2021 MLB All-Star Game to be played in Atlanta

Sports 05/29/19, 18:47

Major League Baseball's 2021 All-Star Game will be played at Atlanta in what could be the first national showcase for SunTrust Park since the stadium opened in 2017.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement before the Braves played the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night."The facility here, including SunTrust stadium and ...

Marjama suspended 80 games for positive steroids test.

Baseball 05/02/19, 17:21

Retired catcher Mike Marjama has been suspended for 80 games following a positive steroids test. Major League Baseball said Thursday that Marjama had applied for reinstatement from the voluntary retired list and was suspended for a positive test for the banned performance-enhancing substance Oxandrolone. The 29-year-old Marjama has played 15 major league ...

2026 MLB All-Star Game will be in Philadelphia

Baseball 04/16/19, 15:21

Baseball's 2026 All-Star Game will be played in Philadelphia to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday at Independence Hall with a cast of All-Stars past and present on stage behind him. Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and six-time All-Star Bryce ...

APNewsBreak: 2026 MLB All-Star Game in Philadelphia

Sports 04/11/19, 14:21

Baseball's 2026 All-Star Game will be played in Philadelphia to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because no announcement had been made.A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday and is ...

Manfred: Journeymen must realize analytics sank value

Baseball 03/27/19, 15:53

Good but unexceptional veterans must realize teams find them less valuable in the age of analytics, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred maintained ahead of season openers.Players have expressed anger following the second straight slow free-agent market, one that saw record deals for top stars and plummeting prices for many journeymen."Obviously what ...

MLB suspends Giants CEO Larry Baer for altercation with wife

Baseball 03/26/19, 10:01

Major League Baseball suspended San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer without pay through July 1 after a video showed him in a physical altercation with his wife.Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday his office conducted an investigation of the events shown on a video released by TMZ of the ...

Column: Real change in baseball is yet to come

Sports 03/15/19, 02:54

Five seconds hardly seems worth talking about, and in a way it's not. Trimming the time between innings might save a minute or two over the length of a game, but the real heavy lifting toward solving baseball's many issues is still to come.Eliminating one mound visit for the upcoming ...

Manfred: Slow free agent market is ‘distributional problem’

Baseball 03/06/19, 19:52

It's not collusion, it's a "distributional problem" that has shut dozens of baseball players out of the free agent market this offseason, commissioner Rob Manfred said on Wednesday. Speaking to a group of Boston business executives, Manfred said the percentage of revenue going to the players hasn't changed in the past ...

Manfred says Harper can’t recruit Trout (for now)

Sports 03/06/19, 16:47

Major League Baseball is investigating whether new Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper committed a tampering violation when he lobbied for Mike Trout, who isn't a free agent for two more seasons, to join the Phillies.Speaking to a group of Boston businessmen on Wednesday, commissioner Rob Manfred said he doesn't want players ...

Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costs

Baseball 02/18/19, 16:07

Players' union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred's assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics.Top free agents Bryce ...

Pitch clock coming for spring training games

Sports 02/17/19, 21:28

Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market.With the sport looking for ways to speed the pace of play, pitchers generally will have 20 seconds to deliver to the plate when ...

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 ...

Manfred: No DH or draft changes likely for 2019

Sports 02/08/19, 15:53

Don't look for a National League designated hitter this year or for new anti-tanking rules in June's amateur draft.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that management is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 and bolder ideas proposed by the players' association are too complex to be put in place for ...

Rays reopen ballpark site search; opening delayed until 2024

Sports 12/11/18, 14:59

Rays owner Stuart Sternberg says the team's planned ballpark for Tampa's Ybor City can't be finalized by this month's deadline and he will reopen the site search, delaying any opening until at least 2024.The team has played since its first season in 1998 at what is now called Tropicana Field ...

MLB to vet campaign contributions more carefully

Sports 11/27/18, 18:38

Major League Baseball will put in place new procedures for vetting political contributions after giving $5,000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican senator from Mississippi, and then asking for the money back following her controversial remarks.MLB's political action committee donated $472,500 from the start of 2017 through this Oct. 17, according ...

MGM Resorts is MLB’s official gaming partner after NBA, NHL

Sports 11/27/18, 16:31

MGM Resorts has made its third deal in four months with a major U.S. sports league, becoming Major League Baseball's official gambling partner in the U.S. and Japan.MGM Resorts CEO James Murren, left, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred pose for a picture during a news conference at MLB headquarters in ...

Baseball owners extend Manfred’s contract, TV deal with Fox

Sports 11/15/18, 14:46

Baseball owners have locked down their commissioner and their main broadcast partner, too.Any decisions on speeding up the game and perhaps making it more enjoyable to watch will have to wait.After wrapping up two days of meetings at a hotel next to the Atlanta Braves' SunTrust Park, the owners announced ...

source: Owners plan vote next week on new Manfred term

Baseball 11/08/18, 20:47

Baseball owners plan to vote on a new term for Commissioner Rob Manfred, a new television contract with Fox and an agreement for in-game cut-ins with the subscription video streaming service DAZN when they meet next week in Atlanta, a person familiar with the agenda told The Associated Press.The person ...

Manfred: White House visit should not be issue for champs

Baseball 10/24/18, 21:16

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn't foresee any problems if the World Series winner is invited to visit to the White House.Both World Series teams have minority managers for the first time, and President Donald Trump has had tense relationships with many minority groups."I think as an institution, Major League Baseball ...

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