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MLB Players Union Tries to Sign Up Minor Leaguers
MLB Accepts Union
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MLB Accepts Union in Minor Leagues

Agreement would mean a strike could take place before next season opens

(Newser) - Update: Major League Baseball has agreed to recognize a minor league union, after being informed that more than 5,000 players under minor league contracts had signed authorization cards. MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said the two sides are working on an agreement. Talks have not been going well, the AP...

He Sold His Team, Then Left 'Unforgettable Goodbye Gift'
He Sold His Team, Then Left
'Unforgettable Goodbye Gift'
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He Sold His Team, Then Left 'Unforgettable Goodbye Gift'

23 workers with Triple-A Iowa Cubs were given $2K for each year of service

(Newser) - Nearly two dozen employees of a minor league baseball team received an unexpected holiday bonus this year. The recent sale of the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate for the Chicago Cubs, meant that Michael Gartner's final day as owner of the team was last Tuesday. That's the day...

Minor Leaguers Win a Bed of Their Own

MLB was criticized for making players find their own accommodations

(Newser) - Most minor league players will get their own beds provided in team housing under a new Major League Baseball policy. Stepping up improvements for minor leaguers after widespread criticism, MLB's housing policy will require teams to provide furnished accommodations, with a single bed per player and no more than...

Technology Could End Sign Stealing in Baseball

Electronic transmitter would wirelessly connect pitcher and catcher

(Newser) - Catchers' signals—and stealing them—could become a relic if an experimental electronic device is successful. Major League Baseball will give catchers in the Low A West league the option starting Aug. 3 to use a 12-button transmitter that can be strapped with Velcro around a catcher's wristband. Receivers...

Baseball's 2020 Minor League Season Is Canceled

Association chief says more than half the 160 teams are in danger of failing

(Newser) - Baseball's minor leagues canceled their seasons Tuesday because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the head of their governing body said more than half of the 160 teams were in danger of failing without government assistance or private equity injections.The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor league...

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...

Minor Leaguer Killed in Skateboard Accident

Chace Numata was 27

(Newser) - A sad day for the Detroit Tigers: Chace Numata, a catcher in his first season with the team's Double-A Erie affiliate, died Monday from injuries he suffered in a skateboarding accident Friday. Police say surveillance video showed the 27-year-old riding his skateboard through downtown Erie, Pa., around 2am on...

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,...

Minor League Team's Plucky Logo Goes Viral

Meet the Rocket City Trash Pandas

(Newser) - Minor league baseball teams occasionally get a little cheeky , but a new Alabama team is seeing merchandise fly out the door after it decided to talk a little trash. Meet the Madison-based Rocket City Trash Pandas, which unveiled their logo on Saturday—a raccoon lifting off in a trash-can like...

Baseball Team Will Let You Know if Father's Day Is for You

By giving away pregnancy tests, obviously

(Newser) - A minor league baseball team in Florida has planned an unusual Father's Day promotion, the AP reports. This week Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp have added a second promotion to the usual Thirsty Thursday celebration. They're calling it the "You Might Be a Father" promotion, which comes with a...

Tim Tebow Is Officially a Baseball Player

New York Mets sign him to minor league contract

(Newser) - Tim Tebow has indeed found himself a career in baseball —but it's not the major league deal he was hoping for. The New York Mets have signed the former NFL quarterback to a minor league contract, reports NBC New York . He'll join the Mets' instructional league, which...

Baseball's 'Rising Meteor' Dead in Crash at 22

Oscar Taveras, girlfriend suffer accident in Dominican Republic

(Newser) - High hopes for St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, 22, came to a tragic end yesterday when the rising slugger and his girlfriend were both killed in a car crash. The accident occurred on a Dominican Republic highway near Taveras' home, just weeks after he nailed a home run to...

Teammate Bites Off Part of MLB Prospect's Ear

Alex Guerrero to have reattachment surgery

(Newser) - It's like Mike Tyson all over again. After a pair of Los Angeles Dodgers prospects got in a fight, one ended up with part of his ear bitten off. There's still hope, however, for infielder Alex Guerrero and his ear: He's set to have plastic surgery to...

Team Admits Staging Fake Proposal, Rejection

Double-A team's stunt went viral

(Newser) - The hundreds of thousands of people who cringed in embarrassment (or laughed) at a guy having his marriage proposal publicly shot down can stop cringing (or laughing). Turns out it was all a hoax by a minor league baseball team, reports the Hartford Courant . The video went up on YouTube...

Clemens Pitches at 50 ... and Does Pretty Well

Pitches 3 1/3 inning for minor league team, but scouts come out

(Newser) - Roger Clemens was back on the mound at age 50, striking out hitters again. Pitching for the first time in five years, Clemens tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings last night for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. Clemens faced the Bridgeport Bluefish and struck out two, including...

Braves Coach Loses Eye to Rogue Foul

Minor league manager Luis Salazar will return to work this season

(Newser) - An Atlanta Braves coach has lost his left eye after a foul ball hit him in the face. Luis Salazar, a minor league manager, was watching a spring training game when a line drive off the bat of the Braves’ Brian McCann hit him in the dugout. He was knocked...

Alvin Greene Action Figures Arrive!

Sort of: SC baseball team takes shortcut for stunt

(Newser) - Surprise Senate candidate Alvin Greene made headlines a while back for floating the idea of making action figures of himself as a way to create jobs. A minor league baseball team in South Carolina heard the idea and is beating him to the punch, reports AP . On Saturday, the Charleston...

Female Knuckleballer Makes US Debut

Eri Yoshida gives up four runs in three innings

(Newser) - Eri Yoshida had a rocky outing in her long-awaited US pro baseball debut, giving up four runs on five hits in three innings. But the Japanese knuckleballer—the first woman to play professionally in two countries, according to the Wall Street Journal —managed to impress some ex-major leaguers along...

Minor League Team Signs Female Pitcher

Eri Yoshida, Japan's first pro woman player, comes to US

(Newser) - Eri Yoshida, Japan’s first female pro baseball player, has signed to pitch for a minor league club in California. The 18-year-old knuckleballer will play for the independent Chico Outlaws, though the team stresses that she’ll have to earn her roster spot in spring training, the Enterprise-Record reports. “...

Immigrants Fill Dugouts of Minor League Teams

(Newser) - Foreigners, willing to work for less money, are taking American jobs … on the baseball diamond, the Wall Street Journal reports. Ever since George W. Bush signed the Compete Act in 2007, which essentially gave baseball teams unlimited work visas, teams have been snapping up foreign talent at a record...

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