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Gov. Cuomo Has Message for Leagues: 'Do It! Do It!'

New York's governor says teams can begin their late spring training

(Newser) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months, the AP reports. "Starting today, all the New York professional sports leagues will be able to begin training camps," the Democratic governor said... More »

'Indescribable Pain' for MLB Player at Wife's Sudden Death

Noelia Brazoban, spouse of Diamondbacks' Starling Marte, died of a heart attack

(Newser) - It was a weekend of celebration for an MLB player and his family, followed by tragedy. USA Today reports that Noelia Brazoban, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte, has died of a heart attack. On Twitter , MLB Network's Jon Heyman noted Brazoban had reportedly been in the... More »

Baseball May Return Without One Messy Tradition

High-fives and fist bumps could be outlawed, too

(Newser) - If Major League Baseball returns this year, fans may not like all the changes. A draft document prohibits high-fives and fist bumps, and there will be no hugging in baseball. But fans watching on TV might appreciate no longer having to endure closeups of players spitting. To that end, the... More »

Live From South Korea, Baseball Returns to ESPN

Opening Day is Tuesday on network

(Newser) - ESPN's search for a sport being played during the pandemic shutdown has paid off. Starting Tuesday, the network will carry six games a week from the KBO League. South Korean baseball is the only professional league playing through the pandemic, the Wrap reports. "I hope the KBO League... More »

Boston Gets Off Lightly in Sign-Stealing Scandal

Red Sox stripped of draft pick, Alex Cora suspended

(Newser) - The Boston Red Sox escaped severe penalties in Major League Baseball's cheating investigation on Wednesday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred concluding that the 2018 World Series champions' sign-stealing efforts were less egregious than the Astros' when they won it all the previous season, the AP reports. Ex-manager Alex Cora was... More »

Tim Tebow Nearly Had It —and Then, Oh Dear Lord

The New York Mets farm player takes a tumble

(Newser) - Tim Tebow was ready to catch the last out in a spring-training game Friday when things went a little awry—or, as TMZ puts it, "NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" The New York Mets farm player (and former Heisman Trophy winner) was looking up and running across left field in the top... More »

5-Time All-Star Shortstop Dead at 57

Tony Fernandez had kidney disease

(Newser) - Former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernandez has died in Florida at age 57. "Enshrined forever in Blue Jays history on the Level of Excellence, Tony left an equally indelible mark in the hearts of a generation of Blue Jays fans during his 12 unforgettable seasons with the team,... More »

Astros Apologize, Say Cheating Didn't Affect World Series

Star Bregman 'sorry about the choices that were made by our team, the organization, and by me'

(Newser) - It's time for spring training, and the Houston Astros' first order of business Thursday was a series of apologies for their high-tech cheating . Owner Jim Crane, manager Dusty Baker, and star players Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve all read prepared statements to the media about the sign-stealing mess, reports... More »

Pete Rose: Baseball Clearly Has 2 Sets of Rules

The baseball giant makes his case for reinstatement to MLB

(Newser) - Houston Astros players go unpunished, and I'm still on the outs? Come on. That's pretty much Pete Rose's argument in a 19-page letter submitted by his lawyers Wednesday to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, ESPN reports. The lawyers call Rose's punishment "vastly disproportionate" to that of... More »

Hall of Fame Mystery: Who Voted Against Jeter?

He was 1 vote shy of unanimous election

(Newser) - Known for two decades as No. 2, Derek Jeter is now linked to the number 1—as in, who was the lone Hall of Fame voter who didn't put a check mark next to his name? Jeter came within one vote of being a unanimous pick on Tuesday, falling... More »

For First Time, a Woman Will Wear an MLB Uniform as Coach

San Francisco's new manager hires Alyssa Nakken

(Newser) - Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first woman coach in the majors, the AP reports. Nakken is a former... More »

Cheating Scandal Costs Carlos Beltran Managing Job

Former All-Star had just been hired by the Mets

(Newser) - Carlos Beltran, who was named in baseball's report as an initiator of the Houston Astros' scheme to steal signs from other teams, has lost his job as manager of the New York Mets—before ever managing a game. The Mets and Beltran "agreed to mutually part ways,"... More »

A Foul Ball Hit a Girl's Head. 7 Months Later, an Update

Child hurt at Astros game has permanent brain injury, may have to take meds for life: lawyer

(Newser) - A young girl hit by a foul ball during a Houston Astros game in May has a permanent brain injury, a lawyer for her family says. Attorney Richard Mithoff tells the Houston Chronicle that the 2 1/2-year-old—who suffered a skull fracture at Minute Maid Park in Houston on May... More »

Somehow, He Did What No Other Pitcher Has Done

Journeyman Don Larsen, who threw a perfect game in the World Series, is dead at 90

(Newser) - Former Yankees pitcher Don Larsen has died at age 90, and the news brings a reminder of a name and accomplishment that might be familiar even to those who don't follow baseball: He threw the only perfect game in World Series history, notes NPR . Larsen managed the feat in... More »

Computer Plate Umps OK'd in New Labor Deal

Ping! "Steeee-rike!"

(Newser) - Computer plate umpires could be called up to the major leagues at some point during the next five seasons. Umpires agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in the development and testing of an automated ball-strike system as part of a five-year labor contract announced Saturday, sources tell the AP... More »

Babe Ruth's 500th Homer Bat Sells for, Well, a Lot

But the buyer who paid $1M remains unidentified

(Newser) - Babe Ruth has hit another one out of the ballpark. The bat used by the legendary baseball player to hit his 500th home run was auctioned on Saturday for more than $1 million, the AP reports. SCP Auctions didn’t identify the buyer. The auction was held in Laguna Niguel,... More »

After 3 Decades in a Closet, Sports Treasure Up for Auction

Bat Babe Ruth used to hit 500th home run likely to fetch at least $1M

(Newser) - Some very lucky person will get a piece of sports history just in time for Christmas. The Louisville Slugger bat Babe Ruth used to hit his 500th career home run at Cleveland's League Park is up for auction after three decades spent in a closet. The New York Yankee... More »

Twins Prospect, 23, Found Dead in Hotel Room

Ryan Costello appears to have died from natural causes

(Newser) - A 23-year-old Minnesota Twins prospect was found dead Sunday in his New Zealand hotel room, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. Ryan Costello had just joined the Auckland Tuatara, a member of the Australian Baseball League, days before his death. A press release from the team says that "preliminary indications suggest... More »

Look Who Has a Parade

The music? You bet it involves a "Baby Shark"

(Newser) - The song "Baby Shark" blared over loudspeakers and a wave of red washed across this politically blue capital Saturday as Nationals fans lined the city's version of the Canyon of Heroes to rejoice in Washington's first World Series victory since 1924, the AP reports. "We just... More »

Nationals Win Their First World Series

Washington, DC, team overcame 2-run deficit in Game 7

(Newser) - Almost out of contention in May, champs in October. Howie Kendrick, Anthony Rendon, and the Washington Nationals completed their amazing comeback journey—fittingly with one last late rally on the road. In Game 7 of the World Series, no less. Kendrick and Rendon homered in the seventh inning as the... More »

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