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Braves win McCann homecoming: ‘One of those moments I’ll think about when I’m done playing’

By | Brian McCann
ATLANTA — The oldest dude on the Braves’ active roster caught a game in frigid, blustery conditions Sunday night in Philadelphia, flew back on the team charter that landed after 2 a.m. in Atlanta, didn’t get home to Suwanee until about 4:30 a.m. and woke up Monday and drove to Cobb County and SunTrust Park at 12:45 p.m. to catch another — the 1,673rd game of his 15-year major-league career.

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Sox officially sign Sale to 5-year extension

By | Chris Sale

March 23, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. — When the Red Sox made a blockbuster trade with the White Sox for Chris Sale in December 2016, the only guarantee was that they’d have the powerful lefty for three seasons. The marriage between the ace pitcher and the defending World Series champions will extend far beyond that.

The Red Sox officially signed Sale on Saturday to a five-year, $145 million contract extension. Sale will earn his $15 million club option this season, and the new deal will start in ’20 and run through the ’24 season.

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Mathis to mentor Rangers pitchers, catchers

By | Jeff Mathis

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers catchers Jose Trevino and Isiah Kiner-Falefa already have a nickname for Jeff Mathis.

The Wizard.

“I think me and Izzy were picking his brain the first day we were out there, already,” Trevino said. “He probably didn’t know our names yet, and we were like ‘Hey, why are you doing this? Why are you doing that?'”

Catching school is now open in Rangers camp with Mathis as the head instructor. Mathis is a 14-year veteran with an outstanding reputation for defense and working with pitchers. The Rangers signed him to a two-year deal to be their No. 1 catcher, but also to mentor Kiner-Falefa, Trevino and other young catchers in the organization.

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A World Series Embrace Was Only One Stop on a Shared Journey

By | Brian McCann, Charlie Morton

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As Brian McCann squatted behind home plate in November at Dodger Stadium, waiting for Corey Seager to get set in the batter’s box, he looked out at pitcher Charlie Morton and had a moment.

They were about to clinch the Houston Astros’ first World Series title, but McCann was not thinking about the here and now. He was thinking back some 16 years earlier, when he and Morton met for the first time — as sinewy, fresh-faced teenagers who had traveled across the country to play in a showcase tournament.

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Head of the Class: Chipper elected to Hall

By | Chipper Jones

Braves legend tallies 10th-highest percentage in balloting history

ATLANTA — Though he was certain he was going to receive the hallowed call, Chipper Jones tossed and turned as he experienced a restless night and attempted to calm the excitement he felt when he received confirmation he now has the distinction of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

“I knew today was going to be a day that could possibly change my life forever,” Jones said. “You have a handful of instances where something happens that will change your life, with marriages and kids. But professionally, being drafted No. 1 overall in 1990 changed my life forever. Today was another instance where my life will never be the same.”

 

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Wade Davis signs record deal with Rockies as Cubs weigh spending on pitching

By | Wade Davis

Staying in touch with closer Wade Davis about a possible return is no longer an option for the Cubs.

Whether signing a closer with a proven ninth-inning track record remains an option for them is doubtful at best. The Cubs still are seeking a frontline starter, and Davis’ three-year, $52 million deal with the Rockies set a record-high bar for the closer market.

The $17.3 million average annual value of Davis’ contract breaks the old record of $17.2 million Aroldis Chapman got when he signed with the Yankees last winter and would seem to put ex-Rockies closer Greg Holland, the top free-agent closer remaining, well beyond the Cubs’ comfort level for a reliever.

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Kluber receives Bob Feller Man of Year Award

By | Corey Kluber

Indians ace also earned Cleveland BBWAA honor in ’14

CLEVELAND — Corey Kluber has rewritten several sections of the Indians’ record book with his pitching prowess over the past few seasons. His latest campaign led to his second career American League Cy Young Award — something no player had achieved before in Cleveland’s long, storied history.

For his work, Kluber has been named the recipient of the 2017 Bob Feller Man of the Year Award as voted by the Cleveland chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, honoring the pitcher as the Indians’ top player for this past season. Kluber, who also won the award in ’14, became the first starting pitcher since Gaylord Perry (1972, ’74) to take home the honor twice.

“The No. 1 responsibility of a starting pitcher is to be reliable,” Kluber said after winning the AL Cy Young Award last month. “But then also, not just taking the ball, but taking the ball and going out there and giving the team a chance to win. Aside from any statistics, I think that, to me, is what I try to judge things on.”

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