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In wake of Sports Illustrated story, Astros and MLB go into damage-control mode – The Washington Post

The incident occurred after Game 6 of the American League Championship Series. Sports Illustrated reporter Stephanie Apstein had filed a story on the end of the New York Yankees’ season, so she made her way to the victorious Astros clubhouse, where she thought she might report material for a future World Series piece. Instead, as she stood with two other female reporters, she said she heard a chant that at first she couldn’t make out but then became all too clear. “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f------ glad we got Osuna!” “At first I didn't know who he was, who was yelling, but then it was shocking,” Apstein said in a phone interview Tuesday. “We were shaken." Yelling at the group of reporters was Astros assistant general manager Brandon Taubman, and to Apstein, the intent was obvious. The Astros traded for Roberto Osuna in
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MLB should suspend Astros’ Brandon Taubman to save the World Series – Boston Herald

Major League Baseball needs to step in and save the World Series. After those in leadership positions with the Houston Astros refused to use the benefit of time and hindsight to cool their emotions and make room for a simple apology, MLB will have to do their work for them and suspend assistant general manager Brandon Taubman. Stephanie Apstein of Sports Illustrated, and the two other female reporters she stood alongside during the Astros’ clubhouse celebration on Saturday, deserved at least as much after Taubman taunted them for reasons we can only guess, and none of them any good. “Taubman turned to a group of three female reporters, including one wearing a purple domestic-violence awareness bracelet, and yelled, half a dozen times, ‘Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so (expletive) glad we got Osuna!’” Apstein wrote on Monday. MLB announced on Tuesday that they’re investigating the incident, which was corroborated by
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Evan Gattis Not Actively Seeking Playing Opportunities – MLB Trade Rumors

Evan Gattis has stayed out of the spotlight for quite some time, with nary a word printed about whether the former catcher/designated hitter was pursuing a new contract until the Astros invited him to be a part of the first-pitch ceremony prior to tonight’s Game 1 of the World Series. (MLBTR reached out to Gattis’ camp earlier this season to inquire but did not receive a reply.) He’ll catch tonight’s first pitch from former teammate Brian McCann, who retired following Atlanta’s ousting from this year’s playoffs. Gattis broke the silence surrounding his status today when he spoke with FOX 26’s Mark Berman today about his 2019 absence from baseball (Twitter link). Gattis has not formally retired, but he also doesn’t sound like he’s seeking out any new opportunities. “I really don’t have an answer,” said Gattis. “I don’t even know if I could play, but right now I don’t want
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MLB umpire Joe West suing former All-Star Paul Lo Duca for claiming he took bribes – USA TODAY

CLOSE SportsPulse: This may be the most energetic World Series we've seen in a long time. For both teams, their exuberance on and off the field has been propelled by the joy often seen in Latin baseball culture. USA TODAY Major League Baseball umpire Joe West is suing Paul Lo Duca for defamation over comments the former catcher made on a podcast in May, asserting that a teammate used to bribe the umpire by letting him borrow his vintage car. Lo Duca told a story about a game during his time with the Mets in 2006 or 2007, when after an easy ninth inning, closer Billy Wagner told Lo Duca that he would lend West his 1957 Chevrolet to get a more favorable strike zone. Lo Duca recalled Wagner saying: "Joe loves antique cars so every time he comes into town I
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MLB: 2019 World Series: Who Has The Hitting Edge? – Video – CBS sports.com

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MLB: 2019 World Series: Snyder's Expert Predictions – Video – CBS sports.com

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MLB: 2019 World Series: What's Wrong With Yordan Alvarez? – Video – CBS sports.com

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2019 World Series: Dissecting The Historically Good Starting Pitching – CBS sports.com

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MLB: 2019 World Series: Does Howie Kendrick Cool Off? – Video – CBS sports.com

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Umpire Sues Paul Lo Duca For Claiming He Took Bribes from Mets Pitcher Billy Wagner – TMZ

Play video content Exclusive THE ACTION NETWORK A famous MLB ump says Paul Lo Duca is lying ... claiming he did NOT "open up" the strike zone for a star Mets pitcher who let him borrow a sick '57 Chevy -- and now he's suing. The pissed-off ump is Joe West -- a baseball legend who's been working MLB games since the '70s. West is FURIOUS over claims Lo Duca made during an April 18 podcast on The Action Network ... when the ex-Mets catcher accused West of essentially taking bribes from star closer Billy Wagner. Getty Specifically, Lo Duca said during a game he was catching around 2006 or 2007 against the Phillies ... he noticed West (the home plate umpire) was being extra generous with strike calls for Wagner. In fact, Lo Duca claims West called the final 3 batters out