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(Reuters) – Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth pleaded guilty on Thursday to a reckless driving charge in Fairfax County, Virginia, and will serve five days in jail. The 35-year-old former All-Star Werth admitted to driving his Porsche 911 more than 100 mph on the Capital Beltway in Virginia last July in a stretch where the posted limit is 55 mph. "We are aware of the agreement reached today," the Nationals said in a statement. "We do not condone reckless behavior, and we expect all members of the Washington Nationals organization to act in a responsible manner. We support Jayson, who is an integral part of the community and of the Washington Nationals family." Werth will serve his sentence on weekends so he can continue rehabilitation during the week for the arthroscopic shoulder surgery he had earlier this month.
Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:52 pm
(Reuters) – Future Hall of Famer Ichiro Suzuki said he wanted to return the faith shown by Miami Marlins executives after they flew to Japan to convince the veteran to sign for the Florida ball club. The 41-year-old outfielder agreed a one-year contract on Tuesday with the Marlins after his two-and-a-half year stay with the New York Yankees ended last year. "I am humbled that they flew 18 hours to get here, this is something that just doesn't happen," Suzuki was quoted as saying by Kyodo News on Thursday after signing up for a 15th year in MLB. As a player, it's something I've been looking for the past two years." Ichiro moved to Major League Baseball (MLB) with the Seattle Mariners in 2001 before joining the Yankees in 2012.
Posted on 29 January 2015 | 7:21 am
Ichiro Suzuki, a two-time American League batting champion nearing a Major League Baseball milestone, has signed a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, the team announced. The 41-year-old Japanese outfielder, who needs only 156 hits to reach the coveted 3,000 mark in his North American career, is likely to be a reserve fielder and pinch hitter for the National League club. Suzuki, a 10-time All-Star, is the first Japanese player in the history of the Marlins.
Posted on 28 January 2015 | 5:37 am
(Reuters) – Former Major League Baseball All Star pitcher Bill Monbouquette has died of leukemia at the age of 78, the Boston Red Sox said on their website. Monbouquette pitched eight seasons for the Red Sox from 1958-65. He threw a no-hitter in 1962 and is ranked 10th in franchise strikeouts with 969. The right-hander, who later played for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants before retiring in 1968, had a career 114-112 win-loss record and a 3.68 ERA. (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; Editing by Peter Rutherford)
Posted on 27 January 2015 | 5:13 am
(Reuters) – New Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred wants to increase participation in the sport among America’s youth and modernize the game without interfering with its history and traditions. MLB’s former chief operating officer, Manfred, 56, takes over the top post from Bud Selig, who stepped down after 22 years as commissioner.
Posted on 25 January 2015 | 11:20 pm
Hall of Fame infielder Ernie Banks, who was affectionately dubbed "Mr Cub" by the Wrigley Field faithful, passed away Friday. Banks, the Cubs' first-ever black player, played shortstop and first base, and was a 14-time all-star who played for Chicago from 1953-1971. He was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959 and he blasted 512 homers in 19 seasons of Major League Baseball before being elected to the Hall of Fame in 1977.
Posted on 24 January 2015 | 11:54 am
Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, the pioneering and famously affable slugger hailed by the team for which he played 19 seasons as "the greatest Cub in franchise history," has died at age 83, the club said in a statement on Friday. A shortstop and first baseman renowned as "Mr. Cub" and "Mr. Sunshine," Banks joined the team as its first black player in 1953, six years after Jackie Robinson broke major league baseball's color barrier on the Brooklyn Dodgers, and remained with the Cubs until his retirement in 1971, hitting 512 career home runs and 1,636 runs batted in (RBI).
Posted on 24 January 2015 | 7:45 am
Japanese star outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has agreed terms on a one-year Major League Baseball contract with the Miami Marlins worth $2 million, according to reports Friday. Major League Baseball's website and the Miami Herald, citing unnamed sources, reported the deal was complete and will make the 10-time All-Star the Marlins' top reserve outfielder. Suzuki is only 156 base hits shy of the milestone 3,000 hits mark for his North American career and will be a strong left-handed pinch hitter off the bench for the Marlins, who have never before had a Japanese player on the roster.
Posted on 23 January 2015 | 8:52 pm
Billiards and snooker on Thursday launched an unexpected bid to win a spot on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics sports program, saying sharp global rise in popularity helped their case. The program for the Tokyo Games has already been agreed with organizers and the International Olympic Committee and any late inclusion would have to be preceded by a request from the organizers. Tokyo is set to benefit from the rule change, with baseball and softball seen as favorites to be named for inclusion due to the sports' popularity in Japan. "Four years ahead of its original target, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association has engaged heavily in working alongside the World Confederation of Billiard Sports on a bid for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo," snooker's world governing body said in a statement.
Posted on 22 January 2015 | 5:20 pm
Max Scherzer was unveiled Wednesday as the newest addition to the Washington Nationals' pitching rotation, giving the Major League Baseball squad new hope in bidding for a World Series title. The Nationals confirmed a seven-year deal worth $210 million for the 30-year-old right-hander, who is 91-50 with a 3.58 earned-run average over 207 games, all but nine in a starting role. Scherzer went 18-5 last year. The Nationals already had the lowest earned-run average among starting rotations in the major leagues last season at 3.04 and will add Scherzer to a powerful starting lineup including Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister.
Posted on 21 January 2015 | 10:40 pm
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USA Today gives U of L highest preseason rank
The University of Louisville's baseball team ranked no worse than 12th in national preseason polls until Thursday, but at the same time the Cardinals — off a second consecutive trip to the College World Series — found themselves no higher than 9th.
Baseball picked 4th in preseason C-USA pollJackson Clarion Ledger
Rice sweeps Conference USA baseball preseason pollChron.com (blog)
Rice baseball sweeps preseason CUSA honorsKHOU
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 5:02 pm
Baseball scout thinks Tom Brady could have been a good catcher
Tom Brady's football accomplishments are certainly impressive, but if the Montreal Expos had their way, he might have never made it to the Super Bowl. Like Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Brady was once a baseball prospect as well, and the Expos …
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 4:31 pm
DeSales University baseball team lends its community service in the Dominican … – lehighvalleylive.com
DeSales University baseball team lends its community service in the Dominican …
Cooperman, a sophomore third baseman and pitcher for the DeSales University baseball team, was in for somewhat of a culture shock during the team's recent five-day trip to the Dominican Republic. "It was one of the best experiences for me," said …
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 4:06 pm
Learn the mental part of defense with Baseball Academics
Growing up I learned to play baseball the same way millions of youngsters have learned and continue to learn, by playing the game. The most difficult part of learning the game was the mental part. Hitting, catching, and throwing the ball are physical …
Posted on 30 January 2015 | 1:42 pm
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Ole Miss in coaches' top 25 baseball poll
Jackson Clarion Ledger
OXFORD — Ole Miss is comfortably in the USA Today coaches' preseason poll. The Rebels, coming off a College World Series appearance in 2014, are No. 18 in the poll, released today. Among SEC teams, Vanderbilt is No. 1, followed by LSU (4), Florida (5 …
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Posted on 30 January 2015 | 5:17 am
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Play Ball! Yahoo Sports 2015 Fantasy Baseball Set To Open Friday
Yahoo Sports (blog)
Exclusive to Yahoo Fantasy Baseball through our partnership with MLB.com. (Admit it, there's a scout inside you, fighting to get out. Game tape is your friend. Bring a clipboard everywhere you go.) As usual, commissioners will have a bunch of …
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 9:44 pm
Will the Phillies have the worst record in baseball in 2015? Baseball …
The Phillies, by their own admission, have no designs on competing for at least two or more seasons as the organization undergoes a massive top-to-bottom rebuild over the next several years. With that in mind, it isn't all that shocking that Baseball …
Baseball Prospectus projects Royals will finish 72-90Kansas City Star (blog)
5 surprising projections for the 2015 MLB seasonSB Nation
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 8:10 pm
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Cubs win: Kris Bryant named baseball's top prospect by ESPN
Yahoo Sports (blog)
That's according to ESPN baseball analyst Keith Law, who on Thursday revealed his annual ranking of the top prospects in baseball (content is behind a paywall). Atop that list is 23-year-old Kris Bryant, a Cubs third baseman who led all of professional …
Kris Bryant tops our 2015 rankings of MLB's top 100 prospectsESPN
Cubs' Bryant No. 1, Russell No. 4 on ESPN's top 100 baseball prospectsChicago Sun-Times
ESPN's Keith Law Ranks The Cubs As Baseball's Top Farm SystemBleed Cubbie Blue
Amazin’ Avenue -The State -Comcast SportsNet Chicago
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 6:14 pm
Wichita State penalized after staffer gives baseball players extra benefits
For nearly two years, 21 baseball players purchased shoes, clothing, hunting gear and other non-athletics items for a total of $7,594.18, using the 50 percent discount. Because the discount provided by the former assistant was not generally available …
Wichita State baseball put on NCAA probation for impermissible benefits.FOXSports.com
WSU to appeal part of NCAA baseball penaltyKAKE
Wichita State will appeal NCAA ruling that takes away baseball winsKansas.com
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Posted on 29 January 2015 | 5:40 pm
Must baseball “change or die?”
While Manfred only indicated a willingness to consider a ban on extreme defensive realignments, baseball traditionalists immediately freaked out. Of course, that baseball superfans don't care for (even the suggestion of the possibility of future …
Posted on 29 January 2015 | 2:10 pm