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  • World Series Live Thread

    10/19/2019 6:40:51 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 53 replies
    > Washington Nationals @ TBA: Oct 22, 2019 8:08pm ET getting an early start
  • MLB Proposal Would Eliminate 42 Minor League Teams

    10/19/2019 6:27:37 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 20 replies
    Baseball America ^ | October 18, 2019 | JK Cooper
    Editor's Note: This story initially reported that the proposal would move the MLB draft back to August. Further reporting has found that while the draft in the proposal would move to after the College World Series, it would not be moved as late as August. We regret the error. Also, the number of roster spots for minor leagues would be limited to between 150 and 200 players. The story initially said teams would be limited to 150 players. The Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) between Major League Baseball and minor league teams expires at the end of the 2020 season. But...
  • MLB To Speed Up Games By Replacing Umpires With Bears

    10/19/2019 5:08:23 PM PDT · by Norski · 16 replies
    The Babylon Bee ^ | October 18, 2019 | staff
    NEW YORK, NY—Lots of people think that baseball is boring, criticizing the game for long pauses between pitches and lots of annoying, dull things like "strategy" and "thinking." The MLB is looking to appeal to these people, announcing in a press conference today that they will be replacing all umpires with bears. While the bear umpires have been tested in triple-A ball for some time now, the rule change will first take effect in the majors during this year's World Series. Instead of calling balls and strikes, the bears will usually just eat the catcher, batter, pitcher, and most of...
  • The day The Deacon went 18 (no pitch-count then)

    10/17/2019 3:54:19 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 38 replies ^ | 7/19/14 | Bob Smizik
    On July 19, 1955, Vernon Law was the starting pitcher in the Pirates' 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Braves. ... Law started and pitched the first 18 innings before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. In those 18 innings, he allowed nine hits, two runs -- only one of which was earned -- two walks and 12 strikeouts. On July 19, 1955, Vernon Law was the starting pitcher in the Pirates’ 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Braves. Law, nicknamed The Deacon, was not the winning pitcher and didn’t even get a complete game on that Tuesday night at Forbes Field. But...
  • Washington Nationals sweep St. Louis Cardinals to earn first trip to World Series

    10/15/2019 8:31:53 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 32 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 15, 2019 | David K. Li
    First in war, first in peace and now champions of the National League. The Washington Nationals defeated the visiting St. Louis Cardinals, 7-4, on Tuesday night to complete a four-game sweep of the NL Championship Series and bring the nation's capital its first pennant since 1933. Washington will play American League champions, either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros, in the 115th World Series, which starts next week. The newly crowned NL champions broke open Tuesday night's game early, plating seven runs in the first inning before a raucous partisan crowd at Nationals Park. Washington faced a threat from...
  • Gleyber Torres, Masahiro Tanaka squash Astros for ALCS Game 1 win

    10/13/2019 6:55:59 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 13 replies
    NYDN ^ | 13 October 2019 | Kristie Ackert
    HOUSTON — There are no ghosts here for Gleyber Torres. The 22-year-old had not even had his first major league at-bat when the Yankees came here in 2017 and lost every game of the American League Championship Series in this ballpark. But the Yankees’ second baseman certainly chased away any demons that were lingering here for his teammates. Torres drove in five runs and Masahiro Tanaka threw six scoreless, one-hit dominant innings as the Yankees shut out the Astros 7-0 in Game 1 of the ALCS at Minute Maid Park.
  • Los Angeles Angels employee details team's knowledge of Tyler Skaggs' drug use...

    10/12/2019 6:08:52 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/12/19 | T.J. Quinn
    Los Angeles Angels employee details team's knowledge of Tyler Skaggs' drug use to federal DEA investigators A public relations employee for the Los Angeles Angels told federal investigators that he provided oxycodone to Tyler Skaggs and abused it with him for years, and that two team officials were told about Skaggs' drug use long before his death, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. Eric Kay, the Angels' director of communications, also gave U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents the names of five other players who he believed were using opiates while they were Angels, the sources said. Kay's attorney,...
  • DONALD TRUMPPublished 14 hours ago Little League champs fly home on Air Force One with Trump

    10/12/2019 7:48:58 AM PDT · by gattaca · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 11, 2019 | Louis Casiano
    The 2019 Little League world champions went back home to Louisiana in style after they accepted a last-minute invitation Friday to fly aboard Air Force with President Trump. The Eastbank All-Stars were visiting Washington, D.C., following their 8-0 victory over Curacao in August to clinch the baseball title, Politico reported. The team took a tour of the Capitol in a visit hosted by Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, who serves as the House minority whip. Trump also welcomed North Carolina's Rowan County All-Stars, the 2019 Little League Softball World Series Champions.
  • LLWS champs invited by President Trump to fly home to Louisiana on Air Force One (So Cool!)

    10/12/2019 5:34:34 AM PDT · by God luvs America · 23 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/11/2019 | ESPN News Services
    The winners of the 2019 Little League World Series flew home from Washington to Louisiana in style -- aboard Air Force One. President Donald Trump met with the Eastbank All-Stars on Friday at the White House. At the meeting, Trump asked the team members' parents whether the team could hop on Air Force One for the ride back to Louisiana since Trump was already headed to the state for a campaign rally. The team then met again with Trump at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, on the tarmac near Air Force One, and they all ascended onto the presidential...
  • 'Mattress Mack' places $3.5 million bet on Astros to win World Series

    10/11/2019 6:28:31 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 22 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/1/2019 | David Purdum
    A Houston furniture salesman, attempting to mitigate millions of dollars in potential refunds from a promotion, placed one of the largest bets ever taken by a U.S. bookmaker on Tuesday at a Mississippi sportsbook. Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture in Houston, bet $3.5 million on the Houston Astros to win the World Series at the DraftKings sportsbook at Scarlet Pearl casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. At +220 odds, the wager would pay a net $7.7 million if the Astros win the World Series. McIngvale wired the $3.5 million to the Scarlet Pearl on Monday and flew from Houston...
  • Nationals vs. Dodgers score: Howie Kendrick grand slam stuns Dodgers in extras, sends Nats to NLCS

    10/09/2019 10:06:03 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 59 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | October 10, 2019 | Katherine Acquavella
    The Washington Nationals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-3, in 10 innings in Game 5 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night. Washington advances to the NL Championship Series to face the St. Louis Cardinals. The Nationals fought their way back to take the lead after they entered the ninth inning tied 3-3.
  • ATLANTA BRAVES REMOVE FOAM TOMAHAWKS After Native American Pitcher's Criticism

    10/09/2019 3:34:28 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 75 replies
    tmz ^ | 10/9/2019 | tmz
    The Atlanta Braves did NOT pass out their traditional foam tomahawks prior to Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday ... after St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley -- a member of the Cherokee tribe -- spoke out against the promotion. FYI -- the Braves have passed out the foam tomahawks on each seat in the stadium for postseason games in the past ... and adopted the accompanying chant from Florida State when Deion Sanders played for Atlanta in the 1990s. Helsley made it clear he wasn't a fan of the props -- or the "Tomahawk Chop" chant that comes...
  • The Sounds of Baseball

    10/03/2019 1:19:49 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 17 replies
    ArticleVBlog ^ | October 3rd 2019 | Rodney Dodsworth
    There’s nothing like the sounds of baseball. Whether one is a player in the batter’s box, the outfield, or sitting in the stands or listening on the radio or internet . . . nothing compares to its sounds. The sounds today conjure memories of my first mitt, the one my father bought for me at a Five and Dime in the early 1960s. It was too big for my hand, but that was okay. Having a mitt was a rite of passage, a step toward manhood. Sounds of the surrounding city while playing pickle with my elementary school buddies in...
  • Today in baseball history: Clemente’s 3000th and Ruth’s 60th

    09/30/2019 8:13:40 AM PDT · by fugazi · 16 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | 30 September 2019 | Chris Carter
    On Sept. 30, 1972, Roberto Clemente passed Honus Wagner for most games ever played by a Pittsburgh Pirate, but the fans in Three Rivers Stadium witnessed a much more important milestone that day. Pitching for Yogi Berra's New York Mets was Jon Matlack, a lefthander that won 15 games that year and would be awarded the National League Rookie of the Year. He struck out Clemente in the first inning, but Clemente smoked a double off the leftfield wall in the fourth -- hit number 3,000. At that point, Clemente was just the 11th player to reach the 3,000-hit milestone....
  • Israel's national baseball team qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

    09/22/2019 9:15:41 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 18 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/22/2019 | JERUSALEM POST STAFF
    The Israeli team made history Sunday by defeating South Africa 11-1 in Italy, after beating the Netherlands on Thursday and tournament host Italy on Friday.
  • Authorities: Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez arrested, charged with solicitation of child

    09/17/2019 1:41:17 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 60 replies ^ | September 17, 2019 | uncredited
    Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez has been arrested on charges of computer pornography - solicitation of a child and providing obscene material to minors, authorities said Tuesday. Vazquez is being held in the Allegheny County Jail, awaiting extradition to Lee County, Florida. FDLE agents, with assistance from the Pennsylvania State Police, today arrested Felipe Vazquez, 28, of Saint Cloud, FL, for one count of computer pornography - solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors. Vazquez, a baseball player with the Pittsburgh Pirates, was taken into custody in Pittsburgh this morning on a felony warrant...
  • He missed Babe, but 112-year-old hits first game

    09/16/2019 1:52:36 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 8 replies ^ | 9/16/2019 | Sarah Langs
    There’s no better place to celebrate a birthday than at the ballpark. Even more so when it’s your first visit. That’s what CP Crawford, of Lansing, Ill., did on his birthday Thursday. It was his 112th birthday, and Crawford, a lifelong White Sox fan, had never been to a game. Andrew Holmes, who is the executive director of Club 100, a nonprofit that focuses on people who are 100 years old or older, learned of Crawford’s fandom and the fact he’d never seen his team play, and decided to help make that happen. Crawford took a limo from his nursing...
  • MLB’s Seattle Mariners Pay Honor To Ichiro With “Suzuki Weekend”

    09/15/2019 1:54:08 PM PDT · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 12 replies ^ | September 14, 2019 | CaliforniaCraftBeer
    After being presented with the Mariners Franchise Achievement Award -- the first player to receive the honor -- Ichiro talked for five minutes [without his interpreter] about his appreciation for the support he received in Seattle and across the Major Leagues after coming to the U.S. to pursue his baseball dreams. “This is a happy occasion...When I came to Seattle in 2001, no position player had ever come from Japan before. The one you got was 27 years old, small and skinny. “And I know, you had every reason not to accept me. However, you welcomed me with open arms...
  • Astros' Verlander tosses third career no-hitter

    09/01/2019 7:15:51 PM PDT · by dfwgator · 44 replies
    TORONTO -- Justin Verlander took the mound for the ninth inning, fully aware of the no-hitters he had finished -- and his near misses, too. Zeroed in, he wouldn't be denied this time. Verlander pitched his third career no-hitter, punctuating a dominant season by striking out 14 to lead the Houston Astros past the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Sunday.
  • Coroner: Angels pitcher Skaggs died of accidental overdose

    08/30/2019 2:35:56 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 67 replies
    MSN Sports ^ | 8/30/19 | Schuyler Dixon
    Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from a toxic mix of the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone along with alcohol in an accidental overdose, a medical examiner in Texas said in a report released Friday. The 27-year-old Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1 before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office issued a technical report that said Skaggs died as a result of "mixed...