10:44am: Rosenthal tweets that the Braves are indeed likely to hire a GM to work with Hart. 9:32am: Interim Braves GM John Hart has now accepted an offer to take a permanent role with the club and will be soon be named as the new president of baseball operations, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link). The Braves have been on the hunt for a new leader of their baseball ops department since firing longtime GM Frank Wren a month ago. Hart, who joined the team as a senior adviser last offseason, will now be tasked with that role. The former Indians GM had an immediate impact on the Braves, as he was said to have played a key role in working out long-term extensions for Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, Craig Kimbrel and Julio Teheran last winter. The 66-year-old Hart was one of the pioneers of pre-arbitration extensions in his days with Cleveland. Hart has also served as GM of the Rangers and an analyst for the MLB Network.
Maybe it was the magnitude of the situation he entered, with two on and one out in the sixth inning of a tied game. Whatever the reason, reliever Kelvin Herrera was in prime form in Game 2, getting out of a sixth-inning jam, recording five outs and becoming the pitcher of record in the Royals’ first World Series victory in 29 years.
When the Giants’ Hunter Pence hit a ground ball into the hole in the sixth inning on Wednesday night, it provided another highlight-reel opportunity in Game 2 of the World Series. But as Statcast tracking technology shows, the numbers were working against Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar.
Welcome to Kauffman Stadium and MLB.com’s live hub for Game 2 of the World Series, which will be updated throughout the night with news and in-game highlights. Be sure to refresh often as the Royals try to tie up this Series, while the Giants look to take a commanding 2-0 lead heading back to San Francisco.
Noah Wilson, a 6-year-old cancer patient, was at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night to see his beloved Royals play the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series, courtesy of Major League Baseball.
John Parker of Topeka, Kan., was thrilled to be seated in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat for Game 2 of the World Series at Kauffman Stadium.
Max Kepler tripled and doubled, helping Salt River defeat Surprise, 9-2. With the victory, the Rafters improved to 10-3-1, becoming the first team to reach 10 wins this fall.
The Padres relieved Phil Plantier of his hitting-coach duties on Wednesday. The Padres ranked last in the Major Leagues in several offensive categories this past season.
Here’s the latest from the NL West. Rumors that the Dodgers are interested in Josh Byrnes for a front office role are gaining steam, writes Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. The former Diamondbacks and Padres GM was seen taking in an AFL game with Dodgers president Stan Kasten and special adviser Pat Corrales. Interestingly, Los Angeles has openings at GM and farm director – both positions that fit Byrnes’ resume. He began his front office career as a scout in the Indians organization, eventually moving up to scouting director before leaving with Dan O’Dowd for an assistant GM post in Colorado. If Byrnes does latch on with the Dodgers, it will be his fourth NL West organization. New Diamondbacks catching prospect Peter O’Brien is known for his power but comes with questions about his defense, reports Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic. When the Diamondbacks acquired O’Brien from the Yankees for Martin Prado, they knew he might not stick behind the dish.
When Jake Peavy takes the mound to start tonight’s Game 2 of the World Series (4:30 p.m. PT airtime/5:07 p.m. PT gametime on FOX), he will be pitching on 10 days’ rest, but while such a long layoff can sometimes be difficult for a pitcher, the Giants right-hander thinks it will work to his advantage.