Triple-A batters smashing it since MLB ball is put into play

Sports 05/12/19, 12:00

Balls are flying out of Triple-A ballparks like never before, coinciding with a switch in baseballs to the major league model.The El Paso Chihuahuas have hit 89 home runs in their first 37 games — the most in professional baseball and more than half the 142 they slugged in 139 ...

Minor leaguers seek investors, donations to make ends meet

Sports 04/04/19, 02:24

Jeremy Wolf loved being a professional baseball player. The New York Mets were his favorite team as a child, and it was a dream fulfilled when they selected him in the 31st round in 2016.The reality was something else. From first pitch to the final out was a blast, but ...

Talented young arms make Marlins optimistic about future

Baseball 03/19/19, 10:59

The path to progress for the Miami Marlins starts on the mound.The Marlins believe their reboot will gain momentum in Season 2 under CEO Derek Jeter, and any improvement likely will be most apparent in the rotation. There's more depth there than elsewhere, and perhaps a starter or three who ...

Yusei Kikuchi’s dream of playing in majors now a reality

Baseball 03/13/19, 01:42

Yusei Kikuchi's journey started in northern Japan, in the prefecture of Iwate, about 300 miles from the Tokyo Dome.This is where Kikuchi became a star. Where he was a prep phenom. Where his left arm was so good he seriously considered skipping playing professional baseball in his home country to ...

Schmidt: I’ve been in Harper’s shoes, he can walk the walk

Sports 03/08/19, 17:10

Bryce Harper has been a celebrity since he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a high school player. No player ever entered professional baseball with more fanfare.His training was under the tutelage of his father, a blue-collar steelworker, who pushed him to be a "can't-miss" prospect. This father-son ...

Longtime Rutgers baseball coach Fred Hill dies at 84

Sports 03/02/19, 12:58

Fred Hill, who coached Rutgers baseball for 30 years and sent a dozen players to the major leagues, died Saturday. He was 84.The university did not give a cause.Hill retired in 2014 and his 941 victories are the most of any sport at Rutgers. Overall, he had 1,089 college wins. ...

Game changer: Tebow enters Mets camp ‘all in’ on baseball

Sports 02/16/19, 20:20

By now, Tim Tebow has shown he belongs in professional baseball. He's fully committed to the game and much more comfortable on the field.Sometimes, though, he still sounds like a football player.On his first day at spring training with the New York Mets, the former NFL quarterback was reflecting on ...

Longtime baseball scout Tommy Giordano dies at 93

Baseball 02/14/19, 22:34

Tommy Giordano, a longtime scout who played only 11 games in the major leagues but spent more than seven decades in a variety of baseball roles, died Thursday. He was 93.Known affectionately as "T-bone," Giordano was stricken in December with a blood infection, said his daughter, Gail Przeclawski. He died ...

MLB’s 150th anniversary logo features silhouetted batter

Baseball 02/12/19, 12:13

Major League Baseball's 150th anniversary logo features the silhouetted batter created for the 1969 celebration of the first professional baseball team.MLB released the design Tuesday. Players, managers and coaches will wear a patch on their right sleeves of a batter in white prepared to hit a white ball, with a ...

MLB commissioner will be grand marshal for Cincinnati parade

Baseball 02/12/19, 11:27

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred will serve as grand marshal for Cincinnati's annual opening day parade as he helps celebrate the 150th anniversary of the professional baseball-pioneering Red Stockings.The Reds announced Tuesday Manfred will lead the 100th Findlay Market parade, which will wind through the city ahead of the ...

Season-long tribute planned to pioneering 1869 Red Stockings

Baseball 02/11/19, 03:23

The Cincinnati Reds are fashionably celebrating the 150th anniversary of the professional baseball-pioneering Red Stockings team.Joey Votto and crew will play games in 15 sets of throwback uniforms, including a navy blue and a red-pants "Palm Beach" version, during a season-long celebration of the city's baseball heritage highlighted by the ...

Mariners sign Japanese left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi

Baseball 01/02/19, 17:24

The Seattle Mariners have signed Japanese left-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi to a four-year deal just ahead of the deadline for him to sign with a major league club or be forced to return to Japan for another season.Seattle made the signing official Wednesday after word first surfaced of an agreement ...

New Rangers manager Woodward already shares bond in Texas

Sports 11/05/18, 16:45

Chris Woodward grew up wanting to be an architect or an engineer. He also had what he thought was a far-fetched dream of playing professional baseball.The kid from California who was a 54th-round draft pick and went on to play 12 major league seasons as a utility infielder for five ...

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