A mask with a built-in spring to absorb the impact of a baseball.
The 30-year-old catcher is no longer the only catcher in Major League Baseball to wear the mask. Other catchers such as Cincinnati’s Tucker Barnhart and Minnesota’s Kurt Suzuki have also converted to the Defender. A handful of MLB umpires have also started wearing the mask.
Safety concerns for all sports have never been higher. This mask comes at a perfect time when people are paying more attention to head injuries and ...
The Brewers became the first big league team in nearly three years to be penalized for sending the wrong man to the plate, the result of an incorrect lineup card that had Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy listed in the wrong spots. It cost Braun a base hit and gave Lucroy an 0-for-1 start to his day, even though he’d never made it past the on-deck circle. ... After Braun smacked a single to center field off Nationals starter Max Scherzer, Washington manager Dusty Baker immediately emerged for a ...
Intentional walks stink. Get rid of them entirely.
“I don’t want to lose those moments where you can say, ‘I’ve never seen that before,’ ‘’ said Phillies broadcaster and former big league pitcher Larry Andersen. “If you eliminate the intentional walk, there’s a chance you’ll lose one of those ‘I’ve-never-seen-this-before’ episodes. Those are part of what makes baseball great. Granted, they’re few and far between. But they keep the game a little more entertaining.’‘
When Mark Teixeira was on a minor league rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he was impressed by Green.
“When I got back I said he had the best stuff at Triple-A,’’ Teixeira said of Green, who gave the ball from his first big league strikeout to his wife and planned on presenting the ball from his first win to his parents. “He dominated and we needed it.’’
The question now becomes when Green will get a chance to do it again for a team that has three starters with ...
It looks like someone crashed the Marlins-Braves game at Fort Bragg on Sunday night, and it’s causing quite the uproar. Self-proclaimed baseball collector Zack Hample tweeted an image of a baseball he obtained during the special event, sparking a significant amount of criticism on Twitter.
With Jose Reyes exclusively playing third base during his tune-up in the minors, there is little doubt Flores will be displaced from the position once Reyes is promoted sometime this week. But with Flores on the verge of reverting to his initial backup role, he produced a career game Sunday.
Flores went 6-for-6 with two homers, four RBIs and three runs scored as the New York Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a 14-3 rout at Citi Field.
“I mean, I only gave up three earned runs,” Buchholz said, inconceivably, after briskly handing the ball to Farrell and storming off the mound, a bad look that Farrell said he addressed with Buchholz after the game. “It wasn’t the worst performance I’ve had all year.”
Easy to say when you have a 6.31 ERA as a starter. Farrell could say only that he’s “not ready to commit” to Buchholz making his next start, which is an indictment to the manager’s lack of options at his disposal.
Bad news all around. Here’s hoping he finds a measure of happiness away from the game.
Diamondbacks pitching prospect Yoan Lopez left his minor league team on Wednesday night with the intention of leaving the sport entirely, but General Manager Dave Stewart said the club has convinced him to hold off on a decision.
Stewart said the team believes Lopez is dealing with “serious emotional issues,” noting all he has been through in the past two years beginning with his departure from Cuba. ... ...Read More...
I bet they learned:
“Losing is a disease…
...as contagious as polio.
Losing is a disease…
...as contagious as syphilis.
Losing is a disease…
...as contagious as bubonic plague…
... attacking one…
... but infecting all.
Ah, but curable.”
MLB and MLBPA built the stadium. That’s a twist. Still, it’s a nice effort by MLB to do something for the military community in the area.
The Fort Bragg Game was created in a joint effort by MLB and the MLB Players Association to honor our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen. The first game of its kind is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Sunday and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, ESPN Radio and MLB.TV. Tickets are limited to military personnel.
The bright idea to recruit women was first floated by film director Francis Ford Coppola, who said in a news release that he always wondered why there weren’t co-ed teams in professional baseball given that the game doesn’t rely as much on size and strength as other sports.
“My family would play co-ed baseball games and inevitably the star player would always be an aunt,” said Coppola, whose Virginia Dare Winery, in Geyserville, has been a primary sponsor of the team over the past ...
What happened was that it was Big Papi’s 522nd career home run. And diehard Sox fans don’t need a calculator to know that 522 is one more than 521.
As in the number of home runs Ted Williams hit during his iconic, Hall of Fame career.
Yes, it’s true Ortiz also passed Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas, themselves the owners of 521 home runs. Sure, that’s a swell angle: With one swing of the bat, Ortiz stepped past not one, not two, but three Hall of Famers.
“I’m looking forward to Kyle Schwarber, who got hurt in a Cubs uniform, and is working is ass off in a Cubs uniform to come back, hitting a very big home run in a Cubs uniform sometime very early next season,” he said.
When your traditional revenue streams are drying up, you need to find a way to make the money flow from someplace else:
The deal underscores the importance of the video-streaming business to the future of ESPN, which has been losing viewers and advertising dollars to online media. ESPN has toyed with the idea of selling Web-only packages outside of the traditional cable-TV package, and Disney Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger is making deals to offer ESPN on Internet services such as Sling ...
You’d better hope your mommy and daddy are loaded because the weight of student loans won’t look so great when you are making minimum wage *if* you ever get a job in baseball.
Syracuse University has become the first school to award a bachelor’s degree in sports analytics. It will welcome freshmen to the discipline this fall, with the first graduates set to hit the job market in the spring of 2020.
“I think it’s a great idea,” says Billy Beane, the former A’s general manager for whom ...