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Jen Pawol Takes Field in Spring Training Game

Groundbreaking female umpire will work behind the plate next

(Newser) - It took eight years, but Jen Pawol has made the leap from the minors to a major league game spring training contest as an umpire. Pawol worked the Grapefruit League opener Saturday between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Florida. The debut marked the first time...

Union Worries About Effect of Clock Change

After one season of limiting pitchers, MLB gives them less time when a runner is on base

(Newser) - Major League Baseball went nearly 150 years without limiting the time between pitches, before instituting a clock last season. Average game times fell 24 minutes, Yahoo Sports reports, to 2 hours, 40 minutes, and MLB has decided to give pitchers less time this season: 18 seconds instead of 20 when...

MLB Players Point Out Drawbacks to New Uniforms

Union gathers feedback, which includes an awkward problem

(Newser) - Complaints are piling up about Major League Baseball's new uniforms as time runs short to change them before Opening Day. The Players Association is collecting reviews during spring training, ESPN reports, and the most recent problem to surface is the most awkward: a certain see-through quality that would seem...

Female Umpire Moves Closer to Big Leagues

Jen Pawol will work spring training games this year

(Newser) - Jen Pawol is on the verge of becoming Major League Baseball's first female umpire. The 47-year-old from New Jersey has been selected to work a full-time big league spring training schedule this year, reports CBS Sports . That puts her on track to become the first woman to umpire a...

Ex-Mets GM Busted Over Use of an Old Baseball Scheme

Billy Eppler is the first penalized for exploiting league's well-known 'phantom injured list'

(Newser) - Former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler was suspended through the 2024 World Series on Friday by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded he directed team staff to fabricate injuries to create open roster spots. Manfred said in a statement that Eppler directed "the deliberate fabrication of injuries;...

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
the rundown

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

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...

Ohtani Decides on Next Team
Decides on
Next Team

Ohtani Decides on Next Team

Two-way star to sign historic, 10-year contract with Dodgers

(Newser) - Shohei Ohtani, the two-way baseball star who's the reigning American League MVP, is moving next door. The starting pitcher-designated hitter, a free agent who has played for the Los Angeles Angels for the past six seasons, announced in an Instagram post on Saturday that he's joining the Los...

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...

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...

Frank Howard Was an Imposing Slugger
Frank Howard Was
an Imposing Slugger

Frank Howard Was an Imposing Slugger

Stadiums could not always hold star's home runs

(Newser) - Frank Howard, a four-time All-Star who slugged 382 home runs during a lengthy major league career that included a World Series title with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963, has died. He was 87 and died in Aldie, Virginia. Howard's death was announced by the Washington Nationals, the AP...

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...

Shohei Ohtani's Locker Has Been Cleaned Out

Star pitcher-hitter will miss rest of the season and could be moving on after that

(Newser) - Shohei Ohtani wasn't in the locker room after the Los Angeles Angels' game Friday night, and reporters couldn't help noticing the star's locker had been cleaned out. When asked what was going on with the pitcher-designated hitter, team officials held a sidebar, per Yahoo Sports , then said...

MLB Won't Relax New Rules for Postseason

Pitch clock could make a bigger difference in playoffs

(Newser) - Major League Baseball's new pitch clock has helped reduce the average game time by almost 25 minutes over last season. But for the postseason, some players supported allowing more time between pitches to reflect the greater intensity—and, perhaps, drama—of those games, Sports Illustrated reports. That won't...

Star Pitcher-DH Is Tired, for Some Reason

The Angels' Shohei Ohtani will skip a start as pitcher but not miss the game

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Angels have gotten a lot of work out of Shohei Ohtani this season. As a designated hitter, he has a .305 batting average, with 83 RBI, and he leads the American League in home runs with 40. As a starting pitcher, Ohtani has a 10-5 record in...

MLB Hands Out Punishment After Knockdown Brawl

Play at second base touched off a 15-minute melee between the White Sox and Guardians

(Newser) - Players, managers, and a coach received suspensions and fines Monday for their involvement in an on-the-field brawl during a game Saturday between the Chicago White Sox and the Cleveland Guardians. MLB imposed the stiffest penalties on the principal combatants, Chicago's Tim Anderson and Cleveland's José Ramirez, CBS Sports...

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