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Tebow Legend Now Includes Mashed Tater in 1st Pro At-Bat

He didn't Tebow on home plate, though

(Newser) - The legend of Tim Tebow got another chapter Wednesday when he hit a home run (video here ) in his first at-bat as a member of the New York Mets organization, Deadspin reports. Even more impressive, it was on the first pitch the former NFL quarterback saw as a professional... More »

Yankee Fan Drops Bomb on GF—and Engagement Ring

But did Andrew Fox make the save?

(Newser) - If Red Sox fans didn't have enough to taunt Yankees fans about, Tuesday's game between the two rivals offered more ammunition. A Pennsylvania man decked out in pinstripes decided to propose to his girlfriend at Yankee Stadium, and he had his stunt all worked out, down to getting... More »

Friend: I Begged Them Not to Go on Fernandez's Boat

Friend of one victim says pitcher was upset after fight with girlfriend

(Newser) - Although Jose Fernandez was often seen heading out with friends to enjoy a day on the water, the night of his death doesn't sound particularly carefree, per USA Today . Shortly before he headed out on a boat early Sunday with friends Eduardo Rivero and Emilio Macias, who also died... More »

Marlins' Star Pitcher Killed in Boat Crash

Jose Fernandez was wrapping up a stellar season; team reeling

(Newser) - Miami Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez was among three people killed early Sunday, reports the Miami Herald , just hours before what was likely to have been his final start of a stellar season. Officials responding to reports of the crash of the 30-foot vessel off Miami Beach "found a... More »

Pro Ballplayer Suspended Over Charlotte Police Shooting Tweets

The suspension will cost Steve Clevenger approximately $32K

(Newser) - The Seattle Mariners have suspended a player without pay for tweets he made regarding the shooting death of Keith Scott in Charlotte, CBS Sports reports. "Black people beating whites when a thug got shot holding a gun by a black officer haha shit cracks me up! Keep kneeling for... More »

Worth Every Penny? What A-Rod Cost NY

Is a World Series worth $317M?

(Newser) - If a World Series title is worth $317 million, then the New York Yankees probably deserve a pat on the back. If not, well, the team might be regretting its payments to Alex Rodriguez. By the time A-Rod collects his last payment as a player from the Yankees next year,... More »

Era of A-Rod Is Ending for the Yankees

Star slugger Alex Rodriguez, in a slump, will play his last game on Friday

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez will play his final major league game next Friday with the New York Yankees and then become a special adviser and instructor with the team, reports the AP . Rodriguez and the club made the announcement before Sunday's game against Cleveland. A-Rod will play against Tampa Bay at... More »

Detroit Tigers Pitcher Contracted Zika

Francisco Rodriguez said he didn't feel like himself for 2 whole months

(Newser) - When he's not pitching for the Detroit Tigers, Francisco Rodriguez heads home for some R&R in his native Venezuela. But the 34-year-old came back from the last offseason with more than just memories: He contracted the Zika virus , and it wasn't pleasant, ESPN reports. For two entire... 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 »

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 »

White Sox Player Ditches $13M Job for His Son

Told his 14-year-old spent too much time in clubhouse, Adam LaRoche retired

(Newser) - Ken Williams, executive VP of the Chicago White Sox, says he doesn't have a problem with players' kids hanging out in the clubhouse, per the Chicago Sun-Times . But Drake LaRoche, the 14-year-old son and constant companion of first baseman Adam LaRoche, was there just a little too much for... 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 »

Former Star MLB Pitcher Dead at 29

Ex-Braves player Tommy Hanson suffered 'catastrophic organ failure': report

(Newser) - Tommy Hanson, the friendly pitcher known as "Big Red" whose MLB career was stalled by injuries and personal loss, died Monday night at the age of 29, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Hanson, who pitched four seasons for the Atlanta Braves and ended his major league stint with the Los... More »

This Might Be the Best Kiss Cam Moment Ever

Jimmy Carter kisses wife Rosalynn at Braves game

(Newser) - It's not every day you catch a former president on the Kiss Cam, but that's what happened last night at the Atlanta Braves game, USA Today reports. Jimmy Carter was attending with wife Rosalynn, and when the camera turned their way and popped their faces up on the... 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 »

Will Ferrell Crashes Spring Training

Plays all 9 baseball positions, among other things

(Newser) - "Ruth, Musial, Mantle, Will Ferrell." The star of Anchorman, Elf, and several sports-related flicks played all nine positions and coached for 10 teams in five Arizona ballparks yesterday in a spring-training blitz chronicled for an HBO special. In addressing the crowd at his final stop in Peoria, the... More »

SF World Series Celebration Gets Ugly ... Again

San Francisco got rowdy overnight as fans threw bottles at cops

(Newser) - Just like in 2012 , Giants fans went wild last night in San Francisco as their team took home its third championship in five seasons . But this third time was even less charming: Police made multiple arrests as thousands of fans lit bonfires in the street, sprayed champagne and beer, and... More »

Baseball's 'Rising Meteor' Dead in Crash at 22

Oscar Taveras, girlfriend suffer accident in Dominican Republic

(Newser) - High hopes for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, came to a tragic end yesterday when the rising slugger and his girlfriend were both killed in a car crash. The accident occurred on a Dominican Republic highway near Taveras' home, just weeks after he nailed a home run to... More »

Giants Blow By Royals 11-4, Tie Series

San Francisco wobbles, stages epic rally

(Newser) - The World Series was slipping away from the San Francisco Giants. A botched grounder led to a three-run deficit, and they were in danger of falling behind the Kansas City Royals three games to one. Instead of panic, it was time for some Panda-monium, complete with four fans in the... More »

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