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Ballplayer Gets Death Threats for Bunting

'It is what it is,' says the opposing pitcher

(Newser) - Sure, bunting to break up a no-hitter in the ninth violates baseball's unwritten rules—but death threats? It all began at a double-A game Tuesday night in Connecticut when Matt Lipka, an outfielder for Trenton Thunder, bunted with one out in the ninth inning against the Hartford Yard Goats,... More »

This Might Be the Worst Ceremonial First Pitch Ever

White Sox employee hit team cameraman

(Newser) - A Chicago White Sox employee may have made baseball history with the ceremonial first pitch against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday—and not in a good way. In what Deadspin describes as a strong contender for the worst ceremonial first pitch of all time, the pitch from the team'... More »

Cubs Player Horrified After Foul Ball Hits Child

Young girl was hospitalized after Astros incident

(Newser) - Teammates had to console distraught Chicago Cubs center fielder Albert Almora Jr. on Wednesday night after a foul ball hit a little girl in the stands. Almora fell to his knees after he hit a line drive that hit the young fan at the Houston Astros' stadium in the fourth... More »

Let's Cut Bill Buckner Some Slack

Mike Downey says athlete was 'great' on and off the field

(Newser) - It was "a routine ground ball … the kind he might ordinarily have gloved blindfolded." Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner instead watched horrified as the ball rolled through his legs, allowing the New York Mets to snag what would've been the Red Sox's first... More »

In a First, Young Pitcher Said to Choose Japan Over MLB

Carter Stewart made the lucrative choice, columnists say

(Newser) - As a Florida high school student, Carter Stewart was chosen by the Atlanta Braves with the eighth pick in the 2018 MLB draft. He never signed, due to issues regarding an alleged injury, but the now-19-year-old pitched this season at the junior-college level for Eastern Florida State College and was... More »

Former Red Sox Star: I Wouldn't Go to WH, Either

"It's like you are going to shake hands with the enemy," David Ortiz says

(Newser) - Thursday is the day when the 2018 World Series champs are headed to the White House for a visit with President Trump. But a good number of the Boston Red Sox don't plan on attending, and a former player is offering solidarity. The Washington Post reports that manager Alex... More »

They Wore Green T-Shirts to a Cardinals Game, Fatefully

It leads to a wild meeting

(Newser) - A heart recipient ran into his donor's family completely by chance at an MLB game—and it was all due to a bunch of T-shirts. CBS News reports that Savannah Chavez Roesch and family members went to the St. Louis Cardinals' "Transplant Awareness Day" on April 28, all... More »

If Your ERA as a Pitcher Is 'Infinity,' That's Not Good

But Trevor Rosenthal finally recorded an out, so he's back in the stratosphere

(Newser) - When Washington Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal wrapped up his team's 15-1 victory Wednesday night, he had an earned run average of 72. Not good. (League leaders are under 3 .) But that 72 is way better than Rosenthal's ERA entering the game: infinity. Deadspin explains: In his first... More »

The Baseball Field Was Wet. Someone's Solution: Set It on Fire

Damage at Connecticut high school's home field estimated at $50K

(Newser) - Someone thought it was wise to dry out a baseball field by dousing it in gasoline and lighting a match. Hence the closure of Ciuccoli Field, the home field of Connecticut's Ridgefield High School. Ridgefield was set to play Amity Regional at 11am Saturday when the decision was made... More »

MLB Player Just Set a Record No One Wants

Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has longest streak of hitless at-bats with 49

(Newser) - The phrase "the longest ever recorded in baseball history" might sound pretty exciting for an MLB player to accomplish, until you add the words "hitless streak" to it. Chris Davis found that out all too well Monday night, when the Baltimore Orioles first baseman went 0-for-5 while at... More »

This Sports Injury Ranks Among the Weirdest

Brock Holt was wounded by his 2-year-old son

(Newser) - The Red Sox can thank a two-year-old boy for putting their second baseman out of commission. Brock Holt says his son Griffin mistakenly poked him in the right eye and scratched his cornea before the Sox played the Seattle Mariners on March 28—opening day, the Boston Herald reports. Holt... More »

This Is the Sports Contract to End All Sports Contracts

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels reportedly near deal

(Newser) - Mike Trout is about to score the largest contract in baseball history—and possibly in sports history. Sources tell the AP that Trout and the Los Angeles Angels are close to finalizing a $432 million, 12-year contract; that would put him well beyond the current baseball record holder, Bryce Harper,... More »

SF Giants CEO Drags Wife as She Screams, 'Oh My God!'

Seems Larry Baer really wanted his phone back

(Newser) - The San Francisco Giants' CEO was caught on video wrenching a cellphone from his wife's hand and causing her to fall as she screamed for help, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Larry Baer and his wife Pam were at San Francisco Plaza Friday morning when a bystander shot the... More »

Cubs Owner Blasted for Controversial Emails on Obama, Islam

Among others sent by Joe Ricketts

(Newser) - Splinter's "Billionaire's Inbox" offers a look at how "the other half" lives, and its most recent dive is quite the eye-opener. The news outlet got its hands on what the New York Times calls "a cache of racist emails" both sent and received by Joe... More »

Foul Ball Kills Fan at Dodger Stadium

Linda Goldbloom, 79, was struck in the head during a game in August

(Newser) - Every baseball team installed additional netting this season to protect fans from foul balls. It wasn't enough, however, to save 79-year-old Linda Goldbloom at Dodger Stadium, reports ESPN's Outside the Lines . Goldbloom, sitting on the first-base side of home plate, was struck in the head by a ball... More »

'Sandman' Is First-Ever Unanimous Hall of Fame Pick

He got all 425 votes

(Newser) - This honor was saved for the one and only Mariano Rivera. Not Babe Ruth. Not Hank Aaron. Not Cy Young. Not until "the Sandman" could everyone agree. Rivera became baseball's first unanimous Hall of Fame selection, elected Tuesday along with Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, and the late Roy... More »

He Got a $4.5M MLB Signing Bonus. He Used It for a Christmas Gift

Brady Singer, top prospect for Kansas City Royals, paid off mom and dad's bank loan, all other debt

(Newser) - Imagine being 22 years old and able to offer your parents the ultimate Christmas gift: freedom from debt. That's a feeling just experienced by Brady Singer, a first-round draft pick in this year's MLB draft and now a prospect for the Kansas City Royals, after he made the... More »

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 »

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