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Someone Celebrated His Baseball Win a Little Too Hard

Mets closer Edwin Diaz may be out for season after hurting knee in World Baseball Classic celebration

(Newser) - New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz suffered a possibly season-ending injury Wednesday at a World Baseball Classic game, but it wasn't during the game itself. The Wall Street Journal reports that Diaz, 28, finished off the ninth inning during the international tournament in Miami for Puerto Rico's 5-2...

Ex-Phillies Got Brain Cancer After Playing on Artificial Turf

'Philadelphia Inquirer' digs into the cluster of rare glioblastoma cases

(Newser) - The Philadelphia Inquirer is out with a jarring story about that city's baseball team: The newspaper reports that six former members of the Philadelphia Phillies died of the rare brain cancer glioblastoma, and one thing they had in common is that they played on artificial turf at the since-demolished...

New Rules Shave 20 Minutes Off Games

One game ended on a clock violation, as players adjust to the changes

(Newser) - By the time Cubs outfielder Brennen Davis actually saw a pitch from Arizona's Joe Mantiply, the count was already at a ball and a strike. Both the hitter and pitcher were penalized at the start of Davis' at-bat to lead off the top of the third inning of Monday'...

MLB Teams Sign a Bunch of Players' Family Members

Among them: Padres sign Ethan Salas, younger bro of top Marlins prospect Jose Salas, for $5.6M

(Newser) - The San Diego Padres signed 16-year-old catcher Ethan Salas of Caracas, Venezuela, to a $5.6 million bonus on Sunday, the first day of the international signing period. Salas is the consensus top overall prospect in this year's class. The left-handed hitter is the younger brother of Jose Salas,...

MLB Suspends Trevor Bauer for 324 Games
Trevor Bauer's

Trevor Bauer's 324-Game Suspension Reduced

Dodgers pitcher will be reinstated immediately, MLB says

(Newser) - Trevor Bauer can return to Major League Baseball after an independent arbitrator on Thursday reduced his record 324-game suspension to 194 games. Bauer, the LA Dodgers pitcher who was accused of sexual assault last year, had appealed his suspension, which caused him to miss the entire 2022 season, or 144...

It's a Phillies-Astros World Series
We Have a New
World Series Matchup

We Have a New World Series Matchup

Houston and Philly will meet in baseball's big game

(Newser) - Bryce Harper and Kyle Schwarber breaking the Bank in Philly. Yordan Alvarez launching moonshots in H-Town. Dusty Baker trying for a most elusive win. Justin Verlander, too. A fired-up Harper and All-Stars JT Realmuto and Zack Wheeler, stepping onto baseball's biggest platform for the first time. Yo! The Philadelphia...

'Bizarre' Moment in MLB Playoff Game Leads to Cries of 'Cheater!'
'Bizarre' Moment in
MLB Playoff Game
Leads to Cries of 'Cheater!'

'Bizarre' Moment in MLB Playoff Game Leads to Cries of 'Cheater!'

San Diego Padres pitcher gets his ears checked at Mets manager's request

(Newser) - With a magnificent performance on a memorable night in Padres history, Joe Musgrove brought this one home for San Diego and really stuck it to the New York Mets. The big right-hander brushed off chants of “Cheater!” after a bizarre spot check by umpires on the mound, pitching...

Baseball Crowds Were Bigger, but Not at Pre-Pandemic Levels

More than 64M fans went to games this season

(Newser) - Even with home run chases by Aaron Judge and Albert Pujols, Major League Baseball wasn't able to coax fans to ballparks at pre-pandemic levels this season, though attendance did jump substantially from the COVID-affected campaign in 2021. The 30 MLB teams drew nearly 64.6 million fans for the...

Fan Who Caught Judge's HR Ball Gets a Huge Offer

Calif. auction house owner says he's willing to pay Cory Youmans $2M for the record-setting ball

(Newser) - The fan who caught the ball from Aaron Judge's 62nd home run of the season—a slam that propelled the 30-year-old slugger for the New York Yankees into the record books, breaking Roger Maris' number for most home runs in a season for the American League—has a big...

Team Starts Historic Lineup on Roberto Clemente Day

The late Hall of Famer is honored across baseball

(Newser) - The Tampa Bay Rays made major league history on Thursday by starting nine Latin American players against the Toronto Blue Jays. It happened as baseball celebrated Roberto Clemente Day, honoring the late Hall of Fame outfielder from Puerto Rico. Clemente played 18 seasons with Pittsburgh, per the AP , winning four...

Pitcher-Turned-Cop Is Killed in Crash

Port Authority officer Anthony Varvaro was headed to 9/11 ceremony

(Newser) - He pitched in the major leagues, then took the unusual career path of becoming a police officer. Now 37-year-old Anthony Varvaro is dead following a duty-related car crash, reports ABC7 . Varvaro, an officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was on his way to the World...

MLB Union Objects to New Rules Adding Clock, Limiting Shifts

Also coming next season: larger bases

(Newser) - Fans who disapprove of Major League Baseball's decision to have a clock govern the game for the first time can take comfort in the fact that the players union is unhappy, too. The sport's Competition Committee approved three rule changes on Friday, including adding a pitch clock. Afterward,...

Hot Streak Puts Homer Milestone in Reach

Albert Pujols may hit 700th home run before retiring after all

(Newser) - Conventional baseball wisdom suggested Albert Pujols would end this season, his last, just short of 700 home runs—painfully shy of joining the group that numbers only Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth. That script is being rewritten, Bob Nightengale writes in USA Today . After hitting five home runs...

MLB Player Who Dropped Phone Faces Fine, Suspension

Pittsburgh Pirates' Rodolfo Castro is appealing the decision

(Newser) - Update: Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Rodolfo Castro has been hit with a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for having a iPhone in his pocket during a game last week, a violation of the league's strict ban on electronic devices on the field. The suspension would have kept him...

Star's Suspension Shakes Up MLB
Star's Suspension
Shakes Up MLB

Star's Suspension Shakes Up MLB

Tatis is out till next year after testing positive for performance-enhancing substance

(Newser) - The San Diego Padres had just cleaned out their farm system for trades to build a team capable of reaching the World Series. The biggest addition, just before the trade deadline last week, was Juan Soto, an outfielder who's one of the biggest stars in the game. They already...

Mike Trout Has Rare Back Issue
Mike Trout Has
Rare Back Issue

Mike Trout Has Rare Back Issue

'My career isn't over,' 3-time MVP says after diagnosis

(Newser) - Mike Trout, the Los Angeles Angels' star centerfielder and three-time league MVP who's considered by many to be among the best players in baseball, has developed a rare back condition that could limit him for the rest of his career. The condition is called costovertebral dysfunction at T5, CNN...

This Year's All-Star Game Features a Rare Pairing

2 brothers, the Contrerases, will start for the National League

(Newser) - When Major League Baseball plays its annual All-Star Game on July 19, the National League's starting roster will feature a rare thing: two brothers. Willson Contreras of the Chicago Cubs is the catcher, while younger brother William Contreras of the Atlanta Braves is the team's designated hitter, reports...

Ballplayer's COVID Lesson: Keep Quiet if You Have Symptoms

Mets pitcher went on the list after a positive test but insists, 'I was never sick'

(Newser) - New York Mets pitcher Chris Bassitt said Thursday that he "probably won't" inform team and Major League Baseball officials if he feels COVID-19 symptoms in the future. MLB should “just stop testing,” he said, the AP reports. Bassitt was placed on the COVID-19 list on July...

SF Giants Manager Takes a Stand After Uvalde

Gabe Kapler: I won't come out for national anthem till 'I feel ... better about the direction of our country'

(Newser) - In the wake of the Uvalde mass shooting , the sports world is weighing in. Now joining Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr , the Miami Heat , and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays in speaking out is San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, who says he's not going...

During MLB Matchup, a Most Unusual Twitter Stream

During Thursday's game between Yankees, Rays, teams live-tweeted stats on gun violence

(Newser) - MLB fans looking to keep up with the game Thursday night between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays got quite the surprise when they logged on to Twitter. Instead of stats and play-by-plays, the two teams instead used their accounts to tweet out facts on gun violence. In...

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