Baseball’s Sticky Situation With Ball Doctoring

Doctoring baseballs with ultra-tacky substances has pitchers dominating and some questioning the game’s integrity. Can cleaning up the balls liven up the sport?

#baseball, #cheating, #cole-gerrit, #epstein-theo, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-yankees, #perry-gaylord

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It’s Not Your Imagination: MLB Players Are Getting Hurt a Lot

Even accounting for virus-related stints, trips to the injured list are up as the sport lags behind others in injury prevention.

#baseball, #britton-zack-1987, #major-league-baseball, #milwaukee-brewers, #new-york-mets, #san-diego-padres, #sports-injuries, #tingler-jayce

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The Sound of Silence on Abortion

Sport leagues and corporations rally against bias and voter suppression. But they are quiet about abortion. 

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #abortion, #american-airlines, #appeals-courts-us, #apple-inc, #arkansas, #atlanta-ga, #austin-ind, #brewer-jan, #corporate-social-responsibility, #dell-inc, #dell-michael-s, #discrimination, #fort-worth-tex, #fuqua-antoine, #georgia, #hewlett-packard-company, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #houston-tex, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #mississippi, #national-basketball-assn, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #pence-mike, #politics-and-government, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #state-legislatures, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #women-and-girls

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Lou Gehrig Day: MLB Raising ALS Awareness

Gwen Petersen, who has Lou Gehrig’s disease, is one of the many advocates who view the league’s new event as a chance to raise awareness and funding.

#amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis, #baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #gehrig-lou, #major-league-baseball, #petersen-gwen-1985

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Marcell Ozuna Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges

Marcell Ozuna faces two charges, including strangulation. His team says it will cooperate with an M.L.B. investigation.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #domestic-violence, #major-league-baseball, #ozuna-marcell

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‘Friends Reunion’: How the Sitcom Helps People Learn English

Language teachers say the show is a near-perfect amalgam of easy-to-understand English and real-life scenarios that feel familiar even to people who live worlds away from the West Village.

#aniston-jennifer, #bts-music-group, #cox-courteney, #english-language, #friends-tv-program, #international-study-and-teaching, #leblanc-matt, #liverpool-soccer-team, #major-league-baseball, #schwimmer-david, #seinfeld-jerry, #the-big-bang-theory-tv-program

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Mickey Callaway Placed on Baseball’s Ineligible List

After an investigation into sexual harassment claims, Mickey Callaway was found to have violated M.L.B.’s policies. He can apply for reinstatement after the 2022 season.

#baseball, #callaway-mickey, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #new-york-mets, #porter-jared-1979, #sexual-harassment

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Joe West to Break Record for Games Umpired

With Joe West about to break Bill Klem’s record for games, a look at four umpires who can connect 1905 to 2021.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball, #officiating-sports, #records-and-achievements, #west-joe

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Businesses Offer Perks to Vaccinated Customers

Tossing their masks, jumping on side-by-side treadmills, sharing peanuts next to fellow sports fans, the vaccinated find special freedoms await.

#bars-and-nightclubs, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #evite, #health-clubs, #major-league-baseball, #parties-social, #restaurants, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare

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Yankees’ Virus Case Count Rises to Seven

The team announced that three coaches and four support staff members had tested positive as breakthrough cases ahead of Wednesday’s win over Tampa Bay.

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-yankees, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Amber Sabathia Hired as Agent by CAA

Having run C.C. Sabathia’s personal and professional life throughout his career, Amber Sabathia has made things official, becoming an agent for C.A.A.

#agents-business, #baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #creative-artists-agency, #major-league-baseball, #sabathia-amber, #sabathia-c-c, #women-and-girls

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Johnny Bench Misses His Hall of Fame Friends

Bench knew, played with or played against all of the 10 Hall of Famers who died in the past year. “You sit there and you are numb, and you remember and remember and remember,” he said.

#aaron-hank, #baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #bench-johnny, #brock-lou, #cincinnati-reds, #death-and-dying, #ford-whitey, #gibson-bob, #kaline-al, #lasorda-tommy, #major-league-baseball, #morgan-joe, #niekro-phil, #seaver-tom, #st-louis-cardinals, #sutton-don

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Roberto Alomar Is Placed on Baseball’s Ineligible List

Following a sexual misconduct investigation, Alomar has been placed on baseball’s ineligible list, but will keep his plaque in the Hall of Fame.

#alomar-roberto, #baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #rose-pete, #sexual-harassment, #toronto-blue-jays, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Liberals, Stop Getting Cozy With Corporations

Nobody, least of all people on the left, has anything to celebrate in the rise of activist industry.

#amazon-com-inc, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #georgia, #labor-and-jobs, #major-league-baseball, #mcconnell-mitch, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #relocation-of-business, #republican-party, #senate, #state-legislatures, #strikes, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Madison Bumgarner Throws a No-Hitter. Kind Of.

In a game limited to seven innings as part of a doubleheader, the Arizona lefty gets a shutout but won’t be credited with a no-no.

#arizona-diamondbacks, #atlanta-braves, #baseball, #bumgarner-madison, #elias-sports-bureau, #major-league-baseball, #statistics

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A Major Change in the Minors: Baseball Moving the Mound Back

As M.L.B. looks to invigorate the game, it will try moving pitchers back by a foot in the independent Atlantic League. The sport has done this dance before.

#atlantic-league, #baseball, #major-league-baseball

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Jackie Robinson’s Signing Caused a Financial Dispute

As baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day, a look at how his signing led to the dismantling of the Negro leagues, with only one M.L.B. owner speaking up for their rights.

#baseball, #black-people, #brooklyn-dodgers, #griffith-clark, #major-league-baseball, #negro-league, #rickey-branch, #robinson-jackie, #washington-senators-defunct-team

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M.L.B. Encourages Players to Get Coronavirus Vaccine

Teams can have numerous restrictions lifted when they are 85 percent vaccinated. A few teams have reached that total so far.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #milwaukee-brewers, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Life Has Moved On, but Fans in Atlanta Mourn the All-Star Game

Friday’s home opener offered some prepandemic-like excitement, but even fans who support M.L.B.’s choice to move the signature event are sad to see it go.

#atlanta-braves, #baseball, #major-league-baseball, #philadelphia-phillies

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Republicans’ Fake War Against ‘Woke Capital’

If they really wanted to help the working class, there is plenty they could do.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #conservatism-us-politics, #corporate-social-responsibility, #major-league-baseball, #organized-labor, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Kemp Seizes on Georgia Voting Law to Try to Win Back Trump and His Base

After resisting Donald Trump’s demands to overturn the state’s election results, Gov. Brian Kemp was an outcast in his own party. Now he’s embraced the state’s new voting bill as a way to rebuild his standing.

#abrams-stacey-y, #collins-douglas-a-1966, #conservatism-us-politics, #elections-governors, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #major-league-baseball, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #williams-nikema

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Mitch McConnell Digs In Against Campaign Law Changes Again

The top Senate Republican, who has spent his career fighting campaign finance limits, has taken a lead role in challenging Democrats’ sweeping voting rights bill.

#bipartisan-campaign-reform-act-2002, #campaign-finance, #citizens-united, #coca-cola-company, #democratic-party, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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The Masters Is Business as Usual as Georgia Faces a Political Onslaught

Major League Baseball pulled its All-Star Game from the Atlanta area, but Georgia’s most cherished sporting event remains firmly rooted in the state.

#augusta-ga, #augusta-national-golf-club, #baseball, #black-people, #elder-lee, #georgia, #golf, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #masters-golf-tournament, #morikawa-collin-1997, #player-gary, #relocation-of-business, #rubio-marco, #southern-states-us

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M.L.B. Applauded for All-Star Game Move by Former Players

M.L.B. is not known for activism, but former stars say pulling the All-Star Game from Georgia honors the legacies of Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente and others.

#aaron-hank, #all-star-games, #atlanta-braves, #baker-dusty, #baseball, #blass-steve, #discrimination, #georgia, #jackson-reggie-1946, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #minorities, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Coors Field Chosen as Replacement Host for 2021 All-Star Game

The home of the Colorado Rockies replaces the Braves’ suburban Atlanta stadium after M.L.B. pulled the game out of Georgia in response to a voting law.

#all-star-games, #baseball, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d

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The Rangers Play Baseball in Front of a Packed House

Playing without capacity restrictions for their home opener, Texas hosted the largest American sports crowd of the pandemic.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #baseball, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #texas-rangers, #toronto-blue-jays

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Kemp Lashes M.L.B. as Republicans Defend Georgia’s Voting Law

Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia, who is starting his re-election push, argued that the league had “caved to fear” in moving its All-Star Game as he tried to rally Republicans around the new voting limits.

#abrams-stacey-y, #all-star-games, #boycotts, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #relocation-of-business, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Baseball Joins Other Sports in Flexing Its Activist Muscles

Pulled by public opinion and sometimes their own players, leagues and teams are wading in to issues around race and social activism as never before.

#atlanta-braves, #atlanta-dream, #baseball, #black-people, #discrimination, #georgia, #kemp-brian-p, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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MLB Pulls All-Star Game From Atlanta, Georgia in Response to Voting Law

The league said it would remove its midsummer showcase and its annual entry draft as a response to the state’s new voting law.

#all-star-games, #atlanta-ga, #baseball, #boycotts, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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M.L.B. Pulls All-Star Game From Georgia in Response to Voting Law

The league said it would remove its midsummer showcase and its annual entry draft as a response to the state’s new voting law.

#all-star-games, #atlanta-ga, #baseball, #boycotts, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #republican-party, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #voting-and-voters

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MLB Opening Day 2021: Baseball Is Almost Way, Way Back

The crowds were still limited because of the coronavirus, but opening day of 2021 looked very different from the stark scenes at parks last summer.

#baseball, #cabrera-miguel, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-mets, #sandberg-ryne-dee, #washington-nationals

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Ian Desmond Opens Up About His Opt-Out

Moved by tragedies to confront the complicated nature of being biracial, Desmond, a Colorado Rockies outfielder, is still away from the game, focusing on his family and his nonprofit.

#baseball, #black-people, #colorado-rockies, #content-type-personal-profile, #desmond-ian, #major-league-baseball, #race-and-ethnicity

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Biden Says He Would Support Moving All-Star Game Over Georgia Voting Law

In an interview on ESPN, President Biden discussed the restrictions passed by the state’s Republicans last week and encouraged baseball fans to abide by social-distancing protocols.

#baseball, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #espn, #georgia, #law-and-legislation, #major-league-baseball, #stadiums-and-arenas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters

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2021 MLB Season Preview: Team-by-Team Capsules

Reasons for optimism and pessimism abound. Catch up with where each team stands ahead of opening day.

#arizona-cardinals, #arizona-diamondbacks, #atlanta-braves, #baltimore-orioles, #baseball, #boston-red-sox, #chicago-cubs, #chicago-white-sox, #cincinnati-reds, #cleveland-indians, #colorado-rockies, #detroit-tigers, #houston-astros, #kansas-city-royals, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #miami-marlins, #milwaukee-brewers, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #pittsburgh-pirates, #san-diego-padres, #seattle-mariners, #tampa-bay-rays, #texas-rangers, #toronto-blue-jays, #washington-nationals

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2021 MLB Season Preview: The Return of 162 Games

A return to a full 162-game schedule, with fans in the stands, has Major League Baseball poised to be a slice of normalcy in a world turned upside down.

#baseball, #clark-tony-1972, #coronavirus-reopenings, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #ross-david-1977

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Pitchers Are Hitting Again, So Injuries Will Follow

Players and owners want the designated hitter. Agents like Scott Boras think it is a safety issue. But after experimenting with a universal D.H. last year, N.L. pitchers will bat again — for now.

#baseball, #boras-scott, #clark-tony-1972, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #sports-injuries

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Justice for the Negro Leagues Will Mean More Than Just Stats

Major League Baseball now wants to welcome Negro-leagues statistics into its record books — but the numbers are just a small part of what needs to be remembered.

#aaron-hank, #baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #bell-cool-papa, #black-people, #frank-grant, #gibson-josh-1911-47, #leon-day, #major-league-baseball, #minor-leagues, #negro-league, #paige-satchel, #records-and-achievements, #segregation-and-desegregation, #statistics

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More Steals, No Shifts and Robot Umps: ‘Our Fans Want the Action’

Raul Ibanez, Michael Hill and Morgan Sword discuss the changes baseball is implementing in the minors in hopes of spicing up things in the majors.

#baseball, #hill-michael-1971, #ibanez-raul, #major-league-baseball, #minor-leagues, #sword-morgan

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How Rob Friedman Became the Pitching Ninja

Rob Friedman has a huge social media following, top pitchers who swear by him and deals with ESPN and M.L.B. But he insists this is just a hobby.

#baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #friedman-rob-1966, #major-league-baseball, #social-media

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Rangers’ Don Wakamatsu Sanitizes Stadium Using Drones

Don Wakamatsu’s day job is bench coach of the Rangers, but his background in farming led to an interesting solution for how to help fans feel safe.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #drones-pilotless-planes, #major-league-baseball, #texas-rangers, #wakamatsu-don

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Pandemic Insurance Helped the N.C.A.A. Tournament and Others

Event cancellation insurance is a specialized realm. But during the coronavirus pandemic, it has shored up the balance sheets of sporting events around the world.

#all-england-club, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #insurance, #major-league-baseball, #ncaa-baseball-championships, #ncaa-basketball-championships-men, #wimbledon-tennis-tournament

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Yankees’ Domingo German Apologizes, Vowing to be ‘Different Person’

The Yankees pitcher, who was suspended for 81 games over a domestic violence incident, addressed the news media for the first time since returning to the team.

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #britton-zach-1987, #domestic-violence, #german-domingo-1992, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-yankees

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With Help from M.L.B., Baseball Returns at Xavier University of Louisiana

In a sport with declining participation from Black Americans, Xavier University of Louisiana returned to the field on Tuesday for its first intercollegiate baseball game since 1960.

#baseball, #baseball-college, #black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #historically-black-colleges-and-universities, #major-league-baseball, #softball, #xavier-university-of-louisiana

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Ready or Not, Baseball Begins Spring Training This Week

Some things will be remarkably different — and others will get closer to normal — as M.L.B. and the players’ union continue to debate the sport’s future.

#baseball, #bauer-trevor, #friedman-andrew-1976, #los-angeles-dodgers, #major-league-baseball, #springer-george-1989

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Dr. Fauci Cautiously Optimistic for a Complete 2021 MLB Season

With spring training looming, the infectious disease expert — and Washington Nationals fan — weighs in on his optimism for the baseball season and whether he’d feel safe at a game.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #fauci-anthony-s, #major-league-baseball-players-assn, #major-league-baseball, #washington-nationals

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Baseball Works to Confront Its Treatment of Women

Recent incidents have served as a “wake-up call” for the sport, leading to an update to its harassment and discrimination policy.

#baseball, #discrimination, #ludtke-melissa, #major-league-baseball, #manfred-robert-d, #meyer-shipp-michele, #ng-kim, #sexual-harassment, #tirado-renee, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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M.L.B. Will Change Its Baseballs After Record Home Run Rates

M.L.B. studied its standard ball, made by Rawlings, after pitchers accused the league of spring-loading it. The modifications could reduce home runs, which flew at a record rate in 2019.

#baseball, #major-league-baseball, #rawlings-sporting-goods-co

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Players Unlikely to Accept MLB’s 154-Game Season Propsal

The players’ union has expressed concern that a proposal for a delayed, compressed schedule would be hard to complete amid outbreaks and that an expanded playoff field would water down competition.

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

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Players Unlikely to Accept MLB’s 154-Game Season Proposal

The players’ union has expressed concern that a proposal for a delayed, compressed schedule would be hard to complete amid outbreaks and that an expanded playoff field would water down competition.

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

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Kim Ng Stands Alone Among MLB’s New Top-Level Executives

Major League Baseball celebrated the hiring of a woman as a sign of progress on diversity in its executive ranks. Every comparable hire over the last two years has been a white man.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #baseball, #hiring-and-promotion, #leibman-neil-1960, #major-league-baseball, #meyer-shipp-michele, #miami-marlins, #minorities, #ng-kim, #race-and-ethnicity, #stewart-dave-1957, #women-and-girls

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