Tag: Baseball

Former Angels Employee Charged in Pitcher’s Overdose Death

A former employee of the Los Angeles Angels was charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with the fatal overdose of Tyler Skaggs, a pitcher for the team, federal prosecutors announced on Friday. The former employee, Eric Prescott Kay, who worked as the team’s communications director, surrendered himself in Fort Worth and appeared before […]

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The Weird, Disturbing (and Comforting) Return of Pro Sports

Finally, we thought: Sports. After months of living in a state of paralytic dread, we could once again find distraction in a jump shot, a slap shot, a moon shot. We could set aside our fears and anxieties — our grief — for matters no more urgent than a man on second with two out […]

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M.L.B. Tightens Virus Protocols Again in Wake of Outbreaks

With the St. Louis Cardinals sidelined by a raft of positive coronavirus tests — and the Miami Marlins playing with a reconstructed roster after their own outbreak caused the league to reshuffle schedules in late July — Major League Baseball has again tightened its health protocols in an effort to safely navigate the rest of […]

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A’s Mike Fiers Has Moved On From Astros Cheating Scandal

It wasn’t exactly the 2020 debut Mike Fiers had spent an interrupted spring training and abbreviated summer camp envisioning. When he finally got on the mound for a real game on Major League Baseball’s opening weekend, Oakland’s right-handed pitcher allowed seven hits and four runs — three of them on a mighty home run by […]

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Fair Balls and Foul Language

The frustration was understandable. After striking out Yankees first baseman Luke Voit to end a tough inning that included walking two batters, Boston Red Sox pitcher Austin Brice stomped off the mound on Sunday while berating himself. “Walked everybody,” he shouted at himself, clearly picked up by the TV broadcast in an empty stadium. “Damn […]

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As the Virus Spreads Through M.L.B., So Does Frustration

Major League Baseball is like a beleaguered landlord with 30 frightened tenants. Flooding in one apartment damages several others. The pipes get fixed, and then mold spreads in the room down the hall. Nobody wants to condemn the building, but everyone knows it might collapse. So it was on Monday, when the Miami Marlins worked […]

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Why One Team Named the Indians Won’t Be Changing Its Name

Many sports teams using names and mascots invoking Native Americans do so over the longstanding and strenuous objections of people who say it is racist. Some teams, after years of stubborn refusal, have recently relented, like the Washington Football Team of the N.F.L., which abandoned its nickname earlier this month. Then there are the Spokane […]

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‘Everyone Can Do Better’: Baseball Searches for Blame Amid Outbreaks

With the Major League Baseball season becoming more precarious seemingly by the day amid a slow but steady stream of new coronavirus cases among the teams, the league’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, issued something of a rallying cry. “We are playing,” Manfred told ESPN on Saturday. “The players need to be better, but I am not […]

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Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes Opts Out of 2020 Season

Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has opted out of the rest of the 2020 Major League Baseball season, Brodie Van Wagenen, the team’s general manager, announced Sunday afternoon. Van Wagenen said Cespedes was opting out for “Covid-related” reasons. The announcement came after Cespedes had failed to show up on Sunday for the Mets’ game in Atlanta […]

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Another Game Postponed With 4 More Coronavirus Cases for Cardinals

Major League Baseball’s sputtering effort to play in a pandemic took another discouraging turn on Saturday when one St. Louis Cardinals player and three team staffers tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the postponement of their game in Milwaukee for the second day in a row. The test results and the postponement were confirmed by […]

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Cardinals-Brewers Game Postponed After St. Louis Records Coronavirus Positives

Major League Baseball’s worrying coronavirus outbreak spread into another clubhouse on Friday when the St. Louis Cardinals’ game in Milwaukee was postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive for the virus. Major League Baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers confirmed the postponement, which baseball said was “consistent with protocols to allow enough time for additional testing […]

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Baseball in Empty Stadiums Is Weird. How Will It Affect Outcomes?

The Nationals and the Yankees were tied, 2-2, in the eighth inning last Sunday when Sean Doolittle came on in relief for Washington. In another year, the moment would have been a boisterous one: some 35,000 fans getting to their feet and amping up the volume, urging the defending champions on in a tight spot […]

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‘Bubbles’ Are Working. But How Long Can Sports Stay Inside?

Amid all the uncertainties saddling the resumption of sports in the shadow of the coronavirus, this much seems clear: Bubbles work. How long they will remain in use is another question. While a spreading coronavirus outbreak has threatened to derail the abbreviated season in Major League Baseball, which elected not to sequester its players when […]

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Even With an Early Outbreak, Baseball Still Has a Path Forward

Jeff Katz stopped by the Hall of Fame on Tuesday in Cooperstown, N.Y., where he served three terms as mayor. It was strange, he thought, to see no plaques in the gallery for the 2020 class, headlined by Derek Jeter. The plaques were always in place on the Tuesday after induction ceremonies. This summer there […]

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Benches Clear in First Astros-Dodgers Game Since Cheating Revelations

Yeah, the other teams still don’t like the Astros very much. Baseball really and truly came back on Tuesday in Houston with the first bench-clearing brouhaha, which included the usual jawing and posturing, but no punches thrown. It was the first game between the Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers since the revelation that Houston […]

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John Donaldson, a Black Baseball Great, Still Not in the Hall of Fame

Most baseball fans have probably never heard of John Donaldson, a hard-throwing pitcher who drew sold-out crowds around the country for an astonishing three decades before he hung up his glove in 1941. His statistics establish him as one of the greatest to ever play America’s pastime. Yet he died in obscurity. Now, Donaldson’s towering […]

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How Does the Coronavirus Affect Sports Betting?

Sports is slowly coming back to North America, and that means that sports betting is returning, too. With baseball restarted and the N.B.A. and the N.H.L. soon to follow, bookmakers and bettors are confronting the questions that were forgotten for several months: Who are the favorites? Who has no hope? How can I make some […]

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Trump Announced, Then Canceled, a Yankees Pitch. Both Came as a Surprise.

WASHINGTON — An hour before Dr. Anthony S. Fauci threw the first pitch at the season opener between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals, President Trump stood on the briefing room stage at the White House and declared that he, too, had been invited to throw out his own opening pitch. “Randy Levine […]

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After Marlins’ Outbreak, Yankees Stay Inside and Wait for Phillies

PHILADELPHIA — The news arrived Monday morning via a cellphone application used for internal communication: The game scheduled hours later between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Yankees is off, nobody can go to Citizens Bank Park, and stand by for further updates. Concerned Yankees players knew exactly why. The Phillies had just completed a three-game […]

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Miami Marlins Game Postponed After Several Positive Virus Tests

The return of Major League Baseball took a troubling turn on Monday when the league’s worst fear became reality: an outbreak of positive coronavirus tests within a team. The Miami Marlins will not play their home opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday after learning that 14 members of the team — 12 players and […]

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Trump Backs Out of Throwing Pitch at Yankees Game

President Trump said he would no longer be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a Yankees game on Aug. 15 — days after he said he would be doing so, causing a political ruckus. Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday afternoon that he would not be in New York that day, when the Yankees […]

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Slimmed-Down Baseball on TV Has Broadcast Workers Worried

Major League Baseball’s abbreviated 60-game season will look a bit different on television this year. OK, it will look a lot different. There will be no fans in the stands, unless the coronavirus pandemic significantly improves, and telecasts will have crowd noise piped in. Masks will be abundant. But baseball will also change in more […]

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How Rob Manfred Navigated a Summer of Peril for Baseball

As Major League Baseball’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, boarded a private jet in Phoenix in June, he was convinced he had finally put his sport’s season on track. He had just met with the head of the players’ union, Tony Clark, and had hashed out what he thought was a framework to play an abbreviated season, […]

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Every Single Player, Coach of the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals Took a Knee Last Night…It Just Wasn’t During the National Anthem

Photo: Rob Carr (Getty Images) While Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron spent his Thursday evening doing everything but charging Breonna Taylor’s killers with murder, the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals made it their mission to draw attention to injustices such as hers—I think. Advertisement USA Today reports that with no fans in the stands, […]

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Toronto Blue Jays Will Play Most Home Games in Buffalo

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a lot of incongruity to sports, from an N.B.A. season at Disney World to a Kentucky Derby scheduled for September. Now, get ready for the Buffalo Blue Jays in Major League Baseball. With the Canadian government barring games at the team’s home stadium, the Rogers Center in Toronto, the major […]

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On Opening Day, a Rarity for M.L.B.: Support for Black Lives Matter

WASHINGTON — The 200-yard black cloth stretched along the foul lines, starting at one edge of the outfield, wrapping around home plate and extending to the other side of the diamond. It was held by coaches and players from both the Washington Nationals and the Yankees, all spaced out, as a message recorded by the […]

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