Column: Real change in baseball is yet to come
Five seconds hardly seems worth talking about, and in a way it's not. Trimming the time between innings might save a minute or two over the length of a game, but the real heavy lifting toward...
BOSTON (AP) — It's not collusion, it's a "distributional problem" that has shut dozens of baseball players out of the free agent market this offseason, commissioner Rob Manfred said on...
Manfred says Harper can’t recruit Trout (for now)
BOSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball is investigating whether new Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper committed a tampering violation when he lobbied for Mike Trout, who isn't a free agent for two...
Manfred: Slow market may be ‘much ado about nothing’
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred predicts top free agents will all get deals and the second slow free-agent market won't have lasting significance.
Clark: Some teams make little effort to justify ticket costs
NEW YORK (AP) — Players' union head Tony Clark took the extraordinary step of saying baseball fans should question whether it makes sense to purchase tickets for some teams, responding to Commissioner Rob Manfred's assertion that free-agent players have failed to adjust their economic demands in a market upended by analytics.
Pitch clock coming for spring training games
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Major League Baseball is unilaterally starting the use of pitch clocks for spring training games, while brushing off complaints from players about the slow free agent market.
MLB commissioner will be grand marshal for Cincinnati parade
CINCINNATI (AP) — Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred will serve as grand marshal for Cincinnati's annual opening day parade as he helps celebrate the 150th anniversary of the professional baseball-pioneering Red Stockings.
Manfred: No DH or draft changes likely for 2019
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Don't look for a National League designated hitter this year or for new anti-tanking rules in June's amateur draft.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that management is focused on pace-of-game changes for 2019 and bolder ideas proposed by the players' association are too complex to be put in place for this season.
Frank Robinson, baseball’s fearsome trailblazer, dies at 83
Crowding the plate, fearsome and fearless, Frank Robinson hammered his way into the Hall of Fame.
His legacy, however, was cemented that day in 1975 when he simply stood in the dugout at old Cleveland Stadium — the first black manager in Major League Baseball.
Back from lifetime ban, Mejia gets minors deal with Red Sox
BOSTON (AP) — Relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia, allowed back into baseball after a lifetime ban caused by three positive drug tests, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox.
If added to the 40-man roster, the 29-year-old Dominican right-hander would receive a one-year contract at a rate of $625,000 while in the major leagues and $90,400 while in the minors.
Longtime San Francisco Giants owner Peter Magowan dies
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Peter Magowan, the lifelong Giants fan who formed the ownership group that kept the team in San Francisco with a sparkling waterfront ballpark, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Magowan was a fan ever since going to games at the Polo Grounds in New York and then played a critical role in the team's success over the last quarter-century.
MLB, union, Cuba reach deal for players to sign
HAVANA (AP) — Major League Baseball, its players' association and the Cuban Baseball Federation reached an agreement that will allow players from the island to sign big league contracts without defecting, an effort to eliminate the dangerous trafficking that had gone on for decades.
The agreement, which runs through Oct. 31, 2021, allows Cubans to sign under rules similar to those for players under contract to clubs in Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.
Rays reopen ballpark site search; opening delayed until 2024
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Rays owner Stuart Sternberg will reopen the site search for a new ballpark after concluding plans for a stadium in Tampa's Ybor City area can't be finalized by this month's deadline.
Sternberg said any new ballpark can't open until at least 2024 and the team must start thinking about where it will play when its lease at St. Petersburg's Tropicana Field ends after the 2027 season.
Portland group seeking MLB team proposes ballpark site
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A group seeking to lure a Major League Baseball team to Portland announced that it has signed an agreement in principle to develop a 45-acre waterfront site.
The agreement with the Port of Portland was announced Thursday by the Portland Diamond Project. The group also released artist renderings of a new ballpark at the port's Terminal 2.
MLB to vet campaign contributions more carefully
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will put in place new procedures for vetting political contributions after giving $5,000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican senator from Mississippi, and then asking for the money back following her controversial remarks.
MLB strikes deal with MGM as legal gambling expands in US
NEW YORK (AP) — MGM Resorts International became Major League Baseball's official gambling partner in the U.S. and Japan, a deal made as the sport tries to ensure more prevalent legal sports betting does not lead to any scandals of the type sparked by illegal wagers in its past.
Baseball owners extend Manfred’s contract, TV deal with Fox
ATLANTA (AP) — Baseball owners have locked down their commissioner and their main broadcast partner, too.
Any decisions on speeding up the game and perhaps making it more enjoyable to watch will have to wait.
After wrapping up two days of meetings at a hotel next to the Atlanta Braves' SunTrust Park, the owners announced a new contract for Commissioner Rob Manfred, keeping him on the job at least through the 2024 regular season. The 60-year-old started a five-year term in January 2015.
- The Washington TimesMike Trout cuts short Harper bragging rightsMarch 19, 2019
- The Washington TimesBryce Harper in hot water over Mike Trout comments as MLB investigates tamperingMarch 7, 2019
- Tribune-ReviewPirates, Cubs to meet in 2019 Little League ClassicSeptember 7, 2018
- Star TribuneMLB Commissioner Rob Manfred remains enthused about the state of the gameAugust 23, 2018
AP source: Owners plan vote next week on new Manfred term
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — Baseball owners plan to vote on a new term for Commissioner Rob Manfred, a new television contract with Fox and an agreement for in-game cut-ins with the subscription video streaming service DAZN when they meet next week in Atlanta, a person familiar with the agenda told The Associated Press.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because Major League Baseball had not made public the agenda for the meetings, scheduled for Nov. 14 and 15.
Manfred: White House visit should not be issue for champs
BOSTON (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn't foresee any problems if the World Series winner is invited to visit the White House.
Both World Series teams have minority managers for the first time, and President Donald Trump has had tense relationships with many minority groups.
Puerto Rico proud: Cardinals star Molina wins Clemente Award
BOSTON (AP) — Many around Major League Baseball rallied to help Puerto Rico after it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria last year.
The efforts of one native son were honored with an award named for the island's greatest player Wednesday.
St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was named the recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award, a fitting recognition for the star who grew up on Puerto Rico and idolized the island's late Hall of Famer.
MLB gives Russell 40-game ban under domestic violence policy
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell accepted a 40-game suspension Wednesday for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy after a series of allegations made by his ex-wife.
Manfred: No timetable on finishing Russell investigation
CHICAGO (AP) — Major League Baseball has no timetable for finishing its investigation of domestic violence allegations against Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell by his ex-wife, Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday night.
Whiff of offense: Ks top hits, lowest average since ’72
NEW YORK (AP) — The most-heard sound at major league ballparks this year was "Strike three!"
A whiff of offense would be nice rather than all those nights filled with nonstop whiffs.
Cubs to face Pirates in 2019 Little League Classic
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs will face the Pittsburgh Pirates in next year's Little League Classic.
The game will be held at Bowman Field on Aug. 18, 2019. The Cubs and Pirates will attend Little League World Series games earlier in the day.
The matchup was announced Sunday night during the Mets-Phillies game in Williamsport. It will once again be part of ESPN's Sunday night schedule.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels publicly praised Mike Trout "for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion" a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the All-Star outfielder would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball wants a broad discussion with players about rule changes to combat decreased offense and longer games, an initiative likely to be met by a testy union stung by declining free-agent prices and already raising the possibility of a work stoppage after the 2021 season.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball does not have a problem with Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna returning from a domestic violence suspension while a legal charge could remain pending.
Osuna agreed to a suspension through Aug. 4 under baseball's domestic violence policy. He has not pitched since May 6, two days before he was put on administrative leave when he was charged with one count of assault in Toronto.
MLB willing to loosen spikes color code for players
WASHINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball is willing to loosen the regulations for the color of players' spikes.
Ben Zobrist, Kyle Schwarber and Steve Cishek wore black spikes in May despite a warning from Major League Baseball of violating a regulation requiring that at least 51 percent of the exterior of a player's shoes be the club's designated primary shoe color. For the Cubs, that color is blue.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball is confident the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays are moving closer to getting plans in place for new ballparks.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has said the sport will consider expansion, but only after the A's and Rays get new stadiums.
NEW YORK (AP) — Jenrry Mejia will get another opportunity to pitch in the major leagues.
Nearly 2½ years after becoming the first player to receive a lifetime suspension under Major League Baseball's drug program, the New York Mets reliever was given conditional reinstatement Friday and could return to the big leagues in 2019.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Major League Baseball will come to Omaha for a day next year as part of an initiative to take the product to new places, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.
As part of the buildup for the 2019 College World Series, the Detroit Tigers will play a regular-season game against the Kansas City Royals at TD Ameritrade Park on June 13. The CWS starts two days later.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game in Omaha the week the 2019 College World Series opens, The Associated Press has learned.
Major League Baseball and the NCAA have been working to arrange a game as a kickoff event to the CWS, two people close to the situation told the AP on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss details.
NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred says Major League Baseball is trying to remove from the internet the leaked video of former Mets manager Terry Collins ranting at umpires.
The profanity-laced video surfaced this week from a Dodgers-Mets game in May 2016 that Fox televised. Collins fumes after ace Noah Syndergaard is ejected in the third inning for throwing a fastball behind Chase Utley. In the 2015 playoffs, Utley broke the leg of Mets infielder Ruben Tejada with a late, hard slide.
NEW YORK (AP) — San Diego Padres pitcher Jose Torres has accepted a suspension without pay for the rest of the year by Major League Baseball after his December arrest on domestic violence charges.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday the penalty is retroactive to June 5 and covers 100 games. The suspension will cost the reliever $349,052 of his $550,200 salary.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — If there was ever anyone who lived his life The Cardinal Way, it was Red Schoendienst.
Right down to his ruby name. The team color, of course.
Schoendienst, the Hall of Fame second baseman who managed St. Louis to two pennants and a World Series championship in the 1960s, died Wednesday. He was 95.
TORONTO (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he was "excited" and "grateful" after Major League Baseball agreed Tuesday to change the time of New York's July 8 game at Toronto from 8 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Originally scheduled for 1 p.m., the game was moved to the evening last week after being selected for broadcast on ESPN.
That meant New York, which has a doubleheader at Baltimore beginning at 4:05 p.m. the following day, would have played three games in approximately 24 hours.
SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — Luke Terry has been inspiring friends and family his entire young life.
The one-armed high school catcher from Tennessee can now add a few dozen former and future major league ballplayers to the list.
NEW YORK (AP) — Casey Mize has dazzled scouts for months with his impressive arsenal of pitches.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife, the singer Ciara, have joined the effort to bring Major League Baseball to Portland.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Portland Diamond Project, the company leading the push, announced Friday that the husband-and-wife celebrities have each invested individually as "owner/investors" in the project.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball attendance is headed to its lowest average in 15 years. And it's not only because of the historically bad weather that's plagued the first third of the season.
Strikeouts exceeded hits in a full calendar month for the first time in April and are on track to do so again in May. Five teams are on pace to lose 100 or more games in the same season for the first time.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has extended the administrative leave of Toronto closer Roberto Osuna through June 4, the third time the initial seven-day period was lengthened.
Osuna was put on administrative leave by MLB on May 8, and MLB earlier this week extended the leave through May 28. The latest extension was announced Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has extended the administrative leave of Toronto closer Roberto Osuna for a third seven-day period through May 28 as it investigates an assault charge filed against the All-Star.
Osuna was put on administrative leave by MLB on May 8. The pitcher was charged with one count of assault, according to Toronto Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu. Osuna, who is from Mexico, is scheduled to appear in court June 18.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has extended the administrative leave of Toronto closer Roberto Osuna by seven days through May 21 as the commissioner's office investigates a charge of assault filed against the All-Star.
Osuna was put on administrative leave by MLB on May 8. The pitcher was charged with one count of assault, according to Toronto Police Constable Jenifferjit Sidhu.
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball intends to announce next week the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play two games at London's Olympic Stadium on June 29-30 next year, a person familiar with the planning told The Associated Press.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because no public comments had been authorized.
"I'm excited about going over there," Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said.
Boston will be the home team for both of MLB's first regular-season games in Europe.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets third baseman Todd Frazier is asking for a meeting with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred over his growing frustration with the way umpires are calling balls and strikes.
Frazier argued with home plate umpire Lance Barrett while New York was three-hit in a 7-0 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night, then criticized umpiring around the majors after the game.
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball had a whiff of offense in the air during a cold and wet April.
Strikeouts exceeded hits during a full calendar month for the first time in the sport's nearly century-and-a-half history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Nearly one-third of plate appearances this season have ended without the ball being put in play.
Manfred encouraged by impact of mound visit rules
TORONTO (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is encouraged by pace-of-play changes that have limited mound visits and reduced the time between innings at major league games this season.
Speaking in Toronto on Tuesday before the Blue Jays hosted the Boston Red Sox, Manfred said the new rules have sped up games without any disruption. Mound visits without pitching changes averaged 3.79 per game through Sunday, down from 7.41 for the 2017 season.
Austin has hearing to appeal 5-game suspension
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin had his hearing Thursday to appeal his five-game suspension for his part in a brawl with the Boston Red Sox.
John McHale Jr., a special assistant to baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, heard the appeal. Austin says he was told he'd likely learn the result of his hearing within a week.