• Justin Verlander says the AL and NL should have the same rules, would ditch DH

    CBS Sports "Those approaching hoof-beats? They belong to This, Our Baseball, and any time baseball is the matter at hand we’re honor-bound to thunder about the designated hitter. CBS Sports has learned that the AL uses the DH and the NL doesn’t, and that this has been the case since 1973. This stark..." February 23

  • Cubs Claim They're Done With Sammy Sosa Forever After Latest Weird Interview

    12 Up "​Sammy Sosa was one of the best power hitters of his time and nothing was more exciting than the home run battle between Mark McGwire and him in 1998. However, on the final day of the 2004 season, Sosa left the stadium before the game even started, and that is the exact moment his relationship..." February 23

  • Rangers, Rougned Odor Making New Push For Extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers and the reps for second baseman Rougned Odor have undertaken renewed efforts to reach agreement on a long-term deal, according to a report from Jon Heyman of Fan Rag. It’s not clear just how likely it is that the sides will see eye to eye, but Heyman says there’s “at least a bit of..." February 23

  • Kate Upton: No sex with Justin Verlander before games

    Sporting News "Kate Upton has revealed Justin Verlander's strict rules for sex. During an appearance on Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live" on Wednesday night, the engaged model apparently didn't mind sharing intimate information about her relationship with the Detroit Tigers pitcher. "There's no sex before..." February 23

  • David Ortiz might join Red Sox broadcast team this season

    WEEI Boston "There are two ways to interpret David Ortiz’s beach selfie from over the weekend: Either the slugger is enjoying his retirement, or he misses baseball dearly and wants affirmation that he made the right decision to walk away. Regardless, Ortiz will be around Fenway Park this season –– and may..." February 23

  • Giants pay off AT&T Park, prepare for another playoff run

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants made no announcement. Threw no party. Orchestrated no conga line through Willie Mays Plaza. On Dec. 15, six days after their news conference to introduce Mark Melancon as their $62 million closer, the Giants made the final payment on AT&T Park. The 20-year mortgage on the $170..." February 23

  • Yankees’ Joe Girardi believes earpieces would help speed up pace of play

    Fanrag Sports "Earlier in the week, Major League Baseball elected to remove the four-pitch sequence of the intentional walk from the game in order to speed up the pace of play. On Thursday, New York Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi threw his two cents into the ring regarding the current pace of play. However, the..." February 23

  • Francona's health will determine how long he manages Tribe

    MLB.com "In four years at the helm, manager Terry Francona has guided the Indians to two postseason appearances and one American League pennant. Based on what they have on their current roster, the Indians are expected to go deep in the postseason again this October. Francona, 57, has entered his 17th..." February 23

  • Don Mattingly: If hitters were afraid to strike out it would speed up play

    ESPN "Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly thinks reversing the tolerance for strikeouts would speed the pace of play. "Analytically, a few years back nobody cared about the strikeout, so it's OK to strike out 150, 160, 170 times, and that guy's still valued in a big way," Mattingly said. "Well, as..." February 23

  • Blue Jays’ Russell Martin sounds off on MLB rule changes

    Sportsnet "As a steady rain pushed back the start of Thursday’s workouts for the Toronto Blue Jays, a group of players sitting by the TV debated the looming introduction of the automatic intentional walk and other rule changes. Sarcastically, Russell Martin chimed in and suggested that if Major League..." February 23

  • Sammy Sosa compares himself to Jesus talking about PED accusations

    Sportsnaut "Once one of the most feared sluggers in MLB, former Chicago Cubs star Sammy Sosa is an outsider these days. He was on the outside looking in when the Cubbies finally won the World Series last year, and his relationship with the franchise remains toxic. No jersey retirement for the man who hit..." February 22

  • Josh Hamilton leaves Rangers camp for exam on left knee

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Josh Hamilton has flown to Houston to see his orthopedist after experiencing pain Tuesday in his reconstructed left knee. He felt the discomfort while running arcs on the outfield grass during the Texas Rangers’ first full-squad workout of spring training. The Rangers’ training staff consulted..." February 22

  • Padres considering new way to use SP depth

    MLB.com "The Padres are already tinkering with a few outside-the-box ideas to try this season. They entered camp with Christian Bethancourt as a pitcher/catcher/outfielder hybrid. They're going to try putting their two best defensive outfielders in the corners during Cactus League play. And they..." February 22

  • No more excuses. GM Jeff Bridich insists it’s time Rockies show this is “truly a playoff team.”

    Denver Post "This is the year we finally find out if Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich knows what he’s doing. This is the team that will begin to define him, as either one of baseball’s bright young minds or just another guy who can’t figure out how to win at Coors Field. In his third season on the job,..." February 22

  • Alex Rodriguez Embraces New Role at Yankees’ Camp

    New York Times "Alex Rodriguez was a recognizable sight as he made his way onto the diamond at Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday: pinstriped pant legs hiked up to just below the knee, dark blue practice jersey with No. 13 on the back, wraparound sunglasses shading his eyes, a packet of sunflower seeds. A crowd of..." February 22

  • Twins pitcher barfs before almost every appearance

    Hardball Talk "Twins righty Ryan O'Rourke has pitched in 54 big league games. He has barfed before almost every one of them. No, really: Through his first 54 big-league outings over the last past two years, O’Rourke estimates he emptied the contents of his stomach close to every time. “I don’t do it in..." February 22

  • Sammy Sosa speaks, but the Cubs aren’t listening

    Chicago Tribune "Sammy Sosa speaks about as often as the Sphinx these days, but when he does have something to say it’s usually over the top and ready to go viral. On Tuesday, Sosa chose an unusual outlet, a personal blog former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom writes, to relay his thoughts on..." February 22

  • Jung-Ho Kang: “I deeply regret what I have done”

    Hardball Talk "Pirates third baseman Jung-Ho Kang was in court in South Korea today to face DUI charges. He admitted to them in court and threw himself on the mercy of public opinion afterward, speaking to Yonhap News: “I deeply regret what I have done. If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary..." February 22

  • ‘The Simpsons’ to be honored at Baseball Hall of Fame for 25th anniversary of ‘Homer at the Bat’

    New York Daily News "Homer Simpson is going to Cooperstown. The National Baseball Hall of Fame will honor “The Simpsons” in May, 25 years after the baseball-themed episode “Homer at the Bat.” The February 1992 episode — which included guest appearances by MLB superstars Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr., Ozzie Smith,..." February 22

  • David Wright won’t start playing third until at least mid-March

    New York Post "David Wright’s buildup to playing third base in an exhibition game could take about three weeks. The Mets captain played catch for the second time this spring Tuesday and is expected to see action at DH over the weekend in the Grapefruit League. But manager Terry Collins pinpointed mid-March as..." February 22

  • MLB views Las Vegas as 'viable market,' Rob Manfred says

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that Las Vegas might be considered for a franchise in the future, an about-face from his predecessor. “Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference in Phoenix. “… I don’t think that..." February 22

  • Pedro Martinez Still Thinks David Ortiz Will Come Back This Season

    12 Up "​Say what now?! Last season, fans across baseball were forced to say goodbye to one of the league's best, as David Ortiz called it a career after an amazing 20 seasons in the MLB. However, many believed that Big Papi simply could not stay away from the game, and would return eventually. If..." February 22

  • Report: MLB approves new rule allowing a dugout signal for an intentional walk

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Howard Bryant is reporting that Major League Baseball has approved a rule allowing for a dugout signal for an intentional walk. In other words, baseball is allowing automatic intentional walks. Bryant adds that this rule will be effective for the 2017 season. MLB has been trying,..." February 22

  • Yankees jack up ticket prices for Derek Jeter Night

    New York Daily News "If you’re planning on seeing Derek Jeter’s number retired, looks like you are going to be dealing with the Mother of all ticket increases. The Yankees website shows ticket prices for the May 14 (Mother’s Day) game against the Astros at 7:30 p.m. ranging from $90 bleacher seats to $500 Field..." February 22

  • Alex Rodriguez says 'zero' chance he'll play again as he arrives at Yankees spring training as a special instructor

    New York Daily News "There’s a zero percent chance A-Rod ever plays again, but he’s still adding millions to his bank account during spring training. After spending his first day as a $21 million special instructor for the Yankees at spring training, Rodriguez confirmed his retirement and said he gave “zero”..." February 21

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred: No rule changes in 2017, many could come in 2018

    CBS Sports "All offseason long, there’s been talk about which new rules Major League Baseball would implement prior to the start of the season. Some of the ideas bounced around included limiting the amount of mound visits, adding a pitch clock and tweaking the strike zone. None are coming in time for the 2017..." February 21

  • Report: Facebook, MLB in talks to stream a game every week

    Fanrag Sports "After Twitter gained a foothold into the streaming game over the past two seasons by airing NFL games, Facebook looks to be stepping in via Major League Baseball. The preeminent social network is in talks with MLB about streaming one game per week, according to Jessica Toonkel of Reuters. The..." February 21

  • Eric Hosmer: “I Never Said Anything About A 10-Year Deal”

    MLB Trade Rumors "While the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer will discuss a contract extension until Opening Day, there’s only a “remote” chance a deal will come together by then, per Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star. Kansas City has “been nothing but supportive,” Hosmer said Monday, but Dodd writes that..." February 21

  • Scherzer frustrated injured finger hasn't healed yet

    Masn "Until Max Scherzer can throw pain-free, he won’t be throwing off a mound. The Nationals right-hander is slowly progressing in his recovery from a hairline facture of the knuckle on the ring finger of his throwing hand. So far in camp, he’s been limited to long tossing on flat ground and..." February 21

  • Sammy Sosa has some regrets but won't beg for return

    ESPN "Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Kerry Wood ... many former Chicago Cubs legends took part in the 2016 World Series celebration, but one was noticeably absent: Sammy Sosa. And from what he's saying, a reunion isn't likely anytime soon. Former Cubs media relations employee Chuck Wasserstrom spoke..." February 21

  • Matt Wieters, Nationals agree to 2-year deal

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals have reached agreement with former Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters on a two-year, $21 million deal, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jim Bowden on Tuesday. The deal is for $10 million in 2017 and $11 million for 2018, for which Wieters can opt out, a source confirmed..." February 21

  • Encarnacion: Blue Jays were ‘too hasty’ with free agent decision

    Sportsnet "For the first time in years Edwin Encarnacion is not in Blue Jays camp for spring training. But the new Cleveland Indians slugger maintains that Toronto was his first choice and says the Blue Jays were “too hasty” during his free agency this past off-season. “Toronto was always my first option,..." February 21

  • Braves Considering Kelly Johnson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves are among the organizations considering a move for free-agent infielder/outfielder Kelly Johnson, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag (via Twitter). At this stage, though, Johnson is holding out for a MLB roster spot, per the report. Presumably, Atlanta isn’t currently willing to..." February 21

  • No timetable for when Cueto might report

    MLB.com "A week has gone by since pitchers and catchers reported to Giants camp and there's still no sign of right-hander Johnny Cueto. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto is still at home in the Dominican Republic dealing with a personal issue involving his father, and there's still no timetable for..." February 20

  • Rick Ankiel admits to drinking before starts to deal with the yips

    CBS Sports "Given everything that happened in his career, it’s easy to forget just how great Rick Ankiel was at pitching. Baseball America ranked him as the best prospect in all of baseball prior to the 2000 season, and that year the then 20-year-old southpaw went out and finished second to Rafael Furcal in..." February 20

  • Timing of WBC not fair to Latin countries, V-Mart says

    Detroit News "It’s not a perfect set-up. Nobody associated with World Baseball Classic believes staging the tournament in early March is ideal, or conducive to getting the best players to play at peak performance. The games are essentially being played two to three weeks into spring training. “Let’s be..." February 20

  • Ex-Yankees sluggers know just what Dellin Betances is feeling

    New York Post "Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann still have Dellin Betances’ back in a big way even though they are no longer Yankees. “Dellin was our MVP I felt like for three straight years,’’ McCann told The Post Sunday at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. “I love him.’’ Noted Beltran of the 6-foot-8,..." February 20

  • Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller expects strong results with refreshed attitude

    Fox Sports "It’s too early for regret. Well, at least, for complete regret. Dave Stewart, the Diamondbacks’ former general manager, told MLB Network Radio last week, “I should have stuck to my gut … My gut the whole time said I shouldn’t move Dansby Swanson.” Virtually the entire industry agreed with..." February 20

  • Blue Jays, Stroman emerge from arbitration with relationship unscathed

    Sportsnet "The risk in taking a player to arbitration is that emotions can spin out of control, the way they did over the weekend when the New York Yankees needlessly entered into a wild and acrimonious war of words with three-time all-star Dellin Betances. Marcus Stroman took note and appreciates that..." February 20

  • Union chief doesn't believe players would approve proposed extra-innings rule

    USA Today "Tony Clark, executive director of the Major League Players Association, listens to the consternation, the rule change proposals, and the idea that baseball needs to step up with the times. Sorry, he just doesn’t buy the need for dramatic change. Clark assured reporters Sunday afternoon in a..." February 20

  • Neil Walker contract talks with Mets hit a snag, sources say

    Newsday "Despite recent meetings between Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and representatives for second baseman Neil Walker — talks that stoked optimism for getting a deal done — sources said on Monday morning that the sides are no closer to hammering out a contract extension. Sources said contract..." February 20

  • Dexter Fowler reacts in perfect way to fans upset about recent comments on Trump

    CBS Sports "New Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler has been in spring training with his new club for a few days now, and over the weekend he managed to upset some fans. Fowler, whose wife was born in Iran, made some comments about President Donald Trump’s travel ban against seven predominantly Muslim..." February 20

  • Mike Trout stays humble, but frustrated with Angels' progress

    USA Today "The world’s best baseball player has a new teammate on each side of his locker in the Los Angeles Angels clubhouse, corner infielder Luis Valbuena to the left, second baseman Danny Espinosa to the right. Yet another newcomer, outfielder Cameron Maybin, is just a couple of stalls away. They’re..." February 20

  • Jayson Werth says his Nats’ career is ‘pinned to this season’ — his seventh, and perhaps last

    Washington Post "Clouds and humidity hovered harmlessly over the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Sunday morning as fans braved newly forged sidewalks to see the Washington Nationals hold their first full squad workout of the 2017 season. A few hours before activity began, the oldest player on the Nationals’..." February 20

  • Royals reportedly talking extension with Hosmer, but not other pending free agents

    Fox Sports "He wants to stay. All of the Royals’ potential free agents want to stay. But as first baseman Eric Hosmer puts it, “I realize what hand Dayton was dealt.” Which isn’t to say that “Dayton” — Royals general manager Dayton Moore — is conceding that he will lose Hosmer, the most coveted of the..." February 20

  • Bautista admits he 'could have handled things differently' last season

    Sportsnet "The path back to the Toronto Blue Jays from last spring to this one for Jose Bautista remains a subject filled with intrigue. It was last Feb. 22, almost exactly a year ago, when the franchise icon revealed that, at the club’s request, he’d delivered terms for a contract extension and stated..." February 20

  • Francona won't guarantee Kluber Opening Day start

    CBS Sports "Kluber, who will be on a strict limit this spring, may not be ready to start on Opening Day, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports. Manager Terry Francona isn't ready to name his ace the Opening Day starter, and said the club is "slowing" the right-hander down early in camp. "If he's not..." February 20

  • Orioles acquire Vidal Nuno from Dodgers

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles added another piece to their pitching depth Sunday, acquiring left-handed reliever Vidal Nuño in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Orioles will send minor league right-hander Ryan Moseley, who pitched at short-season Class-A Aberdeen last season, to the Dodgers in the..." February 20

  • Braves’ Rodriguez: ‘Grateful and blessed’ that family survived wreck

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "As his wife and their two young sons lay on the ground, Giselle in agony from multiple broken bones and one son’s face covered in blood, Braves newcomer Sean Rodriguez wasn’t thinking about baseball or his own health. That was just over three weeks ago, Jan. 28, a day that Rodriguez will never..." February 20

  • Yankees sign former Mets lefty Jonathon Niese to minor-league deal

    New York Daily News "Jon Niese is back, now trying to make the team across town. The former Met lefty has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Yankees pending a physical, the Daily News confirmed. The 30-year-old could start or relieve for the Bombers. Niese is coming off a poor 2016 season in which he went..." February 20

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