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Collision Results in Angry Words, Plus a Double Play

Padres' Tommy Pham and Ha-Seong Kim collided going after pop fly

(Newser) - The 2021 baseball season is producing some strange plays , and the most recent involves a scary collision, a language barrier, a loud crowd, an altercation between members of the same team, and a double play, all in one. It all began in Chicago, when the Cubs' PJ Higgins hit a...

Cubs Score on Strangest Baseball Play in a Long Time

Javier Baez, the 'magician,' earns his nickname with some nifty base-running

(Newser) - It was a routine ground ball, and yet the Thursday hit resulted in headlines calling it "one of MLB's most memorable gaffes" ( Washington Post ) and "the dumbest baseball play of the season" ( Yahoo Sports ), and even one wondering whether it was "the...

Hall of Famer Alomar Reacts to Getting the Boot From MLB

Ex-Blue Jays player 'disappointed' on firing after probe into 2014 sexual misconduct allegation

(Newser) - MLB has cut ties with Hall of Famer Roberto Alomar, ending his contract as a league consultant in Puerto Rico and as an ambassador for the Toronto Blue Jays after an investigation into a 2014 sexual misconduct allegation. That puts the 53-year-old Alomar on the league's permanently ineligible list,...

What Pandemic? This Is Texas
What Pandemic? This Is Texas

What Pandemic? This Is Texas

38K fill Globe Life Field in Arlington for Rangers' home opener

(Newser) - Almost 40,000 people packed into a stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Monday in "the largest publicly documented attendance at an event during the COVID-19 pandemic," per the Dallas Morning News . Health protocols "proved difficult to enforce" as 38,238 people streamed into Globe Life Field, which...

Baseball to Test Bigger Bases, Computer Umpires

Minor league rule changes are intended to increase action, speed up the pace of play

(Newser) - Major League Baseball will experiment with several rule changes in the minor leagues this season, including an automated strike zone, restrictions on defensive positioning, and larger bases. The league said in a statement that the "changes being tested are designed to increase action on the basepaths, create more balls...

Kevin Mather Resigns After Controversial Comments

Seattle Mariners' former CEO, team president disparaged players, revealed sensitive info

(Newser) - Kevin Mather resigned as the CEO and team president of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners following controversial comments he made during a speech for an online meeting of the Bellevue Breakfast Rotary Club. Video from the Feb. 5 event was posted on YouTube over the weekend, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer...

For 3rd Time in 50 Years, a Rebuff From Baseball Hall of Fame

No new class this year, though Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens came closest in voting

(Newser) - The Baseball Hall of Fame won’t have any new players in the class of 2021 after voters decided no one had the merits—on the field or off—for enshrinement in Cooperstown on this year's ballot. Curt Schilling, Barry Bonds, and Roger Clemens were the closest in voting...

Baseball Icon Hank Aaron Is Dead at 86
A Baseball Icon
Is Dead at 86

A Baseball Icon Is Dead at 86

Hall of Famer Hank Aaron is gone

(Newser) - "Hammerin' Hank" is gone. Baseball legend Hank Aaron has died at age 86, reports WSB-TV in Atlanta. His daughter confirmed the death, though no cause was immediately given. Aaron was the one-time home run king of baseball after hitting 755 in his 23-year career, which was spent mostly with...

Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher Don Sutton Dead at 75

The Los Angeles Dodgers legend had cancer

(Newser) - Don Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation spanning an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, died Tuesday, the AP reports. He was 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY, said Sutton died at his home in Rancho...

MLB Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda Dies
Dodgers Legend
Dead at 93

Dodgers Legend Dead at 93

Manager and Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda led team to 2 World Series

(Newser) - Tommy Lasorda, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles and later became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his 70-plus years with the franchise, has died at 93. The Dodgers said Friday he had a heart attack at...

There's a Frontrunner Name to Replace 'Indians'

The Cleveland Spiders, anyone?

(Newser) - The Cleveland Indians are poised to drop "Indians" from their name, though the timetable is uncertain. Now the inevitable guessing game has begun on what the new name will be. Both USA Today and CBS Sports suggest the Cleveland Spiders is a frontrunner. This was actually the name of...

Another Controversial Team Name Is Getting Changed

Sources say Cleveland's baseball team could make formal announcement this week

(Newser) - In a not altogether unexpected move, the Cleveland Indians will no longer be called the Indians. Three sources tell the New York Times that the baseball team will drop the name, though it's not yet clear what will happen next. As the Times notes, there are quite a few...

Tommy Lasorda Is in Intensive Care
Tommy Lasorda
Is in Intensive Care

Tommy Lasorda Is in Intensive Care

The former Los Angeles Dodgers manager is said to be resting comfortably

(Newser) - Hall of Fame manager Tom Lasorda has been hospitalized in Southern California, the AP reports. The Los Angeles Dodgers said Sunday that their 93-year-old former manager was in intensive care and resting comfortably at a hospital in Orange County. Lasorda lives in Fullerton. He attended the team’s Game 6...

MLB Confirms Infected Player 'Refused to Comply'

Justin Turner violated MLB coronavirus protocols, league says

(Newser) - Justin Turner's maskless celebration on the field after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series—just two innings after he was pulled from the game due to his coronavirus test coming back positive—was in clear disregard of Major League Baseball's COVID-19 protocols, the league says in...

Dodgers' Player With COVID Celebrates, Maskless at Times

LA Dodgers' third baseman Justin Turner went back onto the field

(Newser) - The good news for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night: They won the World Series . The bad news: Third baseman Justin Turner was yanked midway through the game against the Tampa Bay Rays because his COVID-19 test came up positive. USA Today reports that Turner was taken out at...

World Series Tied 1-1
World Series Tied 1-1

World Series Tied 1-1

Tampa Bay Rays beat Los Angeles Dodgers 6-4

(Newser) - Brandon Lowe busted out early and Tampa Bay’s bullpen hung on late. Rays and Dodgers, tied in Texas. Lowe shook loose from his extended postseason slump with two opposite-field home runs, and Tampa Bay held off Los Angeles 6-4 on Wednesday night to square the World Series at one...

Sports Writer's World Series Streak Ends at 252 Games

Thomas M. Boswell recounts the 'marvelous misery'

(Newser) - For the first time since 1975, Thomas M. Boswell will not be covering the World Series, ending a 252-game streak. "I don't think it's smart for a 72-year-old man in a pandemic," writes the Washington Post sports columnist. But the choice has left him pining for...

Star Player Injures Himself Celebrating Clutch Home Run

Dodgers' Cody Bellinger dislocates his shoulder

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Dodgers advanced to the World Series thanks in no small part to Cody Bellinger's tie-breaking home run against Atlanta in the 7th inning Sunday night. As it turns out, Bellinger actually hurt himself celebrating the feat, reports USA Today . The outfielder dislocated his right shoulder when...

Dodgers Have a Chance for First Title Since 1988

They're heading to the World Series

(Newser) - Mookie Betts is leaping into the World Series, carrying the Los Angeles Dodgers with his glove rather than with his bat. The star right fielder made his third terrific catch in three days, this time robbing Freddie Freeman of a home run and helping the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves...

Another Baseball Giant Is Dead
Another Baseball
Giant Is Dead

Another Baseball Giant Is Dead

Cincinnati Hall of Famer Joe Morgan was 77

(Newser) - This is shaping up to be a tough year for baseball legends and their fans. Cincinnati Reds Hall of Famer Joe Morgan has died at age 77 from a nerve condition, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer . He's the third MLB icon to die this month alone, after Whitey Ford and...

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