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June 5, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Cork inside a wooden bat is thought to help players hit the ball farther and is against baseball rules. Several players have been caught using altered bats in the past, including Albert Belle, Wilton Guerrero, Chris Sabo, Billy Hatcher and Graig Nettles. Chicago's Comiskey Park was the site of one of baseball's biggest corked-bat capers on July 15, 1994, when the bat of Belle, then with the Cleveland Indians, was confiscated before it was cut open and examined. After the umpires took it to their dressing room, Indians pitcher Jason Grimsley squeezed through a crawl space above the ceiling, dropped through a hatch, and replaced the corked bat with a legal one. Once the caper was discovered, however, the original bat was examined, and Belle was suspended for 10 games, a penalty that was reduced to seven games.
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June 3, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Los Angeles Dodgers rookie second baseman Wilton Guerrero was suspended for eight games and fined an undisclosed sum yesterday for using a corked bat a day earlier. "I have learned of my penalty from the league office and I accept it with full responsibility," Guerrero said in a statement shortly after National League president Len Coleman's decision was announced. "I will say once again, as I said yesterday, I apologize to my team, to the league and to all of baseball. " The players' union filed an appeal, then withdrew it about 90 minutes later.
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July 24, 1994 | By Michael Bamberger, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On Tuesday morning, in a quiet and elegant office on Park Avenue in New York, Bobby Brown will conduct what will probably be the last unsavory bit of business of his tenure as American League president. He will hear the appeal of the 10-day suspension he has already imposed on Albert Belle, the Cleveland Indians slugger, for using a corked bat. Belle is expected to argue that the bat examined by league officials wasn't his bat, that his real bat, made of solid ash, no cork, was stolen and that it never reappeared and that he is the victim of an elaborate plot concocted by unknown persons who wish ill for the Cleveland baseball club.
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July 22, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
No illegal bats were discovered, no allegations of cheating were made. Last night, the Chicago White Sox put all that behind them and simply took care of business. "The bottom line is, we have to win the series, and the bat situation is out of hand," Frank Thomas said after the visiting White Sox took advantage of an eighth-inning error by Cleveland's Eddie Murray and beat the Indians, 6-5. Thomas hit his 35th home run for the first-place White Sox, who stretched their lead in the American League Central to three games over Cleveland.
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July 30, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
Cleveland slugger Albert Belle, ordinarily a man of few words, made a simple declarative statement regarding his corked-bat controversy. "I have never used or knowingly attempted to use a corked bat in a game," he said. With that, Belle yesterday accepted a six-day, seven-game suspension from American League president Bobby Brown, who reduced the 10-day suspension he originally imposed. As part of the settlement, the Major League Baseball Players Association withdrew the appeal of the punishment.
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May 15, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IF THE LATE Harry Kalas was still around, he might've said: "That bat is outta here. " That's right: Bat! Mickey Mantle's family succeeded in stopping an auction house from trying to sell a corked bat allegedly used by the Mick. The Mantle family went ballistic when Grey Flannel Auctions claimed the doctored bat was used by Mantle. The family even brought in a heavy-hitter to represent them - the law firm of Bracewell and Giuliani. That's Giuliani as in Rudy, the former mayor of New York, who is a huge Yankees fan. Yesterday, Jonathan Halpern, a partner in the law firm issued a statement: "The online marketer informed us that it had withdrawn the bat from sale and also had removed the bat [and related photos and statements from its website]
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June 12, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Sammy Sosa's suspension for using a corked bat was reduced yesterday to seven games by Major League Baseball, which accepted his explanation that he simply made a mistake. The appeal of the eight-game suspension by the Chicago Cubs' slugger was heard Tuesday in Baltimore. The suspension begins with the Cubs' game last night against the Orioles. "I am convinced of the sincerity of Sosa's explanation and his contrition," said Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer. "In my opinion, his candor and the promptness of his apology on the night of June 3 were exemplary.
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September 3, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
The last thing the Houston Astros need in the midst of the National League West pennant race is to lose their leading hitter. But that's exactly what could happen as outfielder Billy Hatcher faces a possible suspension for using a corked bat. Hatcher, one of the few Astros who has hit consistently all season, was ejected in the fourth inning of Tuesday night's 3-2 loss to Chicago after his bat split in two, revealing it had been corked. Umpire crew chief John McSherry said that bat contained 3 to 4 inches of cork and had been sent to the league office.
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June 5, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If cork in a baseball bat makes that much of a difference, Larry Bowa has the right idea. "I think I'm going to cork all of ours," he said, referring to his struggling offense. Hey, it could help. Just don't get caught. Because when the bat breaks and the cork flies - or remains conveniently lodged in the bat for the umpires to find - it's big news. The Phillies found that out yesterday when they answered endless questions about Sammy Sosa's infamous corked bat. "He's going to have a lot of problems," said Phillies infielder Tyler Houston, who played with Sosa with the Chicago Cubs from 1996 to 1999.
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June 2, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Roger Clemens is aiming at history. "The Rocket" won his 20th straight decision - four short of the major league record - holding baseball's best lineup in check and leading the New York Yankees over visiting Cleveland, 11-5, last night. "That streak is hard to believe," manager Joe Torre said. Clemens (5-0) has not lost in 30 starts since May 29, 1998, when he fell to Cleveland while pitching for Toronto. The winning streak is the longest ever in the American League, and tied with Rube Marquard for the third best in major league history.
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May 15, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IF THE LATE Harry Kalas was still around, he might've said: "That bat is outta here. " That's right: Bat! Mickey Mantle's family succeeded in stopping an auction house from trying to sell a corked bat allegedly used by the Mick. The Mantle family went ballistic when Grey Flannel Auctions claimed the doctored bat was used by Mantle. The family even brought in a heavy-hitter to represent them - the law firm of Bracewell and Giuliani. That's Giuliani as in Rudy, the former mayor of New York, who is a huge Yankees fan. Yesterday, Jonathan Halpern, a partner in the law firm issued a statement: "The online marketer informed us that it had withdrawn the bat from sale and also had removed the bat [and related photos and statements from its website]
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June 18, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Sammy Sosa spent the final day of his suspension asking fans to forgive and forget that he used a corked bat. He's expected back in the lineup tonight against the Reds in Cincinnati. "I want to make it clear that hopefully they forget," Sosa said yesterday during a five-minute media availability before batting practice. "I have to deal with that for the rest of my life, no question. But I'm only human. I'm not the only guy in this world that made a mistake. "I'll say it again: Hopefully they'll forget and just let me continue to make people happy.
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June 12, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Sammy Sosa's suspension for using a corked bat was reduced yesterday to seven games by Major League Baseball, which accepted his explanation that he simply made a mistake. The appeal of the eight-game suspension by the Chicago Cubs' slugger was heard Tuesday in Baltimore. The suspension begins with the Cubs' game last night against the Orioles. "I am convinced of the sincerity of Sosa's explanation and his contrition," said Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer. "In my opinion, his candor and the promptness of his apology on the night of June 3 were exemplary.
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June 11, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Sammy Sosa is done talking. All he can do now is wait. Sosa yesterday appealed his eight-game suspension for using a corked bat. After speaking for about an hour with Bob DuPuy, baseball's chief operating officer, Sosa could only hope for the best. "I'm waiting for the decision they're going to make. Whatever punishment they're going to do, I accept it," he said. A decision could come today. The St. Louis Cardinals activated pitcher Jason Isringhausen and catcher Joe Girardi after both spent the first 61 games of the season on the disabled list.
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June 7, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
Sammy Sosa knew he was going to be punished for using a corked bat. He just didn't expect it to be for this long. Sosa was suspended for eight games yesterday by Major League Baseball. He immediately appealed the decision in hopes of getting it reduced. "As he stated all week, he understood he made a mistake," Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said. "He knew there was going to be a suspension, and I think he feels it's worth the appeal to try to have it reduced. "Because of the circumstances and his upfrontness and his honesty about it, and the things that were checked out thoroughly, we're hopeful - all things considered - that it will be reduced some.
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June 5, 2003 | By Todd Zolecki INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If cork in a baseball bat makes that much of a difference, Larry Bowa has the right idea. "I think I'm going to cork all of ours," he said, referring to his struggling offense. Hey, it could help. Just don't get caught. Because when the bat breaks and the cork flies - or remains conveniently lodged in the bat for the umpires to find - it's big news. The Phillies found that out yesterday when they answered endless questions about Sammy Sosa's infamous corked bat. "He's going to have a lot of problems," said Phillies infielder Tyler Houston, who played with Sosa with the Chicago Cubs from 1996 to 1999.
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June 5, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Cork inside a wooden bat is thought to help players hit the ball farther and is against baseball rules. Several players have been caught using altered bats in the past, including Albert Belle, Wilton Guerrero, Chris Sabo, Billy Hatcher and Graig Nettles. Chicago's Comiskey Park was the site of one of baseball's biggest corked-bat capers on July 15, 1994, when the bat of Belle, then with the Cleveland Indians, was confiscated before it was cut open and examined. After the umpires took it to their dressing room, Indians pitcher Jason Grimsley squeezed through a crawl space above the ceiling, dropped through a hatch, and replaced the corked bat with a legal one. Once the caper was discovered, however, the original bat was examined, and Belle was suspended for 10 games, a penalty that was reduced to seven games.
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June 5, 2003 | By Jim Salisbury INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Five seasons after becoming a smiling, slugging ambassador for baseball, Sammy Sosa, his reputation and his historic accomplishments are coming under intense scrutiny after he was caught using a corked bat Tuesday night. The Chicago Cubs' icon did not deny using the bat in a game against the Florida Marlins at Wrigley Field. However, he claimed it was a bat he usually used for practice and mistakenly took into the game. Major League Baseball X-rayed 76 of Sosa's bats yesterday and none were found to have cork in them.
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June 2, 1999 | Daily News Wire Services
Roger Clemens is aiming at history. "The Rocket" won his 20th straight decision - four short of the major league record - holding baseball's best lineup in check and leading the New York Yankees over visiting Cleveland, 11-5, last night. "That streak is hard to believe," manager Joe Torre said. Clemens (5-0) has not lost in 30 starts since May 29, 1998, when he fell to Cleveland while pitching for Toronto. The winning streak is the longest ever in the American League, and tied with Rube Marquard for the third best in major league history.
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June 2, 1999 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Cleveland manager Mike Hargrove sprang to the defense of Manny Ramirez amid accusations that the Indians' rightfielder used a corked bat in the team's 7-1 victory Monday at Yankee Stadium. After Ramirez hit a 412-foot home run to center field on a slider down and away from Orlando Hernandez, several Yankees suggested that the ball made an odd, hollow sound indicative of a corked bat. Although Ramirez refused to address the charges, Hargrove said they were unfounded. He invited the Yankees or any other Cleveland opponent to walk into the Indians' clubhouse unannounced in search of corked bats.
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