• Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo leads charge to support badly beaten student

    Fox Sports "The story horrified Rizzo, just was it would horrify any person with a conscience. On Feb. 3, officials from Kenyon Woods Middle School told parents that a student physically assaulted another student and left him severely beaten. That student was Henry, a seventh grader who turns 13 on..." February 26

  • Homer Simpson to be 'inducted' into National Baseball Hall of Fame

    Yardbarker "Turns out the National Baseball Hall of Fame honors more than just the game’s all-time greats, as Homer Simpson will be “inducted” on May 27. That’s right, the acclaimed television series “The Simpsons” will be toasted in Cooperstown, N.Y., due to this year being the 25th anniversary of their..." February 26

  • A-Rod, The Mentor: ‘I want the kids to learn from my mistakes’

    Boston Globe "On Thursday night, Alex Rodriguez took 15 young players to the Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Tampa as a bonding gesture and to drive home a message — don’t do what I did. “I want the kids to learn from my mistakes,” said Rodriguez, now a special adviser to Yankees managing general partner Hal..." February 26

  • Barry Zito I Wouldn't Trade Cy Young For Grammy ... But 10 Grammys??

    TMZ "What's cooler -- winning a Cy Young or a Grammy?? 3-time MLB All-Star Barry Zito is trying to add to his trophy cabinet 'cause he wants BOTH!! BZ's got a Cy Young -- given to the best pitcher in baseball -- from '02 with the Oakland A's. But now that the southpaw traded his glove for a..." February 26

  • Lucas Duda's nagging back and hip issues may clear up the Mets' outfield logjam

    CBS Sports "After re-signing Yoenis Cespedes back in November, the Mets spent the rest of the offseason looking to trade a veteran outfielder. Jay Bruce was, by far, the most rumored to go. Curtis Granderson’s name came up a few times as well. Ultimately, the Mets were never able to trade an outfielder, so..." February 26

  • Pirates tab Cole as Opening Day starter

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Gerrit Cole will start opening day for the Pirates against the Red Sox in Boston April 3, manager Clint Hurdle announced today. Jameson Taillon will start the second game of the series, and the Pirates have not determined who will start the third. Ivan Nova will start the April 7 home opener..." February 25

  • It’s a girl! Jose Fernandez’s baby born Friday

    Miami Herald "It’s a girl! Maria Arias, who was Jose Fernandez’s girlfriend, delivered their child Friday night, according to sources. The baby’s name: Penelope. Fernandez picked out the name in August after finding out the baby’s sex. The Miami Marlins pitcher and two companions died one month..." February 25

  • Kyle Schwarber might be the Cubs’ next leadoff hitter

    MLB.com "Who will be the Cubs' leadoff man now that Dexter Fowler is gone? Manager Joe Maddon likes the idea of Kyle Schwarber at the top of the lineup, although don't expect the outfielder to be setting any stolen base records, and that's not because of a lack of speed. Schwarber, who missed virtually..." February 25

  • Padres' pitching is weak, but they're trying to compensate

    Sporting News "In case you missed it, the Padres have basically admitted their rotation isn't very strong. San Diego has upwards of 10 candidates for five spots as it begins exhibition play Saturday, but none of them was overly effective last season (see the list below). Manager Andy Green, therefore, is..." February 25

  • Minnesota Twins favored to sign Dominican shortstop Jelfrey Marte

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "The July 2 international signing date is still more than four months away, but the Twins already are being connected with the second-rated 16-year-old prospect in the Dominican Prospect League. Switch-hitting shortstop Jelfrey Marte has been “linked to the Twins,” according to Baseball..." February 25

  • Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez proud to become U.S. citizen

    Detroit Free Press "As Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez became a U.S. citizen during a ceremony on Friday in Miami, he was filled with pride, saying the Pledge of Allegiance and waving a small American flag. “I thought back to the first day I was here,” Sanchez said on Saturday morning, during a brief interview with..." February 25

  • Trout considers suiting up for '21 Classic

    MLB.com "Mike Trout said Friday morning that though he's not playing for Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic because of personal reasons, he very well could participate the next time around in the 2021 tournament. Trout will be 29 by then and a 10-year veteran. "It's a fun thing for the..." February 25

  • FBI investigating stadium construction of Rockies' affiliate

    Hartford Courant "Federal criminal investigators have launched an investigation into the problem-plagued construction of the Dunkin' Donuts Park, the long-awaited home of the Hartford Yard Goats minor league baseball team, multiple sources have confirmed. FBI agents have been contacting people with ties to, or..." February 25

  • Blue Jays pleasantly surprised with Josh Donaldson’s progress

    Sportsnet "As the Toronto Blue Jays await the return of one star player, they’re taking precautionary measures to ensure that others stay healthy. Josh Donaldson continues to progress from a right calf strain, with a long-toss session Friday and continued treatment on the affected area. The Blue Jays are..." February 25

  • Better than Cespedes? Cuban phenom wowing scouts

    MLB.com "The grass was freshly cut, the white chalk lines were neatly marked, and it was a peaceful Friday morning on the main baseball field at the Fundacion San Judas Tadeo complex, except for the barking black German Shepherd at third base and the red rooster near the mound that wouldn't stop..." February 25

  • Derek Jeter’s Favorite Current Baseball Player Is On The Red Sox

    NESN "Derek Jeter knows talent when he sees it, no matter the uniform. The former New York Yankees shortstop finished up his annual Captain’s Camp on Tuesday with the franchise’s minor leaguers, ending it with dinner at a Tampa, Fla., restaurant. Jeter held a little Q&A for the young guys, too, and..." February 25

  • Cardinals agree to deal with Cuban prospect Jose Adolis Garcia

    CBS St. Louis "The St. Louis Cardinals announced Friday that they have signed Cuban free-agent outfielder Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to the team’s Major League Spring Training camp. Garcia, who turns 24 on March 2, was the MVP of Serie Nacional (Cuba’s top..." February 25

  • New app will allow fans to share stadium scoreboard appearances on social media

    ESPN "One modern problem will be solved this season at ballparks across the country, thanks to a company with facial recognition technology that has struck a deal with Major League Baseball. Fans who appear on the scoreboard video screen or during a television broadcast will, for the first time, be..." February 25

  • Daniel Bard To Showcase New Delivery, Same Velocity In Cardinals Spring Training

    NESN "It’s been nearly three years since Daniel Bard pitched in the big leagues, but the former Boston Red Sox reliever isn’t ready to throw in the towel on his career. The 31-year-old right-hander is working on yet another comeback attempt with hopes of reaching the majors for the first time since..." February 25

  • Liam Hendriks withdraws from WBC

    CBS Sports "Hendriks has decided not to pitch for Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports. His decision to withdraw from the WBC does not appear to be injury-related, but instead just a personal decision not to go." February 25

  • Carlos Villanueva agrees to deal with Hanwha in South Korea

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization announced on Friday that they’ve signed veteran Major League right-hander Carlos Villanueva to a one-year contract (h/t: Dan Kurtz of MyKBO.net and Jee-ho Yoo of South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency). The ISE Baseball client will earn $1.5MM in his..." February 25

  • Yankees prospects praise A-Rod's coaching

    MLB.com "Embracing his new role as a Yankees special guest instructor, Alex Rodriguez said that he believed it would be valuable to take a group of young players out to a lengthy dinner, offering the Yankees hopefuls an opportunity to ask questions on a variety of topics. Rodriguez and the prospects..." February 24

  • Jose Fernandez Married His H.S. Sweetheart in 2012

    TMZ "We now know why Jose Fernandez's marital status was listed as divorced in his death certificate -- he wasn't even old enough to drink when he got married back in 2012. TMZ Sports did some digging and according to the marriage license we've obtained ... Jose and Alejandra Baleato Marichal got..." February 24

  • Orioles executive: Trump should apologize before throwing out a first pitch

    USA Today "A Baltimore Orioles executive says he'd prefer President Trump not throw out a first pitch at Camden Yards without first apologizing for statements that could be viewed as problematic "from a race, ethnicity, religious, gender, disability" standpoint. John Angelos, son of owner Peter Angelos..." February 24

  • Don Mattingly’s solution to speeding up baseball: Draft guys who don’t strikeout

    Sportsnaut "Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly was one of the best contact hitters during his 14-year career with the New York Yankees. The former first baseman never struck out more than 43 times in a single season. Now, as a manger on the bench, Mattingly decided he wanted to chime in on the whole..." February 24

  • Jose Fernandez Death Certificate Reveals He Was Divorced

    TMZ "Jose Fernandez was divorced at one point in his life, but it's unclear to whom he was married ... according to his death certificate. TMZ Sports obtained the document and his marital status is crystal clear -- DIVORCED. It's interesting ... we know Jose had a pregnant girlfriend when he died..." February 24

  • Romneys, who bid on Marlins, in talks to buy piece of Yankees

    Fanrag Sports "The Romney family is bidding to buy a small stake in the Yankees months after their try for the Marlins stalled. If the deal goes through, it is expected to be $25 million to $30 million per percentage point and thought to be interested in one or two percentage points. The Yankees are valued..." February 24

  • At 38, Jimmy Rollins determined to make the Giants: 'I don't have a Plan B'

    USA Today "Jimmy Rollins is the man baseball doesn’t want around. He represents old-school. The aging veteran who already had his glory, and is supposed to be gone, with only his memories hanging around. But in today's era where veterans are in their mid-20s, clubhouse conversation consists of Twitter..." February 24

  • MLBPA’s Clark: Martin understandably angry to miss WBC

    Sportsnet "Tony Clark expressed disappointment over the insurance complications that will prevent Russell Martin from playing in the upcoming World Baseball Classic Friday. After a particularly long two hour, 20 minute meeting with Toronto Blue Jays players, the MLBPA’s executive director discussed a wide..." February 24

  • Pedro Strop and Cubs agree to one-year extension

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop reached an agreement Friday on a one-year extension for 2018 with a club option. Strop, who avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a $5.5 million deal two weeks ago, will earn $5.85 million in 2018 with a $6.25 million option for 2019. Strop..." February 24

  • The Dodgers asked the Tigers about Justin Verlander this offseason

    Hardball Talk "File this under “man, that would’ve been cool.” Or, if you’re a Tigers fan, file it under “man, that would’ve signaled several years of misery.” However you fall on the matter, however, know that, according to Jon Heyman, the Dodgers inquired about trading for Justin Verlander over the..." February 24

  • Josh Hamilton on setback with knee: ‘My confidence hasn’t wavered at all’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Josh Hamilton insists there’s no discouragement whatsoever over a recent setback involving his surgically repaired left knee. The Texas Rangers veteran returned to Houston after leaving camp on Wednesday to have the knee examined by Dr. Walt Lowe, who performed his ACL reconstructive surgery on..." February 24

  • MLB veterans chafe at Rob Manfred's vision: Always 'some stupid new rule'

    USA Today "Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred insists he’s simply trying to be proactive, thinking that new rules to speed up his sport will provide more action and keep Millennials engaged. Among those who play the game, however, Manfred has provoked only disgust. Manfred wants the..." February 24

  • Max Scherzer still can’t throw fastballs

    Hardball Talk "The Nationals will be many people’s favorites in the NL East this season. Not everything is looking great, however. For example, their ace — defending NL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer — can’t even throw fastballs right now. The reason: the stress fracture he suffered last August is still causing..." February 24

  • Red Sox's $72.5 million man Rusney Castillo is already in John Farrell's doghouse

    Boston Herald "John Henry paid more for Triple-A outfielder Rusney Castillo than he did the Boston Globe. At least the Globe delivers. A $72.5 million bust, Castillo couldn’t even run out a ground ball in the very first Red Sox exhibition of the year — against a college team, no less. The Sox won 9-6..." February 24

  • Brewers' Villar passed on extension offer in $20M range

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Brewers “floated” an extension offer around $20 million to infielder Jonathan Villar, but the 25-year-old turned it down. Villar broke out last season, batting .285/.369/.457 with 19 home runs, 63 RBI, 92 runs scored, and a major league best 62..." February 24

  • Nationals trying to trade Derek Norris

    Number Fire "Washington Nationals catcher Derek Norris will likely be traded after the club signed free agent catcher Matt Wieters, manager Dusty Baker said on Tuesday. What It Means: Norris was acquired in a trade with the San Diego Padres at the beginning of December, but the Nationals apparently didn't..." February 24

  • Braves agree to minor-league deal with former NFLer Commings

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have agreed to sign former NFL defensive back Sanders Commings to a minor league contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Rosenthal wrote earlier this month that the former Kansas City Chiefs and University of Georgia corner had interest in pursuing a baseball career..." February 24

  • Rockies' Chad Bettis announces he's cancer-free: 'Today was a big day for me'

    MLB.com "Rockies right-hander Chad Bettis loves operating on the outskirts early in Spring Training. But his health report was in the spotlight for good reason Wednesday. Bettis has periodic checkups since undergoing surgery for testicular cancer in late November. He had blood work done Tuesday, and..." February 24

  • 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