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Barry Bonds, branded a drugs cheat and shunned by Major League Baseball because of his links to BALCO, has returned to the San Francisco Giants as a spring training hitting coach. The face of MLB's notorious steroid era, Bonds appeared much slimmer as he entered the Scottsdale Stadium field in Arizona where the Giants are holding their pre-season training camp. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said they "welcome" Bonds back to the team but did not go into details about what Bonds' specific role would be during his one week stint.
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 9:26 pm
St. Louis Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has signed a six-year contract extension, the Major League Baseball team announced Saturday, in a deal worth $52 million. The contract runs through the 2019 season and gives the Cardinals an option for the 2020 campaign on the 28-year-old American, who helped the Cardinals win the 2011 World Series in his rookie year. Carpenter led Major League Baseball with 199 hits, 126 runs and 55 doubles last season and this year the All-Star makes a fielding position switch from playing at second base to guarding third. "We are pleased to have reached an agreement that insures Matt will remain a Cardinal on a long-term basis," said Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt.
Posted on 8 March 2014 | 6:44 pm
(Reuters) – Dr. Frank Jobe, who pioneered the ‘Tommy John’ elbow surgery that has prolonged the careers of athletes in a variety of sports, particularly baseball, has died at the age of 88. In 1974, orthopedic surgeon Jobe transplanted a tendon to replace a torn left elbow ligament of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John. The groundbreaking surgery was successful and John’s subsequent comeback lasted 14 years, setting such a precedent for future patients that the surgery bears his name. “He pitched a great game,” tweeted John.
Posted on 7 March 2014 | 7:01 am
(Reuters) – Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw and Ryu Hyu-jin of South Korea are set up to start the two season-opening games later this month in Australia, according to the official Major League Baseball website. While the Dodgers have not officially announced their pitching plan, the National League team inserted prospect Zach Lee to start Friday's spring training game against Texas putting Kershaw and Ryu on track to launch the regular season. Los Angeles, who won the NL West last year with a 92-70 record, are kicking off the major league season against division rivals the Arizona Diamondbacks (81-81 in 2013) at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 22 and 23. The left-hander is likely to start the first game, followed by Ryu.
Posted on 6 March 2014 | 11:19 pm
Clearwater (United States) (AFP) – Masahiro Tanaka surrendered his first home run on Thursday in his first exhibition start for the New York Yankees, a rain-delayed matchup with the Philadelphia Phillies. In two pre-season training appearances for the Major League Baseball Yankees after signing a seven-year deal worth $155 million (112m euros) in January, Tanaka has given up one run on four hits while striking out four over five innings. Tanaka ended the first inning in order by striking out Chase Utley, allowed a Marlon Byrd double in the second but did not give up a run and retired the first two batters he saw in the third inning. Freddy Garcia followed with a homer to right field, tying the game at 1-1, but Kevin Frandsen grounded out to end the inning and Tanaka's time on the mound.
Posted on 6 March 2014 | 9:55 pm
(Reuters) – Royals reliever Luke Hochevar has been shut down due to a sprained ligament in his pitching elbow and could miss the first two months of the Major League Baseball season, the Kansas City Star reported on Wednesday. Hochevar, a converted starting pitcher, emerged as one of the best set-up relievers last season, posting a 1.92 earned run average over 70-1/3 innings, allowing 41 hits and striking out 82 batters. The 30-year-old Hochevar will rest for two to three weeks before beginning a recovery program. Royals manager Ned Yost was quoted in the report as saying that a return for the right-hander by the end of May was the "best-case scenario." The Royals open the MLB season on March 31.
Posted on 5 March 2014 | 6:54 pm
Sarasota (United States) (AFP) – Johan Santana, twice named his league's top pitcher, signed a deal with Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday as he bids to make a comeback after undergoing left-shoulder surgery. Santana last pitched in August 2012 for the New York Mets, the southpaw missing the 2013 campaign while recovering from surgery last April. Santana, who turns 35 later this month, won American League Cy Young Awards as top pitcher with Minnesota in 2004 and 2006. The Orioles signed a developmental-level contract with Santana but offered an invitation to their pre-season training camp to allow him a chance to make the top squad.
Posted on 4 March 2014 | 10:53 pm
(Reuters) – Two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday as the oft-injured left-hander continues his quest to return as a Major League Baseball pitcher. The 34-year-old Santana, who missed the 2011 and 2013 seasons with shoulder injuries while with the New York Mets, is rehabbing from his second left shoulder surgery in Florida, where the Orioles have their spring training complex. The Venezuelan became a free agent when the Mets bought out his contract for $5.5 million to escape having to pay him $25 million for the 2014 season. Santana, who auditioned for several MLB teams, has compiled a career record of 139-78 and won the American League Cy Young Award as top pitcher in 2004 and 2006 for the Minnesota Twins.
Posted on 4 March 2014 | 7:28 pm
(Reuters) – Promising San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin will miss two-to-three months after rupturing his left biceps tendon while making a diving catch in a spring training game, the team said on Monday. Maybin, 26, suffered the injury in robbing Los Angeles Dodgers’ Juan Uribe of an extra-base hit to the right-center field gap on Sunday, MLB.com reported. The injury-plagued Maybin missed all but 14 games in 2013 with a right wrist injury that required surgery and a torn ligament in his left knee. Padres manager Bud Black was asked if Maybin should have been more cautious, especially in an exhibition game.
Posted on 3 March 2014 | 11:42 pm
(Reuters) – Veteran relief pitcher Guillermo Mota, who served two drug suspensions during his 14-year Major League Baseball career, announced his retirement on Sunday, according to mlb.com. The 40-year-old right-hander, who played for seven MLB teams, had not pitched in the majors since 2012, although he signed a minor league contract in January with the Kansas City Royals. Mota was 39-45 with a 3.94 ERA in 743 relief appearances during a major league career that started with the Montreal Expos in 1999. The native of the Dominican Republic also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Florida Marlins, Cleveland Indians, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants, with whom he won World Series titles in 2010 and 2012.
Posted on 2 March 2014 | 7:48 pm
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Fantasy Baseball 2014: Updating Top 25 Sleepers to Grab in Drafts
Imagine this scenario: You're in the final few rounds of your fantasy baseball draft trying to target a few end-gamers to fill out your roster and bench who just might turn into gems, but your already exhausted noggin just ain't working like it was …
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Posted on 11 March 2014 | 10:31 pm
Babe Ruth's daughter says her dad would have broken baseball's color barrier
Babe Ruth's daughter says her dad would have broken baseball's color barrier. By Ted Berg 9 hours ago Follow @ogtedberg. 363 shares. SHARE. TWEET. EMAIL. Babe Ruth, with daughters Julia (right) and Dorothy. In an excellent feature for the New York …
Babe Ruth would have broken baseball's color barrier as manager, daughter saysBoston.com (blog)
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Posted on 11 March 2014 | 9:31 pm
UCF baseball hosts No. 2 FSU, Jameis Winston in midweek games
Orlando Sentinel (blog)
UCF baseball will host No. 2 Florida State and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston this week as it looks to get back on track after seven losses in its past eight games. The Seminoles (12-2) have won six of their past seven, dropping one game to …
Baseball set to host Winston, FSU247Sports (subscription)
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Posted on 11 March 2014 | 8:07 pm
Tensions rise in baseball vs. soccer feud at Oakland high schools
Contra Costa Times
Oakland International High School students practice soccer on an asphalt parking lot at the school on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Students want a real soccer field and are frustrated that they cannot practice on an adjacent baseball field with real grass …
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Posted on 11 March 2014 | 8:06 pm
A Q&A on Australian baseball with ex-Dodger Craig Shipley
In less than a week, the Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will board their chartered airplanes for their 15-hour flight to Sydney, Australia. In less than two weeks, they will have already played the first two games of Major League Baseball's 2014 season.
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Posted on 11 March 2014 | 6:54 pm
Baseball Power Rankings (Week 4)
Sure seemed that way in college baseball last weekend. There were new opponents, new opportunities and new matchups going on across the country, but guess what? We've got a whole lot of nothing new in the rank and file of the ESPN.com Power …
Posted on 11 March 2014 | 6:23 pm
San Jose wants to overturn baseball's antitrust exemption
Between 1913 and 1915, there was a third baseball league, the Federal League, competing with the two established organized leagues we already know, the National League and the American League. Players' salaries skyrocketed, and the NL and AL …
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Posted on 11 March 2014 | 4:34 pm
Politician uses steroids in baseball to argue for evidence of climate change
People love to use baseball analogies because baseball is a pretty common and relatable frame of reference. But one thing you can be sure of: nearly 100% of the time someone is using a baseball analogy in politics, they are either mangling the baseball …
Posted on 11 March 2014 | 4:08 pm
Kid in wagon rolls down hill as dad goes after baseball
We've seen people at games do all sorts of things for a baseball, but this is a first. At today's Marlins-Mets exhibition game, New York outfielder Chris Young hit a ground-rule double over the right-center field wall. As the ball hit the grass beyond …
SEE IT: Fan at Mets game lets kid in stroller roll downhill so he can catch ballNew York Daily News
Man Ditches Kid for Baseball, Sends Wagon Down HillBleacher Report
Grown man chases baseball, lets child roll down hill in wagon [Video]Los Angeles Times
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Posted on 10 March 2014 | 11:30 pm
Australia, Baseball's Diamond in Rough
New York Times
When Albert Spalding arranged a world tour for his Chicago White Stockings and a team of all-stars that included stops in Australia in December 1888, the baseball writer Henry Chadwick hailed it as “the great event in the modern history of athletic …
Posted on 10 March 2014 | 3:28 am