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Cops: Drunk Pitcher Enters Doggy Door, Gets Tased

Not Jacob Nix's finest day

(Newser) - A San Diego Padres pitcher tried to crawl through a doggy door into the bedroom of an Arizona couple, who responded with a Taser when they couldn't grab their gun, police say. A woman called police around 3:30am Sunday, saying her husband had discovered a man crawling through... More »

Minnesota Sets Record for Baseball Futility

They've lost 16 straight playoff games, are eliminated again

(Newser) - For Minnesota Twins fans, it's a sad, familiar story: The team got eliminated from the playoffs Monday night by the New York Yankees. But the 5-1 loss for Minnesota has an added sting—the Twins have now lost a remarkable 16 straight playoff games, which is a Major League... More »

Vázquez Admits Sexual Contact With 13-Year-old: Police

Pitcher says he met girl in the bullpen

(Newser) - Felipe Vázquez has told police he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl in 2017, a criminal complaint says. The Pittsburgh Pirates closer, who was arrested and jailed Tuesday, faces a series of charges in Pennsylvania and Florida concerning his contact with the girl, who is now 16.... More »

Pirates' Pitcher Held on Sexual Assault of a Minor

Court denies bail, and MLB puts Felipe Vázquez on leave

(Newser) - Felipe Vázquez, a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was arrested Tuesday on a series of charges, including the sexual assault of a child. He faces felony counts in Pennsylvania and Florida, ESPN reports. Vázquez was denied bail at arraignment in Pittsburgh. Felony charges include soliciting a child for... More »

Iowa Will Host Its First MLB Game, in the Most Perfect Spot

8K-seat stadium will be built before next August at the site where 'Field of Dreams' was shot

(Newser) - There won't be Angels in the outfield, but there will be Yankees. The Chicago White Sox will play a game against the New York Yankees next August at the site in Iowa where the movie Field of Dreams was filmed, reports the AP . Major League Baseball announced Thursday that... More »

Fan Who Topped 90 in Stadium Booth Wins MLB Contract

23-year-old signs with Oakland A's

(Newser) - Nathan Patterson played baseball in high school, but, he says, "I didn't really have a good arm then." He didn't play in college. Then, while attending a minor league game last summer, Patterson stepped into a pitching booth and hit 96mph on the radar gun; the... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Giants CEO Takes Leave as MLB, Cops Probe Video

Larry Baer and wife Pam were recorded having a physical altercation

(Newser) - The president and CEO of the San Francisco Giants is stepping away from the baseball team as both MLB and the San Francisco Police Department investigate the recent video that surfaced showing Larry Baer and his wife in a physical altercation. The team's board of directors said Monday that... 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 »

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 »

'Homerun Agreement' Reached Between US, Cuba

Players can sign MLB contracts without defecting

(Newser) - Major League Baseball, its players' association, and the Cuban Baseball Federation have reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades. The agreement, which runs through Oct. 31, 2021,... More »

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