AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The death of former Major League Baseball pitcher Brad Halsey, who fell off a cliff near his central Texas home last week, appears to have been an accident, police said on Thursday. Halsey, 33, who played with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics during his three-year major league career, died last Friday in the fall off the 100-foot cliff near New Braunfels, Texas. “Right now, it looks like an accident,” said Captain Tommy Ward with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. Ward added the case was still under investigation. …

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have hired Farhan Zaidi as general manager and Josh Byrnes as senior vice president, baseball operations.

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This is not the first time the Kansas City Royals have been in trouble this season. A .500 team after 100 games, the Royals turned it on down the stretch to earn their first playoff berth in 29 years. Down four runs in the eighth inning of the AL wild-card game, Kansas City rallied to force extra innings and then overcame another deficit in the 12th before beating the Oakland Athletics. Now, after being blanked 5-0 by San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Sunday night, the Royals find themselves on the brink of elimination again as they head home trailing 3-2 in the World Series.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to hire Oakland Athletics assistant GM Farhan Zaidi as the club’s new general manager, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said.

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The message from Joe Torre shown on the video board at AT&T Park was clear and direct: ”When in doubt, sit it out.” From the World Series to the NFL, from hockey to youth sports, concussions are a major topic at all levels of athletics. They shaped part of the postseason for the San Francisco Giants – first baseman Brandon Belt returned from one, backup catcher Hector Sanchez didn’t. Torre, the former catcher and Hall of Fame manager who’s now a Major League Baseball executive, taped public-service announcements that appeared at ballparks in October, reiterating that head injuries need to be checked. The wild-card Oakland Athletics lost catcher John Jaso and outfielder Craig Gentry before the playoffs because of concussion effects.

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Oct 29 (Reuters) – Factbox on the San Francisco Giants, who won Major League Baseball’s World Series for the third time in five seasons on Wednesday. Manager: Bruce Bochy Stadium: AT&T Park World Series titles: 8 (2014, 2012, 2010, *1954, *1933, *1922, *1921, *1905) 2014 regular season record: 88-74 Most regular season home runs: 22 (Buster Posey) Most regular season wins by a pitcher: 18 (Madison Bumgarner) How they won the World Series: Beat Pittsburgh Pirates in one-game wild-card showdown, beat Washington Nationals 3-1 in National League Division Series, beat St. …

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Joe Maddon’s unusual road to the manager’s office at Wrigley Field included a job interview at an RV park in Pensacola, Florida. The first public stop was a bar across the street from the iconic ballpark, where Maddon offered to buy a beer and a shot for everyone in the room. If the beginning of Maddon’s partnership with the Cubs is any indication, this is going to be one interesting ride. Maddon brought his unconventional style to Chicago on Monday when he was introduced as the Cubs’ fifth manager since the start of the 2010 season, replacing Rick Renteria after just one year on the job.

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(Reuters) – List of Most Valuable Player winners from Major League Baseball’s World Series. 2014 – Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants) 2013 – David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox) 2012 – Pablo Sandoval (San Francisco Giants) 2011 – David Freese (St. Louis Cardinals) 2010 – Edgar Renteria (San Francisco Giants) 2009 – Hideki Matsui (New York Yankees) 2008 – Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies) 2007 – Mike Lowell (Boston Red Sox) 2006 – David Eckstein (St. …

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Bruce Bochy is crazy superstitious. It’s a little-known fact about the unflappable San Francisco Giants manager. Mere mention of anything about a dynasty during the World Series made him uncomfortable. ”Dynasty” blared the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle on Thursday.

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