Tag: Baseball

Kansas Baseball Coach Suspended, Facing Termination Over Allegations That He Told a Black Student to Turn Off His ‘N-Word Music’

Photo: Thaninee Chuensomchit (Shutterstock) Another day, another mediocre white man joins the “You Bout to Lose Your Job” chorus line because he couldn’t keep his racism to himself. Advertisement A high school baseball coach in Kansas has been placed on administrative leave and is facing the possibility of losing his job after he was accused […]

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MLB Legend Willie Mays Finally Gets His Flowers With New HBO Documentary on the Way

Photo: A. Messerschmidt (Getty Images) At 90 years young, Willie Mays, the oldest living Hall of Famer, has lived a life that others can only dream to have experienced. He’s set multiple MLB records, collected a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and has inspired millions with both his play and resilience. He’s the perfect choice for […]

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Del Crandall, All-Star Catcher With Champion Braves, Dies at 91

The Braves won the National League pennant in 1957 and 1958, defeating the Yankees in the World Series the first time and losing to them the next. They finished a close second to the Dodgers in 1956 and again in 1959. Crandall was a team leader early on and seemed a natural behind the plate. […]

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Johnny Bench Misses His Hall of Fame Friends

“I get a call from Joe’s lawyer, and he says, ‘Johnny, I don’t think Joe’s going to last through the night.’ And I mean, you hear that and you’re stunned. You sit there and you are numb, and you remember and remember and remember.” He kept on. Of all the departed players, he was closest […]

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Denied a Season, Some Ivy League Athletes Craft a Baseball Gap Year

Burley, the catcher from Central California, typically wakes up by 9 a.m., checks his email, eats breakfast and makes the 20-minute drive to the workout center. He goes through a catalog of exercises prescribed from an intake examination, using foam rollers, bands, baseballs or mobility balls to help activate his quads, hip flexors, adductors, hamstrings, […]

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Roberto Alomar Is Placed on Baseball’s Ineligible List

The ongoing display of Alomar’s plaque is consistent with a subtle, sensible addition to the gallery late last year. In December, the Hall added a sign at the entrance reminding guests that “enshrinement reflects the perspective of voters at the time of election.” While the exhibits and library offer more thorough accounts of each member’s […]

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Jorge Velandia Is Venezuela’s First Assistant General Manager

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Baseball is the national sport of Venezuela. The country has sent 428 players to the major leagues — a number topped only by the United States (over 17,000) and the Dominican Republic (794), according to the website Baseball-Reference. Some of the sport’s biggest stars over the past few decades are from the […]

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Tokyo Olympics: Schedule, Sports and Details

The Tokyo Olympics, delayed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, are now scheduled for late July and early August. The time difference between Japan and the United States may make it tricky to figure out what will happen when, but we’re here to help. When do the Olympics start? The opening ceremony is […]

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Madison Bumgarner Throws a No-Hitter. Kind Of.

Madison Bumgarner took the mound in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon for a game that was scheduled to last seven innings. Bumgarner went the distance for the Arizona Diamondbacks to beat the Braves, 7-0. His official statistics will reflect a victory, a shutout and a complete game — but not the distinctive part of the achievement. […]

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Oakland A’s Boom and Bust Their Way to First Place

The A’s, who led the A.L. in homers and steals through Wednesday, will start a seven-game road trip in Baltimore on Friday. They left Oakland on a high: After shutting out the Twins in both games of a doubleheader on Tuesday, they survived a 13-12 thriller on Wednesday by scoring the tying and go-ahead runs […]

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Corbin Burnes and Shane Bieber Set Strikeout Records

Even in an era of inflated strikeout numbers, Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers and Cleveland’s Shane Bieber are putting up absolutely ridiculous numbers. On Sunday, Bieber matched a record of Nolan Ryan’s that has stood since 1978 by striking out 48 batters in his first four starts. On Tuesday, Burnes set a record for […]

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A Prison Gang Built a Lavish Baseball Stadium Behind Bars

A lavish baseball stadium has been discovered in a prison in Venezuela, apparently built by gang members on the inside.  The baseball diamond, with its groomed grass and lighting system, is a jarring discovery for a country that’s been devastated by a decade-long economic crisis that has seen hyperinflation make its currency practically worthless. It […]

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The White Sox Let Two Position Players Pitch And Blessed Us With A Hilariously Slow Hit By Pitch

Monday afternoon was blessed with two of baseball’s quirkiest traditions: morning baseball and position players pitching. The Boston Red Sox hosted the Chicago White Sox on Patriots Day at Fenway Park, with an 11 am first pitch that usually coincides with the running of the Boston Marathon. With no Marathon due to the still-ongoing coronavirus […]

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Republicans Have Ruined Sports for Republicans

The owners of sports leagues donate far more to Republicans than to Democrats, moreover. “Over the past three election cycles, MLB owners donated roughly $20.4 million to campaigns and super PACs. $15.2 million (74.5 percent) went to Republicans, while $5.2 million (25.5 percent) went to Democrats,” wrote Axios’s Baker. But the relationship between culture and […]

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Fans Wait on Yankees to Show Up, but One Player Won’t Be Back

The Yankees lost again on Sunday to Tampa Bay, 4-2, a drearily routine result in an oddly lopsided rivalry. The Rays pulled their usual pitching voodoo, with an opener drafted in the 45th round and a closer with no career saves. The pitcher who worked most of the game has one of the slowest fastballs […]

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Black Diamonds Gives Negro League Legends Their Long-Overdue Flowers

Image: Sirius XM With Major League Baseball back in effect, now is the perfect time to not only enjoy America’s favorite pastime—besides institutional racism—but to brush up on its history. And to aid you in such an endeavor, I present the podcast Black Diamonds. Advertisement Backed by SiriusXM and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Black […]

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Madoff Nearly Ruined the Mets. The Team Has Moved On.

There was a high-flying, if brief, period in Mets history when virtually every available dollar was cycled through investment accounts managed by Bernard L. Madoff. If the team signed a deal for radio rights, the station was asked for much of the money up front and it was handed over to Madoff, who made it […]

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Jackie Robinson’s Signing Caused a Financial Dispute

On Thursday, every Major League Baseball player will don a No. 42 jersey in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The annual event, celebrated officially since 2004, marks the anniversary of Robinson’s major league debut in 1947, which broke baseball’s color line that stretched back to the 19th century. Robinson’s signing, a watershed moment in the […]

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Hank Aaron’s Name Will Replace a Confederate General’s on an Atlanta School

A public school in Atlanta carrying the name of a Confederate general who was an original grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan will be renamed for Hank Aaron, the baseball legend who broke racial barriers and the career home run record. In an unanimous vote on Monday, the city’s school board approved removing the […]

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Out Of Respect For Daunte Wright And A Grieving Community, Minnesota Teams Cancel Games

NewsOne Featured Video Minnesota sports teams postponed games Monday out of respect for Daunte Wright, the 20-year-old Brooklyn Center man killed by police during a traffic stop on Sunday. Major League Baseball team the Minnesota Twins issued a statement extending sympathies to Wright’s family. The Twins were scheduled to play the Boston Red Sox and […]

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