Joe Maddon, who led Tampa Bay Rays to a World Series berth in 2008, has stepped down after almost a decade at the helm, the Major League Baseball club said. The long-time manager's exit came after Maddon exercised an opt-out clause in his contract. The 60-year-old presided over the Rays during their most successful period in the franchise's 17-year history. It followed the departure of longtime executive Andrew Friedman, who was hired by the Los Angeles Dodgers last week.
The Giants haven't clinched a World Series at home since 1922. They'll need to win all three games at AT&T Park to end that streak.
(The Sports Xchange) - Veteran baseball executive John Hart reversed course and opted to accept a three-year deal to become president of baseball operations with the Atlanta Braves. The 66-year-old Hart, who has been acting as interim general manager, said earlier this month he preferred to remain with the team as its top adviser rather than committing to a job with such significant time demands. - - Right-handed reliever Tim Lincecum is happy to be heading out of Kansas City after vomiting in the bullpen in Game 1 and leaving the second game for the San Francisco Giants back stiffness. ...
BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have hired Chili Davis as their hitting coach.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- By the time Madison Bumgarner took the mound to throw his first pitch, the San Francisco Giants already held a three-run lead.
The Kansas City Royals were dealt their first postseason setback in Game 1 of the World Series, falling 7-1 to the Madison Bumgarner- and Hunter Pence-led San Francisco Giants at a boisterous Kauffman Stadium. The lopsided result wasn't what they had in mind, obviously, and it was a bit surprising given the unstoppable roll it appeared they were on coming in. The Royals, who are looking for their first world championship since 1985, set an MLB record by winning their first eight postseason games, including the AL wild-card game. Given the franchise's championship drought and the relative ease with which they were able to dispatch the Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles, they were obviously the story coming into Game 1 and in many circles were considered the favorites until proven otherwise. Unfortunately, at least through one game, it was proven otherwise. The Royals' story actually more closely resembled another recent Cinderella story gone wrong in the World Series. That would be the 2007 Colorado Rockies, who like Kansas City streaked to World Series by winning seven straight games in the postseason and 21 of 22 overall dating back to the regular season, but were quickly brought back to earth in a 13-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 1. Though it wasn't quite the drubbing Colorado experienced, there were still some eerie similarities, both glaring and subtle, between the two results. • Long layoff at the worst time: In 2007, the Rockies swept through the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks and then sat idly by for the next nine days while the Red Sox and Cleveland Indians went seven games in the ALCS. The Royals were only off for five days, compared to four for San Francisco. It's not a Royals excuse or necessarily even a legit excuse to begin with, but any such layoff is awkward and can prove disruptive in October. • First-inning woes: Like the Rockies, Kansas City was down 3-0 in the first inning before the national anthem could stop reverberating through the stadium. Hunter Pence capped San Francisco's rally with a two-run homer off James Shields. Dustin Pedroia greeted Jeff Francis with a homer in 2007, and then Boston sent seven more to the plate.
By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) - It will be the veteran against the youngster in Game Two of the World Series when San Francisco's Jake Peavy takes the mound against fireballing Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Peavy, 33, said he hopes the Giants can take advantage of the emotions Kansas City's 23-year-old Dominican starter may feel. "He'll be excited, I'm sure," Peavy told reporters on Tuesday. "Everybody playing in this game, there is a lot of excitement. ...
By Larry Fine KANSAS, CITY, Missouri Oct 21 (Reuters) - It will be the veteran against the youngster in Game Two of the World Series when San Francisco's Jake Peavy takes the mound against fireballing Yordano Ventura of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Peavy, 33, said he hopes the Giants can take advantage of the emotions Kansas City's 23-year-old Dominican starter may feel. "He'll be excited, I'm sure," Peavy told reporters on Tuesday. "Everybody playing in this game, there is a lot of excitement. ...
Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz has been a postseason hero several times over during his potentially Hall of Fame worthy career. This year, though, with his Boston Red Sox long eliminated from the October scene, he's changing his role up in order to help the Red Sox and Major League Baseball honor real life heroes in the military. During a recent gathering at Fenway Park, Ortiz surprised a group of three veteran and current military members by playing tour guide for their visit. That was a big hit with the stunned group, but as CBS Boston notes , that was only the appetizer to the biggest news of the day. Before the experience was over, Ortiz also surprised each of them and their families with tickets to Game 1 of the World Series. Tom Pittman (who served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan), Doug Whalen (two tours in Iraq), Molly Alesch (an active servicewoman in the Massachusetts National Guard) and their families all arrived at Fenway Park recently, but weren’t given many details about their trip. They didn’t know Ortiz would be their tour guide, and they were even more surprised when he offered up a game of catch. That in itself would have been a day to remember, but it wasn’t done yet. When they thought their special day was over, Ortiz surprised them with tickets to Game 1 of the 2014 World Series. All three will be honored during the seventh-inning stretch as the Kansas City Royals host the San Francisco Giants in the World Series opener at Kauffman Stadium. The experience is organized by Bank of America, the Red Sox Foundation and the Massachusetts General Home Base Program. The program is designed to surprise military veterans with a “once in a lifetime experience,” and this certainly meets the criteria. Ortiz, whose impassioned speech following the Boston Marathon bombing served as a rallying point for the city, was a great choice to get involved by the Red Sox and MLB. He doesn't mince words or hold back when it comes to speaking his mind, or showing support for those who protect and defend his city and his new country. “You guys are defenders, the reason why we are who we are,” Ortiz told the three, later adding, “whenever I see my kids and family running around the back yard, it’s because of them.” That sums it up perfectly. In addition to his role in this outstanding moment, Ortiz will have a further impact on the World Series. While he won't be starring at the plate or slugging his way to Series MVP, he will be serving as an analyst for Fox Sports during its pre- and postgame coverage. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813
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