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  • Our long Nationals nightmare is over . . . for now

    10/05/2015 5:14:49 PM PDT · by BluesDuke · 9 replies
    Throneberry Fields Forever ^ | October 5, 2015 | Yours truly
    Before the Washington Nationals lost their final regular season game to the National League East champion Mets, general manager Mike Rizzo promised he wasn’t going to leave people twisting in the wind. Rizzo’s words, not mine. Maybe he thought Nats fans had been forced into doing the twist too long this season already. Monday morning Rizzo kept his promise—and how. He executed manager Matt Williams, just a year after Williams was named the National League’s Manager of the Year. The man who came into the season leading the prohibitive World Series favourites leaves it with his head in a guillotine...
  • Rangers win AL West on final day; Angels' loss puts Astros in playoffs

    10/04/2015 3:40:26 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 44 replies
    AP ^ | 10/4/15
    ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers finally clinched the AL West title on the last day of the regular season. Hamels pitched a three-hitter, Adrian Beltre hit a go-ahead homer and the Rangers beat the Angels 9-2 Sunday, eliminating Los Angeles from playoff contention. A year after their 95 losses were the most in the American League, two months after they were still eight games out of first place and three days after ensuring themselves a postseason spot, the Rangers wrapped up their sixth division title. Texas plays its first AL division series game since 2011 on...
  • Derek Jeter exited, Alex Rodriguez returned and the Yankees are back in the playoffs

    10/02/2015 8:13:29 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 27 replies
    ESPN ^ | 10/01/15 | Andrew Marchand
    NEW YORK -- There was an old-school vibe as the New York Yankees celebrated their wild-card-clinching win in the home clubhouse in the Bronx. Rap songs from Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys played on the stereo system. The song "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)" blasted at one point during a very happy, but subdued, champagne celebration. The song seemed appropriate because this Yankee team is an overachieving bunch that has exceeded most expectations. "No one thought we would go anywhere this year, but we have come together the last eight months and it's been...
  • Retiring Giants pitcher says players using steroids hurt his contracts and took food off his table

    10/01/2015 4:00:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Business Insider ^ | October 1, 2015 | Scott Davis
    With only four games remaining on the San Francisco Giants schedule and their playoff hopes already eliminated, pitcher Jeremy Affeldt is announcing he's retiring at the end of the season. In a story he wrote for The Cauldron on Sports Illustrated, Affeldt takes a different approach in his announcement.
  • Charges filed against suspect in Busch Stadium mugging that left vet paralyzed [No national outrage]

    09/30/2015 5:37:40 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies
    Charges have been filed soon against 31-year-old Kilwa Jones. He is the suspect in the robbery and shooting that left Cardinals fan Chris Sanna paralyzed. He has been charged with two felony counts of assault, two counts of robbery and four counts of armed criminal action.
  • Clinchin' Kershaw: LA wins West, KOs Giants

    09/30/2015 7:59:59 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 13 replies
    MLB News ^ | 5:25 AM ET 30 September 2015 | Ken Gurnick and Oliver Macklin
    (Third straight playoff win with FIFTH best record in National League) SAN FRANCISCO -- Reigning MVP Clayton Kershaw pitched the Dodgers to their third consecutive National League West title Tuesday night, besting Madison Bumgarner with a one-hit masterpiece and 8-0 shutout over the defending world champion and arch-rival Giants. "It feels good to win it," said a champagne-soaked Don Mattingly, the first Dodgers manager to win three straight titles. "I have so much respect for the Giants and Bruce Bochy. They've got a championship-caliber team. Honestly, I didn't want to lose this game tonight and have to go from there....
  • Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers make franchise history with third straight title

    09/30/2015 6:22:25 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 12 replies
    AP ^ | 9/29/15
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Clayton Kershaw lingered on the field a few moments longer than the rest of his Los Angeles teammates, then looked up at the cheering fans in Dodger Blue, smiled and tipped his cap before quickly disappearing into the dugout and heading off to celebrate. Kershaw pitched the big-money Dodgers to their third straight National League West title, tossing a one-hitter as Los Angeles beat Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants 8-0 on Tuesday night. Kershaw allowed just a third-inning single and struck out 13, and now he'll get a chance to erase those sour postseason memories...
  • The Old School Flunks the Papelbon-Harper Question

    09/29/2015 10:16:41 AM PDT · by BluesDuke · 49 replies
    Throneberry Fields Forever ^ | 28 September 2015 | Yours Truly
    From your ancient baseball history, 1949 to be specific, a little story: In his third major league season, a still very young Yogi Berra has been the target of much veteran needling. Part of it has been due to his squat, homely appearance. But sometimes it has nothing to do with his appearance and everything to do with continuing the young man’s baseball education. Berra has impressed his manager, coaches, and teammates alike with his willingness to listen, learn, listen more, and learn more, but never mind. One fine day he lofts a short pop to center field that falls...
  • Cubs clinch first playoff spot since '08 with Giants' elimination (Mets,Jays,Pirates in too!)

    09/26/2015 6:16:10 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 36 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9/26/15
    The Chicago Cubs have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2008. The Cubs were assured of at least an NL wild-card slot Friday night when San Francisco lost to Oakland 5-4, eliminating the Giants from playoff contention. The sign outside Wrigley Field lit up with "Cubs Clinch Postseason Berth'' after it became official late Friday night. Fans gathered around to take pictures and mark Chicago's return for the first time since 2008.
  • Yogi Berra, RIP: It's Gotten Late Early Out Here

    09/24/2015 11:48:54 AM PDT · by BluesDuke · 15 replies
    Throneberry Fields Forever ^ | September 23, 2015 | Yours truly
    When Yogi Berra turned 90 in May, I wrote, “There are those who walk among us in their twilight and inspire us to think that, warts and all, our world still remains a lovely place to be simply because such people still walk among us.” Unfortunately, our world is now a little more empty by a lot, as the man himself might say, thanks to Berra’s death Tuesday night. It’s gotten late early out here. Sad, but not surprising, alas. It’s too often true that those in great love affairs that last not weeks, not months, but decades, do not...
  • Yankees Hall of Fame catcher Yogi Berra dies at 90

    09/23/2015 8:34:26 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 44 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | September 23, 2015 | By Mike Kupper
    Yogi Berra, a Hall of Fame catcher with the dynastic 1950s New York Yankees, known equally well among sports fans and non-fans for his absurdly profound “Yogi-isms” and his TV commercials, has died. He was 90. Berra died of natural causes Tuesday at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum. “While we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we know he is at peace with Mom,” Berra's family said in a statement released by the museum. “We celebrate his remarkable life, and are thankful he meant so much...
  • Yogi Berra, Master Catcher With a Goofy Wit, Dies at 90

    09/23/2015 12:54:10 AM PDT · by NRx · 62 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09-23-2015 | BRUCE WEBER
    Yogi Berra, one of baseball’s greatest catchers and characters, who as a player was a mainstay of 10 Yankee championship teams and as a manager led both the Yankees and Mets to the World Series — but who may be more widely known as an ungainly but lovable cultural figure, inspiring a cartoon character and issuing a seemingly limitless supply of unwittingly witty epigrams known as Yogi-isms — died Tuesday. He was 90. His death was reported by the Yankees and by the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center Museum in Little Falls, N.J. Before moving to an assisted living...
  • Yogi Berra passes away; HOF legend was 90

    09/22/2015 11:29:17 PM PDT · by musicman · 173 replies ^ | September 23, 2015 | Marty Noble
    <p>Just saw on MLB.TV that Yogi Berra has passed away at age 90.</p>
  • Sandy Koufax's refusal to pitch on Yom Kippur still resonates

    09/22/2015 1:39:46 PM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 15 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9/22/2015 | Jim Caple
    Half a century ago, when Los Angeles Dodgers ace Sandy Koufax chose not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series against the Minnesota Twins because it fell on Yom Kippur, Elliot Strom was a 15-year-old baseball fan in Toronto. After attending services that morning, Strom, who acknowledges that at the time he "wasn't the best synagogue attender in the world," told his father he planned to stay home that afternoon and watch the World Series on TV rather than return for late services. This did not go over well. "My father was very unhappy with me,'' Strom recalls....
  • MLB: The 6 Greatest Catchers to Ever Play the Game

    09/20/2015 12:17:46 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 106 replies
    CheatSheet ^ | September 20, 2015 | Michael Laurila
    ... Great catchers are so difficult to find because it takes a very unique set of skills to succeed defensively and offensively. That’s why in the present day, it’s much more common to see a talented defensive catcher who’s average at the plate. That, or a power-hitting catcher that struggles to keep base runners at bay. Needless to say, when a catcher reaches a triple-threat level—that is hitting for average, power, and good defense behind the plate—it’s a rarity. Everyone on this list reached that status during their respective careers, making them the six greatest catchers ever ...
  • Cardinals make playoffs again, despite potentially derailing injuries

    09/20/2015 5:58:43 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 18 replies
    ESPN ^ | 9/20/2015
    The St. Louis Cardinals became the first team to clinch a playoff spot in the major leagues Saturday, but it wasn’t anything they did. The San Francisco Giants’ loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, a few hours after the Chicago Cubs beat the Cardinals 5-4, made sure St. Louis will make the postseason. This is the fifth consecutive season the Cardinals will make the playoffs, a run of postseasons that is a franchise record for the team with the second-most World Series titles (11). St. Louis’ success this season -- the Cardinals have by far the best record in baseball (92-56)...
  • PawSox Officials Say New Stadium Deal Officially Dead

    09/19/2015 8:00:49 PM PDT · by raccoonradio · 23 replies
    CBS ^ | 9/19/15 | CBS
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Officials with the Pawtucket Red Sox say the baseball club will end its pursuit for a proposed stadium on waterfront land in downtown Providence. PawSox Chairman Larry Lucchino said in a statement Saturday that the group tried hard to make the deal work, but Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo determined the land was not suitable for a new ballpark. A spokesman for House speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Friday that negotiations between the state and the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox had stopped. “It is disappointing that negotiations have ended at the I-195 property. I thought...
  • Rangers' latest late rally pushes Texas past the Astros

    09/16/2015 9:25:53 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 39 replies
    ESPN ^ | 09/15/15 | Jean Jaques-Taylor
    ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers' red-clad fans stood on their feet clapping in unison before the start of the ninth inning, anticipating something special Tuesday night at Globe Life Park. They never sat down. Three batters into the inning, the Rangers had their seventh walk-off win of the season. Mitch Moreland's sacrifice fly to center field scored pinch-runner Drew Stubbs with the winning run. Texas 6, Houston 5. The Rangers, left for dead in late July when they fell nine games behind the Houston Astros, will wake up Wednesday morning in first place for the first time this season.
  • Life and How to Live it, Part XII

    09/15/2015 6:08:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 15, 2015 | Mike Adams
    One afternoon in early August, I got off a plane in Gulfport, Mississippi with my friend J. Warner “Jim” Wallace. We were scheduled to speak at a church up in Hattiesburg with our other friend Frank Turek. We had about three hours to make the one-hour drive so we had plenty of time – even though our flight had landed thirty minutes late. As we headed up U.S. 49 to Hattiesburg we passed a number of small towns in South Mississippi where many of my relatives were born and raised. My parents met in Gulfport back in 1952 and most...
  • Federal leaders agree to skip Jays games

    09/06/2015 8:15:06 PM PDT · by xp38 · 5 replies
    The Toronto Sun ^ | Sept 6 2015 | MARYAM SHAH
    An agreement by federal party leaders to steer clear of Blue Jays games until Canadians vote on Oct. 19 drew giggles and guffaws from baseball fans after Sunday’s game. “I guess they’re bad luck,” Taylor Marr, 25, said with a laugh. The Grimsby man was surprised to hear the Jays had lost recently in games when Tom Mulcair, Stephen Harper, and Justin Trudeau were in the stands. “That’s crazy, they always win now; they never lose,” he said, shaking his head. But if keeping the Jays winning means Harper, Mulcair, and Trudeau have to avoid the stadium, so be it....
  • Minor League Baseball regular season ends Monday (playoff time)

    09/06/2015 6:01:29 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 45 replies
    September 6, 2015 | self
    Monday, the regular season ends for minor league baseball fans. (With the exception of the Pioneer League, which ends on Tuesday.) There are still more than half a dozen races going down to the last day of play. Teams still trying to clinch include the El Paso Chihuahuas and the Asheville Tourists. If we look at the top 5 levels of the minors (AAA, AA, A+, A-, A short): Most MLB clubs (20) have one or two affiliates making the playoffs. SIX MLB clubs have ZERO affiliates currently in the playoffs (ATL, WASH, MIA, COL, LAA, BOS). FOUR clubs have...
  • It is time for Major League Baseball umpires to stop calling balls and strikes

    09/06/2015 2:36:32 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 98 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 6, 2015 | Cork Gaines
    Having umpires call balls and strikes is one of the most fundamental aspects of both the game of baseball and the profession of Major League Baseball umpires. But as we get better at recognizing what is really a strike it is becoming painfully obvious that it is time for the umps to give up the responsibility.
  • Bartolo Colon breaks the internet with behind-the-back throw to first base

    09/05/2015 9:03:38 PM PDT · by ETL · 45 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Sept 5, 2015 | Mark Townsend
    There's a reason Bartolo Colon starts have become must-see events and social media happenings on the grandest scale. Every time he's on the field, there's a high probability of something strange, extremely unlikely or highly amusing happening, which essentially guarantees the viewing audience will be entertained. More often than not, Colon's batting provides the entertainment value. Whether he's getting a hit or just swinging and missing and losing his helmet, the internet rejoices all the same. ..." On Saturday, though, Colon changed things up and wowed us with his athleticism on defense. And in the process, he may have broken...
  • Prayer request for family. My Father passed away Monday.

    09/03/2015 4:38:13 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 71 replies
    03 SEP 15 | dcbryan1
    Jim Bryan III, 75, of Longboat Key, FL, died Sep. 1, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice from complications of pancreatic cancer. He was born in Harrison, AR in 1940 to the late J.W. and Jane Bryan of Bellefonte, AR. He was preceded in death by his son Joey (who died of a brain tumor in 1981 at age ten) and grandparents Witt and Zula Burns Bryan and Noah and Myrtle Eoff Dearing. He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Ann, son Jim, IV and his wife Ann, son Chris and his wife Jennifer, grandchildren Laura and her newlywed...
  • Twitter Reacts After NY Times Writer Calls Out Buster Posey for Not Signing His Son's Autograph

    09/03/2015 12:23:13 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    Buster Posey fans weren't too happy when New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau criticized the Giants catcher for not signing his son's autographWhen New York Times Eric Lichtblau wrote an essay in this Sunday's Times about baseball, heroes and bonding with his sons, San Francisco Giants Buster Posey received a mention — but not in a good way. Lichtblau, who embarked on a five-day, eight baseball-game trip with his sons, wrote about his disappointment in Posey when the catcher waved his son off — twice — when asked for an autograph. The incident provided a "life lesson," Lichtblau wrote,...
  • Red Land vs. Japan: Keys to victory in LLWS championship [Today @ 3PM]

    08/30/2015 8:33:59 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 21 replies
    pennlive ^ | 8-30-15 | Geoff Morrow
    SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT -- This is it. The last two unbeaten Little League teams in the entire world. While Red Land powered through districts, sectionals, states, regionals and the first four games of the Little League World Series en route to its first U.S. championship, Kitasuna from Tokyo was finessing its way through to the world championship. And now they meet at 3 p.m. today at Lamade Stadium in South Williamsport, the LLWS 2015 title up for grabs. The game will be televised live on ABC. Red Land hopes to become the first U.S. team to win the overall title since...
  • Dave Dombrowski Hired As Red Sox President Of Baseball Operations, Effective Immediately

    08/19/2015 11:56:17 AM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 7 replies ^ | 18 Aug 15 | NESN Staff
    Boston Red Sox Schedule Standings Stats Video Odds Fantasy Dave Dombrowski Hired As Red Sox President Of Baseball Operations, Effective Immediately by NESN Staff on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 9:44PM29,069 Share this: Fancred The Boston Red Sox announced Tuesday night that they have hired Dave Dombrowski to be their president of baseball operations. Dombrowski, 59, will assume responsibility for all baseball operations matters, effective immediately, and report directly to Red Sox owner John Henry and to chairman Tom Werner. Ben Cherington declined the opportunity to continue as the Red Sox’s general manager, but he has agreed to assist Dombrowski...

    08/14/2015 4:57:14 PM PDT · by fhayek · 36 replies
    FantasyPros ^ | 8/13/2015 | Roy Widrig
    Ichiro was 2-for-5 on Wednesday night versus the Red Sox, tripling and driving in three runs in an long-overdue offensive outburst for the Marlins.
  • #TBT: Former teammates share stories of The Mick

    08/13/2015 1:14:21 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 5 replies ^ | August 13. 2015 | Lindsay Berra
    Aug. 13, 2015, marks the 20-year anniversary of the death of Mickey Mantle, the greatest switch-hitter in baseball history. Fans remember Mantle for what he did on the field: he hit .300 or higher a remarkable 10 times, was a three-time American League MVP Award winner and seven-time World Series champion. His tape-measure home runs -- the longest of which allegedly traveled 565 feet out of Griffith Stadium in Washington -- are the stuff of legend. But those who knew Mantle remember him for more than his on-field feats. They recall a big-hearted practical jokester whose quiet courage inspired everyone...
  • Boston mayor taking on chewing tobacco

    08/05/2015 5:15:57 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 19 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | August 05, 2015 | Kay Lazar
    Fenway Park is steeped in tradition, but one controversial piece may soon be history — the wads of smokeless tobacco stuffed into players’ bulging cheeks or tucked under their lips. Mayor Martin J. Walsh on Wednesday is expected to announce plans to prohibit use of the smokeless products at the city’s baseball parks and other professional and amateur sports venues.
  • MLB Trade Rumors: 2015 Deadline Day Live Blog

    07/31/2015 10:55:29 AM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 56 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | July 31, 2015
    Two hours to go until the non-waiver trade deadline Our Eye on Baseball staff (@CBSSportsMLB) will update this live blog with news, tweets, videos, GIFs and other fun stuff from the 2015 MLB trade deadline starting at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET. Keep up with all the news with our Trade Tracker and Jon Heyman's Trade Buzz. You can also follow Heyman on Twitter (@JonHeymanCBS) and Facebook.
  • Pedro Martinez, Hall of Fame 2015

    07/26/2015 2:07:55 PM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 19 replies
    Martinez went 19-7 in 1998 and finished second in the American League Cy Young Award vote, then posted a season for the ages in 1999 – going 23-4 with a league-best 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts, winning the pitching Triple Crown. He became just the eighth pitcher to post two 300-strikeout seasons, set a new mark (since broken by Randy Johnson) with 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings and finished second in the AL Most Valuable Player voting. ... (next season) He allowed just 128 hits in 217 innings pitched en route to a WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings...
  • Question: Most runs in a single MLB game THIS season (2015)?

    07/22/2015 8:25:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 39 replies
    7/22/15 | sff
    I leave this to the wisdom of FREEPers...I have scoured the internet (not too well, apparently) even looking over MLB's site, and cannot find the game played this season that has more runs scored than any other. Anyone know what it is? I am wondering...I know the season isn't over...I'm just asking "So far, what game has had more runs scored than any other?"
  • What's with the full beards on Major League baseball players?

    07/17/2015 3:56:29 PM PDT · by Hot Tabasco · 147 replies
    none | July 17, 2015 | Hot Tobasco
    What is with the current fad of major league baseball players displaying full beards and their sycophant fans exhibiting the same? In today’s political climate, the only individuals I see sporting that facial hair are the Islamic extremists such as ISIS who are killing people throughout the world. Is this their attempt to identify with that religion and somehow send a message that they are badasses? I’m sorry but I just don’t get it………..I have no problem with men and properly trimmed beards but these players are going to the extreme. With that being said, there should be a dress...
  • After fighting for her life, Red Sox fan hit by bat now fighting for custody

    07/10/2015 8:20:56 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies
    FOX Boston ^ | July 8, 2015
    ( -- Red Sox fan Tonya Carpenter is still fighting back from horrific injuries after being hit by a broken bat at Fenway Park, but now she's facing a new battle -- one fought in court. Friends fear her ex-husband is trying to capitalize on her ordeal. Court documents FOX25 obtained ask a judge for both custody and child support from Tonya Carpenter, but the still-recovering woman and her friends say, especially after all that she's been through, it's way off base. Tonya Carpenter stared death in the face when she was struck in the head by a flying bat...
  • Small-town (WI) baseball with a Northwoods twist — snowshoes

    07/04/2015 9:35:55 AM PDT · by UB355 · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 7/4/2015 | Meg Jones
    It should have been an easy single. After hitting a slow dribbler up the third base line, the batter turned to run toward first base. Two steps into the sprint — OK, actually more of a waddle — the batter fell flat on his face. Out! The batter didn't look embarrassed. Pretty much everyone takes a tumble while playing the brand of baseball unique to Lake Tomahawk, where the good folks in this Oneida County community love to watch baseball with a twist. Not only do players wear caps, shorts and T-shirts emblazoned with their team logo, they wear snowshoes...
  • Marlins Fernandez launches homer, downs Giants in return

    07/02/2015 12:19:09 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 3 replies
    sun sentinel ^ | 7-2-15 | Craig Davis
    It had been nearly 400 days since Jose Fernandez stepped onto the mound in a major league game. The long road to get back from Tommy John surgery was trying but ultimately inspiring. Appropriatedly, so his triumphant return to the Marlins in a rollicking matinee revival Thursday at Marlins Park. After a slow start, the charismatic Cuban not only resurrected the magic of his Rookie of the Year 2013 season, he contributed an uplifting home run that sent the Marlins on course for a 5-4 victory that concluded a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions. Fernandez, now 13-0...
  • Openly gay player making historic start for Sonoma Stompers

    06/25/2015 5:08:25 PM PDT · by rey · 26 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 23 June 2015 | LORI A. CARTER
    When pitcher Sean Conroy takes the mound in Thursday’s Sonoma Stompers game, he has two reasons to be a little nervous. One, it will be the first start of his professional baseball career after serving as a reliever in the team’s first 18 games of the season. And two, as the starting pitcher on Pride Night, Conroy will be acknowledging publicly that he is gay. According to the Stompers, Conroy, 23, of Clifton Park, N.Y., is the first openly gay player to enter the professional baseball ranks. His appearance, as part of gay pride celebrations this month throughout the Bay...
  • Former Major Leaguer Darryl Hamilton killed in apparent murder-suicide

    06/22/2015 3:38:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 31 replies
    CNN ^ | June 22, 2015 | Mariano Castillo
    (CNN)—Former pro baseball player and MLB Network analyst Darryl Hamilton was found dead in a possible murder-suicide in a community outside Houston, police said. Pearland, Texas, police officers on Sunday afternoon responded to a disturbance call between a man and a woman, and when they arrived found the bodies of two adults at the residence and a 14-month-old child. The 911 call was made by a third party.
  • Entries in long-hidden notebook show Pete Rose bet on baseball as player

    06/22/2015 11:33:01 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    ESPN ^ | June 22, 2015 | William Weinbaum and T.J. Quinn
    For 26 years, Pete Rose has kept to one story: He never bet on baseball while he was a player. Yes, he admitted in 2004, after almost 15 years of denials, he had placed bets on baseball, but he insisted it was only as a manager. But new documents obtained by Outside the Lines indicate Rose bet extensively on baseball -- and on the Cincinnati Reds -- as he racked up the last hits of a record-smashing career in 1986. The documents go beyond the evidence presented in the 1989 Dowd report that led to Rose's banishment and provide the...
  • Adam Morgan delivers fine Father's Day present in first Phillies start

    06/22/2015 3:59:13 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 5 replies ^ | June 22, 2015 | Jesse Dougherty
    "I can't put it into words right now. Just trying to soak it all in right now and hope that I get another opportunity," he said. "A lot of people don't even get this opportunity, so I'm very grateful." Wednesday, Morgan was pulled after two innings in his 13th start of the season for triple-A Lehigh Valley. He wasn't told he was being called up and texted his father, Wiley, saying his shoulder felt fine. That night, Wiley saw four cardinals on the back porch of the Morgans' home in Marietta, Ga. Two days later Morgan called Wiley with long-awaited...
  • Dodgers hosting LGBT and Giants Friday night

    06/19/2015 10:34:29 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 31 replies
    mynewsla ^ | June 2015
    The Los Angeles Dodgers will conduct their third annual LGBT Night at Dodger Stadium at Friday night’s game against the World Series champion San Francisco Giants. “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Lisa Vanderpump will throw the ceremonial first pitch. Country singer Ty Herndon will sing the national anthem. Recording artist Lance Bass will announce the Dodgers starting lineup. Major League Baseball’s Ambassador of Inclusion Billy Bean, who played 59 games for the Dodgers in 1989, will be present for pregame festivities. David Kopay, a former NFL running back who in 1975 became one of the first professional athletes...
  • Pitcher meltdown

    06/19/2015 9:31:54 PM PDT · by rey · 9 replies
    Can anyone help me remember who the pitcher was who had a major meltdown during the world series. I want to say it was when the Jays played the series. They had used up their bull pen and had called on their starters for help. This pitcher gets up with only a day or two rest and starts walking players home. He can't get out and is obviously frustrated. He ends up yelling at the plate umpire and has a tantrum or melt down on the mound. Very painful to watch. I think he was ejected and a fielder took...
  • Hero as Villain

    06/18/2015 8:23:19 AM PDT · by bkepley · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | GEOFFREY NORMAN
    Among the entries in a 1999 anthology called The Best American Sports Writing of the Century is a profile of Ty Cobb (1886-1961). It was originally published in True magazine the year of Cobb’s death. The writer, Al Stump, recalls the last, bleak days of the great ballplayer’s life and makes him into a bitter, violent, alcoholic monster. In one passage, he describes a visit to the graveyard in the town of Royston, Georgia, where Cobb had grown up. Cobb wanted Stump, who was ghostwriting his autobiography, to go with him, on Christmas Eve, to see where he would soon...
  • Cardinals Face F.B.I. Inquiry in Hacking of Astros’ Network

    06/16/2015 9:27:27 AM PDT · by gwjack · 28 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/16/2015 | Michael S. Schmidt
    WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating whether front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, hacked into internal networks of a rival team to steal closely guarded information about player personnel. Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, the officials said.
  • Small-town newspaper claims switch pitcher Pat Venditte is 'amphibious'

    06/09/2015 11:03:08 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 41 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | June 9, 2015 | Extra Mustard
    Pat Venditte, the Oakland Athletics' switch-pitching sensation, has the ability to live on land and in water, according to the East Oregonian. The little paper published out of Pendleton, Oregon, ran a headline on a story about Venditte touting him as "amphibious" rather than ambidextrous.
  • Woman still in hospital after being hit by broken bat

    06/06/2015 7:22:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    A fan whose head was bloodied by a broken bat that flew into the stands at Fenway Park was in the hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. The game between the Oakland Athletics and Boston Red Sox was halted in the middle of the second inning Friday as emergency crews tended to the woman and wheeled her off the field on a stretcher. Oakland's Brett Lawrie broke his bat on a groundout to second base for the second out of the inning and part of it hurtled into the stands. Boston police spokesman David Estrada confirmed the woman was seriously...

    06/04/2015 2:29:29 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 14 replies ^ | 4 Jun 2015 | DAN RIEHL
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a GOP presidential hopeful, was named MVP at the True Blue benefit softball game Wednesday, which was held to honor three slain New York City police officers: Brian Moore, Wenjian Liu, and Rafael Ramos. The three officers were killed in the line of duty in recent months. According to Fox News Insider, “Proceeds from the game will go to the Silver Shield Foundation, NYC PBA Widows’ and Children’s Fund, and the three slain officers’ families.”
  • Lennie Merullo, the last living Cub to play in a World Series, dies at 98

    05/31/2015 3:21:37 PM PDT · by Impy · 54 replies
    Chicago SunTimes ^ | 5-30-15 | David Just
    Lennie Merullo, the last living Cubs player from the 1945 World Series, died Saturday. He was 98. Merullo played seven seasons at shortstop with the Cubs from 1941-47. After Andy Pafko’s death in 2013, Merullo became the only living person to have played for the Cubs in a World Series.
  • Montreal has passed first test toward return of baseball to city, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says

    05/29/2015 6:31:33 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 22 replies
    National Post ^ | May 28, 2015 | Canadian Press
    NEW YORK — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is open to Montreal hosting three or four regular-season games in 2016, the city’s mayor said Thursday after a 45-minute meeting he described as “extremely positive.” The goal of the encounter was to show Manfred that Montreal is “serious about baseball,” said Denis Coderre, who explained the city’s strategy toward acquiring a team either through expansion or the relocation of an existing franchise. Coderre wouldn’t give details about that strategy but said demonstrating to the league that Montreal can fill the Olympic Stadium for games in June or July is the...