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January 9, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
John Rocker would have faced immediate discipline from baseball if the Atlanta Braves reliever had not agreed to undergo psychological testing because of his disparaging comments about minorities. Commissioner Bud Selig said earlier this week that he would await the results of the evaluation before deciding on any discipline. Rocker had the right to refuse the testing, which began Friday in Baltimore. But the New York Times, citing unidentified baseball officials, reported that if Rocker had refused the testing, Selig would have issued immediate measures.
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September 28, 2000 | By Kate Herman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Brian Peterson, the New Jersey man who spent 20 months in prison for killing his newborn son in Delaware, was released without bail on misdemeanor charges in Queens, N.Y., yesterday after a hometown friend allegedly threw a bottle of beer at Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker at Shea Stadium. Peterson, 22, of Wyckoff, was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and harassment Tuesday night after he was accused of trying to block police from arresting Raymond Maniaci during the Braves-Mets game, authorities said.
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June 28, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
John Rocker, who infamously insulted No. 7 train riders in New York in a Sports Illustrated interview, is on the fast track to Palookaville. Rocker was released yesterday by the Long Island Ducks after telling the Atlantic League team he wanted to reassess his future. Rocker, 30, joined the Ducks in April and went 0-2, 6.50 ERA in 23 games, striking out 19 and walking 28 in 18 innings. "After pitching for 2 months with the Long Island Ducks, the consistency required to pitch at the major league level, and the consistency I demand from myself, are not where they should be," the lefthander said in a statement.
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January 7, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
On the same day Braves reliever John Rocker was ordered by Major League Baseball to undergo a psychological evaluation, his team offered the possibility that one of the best closers in the game could be back in a Braves uniform this spring. While indicating his first impulse was to release Rocker after his now infamous racial and ethnic characterizations appeared in Sports Illustrated, Braves president Stan Kasten said yesterday, pending further actions by MLB, Rocker might remain with the team.
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January 15, 2000 | By Leonard Pitts Jr
Cynthia Wiggins was a 17-year-old black girl from Buffalo, N.Y. Just before Christmas of 1995, she got off a bus and tried to cross a busy highway to reach the shopping mall where she worked. She was struck and killed by a truck. It seems the suburban Walden Galleria Mall prohibited the No. 6 bus, the one serving Cynthia's inner-city neighborhood, from dropping its passengers off on mall property. Other buses could. Even buses that came from over the border in Canada. Only the No. 6 could not, forcing those who rode it to the mall to get off at a spot where there was neither a sidewalk nor pedestrian crossing - and to brave seven lanes of traffic.
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February 20, 2000 | By Jim Salisbury, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Curt Schilling lashed out at the leaders of the Major League Baseball Players Association yesterday, saying he and many other players were "disgusted" that the union had appealed the suspension of Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker. "I'm disgusted by the fact our union even thought about appealing it," said Schilling, the Phillies' union representative. "I'm not commenting on John Rocker. My feeling on the situation is that the players association . . . and the people who represent us obviously don't think about the fans' reactions to the things they say and do. "Many of the guys I've talked to are disgusted that we've appealed this.
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April 26, 2002 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Commissioner Bud Selig is not unhappy that Minnesota and Montreal are winning, and thinks the success of the endangered teams adds "a very exciting dimension" to baseball's contraction issue. Selig, in an interview yesterday with a group of Associated Press sports editors, said baseball was not embarrassed that the two teams most often cited for elimination next season are doing well. Minnesota is one game behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central, and heading into last night's games, the Expos were in first place in the NL East.
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May 4, 2005 | THE INQUIRER
ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic City Surf scored two runs off Long Island Ducks reliever John Rocker in the fifth inning of the second game and swept an Atlantic League doubleheader by identical 2-1 scores yesterday. Rocker pitched a third of an inning and allowed two hits, two walks and two runs. As Rocker left the field, Dave Macken of Atlantic City, sitting near the visitors' dugout, yelled, "It's a long way from Atlanta. " According to Macken, the former Braves closer replied, "I'm still a millionaire and you're a piece of [expletive]
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April 10, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
One vote already is being cast against Pete Rose for the Hall of Fame, and it comes from a man enshrined in Cooperstown. Former Pirates star Ralph Kiner was emphatic during his visit to Pittsburgh this week that Rose disgraced the game and should be not be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Commissioner Bud Selig is considering whether to reinstate Rose, who accepted a lifetime ban in August 1989, then spent time in prison for failing to pay federal taxes. He acknowledged gambling with bookmakers but denied betting on baseball.
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March 4, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Jeffrey Loria, the Montreal Expos' new majority owner, has no desire to trade for John Rocker. Trade rumors have mentioned Montreal as a possible destination for the controversial reliever, who reported to Atlanta for spring training on Thursday after his suspension was cut by an arbitrator. Loria said yesterday he agreed with some Expos players who said they did not want Rocker on their team. "I don't have many comments to make about that young man," said Loria, a New York resident.
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THE PHILLIES are everyone's National League favorites now. A two-time World Series team that added two aces and reclaimed another since the end of the last postseason has achieved what seemed impossible just a few months ago. No one is talking about Cliff Lee anymore. Well, not as much. Instead, the Phillies are the overwhelming NL World Series pick of the national media, based on conventional thinking surrounding starting pitching and the postseason. Halladay. Hamels.
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February 21, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
In his first session with reporters during spring training, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez talked about baseball's drug-testing program and made a curious statement, which he later saw fit to explain. "Last year, I got tested 9-to-10 times," Rodriguez said. "We have a very, very strict policy, and I think the game is making tremendous strides. " Later in the day, A-Rod said it was just hyperbole. "My quote from earlier today was taken literally. I was not tested nine or 10 times last year.
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March 8, 2007 | Daily News Wire Services
Former major league relief pitcher John Rocker told ESPN Radio yesterday he never bought human growth hormone with a prescription. On Tuesday, SI.com reported Rocker showed up on a client list of Applied Pharmacy, a Mobile, Ala., company raided in connection with a nationwide investigation into the illegal sale of steroids. "I never had a prescription for any HGH," Rocker told ESPN Radio's "The Herd. " "If somebody's got a beef to make with me, show me a prescription. " SI.com reported Rocker received two prescriptions for somatropin, a form of HGH, between April and July 2003.
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March 8, 2007 | Inquirer wire services
Former Sen. George Mitchell, who is leading Major League Baseball's steroids investigation, is trying to meet with Albany (N.Y.) County District Attorney P. David Soares to discuss the distribution of illegal muscle-building substances over the Internet. Mitchell and Soares are trading messages trying to set up a meeting, district attorney's spokeswoman Heather Streeter Orth told Bloomberg News. Soares met yesterday with officials from Major League Baseball and the NFL in Albany.
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June 28, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
John Rocker, who infamously insulted No. 7 train riders in New York in a Sports Illustrated interview, is on the fast track to Palookaville. Rocker was released yesterday by the Long Island Ducks after telling the Atlantic League team he wanted to reassess his future. Rocker, 30, joined the Ducks in April and went 0-2, 6.50 ERA in 23 games, striking out 19 and walking 28 in 18 innings. "After pitching for 2 months with the Long Island Ducks, the consistency required to pitch at the major league level, and the consistency I demand from myself, are not where they should be," the lefthander said in a statement.
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May 4, 2005 | THE INQUIRER
ATLANTIC CITY - The Atlantic City Surf scored two runs off Long Island Ducks reliever John Rocker in the fifth inning of the second game and swept an Atlantic League doubleheader by identical 2-1 scores yesterday. Rocker pitched a third of an inning and allowed two hits, two walks and two runs. As Rocker left the field, Dave Macken of Atlantic City, sitting near the visitors' dugout, yelled, "It's a long way from Atlanta. " According to Macken, the former Braves closer replied, "I'm still a millionaire and you're a piece of [expletive]
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May 10, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
John Rocker returned to the majors with cheers. He left after two walks to a smattering of boos. Jim Parque (1-1) didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning and Rocker struggled in relief in his Tampa Bay debut, but the host Devil Rays beat Detroit last night, 2-0. Rocker walked both batters he faced in the eighth inning. With some of the 8,894 fans chanting "Rocker, Rocker," the lefthander walked Bobby Higginson on a close 3-2 pitch. He also walked Dmitri Young on a 3-2 count.
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May 10, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Dottie Ferguson Key, who played for 10 seasons with the Rockford Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, has died. She was 80. Mrs. Key died Thursday at the home of daughter Dona Ericksen in Rockford, Ill. Ericksen said her mother had cancer. Mrs. Key appeared in several clips featured in the 1987 Ken Burns-produced documentary A League of Their Own, and was supposedly the basis for the "All the Way" Mae Mordabito character played by Madonna in the 1992 movie.
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April 10, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
John Rocker wants back into baseball and could find a new home with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The former Atlanta, Cleveland and Texas reliever worked out yesterday at Tropicana Field and was impressive enough that Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella feels it would be worth signing Rocker to a minor league contract and giving him a chance to work his way up to the majors. "He's chomping at the bit to get back in baseball and get back to the big leagues," Piniella said, adding that Rocker would be assigned to Triple A Durham if he does sign with Tampa Bay. "I think it would be a good gamble.
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April 10, 2003 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
One vote already is being cast against Pete Rose for the Hall of Fame, and it comes from a man enshrined in Cooperstown. Former Pirates star Ralph Kiner was emphatic during his visit to Pittsburgh this week that Rose disgraced the game and should be not be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Commissioner Bud Selig is considering whether to reinstate Rose, who accepted a lifetime ban in August 1989, then spent time in prison for failing to pay federal taxes. He acknowledged gambling with bookmakers but denied betting on baseball.
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