January 28, 2013 |
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has worked out on a baseball field for the first time since breaking his left ankle last October. Jeter fielded 55 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop Monday at the team's minor league complex. “Everything went well,” Jeter says. Jeter broke the ankle in the first game of the American League Championship Series against Detroit on Oct. 13. He is expected to be ready for opening day. Jeter, 38, led the majors with 216 hits last season and hit .316.
January 3, 2013 |
Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs is among a group that paid $3.4 million to Don and Becky Lansing for the 193-acre site that played host to the iconic baseball field in the movie "Field of Dreams. " "Certainly this is a momentous time for both Donnie and I," Becky Lansing said. "We have been preparing for this sale for a few years, and our family, including Donnie's sister Betty Boeckenstedt, will continue to be a part of the movie site through the transition with the new owners and, likely, beyond.
July 21, 2012 |
PETAH TIQWA, Israel -- The finest baseball field in Israel is here, with a tree beyond center field whose branches and leaves lean over the outfield wall, with rickety wooden bleachers atop a mix of dirt, pebbles and weeds. The field is part of a conference center and recreational facility established by Americans. The second-best field in the country is part of a village founded by Americans. The Israel Baseball League, a professional league dreamed up and poorly implemented by Americans, collapsed after one season.
May 31, 2012 |
Vin Scully has been a Dodgers broadcaster since 1950, when the team was in Brooklyn. The current players have grown up listening to his unique voice and many even recall the first time they heard the broadcasting legend say their name. In the video above, the players talk to The Times about what Scully means to the team - and America. Said Andre Ethier: "Just to hear him talk in person gives you chills every once in a while. " Said Adam Kennedy: "Vin Scully to me is not just California baseball, but baseball in general.
May 9, 2012
Re "Ball fields at Griffith Park? Not a hit with everybody," May 6 Natural areas are increasingly hard to find because of development. Developing Griffith Park further by putting in more baseball fields would degrade the park's remaining natural areas. There are plenty of places baseball can be played. Suggesting that kids from downtown L.A. come to Griffith Park to play baseball makes no sense. If they are going to travel so far, then they can travel a similar distance to a school that has a field and play there.
March 26, 2012 |
The kids wore wide smiles, and Dodgers T-shirts. They celebrated the new baseball field at their local park with a clinic last Saturday conducted by Dodgers alumni. The city councilman eventually left, and so did the retired players, but a generation of kids have the Dodgers to thank for a first-class place to play ball. When Frank McCourt looks back on 2011, he probably will not wear a smile. He fought in divorce court, and in bankruptcy court. He fought his ex-wife, the commissioner of Major League Baseball, his old law firm, the Dodgers' television partner, even the attorneys of the fan beaten nearly to death in the Dodger Stadium parking lot. However, as he prepares to surrender ownership of the team he fought so hard to keep, youths across the Southland can thank him for not pulling the plug on the Dodgers Dreamfield program.