October 21, 2009 |
Some potential controversy was introduced before last night's Game 4 of the American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels. A video clip from Monday's 5-4, 11-inning Angels win made the rounds on the Internet, showing Yankees closer Mariano Rivera holding the ball and spitting downward. Was he spitting on the ball? Apparently that wasn't the case, at least as far as Major League Baseball is concerned. "After reviewing available video and still photography, we have found no evidence that Mariano Rivera was spitting on the ball," Michael Teevan, MLB's manager of media relations, wrote in an e-mail reply to The Inquirer.
October 24, 2008 |
Scouting is an important part of baseball, but it is not limited to what happens on the field. Even before the Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays played Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, Major League Baseball officials were monitoring the weather forecast for this weekend in Philadelphia. Rain is expected tomorrow when the teams are scheduled to play Game 3 at Citizens Bank Park. "We went over the forecast in our pre-series meeting with MLB," Phils assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said.
June 7, 2013 |
MAJOR LEAGUE Baseball's lawyers issued subpoenas to Federal Express, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA in an attempt to gain records for its investigation of players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs. The subpoenas were issued May 23, according to a civil case file in Florida's Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County, where MLB sued Biogenesis of America, anti-aging clinic head Anthony Bosch and five others in March. Meanwhile, Commissioner Bud Selig said MLB's "very comprehensive" probe proves that baseball has the toughest drug policy in professional sports.
August 22, 2008 |
Major League Baseball and ESPN signed a new digital-rights agreement that will allow the sports network to put baseball content on multiple platforms, including video-game consoles and portable players such as iPods. The deal announced yesterday extends and expands the agreement through 2013. The previous agreement could have expired as early as this year. ESPN said the deal will allow for live-game streaming and highlights packages on the Internet and mobile platforms. It also will allow ESPN to develop interactive television programming around baseball content.
March 11, 2010 |
Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer has garnered much attention in recent months for advising Mark McGwire, but he no longer works with Major League Baseball or the Phillies. Fleischer, who served President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2003, now runs Fleischer Sports Communications. The company's Web site says, "The way the press treats athletes and sports executives has become increasingly adversarial and conflict-driven," and offers to help athletes manage their relationship with the media.
December 1, 2009 |
Major League Baseball officials have asked Internet sites to remove racy photographs of Cleveland Indians centerfielder Grady Sizemore. Sizemore said the photos - one of them showing him nearly nude - were stolen from his girlfriend's e-mail account and posted online. He contacted baseball officials to stop the spread of the photos, which began appearing Sunday on various Web sites. It is not known how many sites are complying with MLB's request. At least one site, deadspin.
August 20, 2012
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has been slapped with a two-game suspension for what MLB called "excessive arguing" with an umpire. He was also fined an undisclosed amount for a minutes-long tirade which began soon after home plate umpire Angel Campos ejected Matt Kemp in Thursday's 10-6 loss in Pittsburgh. Amazingly, Kemp was in the dugout when he was tossed and the last pitch had been a ball. Mattingly was also amazed, of course, and immediately went to Campos for an explanation.
September 30, 2004 |
Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was suspended for the rest of the regular season by Major League Baseball yesterday, a day after he threw a bottle into the stands during a win over Colorado. A contrite Bradley said he would seek help to deal with his anger and would not appeal the suspension. Bradley also was fined an undisclosed amount by Bob Watson, baseball's vice president of on-field operations. Earlier this season, Bradley was suspended for four games after throwing a bag of balls onto the field after an ejection.
October 5, 1995 |
Major League Baseball has given preliminary approval to Kevin McClatchy's bid to buy the Pittsburgh Pirates, clearing the way for the California businessman to complete his purchase of the financially strapped team, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. McClatchy, who has been pursuing the Pirates since July, has told the Pirates that once he received the go-ahead, he would give them a $1 million deposit to continue exclusive negotiating rights for 28 more days. Before McClatchy and the Pirates learned of MLB's decision, the Pirates had told McClatchy he would lose his exclusive rights and they would offer the team to other buyers if he didn't pay $1 million by 5 p.m. today.
November 25, 2011
Observations, Insinuations, Ruminations and Unvarnished Opinions . . . THE SUN IS ABOUT to rise in the west . . . The Mississippi is running south to north . . . Obama's Super Six Committee will announce bipartisan agreement on everything and the Republic will be saved from becoming a ward of China . . . St. Peter just posted a headline on the Pearly Gates bulletin board: "Adultery Doesn't Count!"...