April 29, 1996 |
Lou Ruchser Sr. possibly changed the face of baseball by getting hit on the head. The day after that batting-practice liner nailed him in the temple during 1947 spring training in Cuba, the Brooklyn Dodgers installed protective screens -- which are in use to this day. "My big contribution to pro baseball," he said. The effect of that shot might have been even more profound than he realized at the time.
June 15, 2013 |
SEATTLE - When cyclist Lance Armstrong was found to have used performance-enhancing drugs last fall, he was publicly disgraced, stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned from the sport for life. When outfielder Melky Cabrera tested positive for PEDs last summer, he was suspended 50 games. Then two months later he was rewarded with a two-year $16-million contract, by far the richest of his career. It's a loophole that has undermined baseball's get-tough approach to drugs and weakened the strongest drug-testing program in U.S. professional team sports.
December 21, 1991 |
With Madonna and Geena Davis starring as 1940s pro baseball players who overcome sexism and inside fastballs to save America's sagging spirits during World War II, Columbia Pictures' coming "A League of Their Own" can't help but be outrageous, audacious and occasionally dramatic. The movie, as odd as it sounds--women, playing hardball for a living?--is based on fact. In the long history of professional baseball in this country, women have had their own league only once.
June 30, 2010 |
The Dodgers are bracing themselves for the possibility that they could lose Manny Ramirez for the second time this season. Manager Joe Torre said he has already met with General Manager Ned Colletti to discuss their options in the outfield if Ramirez lands on the disabled list. Ramirez, who strained his right hamstring in the Dodgers' second of three games in San Francisco, is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Thursday morning. "We'll have an evaluation, a decision at that time," Torre said.
July 10, 2010
The Angels' 2001 draft was supposed to anchor the club for a decade, with three can't-miss players: first baseman Casey Kotchman , catcher Jeff Mathis and third baseman Dallas McPherson . Kotchman cracked the starting lineup in 2007, with an .840 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) that hinted at stardom. Few careers have fizzled as fast. He was traded three times in the last two years, and the Seattle Mariners reduced him to a defensive replacement by acquiring first baseman Justin Smoak in Friday's Cliff Lee trade.
July 17, 2010 |
Tuesday and Wednesday: at New York Yankees Thursday through Sunday: at Texas Rangers The Angels embark on a two-week march to the trade deadline, with the front office watching to see if the team treads water or drowns during a 12-game stretch against the New York Yankees, Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. The Angels lost six games in July 2008 and seven games in July 2009, but they lost eight of their first 11 games this July. The Angels play four games next weekend in Texas, where they have lost eight of their last 11. Vladimir Guerrero had four hits, including a home run, when the first-place Rangers beat the Angels twice in Arlington in May.