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  • Billy Bean hired by MLB as Ambassador For Inclusion,will lead gay inclusion program

    07/16/2014 5:22:11 AM PDT · by massmike · 47 replies
    outsports.com ^ | 07/16/2014 | Cyd Zeigler
    Major League Baseball has hired openly gay former ballplayer Billy Bean as their new Ambassador For Inclusion. Bean's job will be to assure all MLB stakeholders of an inclusive and equitable workplace and provide awareness and educational resources that help mandate the league's workplace code of conduct. "It's ironic that I am returning to baseball to help erase the same reason I left," Bean told Outsports in an exclusive interview. Bean left baseball in 1995 shortly after his then-partner passed away. Bean skipped his partner's funeral to play in a game for the Padres, lest someone discover he was gay.
  • MLB to honour gay pioneer Glenn Burke at all-star game

    07/15/2014 9:56:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | July 15, 2014 | Amanda Holpuch in New York
    Burke, who came out to team-mates in the 1970s and to the public in 1982, died of AIDS in 1995 aged just 42.More than two decades after Glenn Burke abruptly retired from Major League Baseball, the former LA Dodgers outfielder will be honored at Tuesday night’s all-star game as one of the few professional athletes to have come out. Burke's four-and-a-half year career is remembered for his charismatic attitude and the pressures he faced as a gay athlete in the late 1970s. Burke, who played for the Dodgers and the Oakland A's, was the first professional ball player to come...
  • Giants Consider Ban on "Culturally Insensitive" Clothing at AT&T Park

    07/11/2014 11:25:17 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 37 replies
    NBC Gay Area ^ | 7-11-14 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    The San Francisco Giants are considering a new dress code for fans, which may include a ban on fake Native American headdresses and other “culturally insensitive” clothing. The proposal for a new dress code comes after two Native Americans were detained during a Giants game last month after asking a fan to remove a headdress they found disrespectful. If approved, the new policy could be a first for a major-league sports franchise,
  • Remembering Ruth's big league debut 100 years ago

    07/11/2014 10:16:44 AM PDT · by DFG · 4 replies
    mlb.com ^ | 07/11/2014 | Anthony Castrovince
    The train traveled overnight, carrying him from his roots to his calling. This was not a trip Babe Ruth planned, expected or even hoped to make. He was comfortable in his native Baltimore, still in awe of his surroundings after his exodus from an orphanage and reform school, still content pitching and pounding out home runs for a first-place Orioles team in the International League. But that team was sagging in attendance and bleeding money, and it had shipped three of its better assets -- Ruth, Ben Egan and Ernie Shore -- to the American League, to Boston, to recoup...
  • Jim Brosnan, Who Threw Literature a Curve, Dies at 84

    07/10/2014 10:16:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 4, 2014 | Bruce Weber
    Jim Brosnan, who achieved modest baseball success as a relief pitcher but gained greater fame and consequence in the game by writing about it, died on June 29 in Park Ridge, Ill. He was 84. The cause was an infection he developed while recovering from a stroke, his son, Timothy, said. In 1959, Brosnan, who played nine years in the major leagues, kept a diary of his experience as a pitcher, first with the St. Louis Cardinals and later, after a trade, with the Cincinnati Reds. Published the next year as "The Long Season," it was a new kind of...
  • Pete Rose Awaits His Return, 25 Years Into Exile

    07/07/2014 5:14:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | JULY 6, 2014 | TYLER KEPNER
    Pete Rose has a vision. Someday his career hits record will be tied, and he will respond with one final turn at bat. He will roll a single up the middle and crawl to first base for No. 4,257, reclaiming his title as Hit King. Rose related this fanciful dream on the phone the other day, at the end of a lively conversation. The problem with the story, obviously, is that he is 73 years old and has been barred from baseball since 1989. But there has to be a better ending out there, somehow. Life is good for Rose....
  • Yankees fan caught sleeping on TV sues ESPN, MLB for $10 million

    07/07/2014 4:41:00 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 22 replies
    Sporting News ^ | 7/7/14 | Troy Machir
    A New York man who was caught sleeping at a recent Yankees game against the Red Sox on ESPN is filing a $10 million defamation suit against broadcasters Dan Shulman and John Kruk for their "avalanche of disparaging words," according to the New York Post. Andrew Robert Rector admitted that he "briefly slept" while in attending the April 13 game between the A.L. East rivals, and when ESPN cameras caught him sleeping during the fourth inning, the Sunday Night Baseball announcers launched into what he described as an "unending verbal crusade" against him, with their "vituperative utterances" redistributed on the...
  • Baseball All-Star voting ends tonight, post your choices

    Voting for the starting position players for the MLB All-Star game ends tonight at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern). The final rosters will have 34 players on a side, with all teams being represented. Factors I weigh in making my choices (in descending order): 1) How the guy is doing this year. 2) How he did last year. 3) How he did the last two or three years. 4) The guy's whole career. Here then are my choices, starters listed first, followed by backups: NATIONAL LEAGUE C: Lucroy, Molina, Posey 1B: Goldschmidt, Freeman, Rizzo, Morneau 2B: Utley, Murphy SS: Tulowitzki, Ramirez 3B:...
  • Native American group plans to file federal lawsuit against Cleveland Indians over Chief Wahoo logo

    06/27/2014 10:43:53 AM PDT · by massmike · 43 replies
    newsnet5.com ^ | 06/27/2014 | Paul Kiska
    CLEVELAND - The red block letter C for Cleveland seems to be replacing Chief Wahoo outside Progressive Field. But not everyone sees it that way. Robert Roche is the director of the American Indian Education Center and one of the plaintiffs planing to file a federal lawsuit in late July against the Cleveland Indians. The group says the team's name and the Chief Wahoo logo are racist. The group wants a lot of money to help Native Americans with education, job training and housing. "We're going to be asking for $9 billion and we're basing it on a hundred years...
  • Mr. Padre Passes: Tony Gwynn Loses Battle With Cancer

    06/16/2014 10:58:40 AM PDT · by kingattax · 7 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 16 Jun 2014
    Tony Gwynn, the left-handed right fielder who starred at San Diego State and then for the San Diego Padres, passed away Monday morning after a four-year fight with salivary-gland cancer. Gwynn's death comes a day after he received a contract extension to coach the San Diego State Aztecs baseball team. The fifty-four-year-old San Diego legend had been on medical leave. The bowling-ball shaped hitting machine batted .338 in twenty major league seasons, all with the Padres. He finished with 3,141 hits. In addition to his eight batting titles, Mr. Padre also collected seven Gold Gloves patrolling right field. The fifteen-time...
  • Manny Machado Incident Overshadows A's Win

    06/09/2014 9:28:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 06/09/2014 | John Hickey
    A year ago, Manny Machado was the toast of baseball. He was an All-Star and got solid mention in the MVP voting at just 21 years old. Now, in the eyes of the A's anyway, he's just toast. The A's beat Machado's Baltimore Orioles 11-1 Sunday. Machado knocked the A's Derek Norris out of the game in the sixth inning by twice winging the catcher with his backswing. Then in the eighth inning, Machado didn't like a first pitch inside from the A's Fernando Abad. His reaction was to swing and release the bat after a second inside pitch, the...
  • Johnny Baseball? Manziel picked by Padres in 28th round of MLB Draft

    06/07/2014 7:12:09 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 6/07/14 | Lindsey Foltin
    Could Johnny Football ditch the pads and cleats for a future on the diamond as Johnny Baseball? Probably not. But he might want to consider it. The Cleveland Browns quarterback was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round (No. 837 overall) of the 2014 MLB Draft Saturday. Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he hasn't stepped foot on the baseball diamond since his junior year of high school. Apparently, he was a pretty decent infielder and even talked to Texas A&M baseball coaches about joining the team in 2012.
  • Report: Phillies accidentally traded prospect in 2011 Hunter Pence deal

    06/07/2014 11:05:34 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 24 replies
    cbs sports ^ | 6-6-14 | Dayn Perry
    At this writing, Astros outfield prospect Domingo Santana is batting .297/.374/.493 as a 21-year-old in Triple-A. That good production comes after a 2013 campaign in which he slugged .498 with 25 homers as a 20-year-old in Double-A. In other words, Santana is becoming a potentially important part of Houston's rebuild. The Astros acquired Santana as part of the 2011 trade in which they sent Hunter Pence to the Phillies. Houston also landed Jon Singleton and Jarred Cosart in that same deal. So it's turning out being pretty costly for the Phils and GM Ruben Amaro. Why are we talking about...
  • MLB 1st round draft capsules

    06/05/2014 8:11:27 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 7 replies
    cbs sports ^ | 6-5-14 | n/a
    see link to see who your ball club drafted today...
  • Don Zimmer Dies at 83 After 60 Years in Baseball

    06/05/2014 7:00:40 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    Boston.com ^ | 6/5/14
    Don Zimmer, the stubby, Popeye-muscled baseball lifer with the unforgettable jowls whose passion for the game endured through more than 60 years as a player, manager, coach and adviser, died Wednesday in Dunedin, Florida. He was 83. His death was announced by the Tampa Bay Rays, a team he served recently as a senior adviser. Zimmer had surgery April 16 to repair a leaky heart valve, according to The Tampa Tribune.
  • MLB Fans in Uproar Over Free-Pizza Promotion Gone Wrong

    05/28/2014 5:19:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 5/27 | Jimmy Traina
    Don't mess with sports fans when it comes to pizza. Especially free pizza. Major League Baseball and Domino's teamed up for a promotion to give away 20,000 free pizzas to people who have an MLB.com account after the first and second no-hitters of the 2014 regular season.
  • White Sox Fan Saves Baby From Flying Bat With One-Handed Catch

    05/28/2014 4:41:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    UPI ^ | May 27, 2014 | Kate Stanton
    Eileen Depesa caught Tyler Flowers' rogue bat before it hit the infant behind her during a Memorial Day White Sox game.Eileen Depesa's impressive reflexes saved a baby from a baseball bat at the Chicago White Sox's game against the Cleveland Indians. When Chicago catcher Tyler Flowers lost his grip on his bat, it went flying into the stands above left field. Depesa, of Naperville, Ill., reached out with one hand and caught the bat before it hit the infant seated behind her. The man seated to her right merely ducked. "I was more concerned with protecting the baby seated behind...
  • Jose Fernandez to have Tommy John [surgery]

    05/15/2014 7:57:38 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 11 replies
    espn ^ | 5-15-14 | n/a
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will have Tommy John surgery Friday, ending the season for the reigning NL Rookie of the Year. Manager Mike Redmond announced Thursday the right-hander would have the elbow ligament transplant procedure. The decision was expected after the 21-year-old Fernandez was put on the disabled list this week. "Our focus is to get him back," Redmond said before the Marlins began a four-game series in San Francisco. "I'm glad he's having it done and starting his recovery process. Obviously it's a big blow for us." The operation will be done in Los Angeles....
  • Marlins shelve ace Fernandez, who could miss rest of season

    05/13/2014 7:40:50 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 4 replies
    sun sentinel ^ | 5-12-14 | n/a
    Playing above .500 near the 40-game mark, and sporting two of baseball's brightest young stars, the Miami Marlins certainly appeared headed to greener pastures, perhaps even a dream season in the cards. It appears the season is a nightmare now. FOX Sports MLB Insider Ken Rosenthal has confirmed earlier reports, that all signs point to ace Jose Fernandez needing those three dreaded words — Tommy John surgery.
  • ACLU sues Minneapolis over ordinance limiting events at All-Star game

    05/10/2014 7:32:53 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 5-9-14 | Amy Forliti
    Organizers of a one-day street festival in Minneapolis sued the city Thursday, saying an ordinance that limits events around the time of Major League Baseball's All-Star game in July is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, claims the city ordinance gives MLB the authority to approve activities in certain areas for 15 days surrounding the July 15 All-Star game at Target Field. Organizers of the One Day in July Street Festival, which will commemorate the 80th anniversary of a deadly Teamsters strike in 1934, say MLB shouldn't have control over...
  • 1919 World Series video discovered [youtube link]

    05/03/2014 6:38:37 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 35 replies
    youtube ^ | 4-25-14 | n/a
    Direct link here: British Canadian footage of 1919 World Series
  • The MLB Local TV Announcer Rankings

    04/28/2014 3:37:56 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 37 replies
    Awful Announcing ^ | April 28, 2014 | Joe Lucia
    Over the last two weeks, we polled the Awful Announcing readers on their opinions of each local broadcast team around the majors. The polls were broken down division by division to gain the perspective of both fans and rivals for each broadcast team. The votes are in, and we weighted your grades on a four point scale for each broadcast crew and sorted them to determine who your favorite and least favorite broadcast teams were. Each “A” vote received 4 points, 3 points for a “B” vote, down to 0 points for an “F” vote. The total points scored were...
  • Interactive map - A map of Baseball Nation [fans by zip code]

    04/24/2014 12:41:51 PM PDT · by FlJoePa · 43 replies
    new york times ^ | 4-24-14 | n/a
    Cool, zoomable map.
  • 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 · 104 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.