August 15, 2013 |
Major League Baseball managers will be able to challenge virtually any umpire's call aside from balls and strikes under a proposal for the expanded use of instant replay technology presented to owners Thursday. "It's a historic day," Commissioner Bud Selig said at the owners' meetings in Cooperstown, N.Y. Owners are expected to formally approve the replay expansion in November. Assuming agreements with players and umpires can be reached, the new system would take effect next season.
August 7, 2013 |
International stars in sports such as baseball, hockey and basketball have long been afforded special immigration status to play on U.S. teams. Think David Beckham, the former Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player from Britain, or Dodgers rookie phenom Hyun-Jin Ryu, a pitcher from South Korea. Now add Danny "Shiphtur" Le, of Edmonton, Canada, to the elite list. Le, an online gamer, is one of the world's top players of League of Legends, a virtual capture-the-flag game in which two teams of fantasy characters compete for a glowing orb. Le is so deft at racing down the virtual field and opening up gaps for teammates that he recently became the first so-called eSports player to be granted a type of visa normally awarded to athletes featured daily on ESPN.
August 5, 2013 |
The saddest part of another syringe-spitting afternoon in baseball Monday occurred when, for one of the first times this summer, Alex Rodriguez spoke the truth. He had just been hit with a drug suspension bigger than Barry Bonds' neck, a record 211 games that would carry him through next season and probably end his career. Yet he was dragging baseball further through the pill-littered muck by appealing the suspension. In fact, in a bit of breathtaking irony, his injured hip finally healed, he was using the exact day his suspension was announced to make his 2013 debut.
July 31, 2013 |
Major League Baseball is moving closer to announcing drug suspensions for as many as nine players after sharing names and other information with their union. According to the Associated Press, the sides are trying to reach as many agreements as possible that would avoid grievance hearings. Those talks could delay an announcement until Friday. Former National League MVP Ryan Braun has already accepted a 65-game suspension after being presented with the evidence baseball has against him. Among the players expected to accept 50-game suspension his week are all-stars Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres and Jhonny Peralta of the Detroit Tigers.
July 23, 2013 |
TORONTO - Matt Kemp used to call Ryan Braun his friend. He supported Braun when Braun successfully overturned a 2011 positive drug test. He never complained about how Braun beat him out for the National MVP award that year. Tuesday, Kemp said he felt let down by the Milwaukee Brewers outfielder, who accepted a 65-game suspension the previous day for violating baseball's drug policy. “I'm disappointed,” Kemp said. “I don't like to get lied to. I don't think anybody likes to get lied to. I think a lot of other people feel the same way. I'm not the only one in that boat.
July 22, 2013 |
Ryan Braun's former high school baseball coach at Granada Hills, Steve Thompson, said Monday he was "disappointed he did do it," referring to Braun's acknowledgment he had violated Major League Baseball's basic agreement and its joint drug prevention and treatment program. Braun, who plays for the Milwaukee Brewers, has been suspended for the rest of the season without pay. Thompson added, "Acknowledging he did something wrong is a good thing. He's hurt his image and now he's going to have to repair it. " Thompson supported Braun more than a year ago when the former National League MVP won an appeal over testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.
July 20, 2013 |
Michael Weiner can return a smile. He cannot return a handshake, at least not with his right hand. So he extended his left hand, over and over again, to the biggest stars and most prominent executives in baseball. It was remarkable, in every sense of the word, to see him on the field at the All-Star game. He can no longer walk, so he sat in a wheelchair, moving when someone else could push him. He can no longer control his right side, so his right arm was strapped to a shelf attached to the wheelchair.
July 15, 2013 |
Pete Rose is banned from Major League Baseball for gambling, but are networks that carry the national pastime prohibited from showing old footage of Charlie Hustle? That's what Fox's baseball commentator Tim McCarver told sports radio host Dan Patrick on Monday morning during an interview to promote the network's coverage of Tuesday night's All-Star game. "Major League Baseball does not like us showing video of Pete Rose on our air and from my understanding, ESPN's too," McCarver said.
July 15, 2013 |
Several of Major League Baseball's heavy hitters were transformed into indiscriminate memorabilia dealers Monday night, and Yoenis Cespedes made the biggest hit among fans attending the major league home run derby at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. The Oakland Athletics left fielder hit a total of 32 home runs, including nine in the final round, to beat Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper and win the 2013 MLB home run derby. Harper's eight-dinger effort in the final round was an impressive showing, but Cespedes was hitting on a different level all night.