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I looked up at the night sky, took a deep breath, toed the rubber and then nodded at the catcher, Terry Steinbach, who stood behind home plate, his glove at his chest, giving me a nice, fat target.
Before Travis Ishikawa hooked on with the Giants earlier this summer, he spent time mulling retirement, having been set free by the Pirates. Then injuries happened, opportunities opened and Ishikawa became the Giants' latest out-of-thin-air hero.
Outfielder Scott Schebler has come into his own as a power hitter in the last two years, slugging 27 home runs at Class A in 2013 and leading the Double-A Southern League with 28 homers this year. On Friday night, Schebler connected for his first HR in the Arizona Fall League as Glendale held off Scottsdale, 6-5.
In the third test run of the 20-second pitch clock at the Arizona Fall League, there were no violations of the time-saving measure as Peoria and Salt River played to an 11-inning, 3-3 tie Friday night. Twins prospect Eddie Rosario shined for Salt River, going 3-for-6 with two stolen bases.
Twenty-five years ago, October in the Bay Area, joy and jubilation were mingled with death and devastation. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that interrupted the 1989 World Series, there was no knowledge about the enormity and the tragedy of this event.
Legendary scout Art Stewart has been with the Royals since 1969, so there's not much he hasn't seen in the game. Stewart had a front-row seat to the club's 1985 World Series championship and is now helping the club prepare for a return trip to the Fall Classic.
The Padres announced a handful of changes to their player development staff, headed by the news that Randy Smith -- a former two-time Major League general manager -- will move from the position of vice president of player development to senior advisor, baseball operations, with a focus on scouting.
On his first day on the job, Rangers manager Jeff Banister met with pitching coach Mike Maddux and spoke with hitting coach Dave Magadan and bench coach Tim Bogar. It was the first step toward putting together his coaching staff.
Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday night to clinch the National League pennant for the Giants will be the play everyone is talking about, but a defensive play in the top half of the inning might just be what made it all possible.
It appears that the return of Korean superfan SungWoo Lee is official. The Seoul native who won the hearts of Kansas Citians this summer will make it to Game 1 of the World Series, according to Sam Kim, a political reporter for Bloomberg News in Korea.
The 2015 Major League coaching staff for new Astros manager A.J. Hinch is beginning to take form, after the team named four new members Friday. Trey Hillman was named bench coach, Dave Hudgens as hitting coach, Gary Pettis as the third-base coach as well as outfield/baserunning instructor and Rich Dauer as first-base coach and infield instructor.
Jeff Banister spent 29 years with the Pirates organization, the past four as bench coach, and now he is manager of the Rangers. He has a nice three-year contract plus an option for 2018 and far more responsibility than he had in Pittsburgh.
Nationals center fielder Denard Span is still waiting for the Nationals to pick up his option for 2015, worth $9 million. He said his agent informed him that the team could wait until after the World Series to pick up the option.
Royals manager Ned Yost has plenty to think about in regard to his starting rotation and his 25-man roster for the World Series. But he does have the luxury of time.
Technically, baseball season still lasts at least another week. For the Orioles, it's over. The boxes and bags that filled the home clubhouse at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Friday afternoon were only a reminder of that.
Following a cross-country voyage from Tampa Bay to Los Angeles this week, Andrew Friedman was introduced Friday at Dodger Stadium as the team's new president of baseball operations.
Jeff Banister's extraordinary journey to become the new manager of the Rangers included dealing with bone cancer that threatened the loss of his left leg in high school and three crushed vertebrae in his neck that left him paralyzed in college.
The Rays concluded a busy week of shuffling in upper management on Friday when Chaim Bloom and Erik Neander were each promoted to the position of vice president, baseball operations.
The Giants will meet the Royals in the World Series starting Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, and that thrilling experience of the Fall Classic is already underway with the launch of the 2014 World Series official gear at the MLB.com Shop.
Jake Peavy has witnessed Bruce Bochy manage since he was a 20-year-old pitcher just emerging with the Padres. Bochy is in his 20th season managing, 12 with the Padres and eight in San Francisco.