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  • Atlanta Braves accidentally set fire to American flag

    04/10/2014 2:36:35 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 17 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 04-09-2014 | Houston Mitchell
    As a scheduled part of their home opener, the Atlanta Braves set off fireworks before their game against the New York Mets on Tuesday. As an unscheduled part of their home opener, the fireworks set fire to the American flag that flies above the Braves Vision video screen in center field. "It happened because of new pyrotechnics," Braves spokesperson Beth Marshall said. "For the first time, they put pyrotechnics on Braves Vision. One of the pyrotechnics flew at the flag and lit it on fire." Marshall added that the material of the flag is flame retardant, so it went out...
  • Hank Aaron likens Republicans to KKK

    04/09/2014 5:20:05 AM PDT · by rktman · 103 replies
    worldnetdaily ^ | 4/9/2014 | unknown
    'Back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts'
  • Watch: Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton blasts home run into stratosphere

    04/05/2014 6:36:38 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 21 replies
    SI ^ | 4-4-14 | Gabriel Baumgaertner
    Eric Stults likely regrets leaving a lifeless 89 mph fastball right below Giancarlo Stanton’s belt and over the middle of the plate. Stanton’s mammoth blasts aren’t too surprising anymore, but this shot still doesn’t have a clear landing point, or not one we can find. Perhaps the ball was reduced to smithereens. Perhaps it extended beyond the atmosphere into orbit.
  • Baseball Opening Day ( well, sort of..) thread..your team still has a chance...

    03/31/2014 5:10:30 AM PDT · by ken5050 · 65 replies
    one man's opinion.....
    "There are three things in my life which I really love: God, my family, and baseball. The only problem - once baseball season starts, I change the order around a bit." Al Gallagher, ( retired major leaguer, quoted in 1971)
  • Budding controversy between Giants, Padres over garden

    03/26/2014 9:44:55 PM PDT · by blueplum · 2 replies
    San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | March 26, 2014 Updated 5:59 pm PDT | Matthew T. Hall
    Talk about a growing controversy. Wednesday the San Francisco Giants made San Diego Padres fans forget the Los Angeles Dodgers are the division rival they most want to beet. The Giants tweeted they are the first team in Major League Baseball with an "organic, edible garden." But that's only true if it's 2011 because the Padres are about to enter their third season with one... :snip: The best part about Wednesday's spat? It has a name: #GardenGate.
  • Even seasoned Scully is awed by Australia (Vin Scully) (with video clip)

    03/23/2014 1:24:05 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    MLB.com ^ | March 22, 2014 | Doug Miller
    SYDNEY -- Baseball fans and Dodgers fans have been listening to the musical, knowing voice of Vin Scully for 65 years. If anyone's an authority on the game, it's him. So hearing Scully rave about the entire experience of the Opening Series is a good clue that the first regular-season Major League Baseball action Down Under, and the week-long celebration of Australian culture that surrounded it, amounted to one smashing success. "Everybody talks about the long trip from Los Angeles to Sydney -- 14, 15 hours, whatever it is, and another 14 to 15 back -- but I will tell...
  • Dodgers, Diamondbacks arrive Down Under

    03/18/2014 1:11:30 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 18, 2014 | Dennis Passa
    SYDNEY (AP) -- Adrian Gonzalez ripped line drives to all areas of the park, often scattering his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates in the outfield from the safety of the batting cage. It was just a few hours after arriving in Australia, with his body thinking it was about midnight. Related Stories Still, the first baseman who led the Dodgers in hits, home runs, RBIs and games played last season did a good job of making Sydney Cricket Ground, the home for two Major League Baseball season-opening games this weekend, sound and look like a real ballpark. The Dodgers and their...
  • Bill for the Dodgers is about ready to come due

    03/12/2014 2:19:41 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 12, 2014 | Tim Dahlberg
    Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers applauded as the team was sold for $2 billion, and cheered with each expensive new addition. Now the bill is coming due. And guess who is going to pay the price? Actually, you don't need to guess. The way baseball finds ways to separate fans from their money knows no bounds... At the heart of the issue is a new regional sports network that will pay the Dodgers $8.35 billion over the next 25 years. It was created by Time Warner Cable solely to broadcast the team's games, and it's the reason the new...
  • Derek Jeter says 2014 will be his 'last year playing professional baseball'

    02/12/2014 11:44:58 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/12/14
    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he will retire after this season. In a lengthy letter posted Wednesday on his Facebook account, Jeter, 39, started by thanking his fans and supporters throughout his career. He also referenced a "bunch of injuries" that had him sidelined for much of last season. "And this is, I could not be more sure," Jeter wrote. "I know it in my heart. The 2014 season will be my last year playing professional baseball."
  • Alex Rodriguez Withdraws Lawsuits Against MLB, Bud Selig, Union

    02/07/2014 4:06:50 PM PST · by BlueStateRightist · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 7, 2014 | Daniel Barbarisi
    Alex Rodriguez has dropped his lawsuit against Major League Baseball and the players' association, according to court records, and MLB announced the Yankees third baseman intends to accept his season-long suspension.
  • Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner dies at 91

    02/06/2014 12:46:32 PM PST · by Doogle · 47 replies
    foxnews ^ | 02/05/14 | AP via FOX
    RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. – The baseball Hall of Fame says slugger Ralph Kiner has died. He was 91. The Hall says Kiner died Thursday at his home in Rancho Mirage. Kiner hit 369 home runs during his 10-year career, mostly with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He won or tied for the National League lead in homers in each of his first seven seasons.
  • Curt Schilling announces he has cancer

    02/05/2014 5:09:48 PM PST · by matt04 · 8 replies
    Curt Schilling, the former Red Sox pitcher and current ESPN analyst, announced in a statement with the network this afternoon that he has cancer. "I've always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges. We've been presented with another challenge, as I've recently been diagnosed with cancer,'' said Schilling, who turned 47 in November. "Shonda [Schilling's wife] and I want to send a sincere thank you and our appreciation to those who have called and sent prayers, and we ask that if you are so inclined, to keep the Schilling family in your prayers."...
  • Dodgers legend Lasorda says A-Rod 'ruined the game'

    01/21/2014 4:24:50 PM PST · by rickmichaels · 53 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Jan. 21, 2014 | QMI AGENCY
    According to one baseball legend, Alex Rodriguez has “ruined the game.” Tommy Lasorda, who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1976-96 and guided the club to two World Series titles, was curt when asked by ESPN about A-Rod’s one-year suspension. “He should have gotten more,” Lasorda said Tuesday. “What he's done? He's trying to ruin the game. You can't do that.” Lasorda is of the opinion drug users shouldn’t be elected to the Hall of Fame and was upset by A-Rod after presuming the New York Yankees star was clean. “I was thinking, ‘At least this guy is doing it...
  • Morosi: The rule change that saved baseball — in an instant [instant replay]

    01/17/2014 9:44:37 AM PST · by 1rudeboy · 42 replies
    FOX Sports ^ | Jan. 17, 2014 | Jon Paul Morosi
    In a trying month for baseball, this was a good day.For much of the week, it seemed as if Alex Rodriguez was intent on shattering two decades of relative peace in our national pastime. But here was one achievement even Rodriguez couldn’t smear: Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association, and the World Umpires Association decided — collectively — to expand instant replay, and they did it the right way.It took years of thoughtful evolution on the issue — from commissioner Bud Selig and others — and then months of intense work from the triumvirate of John Schuerholz, Joe Torre...
  • Clayton Kershaw agrees to seven-year, $215-million deal with Dodgers

    01/16/2014 12:27:39 PM PST · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 15, 2014 | Dylan Hernandez
    Clayton Kershaw already has won two Cy Young Awards and led the National League in earned-run average three times. Now, the 25-year-old left-hander is about to become the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history. Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed to a seven-year, $215-million contract, according to people familiar with the situation ...
  • MLB Expands Instant Replay to Let Managers Challenge Calls

    01/16/2014 12:22:27 PM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/16/14 | Breitbart Sports
    On Thursday, Major League Baseball formally approved the use of instant replay for the 2014 season. Under the new system, managers will have one challenge they can use. If their challenge is successful, managers will be able to retain that challenge and use it one more time during the game for a maximum of two challenges per game. After the start of the seventh inning, the crew chief of the game may choose to use instant replay on any reviewable call even if a manager is out of challenges, according to Major League Baseball's announcement:
  • Alex Rodriguez suspended for 162 games

    01/11/2014 7:46:51 PM PST · by canuck_conservative · 34 replies
    SI.com ^ | Saturday, January 11, 2014 | Jay Jaffe
    ... The ruling, issued by arbitrator Frederic Horowitz, is a reduction from the 211-game suspension Rodriguez was handed by MLB commissioner Bud Selig back in August, but it’s still the longest drug-related suspension in MLB history. For the 38-year-old Rodriguez, it means the loss of an entire season and $25 million in salary. The Yankees will gain $27.5 million worth of salary relief for luxury tax purposes, since the average annual value of his deal is what counts there. That will aid the team’s attempt to get below the $189 million threshold to reset their luxury tax rate, but it...
  • A-rod suspended!

    01/11/2014 10:19:54 AM PST · by djf · 70 replies
    Fox news reporting Arod suspended through the 2014 season due to use of performance enhancing drugs.
  • Hall of Fame: Up to BBWAA to propose vote changes

    01/10/2014 11:54:06 AM PST · by EveningStar · 25 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | January 9, 2014 | Ronald Blum
    The Hall of Fame says it's up to baseball writers to propose any changes in the selection process. The Baseball Writers' Association of America has voted on Hall of Fame candidates since 1936, and elections have become more controversial in recent years as stars tainted by accusations of steroids use have fallen well short of the 75 percent needed for entry to Cooperstown. Writers are limited to a maximum 10 votes, and some say there's a logjam as Barry Bonds, Rogers Clemens and Mark McGwire remain on the ballot at a time new players are added.
  • Maddux, Glavine, Thomas elected to Hall of Fame

    01/08/2014 12:40:06 PM PST · by EveningStar · 44 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | January 8, 2014
    Former Atlanta Braves star pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine and retired superstar slugger Frank Thomas were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in voting announced on Wednesday. With 75 percent support from 571 votes cast by a media panel needed to ensure enshrinement, Maddux received 97.2 percent while Glavine had 91.9 percent backing and Thomas was supported by 83.7 percent.
  • Greg Maddux won’t be a unanimous Hall of Famer for an incredibly stupid reason

    01/07/2014 12:59:17 PM PST · by EveningStar · 65 replies
    Sports Illustrated ^ | January 7, 2014 | Cliff Corcoran
    No player has ever been elected unanimously to the Hall of Fame and four-time Cy Young winner Greg Maddux, the most obvious of the many deserving candidates on this year’s ballot, won’t be the first. We now know that for sure thanks to MLB.com’s commendable tradition of posting its writers’ ballots the day before the results are announced. There are 17 MLB.com writers who have been members of the Baseball Writers Association of America for 10 or more years and thus are eligible to vote for the Hall of Fame. Sixteen of them voted for Maddux. Dodgers beat reporter Ken...
  • 2014 Rose Parade Grand Marshal Vin Scully on Emotional Moment in Sportscasting

    01/01/2014 7:36:49 AM PST · by doug from upland · 22 replies
    KTLA ^ | 1-1-14
    Enjoy the short video clip of Vin Scully, 2014 Rose Parade Grand Marshal VIN SCULLY TALKS ABOUT BEST MEMORY
  • Major League Baseball intends to ban collisions at plate by 2015

    12/13/2013 4:27:58 AM PST · by onedoug · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 12, 2013 | Associated Press
    During his 13-year career as an All-Star catcher, Mike Scioscia earned a reputation for being as tough as anyone when it came to blocking home plate. But in a sport filled with nostalgia, even Scioscia wouldn't mind seeing a few modifications. "I think everyone is in agreement that the mindless collisions at home plate where a catcher is being targeted by a runner, that needs to be addressed," the Los Angeles Angels manager said.
  • Atlanta Braves stadium deal draws tea party ire

    12/09/2013 1:26:00 PM PST · by Theoria · 42 replies
    AP ^ | 08 Dec 2013 | AP
    A deal for hundreds of millions of dollars in public money to draw the Atlanta Braves north of their downtown home is pitting conservative tea party activists against the elected and civic leaders in the staunch Republican county, with opponents saying the use of public money to help a private business is not what American capitalism should be about. The argument for the deal is simple, says Cobb County Commission Chairman Tim Lee and other supporters. Almost $400 million in county bonds and immediate infrastructure improvements, with debt payments approaching $600 million over 30 years - will generate enough economic...
  • McCann set to become Yankee and highest-paid catcher

    11/23/2013 4:09:20 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 42 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 | David O'Brien
    Brian McCann, the best-hitting catcher in Atlanta Braves history, is about to become a New York Yankee and the highest-paid catcher in baseball history. The Braves free agent and seven-time All-Star agreed to terms Saturday with the Yankees on a five-year, $85 million contract that includes a sixth-year vesting option that could push the total value of the contract to $100 million, a personal familiar with negotiations said. The deal was pending a physical exam. “It’s a bittersweet day for him,” said McCann’s agent B.B. Abbott. “He has a special place in his heart for Atlanta.”
  • MLB to step up security in 2014

    11/23/2013 7:19:42 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 22, 2013
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Baseball fans should expect to go through a metal detector to see their favorite team play in 2014. Major League Baseball security director John Skinner said on Friday that all 30 teams are expected to screen all fans entering their ballparks next season. Some aspects of the screening will be left to individual teams, but the commissioner's office is planning to recommend walk-through metal detectors, he said.
  • (MLB players) Union leader Michael Weiner dies

    11/22/2013 9:33:01 AM PST · by EveningStar · 2 replies
    AP via ESPN ^ | November 22, 2013
    Michael Weiner, the plain-speaking, ever-positive labor lawyer who took over as head of the powerful baseball players' union four years ago and smoothed its perennially contentious relationship with management, died Thursday, 15 months after announcing he had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He was 51.
  • Dodgers broadcaster Charley Steiner to be inducted into Radio Hall of Fame

    11/08/2013 12:29:12 PM PST · by EveningStar · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 8 2013 | Bill Dwyre
    Saturday night at a black tie dinner in Chicago, a Dodgers broadcaster will go into the Hall of Fame and it won't be Vin Scully. A shocker? No. Scully is already there. If there is a Hall of Fame that has any connection whatsoever to broadcasting and Scully isn't in it, it's a lousy Hall of Fame. Now, Charley Steiner will be joining him. That means, next year, when fans tune in to Dodgers' baseball, they will be informed and entertained by two Hall-of-Famers. That's far from the norm, maybe a first, and should make Dodgers fans proud. Even if...
  • Report: Detroit Tigers set to hire former catcher Brad Ausmus to replace Jim Leyland

    11/03/2013 5:25:32 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 33 replies
    Mlive.com ^ | November 03, 2013 | Chris Iott
    Brad Ausmus has never managed in the minors or the majors. In his first year on the job, he will manage a team that is among the favorites to win the World Series. The Tigers will hire Ausmus to replace Jim Leyland as manager, according to multiple reports. Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610 appears to be the first to report the news. It was later confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com. Text messages sent to Ausmus and the Tigers late Saturday night were not immediately returned. Reports indicate that he will fly to Detroit on Sunday to finalize the deal....
  • David Ortiz brings Ring Number 3 home

    10/31/2013 7:22:00 AM PDT · by big'ol_freeper · 21 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 31 Oct 13 | Michael Silverman
    He’s got three rings now, but it’s No. 3 that David Ortiz can wear with the most pride.Pride for this city he plays in, and pride in the way he plays for this city.David Ortiz won the 2013 World Series Most Valuable Player award in a decision that could only be described as a complete lock midway through the series. It was as much of a lock as this entire Red Sox season came out of the blue in so many ways, both tragic and ecstatic.Ortiz dominated Cardinals pitching in the first five games to the point that, by Game 6...
  • Lackey, Victorino lead Red Sox to World Series title

    10/30/2013 8:41:17 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/30.2103 | Fox News
  • MLB, this game is....

    10/26/2013 8:00:20 PM PDT · by foundedonpurpose · 101 replies
    Self | 10-26-13 | self
    No live thread on the game. I've never seen the Cardinals make such stupid decisions.
  • Fighter jets roar overhead during World Series game #1 opener, Fox TV Network ignores them

    10/23/2013 5:25:40 PM PDT · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 28 replies
    October 23, 2013 | Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America
    Regarding World Series opening game #1, did anyone notice that the FOX11 TV network COMPLETELY IGNORED the 'fighter jet flyover' as Mary J. Blige sang our National Anthem? I could HEAR THE JETS but no attempt was made by FoxTV to show them as they roared overhead! Was this a slap in the face to our troops, or what? This really P*SSED ME OFF!!!
  • (Vanity)Go Cardinals! =D

    10/18/2013 8:49:12 PM PDT · by wheresmyusa · 44 replies
    10/18/2013 | wheresmyusa
    Congrats to the RedBirds, and a shout out to Cardinal Nation!
  • Andy Pafko dies, played in last Cubs World Series

    10/09/2013 9:04:55 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 9, 2013 | Mark Gonzales and Paul Sullivan
    Former Cubs star Andy Pafko had a good bat, a memorable nickname and a reputation as one of the friendliest players in the game. Pafko, 92, died Tuesday in a nursing home in Stevensville, Mich., the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. A popular five-time All-Star who played 17 seasons and appeared in 24 World Series games — including the Cubs' last visit to the Series in 1945 — Pafko had a lifetime .285 average with 213 home runs and 976 RBIs playing for the Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves.
  • Where's Craig Kimbrel? Not in the game (Oct. Baseball Live Thread)

    10/08/2013 10:04:36 AM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 1,446 replies
    ESPN ^ | October 8, 2013 | David Schoenfield
    Craig Kimbrel is supposedly the heir to Mariano Rivera. In his postseason career as closer, Rivera recorded 27 appearances of 2+ innings. Uribe bunted two balls foul, ... and then tomahawked a high fastball from David Carpenter into left-field stands for a shocking two-run homer .... Note that I wrote "David Carpenter" and not "Craig Kimbrel." The Braves had to win this game. Lose, and they go home. Somehow they lost -- in the late innings, no less -- without using the most dominant relief pitcher in the game. The sad thing is, Gonzalez apparently didn't even think of using...
  • Marlins' Henderson Alvarez throws no-hitter vs. Tigers

    09/29/2013 12:24:18 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 13 replies
    SB Nation ^ | 9-29-13 | Connor Moylan
    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez has thrown the first no-hitter of his career in the Marlins 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Alvarez did not allow a hit through nine innings, but Miami did not score in the first eight innings, leaving the no-hitter in doubt. The Marlins offense finally busted through against Luke Putkonen in the bottom of the ninth. Putkonen threw a wild pitch to Greg Dobbs with the bases loaded, allowing Giancarlo Stanton to score the game-winning run. The right-hander only allowed three baserunners in the game; Prince Fielder was hit by a pitch in the...
  • MLB Announces How 3-Way AL Wild-Card Tiebreaker ... Settled (Wildcard Live Thread)

    09/28/2013 1:55:05 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 188 replies
    bleacherreport.com ^ | September 27, 2013 | Matt Fitzgerald
    ... there has been discussion as to how a three-way tie would be determined for the last clubs in: ... Cleveland would host Tampa Bay to determine one of the wild cards on Monday; the loser of that game would then play at Texas on Tuesday to determine the second wild card. The two winners would be re-seeded for the wild card game on Wednesday based on season series. Therefore, the Rangers would host the Rays after going 4-3 against them this season, and would be at Cleveland after going 1-5 against them (and Cleveland would be at Tampa Bay)....
  • Dodgers fan dies after fight over Giants-Dodgers rivalry

    09/27/2013 4:51:59 PM PDT · by Michael.SF. · 38 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sept. 26, 2013 | Rudabeh Shahbazi
    SAN FRANCISCO (KABC) -- A Dodgers fan was killed in a fight that broke out near San Francisco's AT&T Park following the Giants-Dodgers game. Police say it was the rivalry between the two teams that sparked the fight. Authorities responded to the fight in the area of 3rd and Perry streets, about six blocks from the stadium, at 11:39 p.m. Police say 24-year-old Jonathan Denver of Fort Bragg was in Dodger apparel when he and the group he was with got into an argument with another group of people, one of whom was wearing a Giants hat. The two groups...
  • Selig will retire as Commissioner in January 2015

    09/26/2013 3:03:41 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 33 replies
    mlb.com ^ | 9/26/13
    Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, who changed the face of Major League Baseball while leading the sport into an era of unprecedented popularity and prosperity, will formally step down from the office when his current term expires on January 24, 2015. The announcement was made Thursday. "It remains my great privilege to serve the game I have loved throughout my life," Selig said. "Baseball is the greatest game ever invented, and I look forward to continuing its extraordinary growth and addressing several significant issues during the remainder of my term. "I am grateful to the owners throughout Major League Baseball...
  • MLB playoffs 2013 (Baseball Live Thread)

    09/24/2013 3:47:19 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 136 replies
    Sporting News ^ | September 23, 2013
    For the first time since 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in MLB's postseason. The Bucs clinched at least a spot in the wild-card game after a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs that ended with a bizarre play at the plate, and a 4-3 loss by the Washington Nationals to the St. Louis Cardinals. The loss eliminated the Nats from contention. The Cincinnati Reds are playoff-bound as well, after beating the New York Mets, 3-2 in 10 innings. The focus over the regular season's final six days now shifts to the NL Central race, which the Cards still lead by...
  • Raise the Jolly Roger! Pirates return to playoffs

    09/24/2013 11:46:16 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 30 replies
    MLB-Pittsburgh Pirates ^ | 9-24-2013 | Tom Singer
    Raise the Jolly Roger! Pirates return to playoffs After Marte homers and Martin holds on, Bucs clinch with Nats' loss By Tom Singer / MLB.com | 9/24/2013 1:04 AM ET CHICAGO -- Twenty-one years ago, Mike LaValliere didn't get his man. Monday night, Russell Martin got his -- and as a direct result, the Pirates riffed on Andrew McCutchen's vow, "I'm playing for October." The Bucs will be playing in October. They confirmed their reservation with a 2-1 win over the Cubs on Starling Marte's ninth-inning homer, coupled with Washington's loss in St. Louis. When, where and against whom yet...
  • 2 weeks left, playoff races sizzle (Baseball Live Thread)

    09/17/2013 3:24:30 PM PDT · by campaignPete R-CT · 186 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 16, 2013
    THE WILD SIDE: It's a scramble for the two AL wild-card spots, with a half-dozen teams trying to claim them. Texas, Cleveland and Tampa Bay are at the top, but wobbling. Pinch-hitter Justin Morneau's single sent Pittsburgh over the Cubs 3-2 Sunday, leaving the Pirates even with St. Louis for the NL Central lead. WHAT'S THE FORECAST?: Wicked weather always seems to wreak havoc at the end of the season. Cleveland waited out a rain delay of nearly 4 1/2 hours in Chicago before beating the White Sox 7-1 Sunday night. Just watch - somewhere, a storm will sweep into...
  • Praying mantis hangs out in Marlins dugout [video only]

    09/08/2013 6:27:29 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    dump.com ^ | 9-8-2013 | MLB.com
    A praying mantis interacts with Florida players during today's Marlins/Nationals game. Some enjoy the mantis's company, other are less than amused. One freaks out when the mantis jumps on him which sends the announcers into a laughing fit.
  • 2013 ASTROS: BASEBALL'S WORST, CHEAPEST TEAM MOST PROFITABLE IN MLB HISTORY

    08/26/2013 6:43:30 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8-26-13 | Breitbart Sports
    The Houston Astros, the worst team in Major League Baseball, is set to become the most profitable team in the sport's history. According to a Forbes report, "The Astros are on pace to rake in an estimated $99 million in operating income this season. That is nearly as much as the estimated operating income of the previous six World Series championship teams — combined." The highest-paid player on the team makes $1.15 million and 64 baseball players make more than the whole team combined. The Astros, currently at 43-86, have the worst record in the league since 2005. But Jim...
  • Pujols says he'll sue; [Jack] Clark, Slaten dumped by station

    08/10/2013 9:18:19 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 20 replies
    St. Louis Post Dispatch ^ | 8-9-13 | Dan Caesar
    Former Cardinals icon Albert Pujols said late Friday that he plans to sue former Cardinal Jack Clark, as well as those connected with the St. Louis radio station on which he appears, for Clark’s on-air steroids allegations about Pujols. Then shortly after midnight Saturday morning, the company that has put Clark and co-host Kevin Slaten on the air abruptly announced they will not be returning — after just seven shows. At least twice in the first week of a program that made its debut Aug. 1, Clark said that former Pujols trainer Chris Mihlfeld told him in 2000 that he...
  • Yankees shocked, SHOCKED at steroid use in MLB!

    08/07/2013 9:07:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 17 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/7/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “What do you mean, there’s gambling going on here; I didn’t know there was gambling going on; round up the usual suspects,” said the “Casablanca” police chief to Humphrey Bogart. This paraphrase of bewilderment on steroids comes to mind in the A-Rod debacle. The 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal is no longer MLB’s most famous outrage, and the news boys will have to ask that iconic “Say It Ain’t So, Joe,” question all over again. “Shoeless” Joe Jackson’s written confession still is gone missing, and the Windy City is no longer numero uno in baseball’s wall of shame. The A-Rod,...
  • Alex Rodriguez Suspended Through 2014, Still Belongs In The Hall Of Fame

    08/06/2013 6:07:23 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 65 replies
    FORBES ^ | August 5, 2013 | Chris Smith
    After weeks of waiting, MLB has finally announced its Biogenesis suspensions. Twelve players have been hit with 50-game suspensions, and Alex Rodriguez has been issued a suspension through the 2014 season for a total 211 games. Because A-Rod’s suspension will come under the Joint Drug Agreement, he can still play while he appeals the punishment and will be in the New York Yankees’ lineup tonight for the first time this season. Many have questioned how the suspension will impact Rodriguez’s “legacy” (see here, here and here), and it’s a subject that will undoubtedly be debated for years to come. What’s...
  • A-Rod Suspended 211 Games By MLB In Biogenesis Case

    08/05/2013 4:09:00 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 42 replies
    CBS New York ^ | CBS New York
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Alex Rodriguez has been banned for 211 regular-season games by Major League Baseball for his part in the sport’s latest performance-enhancing drugs scandal.
  • MLB Suspends 13, Including A-Rod

    08/05/2013 12:30:04 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 79 replies
    ESPN ^ | August 5, 2013
    Major League Baseball came down heavy Monday on the players it found to have been involved with the South Florida clinic Biogenesis, suspending Alex Rodriguez through the end of the 2014 season and banning 12 others for 50 games, including three All-Stars: Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers. MLB commissioner Bud Selig, in two statements addressing Rodriguez's discipline and a more general one on the state of baseball's ant-drug program, said he was "proud of the comprehensive nature of our efforts – not only with regard...