2021 Schedule

2021 Schedule

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Don Sutton said in our 2006 interview, "I consider myself a guy that would've done the right thing, because it was the right thing to do. ‘What do you want me to do, when do you want it done and trust me, I'll give you my best effort.'" As an analyst, he took special interest in Tom Glavine. "His personality and mine are identical and our approach to life and our approach to pitching and preparation: ‘it's my job, let's go do it, I'll give it the best I've got and then I'll take the results.'"

Michael Brantley's homers in 2020 (1:03)
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Sources: Brantley, Astros have 2-year, $32M deal

Michael Brantley, who hit .300 with five home runs and 22 RBIs with Houston in 2020, is returning to the Astros on a 2-year, $32 million deal, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

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Michael Brantley gets a two-year, $32 million deal with the Astros - Buster Olney


BBTN: Jess Mendoza on the Mets firing Jared Porter. Plus, Padres manager Jayce Tingler on Snell, Tatis and the Dodgers

Jess Mendoza talks to Buster about the Mets firing Jared Porter for sexually harassing a reporter, the emotions she felt when the story broke, why more women don’t speak up similar situations, the need for structural changes in the sport and her belief that things will be different going forward (6:40). Next, Tim Kurkjian stops by to talk about life as a grandparent, Porter, the Blue Jays signing George Springer, if the Yankees are done making additions, his top five teams right now and the passing of Don Sutton (25:46). Then, Sarah Langs shares her thoughts on the Porter situation and teams under the most pressure to make moves before the season (41:41). Finally, Padres manager Jayce Tingler on when he heard the Blake Snell news, the dynamic between the Padres and Dodgers, how Fernando Tatis Jr. can push himself to be even better and building on the 2020 season (52:55).

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Jays don't have deal with Brantley, source says

While the Blue Jays remain among the teams interested in free-agent outfielder Michael Brantley, they have not reached an agreement on a contract, a source familiar with the situation told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

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Sources: Springer, Jays reach 6-year, $150M deal

The Toronto Blue Jays are set to land the star they've been looking for all winter, reaching agreement on a six-year, $150 million contract with free-agent outfielder George Springer, sources confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan.

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Hall of Fame pitcher Sutton dies of cancer at 75

Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton, who won over 300 games during a major league career that spanned 23 seasons -- mostly with the Dodgers -- has died at the age of 75.

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ValleyCats, dropped as affiliate, sue MLB, Astros

The Tri-City ValleyCats, who operated as a short-season affiliate of the Houston Astros for 18 seasons before being dropped, have filed a lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the Astros.

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Correa likely headed to arbitration with Astros

The Astros agreed to one-year contracts with right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and infielder Aledmys Díaz on Friday to avoid salary arbitration, but did not reach a deal with shortstop Carlos Correa.


BBTN: Jesse Rogers on the Mets trading for Francisco Linder; Alex Avila on his godfather Tommy Lasorda; Hembo on position rankings

Jesse Rogers joins Buster to discuss Spring Training starting on schedule, Corey Kluber trying to prove that he’s healthy and the Mets trading for Francisco Lindor. Then, 12-year MLB veteran Alex Avila hops on to talk about his godfather Tommy Lasorda, staying patient in free agency, his outlook on another pandemic season and catching for Justin Verlander in Detroit. Later, Hembo quibbles with Buster’s top 10 position rankings.

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Sources: Ex-Dodger Baez, Astros agree to deal

Right-handed reliever Pedro Baez has agreed to a two-year contract with the Astros that is expected to fall in the $12-14 million guaranteed range, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Flashback: MLB world reacts to Astros' sign-stealing scandal (0:38)
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Ex-Angels staffer: Cole, others doctored balls

Brian Harkins, who was fired as the Angels' clubhouse attendant last March for supplying ball-doctoring substances to pitchers, used a text message from star pitcher Gerrit Cole among his evidence to prove he was unfairly made a scapegoat.


BBTN: Boog Sciambi on his new gig as Cubs play-by-play man, Alden Gonzalez on the Padres-Dodgers arms race, Hembo on Trevor Story

Boog Sciambi joins Buster to discuss to being named the new play-by-play voice of the Chicago Cubs, his run-in with Harry Caray in a restroom, the Padres looking like a superhero team-up and the slow winter market. Then Alden Gonzalez stops by to talk about when Spring Training may start, the arms race between the Padres and Dodgers and if Los Angeles will re-sign Corey Seager or Cody Bellinger. Later, Hembo on no players being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Yadier Molina and the Cardinals at an impasse and Trevor Story.

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Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.24020th
On Base Percentage.31223rd
Slugging Percentage.40816th
Earned Run Average4.3113th
Quality Starts253rd