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  • Trout, Angels agree to 12-year deal (report)

    03/19/2019 7:48:09 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 58 replies ^ | 19 March 2019 | Sarah Langs
    The Angels and Mike Trout have agreed to a record-setting 12-year deal worth more than $430 million, according to a report Tuesday by ESPN's Jeff Passan. The Angels have not confirmed the report.Trout, 27, was eligible to become a free agent after the 2020 season upon the completion of his current six-year, $144.5 million deal. This new contract reportedly would add 10 years to his existing deal, making it 12 years total.Trout’s would be the first $400 million contract in Major League history, surpassing the total value of the 13-year, $330 million contract Bryce Harper signed with the Phillies earlier...
  • Rule changes coming this year and next [MLB]

    03/14/2019 10:35:15 PM PDT · by be-baw · 34 replies ^ | March 14, 2019 | Anthony Castrovince
    Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have negotiated a series of rule changes that will go into effect over the next two seasons. Subject to ratification by all 30 clubs, the changes will affect everything from reliever roles to roster size to the way trades are conducted to the way All-Star rosters are constructed. Though the changes will reduce the amount of down time in games by limiting pitching changes, mound visits and the amount of time between innings, the two sides have agreed that a pitch clock will not be added during the course of the current...
  • Losing a Hometown Hero

    03/12/2019 4:32:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | March 12, 2019 | Salena Zito
    PITTSBURGH -- Baseball is always held up as a metaphor for life in America. The struggles and disappointments, along with the workaday perseverance, form clear parallels. Both require hope. Baseball historian David Pietrusza once told me that like baseball, America is all about hope, necessarily tied up with effort and disappointment. Baseball is a game without a clock. It's never over until the final out. And no matter what the score is, there's always a chance. Hope is the 10th guy in every lineup. Like many traditions in American life that have changed with the times -- such as knowing...
  • Mets legend Tom Seaver has dementia

    03/07/2019 10:28:34 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 14 replies
    NYPost ^ | 3/7/19 | Dan Martin
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Tom Seaver, the Hall of Fame pitcher and greatest Met of all time, has been diagnosed with dementia and retired from public life, his family announced Thursday. The news comes as the Mets approach the 50th anniversary of the 1969 championship team that Seaver, nicknamed “Tom Terrific,” pitched to a World Series win. Seaver’s family said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame that the 74-year-old will continue to work in his beloved vineyard in California, but will no longer make public appearances. Seaver has been dealing with cognitive issues for years, but...
  • Bryce Harper on joining the Phillies: ‘I want to be on Broad Street’ with a World Series trophy

    03/02/2019 8:41:10 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 39 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | March 2, 2019 | Katie McInerney
    It was finally official -- the Phillies signed Bryce Harper. Even manager Gabe Kapler, who had to answer questions about Harper by hedging his responses with “if the reports are true,” chimed in on social media. With the ball club down the road in Port Charlotte for a spring-training game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Phillies opted for an outdoor press conference, complete with images from Harper’s first appearance on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2009 at age 16, to the cover of the MLB the Show video game set to be released this month, all set up...
  • He Went from Kneeling during the National Anthem to Living with His Agent

    02/25/2019 1:44:02 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 41 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 2/25/2019 | Scott Miller
    BRUCE MAXWELL JUST WANTS A FRESH START After the former A's catcher became the first and only MLB player to kneel during the anthem, his personal and professional life crumbled. Here's what happened and how he hopes to get back to the big leagues. On a cloudy Sunday afternoon in early February while pitchers and catchers throughout the land report to big league camps, Bruce Maxwell is on a high school baseball field in the spring chill, being shadowed by a spirited schoolboy named James. The afternoon is full of smiles, and it is difficult to tell which of them...
  • Cubs, CAIR To Work Together Against Islamophobia (barf)

    02/20/2019 9:35:44 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 51 replies
    They will work together to promote diversity and awareness against Islamophobia. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts on Monday condemned hateful emails from his father, Joe Ricketts, and announced in a joint statement with the Chicago-based Council on American-Islamic Relations that his organization has an agreement for working together against Islamophobia. The Cubs, CAIR and several other Muslim groups held a meeting on Feb. 8 after the revelation of racist and Islamophobic emails from Joe, the patriarch to the family's ownership group. The emails, which dated from 2009 to 2013, were released by Splinter News two weeks ago and included Joe Ricketts...
  • MLB & Dodgers Pitcher Don Newcombe Dead At 92

    02/19/2019 5:05:07 PM PST · by CaliforniaCraftBeer · 23 replies
    ESPN ^ | February 19, 2019 | Unnamed Author
    In Newcombe's debut season, he and Dodgers teammates Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella became three of the first four African-Americans (along with Cleveland outfielder Larry Doby) to appear in an All-Star Game. After a break to serve in the military during the 1952 and '53 seasons, he returned, and with the likes of Robinson, Campanella, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges and Pee Wee Reese, helped create a World Series champion.
  • Manny Machado to Padres for $300M in surprise end to saga

    02/19/2019 10:16:38 AM PST · by DFG · 62 replies
    NY Post ^ | 02/19/2019 | Post Sports Desk
    It’s over. The long offseason of Manny Machado can end after the All-Star infielder agreed to a deal with the Padres on Tuesday. The Post confirmed San Diego will give Machado the biggest free-agent contract in history — if not the biggest deal ever, which belongs to Giancarlo Stanton — meeting his reported 10-year, $300 million ask. This ends the saga that included the Yankees, White Sox and Phillies, all who met with the former Oriole. The Padres, one of baseball’s youngest teams, are an odd fit, yet they must picture the 26-year-old will still be a star when their...
  • Minor league baseball team to have peanut-free ballpark

    02/19/2019 6:51:47 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | Feb. 17, 2019 | Pat Eaton-Robb
    HARTFORD, Conn. — Kerry Adamowicz hoped that a meeting with Hartford Yard Goats officials might lead to a few peanut-free days or maybe a peanut-free section at the Double-A baseball team’s stadium, so her son and other children with food allergies could enjoy a game. The team decided to go a bit further. The Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies announced this month it is going completely peanut free — no more peanuts, Cracker Jack or any other food that could put kids with the potentially deadly peanut allergy in anaphylactic shock.
  • Hartford Yard Goats become first baseball team to ban peanuts and Cracker Jack

    02/18/2019 3:43:23 AM PST · by Libloather · 79 replies
    Yahoo via MSN ^ | 2/13/19 | Cassandra Negley
    The Hartford Yard Goats are rewriting the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” after announcing earlier this month its Dunkin’ Donuts Park will be peanut-free. The Yard Goats, Double-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, are believed to be the first team to ban peanuts for an entire season. Peanuts are prevalent at baseball stadiums, making it difficult for children with peanut allergies to attend games. The Yard Goats held two peanut-free games last year where the park banned the item and did a deep clean of the stadium.
  • The Universal Designated Hitter Would be Bad for MLB

    02/11/2019 10:07:24 PM PST · by TBP · 108 replies
    Last Word on Baseball ^ | February 11, 2019 | Aaron Cornett
    Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that there could be many potential rule changes applied to both the American and National Leagues. One of these potential rule changes is adding the universal designated hitter (also referred to as “DH”). This would take pitchers out of NL lineups and replace them with a hitter of the manager’s choice. The AL implemented the DH in 1973, but the NL has always stayed away from it until now. This has been one of the most frequently talked about topics over the years. So let’s take a look at why the the universal designated hitter...
  • MLB changes the name of the 'Disabled List' at the request of disability advocates

    02/07/2019 5:26:34 PM PST · by qam1 · 40 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/7/2019 | Mike Oz
    We’ve seen quite a few rule changes discussed this week for Major League Baseball — from the universal DH to a three-batter minimum for relief pitchers. They might happen, they might not. Such is the process of baseball negotiating rule changes every year. One thing *is* changing this year, however — and it might surprise you. Major League Baseball confirmed to ESPN on Thursday that it’s changing the name of the “Disabled List” to the “Injury List.” The genesis of the rule? Disability advocates asked Major League Baseball to change the name because so people wouldn’t confuse “disabilities” and “injuries”...
  • Baseball legend and trailblazer Frank Robinson dead at 83

    02/07/2019 12:15:46 PM PST · by oh8eleven · 38 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7 February 2019 | Post Sports Desk
    Frank Robinson, a star, trailblazer and one of the most decorated baseball figures in history, has died, MASN reported Thursday. He was 83. Robinson, a Hall of Famer and the only player to be named MVP in both the National and American League, had battled cancer for years. The longtime Reds and Orioles outfielder, who also played for the Dodgers, Angels and Indians, collected records and glory in his 21-year career, in which he won the Triple Crown and two World Series.
  • Frank Robinson, MLB's first black manager and civil rights leader, dead at 83

    02/07/2019 12:14:42 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | February 7, 2019 | Bill Madden
    Prolific slugger. Quintessential hard-ass player and manager. Baseball trailblazer. Frank Robinson, who died in Los Angeles after a battle with bone cancer, was all of those things in a 60-year Hall-of-Fame career during which he hit (10th all-time) 586 home runs, was the only player in history to win Most Valuable Player awards in both leagues, became the first black manager in major league history, won the Triple Crown with the Orioles in 1966 and, as both a player and later-life MLB dean of discipline, was a vigorous proponent of how the game was supposed to be played. By the...
  • Bob Friend, Pirates pitching legend, dies at 88

    02/04/2019 10:42:46 AM PST · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | February 3, 2019 | Stephen J. Nesbitt
    Bob Friend, an ironman right-handed pitcher who never spent a day on the disabled list during his 16-year Major League Baseball career, died Sunday from a cardiac event in his sleep. He was 88. “It was sudden and there were no warning signs,” his son, also Bob Friend, a longtime pro golfer,said. “He wasn’t suffering and went out quickly and was discovered by my mother [Pat Friend] this morning.” The elder Mr. Friend, who lived in O’Hara, was a poster boy for the Pirates in the 1950s and 1960s. The 20-year-old was thrust into the starting rotation in 1951 and...
  • LA vs. Boston Super Bowl same as World Series

    02/03/2019 10:05:01 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    MLB ^ | 2019 | Adrian Garro
    The wild thing about this particular Super Bowl matchup, though, is that the phenomenon of teams from the same cities facing off in two consecutive title games is very rare. By virtue of having Red Sox-Dodgers and Patriots-Rams both taking place in the 2018 (or 2018-2019 season), it marks the first time since Super Bowl III in 1969 that this has happened: Super Bowl III: Jets-Colts in January 1969, and then in October 1969 Mets-Orioles. Different seasons. Same calendar year.
  • On Jackie Robinson’s 100th Birthday, 100 Photos of an Icon

    01/31/2019 10:59:06 AM PST · by EveningStar · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 31, 2019 | Eric Moskowitz
    He was born 100 years ago in a red-clay corner of Georgia, though for many Americans, Jackie Robinson burst onto the stage fully formed in 1947, a 28-year-old rookie in Dodger flannels. That’s the enduring image, the Robinson captured on film at Ebbets Field and fixed in the national imagination: the silent but dynamic hero, broad-shouldered and trim, shattering the color barrier as he ropes another liner, dances off third or hook-slides home in a cloud of dust.
  • Tropicana Field to become cashless this season

    01/28/2019 5:46:05 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 85 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Jan. 25, 2019 | By Marc Topkin
    ST. PETERSBURG — Tropicana Field will become the first cashless sports venue in North American, the Rays announced Friday. The Rays said tests with analytics and emerging tech firm E15 showed that switching to cash-free will cut transaction times in half. Payment forms to be accepted at Tropicana Field this season include major credit cards, Rays gift cards, mobile payments such as Apple Pay and Samsung Pay and season-ticket holder Rays Cards, the team announced in a press release. Fans without electronic forms of payment can exchange cash at all retail locations and through roaming gift-card vendors in $10 and...
  • When will Bryce Harper and Manny Machado get their big offers? Maybe never.

    01/26/2019 3:24:06 PM PST · by NRx · 41 replies
    WaPo ^ | 01-25-2019 | Thomas Boswell
    We don’t know how they did it. But we know what they’ve done. Spring training opens in less than three weeks, and no one wants Bryce Harper. Or Manny Machado. At least no one wants them very much. What you hear all over baseball is the sound of one hand clapping as owners back-slap each other quietly for their marvelous miracle of salary subtraction. On Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed right-handed-hitting free agent outfielder A.J. Pollock for $55 million guaranteed for four years. That’s another door slamming on Harper. That Dodger trade of Yasiel Puig last month was done...