The Arizona Fall League announced Wednesday six players have been added to the rosters for Saturday's Fall Stars Game, including Scottsdale first baseman Greg Bird, the circuit's home run leader and Yankees' No. 11 prospect, and Peoria shortstop Raul Mondesi, the Royals' top prospect.
Less than 24 hours after the final out of Game 7, representatives of the Hall of Fame were on their way back to Cooperstown with many of the iconic items of the 2014 World Series, including caps worn by Madison Bumgarner, Bruce Bochy and Yordano Ventura, and Buster Posey's champagne-soaked jersey.
In what was merely a formality, the Cardinals exercised their team option on right-handed starter John Lackey for 2015. The organization's decision to retain Lackey for another season was never in question.
As expected, the Nationals picked up Denard Span's $9 million option on Thursday afternoon.
Barely 12 hours had passed since the Royals' first postseason team since 1985 had absorbed a tough 3-2 loss to the Giants in World Series Game 7. But an estimated 15,000 fans piled into Kauffman Stadium on Thursday morning to say thanks to the Royals. Mostly, though, the team thanked the fans.
There was no way Pablo Sandoval was going to talk much about his impending free agency. Not when the champagne was still spraying, and the music was blaring. Sandoval recorded the last out of the World Series when he caught Salvador Perez's foul pop up. Would it be his final play in a Giants uniform? You'll have to stay tuned.
Nine former players and one executive make up the 10-person National Baseball Hall of Fame Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on Dec. 8 at the Winter Meetings in San Diego.
The season was saturated with fantastic feats, unforeseen ascents and memorable moments. But which were the best? Now it's time for you to decide, as voting has opened for MLB.com's 13th Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards.
The final out of a riveting World Series brought free agency to eligible players and all the speculation that goes with it. But not until after a five-day exclusive negotiation period for players to talk with the clubs they finished the season with can free agents hit the open market.
We have never seen anything quite like Madison Bumgarner on this postseason stage and in this Fall Classic. The Giants claimed their third title in five seasons in a 3-2 Game 7 victory in which Bumgarner cemented his obvious, unanimous claim to the Most Valuable Player Award.
Unwilling to go down without a fight against a dominant Madison Bumgarner, the Royals got exactly what they needed when Alex Gordon reached third base on a two-out single and an error in the ninth inning of Game 7. But as he did throughout the World Series, Bumgarner recovered to thwart the Royals' last-gasp rally.
#ChampionsTogether has replaced #OctoberTogether as the official Giants hashtag, and that is an apt phrase as the rush has begun to find the same stuff that MVP Madison Bumgarner, Pablo Sandoval and the rest of the team were wearing after winning their third Fall Classic in the last five seasons.
The Giants cast aside all comers, all opponents, from perennial contenders to feel-good stories. They overcame injuries. They became the first team ever to survive four rounds of postseason play. And now they stand alone as World Series champions for the third time in five seasons by topping the Royals, 3-2, in Game 7 on Wednesday night in Kansas City.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy came out on the winning end of a replay challenge in Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. The Royals' Eric Hosmer dove headfirst into first base trying to break up a double play in the third inning, and he was ruled safe by umpire Eric Cooper. But after a two-minute, 57-second review, the call was overturned and Hosmer was ruled out.
During this postseason, the Royals have become America's Cinderella team. It's difficult to root against the Royals when they haven't been to a World Series in 29 years, and they have only one championship in franchise history.
The Royals, perhaps attempting to recapture some of that Game 7 magic, contacted Brett Saberhagen in the eighth inning of Tuesday night's Game 6 and asked him to throw out the ceremonial pitch for Wednesday night's finale. Saberhagen said yes without hesitation.
After watching 2,430 regular-season games plus All-Star Week and a postseason culminating in a World Series Game 7, four MLB Fan Cave Dwellers were each presented with $5,000 and a thanks from Major League Baseball in a pregame field ceremony on Wednesday night before the Giants and Royals met at Kauffman Stadium.