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Fans petition for Bob Uecker to call the World Series

Cleveland fans have already been denied "Wild Thing" making an appearance, so they've now turned to another fictional "Major League" character to improve their World Series mojo.

More than 12,000 fans have signed a petition to replace Fox's Joe Buck with Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker.

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Fans must be expecting Uecker's alter-ego, Harry Doyle - the lovable Indians broadcaster from the 1989 movie in which a laughable Cleveland team beats the odds to make the playoffs.

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Fans must've missed the sequel in which it is revealed the Indians didn't make the World Series, losing to the White Sox in the ALCS.

But that was Hollywood and this is reality.

Charlie Sheen, who portrayed pticher Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the film, was denied his request to throw a ceremonial first pitch by Major League Baseball. 

Uecker was a catcher with the Milwaukee and Atlanta Braves in the 1960s. He has served as the Milwaukee Brewers' announcer for more than four decades. His signature home run call is "Get up! Get up! Get outta here! Gone!" 

The Indians have been to the World Series twice since 1995, losing both times. The Chicago Cubs have reached their first World Series in 71 years. They have not won one since 1908.


Celebrities, athletes react as Cubs clinch first pennant since 1945

The Chicago Cubs on Saturday clinched their first National League pennant in 71 years, beating the Dodgers 5-0 in Game 6 of the NLCS. Next stop: The World Series, where the Cubs will face the Cleveland Indians.

>> Sheen offers to throw out first pitch at World Series

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

After the historic win, celebrities and athletes took to Twitter to celebrate. 

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Charlie Sheen won’t throw out first pitch at World Series

“Wild Thing” has been relegated to the bullpen for the World Series.

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Actor Charlie Sheen, who played Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn in the 1989 movie "Major League," offered to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before one of this year's World Series games. But Major League Baseball said the choices already have been made.

A spokesman told The Associated Press on Friday that MLB has worked with the Indians to identify "former franchise greats" to throw out the first pitch for the games in Cleveland. An announcement is expected early next week.

The Indians host Games 1 and 2 on Tuesday and Wednesday. If necessary, Cleveland will host Games 6 and 7 on Nov. 1-2.

Fans had suggested on social media that Sheen throw out a first pitch and be part of pregame ceremonies. Sheen responded on Twitter, posting a photo of himself as Vaughn in an Indians uniform. He wrote that he would be “honored” to participate.

"Major League" is a fictional account of the Indians finishing in first place with an unconventional group of players including Vaughn, who couldn’t find the strike zone and warmed up to "Wild Thing," a No. 1 hit song in 1966 by The Troggs.

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.

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

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.

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