King of the Hill Becomes a Lord of the Dance  —  The Nationals' scheduled starter for Game 2 of the World Series has been a star for a long time, but he seems to be cutting loose and having more fun than ever before.  —  HOUSTON — When the Washington Nationals won …
Discussion: baseballmusings.com
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Jim Salisbury / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Phillies hire new scouting director Brian Barber away from Yankees  —  Phillies new director of amateur scouting.  —  The team announced the appointment on Tuesday afternoon.  —  Barber, 46, pitched in the major leagues with the  —  St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals.
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors
ESPN:
Olney: What scenes from Astros' celebration, Yankees' exit tell us about both teams  —  The titans of the AL parted with gestures of respect, but the Bombers head into the offseason trying to level up to get past Houston.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Martinez has ‘small procedure’ to address recurring shoulder soreness  —  Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez, who moved into a relief role this past season because of recurring soreness and weakness in his right shoulder that he felt limited him as a starter, had a procedure last last week …
Discussion: MLB Trade Rumors and NBCSports.com
 
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