The Mets did not need to look far to find their new hitting coach, taking him from just across town. The team on Thursday announced that recently dismissed Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long will fill that role for them in 2015. Long replaces Lamar Johnson, who took over when the Mets dismissed Dave Hudgens in May.
Cubs shortstop Addison Russell -- the fifth-ranked prospect in baseball -- saw his stint in the Arizona Fall League come to an abrupt end Thursday, but he made sure to leave a lasting impression.
Major League Baseball will dedicate Game 3 of the 110th World Series on Friday to advancing the fight against cancer and specifically to help Stand Up To Cancer -- empowering a population of fans and Fall Classic participants who all share a goal of eradicating this disease in our lifetimes.
Throughout the Royals' frenetic playoff run, one that was void of a loss until Game 1 of the World Series, one comment kept coming up in conversation among those familiar with Kansas City baseball: Buck woulda loved this.
At Game 2 of the World Series, Major League Baseball used its greatest stage to keep the momentum going to help find a cure for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
Yilda Diaz has seen her son, Royals catcher Salvador Perez, take on a leadership role since his days on youth baseball teams at Club Firestone in Valencia, Venezuela. Perez homered in Game 1 and stroked a clutch two-run double that helped the Royals earn a 7-2 win on Wednesday in Game 2 of the World Series.
John Hart was named the Braves' president of baseball operations on Thursday, agreeing to terms on a three-year contract that will run through 2017.
Three players at each position in each league were named finalists for the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards on Thursday.
Now the upstart, unbridled, uninhibited Royals are back in business. Kansas City landed a sixth-inning haymaker on the Giants and surged to a 7-2 victory in Game 2 of the 110th Fall Classic on Wednesday night with a blue-hued crowd of 40,446 roaring at Kauffman Stadium.
John Hart seemingly has it all. Great family, great golf swing, great clothes, great tan, great legacy in the front-office fraternity. And up until recently, he had great flexibility to enjoy all of these things at his own pace. But Hart also has great baseball insight and a great competitive fire. And these are the traits his good friend John Schuerholz leveraged in convincing Hart to take on this greater role and greater challenge with the Atlanta Braves.
The Padres hired Sam Geaney on Thursday to be their director of player development, a role in which he will oversee the organization's Minor League system.
The Phillies need outfielders, and they believe Grady Sizemore can help in some fashion in 2015. They announced Thursday they have signed him to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Another year has brought another promotion for a rising star in baseball's coaching ranks. The Brewers on Thursday hired Darnell Coles to be their hitting coach, continuing the former utility man's swift rise up the instructional ladder.
Looking back on it a decade later, it's almost amazing how little fear the Red Sox had of the Cardinals, the team they would dispatch in the World Series. Sure, Boston had made that historic comeback against the Yankees in the ALCS. But that didn't provide any guarantees, particularly when you consider St. Louis had been the best team in baseball during the 2004 regular season, winning 104 games.
The service Royals manager Ned Yost required of Wade Davis and Greg Holland in Game 2 of the World Series differed a bit from what he usually asks of baseball's best eighth-ninth inning combination. But their performances were no different.
Omar Infante hit a homer, Hunter Strickland started yelling in English, Salvador Perez yelled back in Spanish and both dugouts momentarily braced for a skirmish that never occurred. After the Royals' 7-2 win over the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series, everyone was still confused.
At the end, they roared with every single pitch. They stood, too, screaming and pleading and cheering. You could feel how badly they wanted it. Some of these fans had waited 29 years for a moment like this one. So they held nothing back as the Royals won Game 2 of the 2014 World Series, beating the Giants, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.