The Washington Nationals are the 2019 World Series champions, beating the Houston Astros 6-2 in a tense, well-played Game 7 to take the title at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Nationals victory continued the oddball string of visiting teams winning every game in this Series. It was DC’s first baseball title since 1924, when the Washington Senators won. Washington was the oldest team in baseball and started off the year 19-31, but turned it around. Tonight, they stand atop Major League Baseball. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg was the World Series MVP. He won two games during the Series, and now faces a monumental decision. In three days, he can opt out of a contract that will pay him $100 million over four years and become a free agent. That could mean an even larger payday. Related Story Houston Astros Owner Apologizes To Sports Illustrated Reporter Over Team's Efforts To Discredit Her Story On Former GM's Comments The Astros took the early lead, powered by the … [Read more...] about 2019 World Series: Washington Nationals Beat Houston Astros 6-2 To Take Title
Breaking News The Houston Astros just fired their assistant GM Brandon Taubman -- saying an investigation revealed he did, in fact, direct inappropriate comments toward female reporters during a locker room celebration. As we previously reported, several journalists claimed Taubman screamed, "I’m so f*cking glad we got Osuna!'" at a group of women in what was interpreted as a verbal taunt. The backstory ... the Astros traded for Osuna after he was accused of domestic violence while he was a member of the Toronto Blue Jays. Houston had received backlash for acquiring the all-star closer ... and after he helped the 'Stros earn a trip to the World Series last week -- Taubman's comments were interpreted as a middle finger to his critics. Getty But, the reporters didn't find the comments appropriate at all ... and despite initially defending Taubman, the Astros say a probe revealed their top-ranking exec was in the wrong. "Our initial investigation led us to believe that … [Read more...] about Houston Astros Fire Brandon Taubman For Taunting Female Reporters
Breaking News The Houston Astros have launched an investigation into claims the team cheated during the 2017 MLB season ... the same year they won the World Series. Former 'Stros pitcher Mike Fiers said in an article posted by The Athletic on Tuesday that he personally witnessed Astros players going above and beyond to steal signs from opposing teams back in '17. "That’s not playing the game the right way," said Fiers, a current Oakland A's pitcher who left Houston after the 2017 season. “They were advanced and willing to go above and beyond to win.” Astros using cameras to steal signs, a breakdown pic.twitter.com/rncm6qzXxw— Jomboy (@Jomboy_) November 12, 2019 @Jomboy_ The Athletic, citing multiple MLB sources, reports Houston used an outfield camera to record other team's catchers ... and watched video of the footage in the clubhouse hallway. The report states Astros staffers and players would then try to decode the signals ... and when they felt … [Read more...] about Houston Astros Launch Investigation Into Claims Team Cheated In 2017
Play video content Exclusive TMZSports.com Houston fans, listen up ... you better be cheering for the Rays on Wednesday night -- 'cause Oakland legend Dave Stewart says the A's can DEFINITELY beat the 'Stros next round!!! "Houston has been dubbed the American League champions already," Stewart tells TMZ Sports. "But, if the A's get there, I think there's going to be a big challenge for the Astros." It sounds crazy -- Houston won 107 games this season and has TWO Cy Young candidates on its staff -- but Stewart is convinced the A's can beat the 'Stros. And, why? The former World Series champ says it's simple -- the A's hit power pitchers VERY well. "They're not afraid of high-velocity fastballs," Stewart says. "This is a team that swings the bats aggressively." Of course, in order for the A's to get their crack at Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander ... they've gotta get through the Rays on Wednesday night. Gonna be a tough task -- but Stewart says he "likes their chances" ... … [Read more...] about MLB’s Dave Stewart Says A’s Can Take Astros If They Beat Rays, Watch Out!
Breaking News Houston Astros 12:04 PM PT -- Major League Baseball is now weighing in on the issue ... saying it's launching an investigation into the allegations. "Domestic violence is extraordinarily serious," the league said in a statement, "and everyone in baseball must use care to not engage in any behavior -- whether intentional or not -- that could be construed as minimizing the egregiousness of an act of domestic violence." 11:53 AM PT -- Brandon Taubman says he is "deeply sorry and embarrassed" for the locker-room celebration incident involving a group of female reporters ... saying he wasn't trying to offend them. "This past Saturday, during our clubhouse celebration, I used inappropriate language for which I am deeply sorry and embarrassed," Taubman said in a statement. "My over-exuberance in support of a player has been misinterpreted as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an important social issue." "Those that know me know that I am a progressive and … [Read more...] about Astros Exec Brandon Taubman ‘Deeply Sorry’ For Offending Female Reporters