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New York Yankees Kevin Youkilis waits for a pitch from Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront in New York(The Sports Xchange) – Kevin Youkilis, a three-time All-Star known affectionately as Yoooouuuuk in Boston and "the Greek God of Walks" in the book "Moneyball," announced his retirement Thursday. The 35-year-old was limited to 21 games in Japan last season due to plantar fasciitis. Youkilis spent most of his 10-year major-league career in Boston, where he was part of World Series champions in 2004 (as a rookie) and 2007. – - The Red Sox re-signed right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year contract on Thursday. The deal was reported by WEEI.com to be worth $18 million. …


Posted on 31 October 2014 | 12:23 am

Reactions at World Series to Selig’s reign

By Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – In an informal survey during the World Series, Reuters asked around for the most important elements of the reign of Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, who is retiring in January: — Bruce Bochy, San Francisco Giants manager “It’s a better game today and that’s because of our commissioner. He’s had a great tenure and really is a great ambassador for our game. I think we’re all thankful that it’s an improved game, a cleaner game. “He’s created more interest in baseball, it gives more teams hope, more cities hope. …

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 12:13 am

Fed’s George to send BBQ sauce to San Francisco Fed chief after Giants win

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George plans to send San Francisco Fed President John Williams some local barbecue sauce to commemorate his home team’s World Series victory, spokesmen for the banks said on Thursday. Baseball’s biggest annual contest wrapped up its seventh game on Wednesday with the San Francisco Giants’ 3-2 win against the Kansas City Royals. The series’ final games took place on the same two days that George, Williams and other U.S. …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:00 pm

Royals’ success warms outgoing commissioner Selig’s heart

MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants at Kansas City RoyalsBy Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – In a way, it was fitting for Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig's last World Series in charge to finish in Kansas City. Selig, 80, is ending a 22-year reign as overseer of the game in January, and several of the innovations he instituted paid dividends at the 2014 Fall Classic. In his early days in charge, small market owners clamored for change, complaining that only a handful of wealthier clubs had a chance to win the World Series. …


Posted on 30 October 2014 | 10:54 pm

Giants a new-age dynasty with help from Bumgarner

MLB: World Series-San Francisco Giants at Kansas City RoyalsBy Larry Fine KANSAS CITY Missouri (Reuters) – A different kind of Major League Baseball dynasty has emerged. The San Francisco Giants are champions of a new age of parity, the best at juggling budget and talent, and managing the changing tides of a tumultuous 162-game regular season. Despite missing key players due to injury in pitcher Matt Cain and center fielder Angel Pagan, the Giants squeaked into the playoffs and won a third World Series title in five years with Wednesday's Game Seven win over the Kansas City Royals. …


Posted on 30 October 2014 | 9:48 pm

Two shot, dozens arrested in San Francisco following Giants win

Police officers disperse a crowd in the Mission District, in San FranciscoBy Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Two people were shot, one was stabbed and around 40 were arrested as celebrations in San Francisco for the Giants victory in the World Series turned violent overnight, police said on Thursday. A number of police officers were struck by bottles while responding to the mayhem and three were taken to local hospitals, one with severe lacerations to his hand, Sergeant Monica Macdonald of the San Francisco Police Department said. …


Posted on 30 October 2014 | 8:17 pm

Champ Giants, near-miss Royals eye Series return

Buster Posey #28 and Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after defeating the Kansas City Royals to win Game Seven of the 2014 World Series on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, MissouriAs the Champagne flowed and the San Francisco Giants celebrated a third World Series title in five seasons, they were already thinking about another championship run. Powered by an electrifying effort from left-handed pitcher Madison Bumgarner, the Giants beat Kansas City 3-2 on Wednesday for a 4-3 triumph in Major League Baseball's best-of-seven final that had manager Bruce Bochy talking about the team's ability to remain a perennial contender. "The thing I love about what's happening in San Francisco is the continuity we have so that allows you to hopefully compete and contend every year." The biggest player who could leave is 28-year-old Venezuelan third baseman Pablo Sandoval, who like 25-year-old Bumgarner has been a key figure in the thrilling title trilogy.


Posted on 30 October 2014 | 7:14 pm

Bad bets take a big toll on the Super Bowl’s host city

An overview of the University of Phoenix Stadium Stadium and the Renaissance Hotel in GlendaleBy Robin Respaut GLENDALE Ariz. (Reuters) – Welcome to the sports-crazy home of February's Super Bowl. Over the last decade or so, this city of 230,000 on Phoenix's northwest border, has reinvented itself from farm town to sports Mecca. It has built the dome stadium where the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals play, the National Hockey League's Arizona Coyotes arena, and the new baseball facility where the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox appear every spring for their pre-season training. But Glendale's love of sports has come at a cost: red ink and jobs lost. …


Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:27 pm

San Francisco Giants fans take to streets after World Series win

By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Fans of the San Francisco Giants took to the streets to celebrate on Wednesday night after their team won the baseball World Series, topping the Kansas City Royals, but the festivities were marred by raucous fans and fires. Hundreds, many clad in the team’s orange and black, flooded Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District after the final out in the seventh game of the baseball championship. “(Pitcher Madison) Bumgarner blew my mind tonight!” said Beau Adams, a San Francisco native sporting a Giants tattoo.

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:28 pm

San Francisco celebrations turn violent, two shot: report

San Francisco's Tim Hudson celebrates after the Giants win game seven of the best-of-seven series against the Kansas City Royals with a 3-2 victory on October 29, 2014Raucous celebrations over San Francisco's World Series baseball triumph degenerated into street violence Thursday, with two people shot and injured, news reports said. In repeats of unrest that broke out after the San Francisco Giants won the baseball title in 2010 and 2012, crowds of revelers set bonfires, got into fistfights on the streets and threw bottles, sparking the deployment of riot police, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.


Posted on 30 October 2014 | 11:29 am

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Baseball still a major draw on television – Boston Globe


Boston Globe

Baseball still a major draw on television
Boston Globe
Baseball's diminished ratings are the result of circumstance, some self-inflicted (the late start times are absurd, and the late finish times exhausting and some unavoidable). The NFL is a ratings powerhouse in spite of itself. Viewing options are more

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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 8:54 am

Baseball news and notes, Oct. 30 – SFGate


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Baseball news and notes, Oct. 30
SFGate
Baseball's business season began Thursday when 121 players become free agents, a group that includes Pablo Sandoval, Michael Morse, Jake Peavy, Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong of the World Series champion Giants. James Shields, Nori Aoki and …
Baseball's business season starts anewThe Seattle Times
Baseball: Free agency beginsSan Jose Mercury News
San Fran knows baseball of lateColumbia Daily Herald
Journal Times
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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 7:25 am

A Visit to Madison Bumgarner Country, and a Proud Father’s Home – New York Times


New York Times

A Visit to Madison Bumgarner Country, and a Proud Father's Home
New York Times
Kevin, who has worked as a manager for a warehouse, has umpired baseball games for decades. “Major leaguers'll hit a .22 bullet if it travels straight,” he said. Kevin acknowledged he could be tough on Madison. “First thing I mentioned after Sunday was

Posted on 31 October 2014 | 5:01 am

Improbable Series Thrill Comes Up 90 Feet Short – New York Times


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Improbable Series Thrill Comes Up 90 Feet Short
New York Times
“I guess the initial thought was, only in baseball could something that crazy happen, meaning an inside-the-park home run.” It would not have been scored that way, of course. But the point was that for a frantic, fleeting moment, Gordon seemed to have
Time for baseball to save itselfU-T San Diego
With World Series Win, SF Giants Are Baseball's First Parity DynastyForbes
Women: We love our baseball, and we still love our Kansas City RoyalsWashington Post (blog)
Fox News -TheNewsTribune.com (blog) -AL.com
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Posted on 31 October 2014 | 12:25 am

Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports – ESPN


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Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports
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Tristan H. Cockcroft's 2015 rankings account for our standard, 10-team ESPN mixed Rotisserie 5×5 league. Position eligibility is determined based upon a minimum of 20 games or the position the player appeared at most in 2014. Following the top 250

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 6:28 pm

The (San Francisco) Giants and the Minnows: Business Lessons From Baseball – Forbes


The (San Francisco) Giants and the Minnows: Business Lessons From Baseball
Forbes
It's a new dynasty, or so they say. In the over-hyped world of baseball, the San Francisco Giants have just won the World Series for the third time in the past five years and that qualifies the franchise for the D-word, according to the New York Times

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:36 pm

Selig’s departure gives baseball a chance to fix things – The News-Press


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Selig's departure gives baseball a chance to fix things
The News-Press
Our long national nightmare is over. Almost. President Gerald Ford used that opening line 40 years ago when pardoning Richard Nixon. Bud Selig is the Richard Nixon of baseball. The last baseball game of his 20-plus-year tenure came and went with this …

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 3:30 pm

Should We Put Baseball on Speed? – New York Times (blog)


New York Times (blog)

Should We Put Baseball on Speed?
New York Times (blog)
While audience figures like these are larger than, say, the number of hits on a YouTube video of a Noam Chomsky speech (which can get pretty high, mind you), they're sure to have baseball officials asking why. One common explanation is that in an age
Major League Baseball looks for ways to speed up gamesRichmond Times-Dispatch

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Posted on 30 October 2014 | 2:51 pm

Ranking Baseball’s Dynasties – Sports On Earth


Ranking Baseball's Dynasties
Sports On Earth
But in terms of the best five-year stretches in the history of baseball, these Giants are, in fact, on a better run than Charlie Finley's A's. San Francisco has competed against 29 other teams to earn its three titles, while Oakland beat out only 23

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 1:19 pm

World Series 2014 Game 7: Baseball knows we know nothing – SB Nation


SB Nation

World Series 2014 Game 7: Baseball knows we know nothing
SB Nation
The game will end when it ends, and a team will win in the ways and for the reasons that baseball teams do. There is no defying that. But what has made this strange and imperfect series so worth the watching — and what will make whichever of these

Posted on 30 October 2014 | 12:49 am