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Major-leaguers lend voices to cartoon series show

Just in time for the World Series, Cartoon Network’s “Uncle Grandpa” animated series will sport a Fall Classic theme on Oct. 22.

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The show will air at 12:15 p.m. and will feature Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Chris Archer, Baltimore Orioles All-Star center fielder Adam Jones, Houston Astros second baseman José Altuve, Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price and New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard.

The major-leaguers will attempt to help Uncle Grandpa train his struggling Little League squad.

Sports figures have appeared in cartoon series before. In 1972, for example, the Harlem Globetrotters helped Scooby-Doo and friends solve another mystery. Heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali had his own series — complete with rhyming poetry. And in 1992, “The Simpsons” episode “Homer at the Bat” included the voices of Ken Griffey Jr., Roger Clemens, Ozzie Smith, Jose Canseco, Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly, Wade Boggs, Darryl Strawberry, Steve Sax and Mike Scioscia.

Uncle Grandpa introduces the players in a “Field of Dreams” kind of setting, with each player emerging from a row of corn.

The show will air three days before Game 1 of the World Series, which will open at the park of the American League champion.

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Cubs' comeback: Social media reacts to Chicago's dramatic NLDS win

The Chicago Cubs launched a stunning ninth-inning rally Tuesday to beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 and advance to the NLCS.

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Bill Buckner’s glove, cleats heading to auction

Baseball memorabilia collectors will have a chance to own two articles that were key players in the most famous — or infamous — error in World Series history 30 years ago.

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The glove and cleats worn by Bill Buckner on the night he allowed Mookie Wilson’s slow roller to get past him in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series will be sold by Goldin Auctions. Bidding begins October 10 on the MacGregor first baseman’s mitt, a black model autographed by Buckner and inscribed to memorabilia collector Barry Halper. The back of the fingers on the glove are signed "To My Pal Barry, Best Wishes Bill Buckner,” Goldin Auctions posted on its website. 

Halper’s collection was sold to Sotheby’s in 1999, and a consigner bought the glove and cleats for $51,570, ESPN reported.

Buckner was playing first base in the bottom of the 10th inning of Game 6, and the Red Sox held a 3-2 series lead and were ahead 5-3 against the Mets. After getting two quick outs, Boston came unglued and the Mets tied the game when pitcher Bob Stanley threw a wild pitch that Wilson skipped to avoid.

After fouling off a few pitches, Wilson hit a slow grounder to first base that eluded Buckner and rolled into right field. The Mets won 6-5 and would win Game 7 to deny Boston its first World Series championship since 1918. The Red Sox would have to wait 19 years before finally capturing a Series crown.

You can now play golf at Turner Field

Atlanta's Turner Field may no longer be a baseball stadium after Sunday, but it still has life – as a golf course.

Stadiumlinks will turn Turner Field into a nine-hole course that will stretch over 1,000-plus yards of the concourses and field.

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Registration is open for the three-day event that begins Oct. 14. Participants must register as a twosome or foursome, with each round costing $60 per person.

The San Diego Padres partnered with Callaway Golf last year to turn Petco Park into a golf course. This is what that course looked like:

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There will be a cash purse of $1,000 awarded to the top three scores and a $100 cash prize awarded for any hole-in-one.

The Braves closed down Turner Field Sunday with a win over the Detroit Tigers. The celebration included a number of Hall of Fame Braves participating in on-field festivities.

The Braves will move to SunTrust Park in Cobb County for the 2017 season next April.

Fernandez’s missing high school jersey returned

Jose Fernandez’s original high school jersey, which went missing during a candlelight vigil Wednesday night for the late Miami Marlins pitcher, was returned Thursday.

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Nearly 600 friends and fans gathered at the baseball field at Alonso High School in Tampa, Florida, for a Wednesday night vigil, for Fernandez, 24, who was killed in a boating accident early Sunday morning.

According to Hillsborough County Public School officials, Fernandez’s home jersey was hanging in the dugout during the ceremony. As the coaches and school leaders were cleaning up after the vigil, they noticed the jersey was gone.

On Thursday a family saw a large envelope leaning against a ticket booth at the high school. The writing on the outside of the envelope read “Jose’s jersey.” The family brought the envelope to school officials, who said they were grateful to have the jersey back.

Fernandez led Alonso to the Class 6A state title in 2011, going 13-1 with a 1.35 ERA and 134 strikeouts. He was named Florida’s Mr. Baseball as a senior and was drafted as the Marlins’ first-round pick (and 14th overall) in the 2011 amateur draft. He also played for Alonso when the team won the Class 6A crown in 2009.

Fernandez had a 38-17 career record in the major leagues and went 16-8 in 2016. He was a two-time all-star and the National League Rookie of the Year in 2013.

Heartbreaking video shows Jose Fernandez's joy when he learned he was having a daughter

In August, Jose Fernandez nervously cut into a cake with his smiling, pregnant girlfriend, Maria Arias, nearby.

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The cake was pink. The two were going to have a baby girl.

“I knew it! I knew it!” Fernandez can be heard saying in a video posted on Facebook by Arias’ father, Orlando A. Sanfiel.

It was clear the Marlins’ star pitcher was excited to be a dad.

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On Wednesday, Fernandez's teammates, family and friends celebrated the 24-year-old’s life, which was cut short Sunday in a fatal boating wreck that also killed two of his friends.

The Marlins held a public memorial service for Fernandez, starting with the departure of the funeral motorcade, which was followed by a public viewing at St. Brendan's Catholic Church.

As the motorcade entered the roads alongside Marlins Park, fans could be heard chanting, “Jose!"

The funeral motorcade departed from the park at 2:16 p.m., a time set in honor of Fernandez’s jersey number, but not before his teammates had an opportunity to pay their respects and surround the hearse.

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The procession came with the sobering reality that this would be the last time that Fernandez’s body, a body that just days ago represented the hopes of a fan base and the city's Cuban community, would be at Marlins Park.

Following the departure of the hearse, Marlins Tom Koehler and David Phelps went over to the memorial wall that was set up by the Marlins and left their friend and teammate one final note.

Several other teammates also took time to sign the memorial wall.

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Fernandez’s family, including his grandmother, who was wearing a Marlins jersey with pink lettering, arrived at the church a short time after the procession departed.

Following a priest blessing the casket, Fernandez’s family placed his All-Star Game and Marlins jerseys on the casket.

Tim Tebow homers in first professional at-bat

Football star turned baseball player Tim Tebow homered Wednesday in his first at-bat in the instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Florida. 

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Tebow, who signed a pro contract with the New York Mets organization, homered to left-center off left-hander John Kilichowski. Kilichowski is a member of the St. Louis Cardinals organization. 

ESPN posted a video of the home run. 

Tebow, 29, is a 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback. 

The 255-pound outfielder received a $100,000 bonus when he signed with the Mets in an arrangement that allows him to maintain his commitment as an analyst for the ESPN-owned SEC Network.

Before signing with the Mets, Tebow hadn't played organized baseball since 2005 during his junior year at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA Today reported.

David Ortiz writes heartfelt letter to Yankees fans

David Ortiz, known by fans as Big Papi, will play his final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. 

Hours before playing at the stadium on Tuesday, Ortiz released an open letter to Yankees fans that made many loyal Red Sox fans love him even more. 

Published in The Players Tribune, the letter is titled, "Thanks for the Memories, New York," and in it, Ortiz tells Yankee fans that he has a love for them. 

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"When I came to this country, and I was trying to make it to the big leagues, I looked at guys like Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera, and I was almost in awe," Ortiz wrote. "When I got to play against the Yankees my first few years, I would watch some of the things Jeter would do in the field like I was just a fan.

"I learned a lot from watching DJ. I never got to tell him that when he was playing, but I did. The way he handled his business, and how much respect he had for this game, it made me want to be a better player.

"For real, I looked forward to hitting doubles against the Yankees so I could get to second base and say, 'What's up?' to DJ."

Ortiz, 40, wrote that the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox is part of what made playing baseball fun for him. 

"Our rivalry with the Yankees made me who I am," he wrote. "The intensity of that competition is what I'm gonna miss the most when I'm done. I could wake up in the morning and my body could be feeling (bad), but as soon as the bus pulls up to Yankee Stadium and I see that white fence on the upper deck, I'm like, 'It's on.'"

While he was growing up in the Dominican Republic, Ortiz said everyone not only wanted to go to New York, but they rooted for the Yankees. 

"We looked at New York City like the American dream," he wrote. "The Yankees were like a symbol of everything. If you wore a Yankees hat, maybe your cousin or uncle sent it down to you from New York, and it was like that hat was a symbol of everything you were dreaming to be."

Ortiz said that he was able to bring his mother to New York City while he was playing in the minor leagues in 1997, but she died in a car accident before he became a part of the Red Sox. 

"My life has turned out amazing, but the only thing I wish is that she could be here for all this. When I take the field at Yankee Stadium for the last time, she's not gonna be there to see it. That's kind of tough, to be honest with you. But I know she would be so proud that we made it to the top of the world."

And even though he grew up loving New York, he said that's not where he belongs.

"Boston is not just my team. Boston is my city," he wrote. "I consider myself a Bostonian, and it’s the thing I’m most proud of in the world.

"The Red Sox let me be me. You see my beard? The Yankees wouldn’t let me have that beard. I'd be shaving twice a day. But it goes beyond that. The Red Sox let me say what I feel. They let me be myself. If I was a Yankee, I'd be just like my boy, DJ."

Ortiz ended the letter by thanking Yankee fans, but promising that he's bringing his all to his final games at Yankee Stadium. 

"When our bus pulls up to Yankee Stadium today, I'm gonna be ready to go," he wrote. "And when I hear you boo me, I'm gonna try to hit the ball over that white fence, all the way to the ... choo choo train.


Ortiz also told The New York Times that over the course of his 20-year career, Yankee Stadium has been one of his favorite places to play.

"Yankee Stadium -- it might be my favorite place to hit, to play, regardless," he said. "The dimensions are perfect for a left-handed power hitter. All the emotions, all the adrenaline, all the competition -- competing against the Yankees has been outstanding."

Ortiz has a lifetime .970 on-base slugging percentage against the Yankees, according to The New York Times.

But despite Ortiz's respect for the Yankees, ending the season doesn't mean getting praise from the team's fans. He wants and expects to be booed.

"When you get used to something and you do well with it, you just don't want to change it," he said. "Basically, I'm so used to them booing me when I step on the field. It feels weird when it doesn't happen."

Read Ortiz's full letter at The Players Tribune and read more at The New York Times.

WATCH: Dee Gordon pays tribute to Jose Fernandez with emotional home run

Miami second baseman Dee Gordon took New York Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon deep on Monday in the Marlins' first game since the death of Jose Fernandez.

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On Sunday, Fernandez died in a boating accident off the coast of Florida.

The left-handed Gordon, who was one of Fernandez’s closest friends, paid tribute to the ace pitcher by taking Colon's first pitch as a righty. Gordon then switched back to his left side before knocking Colon's third pitch out of the park for his first homer of the season. The crowd went into hysterics as Gordon, visibly emotional, rounded the bases. He burst into tears once he reached the dugout.

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"It seemed like it took forever," Gordon told The Associated Press. "I was trying to get back to my teammates as fast as possible. I was just wondering why Jose wasn't there standing on the top step cheering for me."

Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton called the moment "pure emotion."

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"There's no other way it could be scripted, unless you're in a movie rewriting everything that just happened," Stanton said.

The Marlins won 7-3.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Marlins players will all wear No. 16 in honor of Jose Fernandez

Every member of the Miami Marlins will wear No. 16 on Monday night, according to the Miami Herald, as an homage to fallen pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed early Sunday morning in a boat crash with two other men.

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In their first game since Sunday's shocking news, the Marlins host the New York Mets at 7:10 p.m. at Marlins Park. Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves was canceled in the wake of Fernandez's death.

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Adam Conley will take to the mound for Miami, while Bartolo Colon will get the start for New York. Fernandez was originally slated to be Monday's starter against the Mets.

Fans, teammates and opponents alike paid tribute to the life of the 24-year-old pitcher on Sunday. The Marlins' ground crew stenciled his No. 16 onto the back of the pitcher's mound at Marlins Park.

And many other players and teams around Major League Baseball honored Fernandez in their own ways.

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