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For Baseball, What a Stunning Mess


For Baseball,
What a
Stunning
Mess
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For Baseball, What a Stunning Mess

Phenom Shohei Ohtani is embroiled in scandal involving his interpreter's gambling

(Newser) - Baseball fans are trying to make sense of the surprise scandal that enveloped one of the game's biggest stars on the very first day of the season. Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers has not been accused of any wrongdoing himself, but the Japanese player's interpreter has...

This Could Be MLB's Biggest Gambling Scandal Since 1989

Shohei Ohtani's interpreter has been fired over alleged gambling, theft

(Newser) - Shohei Ohtani's interpreter and close friend has been fired by the Los Angeles Dodgers following allegations of illegal gambling and theft from the Japanese baseball star, the AP reports. Interpreter Ippei Mizuhara, 39, was let go from the team Wednesday following reports from the Los Angeles Times and ESPN...

Darryl Strawberry Suffers Heart Attack

Former MLB star posts that 'all is well' after stent procedure before his 62nd birthday

(Newser) - Darryl Strawberry suffered a heart attack and underwent an emergency stent procedure on Monday, but People reports that it didn't keep the former MLB All-Star down for long. "Praising God for His amazing grace and loving mercy in saving my life this evening from a heart attack,"...

Dodgers' Ohtani Makes a Surprise Announcement

Turns out the 29-year-old star is now hitched to a Japanese woman

(Newser) - Baseball star Shohei Ohtani has stunningly revealed he's married. Ohtani wrote on Thursday on Instagram , in Japanese: "The season is approaching, but I would like to announce to everyone that I have gotten married." He said his new wife was a "Japanese woman," without identifying...

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
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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...

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,...

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...

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...

Mickey Mantle's Boyhood Home Is Being Sold to 47K People

Investment company plans to sell shares for $7

(Newser) - The home where one of baseball's greatest sluggers learned to bat is being sold to tens of thousands of people. Collectibles investment company Rally is using its "fractional ownership" model with real estate for the first time and plans to offer 47,000 shares in the home for...

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...

He's Erasing a 2012 Murder, One Pitch at a Time
He's Erasing a 2012 Murder,
One Pitch at a Time
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He's Erasing a 2012 Murder, One Pitch at a Time

Minor-league pitcher Zac Kristofak's mother was murdered by his father when he was a teen

(Newser) - The Athletic profiles a 25-year-old minor-league pitcher named Zac Kristofak, and it's a safe bet you'll be rooting for him to make the majors after reading. That's not solely because of his pitching, exactly. It has more to do with the tattoo of "D.N.K....

This Is How to Win the Little League World Series

Louis Lappe of El Segundo, California, hits a game-ending home run

(Newser) - The Little League World Championship belongs to an American team thanks to a dramatic game-ending home run from a 12-year-old. Louis Lappe won the game for El Segundo, California, with a towering solo homer in the sixth and final inning to break a 5-5 tie against Curacao in the title...

His Incredible Season Takes a Devastating Turn
Injured as
a Pitcher,
Star Returns
as a Hitter
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Injured as a Pitcher, Star Returns as a Hitter

Shohei Ohtani won't pitch again this year but is in the Angels lineup as a DH

(Newser) - Shohei Ohtani's season as a pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels ended on Wednesday, but he reappeared in the lineup as a designated hitter on Friday. The normally two-way star was scheduled to bat second against the New York Mets on Friday night, ESPN reports, in the first game...

'J-Rod' Did Two Things Nobody in Baseball Has Ever Done

Mariners' Julio Rodriguez had 17 hits in 4 games, reached base 17 straight times he put ball in play

(Newser) - Even the most casual of baseball fans might take a moment to wrap their heads around what Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners just accomplished. The 22-year-old center-fielder wrapped up a sizzling and historic five-game stretch at the plate. Highlights:
  • Within that span, "J-Rod" had 17 hits in four
...

You've Probably Never Seen a Bat Like This

Bryson Stott of the Phillies uses one painted like a No. 2 pencil in Little League Classic

(Newser) - The Nationals beat the Phillies 4-3 on Sunday, but the game is more notable for the unusual gear used by players from both teams. Like the bat custom-painted to resemble a No. 2 pencil by the Phillies' Bryson Stott, per the AP . On the opposing side, Joey Meneses wielded one...

Pitcher's Game Is One 'I'm Going to Remember Forever'

New York Yankees' Domingo German pitches perfect game in 11-0 victory over Athletics

(Newser) - Since arriving in the big leagues six years ago, Domingo German has been anything but perfect—until now. The New York Yankees right-hander pitched the 24th perfect game in major league history Wednesday night, retiring every Oakland batter in an 11-0 victory over the Athletics. It was the first perfect...

Pitcher Booed at Home After Anti-LGBTQ Post

Anthony Bass of the Toronto Blue Jays has apologized

(Newser) - Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Anthony Bass does not appear to be a fan favorite at the moment after he shared an anti-LGBTQ video on social media. When the relief pitcher entered the game Wednesday night in Toronto, hometown fans could be heard booing, reports Yahoo Sports and CP24.com . What'...

College Baseball Player Dies as Makeshift Dugout Falls

Angel Mercado, 19, of Central Penn College was helping take down the structure

(Newser) - A 19-year-old college baseball player in Pennsylvania has died in a freak accident involving a makeshift dugout, reports CBS News . Angel Mercado of Central Penn College was helping take down the wooden structure at a baseball field in Harrisburg when it fell on top of him Monday, per WHP . The...

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