Tag: Minor Leagues

How a Journeyman Infielder Taught Dave Roberts to Slow the Game Down

When the Dodgers won the National League pennant last week, Dave Roberts, the Los Angeles manager, was unusually emotional as he spoke at a lectern about how this would prove to be the Dodgers’ year. Roberts is normally seen as an unflappable, self-possessed figure standing in the dugout, calmly writing snippets of tactical information and […]

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Black Players Continued a Mentoring Tradition Amid a Pandemic

Early in his major league career, Curtis Granderson never went hungry around Dmitri Young, particularly in Kansas City, Mo. Whenever the Detroit Tigers traveled there, Young, one of the elder Black players on the team, would invite his younger Black teammates — outfielders Nook Logan, Marcus Thames, Craig Monroe and Granderson — to his hotel […]

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How Women in Major League Baseball Found Support in a Group Text

When Alyssa Nakken in July became the first woman in major league history to coach on the field, it was big news in the baseball world. But it was a particularly extraordinary development in one small corner of the industry: a text message group featuring dozens of women working in professional baseball. Several members said […]

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Expanded M.L.B. Playoffs Leads to More Rookies Making Postseason Debuts

A baseball prospect getting the Call — the news that he is being promoted to the major leagues for the first time — is a momentous occasion. Managers and executives often take it upon themselves to deliver this news memorably, often with a prank, but the story that the San Diego Padres rookie Ryan Weathers […]

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