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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.
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.
January 17, 2014 | Bill Shaikin
It happens every year. The umpire blows a call, and every fan watching on television can see it. But baseball, bound by tradition and its embrace of the so-called "human element," shrugged and went on with the game, even if the blown call was the difference between victory and defeat. No more. For the first time -- and starting this season -- Major League Baseball will permit video review of just about every call an umpire can make beyond balls and strikes. -- How will this work?
December 20, 2013 | Wire reports
The Baltimore Orioles won't be closing a deal for All-Star closer Grant Balfour . Days after reaching a preliminary agreement with the free agent pending a physical, the Orioles said Friday that they weren't satisfied with the results of Balfour's exam. "This is a deal that's not going to come together," Dan Duquette , Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations, said on a conference call. Duquette declined to say what specifically concerned him about Balfour, who turns 36 later this month.
December 14, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
The origin of pro team nicknames ranges from local tradition to fan contests. Here's a snapshot of how the teams in the NBA, MLB, NFL and the NHL got their names, with help from the website NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSN. Atlanta Hawks - Initially named the Blackhawks like Chicago's hockey team, after the Sauk Indian Chief Black Hawk. It was shortened to Hawks when the team moved to Milwaukee in 1951; the team moved to St. Louis in 1955 and Atlanta in 1968.
December 7, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Commissioner Bud Selig told the Oakland Athletics six months ago that they would not be allowed to move to San Jose, attorneys for Major League Baseball said in a court filing Friday. The formal notification letter was not included in the filing, but MLB attorneys wrote that Selig "was not satisfied with the club's relocation proposal. " The rejection of the proposed move was "his final decision," according to the filing. However, the decision was specific to that proposal and was not a judgment that the A's would not be allowed to move at all, according to a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it. It is expected that the league would consider a new proposal once the court case -- filed by the city of San Jose -- is resolved.
November 22, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Michael Weiner, who devoted his adult life to representing Major League Baseball players and rose to become their leader during an era of unprecedented prosperity and labor peace, died Thursday. He was 51. Weiner, who was found to have inoperable brain cancer 15 months ago, died at his New Jersey home, the union said. His casual manner and dress belied his stature as one of the smartest men ever to work in sports. His popularity extended beyond the players and their union to the commissioner's office, and to the very executives against whom he negotiated.
November 11, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
The World Series MVP is now producing for MTV. Fresh off a World Series victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, along with Pittsburgh Pirates' centerfielder Andrew McCutchen , will executive-produce a weekly, 30-episode series for MTV2 to highlight baseball's stars off the field. This effort to bring baseball to MTV comes as the sport has had trouble pulling in viewers from the younger generation, who are often more inclined to tweet about twerking than triple-plays.
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