January 8, 2014 |
Longtime baseball scouts Jack McKeon and Ray Crone Sr. are to be presented with lifetime achievement awards at the 11th "In the Spirit of the Game" gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel on Jan. 18. The star-studded banquet, which has become an important part of baseball's winter calendar, is hosted each year by the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, an organization founded by former minor league player turned baseball agent Dennis Gilbert...
December 24, 2013 |
On his 39th birthday, Jamey Wright landed a long-awaited major league contract. The Dodgers officially announced Tuesday their one-year deals with Wright and Chris Perez, a former All-Star closer with the Cleveland Indians. By signing Wright to a guaranteed contract, the Dodgers ended one of baseball's most remarkable streaks. In each of the last eight seasons, Wright went into spring training on a minor league contract and pitched his way on to the opening-day roster, including with the Dodgers in 2012.
December 15, 2013 |
Despite a hole in the infield and a depleted bench, the Dodgers already have the makeup of a playoff team. And with pitching a key factor in postseason success, it's not surprising that bookies are listing the Clayton Kershaw-led Dodgers as favorites to win next year's World Series. But to be champions, the Dodgers would have to become the first team in at least 13 years to win the World Series after opening with the best odds, according to the online sports book TopBet. The odds boards at Las Vegas Hotel & Casino have cast similar droughts since the New York Yankees reigned as expected three times in a row from 1998-2000 and won again as favorites in 2009.
December 15, 2013 |
Part of the fun of being a sports fan is team nicknames, which can range from the fitting to the fictitious; from the serious to the sarcastic. With that as a guide, and in no particular order, here are some of the best - and worst - sports nicknames: 10 MOST CREATIVE (professional division) Richmond Flying Squirrels - Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants; nickname selected, over Hush Puppies and Flatheads, in a 2009 newspaper contest. Albuquerque Isotopes - Triple-A affiliate of the Dodgers; nickname chosen by fans and inspired by the fictional Springfield Isotopes from TV's “The Simpsons.” Montgomery Biscuits - Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays; mascots are Big Mo, an orange beast who loves biscuits, and Monty, an anthropomorphized¿ buttermilk biscuit who appears in the team logo.
November 29, 2013
Ted Lilly is retiring after 15 seasons because of a troublesome shoulder and back. The 37-year-old left-hander is a two-time All-Star who pitched for Montreal, Oakland, Toronto, the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Dodgers. For his career, he had a 130-113 record with a 4.14 earned-run average. Lilly recently went to winter ball in Venezuela, hoping to strengthen himself and land a job in the majors in 2014. Instead, he experienced further problems. He made one three-inning appearance in Valencia and would have pitched again but got food poisoning.
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November 15, 2013 |
Batkid successfully rescued the San Francisco Giants' mascot, Lou Seal, on Friday, the 5-year-old boy's final act of bravery before heading to City Hall to a throng of adoring fans. Everywhere Miles went, crowds of city-dwellers amassed to watch as he and Batman rescued a damsel in distress, foiled the Riddler at a bank, and then responded to a flash mob at Union Square alerting him to his third challenge: rescuing Lou Seal from the clutches of the Penguin at AT&T Park. In between it all, he also found some time for a bathroom break and lunch.