by Published on 12-12-2013 03:46 PM  Number of Views: 309 
    1. MLB

    Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season but no later than by 2015.

    Sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney that there is a strong desire for MLB's rules committee to fast-track the specific rule changes in time for next season.

    Under the rules changes being discussed, sources told Olney:

    • Catchers will not be allowed to block home plate.

    • Runners will not be permitted to target the catchers.

    • The question of whether or not the plate was blocked or the runner targeted the catcher will be reviewable, with an immediate remedy available to the umpires.

    • Catchers or runners who violate the new rules will be subject to disciplinary action.

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    by Published on 02-05-2013 11:50 AM
    1. MLB
    2. Arizona Diamondbacks

    Brandon Webb, the 2006 National League Cy Young Award winner and one of the most dominant starters in the game during a five-year stretch with the Arizona Diamondbacks, is officially retiring from baseball, according to his agents at Millennium Sports.

    Webb, 33, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2009 because of shoulder problems. He had been pursuing another comeback attempt but announced his retirement Monday in a statement released by agents Jonathan Maurer and Mike Montana.

    "With retirement, Brandon looks forward to focusing on more time with his family,'' the statement said. "He would like to thank all the countless coaches, players and friends for their support during his career.''

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    by Published on 02-05-2013 10:40 AM
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    Barry Bonds' appeal of his felony obstruction of justice conviction will be heard by three federal judges who were each appointed by a different Democratic president.

    The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday unveiled its February schedule, which showed publicly for the first time the three judges assigned to Bonds' case.

    Senior Circuit Judges Mary M. Schroeder and Michael Daly Hawkins along with Judge Mary H. Murguia will hear oral arguments Feb. 13.

    Jimmy Carter appointed Schroeder in 1979. She wrote an opinion in 2010 upholding U.S. District Judge Susan Illston's ruling to bar the testimony of former Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative executive James Valente from Bonds' trial, which led to the exclusion of some BALCO records that the government maintained included positive drug tests.

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    by Published on 08-17-2011 01:19 PM
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    Nice guys do win. On a Monday night in August Jim Thome showed us that. He reached an elite club with only seven other guests.
    by Published on 01-25-2011 08:38 AM
    1. MLB
    2. Houston Astros

    Baltimore Orioles left-hander Troy Patton was arrested last weekend on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

    Houston police spokesman Victor Senties says the 25-year-old was pulled over after his car jumped a curb on a city street about 8:15 p.m. Sunday.

    Senties says an officer spotted Patton driving erratically in the eastbound lane. The vehicle hit the curb, nearly collided with another vehicle and made two abrupt lane changes without a signal before the observing officer pulled him over, Senties said.

    Patton was charged with a first-offense DWI, a misdemeanor. He posted a $500 bond and was released. A court date is scheduled for Friday.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6055242
    by Published on 01-19-2011 12:54 PM
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    2. Seattle Mariners

    Police in Los Angeles have arrested Seattle Mariners outfielder Milton Bradley for allegedly making threats against a woman, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

    Bradley, 32, was taken into custody at 10 a.m. local time Tuesday and was taken to the Van Nuys, Calif., jail, where he was booked for suspicion of making criminal threats, a Los Angeles Police Department officer told the Times.

    His bail was set at $50,000 and he was released around 5:45 p.m., according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department booking records.

    The booking records would not provide details about the identity of the woman or details of the threats allegedly made against the woman. Bradley has a court appearance scheduled for Feb. 8.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6036001
    by Published on 01-18-2011 02:17 PM
    1. MLB
    2. Detroit Tigers

    "The Tigers have settled with pitcher Armando Galarraga, after all. According to SI.com's Jon Heyman, who tweeted it late Monday night, Galarraga will earn $2.3 million this season. He made $438,000 last year.

    It was, of course, a year of peaks and valleys for Galarraga. He came with Jim Joyce's incorrect call of pitching a perfect game on June 2 and received widespread acclaim for the class he showed in his reaction to the blown call and in the way he forgave Joyce."

    Read more: http://www.detnews.com/article/20110118/SPORTS0104/101180378/1129/Tigers-sign-Armando-Galarraga-to-a-1-year--$2.3-million-deal
    by Published on 01-18-2011 01:23 PM
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    2. Kansas City Royals

    Gil Meche, whose $55 million, five-year contract as a free agent in 2007 signaled a sharp change in fiscal policy for the Kansas City Royals, announced Tuesday that he is retiring.

    In a statement released through the Royals, the right-hander, who was plagued by shoulder problems last year, said he preferred retirement to spending the final year of his contract in the bullpen.

    Meche was the Royals' Opening Day starter in 2007, '08 and '09. His best season was 2008 when he was 14-11 with a 3.98 ERA, but the Royals still finished 75-87.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6033882
    by Published on 01-11-2011 06:30 PM
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    Trevor Hoffman, the Major League Baseball leader in saves, has decided to retire, the Beverly Hills Sports Council, which represents Hoffman, confirmed Tuesday.

    Hoffman ends his 18-year career with an all-time record 601 saves, 41 ahead of the New York Yankees' Mariano Rivera, who is in second place with 559.

    Hoffman, who turned 43 on Oct. 13, will return to the San Diego Padres, the ballclub where he built his reputation, in a still-undefined front-office role, he said.

    MLB.com first reported Hoffman's retirement.

    "It's time to retire. It's time to move on," Hoffman told MLB.com. "This is more of a self-evaluation. I expect to pitch at a certain level and I had to be honest with myself that I wasn't certain I could maintain that anymore."

    The Padres will have a news conference Wednesday to announce Hoffman's retirement. Hoffman's time with the team didn't end amicably after a breakdown in negotiations in 2008 led to Hoffman signing with Milwaukee as a free agent.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6012723
    by Published on 01-09-2011 10:04 AM
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    The 9-year-old girl killed by a gunman who opened fire at an Arizona congresswoman's event is the granddaughter of former manager Dallas Green, the Philadelphia Phillies said Sunday.

    Her father, John Green, is a scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    Christina-Taylor Green was shot outside a Tucson grocery story when she went to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was meeting with constituents there. Giffords was among 13 people wounded in the melee that killed six people, including Arizona's chief federal judge and an aide for the Democratic lawmaker.

    "We lost a member of the Dodgers family today," Dodgers owner Frank McCourt said in a statement released by the team. "The entire Dodgers organization is mourning the death of John's daughter Christina, and will do everything we can to support John, his wife Roxana and their son Dallas in the aftermath of this senseless tragedy. I spoke with John earlier today and expressed condolences on behalf of the entire Dodgers organization."

    Christina-Taylor Green was born the day of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and was featured in a book, "Faces of Hope," on children who shared that birthday.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6004887
    by Published on 01-09-2011 10:00 AM
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    Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has completed an eight-week battery of cancer treatments for a malignant growth in a salivary gland and hopes to resume his duties as baseball coach at San Diego State when the spring semester starts next week.

    "Everything is going great," Gwynn told the San Diego Union-Tribune last week. "I don't have an exact answer yet where I stand with the cancer. I can't say I'm cured. I have an MRI and a CT scan planned for sometime next week. But I feel good and my doctors tell me they think I'm ahead of schedule."

    Gwynn, 50, was diagnosed with cancer in August, as he was having his third procedure since 1997 for what had previously been benign tumors in his largest salivary gland, the parotid.

    He had surgery Aug. 30 during which they also removed lymph nodes.

    "Every once in a while I do too much and get tired," Gwynn told the San Diego newspaper. "I don't think I'm going to have a problem coaching. I'm working hard at getting ready."

    Gwynn also said he plans to return as a color commentator for local Padres telecasts.

    Read more:http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6004783
    by Published on 01-08-2011 09:39 AM
    1. MLB
    2. New York Yankees

    Ryne Duren, an All-Star pitcher known for a 100 mph fastball, occasional wildness and Coke-bottle glasses that created a most intimidating presence on the mound, has died at his winter home in Florida. He was 81.

    Duren died Thursday, stepson Mark Jackson said Friday.

    An All-Star in three seasons, Duren helped the New York Yankees reach the World Series in 1958 and 1960.

    Duren's unique first name lives on in baseball history. Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg's plaque in Cooperstown includes this note: "Named after former Yankees pitcher Ryne Duren." They are the only major leaguers named Ryne, according to baseballreference.com.

    But it was Duren's blazing heater -- and 20/200 vision in his left eye, 20/70 in his right -- that always attracted attention. The look was very Ricky Vaughn from the movie "Major League."

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/new-york/m...ory?id=6000341
    by Published on 12-31-2010 10:36 AM
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    Rafael Palmeiro is sticking to his story that a tainted vitamin shot caused his failed drug test five years ago and hopes Hall of Fame voters will overlook the mistake and honor him for his 3,020 hits and 569 homers.

    A week before the Baseball Writers Association of America announces its inductees to baseball's Hall of Fame, Palmeiro told SI.com in a phone interview posted Wednesday that he never used performance-enhancing drugs in his 20-year career. As he asserted in 2005 after he was suspended for failing a test, Palmeiro again insisted the anabolic steroid was in a B-12 vial given to him by Baltimore Orioles teammate Miguel Tejada.

    "I was telling the truth then, and I am telling the truth now," Palmeiro said. "I don't know what else I can say. I have never taken steroids. For people who think I took steroids intentionally, I'm never going to convince them. But I hope the voters judge my career fairly and don't look at one mistake."

    One of only four players in big league history with 500 homers and 3,000 hits, Palmeiro's once-certain election to the Hall is in jeopardy. Baseball voters four times have denied Mark McGwire, 10th on the career list with 583 homers, and his election seems unlikely -- McGwire received only 23.7 percent of the vote last year and 75 percent is needed.

    "I never played for the Hall of Fame," Palmeiro, a four-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove first baseman, told SI.com on Tuesday. "I only played to win and have fun. But, yes, now the Hall of Fame is important to me. Why wouldn't I want to be there? It would mean more than anything to me. I hope they don't hold me out for one mistake at the end of my career."

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5966668
    by Published on 12-31-2010 10:29 AM
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    Former big league manager and infielder Steve Boros, who later played a key behind-the-scenes role in one of baseball's most thrilling World Series moments, has died. He was 74.

    Boros died Wednesday night in Deland, Fla., where he had spent his recent years, the Detroit Tigers said Thursday. The team said it didn't have any other details on his death.

    Boros hit .245 with 26 home runs and 149 RBIs in parts of seven seasons with Detroit, the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds. He managed the Oakland Athletics in 1983 and part of 1984 and guided the San Diego Padres in 1986.

    Born in Michigan, Boros made his major league debut with Detroit in 1957 and mostly played third base. He hit three homers in a game in 1962 -- no other Tigers player accomplished the feat until Bill Freehan in 1971.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5971894
    by Published on 12-30-2010 01:48 PM
    1. MLB
    2. Minnesota Twins

    Former Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins star Harmon Killebrew has esophageal cancer and is being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., he said in a statement released Thursday.

    Killebrew, inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984 after a career that included 11 All-Star Game selections and the 1969 Most Valuable Player award, said he was recently diagnosed with the disease.

    Killebrew, 74, currently ranks 11th on the all-time major league home run list with 573, and his eight seasons with 40 or more homers still is tied for second in league history with Babe Ruth.

    Killebrew spent 21 seasons with the Senators and Twins, in addition to one final season with the Kansas City Royals.

    "With my wife, Nita, by my side, I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life," Killebrew said in the statement. "I am being treated by a team of medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic. While my condition is very serious, I have confidence in my doctors and the medical staff, and I anticipate a full recovery.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5969976
    by Published on 12-29-2010 09:22 AM
    1. MLB
    2. Detroit Tigers

    Longtime baseball executive Bill Lajoie, whose eye for talent helped build the Detroit Tigers team that won the 1984 World Series, died Tuesday. He was 76.

    Tigers spokesman Brian Britten said the team first learned of Lajoie's death from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lajoie had been working as a special assistant to the Pirates.

    The Detroit News reported he died at his home near Sarasota, Fla. Britten said he couldn't confirm the location or the cause of death.

    "Bill played an integral role in building the Detroit Tigers into a world championship team in 1984 and a division title winner in 1987," Tigers general manager David Dombrowski said in an e-mail to The Associated Press. "Bill was a respected and highly regarded baseball executive who made significant contributions to the Tigers franchise and the game of baseball."

    "Mr. Lajoie impacted the lives and careers of a countless number of players, scouts and front office executives," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement. "He was a terrific evaluator of talent, an outstanding baseball man, a tremendous mentor and a better friend."

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5964998
    by Published on 12-28-2010 11:18 AM
    1. MLB
    2. Minnesota Twins

    Marty Cordova spends his days and night at the hospital, hanging on every word from the doctors and looking for hope wherever he can find it. His 15-year-old daughter was in a car accident and has been in a coma for 11 days.

    "If anybody knew her or met her for one minute, you'd realize what a sweet kid she is," said Cordova, who spent nine years in the majors and was the 1995 AL Rookie of the Year with the Minnesota Twins.

    On the morning of Dec. 16, Ashley McAdam was heading to Herriman High School just outside Salt Lake City. She was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend that was hit by a truck as it pulled into school. In addition to the head trauma, she broke her jaw, elbow and thighbone.

    Cordova, who lives in Las Vegas and works for a company that designs mobile applications, rushed to her side after he heard the news. He has spent the past six or seven nights in the hospital.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5960416
    by Published on 12-19-2010 09:29 AM
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    2. Chicago Cubs

    Phil Cavarretta, the 1945 National League MVP who led the Chicago Cubs to their last World Series appearance, died Saturday. He was 94.

    Cavarretta died at a hospice care center in Lilburn, Ga., of complications from a stroke, according to family members.

    His son, Phil Cavarretta Jr., of Lilburn, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that his father suffered the stroke about a week ago. He also had been battling leukemia for several years, but that was in remission, Cavarretta Jr. said.

    "If he went 0 for 4, he wouldn't bring that home," Cavarretta Jr. said. "He would enjoy his family, then he went about his business the next day."

    A first baseman and outfielder who went to high school just a mile from Wrigley Field, Cavarretta signed with the Cubs at age 17 and broke into the major leagues in 1934. He spent the first 20 of his 22 seasons with the Cubs before moving across town to play 77 games for the White Sox.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/ml...ory?id=5934695
    by Published on 12-19-2010 09:26 AM
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    2. Boston Red Sox

    Walt Dropo, who played 13 seasons in the majors and won the 1950 American League Rookie of the Year award with the Boston Red Sox, has died. He was 87.

    Dropo died Friday of natural causes, the University of Connecticut said Saturday in a statement. Dropo, who lived in Peabody, Mass., was a three-sport star at UConn in the 1940s and one of the greatest athletes in school history.

    In 1950, Dropo beat out New York Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford to win AL Rookie of the Year honors after batting .322 with 34 home runs and a league-best 144 RBIs in 136 games. He also made his only All-Star team that year.

    "Walt Dropo was one of the greatest players the Red Sox had in the post-World War II era," said Dick Bresciani, the team's vice president of publications and archives. "He was an outstanding gentleman and did a lot of good things for our organization in the community when his playing days were over. The Red Sox send their condolences to his family."

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/mlb...ory?id=5934459
    by Published on 12-16-2010 07:32 AM
    1. MLB
    2. Cleveland Indians

    Teenage pitching sensation, World War II hero, outspoken Hall of Famer and local sports treasure. Bob Feller was all of them.

    One of a kind, he was an American original.

    Blessed with a right arm that earned the Iowa farmboy the nickname "Rapid Robert" and made him one of the greatest pitchers in baseball history, Feller, who left baseball in the prime of his career to fight for his country, died Wednesday night. He was 92.

    Feller, who won 266 games in 18 seasons -- all with the Indians -- died at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday night of acute leukemia at a hospice, said Bob DiBiasio, the Indians vice president of public relations.

    Remarkably fit until late in life, Feller had suffered serious health setbacks in recent months. He was diagnosed with leukemia in August, and while undergoing chemotherapy, he fainted and his heart briefly stopped. Eventually, he had pacemaker implanted.

    Read more: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5924684
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