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Max Scherzer Ties MLB Record, Strikes Out 20 Tigers

'There's something about 20,' Nationals pitcher says

(Newser) - Max Scherzer has thrown two no-hitters, come within one strike of a perfect game, and met just about every expectation that accompanied the $210 million contract he signed with Washington. Still, after his latest masterpiece Wednesday night, he said: "There's something about 20." Scherzer struck out 20... More »

Baseball's 'Magna Carta' Sells for $3.3M

1857 document change the sport's early history

(Newser) - Documents that baseball historians have called the Magna Carta of the game have sold at auction for nearly $3.3 million. SCP auctions says the 1857 papers called the "Laws of Base Ball" sold early Sunday to an anonymous buyer after more than two weeks of bidding, reports the... More »

Fan Hospitalized After Foul Ball Hits Her Face

The ball slipped through a small gap in the protective netting

(Newser) - A woman was hospitalized after being hit by a foul ball in the seventh inning of a game between the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, the AP reports. The foul ball got through a small gap between netting behind an area for photographers, hitting the woman... More »

MLB Rookie Makes Dinger-Socking History

So. Many. Home runs

(Newser) - Colorado Rockies rookie Trevor Story is socking dingers and mashing taters at a historic rate through the first four games of the baseball season. ESPN reports the 23-year-old is the first major league rookie to homer in each of his first four professional games and only the fifth player since... More »

High School Coach Promises Team: Win 14 Games, Name My Kid

They're only 2 games away and already have a name picked out

(Newser) - A Florida high school baseball coach has given his players unusual motivation: If they win two more games, they can name his baby, the AP reports. Coach Rob Query of Heritage High in Palm Bay tells Florida Today he promised his players that if they won 14 games, they could... More »

Ballplayer-Turned-Broadcaster Joe Garagiola Dies at 90

8 Years as a professional baseball player were prelude to 57 in Broadcasting

(Newser) - Former big league catcher and popular broadcaster Joe Garagiola has died at the age of 90, the AP reports. The Arizona Diamondbacks say Garagiola died Wednesday after recent years years spent in ill health. Garagiola thrived in his post-retirement career as a glib baseball broadcaster and fixture on the Today... More »

Great-Grandpa's Old Paper Bag Hid $1M Find

7 rare Ty Cobb baseball cards were inside

(Newser) - Relatives considered tossing the torn paper bag they found in the southern home of their late great-grandfather earlier this year. It's a good thing they didn't: Buried beneath old postcards and papers was one of the biggest discoveries of rare baseball cards ever. On Wednesday, memorabilia expert Joe... More »

Report: HS Baseball Players Ran Underground Fight Club

Coaches investigated for using racist language, mocking hurt players

(Newser) - High-school baseball players in Texas were running an underground fight club while their coaches mocked injured students, according to documents obtained by the Dallas Morning News . An investigation into Plano East Senior High head coach Travis Collins and assistant coach Reagan Allen started last year after parents complained the coaches... More »

Pete Rose, Welcome to a Hall of Fame

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame, that is

(Newser) - MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred kept Pete Rose banned from baseball in December, but he did say that wouldn't necessarily keep Rose out of the Hall of Fame—and it turns out he was partly right. Rose, whose chances of making it into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in... More »

Pete Rose Still Banned From Baseball: MLB Commish

But Rob Manfred says that doesn't mean he won't get in Hall of Fame

(Newser) - The MLB player with the most hits in the league's history should be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, but that's hard to do when you've been permanently banned from baseball—again. Commissioner Rob Manfred was reportedly set to tell Pete Rose on Thursday he won'... More »

Mocked Over Selfies, Sorority Students Bite Back

Arizona Diamondbacks announcers made fun of them

(Newser) - Baseball announcers mocked a group of sorority students in the crowd this week and got a slice of humble pie for their effort, Jezebel reports. As described by SB Nation and Sporting News , Arizona Diamondbacks announcers Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume mocked a group of female students from Alpha Chi... More »

Pitcher Out for Season After Choking Star Teammate

Washington Nationals players get physical in the dugout

(Newser) - Seems that choking a franchise ball player in the dugout will get you in trouble. Jonathan Papelbon, closer for the Washington Nationals, learned that Monday after attacking star outfielder Bryce Harper the day before in a dispute over Harper's playing style, the Washington Post reports. "I was upset,... More »

Dudes Devour 40-Pound Goat to Break Cubs' Curse

Competitive eater and pals hope 'disgusting' meal gets Cubs to playoffs

(Newser) - The Cubs beat the Brewers 4-0 last night , gaining ground toward a wild-card spot in the National League playoffs, and if Chicago wins tonight, they may have a goat to thank. For 69 years, 11 months, and 17 days, the MLB team has labored under "The Billy Goat Curse,... More »

9-Year-Old Bat Boy Killed in Freak Accident

Kaiser Carlile had been with his team for most of the season

(Newser) - A 9-year-old boy in Kansas died last night after being hit in the head with a baseball bat on Saturday afternoon while "doing something he loved." Kaiser Carlile was a bat boy for the amateur team the Liberal Bee Jays. He was retrieving a bat after an out... More »

2 Cuban Baseball Players Defect to US

Pair stays in North Carolina during exhibition match

(Newser) - Relations between the US and Cuba are warming , but apparently not fast enough for two Cuban baseball players. The pair defected while in the United States for a series of games against US collegians. Official sports website Jit says third baseman Luis Yander La O left the team in North... More »

Pitcher Made Baseball History Last Night

Sean Conroy is first openly gay active player

(Newser) - Baseball history was made in Northern California last night when the sport's first active professional player to come out as gay pitched a shutout before an enthusiastic crowd that seemed more impressed with his performance than his role as a pioneer. Sean Conroy, 23, led the Sonoma Stompers to... More »

Meet the Girl, 16, Who Just Made MLB History

Melissa Mayeux is first female on MLB's international registration list

(Newser) - Melissa Mayeux is a member of France's national U-18 baseball team, the French senior national softball team, and will attend Major League Baseball's European Elite Camp in August. It's an impressive resume for a 16-year-old shortstop, but Melissa's biggest accomplishment came Sunday, when her name was... More »

ESPN: We've Got Proof Pete Rose Bet as Player

'Outside the Lines' says pages from notebook show 'extensive' betting in '86

(Newser) - For more than 25 years, a notebook seized from the home of one of Pete Rose's ex-associates in a mail-fraud investigation has been locked down by court order, most recently in the National Archives' New York office. But ESPN's Outside the Lines has reportedly obtained pages from that... More »

Fan Who Caught A-Rod Baseball Won't Give It to Him

At least not right away, and definitely not for free

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez can't even avoid drama with souvenir baseballs. A-Rod smacked his 3,000th hit last night, but the fan who caught the home run ball is resisting the Yankees' efforts to have him return it. At least temporarily: "At first, I was 100% adamant about not giving... More »

A-Rod Gets Hit No. 3K in Dramatic Fashion

He nails a home run off the first pitch

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez has homered for his 3,000th career hit, becoming just the 29th major league player to reach the milestone. The Yankees star connected tonight at Yankee Stadium in the first inning on his first pitch from Detroit ace Justin Verlander. The crowd erupted as the ball sailed into... More »

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