Tag: Baseball

2019 American League Preview: How Hard Will It Be for the Red Sox to Repeat? Ask the Astros.

The Houston Astros blitzed through their first four playoff games last October, including the opener of the American League Championship Series at Fenway Park in Boston. Then they lost four in a row to the Red Sox, who went on to replace them as World Series champions. George Springer, the most valuable player of the […]

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How an Owner With Deep Roots Lured Bryce Harper to Lay Down His Own

CLEARWATER, Fla. — John Middleton knew the opportunity when he saw it. He was 9 years old in September 1964, sitting with his father in the upper deck above third base at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. The Phillies were coasting to the World Series, it seemed, leading the National League by six and a […]

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For a Mike Trout, M.L.B. Flaunts Its Wealth. Average Players Reap Austerity.

The best way to understand Mike Trout, the outfielder for baseball’s Los Angeles Angels, who on Tuesday reportedly agreed to the richest contract in North American sports, is as the perfect reflection of his sport. Little known to many Americans, including some sports fans, Trout, 27, is the best player in a game that has […]

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As M.L.B.’s Season Opens in Japan, at Least the Dirt Is Familiar

TOKYO — Major League Baseball begins its 2019 season on Wednesday in Japan with the first of two games between the Oakland Athletics and the Seattle Mariners. But when the teams take the field at the Tokyo Dome, don’t say they’re playing on foreign soil. That’s because 12 tons of clay, silt and sand mixtures […]

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On Baseball: Mike Trout Didn’t Go on the Market. It Came to Him

This was always the logical blueprint for Mike Trout, the greatest and least complicated player in baseball. Trout would not sell himself short financially, but he also would not draw out the process of determining his future. He and the Los Angeles Angels would wait for Bryce Harper to set a contract record in free […]

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Craig Landis, Mike Trout’s Agent: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Twitter/Tyler Landis Craig Landis pictured on his son’s Twitter page. Craig Landis is Los Angeles Angeles outfielder Mike Trout’s agent. Landis, a former professional baseball player in his own right, has successfully landed his client the biggest contract in the history of professional sports. On March 19, it was widely reported that Trout, 27, would […]

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San Francisco Mayor and Civic Groups Call for Punishment of Giants C.E.O.

The mayor of San Francisco endorsed a call by civic groups on Monday for Major League Baseball to impose a serious penalty on the chief executive of the San Francisco Giants for a public altercation with his wife that was caught on video this month. A coalition of women’s groups posted an open letter online […]

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