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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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

MLB Lockout Created Opportunties for Doping

Major League Baseball’s lockout suspended the league’s drug testing program. Doping experts say the opportunity was there for players to take advantage.

#baseball, #conte-victor-jr, #doping-sports, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #miller-andrew-1985, #steroids, #suter-brent

MLB Creates ‘Ohtani Rule’ to Keep Star’s Bat in Games

A new rule will allow a pitcher who bats for himself to stay in a game as the designated hitter when he is finished pitching.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #ohtani-shohei

Ron Blomberg Is Ready for the Universal D.H.

Ron Blomberg was a curiosity when he took the pitcher’s spot in the batting order in 1973. Now it will be standard practice in both leagues. “They should have done this a long time ago.”

#baseball, #blomberg-ron, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-yankees

Ralph Terry, Yankee Hurler Redeemed by One Pitch, Dies at 86

In 1960 he gave up the home run that handed the Pittsburgh Pirates a World Series victory. Two years later he got the final out of the Series against the San Francisco Giants.

#baseball, #deaths-obituaries, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-yankees, #terry-ralph, #world-series

Aaron Pointer Feels Forgotten as Baseball Gets Back to Business

Aaron Pointer, the last professional to hit .400, is part of a group of retirees that has had to fight for even a minimal pension.

#baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #pointer-aaron-1942

Max Scherzer on MLB Lockout: ‘It’s Over. Let’s Just Play Baseball.’

Max Scherzer was a vocal leader during the lockout, but now he is focused on getting ready for the season. He’ll have help after his team traded for yet another All-Star pitcher.

#baseball, #bassitt-chris, #cohen-steven-a, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-mets, #nimmo-brandon-1993, #scherzer-max, #trades-sports

M.L.B. Nears Deal With Another Streaming Service to Carry Some Games Exclusively

Peacock would join Apple TV+, which has already reached an agreement that will make it harder for cable subscribers to find major-league games.

#apple-inc, #apple-tv-plus, #baseball, #major-league-baseball, #peacock-services, #television, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

For M.L.B. and the Union, a Relationship in Need of Repair

Commissioner Rob Manfred wants to shift gears and work with the players. Tony Clark is “looking forward to those conversations.”

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #meyer-bruce-s

If the Lockout Makes Baseball Better, It Will Have Been Worth It

After tense negotiations, Major League Baseball and the players’ union both made gains in their desired areas. But more important, they avoided losses — of games and, potentially, their standing.

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #scherzer-max, #tatis-fernando-jr

MLB Lockout Ends and 162-Game Season Will Be Played

After a long series of deadlines, threats and delays, a tentative agreement was reached and a full 162-game season should begin on April 7.

#baseball, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d

M.L.B. Cancels Another Week of Games as Lockout Continues

The league and the players negotiated long after another self-imposed deadline, but a deal could not be reached to save a 162-game season.

#baseball, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d

MLB Lockout: Another Deadline Set for Canceling Games

While a 162-game season is still theoretically on the table, the latest talks could lead to another week of canceled games.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d

‘It’s Not About Me’: Max Scherzer Bucks a System That Worked For Him

A Mets ace, Max Scherzer stands to lose around $233,000 per day because of canceled games. He wants to fix the system for players who make exponentially less.

#baseball, #cohen-steven-a, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #miller-andrew-1985, #new-york-mets, #scherzer-max

M.L.B. Canceled Games. What Happens Now?

Both sides left Florida frustrated, and no date is set for further negotiations. This could take a while.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #new-york-mets, #scherzer-max

MLB Lockout: Manfred’s Offer Was Engineered for Rejection

Commissioner Rob Manfred boasted of his streak of successful labor negotiations, but by effectively creating a salary cap he had to know this deal would fail.

#baseball, #collective-bargaining, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball

M.L.B. Cancels Games, Delaying Start of Season

After the league and the players’ union failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement by M.L.B.’s self-imposed deadline Tuesday evening, the league said the season would not start on March 31.

#baseball, #collective-bargaining, #labor-and-jobs, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-rob-1958, #organized-labor

MLB and Union Are Still Far Apart on Eve of Deadline

Major League Baseball threatened to cancel some regular-season games if an agreement was not reached by Monday. Intense negotiations had yet to yield results.

#baseball, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d

How MLB’s Lockout Complicated Tommy Edman’s Christmas Dinner

Things got tricky when Cardinals second baseman Tommy Edman spent holiday time with his siblings, who were also employed by M.L.B. teams.

#baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #edman-tommy-1995, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball, #minnesota-twins, #st-louis-cardinals

M.L.B. Tells Union Games Will Be Lost Without a Deal Soon

The league said it would begin canceling games if a collective bargaining agreement was not reached by Monday. The sides are negotiating this week in Florida.

#baseball, #collective-bargaining, #labor-and-jobs, #major-league-baseball, #organized-labor

M.L.B.’s Negotiations Hit the Road as Lockout Continues

Players gathered in a parking lot and meetings with the league were held at an empty stadium, offering new settings as both sides hammered away at familiar issues.

#baseball, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #monfort-dick

Spring Training Camps Are Empty as Lockout Continues

Major League Baseball camps were supposed to open in Florida and Arizona this week. Instead, their stadiums sit empty as tourists and business owners await a resolution.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #cactus-league, #clearwater-fla, #grapefruit-league, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #philadelphia-phillies

MLB Owners Move in Players’ Direction but Spring Training Delay Is Likely

The latest offer would raise minimum salaries and tweak the luxury tax system. But with pitchers and catchers scheduled to report this week, players remain underwhelmed.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d

Rob Manfred: Losing MLB Games Would Be ‘Disastrous’

With the lockout continuing, and camps scheduled to open next week, Rob Manfred is still optimistic the sides can come together so the regular season can begin on time.

#baseball, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d

Trevor Bauer Won’t Face Charges Over Sexual Assault Allegation

Prosecutors declined to pursue the case, which they said could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Bauer’s fate with M.L.B., however, has yet to be determined.

#baseball, #bauer-trevor, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball

Why Long Term Problems Loom for MLB During Lockout

Arguments over the sport’s financial structure could delay or shorten the season, but owners and players should address a bigger issue: improving the product.

#baseball, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #scherzer-max

M.L.B. Lockout: Players Reject Offer of Federal Mediation

“We don’t need mediation because what we are offering to M.L.B. is fair for both sides,” Max Scherzer said as various players started to speak out about delays.

#baseball, #collective-bargaining, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #merrifield-whit-1989, #scherzer-max

Aaron Boone and Buck Showalter Are in Limbo

Aaron Boone misses his players. Buck Showalter hasn’t even met his yet. The lockout has the veteran managers in limbo as they await spring training. They may be waiting a while.

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #coaches-and-managers, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #showalter-buck

A Marker Honoring Jackie Robinson Was Defaced. M.L.B. Helped Replace It.

A series of incidents in Georgia appeared to be targeting markers dedicated to Black Americans. “This should not be happening,” said Robinson’s cousin.

#baseball, #black-people, #brooklyn-dodgers, #cairo-ga, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #major-league-baseball, #robinson-jackie, #vandalism

Carlos Beltran Creates a New Ethical Debate for Hall of Fame

Some controversial players have fallen off the ballot, but with Carlos Beltrán expected to be a finalist next year, a different form of cheating will be in the spotlight.

#baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #beltran-carlos, #bonds-barry, #clemens-roger, #doping-sports, #major-league-baseball, #perry-gaylord, #schilling-curt, #steroids, #vizquel-omar

MLB Lockout: Players Issue Counteroffer to Owners

The players formally rejected the league’s offer — they didn’t believe some of M.L.B.’s ideas would accomplish what the league claimed — and made a counterproposal.

#baseball, #halem-daniel-r, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #monfort-dick

How Big Sports Leagues Are Trying to Woo the Gamer Generation

Here’s what sports marketers are doing to win back a lost generation and save the future of fandom.

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Dan Reilly, the Original Mr. Met, Is Dead at 83

For four seasons at Shea Stadium, when the Mets were dreadful but beloved, he donned a giant head and roamed the stands greeting fans as the team’s mascot.

#baseball, #deaths-obituaries, #major-league-baseball, #mascots, #mr-met, #new-york-mets, #reilly-dan-1938-2021, #shea-stadium-nyc

I Investigated Bonds and Clemens. Yes, They Belong in Cooperstown.

They deserve Hall of Fame recognition, even though they played in the “steroids era.”

#baseball-hall-of-fame, #baseball-writersassn-of-america, #bonds-barry, #clemens-roger, #doping-sports, #major-league-baseball

LaMarr Hoyt, Pitcher Whose Star Shone Brightly but Briefly, Dies at 66

He won the 1983 Cy Young Award as the American League’s leading pitcher, but an injury and troubles with drugs and the law ended his career prematurely.

#american-league, #baseball, #chicago-white-sox, #cy-young-award, #deaths-obituaries, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hoyt-lamarr, #major-league-baseball, #san-diego-padres

M.L.B.’s Lockout: What Is It? How Does It Work? What’s Next?

Players are locked out and transactions are frozen in baseball’s ninth work stoppage. But no one is missing any checks — yet.

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #lockouts, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #organized-labor

With No Deadline Deal, M.L.B.’s Lockout Begins

Players and owners continued to negotiate until the final day, but with the sides still far apart, baseball has its first work stoppage since the 1994-95 strike.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #meyer-bruce-s, #organized-labor, #scherzer-max

Max Scherzer Is Introduced by Mets After Record-Setting Deal

As Max Scherzer was introduced by the Mets as baseball’s highest-paid player, he praised a team owner who was willing to spend to make his team better.

#baseball, #boras-scott, #cohen-steven-a, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-mets, #scherzer-max

MLB Nears Bargaining Deadline as Lockout Looms

With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire this week, owners and players are negotiating over the sport’s future. A work stoppage seems inevitable.

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #major-league-baseball-owners-assn, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #meyer-bruce-s, #organized-labor

Seiya Suzuki’s M.L.B. Arrival Could Be Delayed by Lockout

Seiya Suzuki can hit for average and power, and plays solid defense. The only thing slowing his arrival is the possibility of an M.L.B. lockout.

#baseball, #hiroshima-toyo-carp, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #martinez-nick-1990, #nippon-professional-baseball, #suzuki-seiya-1994