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  • Braves’ Marcell Ozuna injured after wife allegedly hit him with soap dish

    06/05/2020 7:11:12 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 5, 2020 | Lia Eustachewich
    The wife of the Atlanta Braves’ Marcell Ozuna was busted on domestic battery charges for allegedly hitting the outfielder with a soap dish, according to a report. Ozuna suffered a “small laceration” to his face in the scuffle with his wife, Genesis, Miami radio host Andy Slater tweeted on Friday.
  • June 4 in sports history: 10-cent beer plus MLB equals toxic brew

    06/04/2020 7:19:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    Yardbarker ^ | June 4, 2020 | Staff
    1974: 10-cent beer on a warm night in Cleveland? Hey, what could go wrong? Early in the Rangers-Indians game at dumpy Municipal Stadium, inebriated young fans among the crowd of 25,000 ran onto the field during "Beer Night," some wielding knives and chairs, according to an Associated Press report. Firecrackers were occasionally heard — some were even thrown into the Rangers dugout. Then a naked guy ran onto the field in the sixth inning.
  • Report: Chances of 2020 MLB Season Happening 'Pretty Close to Zero'

    05/28/2020 6:06:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 5/28/20 | Rob Goldberg
    At least one player thinks there won't be a 2020 MLB season as players and owners dispute over money. Jon Heyman of MLB Network discussed a recent call between the league and the players association Thursday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria (via Ryan Hannable of WEEI), relaying a message from someone involved. "The call was last night. I was getting texts. I got a text from a player—and I think they are going to get a deal, I think they are going to work it out. I can't believe they are going to blow it up over economics. But, from...
  • Reopening Sports: ‘Real Sports’ Bryant Gumbel On “Greed” Fueled Pro Leagues Wanting To Start Up Amidst COVID-19 Realities & Second Wave Worries

    05/26/2020 6:27:53 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    Deadline ^ | May 26, 2020 | Dominic Patten
    “Any quick history lesson about how owners in sports have acted over time, how they’ve interacted with communities and governments and public coffers and everything else will tell you that greed dictates basically whatever they try to do,” Bryant Gumbel bluntly says of the motivation behind leagues like the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL to get their players back in action from the coronavirus lockdown of the past two months. “I think they view athletes as commodities to get them to an end,” the host of HBO’s Real Sports added. Never one to play it safe over the 25-seasons...
  • COVID-19 and MLB’s reopening plan could put minor league teams out of business

    05/19/2020 8:18:42 AM PDT · by Mariner · 28 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | May 19th, 2020 | By Jason Anderson
    Baseball could be back by the Fourth of July under a plan to start a shortened big league season without fans, but it might be gone forever in some cities and towns that make up the game’s sprawling minor league system. While Major League Baseball and its players quarrel over how to split billions in reduced revenue dollars under a return-to-play proposal, minor league teams face even starker economic realities due to the coronavirus pandemic. From the Pacific Coast to Portland, Maine, the business of minor league baseball churns on ticket sales, in-game advertisements and game revenues like popcorn and...
  • Doug Hertz - trying not to cry over 60 million ounces of spilt beer

    05/18/2020 10:48:30 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Saporta Report ^ | 5/18/20 | Maria Saporta
    The first half of April should have been a nirvana of sports and entertainment in Georgia. The Final Four was to be played at the Mercedes Benz Stadium from April 4 to 6. The Masters Tournament was scheduled to take place in Augusta from April 9 to April 12. And the Atlanta Braves were supposed to host their opening homestand of the 2020 season - six consecutive home games at Truist Park starting April 3. Instead, that world ended abruptly with the cancelations and postponements of all those events – and life as we knew it - due to the...
  • New MLB rules: shower at home, don’t spit, Mr Met stay away

    05/17/2020 2:13:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2020 | By RONALD BLUM
    NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball will look somewhat like high school ball this year under protocols to deal with the new coronavirus, with showers at ballparks discouraged and players possibly arriving in uniform, like they did when they were teenagers. Team personnel will be banned from eating at restaurants on road trips. The traditional exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, along with high-fives, fist bumps, and bat boys and girls, according to a 67-page draft of Major League Baseball’s proposed 2020 Operations Manual. Spitting is prohibited along with water jugs and the use of saunas, steam rooms, pools...
  • Rays ace Blake Snell says he refuses to play for reduced MLB salary...

    05/17/2020 1:11:14 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 29 replies
    ESPN.COM ^ | May 14, 2020 | ESPN News Service
    Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell says he will not play this season for a reduced salary, especially because the risk of contracting the coronavirus is "just not worth it." Snell voiced his opposition to Major League Baseball's reported proposal of a 50-50 revenue split with the players for a coronavirus-shortened season in a video posted to social media Wednesday. "Y'all gotta understand, man, for me to go -- for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof," Snell said while answering questions on his Twitch channel. "It's a shorter season, less...
  • Review: Lou Gehrig's generosity of spirit shines in new book

    05/12/2020 9:37:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    The Post Star ^ | 5/12 | Jeff Rowe
    ou Gehrig: The Lost Memoir,” Alan D. Gaff (Simon & Schuster) In the pre-television and internet era, it’s hard to imagine the wattage a star player such as Lou Gehrig created or the emotion generated by his famous 1939 farewell speech at Yankee Stadium. Decades later, as the Baltimore Orioles’ Cal Ripken closed in on the consecutive games record Gehrig had held since Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis took him out of the lineup, the ghost of Gehrig visited that 1995 season, reminding us again of the man of uncommon decency and grace and a body built to drive baseballs out of...
  • MLB owners approve plan to start coronavirus-delayed 2020 season: report

    05/11/2020 1:18:09 PM PDT · by DFG · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/11/2020 | Ryan Gaydos
    Major League Baseball owners reportedly approved a plan that could start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July in ballparks without fans. Spring training could start in early-to-mid June and the National League would use a designated hitter during the 2020 season, according to multiple reports. Each team would play an 82-game regular season with most teams playing games in their own divisions and interleague not going past regional matchups such as AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West. The postseason would expand to 14 teams by doubling the number...
  • The pandemic has reminded us: We don’t need more sports in our lives — we need less

    05/10/2020 8:18:18 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 33 replies
    Washington Compost ^ | May 10, 2020 | Norman Chad
    A while ago — the exact year escapes me — I determined that someway, somewhere, in some manner or some fashion, most of us in America had somehow lost our minds. The nation is on tilt of late because we must stay home for a long, long time because of the novel coronavirus pandemic, also known to Alabamians and Georgians as the Don’t Even Think of Messing With the SEC Football Schedule pandemic. Anyway, apparently everyone — and when I say “everyone,” I mean anyone within shouting distance of Skip Bayless or Stephen. A Smith — wants sports back ASAP.*...
  • Former baseball star Darryl Strawberry goes to bat for Trump

    05/07/2020 10:48:23 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 07 2020 | Paul Steinhauser
    One-time Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry is stepping to the plate for President Trump’s reelection. Strawberry – who gained fame in the 1980s as the slugger who helped the New York Mets win a World Series – is one of the three guests taking part Thursday night in a Trump campaign live webcast titled "Faith in America: Black Voices for Trump" that’s being hosted by senior adviser Katrina Pierson. The baseball legend – who later in his career played for the crosstown rival New York Yankees as they won three championships in the mid to late 1990s – has...
  • Steve Dalkowski, inspiration for 'Bull Durham,' dies at 80

    04/30/2020 3:37:25 PM PDT · by DFG · 17 replies
    ABC News ^ | 04/24/2020 | Ronald Blum
    Steve Dalkowski, a hard-throwing, wild left-hander whose minor league career inspired the creation of Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham," has died. He was 80. He died Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. His sister, Patricia Cain, said Friday he had several pre-existing conditions that were complicated when he became infected with the new coronavirus. Dalkowski had been in assisted living for 26 years because of alcoholic dementia. Dalkowski never reached the major leagues but was said to have thrown well over 100 mph. Long before velocity was tracked with precision, he spawned legends that...
  • Former Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully ‘resting comfortably’ in hospital after taking a fall at his home

    04/24/2020 10:04:01 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 71 replies
    KTLA ^ | 04/23/2020
    Scully, 92, called Dodgers games for 67 seasons, spanning 13 National League pennants, six World Series championships, and a move across the country. He began in 1950 when the team was in Brooklyn. He retired at the end of the 2016 season after 59 years in Los Angeles. Vin Scully took a fall in his home on Tuesday afternoon. He is hospitalized and is resting comfortably.
  • Baseball quietly returns to South Korea as games begin without fans

    04/22/2020 3:15:50 PM PDT · by FreeFromWhat · 12 replies
    Baseball is back. Play ball!
  • Baseball back as professional sport returns in South Korea

    04/21/2020 2:48:57 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 8 replies
    France24 ^ | April 21, 2020
    Seoul (AFP) - Professional sport returned to South Korea on Tuesday as coronavirus restrictions ease, with the first pitch thrown in a baseball pre-season derby in front of empty stands. The Seoul-based Doosan Bears and LG Twins are Korea's biggest rivals in the country's most popular spectator sport and their shared stadium in the capital's Jamsil area would usually be packed. But with fans barred, the stands were empty as the Twins' Cha Woo-chan threw the first pitch. Even the cheerleaders -- an essential element of firing up the atmosphere at what would normally be a feverish encounter -- were...
  • Benches clear during CPBL baseball game in Taiwan

    04/19/2020 11:25:11 AM PDT · by DFG · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 04/19/2020 | Justin Tasch
    Things are starting to get heated in the Taiwan baseball league. Some fans looking for their sports fix have tuned in to the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), which restarted last week with robots and cardboard cutouts in the stands amid the coronavirus outbreak. And anyone watching Sunday’s Rakuten Monkeys-Fubon Guardians game on Eleven Sports — which streams Monkeys games on Twitter with English commentary — witnessed the benches clear after Guardians pitcher Henry Sosa drilled Monkeys infielder Kuo Yen-Wen. Sosa, a 34-year-old right-hander who made 10 starts for the Astros in 2011, kept throwing far inside to Kuo in...
  • A Return for Baseball Would Require a New Debate Over Players' Pay

    04/18/2020 7:35:15 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 18, 2020 | Tyler Kepner
    Everybody wants a baseball season. Nobody knows quite how that will look amid the coronavirus pandemic. Those are the only certainties for a sport that has an unbroken chain of seasons with at least 100 games stretching back to the 19th century. But as more and more hopeful hints have emerged this week — from Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading expert on infectious diseases, and from Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, who both publicly touted the feasibility of playing in empty ballparks — a distressing backdrop still looms: If teams cannot sell tickets, how much will...
  • Retired players being hurt by baseball’s coronavirus hiatus

    04/18/2020 3:02:15 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 13 replies
    New York Post ^ | April 17, 2020 | Ken Davidoff
    The dominoes moved swiftly — instantaneously, really — upon the shutdown’s execution. “When Major League Baseball postponed the start of its season on Thursday, March 12, my phone rang like the ‘Sell!’ scene in the movie ‘Trading Places,’ ” Andrew Levy wrote in a text message, “with just about every client either postponing or canceling the player appearances that had been scheduled.” Without games or group get-togethers, there sure as heck wasn’t a need for your favorite retired ballplayer to liven up an event. Hence this contingent of guys who make a living off their name long after their final...
  • ON BASEBALL; Failure to Win in '97 Left Mark on Yankees

    04/18/2020 2:51:47 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 25, 2001 | Murray Chass
    For most players and teams, the baseball season ends basically at the end of September. Play 162 games and go home. The Yankees' season, however, is like a run-on sentence; it just keeps going. The Yankees, of course, like it that way. George Steinbrenner pays them well enough to cover the overtime, and if they win 11 games in October (and, for this year only, maybe November), they are champions. They reached the requisite number each of the past three years and four years in the past five. It was that odd year when they fell short of 11 victories...