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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 »

A-Rod Ties Willie Mays, and Yanks Won't Pay Up

Team balks at $6M bonus

(Newser) - It should have been confetti time: Alex Rodriguez hit home run No. 660 last night to tie Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list. The Yankees, however, are balking at paying a $6 million bonus for the milestone that was negotiated in the more innocent A-Rod days of... More »

Jim Thome Hits 600th Homer... Without Steroids

Baseball's 'nicest guy' joins select club

(Newser) - With two home runs last night against the Detroit Tigers, Minnesota Twin Jim Thome became the eighth ballplayer ever to hit 600 out of the park. Perhaps most remarkable about this feat is that he achieved it without steroids—unlike many of the other top sluggers of his era, writes... More »

Yankees Fan Returns Jeter's Milestone Ball

Christian Lopez gives up potentially big payday

(Newser) - It's no great shock that Derek Jeter got his 3,000th hit today, but this part of the story is a nice surprise: The fan who got the home-run ball gave it back, no questions asked. "I'm not going to be the one to take this away... More »

A-Rod (Finally) Hits 600th Home Run

At 34, he's the youngest to ever do it

(Newser) - You can stop holding your breath, world. Alex Rodriguez at long last hit his 600th home run today. It's been 12 games since Rodriguez hit his 599th round-tripper, a stretch that seemed even longer because of the hype surrounding the impending milestone. But it's probably unfair to complain too much,... More »

Sosa Tested Positive in '03

(Newser) - Bad news for Sammy Sosa's Hall of Fame hopes: The Cubs slugger is among the players who tested positive for doping in 2003, the New York Times reports. The retired Sosa, sixth on the all-time homer list, has long been suspected of taking steroids but has never admitted it. The... More »

Yankee Stadium Too Small to Contain Long Balls

(Newser) - Home runs have been flying out of the new Yankee Stadium, and the weather isn't to blame, writes Tim Buckley of AccuWeather.com. The team says the new park has the same dimensions as the old digs, but the right field wall is actually up to 9 feet closer to... More »

A Strikeout In (and For) US, Classic Is World of Thrills

Tournament shows the promise of international baseball

(Newser) - After watching Japan best Korea in extra innings to defend its World Baseball Classic championship, Tom Verducci is excited about the tournament’s future, he writes for Sports Illustrated. In its second go-round, the tournament is a phenomenon worldwide. Most exciting though, is the way Japan won: with pragmatic fundamentals,... More »

Rays Score First Replay Reversal

Fan interference call dropped on homer; Rays topple Twins 11-1

(Newser) - A Twins fan's near-catch caused MLB's first-ever instant replay reversal yesterday, the St Petersburg Times reports. Carlos Pena's 3-run homer was initially ruled a double for fan interference after the first-base umpire thought he saw a fan touch the ball while it was in play. The replay showed that contact... More »

First Replay Call Confirms A-Rod Homer

Instant replay's maiden use awards slugger his 549th home run

(Newser) - Major League Baseball's first-ever use of instant replay to settle a call backed a 9th-inning homer from Alex Rodriguez last night at Tropicana Field. Umpires checked the Yankee slugger's drive on a monitor after a protest from Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon, and upheld the original fair call, Newsday reports.... More »

Instant Replay on Deck for MLB

Umpires sign on to management's proposal, but details still up in the air

(Newser) - Umpires and Major League Baseball officials have struck a deal that could bring instant replay to the ballpark as early as the end of this month, AP reports. The World Umpires Association signed the agreement yesterday after days of haggling over details. Video review will be limited to boundary calls... More »

Morneau Wins HR Derby, But Hamilton Wows

28-homer first round starts off the All-Star break with a blast

(Newser) - Justin Morneau won the Home Run Derby last night, but Josh Hamilton got all the attention—and rightly so, writes the New York Times. The Texas slugger hit a record 28 bombs in the first round alone, and smashed 35 homers total, to Morneau's 22. “I rarely watch myself... More »

A-Rod Passes Mantle's HR Record

Yankee slams 537th homer on emotional day for team

(Newser) - Alex Rodriguez smashed a 3-2 pitch from Toronto's Brian Tallet into the foul pole to claim his 537th career home run yesterday, surpassing Micky Mantle's record on the day Yankee great Bobby Murcer died. The All-Star didn't realize he had moved into 13th place on the all-time homer list until... More »

Managers Get No Red Flags in Replay Plan

And experts analyzing MLB plays won't even be in stadium

(Newser) - MLB's current plan for video review may go into effect as early as August 1, but don't expect it to be like the NFL's system. Team managers will have no say in which plays get looked at, and the experts analyzing footage won't even be in the stadium, ESPN reports. More »

MLB Wants Instant Replay by August

But officials and umps still need to negotiate details

(Newser) - Major League Baseball asked its umpires today to implement instant replay by August 1, but details remain sketchy, USA Today reports. Both sides still need to bargain over who can demand replays—umpires or managers—what video feeds will be used, and who will make the final call. "It's... More »

Griffey Slams 600th Homer Against Marlins

Reds outfielder joins Bonds, Aaron, Ruth, Mays, and Sosa.

(Newser) - Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 600th career homer last night to join Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Sammy Sosa as the only players to do so. Griffey connected off Mark Hendrickson in the first inning of the Cincinnati Reds' 9-4 victory over the Florida Marlins, the... More »

Upon Further Review, MLB Weighs Instant Replay

First step would be test of system in Fall League

(Newser) - Baseball may begin experimenting with instant replay, starting in the Arizona Fall League and possibly second-guessing big-league umps as soon as next season, a source tells ESPN. But a league official told the AP, "We've made no final decision as to where exactly we're going to try it out,... More »

Baseball Finally Back to Normal

After over a decade of insanity, home run totals normal once more

(Newser) - After over a decade of chemical-fueled insanity, baseball is back to normal, writes Thomas Boswell in the Washington Post. Home run totals are down 10.4% this spring, after an 8% drop last year. The sport is on pace to return to the century-old statistical norms ripped to shreds by... More »

Bonds: It's Ball* or Me* in HOF

Slugger will boycott Hall of Fame if branded 756th homer ball is exhibited

(Newser) - Barry Bonds won't show up for his own induction if the Baseball Hall of Fame exhibits his record-breaking No. 756 ball with an asterisk, he said in a TV interview last night. "There's no such thing as an asterisk in baseball," the slugger complained, arguing that people shouldn't... More »

Barry's Heart is in San Francisco

Ex-Giants star not satisfied about ending things with his hometown team

(Newser) - He sounded like a man who wanted to stay. At a tribute to the former San Francisco slugger, Barry Bonds was read a list of his baseball accomplishments and then asked if he'd actually achieved all those marks. His response? "I did and then I got fired," a... More »

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