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Shohei Ohtani Hits an Epic Home Run
Shohei Ohtani
Hits an Epic
Home Run
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Shohei Ohtani Hits an Epic Home Run

It travels 473 feet, comes within a whisker of leaving Dodger Stadium

(Newser) - Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani became the first National League player to hit 30 home runs this season on Sunday, and he did so in a way that had teammates and sportscasters searching for superlatives. The designated hitter's solo homer in the fifth inning against the Boston Red Sox traveled...

MLB Player Charged With Sexual Abuse of 14-Year-Old

Trial is scheduled for Tampa Bay's Wander Franco in Dominican Republic

(Newser) - Prosecutors have filed multiple charges against Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Wander Franco, who is scheduled to go on trial Aug. 14 in the Dominican Republic, accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. Officials said Wednesday that the indictment includes the girl's mother, the AP reports. Prosecutors said Franco paid the...

Pitcher Hits a Wall, Goes on Injured List

Colten Brewer's bad outing against Angels got worse

(Newser) - A Chicago Cubs reliever has two months to think about what he's done. Righthander Colten Brewer was placed on the 60-day injured list after breaking his left hand when he slugged a wall in frustration on Saturday, CBS Sports reports. He'd just given up three runs to the...

Rockies Win in a Way No Team Has Ever Done

Deciding run scores thanks to a pitch-clock violation

(Newser) - It will go down in the scorebook as a bases-loaded walk, a not-so-unusual event baseball. However, this particular walk made a little history: It's the first to decide a game that resulted from a pitch-clock violation, reports USA Today . The play happened Saturday as the Colorado Rockies played the...

At Rickwood, Reggie Jackson Describes Enduring Racism

Hall of Famer, MLB visited longtime home of Negro Leagues team

(Newser) - Major League Baseball made a celebratory visit to Rickwood Field in Alabama on Thursday night that included a Giants-Cardinals game and festivities honoring the Negro Leagues, whose Birmingham Black Barons long played there, and the late Willie Mays . Fox Sports broadcasters interviewed a series of former players, the Washington Post ...

'Say Hey Kid' Willie Mays Is Dead at 93

He was a baseball legend

(Newser) - Willie Mays, the electrifying "Say Hey Kid" whose singular combination of talent, drive and exuberance made him one of baseball's greatest and most beloved players, has died at age 93. Mays' family and the San Francisco Giants jointly announced Tuesday night he had "passed away peacefully" Tuesday...

After Homer in London, a Fitting Celebration

MLB star Bryce Harper does a soccer-style slide

(Newser) - MLB star Bryce Harper is no stranger to home runs. But he busted out a first-of-its-kind celebration on Saturday when he homered during a game played in London—a soccer-style knee slide. Watch it here , via ESPN. "I didn't tell any of my teammates because I wanted them...

Ohtani's Former Interpreter Pleads Guilty to 2 Charges

'MLB considers Shohei Ohtani a victim of fraud and this matter has been closed'

(Newser) - Los Angeles Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani's former interpreter could be facing a sentence of up to 33 years in prison, possibly followed by deportation to Japan, after pleading guilty to bank and tax fraud charges Tuesday. Ippei Mizuhara will be sentenced on Oct. 25, ESPN reports. Prosecutors said Mizuhara...

MLB May Impose a Rare Lifetime Ban on Infielder
MLB Imposes a Rare
Lifetime Ban on Infielder
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MLB Imposes a Rare Lifetime Ban on Infielder

Tucupita Marcano bet on his own team while he was out injured

(Newser) - San Diego Padres infielder Tucupita Marcano has become the Pete Rose of his day, and not in a good way. Major League Baseball on Tuesday imposed a lifetime ban on the 24-year-old over gambling, reports the AP . Coverage:
  • The bets: The league found that Marcano placed bets last season not
...

Mets to Cut Pitcher Who Threw Glove Into Stands

After ejection, Jorge Lopez seemingly called team the worst in the MLB

(Newser) - Jorge Lopez is being cut by the struggling New York Mets after an outburst this week. The relief pitcher threw his glove into the stands following his ejection Wednesday at Citi Field. Mets manager Carlos Mendoza called the outburst "not acceptable" and said it would be handled internally. Lopez...

Move Over, Ty Cobb. There's a New Batting Champ in Town

MLB incorporates player stats from the Negro Leagues, and Josh Gibson breaks some records

(Newser) - Josh Gibson became Major League Baseball's career leader on Tuesday, with a .372 batting average that surpasses Ty Cobb's .367. The change came thanks to the incorporation of Negro Leagues records for more than 2,300 players following a three-year research project. Gibson's .466 average for the...

Baseball's Most Controversial Ump Is Out
Baseball's
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Ump Is Out
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Baseball's Most Vilified Ump Is Out

Angel Hernandez retires midseason

(Newser) - News that a Major League Baseball umpire is retiring typically doesn't make waves. But in this case, the umpire just happens to be the most vilified one in the game—Angel Hernandez. As coverage shows, however, not everybody thinks he deserves his reputation:
  • Retirement: Hernandez, 62, announced his retirement
...

Baseball Has a Catchers Problem
Baseball Has
a Catchers Problem

Baseball Has a Catchers Problem

They keep getting hit by batters, the sign of a fundamental shift in the position

(Newser) - It was a gruesome injury to one of baseball's best catchers: A Mets batter swung at a pitch during a May 7 game and ended up connecting instead with the left arm of Willson Contreras, fracturing it. The All-Star catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals is now out for...

Rookie Has a Day for the Books
Rookie Has a Day for the Books

Rookie Has a Day for the Books

The Pirates' Paul Skenes throws a no-hitter for six innings, striking out 11

(Newser) - Pitching in the major leagues cannot be as easy as Paul Skenes makes it look. The Pittsburgh rookie, one of the top prospects in baseball, threw a no-hitter for six innings in Chicago on Friday before the Pirates' bullpen took over. That was the end of the no-hitter, but Skenes...

Baseball Has a Serious Pitcher Problem
Baseball
Has a Serious
Pitcher
Problem
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Baseball Has a Serious Pitcher Problem

They're getting injured and requiring surgery at an alarming rate, the Ringer reports

(Newser) - Baseball has an "ace problem," writes Ben Lindbergh in the Ringer . As in, its pitchers are getting injured at an alarming rate and requiring Tommy John surgery to fix their elbows. More precisely, to repair their ulnar collateral ligament, or UCL. Talk of a "Tommy John epidemic"...

It's One of the Strangest Baseball Ejections in a While

Ump tosses Yankees manager Aaron Boone, but it was a fan who did the heckling

(Newser) - Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been tossed from plenty of games, but the way he got ejected Monday is one for the books—an apparent case of mistaken identity. It seems that ump Hunter Wendelstedt got heckled by a fan but thought it was Boone, reports USA Today . There's...

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,"...

New Rule: Stand for the Anthem
New Rule: Stand for the Anthem

New Rule: Stand for the Anthem

Giants manager Bob Melvin says it sends a message, though not a political one

(Newser) - It's not about politics, or patriotism, or his predecessor, the new manager of the San Francisco Giants said. But Bob Melvin now requires every person in his team's dugout to step onto the field and stand while the national anthem is being played. "It's more about...

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