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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&#39;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...

Player Gets Fine, 1 Game for Calling Opponent &#39;Jackie&#39;
Yankees Player
Broadens His

Yankees Player Broadens His Apology

Josh Donaldson tells Rachel Robinson he holds her Hall of Famer husband 'in the highest regard'

(Newser) - Update: Josh Donaldson, the Yankees player suspended by Major League Baseball after addressing an opponent as "Jackie," has apologized to Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson's family. In a statement issued Thursday, CBS Sports reports, Donaldson reiterated that he had meant no disrespect and had already apologized to...

Reporter Hit by '95MPH Line Drive' Is Recovering

Kelsey Wingert was hit in the head while covering Colorado Rockies game

(Newser) - Colorado Rockies TV reporter Kelsey Wingert says she is recovering after a foul ball hit her in the head during Monday's game in Denver. "I took a 95 MPH line drive to my head," she tweeted Wednesday night, sharing a photo of her stitches. The 29-year-old, who...

Padres Are First MLB Team to Reach a Uniform Ad Deal

They'll be wearing Motorola patches next season

(Newser) - There will be a new pitch on Major League Baseball fields next season. The San Diego Padres became the first team to announce a deal for ads on their uniforms, saying Tuesday that patches with a Motorola logo will be worn on the right sleeves of their jerseys. The March...

One Player Makes More Than the Orioles

Average MLB salary hits $4.4M, with Max Scherzer paid the most

(Newser) - The average salary in the major leagues rebounded to $4.4 million on opening day, boosted by a frenzy of free agent signings before and after the 99-day lockout, according to a study of baseball contracts by the AP . New York Mets pitcher Max Scherzer set a season record at...

Checks of Pitchers for Cheating to Become Less Predictable

Spin rates rose once players got used to inspections, MLB memo says

(Newser) - Major League Baseball is asking umpires to make more random checks of pitchers for sticky substances after watching its crackdown become less effective late last season. Regular checks for grip aids began June 21. Spin rates fell at first, an MLB sent memo to teams and players Friday says. "...

MLB Expands Playoffs, DH
MLB Deal
Playoffs, DH

MLB Deal Expands Playoffs, DH

More rule changes could be implemented next season under agreement

(Newser) - "I want to start by apologizing to our fans," Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said in announcing that owners and players have agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement , allowing the 2022 season to begin April 7. After 99 days, the owners canceled their lockout at 7pm Thursday; they'...

Stuck on International Draft, MLB Cancels More Games
MLB Cancels
Another 93 Games

MLB Cancels Another 93 Games

Owners, players are closer on some issues, but not an international amateur draft

(Newser) - Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred canceled 93 more games Wednesday, appearing to close the remaining chance to play a full 162-game schedule and threatening locked-out players with loss of salary and service time. After the sides narrowed many economic differences and became bogged down over management's attempt to gain an...

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