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Kyle Schwarber Brings His Postseason Act to the Red Sox

Kyle Schwarber Brings His Postseason Act to the Red Sox

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BOSTON — Before Red Sox first baseman Kyle Schwarber cemented his status as a big-game performer, he was just a high school senior trying to impress a visiting college coach.It was 2011, and Schwarber, a star for Middletown High School in Ohio, was well aware that Tracy Smith, then the head coach at Indiana University, was there when he belted three home runs in a game. Seeing how calm the young player was under pressure, Smith didn’t take long to make him an offer.“Great players do great things,” Smith said. “They seize those opportune moments.”Schwarber’s knack for rising to the occasion followed him to college and then to the majors. Smith remembers Schwarber’s go-ahead home run in the Big Ten championship game in 2014, and his World Series performance in 2016, when he hit .412 after co...
10 All-Stars Traded in MLB’s Wildest Trade Deadline Ever

10 All-Stars Traded in MLB’s Wildest Trade Deadline Ever

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“Our core group and the teams over the last six, seven years in Chicago brought a lot of joy to people, not only in Chicago but around the country and parts of the world,” Rizzo said. “We were an easy team to root for, winning that World Series in ’16, playing and having fun. As time goes on, we’ll be able to reflect on it more, but I know those guys are pretty excited too now, to be able to go into contention and play for a World Series ring.”The Cubs made that pursuit a little easier for their neighbors, sending two relievers — Kimbrel and Ryan Tepera — to the crosstown White Sox, who already have an All-Star closer in Liam Hendriks. The White Sox also got a veteran second baseman, Cesar Hernandez, from Cleveland, which at the deadline was eight games back in the American League Central....
Where Have You Gone, Dustin Pedroia?

Where Have You Gone, Dustin Pedroia?

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When the Milwaukee Brewers traded for third baseman Mike Moustakas (6 feet, 225 pounds) at the 2018 trade deadline, they moved Travis Shaw (6-4, 230) from third to second. A year later, they put Moustakas there for 47 games. Neither Shaw nor Moustakas previously had played a single inning of pro ball at second.“As an industry, we’re beginning to recognize you don’t need to look a certain way to play a specific position,” said David Stearns, the Brewers’ president of baseball operations.In Colorado, the early reviews of McMahon’s fielding were decidedly mixed.McMahon’s Baseball America scouting report before the 2018 season noted that, while he’s physically large for second base, McMahon “impressed the Rockies with how he adapted to the position, although opposing scouts are less convinced....
Javier Baez and Cubs Baffle Pirates Infielders in Wild Play

Javier Baez and Cubs Baffle Pirates Infielders in Wild Play

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Baseball’s long history has allowed ample opportunity for wackiness. It is, after all, a sport in which the coaches wear the same outfits as the players, the action runs counterclockwise and stealing is not only legal, it is encouraged.Few moments in the sport, though, could top one that occurred in the top of the third inning on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez, 28, once again proved that his nickname, El Mago (The Magician in Spanish), is a fitting one. And the Pirates, with a series of head-scratching miscues, enabled one of the zaniest plays in baseball history, leaving fans in disbelief even after multiple replays.“Only Javy disappears more on the basepaths than anyone I’ve seen,” Cubs Manager David Ross, who played in parts of 15 major league seasons, said a...