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  • Baseball Can and Should End Service-Time Manipulation

    04/15/2019 7:23:50 PM PDT · by TBP · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | April 15, 2019 | DAN MCLAUGHLIN
    Everyone who watches Major League Baseball believes that its teams sometimes keep players unnecessarily in the minor leagues to manipulate their “service time,” in order to delay their eligibility to become free agents. It’s such a common perception that it tends to dominate media coverage of hot prospects, both in spring training and in the case of late-season call-ups. The teams, in turn, must pretend that this is not what they are doing. Thus, the scandal. It doesn’t have to be this way, and it shouldn’t. The problem is the rules. Actually, the problem is deeper than the rules: Baseball...
  • Trump Administration Moves to Cancel MLB Deal with Cuba

    04/09/2019 5:27:53 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 24 replies
    The Trump administration has canceled an Obama-era deal with the Cuban government which would have allowed Cuban players to play in Major League Baseball without having to defect from their oppressive island nation. The deal with Cuban was tendered by the Obama Administration and solidified only last year. The agreement with Cuba’s Baseball Federation was part of the Obama administration’s attempt to thaw relations between the U.S. and Cuba. But now the deal is being canceled. One official told NBC News, “that agreement will not be able to proceed in its current form.” Another U.S. official added, “Major League Baseball...
  • Orioles’ Chris Davis Sets MLB Mark For Longest Hitless Streak

    04/09/2019 2:59:15 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 37 replies ^ | 4/8/19 | Ryan Mayer
    BALTIMORE (WJZ)- Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis entered the Major League Baseball record books on Monday night yet again after his 0-for-5 performance against the Oakland Athletics pushed his hitless streak to 49 at-bats, setting the longest such streak ever recorded in baseball history. Davis lined out to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning for the record-breaking out. In his second at-bat, Davis popped an easy foul ball that was dropped, giving him a potential gift-wrapped opportunity to avoid history. But he would then go on to hit a hard line drive to left field that...
  • Bees Send Rangers Pitcher Running, Empties Out Seats At Angel Stadium

    04/08/2019 10:54:11 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 39 replies
    cbs2la ^ | 04/08/2019
    The fifth inning was delayed while officials dealt with the swarm of bees, which sent a pitcher warming up in the Rangers bullpen running for cover and emptied out seats beyond left field. Angels pitcher Hansel Robles was spotted in the dugout with a towel wrapped around his head and neck, swatting bees away with another towel. It’s not the first time bees have delayed a game at Angel Stadium – swarms also put a stop to the play against the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016 and the Seattle Mariners in 2013.
  • New York Yankees trade baseball victories for ... the United Nations Climate Agreement

    04/07/2019 1:18:12 PM PDT · by rktman · 43 replies ^ | 4/7/2019 | MonicaShowalter
    They're not winning many baseball games, so the New York Yankees have decided that virtue-signaling is the next-best thing. Get a load of this stupidity from whoever it is now running the Bronx Bombers: Today, the Yankees became the 1st major North American sports team to sign on to the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework, the aim of which is to to bring greenhouse emissions in line with the Paris Climate Change Agreement & inspire others to take ambitious climate action.
  • Reds serious about using Lorenzen in outfield

    03/30/2019 6:46:00 PM PDT · by hardspunned · 27 replies ^ | 3/29/2019 | Mark Sheldon
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Hall of Fame pitcher Seaver has dementia

    03/07/2019 3:48:50 PM PST · by SMGFan · 46 replies
    yahoo / Reuters ^ | March 7, 2019
    The family of Tom Seaver announced Thursday that the Hall of Fame pitcher was recently diagnosed with dementia and is retiring from public life. According to the statement, released through the Baseball Hall of Fame, Seaver will continue work in his vineyard in Calistoga in California's wine country. According to New York Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo, the team was hoping Seaver could attend a 50th anniversary celebration of the 1969 Miracle Mets but confirmed that in light of Thursday's news, he will not. "We've been in contact with the Seaver family and are aware of his health situation,"...
  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2019 season unfolding

    03/05/2019 11:41:27 AM PST · by detective · 55 replies
    MSN News ^ | Gabe Lacques
    <p>Bryce Harper has switched sides - but not divisions. Manny Machado has a home - but not yet a fully-formed core around him in San Diego.</p> <p>At least we know where they're playing, though.</p> <p>And with that, USA TODAY Sports' projected win totals for the 2019 Major League Baseball season have arrived.</p>
  • 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...
  • Breaking: Harper signs with the Phillies for 13 years, $330 million

    02/28/2019 12:20:52 PM PST · by detective · 97 replies
    MSN News ^ | 2/28/2019 | Craig Calcaterra
    It took until the end of February but Bryce Harper finally has a team. He has reached an agreement with Philadelphia Phillies. Jon Heyman says the deal is for $330 million. The length of the contract is pretty incredible too: 13 years. There are no opt-outs either. The match was a long in the making. When the offseason began the Nationals were reported to have made Harper a $300 million offer to return, the White Sox expressed considerable interest and the Phillies — openly crowing about their plan to spend “stupid money” — were thought the most likely landing spots...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.