LA Dodgers CEO Says It Will Take the Franchise ‘years to Catch Up’ From Lost 2020 Revenues — NBC Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Dodgers experienced more than $100 million in lost revenues due to the pandemic-altered MLB season, President and CEO Stan Kasten told CNBC.

LA Dodgers CEO Says It Will Take the Franchise ‘years to Catch Up’ From Lost 2020 Revenues — NBC Los Angeles

Expos, Cubs Great Andre Dawson Named Inaugural Curt Flood Award Recipient — NBC Chicago

The honor goes to a former player, living or deceased, “who in the image of Flood demonstrated a selfless, longtime devotion to the Players Association and advancement of Players rights. Dawson’s 1987 free agency was pivotal in demonstrating collusion among MLB teams.

Cubs Great Andre Dawson Named Inaugural Curt Flood Award Recipient — NBC Chicago

Jackie Bradley Jr. befuddled as Red Sox come up empty in Gold Glove Awards — Boston Herald

For the first time in at least a decade, the Red Sox did not have a single Gold Glove Award finalist. Rawlings announced the finalists for its annual defensive awards on Thursday, and the Red Sox were notably absent across the board. Not even former Gold Glove winner Jackie Bradley Jr. was considered a top-three…

Jackie Bradley Jr. befuddled as Red Sox come up empty in Gold Glove Awards — Boston Herald

Red Sox begin interviewing candidates for manager opening, per report — Boston Herald

The Red Sox have begun their search for their next manager. According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the Sox have started to interview candidates, including Cubs third base coach Will Venable and Pirates bench coach Don Kelly, a pair of former players who only recently transitioned to the dugout. Each Venable and Kelly last…

Red Sox begin interviewing candidates for manager opening, per report — Boston Herald

SF Giants cut 10% of jobs in baseball and business departments, citing coronavirus — East Bay Times

The Giants are among the many companies downsizing in the face of the pandemic and a new financial reality: On Friday, the team announced a 10 percent cut in baseball and business operations staff. San Francisco completed its pandemic-shortened 60-game season last month, receiving no gate revenue as fans were not allowed into any regular…

SF Giants cut 10% of jobs in baseball and business departments, citing coronavirus — East Bay Times

Fenway Park a home run for Boston early voters amid unease over mail-in ballots — Boston Herald

Sixteen years ago this weekend, Dave Roberts stole the most famous base in Red Sox history and David Ortiz hit the home run that helped launch one of the greatest comebacks in baseball — against the Yankees to boot. History was made at Fenway Park again on Saturday — though not by the lowly Sox…

Fenway Park a home run for Boston early voters amid unease over mail-in ballots — Boston Herald

MLB’s chief medical director: Zero on-field COVID-19 transmissions during 2020 season — Boston Herald

Less than 20 years after Major League Baseball was stifled by the steroid era, one of the biggest hurdles in the sport’s history, the same doctor who helped clean up the mess was presented with another one. Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, could MLB police itself again? Could the league avoid distraction from its financial…

MLB’s chief medical director: Zero on-field COVID-19 transmissions during 2020 season — Boston Herald

Former Giants manager Bruce Bochy on return to dugout: ‘I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it’ — Times-Standard

Bruce Bochy has three World Series rings, more than 2,000 regular-season victories and a quarter-century of managerial experience. The legendary former San Francisco Giants manager sounds interested in adding even more to his résumé. 561 more words

Former Giants manager Bruce Bochy on return to dugout: ‘I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss it’ — Times-Standard

Billy Beane on state of A’s after another postseason exit: ‘It’s a pretty darn good foundation’ — Times-Standard

The Oakland A’s have had 24 hours to digest their American League Divisional Series defeat at the hands of the Houston Astros. Difficult decisions can’t be made yet, but the Athletics’ brass left Los Angeles feeling good about the talent that flew back to Oakland. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the organization isn’t focused on what they’ve lacked…

Billy Beane on state of A’s after another postseason exit: ‘It’s a pretty darn good foundation’ — Times-Standard

Nationals let pitching coach Paul Menhart go one year after title — MLB | NBC Sports

Nationals pitching coach Paul Menhart will not be brought back next season after working in the organization for 15 years.

Nationals let pitching coach Paul Menhart go one year after title — MLB | NBC Sports

Padres shut out Cardinals 4-0 in Game 3, reach NLDS — MLB | NBC Sports

Nine Padres pitchers combined to shut out the Cardinals in Game 3 as they won their first postseason series in 22 years.

Padres shut out Cardinals 4-0 in Game 3, reach NLDS — MLB | NBC Sports

Associated PressOct 2, 2020, 11:05 PM EDT1 Commen

Craig Stammen and eight fellow relievers combined on a four-hitter in a brilliant, record-setting effort that sent the San Diego Padres over the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 Friday night in the deciding Game 3 of their NL wild-card series.

The Padres won a postseason series for the first time in 22 years and advanced to face the NL West rival Los Angeles Dodgers in the division series at Arlington, Texas, starting Tuesday.

The nine pitchers marked the most used in a nine-inning shutout in any big league game since 1901.

With starters Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet unavailable due to injuries suffered in their final regular-season starts, rookie manager Jayce Tingler was forced to tap the Padres’ already-stressed bullpen and it came through magnificently. San Diego became the first team in baseball history to use eight or more pitchers in three straight postseason games.

Trevor Rosenthal, who started his career with the Cardinals, struck out the side in the ninth and the Padres began to celebrate in empty Petco Park.

It’s the first postseason series win for the Padres since they beat the Atlanta Braves in the 1998 NLCS and only the second time they’ve won a playoff game at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. The Padres lost to St. Louis in the division series in 2005 and 2006, the last time the Padres were in the postseason. The Cardinals also eliminated the Padres in 1996.

All four division series feature matchups between division rivals. All seven Central teams lost in the first round, with the Cardinals joining Cincinnati, the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Chicago White Sox and Minnesota.

Fernando Tatis Jr., who homered twice and drove in five runs in Thursday night’s wild 11-9 victory, doubled into the left-field corner off losing pitcher Jack Flaherty with one out in the fifth and scored on Eric Hosmer‘s two-out double to right-center.

The Padres added on against reliever Alex Reyes in the seventh, on a bases-loaded walk to Hosmer and Manny Machado‘s fielder’s choice and an error on third baseman Tommy Edman.

Rookie Jake Cronenworth homered in the eighth.

With spectators watching from balconies on buildings surrounding the outfield and on a big-screen TV in a nearby parking lot, the Padres rewarded their long-suffering fans by winning one of the most meaningful games of any kind in San Diego in a long time. The city’s only major professional championship remains the San Diego Chargers’ 1963 AFL title. The Chargers left for Los Angeles after the 2016 season, leaving the Padres as the only pro team in San Diego, which lost NBA teams to Houston and Los Angeles.

The Padres lost 4-1 to the Detroit Tigers in the 1984 World Series and were swept by the New York Yankees in the 1998 Fall Classic.

The 36-year-old Stammen, who hadn’t started since 2010 with the Washington Nationals, pitched a perfect first inning and made way for Tim Hill with one on and two out in the second. Hill retired Matt Carpenter, got the first two outs of the third and then handed off to Pierce Johnson. Johnson loaded the bases on a single and a walk but struck out rookie cleanup hitter Dylan Carlson.

Rookie Adrian Morejon tossed a perfect fourth and struck out two to open the fifth before Kolten Wong singled and San Diegan Tommy Edman reached on Tatis Jr.’s throwing error from shortstop.

Austin Adams came on and struck out Paul Goldschmidt, who hit a three-run homer in St. Louis’ 7-4 win in Game 1. Adams wound up with the win.

St. Louis had another scoring chance in the sixth when Yadier Molina hit a one-out double off rookie Luis Patino and took third on Paul DeJong‘s grounder. Patino got Dexter Fowler to fly out to the warning track in right-center to end it.

Emilio Pagan threw a perfect seventh and Drew Pomeranz walked one in the eighth.

The bullpen had been one of the Padres’ strengths coming into the season but lost several members to injuries, including closer Kirby Yates, who led the majors with 41 saves last year. General manager A.J. Preller replenished it just before the trade deadline.

Stammen had a seesaw regular season, going 4-2 with a 5.63 ERA in 24 appearances.

Flaherty was brilliant as well, allowing one run and six hits in six innings while striking out eight and walking two.

The loss ended a season that saw the Cardinals shut down by a virus outbreak in the early going. Manager Mike Shildt’s team earned a playoff spot by last Sunday by winning on the final day of the regular season.

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How Clayton Kershaw in midseason form could affect his postseason — Daily News

LOS ANGELES — This journey began in 2008. That’s when Clayton Kershaw made the first of his now 33 appearances in a postseason game. A 20-year-old Kershaw made two relief appearances against the Philadelphia Phillies in that National League Championship Series. Oh, the advice a 32-year-old Clayton might give that 20-year-old about his postseason journey…

How Clayton Kershaw in midseason form could affect his postseason — Daily News