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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... More »

Pitcher's Family 'Shocked' by New Twist in His Death

The investigation into Tyler Skaggs' death apparently involves a Los Angeles Angels employee

(Newser) - Looks like the probe into Tyler Skaggs' death involves a Los Angeles Angels employee—which his family called a shocking development, USA Today reports. "We have not been told the identity of the Angel employee that may be involved so I will take a pass on saying anything right... More »

A Baseball Team Just Sold for $1B

Kansas City businessman is buying his hometown Royals

(Newser) - A Kansas City businessman has made a $1 billion offer to buy the Royals from David Glass. John Sherman has raised the needed capital, per USA Today , and the deal will be ready for approval by Major League Baseball's owners in November. Glass, 83, paid $96 million for the... More »

Hall of Famers May Sit Out Derek Jeter's Induction

Marlins boss had Andre Dawson, Tony Perez fired

(Newser) - At the induction ceremony every summer in Cooperstown, Hall of Famers fill the stage to welcome the newest members of baseball's most exclusive club. Next July, when Yankees great Derek Jeter is inducted, that group seems unlikely to include Andre Dawson and Tony Perez; Jeter had the two fired... More »

Hospital Releases David Ortiz

Retired Red Sox star was shot in the back last month

(Newser) - David Ortiz, the retired Red Sox star who was shot in the back last month, has been released from a Boston hospital. He was sitting on a bar patio in Santo Domingo on June 9 when a gunman approached and shot him; the lead prosecutor has said Ortiz may have... More »

Outfielder Slow-Pitches His Way to Historic Save

Stevie Wilkerson slow-pitches Angels to preserve victory

(Newser) - In the 16th inning, around 1am, with the Baltimore Orioles out of actual, trained pitchers, the team turned to reserve outfielder Stevie Wilkerson and his pitching arsenal of ... not much. Taking the mound with the Orioles leading the Los Angeles Angels 10-8, Wilkerson pitched a 1-2-3 inning Thursday night in... More »

Pitcher Says Leukemia Battle 'Is Going to Make Me Stronger'

Carlos Carrasco says the cancer is under control

(Newser) - Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco announced Friday that he has leukemia. "At the end of May, they shut me down because they saw something wrong with my blood," he told a Dominican Republic TV station, per USA Today . Additional blood tests showed the problem to be leukemia.... More »

Suicide, Foul Play Not Suspected in Pitcher's Death

Los Angeles Angels player Tyler Skaggs, who died at age 27, is remembered by teammates, fans

(Newser) - The baseball world is still reeling from the sudden death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs in Texas on Monday, and now the tributes and condolences for the 27-year-old's family—especially his wife, Carli, whom he just married on New Year's Eve—are pouring in from fellow... More »

Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Dead at 27

Los Angeles team says player died Monday in Texas

(Newser) - Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday at the age of 27, stunning Major League Baseball and leading to the postponement of the team's game against the Texas Rangers. Skaggs was with the team in Texas when he was found unresponsive in his hotel room, police said. He... More »

Girl Hit by Foul Ball Suffered a Skull Fracture

Family attorney gives first update on stadium injury

(Newser) - An attorney for the family of a 2-year-old girl struck by a foul ball during a game last month between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros said Wednesday that the girl suffered a skull fracture. Attorney Richard Mithoff provided the first update by the girl's family on her condition... More »

A Yankees Home Run Breaks MLB Record

They homered in 28th straight game

(Newser) - The New York Yankees have homered for the 28th straight game, breaking a major league record. And they wasted no time setting the mark Tuesday night. DJ LeMahieu hit a leadoff shot into the second deck down the left field line against Toronto lefty Clayton Richard, giving the Bronx Bombers... More »

Rays Could Become a Team of Two Cities

Tampa Bay considers splitting home dates with Montreal

(Newser) - With the wisdom of Solomon, maybe, Major League Baseball has given the Tampa Bay Rays permission to look into permanently playing home games in Montreal. After years of failing to win support for a new stadium where they are, ESPN reports, the Rays see the two-hometowns possibility as the most... More »

After Fan Injuries, One Team Will Take Netting to Foul Poles

All stadiums had extended protection by last season

(Newser) - The Chicago White Sox plan to extend the protective netting all the way to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, becoming the first major league team to take such a step in the wake of a couple of high-profile fan injuries.The White Sox and Illinois Sports Facilities Authority,... More »

Bill Buckner, Star Hitter Remembered for Error, Dies

First basemen shouldered blame for 1986 World Series loss

(Newser) - Bill Buckner, a star hitter who became known for one of the most infamous plays in baseball history, has died. He was 69. Buckner's family said in a statement that he died Monday after a long battle with dementia, the AP reports. "Bill fought with courage and grit... 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 »

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 »

MLB Fan on Life Support After Post-Game Attack

Rafael Reyna's wife says she was on phone with him when man hit him outside Dodger Stadium

(Newser) - A 47-year-old dad of four who went out to enjoy a Major League Baseball game Friday night is now on life support after a post-game altercation in a parking lot. Christel Reyna tells CBS Los Angeles she was on the phone with her husband, Rafael Reyna, sometime past midnight as... More »

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