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L.A. City Council to vote on resolution asking MLB to strip Red Sox, Astros of titles

L.A. City Council to vote on resolution asking MLB to strip Red Sox, Astros of titles

The Los Angeles City Council will vote on a resolution Friday requesting that baseball commissioner Rob Manfred strip the Boston Red Sox of the 2018 World Series title and the Houston Astros of their 2017 Series title and award both to the team that lost those Fall Classics, the L.A. Dodgers.

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Council members Gil Cedillo and Paul Koretz put forth the resolution on Wednesday in the wake of the sign-stealing scandal that led to Red Sox manager Alex Cora losing his job and Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow being fired.

Cora, who was the Astros' bench coach in 2017, was at the center of the MLB report detailing the Astros sign-stealing scheme. MLB is continuing to investigate the Red Sox, managed by Cora, for employing a similar system in 2018.

The Red Sox beat the Dodgers four games to one in 2018, the year after the Astros went seven games to defeat the Dodgers. 

The resolution asks that "the Commissioner of Major League Baseball remove the 2017 and 2018 World Series titles from the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox; and hereby requests that the Commissioner of Major League Baseball recall the World Series Commissioner’s Trophies and award them to the Los Angeles Dodgers.”

“This is an equity and justice thing,” Cedillo told the Los Angeles Times. “Who was the best team in 2017? Who was the best team in 2018? It was the Dodgers."


 

Correa gets ring, then gives one to his girlfriend

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Correa gets ring, then gives one to his girlfriend

LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Correa and Daniella Rodriguez both left Dodger Stadium with rings.

The Astros shortstop proposion moments after Houston earned its World Series title with a 5-1 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday night.ed to his girlfriend on live televis

The proposal from her boyfriend of over a year completely surprised Rodriguez, a former Miss Texas USA.

"He had been so focused on the game," Rodriguez said. "All he ever talked about was winning the World Series, so I never really thought something like this would be on his mind, so when it all went down, I was just shocked."

She also had no idea Correa had been urged to put a ring on it by his mother, and he was plotting a proposal for several weeks. Even Correa's teammates were in on the scheme: Carlos Beltran, the Astros' 40-year-old slugger, helped the 23-year-old shortstop pick out the ring.

Correa said he gambled and waited for a dramatic finale to the Astros' first championship year.

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"I knew we had championship potential, so I decided to hold out until the last game of the season," Correa said.

Rodriguez said yes, once she regained the ability to speak.

While Correa went to the clubhouse to spray champagne, Rodriguez gleefully flashed the huge ring to her fellow Astros wives and girlfriends, including Kate Upton.

She'll need a bit longer to get over the shock, however.

"Everyone knew besides me," Rodriguez said. "I'm really good at finding stuff out. Every time I had a surprise birthday party, I would always find out. So I was literally in just the complete dark about this. Everyone knew but me."

Correa and Rodriguez are living together in Houston with a beautiful puppy named Groot . Correa, the 2015 AL Rookie of the Year, had five homers and 14 RBIs in an outstanding postseason, capped by eight hits in the World Series, including two homers.

But when he wasn't raking, Correa was getting ready to surprise Rodriguez.

"I saw a picture of the ring two days ago," Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said. "We were supposed to do it (after) Game 6, but then we didn't play our game. Came back today, won the World Series, the guy proposed to his girlfriend. It was unbelievable."

The TV proposal brought back memories of Boise State running back Ian Johnson's surprise on-camera proposal to his girlfriend, Broncos cheerleader Chrissy Popadics, after Boise State's stunning 43-42 victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1, 2007.

Not for Rodriguez, though: She had never heard of it.

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Red Sox checked in on Dodgers Game 7 starter Darvish at deadline

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Red Sox checked in on Dodgers Game 7 starter Darvish at deadline

BOSTON — Dodgers' World Series Game 7 starter Yu Darvish was one of the pitchers the Red Sox asked about at the trade deadline as they tried to improve for the stretch run. 

The offense was the clearest area of need for the Sox by midseason. But, adding Darvish to improve a strength — and serve as insurance for David Price, who was injured as the deadline arrived — was another route they could have taken.

Sources said the Red Sox-Rangers discussion was not particularly in depth because of the Rangers’ price, and ultimately, because of what the Sox could even offer. The Sox didn’t want to move anyone off their major league team, and the Rangers weren’t enamored with the Sox’ prospects offerings.

Darvish, a free agent this winter, was sent from the Rangers to the Dodgers for three prospects: infielder Willie Calhoun, pitcher A.J. Alexy and infielder Brendon Davis. Boston acquired infielder Eduardo Nunez and reliever Addison Reed before August arrived instead.

Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said three days before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline that he was “not going to go out and make a big trade for a starting pitcher." He noted Doug Fister's arrival as well as the expectation that Price would return.

After the deadline passed, Dombrowski said: “You dip your toes in everything. But we never got close or had any serious conversations about starting pitching.”