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Investors in Washington, Denver and three cities in Florida are, with some reservations, ready to spend up to $140 million to acquire and establish a Major League Baseball expansion franchise. But in Buffalo, Robert Rich Jr. and his group of investors have a lot of questions. And unless they hear the right answers when the National League Expansion Committee comes to visit next month, Rich said the field in baseball's expansion race will narrow by one contestant.
March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO - The game between the Dodgers and San Diego Padres on Sunday broke in Major League Baseball's expanded instant replay system. Well, kind of. Neither team challenged a call in the Padres' 3-1 victory. Manager Don Mattingly didn't sound particularly concerned with the implementation of the new technology, even though it wasn't available to the Dodgers until they hosted the Angels on Thursday in the opening game of the Freeway Series. The new system wasn't in effect for the Dodgers' season-opening, two-game series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
When Don Baylor, a coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and a veteran of 19 major-league baseball seasons, travels around the American League, he makes it a point to look into the opposition dugout. He also studies the fans in the stands. What he sees -- or doesn't see -- disturbs him. "There's not that many black faces on the field, and there sure as hell aren't many out in the crowd," Baylor said in a recent interview.
March 29, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
I liked Major League Baseball's decision to dramatically expand its use of instant replay, believing it was time for a sport that is often resistant to change to embrace technology the way the NFL, NBA and NHL have. But after seeing the replay process play out - rather clumsily at times - this spring, I'm less of a fan. The new system requires too many layers of evaluation and communication, and it is sure to disrupt the flow of games. First, the manager, in what amounts to an on-field filibuster, must initiate a discussion with an umpire to give his video coordinator time to review the play to determine whether the call should be challenged.
August 15, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Good news, sports fans: Baseball is about to get even more boring. On Thursday, Commissioner Bud Selig announced that Major League Baseball plans to expand the use of instant replay, allowing managers to challenge virtually any umpire's call aside from balls and strikes. In other words, add instant replay to the list of time-wasters that have slowed the modern game to a crawl: Pitchers who treat every pitch like it's the most important ever thrown; batters who can't bat without stepping out of the box, adjusting batting gloves, spitting, scratching, digging in, and then doing it all again before the next pitch; catchers who can't give signs without getting them first from the manager; and the endless parade of relief pitchers, all of whom need to warm up on the mound, despite the fact they've already warmed up in the bullpen.
July 21, 2010 | By Jessie Schiewe, Los Angeles Times
When you think of dangerous sports, perhaps football, hockey or snowmobiling comes to mind. But maybe you should be thinking baseball, according to a study presented Sunday at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's annual meeting in Providence, R.I. Compiled by a team from the William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, the study analyzed data from the disabled lists of major league teams for the 2002 through 2008 seasons....
February 11, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Edith Houghton, Major League Baseball's first female scout, died Feb. 2 at age 100, is reporting . Houghton played on several women's teams during the 1920s and '30s, including the Hollywood Girls. She was hired as a scout by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1946 and worked in that capacity until 1952, when she left to serve in the military in the Korean War. She signed 15 players while she was a scout. None of them made it to the majors. Houghton died eight days short of her 101st birthday.
September 30, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
In a move that positions him as the favorite to become Major League Baseball's next commissioner, Rob Manfred was selected Monday as chief operating officer. Commissioner Bud Selig, who made the appointment, has not had a second-in-command since he fired Bob DuPuy in 2010. In a statement, MLB said Manfred would run the commissioner's office on a day-to-day basis while Selig focuses on big-picture issues "in preparing for his retirement. " Selig's retirement is effective in January 2015.
June 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
After four years of waiting for Commissioner Bud Selig to decide whether the Oakland Athletics should be granted permission to move, the city of San Jose filed an antitrust suit against Major League Baseball on Tuesday. Lew Wolff, the managing partner of the A's, said he had "no details" on the suit. "I am not in favor of legal action or legal threats to solve business issues," Wolff told The Times. The San Francisco Giants control the rights to San Jose and have opposed the A's proposed move.
August 30, 2012 | By Joe Flint
The next television deal Major League Baseball strikes has the potential to radically alter the media landscape. Depending on how the talks play out, CBS could have baseball for the first time in almost two decades or Fox could acquire rights to even more games and use them to launch a cable sports channel that would look to challenge Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN. Fox carries regular season baseball as well as a the All-Star game, one of the two league championship series and the World Series.
March 19, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
OPI has inked its first licensing agreement deal with a professional sports league. The company announced Wednesday a deal with Major League Baseball that will have MLB-inspired nail lacquers stepping up to the plate in time for opening day. The announcement included the following acknowledgement by the MLB of the importance of the nail-lacquer-wearing fan base:  “Major League Baseball understands the importance of female fans in the growth...
March 17, 2014 | By Steve Virgen
A massive suspension that had sidelined more than 700 Little League baseball players in Newport Beach has been lifted and games will be allowed to resume. A dispute between adults -- those in the league and those in the group that oversees it -- had resulted in the cancellation of two games for the young players. Joe Jennings, a board member for Newport Beach Little League, told the Daily Pilot that the punishment seemed like an “extreme action that has been harsh for so many kids.” District officials, who oversee the league and others in Orange County, handed down the suspension after determining that the league had too many coaches serving on its board of directors.
March 15, 2014 | By Steve Virgen
More than 700 Little League baseball players have been sidelined in Newport Beach: The city's entire league was suspended for having too many coaches on its board. The league was suspended Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of Thursday and Saturday games for hundreds of Little League players. Joe Jennings, a board member for Newport Beach Little League, told the Daily Pilot that the punishment seemed like an “extreme action that has been harsh for so many kids.” Little League rules say coaches can't total more than half the number of people on the board, according to Jennings.
February 28, 2014 | By Kelly Candaele
In the bottom of the 12th inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in 1970, a spectacular collision took place at home plate. The National League's Pete Rose smashed into American League catcher Ray Fosse, hurling him backward into the dirt. Rose scored the winning run, while Fosse suffered a career-threatening injury. It was one of the most exciting moments in All-Star history. In February, Major League Baseball announced an experimental one-year change - Rule 7.13 - designed to reduce the chances that either a catcher or runner would be injured in an "egregious" collision at home plate.
February 27, 2014 | BILL DWYRE
By design, the pulse of spring training beats slowly. That's why, in the world's current era of discontent and vitriol, it has become even more appealing. It would be nice to think that everything going on is right before us, plain as the nose on our face. It would be nice to think the only things that mattered Wednesday were Angels picture day, Josh Hamilton's sore leg and Mike Trout's new contract. Same with the Dodgers -- that their spring opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks and getting the kinks out for their early regular-season start in Australia were their only thoughts.
January 28, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Those scary hits to the head that pitchers sometimes take on line drives might not be quite as scary this year. A new protective cap designed to reduce the effects of such blows has been approved by Major League Baseball and was introduced on Tuesday. Caps with the new design will be available for testing during spring training but won't be mandatory for major and minor leaguers. The new, custom-fitted hats feature safety plates made by IsoBLOX that give extra protection to the forehead, temple and sides of the head.
May 11, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Graduation season is upon us, making it a good for Times staff writer Kevin Baxter to hand out grades to Major League Baseball's Class of 2013. (Statistics through Friday's game. Last week's rankings in parentheses): HEAD OF THE CLASS 1. ST. LOUIS - MLB-best 20 wins, 2.20 ERA has rotation voted most likely to succeed (3) 2. BALTIMORE - Orioles' bullpen (2.67 ERA, MLB-high 16 saves) getting high marks  (6) 3. N.Y. YANKEES - Absences of Jeter, Rodriguez, Teixeira, Granderson don't slow Yankees (10)
January 28, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
It will not be fashionable, though that's hardly the point. At least hopefully. But pitchers now have a decision to make: to wear a padded baseball cap or not? That's an issue each pitcher will now have to determine for himself, after major league baseball Tuesday approved a protective cap . Two-time Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw said he's tried the cap and is in favor of its use. “It still looks a little like you're wearing a train conductor's hat out there, but it'll be worth it,” Kershaw said on MLB Network's Hot Stove show Arizona's Brandon McCarthy, who was struck on the head by a line drive and had life-threatening brain injuries in 2012, said he will not wear the new headgear because it's too big and too hot . Kershaw, however, is open to giving the new cap a try. He has used a prototype.
January 21, 2014 | Wire reports
Entering a big league ballpark will be a bit like going through an airport by 2015. Major League Baseball has told its 30 teams they must implement security screening for fans by then, either with hand-held metal detection or walk-through magnetometers. "This procedure, which results from MLB's continuing work with the Department of Homeland Security to standardize security practices across the game, will be in addition to bag checks that are now uniform throughout MLB," baseball spokesman Michael Teevan said Tuesday.
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