Storybook tale for Posey continues in K.C.


Storybook tale for Posey continues in K.C.

KANSAS CITY -- The story of Buster Poseys baseball career is one that is still being written. But already, it reads like a classic novel.It has the perfect protagonist. Posey, the very portrait of class and professionalism. A hero to so many in every sense of the word.It has the dramatic plot ... with the emotional highs of a Rookie of the Year award on the heels of a World Series title, to the mental and physical struggles of coping and returning from a season-ending injury.Will it have a storybook ending too? That chapter is likely years away from unfolding, but so far, its looking pretty good. As Posey makes his first All Star appearance, here is what his teammates and other players around the league are saying about his amazing story:Pablo Sandoval: "I'm happy for him, you know, hes been through a lot of things, his ankle surgery he missed the whole season last year. You know, to get back the way he got back is tough, he deserves to be here, he's a great player and a great hitter. I'm happy to see my teammate, not for one year and couple years ago. So, I've been playing with him, know him very well, so he's a great guy, such a great teammate, so I'm happy for him to be here" Matt Cain: "Yeah,that's pretty cool i mean its amazing to see how quick he's turned around from such a extreme injury last year and to turn around and go through mental grind of getting healthy, getting his body back healthy, to turn around and put up what he's done already the first half shows what kind of a player he is and what kind hes going to be for his career." As manager Bob Melvin: "He's a premiere position behind the plate and to be an offensive guy like that, you don't see too many guys that can handle both ends of it. Behind the plate he's a terrific defender and throws very well and a middle-of-the-order hitter from the catcher spot, which doesn't happen very often so all the accolades he gets he deserves" Joe Mauer: It's really nice to see from afar. I don't know Buster that well, he seems like a great guy and a hard working player. I guess you have to be to be that good. But to have that injury and come back from that and be at an all-star game it's pretty impressive, and I look forward to talking to him a little bit. And finally, Posey himself: It's definitely special, I was just anxious to be back and competing at the major league level, and you know this is kind of icing on the cake. It's sometimes kind of hard to believe that I'm here.

Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to reach 2017 World Series


Dodgers crush Cubs in Game 5 to reach 2017 World Series


CHICAGO -- Enrique Hernandez put a Hollywood ending on an LA story three decades in the making.

Fueled by Hernandez's home run trilogy, Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are finally going to the World Series.

Hernandez homered three times and drove in seven runs, Kershaw breezed through six crisp innings and Los Angeles ended the Chicago Cubs' title defense with an 11-1 victory in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on Thursday night.

"It feels good to hear World Series," Kershaw said. "It's been a long time coming for this team."

After years of playoff heartache, there was just no stopping this group of Dodgers. With Kershaw firing away at the top of a deep pitching staff and Justin Turner anchoring a tough lineup, one of baseball's most storied franchises captured its first pennant since Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda managed Los Angeles to its last championship in 1988.

The Dodgers will host the New York Yankees or Houston Astros in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night. The Yankees have a 3-2 lead in the ALCS heading into Game 6 at Houston on Friday night, so one more New York win would set up another chapter in an old October rivalry between the Yankees and Dodgers.

The Dodgers made the playoffs eight times in the previous 13 seasons and came up short each time, often with Kershaw shouldering much of the blame. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner took the loss when Los Angeles was eliminated by the Cubs in Game 6 of last year's NLCS at Wrigley Field.

He was just OK in his first two starts in this year's postseason, but Los Angeles' loaded lineup picked him up each time. Backed by Hernandez's powerful show in Chicago, Kershaw turned in an efficient three-hit performance with five strikeouts in his sixth career playoff win - matching Burt Hooton for the franchise record.

When Kenley Jansen retired Willson Contreras on a liner to shortstop for the final out, the party was on. The Dodgers poured out of the dugout and mobbed their dominant closer near the mound, and a small, but vocal group of Los Angeles fans gathered behind the visitor's dugout and chanted "Let's go Dodgers! Let's go Dodgers!"

Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach


Report: Giants interview Chili Davis about becoming new hitting coach

Chili Davis spent the first seven years of his big league career with the Giants where he made two All-Star teams and hit 101 home runs. 

Fast forward 37 years from his debut in 1981, and Davis may now be the one teaching Giants how to hit balls over the wall in 2018. The Giants met with Davis Thursday about becoming the team's new hitting coach, according to The Mercury News

The only problem is, there is no open vacancy on the Giants' coaching staff. 

Current hitting coach Hensley Meulens is a candidate for the Tigers' head coaching vacancy, but reports surfaced Thursday that former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire will take that role. Meulens could become a candidate to manage another team or take a different spot on the Giants' staff. 

The Giants' offense sputtered in 2017. Overall, the offense ranked 23rd in batting average (.249), 29th in runs scored (639) and last in home runs (128). By comparison, the Pirates were the next worst team at hitting home runs in 2017 and still launched 23 more long balls than the Giants. 

Over his 19-year career, Davis hit 350 home runs. He has spent the last three years as the Red Sox's hitting instructor.