In Uvalde, the Healing Power of a Perfect Pitch

Uvalde, Texas, was set to cancel its Little League All-Star Championship after a school shooting left 21 people dead. Then, the decision was made: The games would go on.

#baseball, #little-league-baseball-and-softball, #mass-shootings, #robb-elementary-school-uvalde-tex, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #texas, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Astros Set Record With Two Immaculate Innings Against Rangers

Luis Garcia and Phil Maton each recorded a three-strikeout inning on nine pitches. That they accomplished the feat against the same three Rangers batters added some absurdity.

#baseball, #houston-astros, #maldonado-martin-1986, #texas-rangers

Kelsie Whitmore Catches On With Staten Island FerryHawks

Whitmore, a pitcher and outfielder for the Staten Island FerryHawks, is the first woman to play in a league partnered with Major League Baseball since 1994.

#baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #minor-leagues, #staten-island-ferryhawks, #whitmore-kelsie

Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo Moonlights at Salsa Clubs

His passion is playing percussion at salsa clubs, but Charlie Montoyo also thrives at his day job: managing the Toronto Blue Jays.

#anthony-marc, #bars-and-nightclubs, #baseball, #canada, #coaches-and-managers, #content-type-personal-profile, #montoyo-charlie-1965, #music, #toronto-blue-jays

Buck Showalter and Bob Melvin Face Off in Mets-Padres Series

Buck Showalter and Bob Melvin have known one another for nearly 30 years. They face off this week as red-hot managers with more than a few things in common.

#baseball, #canha-mark-1989, #coaches-and-managers, #eppler-billy, #melvin-bob, #new-york-mets, #oakland-athletics, #san-diego-padres, #showalter-buck

Rays Players Undercut Pride Night by Not Wearing Rainbow Logos

A day after the Dodgers finally embraced the memory of Glenn Burke — Major League Baseball’s first gay player — a group of Rays players undercut their team’s Pride Night.

#baseball, #burke-glenn-1952-95, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #tampa-bay-rays

At Pride Night, Dodgers Embrace Glenn Burke, Who They Once Shunned

At Pride Night, Los Angeles will celebrate the life of Glenn Burke, M.L.B.’s first openly gay player. His family will be there hoping the honor makes Burke “partially whole.”

#baker-dusty, #baseball, #burke-glenn-1952-95, #content-type-personal-profile, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #los-angeles-dodgers

‘Baseball Players Don’t Dance’? The Savannah Bananas Beg to Differ.

TikTok choreography, dancing umpires, a ballet-trained first-base coach: This collegiate summer league team has amassed a following by leaning into entertainment.

#baseball, #dancing, #jesse-cole, #savannah-ga, #savannah-bananas

Dave Stewart Hopes to Bring MLB Team to Nashville

Dave Stewart was a star player, an executive and an agent. He believes his sport’s path forward is Black ownership — and he is trying his best to make that happen in Nashville.

#baseball, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #major-league-baseball, #nashville-tenn, #oakland-athletics, #oakland-coliseum-oakland-calif, #stewart-dave-1957

Anaheim Mayor Resigns as F.B.I. Investigates Angel Stadium Deal

Mayor Harry Sidhu has not been charged, but a federal agent has accused him of providing confidential information with the hope of receiving $1 million in campaign aid.

#anaheim-calif, #baseball, #bribery-and-kickbacks, #corruption-institutional, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #mayors, #sidhu-harry, #stadiums-and-arenas

Smell Good, Play Good? MLB Players Douse Themselves in Cologne

Baseball is full of traditions and superstitions. For numerous players, a heavy dose of cologne or women’s perfume is the unlikeliest of performance enhancers.

#baker-dusty, #baseball, #cruz-nelson-1980, #escobar-alcides-1986, #gurriel-yulieski-1984, #kansas-city-royals, #kapler-gabe, #lindor-francisco-1993, #perez-salvador, #perfumes-and-fragrances, #valdez-framber

Roger Angell, Who Wrote About Baseball With Passion, Dies at 101

In elegantly winding articles for The New Yorker loaded with inventive imagery, he wrote more like a fan than a sports journalist.

#angell-roger, #baseball, #deaths-obituaries, #new-yorker, #writing-and-writers

The Oakland Athletics are the Loneliest Team in Baseball

With the Oakland Athletics having gutted their roster and flirted with Las Vegas, their once loyal fans appear to be in revolt.

#baseball, #kaval-dave, #oakland-calif, #oakland-athletics, #schaaf-libby-1965, #stadiums-and-arenas

Manny Machado Brings Chess (and Hits) to the Padres

Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres is the hottest hitter in baseball, and he is coming for your Queen.

#baltimore-orioles, #baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #machado-manny, #san-diego-padres

Reid Detmers Throws No-Hitter Against Rays

Reid Detmers faced only one batter more than the minimum in a game that went comically sideways for Tampa Bay.

#baseball, #detmers-reid, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #phillips-brett-1994, #tampa-bay-rays, #trout-mike

Byron Buxton of the Twins Is ‘the Best Player in the World’

The Byron Buxton Experience is finally happening for the Minnesota Twins and the team could not be happier. A little caution along the way can’t hurt.

#baldelli-rocco, #baseball, #buxton-byron-1993, #correa-carlos-1994, #falvey-derek-1983, #minnesota-twins

Tylor Megill and Four Mets Relievers Combined to No-Hit Phillies

Tylor Megill and four others spun a delightfully imperfect masterpiece against Philadelphia, securing M.L.B.’s first no-hitter of 2022.

#baseball, #megill-tylor, #new-york-mets, #nimmo-brandon-1993, #philadelphia-phillies

On Baseball: Trevor Bauer Is Suspended for Two Years

Bauer had said his unhappiness came from always striving for new goals. With a two-year suspension over sexual assault allegations, M.L.B. is moving on without him.

#baseball, #bauer-trevor, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d

MLB Suspends Trevor Bauer for Two Seasons Amid Abuse Claim

Bauer, a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, had been on leave from the club as he faced allegations of sexual assault. Prosecutors in Los Angeles had declined to charge him criminally.

#baseball, #bauer-trevor, #domestic-violence, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #sex-crimes

Chris Bassitt of Mets Blames Baseballs for Plunkings

With 18 hit batsmen in 19 games, the Mets are concerned. Pitcher Chris Bassitt believes the baseballs are to blame.

#alonso-peter-1994, #baseball, #bassitt-chris, #major-league-baseball, #mccann-james-1990, #new-york-mets, #showalter-buck, #st-louis-cardinals

The Mets Lead MLB in Hit by Pitches. Here’s One Reason Why.

With 18 hit batsmen in 19 games, the Mets are concerned. Pitcher Chris Bassitt believes the baseballs are to blame.

#alonso-peter-1994, #baseball, #bassitt-chris, #major-league-baseball, #mccann-james-1990, #new-york-mets, #showalter-buck, #st-louis-cardinals

Miguel Cabrera of Detroit Tigers Reaches 3,000 Hits

A mainstay of the game for 20 seasons, Cabrera’s first manager recalls his star pupil’s only limitation being the number of times he could get him to the plate.

#baseball, #cabrera-miguel, #detroit-tigers, #florida-marlins, #mckeon-jack, #miami-marlins

How Freddie Freeman and Kenley Jansen Switched Teams

In a series between N.L. heavyweights, Freddie Freeman will be in Dodger blue and Kenley Jansen will close for the Braves. Two months ago that idea seemed impossible.

#anthopoulos-alex, #atlanta-braves, #baseball, #freeman-freddie-1989, #jansen-kenley-1987, #los-angeles-dodgers, #olson-matt-1994, #roberts-dave-1972

Rachel Balkovec: Manager of the Tampa Tarpons

Rachel Balkovec outworked and out-studied the competition for years. Now, at the helm of the Tampa Tarpons, she is ready to change baseball, one player at a time.

#balkovec-rachel, #baseball, #coaches-and-managers, #dominguez-jasson-2003, #new-york-yankees, #tampa-tarpons

Cleveland Guardians Nickname Is Difficult for Some Fans

Cleveland’s baseball team adopted a new nickname, and their home opener was the first in years without Native American protests. That doesn’t mean everyone was happy.

#baseball, #cleveland-guardians, #francona-terry

Tom Seaver’s Statue Stands 10 Feet Tall. Just Like Seaver.

The Mets finally gave the ultimate honor to their franchise icon, creating a statue worthy of the Hall of Fame pitcher.

#baseball, #citi-field-queens-ny, #cohen-steven-a, #hernandez-keith, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #new-york-mets, #robinson-jackie, #seaver-tom, #wilpon-fred

Nashville Stars Honor Baseball’s Past by Focusing on the Future

Named after a team from the Negro leagues, the Nashville Stars give young players, Black and white, passion and purpose in the game.

#baseball, #black-people, #children-and-childhood, #nashville-tenn, #negro-league, #whites

Baseball Hall of Fame Will Create New Exhibit on Race

Dave Winfield and Ken Griffey Jr. will be among the advisers for a permanent exhibit that re-examines the contributions of Jackie Robinson and others.

#baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #black-people, #glanville-doug, #halls-of-fame, #major-league-baseball, #negro-leagues-baseball-museum, #players-alliance, #race-and-ethnicity, #robinson-jackie, #winfield-dave

Dodgers Pull Clayton Kershaw During Perfect Game

Not wanting to risk injuring his aging ace, Manager Dave Roberts pulled Clayton Kershaw. He had thrown only 80 pitches.

#baseball, #kershaw-clayton, #los-angeles-dodgers, #minnesota-twins, #roberts-dave-1972

Doctors, Attend to Your Mental Health

Removing the stigma from mental health care for doctors. Also: War crimes in Ukraine; the “Don’t Say Gay” law; baseball signs; Alcoholics Anonymous.

#alcohol-abuse, #alcoholics-anonymous, #baseball, #desantis-ron, #doctors, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #major-league-baseball, #medicine-and-health, #mental-health-and-disorders, #milk-harvey, #psychiatry-and-psychiatrists, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Roki Sasaki of Japan Strikes Out 19 in Perfect Game

Roki Sasaki, 20, pitched the first perfect game in Nippon Professional Baseball in 28 years. But don’t expect to see him in M.L.B. anytime soon.

#baseball, #chiba-lotte-marines, #nippon-professional-baseball, #sasaki-roki

Mets Can’t Win ’Em All, but Signs Point to Winning a Lot

The team lost for the first time in four games this season amid encouraging signs that it could contend for its first postseason spot since 2016.

#baseball, #carrasco-carlos-1987, #cruz-nelson-1980, #lindor-francisco-1993, #new-york-mets, #washington-nationals

Giancarlo Stanton Continues to Mash Against Red Sox

The Yankees slugger has homered in six straight games against Boston and the Yankees are 2-0 for the first time since 2018.

#baseball, #boston-red-sox, #new-york-yankees, #stanton-giancarlo

After Failing to Extend Aaron Judge, Yankees Beat Red Sox

Aaron Judge’s self-imposed deadline for a new contract expired with no deal, but a walk-off win over the Boston Red Sox in extra innings helped ease the Yankees’ pain.

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #boston-red-sox, #cashman-brian, #donaldson-josh-1985, #judge-aaron-1992, #new-york-yankees

Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon Return for Angels

Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon are back on the field for the Angels, and Justin Verlander is expected back for the Astros. All are hoping their health issues are behind them.

#baker-dusty, #baseball, #houston-astros, #los-angeles-angels-of-anaheim, #ohtani-shohei, #rendon-anthony-1990, #trout-mike, #verlander-justin

MLB’s Opening Day Is a Reason to Celebrate

After a lockout, it is easy enough to point out baseball’s flaws — many have tried — but opening day is a reminder of everything the game still does right.

#baldelli-rocco, #baseball, #kansas-city-royals, #major-league-baseball

Julio Rodriguez Wants to End Seattle Mariners Postseason Drought

No goal is too ambitious for Rodríguez, a magnetic outfielder who plans to end the Seattle Mariners’ postseason drought.

#baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #dipoto-jerry-1968, #kelenic-jarred-1999, #mather-kevin-1962, #rodriguez-julio-2000, #seattle-mariners

Gabe Kapler and Giants Have 13-Person Coaching Staff

Gabe Kapler’s enormous staff of 13 coaches is too many to fit in a dugout, but the unorthodox approach helped the team win 107 games in 2021. A trend was officially set.

#baseball, #coaches-and-managers, #kapler-gabe, #nakken-alyssa-1990, #san-francisco-giants

Baseball Is Dying. The Government Should Take It Over.

A modest proposal for saving our national pastime.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball, #nationalization-of-industry

MLB Approves PitchCom to Limit Sign Stealing

PitchCom devices will let catchers communicate secretly with pitchers and up to three fielders during games.

#baseball, #cheating, #major-league-baseball

Louis Head Inspired New Rule for Optioning Players to Minors

Head was optioned to the minors 12 times by Tampa Bay in 2021, setting a record and inspiring a new rule. Now in Miami, he just might stick around.

#baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #head-louis-1990, #miami-marlins, #tampa-bay-rays

Walker Buehler Takes Over as Dodgers Ace

With no shortage of confidence, Walker Buehler is taking the reins from Clayton Kershaw as the Dodgers’ ace and opening day starter. Kershaw couldn’t be happier.

#baseball, #buehler-walker-1994, #content-type-personal-profile, #friedman-andrew-1976, #kershaw-clayton, #los-angeles-dodgers

Tommy Davis, Batting Star With the ’60s Dodgers, Dies at 83

A two-time batting champion, he helped power a dominant Los Angeles team, but a serious injury derailed his career, and he fell short of the Hall of Fame.

#baltimore-orioles, #baseball, #davis-tommy-1939-2022, #deaths-obituaries, #los-angeles-dodgers, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #world-series

Terry Francona Returns for 2022 Cleveland Guardians

Francona missed huge chunks of two seasons with health issues, and the Cleveland Guardians are thrilled to have their merry prankster of a manager back in the clubhouse.

#baseball, #cleveland-guardians, #coaches-and-managers, #content-type-personal-profile, #francona-terry

MLB Season Preview: Money Talks Dominated Offseason

A contentious lockout came in the middle of an off-season with record spending. The gaps between the richest and poorest clubs have only grown wider.

#baseball, #cohen-steven-a, #lindor-francisco-1993, #lockouts, #los-angeles-dodgers, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #oakland-athletics, #organized-labor, #pittsburgh-pirates, #scherzer-max, #steinbrenner-hal, #texas-rangers

Mike Montgomery Hopes to Make the Mets

Mike Montgomery once threw a “golden pitch” in a World Series, but at 32 he is in minor league camp for the Mets hoping for one more chance for things to click.

#baseball, #chicago-cubs, #content-type-personal-profile, #montgomery-mike-1989, #new-york-mets

Jacob deGrom of the Mets Will Begin Season on Injured List

DeGrom, one of the team’s top starters, will miss his opening day start and will not throw for a month after shoulder tightness was diagnosed as a stress reaction.

#baseball, #degrom-jacob, #new-york-mets, #sports-injuries

Wander Franco and the Tampa Bay Rays Are Ready to Repeat

When he arrived in Tampa as a 20-year-old phenom, Franco already had an M.L.B. logo tattooed on his neck. That he would stick around was a foregone conclusion.

#baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #franco-wander-2001, #tampa-bay-rays

Albert Pujols Returns to St. Louis Cardinals

After 11 seasons away, Pujols, 42, returns to the St. Louis Cardinals. “Oh, he’s got something left,” said his new manager.

#baseball, #mozeliak-john, #pujols-albert, #st-louis-cardinals, #wainwright-adam

Aaron Judge and Yankees Ready for Stacked A.L. East

In a division of big bats and headline names, four teams are separated by tiny margins. “This division is always good, but it feels really good,” said Aaron Boone.

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #boston-red-sox, #judge-aaron-1992, #new-york-yankees, #toronto-blue-jays