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MLB Player Put on Leave Amid Sex Abuse Investigation

Tampa Bay's Wander Franco faces allegations in Dominican Republic

(Newser) - Tampa Bay All-Star shortstop Wander Franco was placed on administrative leave through June 1 under an agreement between Major League Baseball and the players association while an investigation is conducted into allegations he had a relationship with a minor . Administrative leave is not disciplinary under the sport's joint domestic...

For Baseball, What a Stunning Mess


For Baseball,
What a
Stunning
Mess
the rundown

For Baseball, What a Stunning Mess

Phenom Shohei Ohtani is embroiled in scandal involving his interpreter's gambling

(Newser) - Baseball fans are trying to make sense of the surprise scandal that enveloped one of the game's biggest stars on the very first day of the season. Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers has not been accused of any wrongdoing himself, but the Japanese player's interpreter has...

This Could Be MLB's Biggest Gambling Scandal Since 1989

Shohei Ohtani's interpreter has been fired over alleged gambling, theft

(Newser) - Shohei Ohtani's interpreter and close friend has been fired by the Los Angeles Dodgers following allegations of illegal gambling and theft from the Japanese baseball star, the AP reports. Interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, 39, was let go from the team Wednesday following reports from the Los Angeles Times and ESPN...

Darryl Strawberry Suffers Heart Attack

Former MLB star posts that 'all is well' after stent procedure before his 62nd birthday

(Newser) - Darryl Strawberry suffered a heart attack and underwent an emergency stent procedure on Monday, but People reports that it didn't keep the former MLB All-Star down for long. "Praising God for His amazing grace and loving mercy in saving my life this evening from a heart attack,"...

New Rule: Stand for the Anthem
New Rule: Stand for the Anthem

New Rule: Stand for the Anthem

Giants manager Bob Melvin says it sends a message, though not a political one

(Newser) - It's not about politics, or patriotism, or his predecessor, the new manager of the San Francisco Giants said. But Bob Melvin now requires every person in his team's dugout to step onto the field and stand while the national anthem is being played. "It's more about...

Dodgers' Ohtani Makes a Surprise Announcement

Turns out the 29-year-old star is now hitched to a Japanese woman

(Newser) - Baseball star Shohei Ohtani has stunningly revealed he's married. Ohtani wrote on Thursday on Instagram , in Japanese: "The season is approaching, but I would like to announce to everyone that I have gotten married." He said his new wife was a "Japanese woman," without identifying...

MLB Star Accused of Paying Underage Girl's Mom

Wander Franco is in jail in the Dominican Republic

(Newser) - Dominican prosecutors have accused Wander Franco of commercial sexual exploitation and money laundering following allegations that the Tampa Bay Rays shortstop had a relationship with a minor whose mother also faces the same charges. Prosecutors requested that a judge hold Franco on an $86,000 bond, bar him from leaving...

In Case of Accused MLB Star, 'New Evidence Has Been Found'

But raids in Dominican Republic in search of Tampa Bay Rays' Wander Franco come up empty

(Newser) - The search for a Tampa Bay Rays shortstop continues. Authorities in the Dominican Republic searched in vain Tuesday for Wander Franco at his home there and his mother's following this summer's allegations that the 22-year-old had engaged in an inappropriate relationship with at least one minor, reports the...

His Unprecedented Contract Has Unprecedented Structure
His Unprecedented Contract
Has Unprecedented Structure
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His Unprecedented Contract Has Unprecedented Structure

Baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani will defer most of his $700M for another decade

(Newser) - The big sports news over the weekend came from the world of baseball , where Shohei Ohtani announced he'd signed a record-shattering $700 million contract over 10 years to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now that more details of the deal are surfacing, the Wall Street Journal calls attention...

$700M for Ohtani Is About Right
At $700M, Ohtani Isn't Overpaid
opinion

At $700M, Ohtani Isn't Overpaid

The two-way star will be Taylor Swift-like in generating revenue, Bob Nightengale writes

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to pay Shohei Ohtani an astounding $700 million over the next decade, the biggest contract in North American sports history. And baseball's biggest attraction is worth it, Bob Nightengale writes in an opinion piece in USA Today. "He'll generate more money...

He's Never Played in Majors, Has an $82M Contract

Outfielder Jackson Chourio signs with the Milwaukee Brewers for a record amount

(Newser) - Outfielder Jackson Chourio agreed to the largest contract for a player with no major league experience, an $82 million, eight-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers announced Monday. The 19-year-old has played only six games above the Double-A level, reports the AP . His deal includes team options for 2032 and 2033,...

A's Owner: We 'Did Everything We Could' to Stay

Team's move to Las Vegas approved by MLB owners

(Newser) - One of Rob Manfred's first trips after his election as baseball commissioner nine years ago was to Oakland to consult with Athletics owner John Fisher on attempts to keep the team in the Bay Area. Unable together to make that work, the A's will instead move to Las...

Fan Sues Baseball Player Over Throw Into Stands

Mayra Norris says Jorge Soler injured her eye during the 2021 World Series

(Newser) - The 2023 World Series is in the books , but one aspect of the 2021 World Series is playing out in the courtroom. A woman has sued the Atlanta Braves and player Jorge Soler, alleging that he recklessly threw a ball into the stands that resulted in severe damage to her...

Now Just 5 MLB Teams Have Never Won a World Series

After Texas Rangers beat Arizona Diamondbacks

(Newser) - Corey Seager took a mighty hack and barely connected, sending a dribbler through an open area on the left side of the infield for his team's first hit in the seventh inning on the Texas Rangers' way to their first World Series title. The Rangers shortstop and World Series...

This World Series Matchup Was Very Unlikely

And yet here we are: Diamondbacks will play Rangers, starting Friday

(Newser) - Tell the truth: How many people picked Arizona and Texas to meet in the World Series? A Rangers-Diamondbacks matchup had 1,750 to 1 odds when wagering opened last fall. But in an era when 12 teams make the playoffs, sustained excellence over the six-month regular season has become a...

A's Pitcher Takes Parting Shot at Owner: 'Sell the Team, Dude'

Oakland Athletics' Trevor May rails against John Fisher while announcing retirement

(Newser) - Trevor May informed the world that he was retiring from Major League Baseball on Monday, but not before taking a parting shot at the owner of his team. Per USA Today , the 34-year-old relief pitcher for the Oakland Athletics made his announcement in a Twitch video , and while he had...

She Made MLB History, Now Makes an Exit

Kim Ng was the first woman GM of an MLB team, is leaving after 3 seasons with the Miami Marlins

(Newser) - Kim Ng is leaving the Miami Marlins after three seasons as general manager, Marlins chairman and principal owner Bruce Sherman announced Monday. Ng, 54, became the majors' highest-ranking woman in baseball operations and the first female GM in the four major North American professional sports leagues in a groundbreaking hire...

Dodgers Pitcher Accused of Domestic Violence

MLB has opened an investigation into Julio Urías

(Newser) - Major League Baseball has opened an investigation into Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías after he was arrested Sunday on a felony charge of corporal injury on a spouse or cohabitant, the AP reports. Deputy Maria Lucero, a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman, confirmed the felony charge...

Baseball Star Knocked to Ground by Fans

Atlanta Braves' Ronald Acuña uninjured by men who rushed field for selfies

(Newser) - Ronald Acuña is on the brink of achieving something no baseball player has ever done—and two fans got way too aggressive in showing their apparent appreciation Monday night in Denver. The Atlanta Braves star was knocked to the turf as security tried to wrestle down the men who...

His Incredible Season Takes a Devastating Turn
Injured as
a Pitcher,
Star Returns
as a Hitter
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Injured as a Pitcher, Star Returns as a Hitter

Shohei Ohtani won't pitch again this year but is in the Angels lineup as a DH

(Newser) - Shohei Ohtani's season as a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels ended on Wednesday, but he reappeared in the lineup as a designated hitter on Friday. The normally two-way star was scheduled to bat second against the New York Mets on Friday night, ESPN reports, in the first game...

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