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Phenom's Latest Start: 7 Innings, No Hits

Paul Skenes ties Nolan Ryan's achievement, could start All-Star Game

(Newser) - Paul Skenes struck out 11 in seven no-hit innings in another dominant performance, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 on Thursday. Skenes threw 99 pitches in his 11th major league start, 65 for strikes. The right-hander, who's going to the All-Star Game after just 11 major...

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 ...

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...

Baseball's Most Controversial Ump Is Out
Most Vilified
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

Tantrum Puts Pitcher on IL
Pitcher Breaks Hand in Tantrum

Pitcher Breaks Hand in Tantrum

'It just wasn't a smart move,' Brock Burke's manager says

(Newser) - Texas Rangers reliever Brock Burke broke his non-throwing hand while punching a wall following a poor outing Friday night against the Houston Astros. Manager Bruce Bochy said the left-hander broke his right hand when he punched the wall "out of frustration" and was placed on the injured list Saturday....

For Several Years, Oakland A's Will Play in Minor League Park

Team rejects Oakland extension, will wait in West Sacramento for Las Vegas stadium to be built

(Newser) - The Athletics will leave Oakland after this season and play at a minor league park near Sacramento until their planned new stadium in Las Vegas is built. The A's announced the decision to play at the home of the Sacramento River Cats from 2025 through 2027 with an option...

'Saddened' Ohtani Says He Was Lied to, Stolen From

Dodgers star insists he hasn't bet on sports

(Newser) - Shohei Ohtani said Monday that he never bet on sports or knowingly paid any gambling debts accumulated by his longtime interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara. Instead, the Los Angeles Dodgers star claims his close friend lied to him for years and stole millions from the two-time MVP, the AP reports. Ohtani gave...

MLB Investigates Ohtani Interpreter Case

Statement says news reports were the first baseball heard of the allegations

(Newser) - With the scandal tied to Shohei Ohtani deepening—and becoming murkier—Major League Baseball announced that it has launched a formal investigation into accusations involving gambling by the superstar's interpreter. A statement issued Friday says MLB has been "gathering information since we learned about the allegations involving Shohei...

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,"...

A's Ballpark Renderings Might Look Familiar

Design resembling Sydney Opera House destined for the Las Vegas Strip

(Newser) - The Oakland Athletics and their design teams released renderings Tuesday of the club's planned $1.5 billion stadium in Las Vegas that show five overlapping layers with a similar look to the famous Sydney Opera House, per the AP . The A's hope to move into that 33,000-seat...

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...

Jen Pawol Takes Field in Spring Training Game

Groundbreaking female umpire will work behind the plate next

(Newser) - It took eight years, but Jen Pawol has made the leap from the minors to a major league game spring training contest as an umpire. Pawol worked the Grapefruit League opener Saturday between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Florida. The debut marked the first time...

Union Worries About Effect of Clock Change

After one season of limiting pitchers, MLB gives them less time when a runner is on base

(Newser) - Major League Baseball went nearly 150 years without limiting the time between pitches, before instituting a clock last season. Average game times fell 24 minutes, Yahoo Sports reports, to 2 hours, 40 minutes, and MLB has decided to give pitchers less time this season: 18 seconds instead of 20 when...

MLB Players Point Out Drawbacks to New Uniforms

Union gathers feedback, which includes an awkward problem

(Newser) - Complaints are piling up about Major League Baseball's new uniforms as time runs short to change them before Opening Day. The Players Association is collecting reviews during spring training, ESPN reports, and the most recent problem to surface is the most awkward: a certain see-through quality that would seem...

Female Umpire Moves Closer to Big Leagues

Jen Pawol will work spring training games this year

(Newser) - Jen Pawol is on the verge of becoming Major League Baseball's first female umpire. The 47-year-old from New Jersey has been selected to work a full-time big league spring training schedule this year, reports CBS Sports . That puts her on track to become the first woman to umpire a...

Ex-Mets GM Busted Over Use of an Old Baseball Scheme

Billy Eppler is the first penalized for exploiting league's well-known 'phantom injured list'

(Newser) - Former New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler was suspended through the 2024 World Series on Friday by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded he directed team staff to fabricate injuries to create open roster spots. Manfred said in a statement that Eppler directed "the deliberate fabrication of injuries;...

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...

$700M for Ohtani Is About Right
At $700M, Ohtani Isn't Overpaid

At $700M, Ohtani Isn't Overpaid

The two-way star will be Taylor Swift-like in generating revenue, Bob Nightengale writes

(Newser) - The Los Angeles Dodgers are going to pay Shohei Ohtani an astounding $700 million over the next decade, the biggest contract in North American sports history. And baseball's biggest attraction is worth it, Bob Nightengale writes in an opinion piece in USA Today. "He'll generate more money...

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