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Cuban star outfielder joins Arizona – report

Cuba's outfielder Yasmany Tomas (L) makes a three-run homer during a game in the World Baseball Classic tournament against Taiwan in Tokyo on March 9, 2013Yasmany Tomas, a star Cuban outfielder who fled his homeland last July for Haiti, has agreed to a Major League Baseball contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks, the league's website reported Wednesday. The 24-year-old standout will make $68.5 million (54.7 million euros) over six seasons with the National League club, which did not immediately confirm the report, which cited unnamed sources. The Diamondbacks were 64-98 last season, the worst record in Major League Baseball. Tomas, the son of a truck driver, played five seasons for Havana's Industriales in the Cuban league, hitting 30 home runs with 104 runs batted in over 205 games.


Posted on 26 November 2014 | 11:17 pm

Sandoval hits Boston, LaRoche inks Chicago deal

Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants, seen during a game against the Kansas City Royals, in Kansas City, Missouri, on October 29, 2014Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, top Major League Baseball free agent sluggers, signed contracts with the Boston Red Sox, who welcomed the boost to a struggling lineup of hitters. Deals with Sandoval, a star third baseman who helped San Francisco win three of the past five Major League Baseball titles, and Ramirez, a shortstop who will switch to outfielder who first signed with Boston in 2000 at age 16, were announced separately on Tuesday, when slugger Adam LaRoche joined the Chicago White Sox.


Posted on 26 November 2014 | 5:40 am

Star pitching trio join Hall of Fame ballot

Randy Johnson, former member of the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks World Series team waves to fans as he is introduced before a game on September 10, 2011 in Phoenix, ArizonaThe Baseball Hall of Fame announced 17 new names for its 2015 ballot on Monday, including Cy Young Award-winning pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Also among the newcomers to the lineup that a media panel will consider for entry into the sporting honor shrine next year are sluggers Gary Sheffield and Carlos Delgado, and shortstop Nomar Garciaparra.


Posted on 24 November 2014 | 11:16 pm

Red Sox to sign Sandoval, Ramirez: reports

Pablo Sandoval #48 of the San Francisco Giants has agreed a deal with the Boston Red SoxThe Boston Red Sox, trying to revamp their batting line-up, have agreed deals with Major League Baseball free agent sluggers Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval, according to media reports Monday. Agreements by the 2013 World Series winners would see Ramirez ink a five-year deal worth $90 million and Sandoval leave the World Series champion San Francisco Giants for a five-year deal worth nearly $100 million, TV channels reported. For Ramirez, it would mark a return to the club that signed him at 16 as a shortstop from the Dominican Republic, although he was sent to Florida in 2005 after playing only twice for Boston. Ramirez, a career .300 batter, was named the National League's top newcomer in 2006 and made three All-Star Games in more than six seasons with the Marlins before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.


Posted on 24 November 2014 | 4:41 pm

Obama’s day off: Golf with baseball great Derek Jeter

U.S. President Obama signs two Presidential Memoranda associated with his Executive Actions on immigration from his office on Air Force One upon his arrival in Las VegasNORTH LAS VEGAS Nev. (Reuters) – Of all the more than 200 rounds of golf Barack Obama has played as president, his outing on Saturday will probably prove to be a highlight: Teeing it up with New York Yankees great Derek Jeter. Obama's foursome included Jeter, Brian Greenspun, who is owner of the Las Vegas Sun, and businessman and Democratic donor Stephen Cloobeck. They played at Shadow Creek Golf Club, an exclusive course owned by MGM Resorts International. Jeter retired from the Yankees in September after a Hall of Fame career. His golf game will likely need some improvement. …


Posted on 22 November 2014 | 9:00 pm

Stanton signs historic deal with Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins reacts during a game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park on September 2, 2014 in Miami, FloridaGiancarlo Stanton says he spent many sleepless nights pondering his long-term commitment to the Miami Marlins who signed the slugger to the largest contract in North American sports history on Wednesday. He finished runner-up to pitcher Clayton Kershaw for National League MVP honours after a superb 2014 Major League Baseball season that included an NL-best 37 homers and a career-high 105 runs batted in. Now we have the cornerstone," said Marlins' president Michael Hill.


Posted on 19 November 2014 | 9:24 pm

Miami’s Stanton says record deal not like winning lottery

MLB: Giancarlo Stanton Press ConferenceBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – Giancarlo Stanton's record deal with the Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins is the biggest contract in American sports but the slugger says he doesn't feel like he has won the lottery. The outfielder's deal is for $325 million over 13 years but he won't be instantly among the sport's top earners with reports suggesting the contract is heavily backloaded and ESPN saying he may earn $6.5 million next season. …


Posted on 19 November 2014 | 8:29 pm

Marlins sign slugger Stanton to record $325 million deal

MLB: Miami Marlins at Los Angeles AngelsBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – The Miami Marlins completed the signing of slugging outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a record 13-year, $325 million deal on Wednesday, the most lucrative player contract in U.S. professional sports history. "Everyone wants to talk about the record-breaking deal….but I want records on the field, I want to do things on the field and that’s what it is all about," two-time All-Star Stanton told a news conference. "This isn’t a lottery ticket and peace out. This is the start of new work and a new job for this city. …


Posted on 19 November 2014 | 4:49 pm

Otani cutting his teeth in Japan but MLB beckons

Japan's pitcher Otani, who both pitches and hits for the Nippon Ham Fighters, attends a practice session before an exhibition baseball game against U.S. MLB All-Stars in TokyoBy Junko Fujita SAPPORO Japan (Reuters) – Shohei Otani has made waves in Japan by throwing strikes and smashing home runs for the Nippon Ham Fighters, but the 'Double Sworded Samurai' may have to give up one of his weapons if he is to realize his dream of making it big in Major League Baseball. In his second season with the Fighters, the lanky right hander won a team-best 11 games with two shutouts, throwing 160 kph (100mph) fastballs and recording a 2.61 earned run average. The 20-year-old's prowess with the bat has also been a boon for the Fighters. …


Posted on 19 November 2014 | 5:11 am

Foo Fighters plan US baseball stadium tour

Nate Mendel, Taylor Hawkins, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear of The Foo Fighters attend the 'Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways' New York Premiere, at Ed Sullivan Theater, on October 14, 2014The Foo Fighters, touring to promote an album that delves into the roots of US music, will play some of the country's most historic baseball stadiums starting next year. The band, led by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, on Tuesday announced shows on July 18 and 19 at Fenway Park, the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball and home of the Boston Red Sox. A show at another historic stadium, the Chicago Cubs' Wrigley Field, was earlier announced and is sold out. The band also announced a concert at the more modern Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.


Posted on 19 November 2014 | 1:41 am

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Push For Baseball At 2020 Games Advancing – Baseball America


Push For Baseball At 2020 Games Advancing
Baseball America
Baseball's re-entry into the Olympic Games got a boost from the 2020 Games being awarded to Japan, and members of Japanese baseball and softball organizations made presentations to the the Japanese parliament last week to campaign for the inclusion …

Posted on 27 November 2014 | 10:00 am

In Arizona Fall League, baseball is put on the clock – Boston Globe


Boston Globe

In Arizona Fall League, baseball is put on the clock
Boston Globe
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It may be a sign of the apocalypse that baseball was recently played with a clock in the desert. Actually, there were five clocks, with big red numbers, strategically placed in one ballpark in the Arizona Fall League. Each counted

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Posted on 27 November 2014 | 8:37 am

Former Dixie Boys baseball director passes away – Hattiesburg American


Hattiesburg American

Former Dixie Boys baseball director passes away
Hattiesburg American
"He loved all sports, but particularly baseball," Pierce said. "He ran the 13-and-14-year-olds Dixie program for many years, was the director of that league, and then when he quit doing that, he followed our high school team almost every time we played.

Posted on 27 November 2014 | 12:49 am

Cavalier attitude: Stephen Decatur pitcher Grant Donahue to make move to UVa … – Delmarva Daily Times


Delmarva Daily Times

Cavalier attitude: Stephen Decatur pitcher Grant Donahue to make move to UVa
Delmarva Daily Times
Donahue ensured that he would start his college baseball career in Charlottesville when he signed his letter of intent last week. Donahue said being able to sign his letter was a big relief and will allow him to focus on following up on a season in

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 9:37 pm

A guide to holiday gifts for the baseball fan in your life – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

A guide to holiday gifts for the baseball fan in your life
USA TODAY
Black Friday approaches, and you probably haven't done any of your holiday shopping yet. So if you've got a baseball fan on your list this year, here are some gift suggestions that might help point you in the right direction.

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 6:58 pm

Phillies fans purchase ad to troll Ruben Amaro on his own Baseball Reference … – Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (blog)


Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (blog)

Phillies fans purchase ad to troll Ruben Amaro on his own Baseball Reference
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia (blog)
Call up sports talk radio to scream into a phone? Sure. Head down to the ballpark to let out some hefty boos? A time-honored tradition. Maybe even type a few words into the old Tweetdeck or Facebook? A modern day airing of grievances. But Phillies fans

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Posted on 26 November 2014 | 4:49 pm

How Twitter Has Changed Baseball Coverage, for Better or Worse, 140 … – Boston.com


How Twitter Has Changed Baseball Coverage, for Better or Worse, 140
Boston.com
For those among us who crashed into bed at a decent hour Sunday night, Monday morning delivered baseball news so surprising that it might have initially buckled a Red Sox fans knees like a Madison Bumgarner breaking ball. Hanley Ramirez, the …

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Posted on 26 November 2014 | 3:53 pm

Baseball’s Teen-Age Twitter Reporters – The New Yorker


The New Yorker

Baseball's Teen-Age Twitter Reporters
The New Yorker
So he finally sent a tweet to the respected baseball writer Jon Heyman, of CBS Sports, asking whether he'd heard any news about Ramirez. “If you think it's true,” he says Heyman told him, “then stick with it, and you'll get the credit.” And not long

Posted on 26 November 2014 | 1:22 am

The 20 Biggest Hall Of Fame Snubs In Baseball History – Forbes


The 20 Biggest Hall Of Fame Snubs In Baseball History
Forbes
Baseball Hall of Fame voting is back in the news as voters receive their ballots in the mail and speculation begins anew on who will be voted in to the class of 2015. Results will be announced in early January. The slam dunks would appear to be Randy …

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 8:14 pm

How Baseball Statistics Can Help Explain the Economy – New York Times


New York Times

How Baseball Statistics Can Help Explain the Economy
New York Times
(Baseball Prospectus combines some of those measures into an index it calls Peripheral Earned Run Average, or PERA.) Which brings us back to the economy. The core statistics we use to measure how the economy is doing are things like G.D.P. and job …

Posted on 25 November 2014 | 6:00 pm