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Rob Manfred squashes notion that Dodgers deserve Red Sox' World Series title

Rob Manfred squashes notion that Dodgers deserve Red Sox' World Series title

Boston Red Sox fans will find the Los Angeles City Council's latest resolution patently ridiculous.

Rob Manfred seems to agree.

The Major League Baseball commissioner addressed the L.A. City Council's resolution requesting the league strip the 2017 Houston Astros and 2018 Red Sox of their World Series titles due to their involvement in cheating scandals and reward each championship to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the losing team in both of those series.

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"There's a couple of problems with (that)," Manfred said Wednesday during a TV appearance on FOX Business. "We haven't concluded our investigation with the Red Sox, so it's a little hard to take the trophy away from somebody who hasn't yet been found to do something wrong. We don't know what the outcome of that is going to be."

MLB still is investigating the 2018 Red Sox for allegedly using a video room to illegally steal signs, and while former Boston manager Alex Cora is expected to receive a harsh punishment for his role in that scheme and the Astros' sign-stealing operation, slugger J.D. Martinez believes the league won't find any evidence of wrongdoing.

Even if MLB punishes the Red Sox, though, Manfred seemingly has no plans to strip them or the Astros of their championships.

"The second flaw is, whatever the impact of the sign-stealing was, it could have changed who was in the World Series. (It's) absolutely unclear that the Dodgers would have been the World Series champion.

"I think there's a long tradition in baseball of not trying to change what happened. I think the answer from our perspective is to be transparent about what the investigation showed and let our fans make their own decision about what happened."

MLB's investigation into the Astros alone already has impacted the future of three teams, as Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow, Houston manager A.J. Hinch, Cora and New York Mets manager Carlos Beltran all lost their jobs.

But Manfred and the league are stopping short of altering the past.

MLB Rumors: Brock Holt agrees to deal with Brewers

MLB Rumors: Brock Holt agrees to deal with Brewers

Another beloved member of the Boston Red Sox will be playing for a new team in 2020.

The Milwaukee Brewers and utilityman Brock Holt agreed to a deal on Monday, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.


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Holt spent seven of his eight MLB seasons (2013-19) in Boston, earning two World Series rings over that time. An All-Star in 2015, Holt hit .270 with 23 home runs and 203 RBI during his Red Sox career while playing every position other than pitcher and catcher.

But it wasn't all about what Holt contributed on the field. Above all else, it'll be the 31-year-old's clubhouse presence that will be missed. NBC Sports Boston's own John Tomase recently summarized the immense impact Holt has had on the organization and the city of Boston.

Holt joins a Brewers team that finished 89-73 in 2019 before falling to the World Series champion Washington Nationals in the National League wild-card game.

Former Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard attempting MLB comeback

Former Red Sox reliever Daniel Bard attempting MLB comeback

Daniel Bard hasn't pitched in the MLB since 2013.

But that isn't going to stop the former Boston Red Sox reliever from attempting an MLB comeback in 2020.

According to Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, the 34-year-old Bard will try to return to the MLB in the near future. He last pitched in the minors during the 2017 season.

Bard was a first-round pick by the Red Sox in the 2006 MLB Draft and at one point, it appeared that he would be the heir apparent to Jonathan Papelbon as the team's closer.

In his first two seasons with the Red Sox (2009-2010), Bard was a terrific relief option for the squad. He made 122 appearances and logged a 2.61 ERA in 124 innings pitched with 139 strikeouts. And that continued for most of the 2011 season, as Bard set a Red Sox record at one point with 25 consecutive scoreless appearances.

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However, after that, Bard began to fall apart. It began in September of '11. During the final month of the season, he went 0-4 and had a ridiculous 10.64 ERA amid a Red Sox collapse that led to the departure of Terry Francona as Red Sox manager.

In 2012, Bobby Valentine attempted to convert Bard into a starting pitcher. The results were disastrous. Bard went 5-6 but had a 6.22 ERA and averaged 6.5 walks per nine innings as he struggled to command his pitches.

Following the 2012 season, Bard made just two appearances for the Red Sox in 2013. He spent most of his time with the Pawtucket Red Sox before being designated for assignment in September. After that, he bounced around the league and was seen mostly as a reclamation project. But he could never make any headway on his many minor-league stints.

Bard retired in 2017 and has been working for the Arizona Diamondbacks since then.

It will be interesting to see if any team takes a chance on Bard. After all, he was able to clock 102 on the radar gun at times during his career and had he not lost his command, he may have had a chance to re-emerge as an effective reliever.

But after being away from the majors for seven years and struggling in the minors, it's fair to wonder if Bard can truly figure things out and make a team consider signing him.