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With Stadiums Empty, TV Tries to Get Noise Just Right

Australian network picks from 57 audio clips to match the action

(Newser) - There's clearly a difference between an English Premier League match and one played between friends on a local field. But when you take away 54,000 fans who would otherwise be singing and cheering at Liverpool's Anfield—if it weren't for the coronavirus pandemic—they sound the... More »

Yankees' First Team Workout Is a Disaster

A line drive hit a star pitcher in the head, and 2 players missed practice after testing positive

(Newser) - The Yankees made their official return to the field Saturday for the first team workout since the pandemic ended spring training. New York got off to a painful start. Pitching in a simulated game, Masahiro Tanaka was struck in the head by a line drive hit by slugger Giancarlo Stanton.... More »

Why the Mets Pay a 57-Year-Old $1.2M Every July 1

Bobby Bonilla will get that each year through 2035

(Newser) - It's a pretty safe bet that July 1 is Bobby Bonilla's favorite day of the year. That's because it's the day on which the New York Mets pay him $1,193,248.20. Bonilla, 57, hasn't picked up a bat since 2001, when he last... More »

Players Start to Pass on This Season

Nationals star Ryan Zimmerman is among those sitting out because of the coronavirus risk

(Newser) - MLB players have begun to decide they'll sit out this season because of the risk of contracting the coronavirus. The Washington Nationals will try to defend their World Series title without infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross, the AP reports. And Arizona Diamondbacks announced Monday that pitcher Mike... More »

MLB Now Has a Plan to Play Ball

Baseball starts back up in a month

(Newser) - Major League Baseball issued a 60-game schedule Tuesday night that will start July 23 or 24 in empty ballparks as the sport tries to push ahead amid the coronavirus following months of acrimony. A dramatically altered season with games full of new rules was the final result of failed financial... More »

MLB Impasse May Be Over

Shortened season could begin July 24, if players agree

(Newser) - The start of the 2020 Major League Baseball season might only be a month away. After the MLB Players Association rejected an offer of a 60-game season with expanded playoffs on Monday, the MLB announced owners had unanimously voted to go ahead with a shortened season under the terms of... More »

The $1.2M Rent? Oakland A's Aren't Paying It

Team says it can't use venue due to shelter-in-place order

(Newser) - The Oakland Athletics have so far refused to pay the $1.2 million annual rent due April 1 for use of its city and county-owned ball park. Henry Gardner, interim head of the Coliseum Authority, tells the East Bay Times the Athletics "said because they haven't used [the... More »

'Indescribable Pain' for MLB Player at Wife's Sudden Death

Noelia Brazoban, spouse of Diamondbacks' Starling Marte, died of a heart attack

(Newser) - It was a weekend of celebration for an MLB player and his family, followed by tragedy. USA Today reports that Noelia Brazoban, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte, has died of a heart attack. On Twitter , MLB Network's Jon Heyman noted Brazoban had reportedly been in the... More »

Baseball May Return Without One Messy Tradition

High-fives and fist bumps could be outlawed, too

(Newser) - If Major League Baseball returns this year, fans may not like all the changes. A draft document prohibits high-fives and fist bumps, and there will be no hugging in baseball. But fans watching on TV might appreciate no longer having to endure closeups of players spitting. To that end, the... More »

Boston Gets Off Lightly in Sign-Stealing Scandal

Red Sox stripped of draft pick, Alex Cora suspended

(Newser) - The Boston Red Sox escaped severe penalties in Major League Baseball's cheating investigation on Wednesday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred concluding that the 2018 World Series champions' sign-stealing efforts were less egregious than the Astros' when they won it all the previous season, the AP reports. Ex-manager Alex Cora was... More »

Factory Switches From MLB Uniforms to Masks

Fanatics could turn out a million products to help health care workers

(Newser) - Health care workers will soon be wearing the pinstripes usually seen on New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies. A Pennsylvania factory that usually makes uniforms for Major League Baseball teams has been converted to produce masks and gowns needed during the pandemic, the New York Times reports. The new Fanatics... More »

Baseball Is Being Sued— by Fantasy Players

They say their bets were tainted by the Astros' cheating

(Newser) - The MLB is urging a judge to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by five fans who say their fantasy baseball scores suffered because the Houston Astros stole signs . The plaintiffs are suing the MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Astros, and the Boston Red Sox (also accused of stealing signs ),... More »

Commissioner Hears From Players After Diminishing Trophy

Rob Manfred had referred to World Series trophy as a 'piece of metal'

(Newser) - Facing an uprising over his handling of baseball's cheating scandal, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred didn't help himself when he referred to the World Series trophy as a " piece of metal " in an interview. "I don't know if the commissioner has ever won anything in... More »

MLB Commissioner Explains Punishment Handed to Astros

Says the players did pay a price, but that a formal punishment wouldn't stick

(Newser) - Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and GM Jeff Luhnow were suspended for the 2020 season (and fired by the Astros) and the team paid a $5 million fine in connection with its 2017 sign-stealing cheating scandal . For anyone who thinks that's not punishment enough and that the team's... More »

5-Time All-Star Shortstop Dead at 57

Tony Fernandez had kidney disease

(Newser) - Former Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Tony Fernandez has died in Florida at age 57. "Enshrined forever in Blue Jays history on the Level of Excellence, Tony left an equally indelible mark in the hearts of a generation of Blue Jays fans during his 12 unforgettable seasons with the team,... More »

Astros Apologize, Say Cheating Didn't Affect World Series

Star Bregman 'sorry about the choices that were made by our team, the organization, and by me'

(Newser) - It's time for spring training, and the Houston Astros' first order of business Thursday was a series of apologies for their high-tech cheating . Owner Jim Crane, manager Dusty Baker, and star players Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve all read prepared statements to the media about the sign-stealing mess, reports... More »

For First Time, a Woman Will Wear an MLB Uniform as Coach

San Francisco's new manager hires Alyssa Nakken

(Newser) - Alyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history Thursday when she was named an assistant under new San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler. Major League Baseball confirmed Nakken is the first woman coach in the majors, the AP reports. Nakken is a former... More »

Cheating Scandal Costs Carlos Beltran Managing Job

Former All-Star had just been hired by the Mets

(Newser) - Carlos Beltran, who was named in baseball's report as an initiator of the Houston Astros' scheme to steal signs from other teams, has lost his job as manager of the New York Mets—before ever managing a game. The Mets and Beltran "agreed to mutually part ways,"... More »

Baseball Hands Out Unprecedented Penalty

Astros manager, GM fired by the team after MLB suspends them for stealing signs

(Newser) - Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired Monday after the pair were suspended by Major League Baseball for the team's use of electronics for sign-stealing during Houston's run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season. In US sports' largest... More »

A Foul Ball Hit a Girl's Head. 7 Months Later, an Update

Child hurt at Astros game has permanent brain injury, may have to take meds for life: lawyer

(Newser) - A young girl hit by a foul ball during a Houston Astros game in May has a permanent brain injury, a lawyer for her family says. Attorney Richard Mithoff tells the Houston Chronicle that the 2 1/2-year-old—who suffered a skull fracture at Minute Maid Park in Houston on May... More »

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