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2 Former Major Leaguers Dead in Car Crash

Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in Venezuela

(Newser) - Baseball fans will likely recognize the names of two men killed in a car crash Thursday night in Venezuela: Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo. Valbuena, 33, played in the big leagues with multiple teams for 11 seasons, as recently as last season with the Los Angeles Angels, reports ESPN . Castillo,... More »

Red Sox Follow 18-Inning Loss With a 9-6 Win

They have a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup

(Newser) - An 18-inning loss in Game 3 of the World Series couldn't wear out the Boston Red Sox. A four-run deficit late in Game 4 definitely didn't faze them. This plucky powerhouse just kept getting big hits to move to the brink of another championship, reports the AP . The... More »

Record-Setting World Series Game: 'Pure Joy'

LA Dodgers beat Boston Red Sox 3-2 in longest game in World Series history: 7 hours, 20 minutes

(Newser) - Exhausted yet exhilarated, the Dodgers headed home for a catnap, while the Red Sox may toss and turn thinking about one that got away. Max Muncy's home run leading off the bottom of the 18th inning finally ended the longest World Series game in history early Saturday, giving Los... More »

Pitcher Throws Away $500K Bonus to Defend Teammate

CC Sabathia ejected for hitting a batter just 2 innings shy of his bonus mark

(Newser) - So agonizingly close. Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia got ejected Thursday in his last start of the season for hitting a batter, and the timing was especially costly. Sabathia got tossed in the sixth inning—leaving him two innings shy of the 150 he needed for the year to earn a... More »

This Kind of Triple Play Not Seen in 106 Years

Texas Rangers pull it off

(Newser) - Bases loaded, nobody out. The Angels' David Fletcher then hits a hard ground ball to third that results in a triple play last seen in Major League Baseball in 1912, reports USA Today . The rarity? The batter wasn't one of the outs, according to STATS . Watch the play pulled... More »

Major League Player Fights Deadly Infection

Cleveland Indian Leonys Martin's organs damaged by 'life-threatening' illness, but he's on the mend

(Newser) - It's going to take "weeks, not days" for an MLB player to recuperate from what's now being revealed as a dangerous bacterial infection that went after his organs—but Cleveland Indians President Chris Antonetti said the worst appears to be over for Leonys Martin. ESPN and the... More »

Behold, the Signed Baseball to Top All Signed Baseballs

Clogged with signatures of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, and 8 other stars, it fetches $623K

(Newser) - How could a baseball artifact possibly top a ball signed by both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig? How about a ball signed by Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Cy Young, Tris Speaker, George Sisler, Walter Johnson, Connie Mack, Nap Lajoie, Eddie Collins, and Pete Alexander, on the day they... More »

Weep No More, Mets Fans: You Can Get Free Therapy

Amid a miserable season, UMA Health is offering some couch time for Flushing faithful

(Newser) - The New York Mets are having a seasons that the AP describes as "ravaged by injury and boneheaded play," and now fans struggling with their team's lousy season have somewhere to cry besides sports talk radio. An online mental health marketplace is giving free, confidential therapy sessions... More »

This Astros Player Came to the 4th Inning Looking ... Different

Alex Bregman decided to shave his mustache right in the middle of the game

(Newser) - Hair today, gone … by the fourth inning? That's what happened with the Houston Astros' Alex Bregman Sunday during his team's game against the Kansas City Royals. MLB.com reports the third baseman got a walk in the second inning, then didn't come to the plate again... More »

Community Torn as Convicted Molester Pitches for Oregon State

Although convicted as a teen, MLB prospect Luke Heimlich denies the accusations

(Newser) - The past has come back to haunt an Oregon State University athlete in a case that's dividing the college community. Ace pitcher Luke Heimlich, 22, was convicted of molesting his 6-year-old niece when he was 15. As part of a plea deal when he was 16, Heimlich was placed... More »

Update on White Sox Pitcher Who Collapsed

Danny Farquhar 'progressing well,' per his medical team

(Newser) - White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar is talking to his doctors and family after surgery over the weekend to address a ruptured aneurysm that occurred during Friday night's game against Houston, reports the AP . Farquhar, a married father of three children, remains in critical but stable condition in the intensive... More »

Bald Eagle Lands on Canadian Pitcher Before MLB Game

'Figured I'm not going to outrun an eagle'

(Newser) - The patriotic pregame show ahead of the Minnesota Twins' home opener went awry when a bald eagle failed to cooperate. The bird, there for a ceremonial flight during the national anthem, landed on Seattle Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton instead of its handler, the AP reports. Paxton—a Canadian—was... More »

Yankees' Home Opener Gets Snowed Out

Monday's game rescheduled for Tuesday afternoon

(Newser) - Aaron Boone woke up before heading to the ballpark for his first home opener as New York Yankees manager and peeked outside the window. "Huh," he recalled saying to himself. "It really is 100% chance of snow at 7am." Two hours later, the Yankees postponed Monday'... More »

Beloved Baseball Icon Dies on Opening Day

Rusty Staub starred on the field, raised money for families of 9/11 first responders

(Newser) - Rusty Staub, the orange-haired outfielder who became a huge hit with baseball fans in two countries during an All-Star career that spanned 23 major league seasons, died Thursday at age 73. He died after an illness in a hospital in West Palm Beach, Fla., hours before the start of the... More »

Hall of Fame Umpire Nicknamed 'God' Dies

'A generation of umpires learned as a result of Doug's example'

(Newser) - Doug Harvey was so sure of his calls on the diamond, he ended every game the same way. Following the last out, the umpire took his wad of chewing tobacco and flung it on home plate. "I never did have any doubt in my mind," he once said.... More »

Darryl Strawberry Says He Used to Have Sex Between Innings

'It was a pretty crazy lifestyle'

(Newser) - “Yeah, it was pretty crazy,” the New York Post quotes Darryl Strawberry as telling Dr. Oz on Thursday. “It was a pretty crazy lifestyle.” No kidding. While discussing his sex addiction, the former baseball player says he used to have sex with women in the... More »

In Final Game of World Series, an On-Field Apology

Houston's Yuli Gurriel tipped his hat to LA's Yu Darvish to say sorry for previous incident

(Newser) - Houston came home with a World Series win Wednesday night in Game 7, but not before one Astro tried to make things right with one of the Los Angeles Dodgers' pitchers. Houston's Yuli Gurriel has been suspended for five games next season for making a racist gesture during Game... More »

Police: A's Catcher Pointed Gun at Delivery Person

Bruce Maxwell has been booked on charges of aggravated assault and disorderly condict

(Newser) - Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell was arrested in Arizona after a food delivery person alleged he pointed a gun at her, AP reports. Maxwell was the only player in Major League Baseball to take a knee this year during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. Scottsdale police said officers... More »

The Heat Is On for World Series Opener, Literally

It's expected to be 97 degrees when game begins in LA, the hottest World Series game ever

(Newser) - As the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros open the World Series Tuesday night at 5:08pm local time in Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles is expected to be about 97 degrees. That would be a record high for a World Series game, the New York Times reports; the current... More »

Player Reassured by Family of Girl Hit by Foul Ball

'He said she’s doing well'

(Newser) - Todd Frazier says he's found some relief after speaking to the family of the girl hospitalized after being hit in the face by a 105mph foul ball during a baseball game Wednesday, the New York Times reports. The New York Yankees player says he spoke to the girl's... More »

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