November 11, 2013 |
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.
October 14, 2013 |
People who follow the endless saga of doping in sports know there's one hard-and-fast rule: Any time a big name gets whacked, the quality of public debate on the issue plummets. That's certainly true of the case of Yankees third-baseman Alex Rodriguez, one of the highest-profile pro athletes ever accused of doping. Given that the playoffs between the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers feature two players tainted by scandal--Sunday's hero David Ortiz of the Red Sox, who copped in 2009 to testing positive for steroid use years earlier, and Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who returned to the lineup in September after a 50-game suspension--it's timely to look again at doping in baseball, and what the league, the fans, and sportswriters get wrong about it. The A-Rod case puts it all in perspective.
October 11, 2013 |
A federal judge reluctantly upheld Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption Friday, throwing out almost all of a lawsuit the city of San Jose filed against the league. U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte also affirmed MLB's right to determine where its teams play. However, Whyte left intact one claim that San Jose might have been harmed because of the league's failure to decide whether the Oakland Athletics can move there. That could open the door to testimony from Commissioner Bud Selig and the release of internal league documents to show why MLB has not made a decision in the 4-1/2 years since Selig appointed a committee to evaluate the A's proposed move to San Jose.
October 5, 2013 |
JUPITER, Fla. - It's not quite 10 on a hot and sticky Saturday morning when Ryan Powers strides onto a remote back field at a minor league training complex. Carrying a protective titanium mask that reeks from previous sweat-soaked bouts with the punishing South Florida weather, he wears bulky pads beneath his uniform of gray slacks and a black polo shirt. Powers is an umpire. At 19, the second-youngest in professional baseball. Behind the plate for the next two hours and 15 minutes, he will squat low more than 200 times, render decisions on nearly as many pitches, and try to maintain order among teams of newly minted Major League Baseball prospects.
October 4, 2013 |
Alex Rodriguez has filed suit against Major League Baseball, claiming league officials trampled on their own rules and paid off witnesses in an effort to "destroy the reputation and career" of Rodriguez so that Commissioner Bud Selig could "attempt to secure his legacy as the 'savior' of America's pastime. " The suit, filed late Thursday in New York State Supreme Court and released Friday, names Selig and the league as defendants. The suit comes at the end of the first week of an arbitration hearing in which Rodriguez is appealing a 211-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy.
September 30, 2013 |
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.
September 27, 2013 |
Cuba's government has lifted its ban on professional sports, allowing athletes to sign contracts and compete for pay outside the island. The change will make it easier for Cubans to compete professionally in Europe and Asia, but it does not necessarily mean a new wave of Cuban baseball players will be landing in Major League Baseball. Professional sports in the United States are still bound by a 51-year-old embargo that bans nearly all business transactions between Americans and the Cuban government.
September 23, 2013 |
New York Yankees great Mariano Rivera and Metallica will forever be linked. For more than a decade, the heavy metal band's hit "Enter Sandman" was blasted over the sound system at Yankee Stadium whenever baseball's all-time saves leader would enter the game, indicating it was nighty-night time for the opposing team. On Sunday the song was played a little earlier than usual. And this time it was played live. In an unannounced surprise, Metallica was on hand before the game against the San Francisco Giants to help pay tribute to the legendary closer on Mariano Rivera Day, in honor of the pitcher in one of his final appearances at Yankee Stadium before his retirement after 19 seasons.
August 17, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA - Here's something the rest of baseball will find frightening: Although the Dodgers have put together the best 50-game streak by a major league team since 1942, they haven't been at full strength for most of that run. Matt Kemp has made three trips to the disabled list, missing 39 games, while Carl Crawford was out for a dozen games. But Hanley Ramirez, when he's been healthy enough to play, has picked up much of the offensive slack, hitting .358 with 10 home runs and 31 runs batted in since June 22. "Hanley's been outstanding," infielder Nick Punto said of Ramirez, who returned to the lineup Wednesday after missing nine starts with a shoulder problem.
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.