MLB: A-Rod lashes out at MLB
NEW YORK (AP) — With the World Series over, Alex Rodriguez resumed his criticism of Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig for its investigation that led to a 211-game suspension that the New York Yankees third baseman is trying to overturn.
In addition to a grievance filed by the players’ union, Rodriguez filed a lawsuit against Selig and MLB that accused them of engaging in a “witch hunt.”
MLB suspended Rodriguez on Aug. 5 for violations of its drug agreement and labor contract, but he was allowed to keep playing pending a determination of the grievance. Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has heard eight days of hearings, and the next session is Nov. 18.
• WASHINGTON (AP) — Former major league third baseman Matt Williams is the new manager of the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals will hold a news conference today to introduce Williams as the team’s fifth manager since it moved to Washington from Montreal in 2005. He replaces Davey Johnson, who is retiring.
• CLEVELAND (AP) — The Indians closed out their relationship with Chris Perez.
The team released the colorful closer following a season in which he performed below his All-Star abilities, got arrested and surrendered his job in the final week as Cleveland tried to clinch a playoff spot. Also, the Indians re-signed veteran slugger Jason Giambi.
• ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers declined their $12 million contract option for Lance Berkman, making the 37-year-old switch-hitter a free agent.
Berkman gets a $1 million buyout for the second year of the deal signed in January.
World Series ratings up
NEW YORK (AP) — The World Series television rating on Fox was up 17 percent over last year but was the lowest for a matchup that went at least six games.
Boston’s 4-2 Series win over St. Louis averaged an 8.9 rating, 15 share and 14.9 million viewers, Nielsen Media Research said Thursday.
Boston’s 6-1 victory in Wednesday night’s clincher received an 11.3/18 and was seen by 19.2 million viewers, baseball’s highest rating since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.