Georgia early voting shatters records despite election reforms Dems labeled 'voter suppression'
Georgia has continued to set record-breaking numbers of early voting one year after passing an election security law critics called 'voter suppression,' with President Biden comparing it to Jim Crow laws.news.yahoo.com
Tigers find road to success at home, beat A's 6-0, end skid
The Detroit Tigers were the visiting team in their own ballpark in the opener of a unique doubleheader caused by Major League Baseball’s lockout, ending a 27-inning scoreless streak and a six-game skid with a 6-0 victory over the reeling Oakland Athletics.
Mets manager Showalter suspended 1 game for reliever's pitch
Mets manager Buck Showalter was suspended for Monday's series opener against the Atlanta Braves after Major League Baseball determined New York reliever Yoan López intentionally threw at Philadelphia slugger Kyle Schwarber the previous night. Michael Hill, baseball's Senior Vice President for On-Field Operations, announced the discipline about 20 minutes before the first pitch of New York's game against World Series champion Atlanta at Citi Field — the initial meeting this season between the NL East rivals.news.yahoo.com
What If George W. Bush Had Been MLB Commissioner?
Before he became a two-term president or even ran for Texas governor, George W. Bush was part-owner and General Managing Partner of MLB’s Texas Rangers, in a deal inked this week in 1989. We now know that the world of baseball almost kept the younger Bush away from following his father’s path to the highest office. In a memoir published in 2019, former MLB commissioner Bud Selig writes that “[h]ad things been different, he could have been the ninth commissioner, not me.” Yes, George W. Bush wasn’t so far from leading Major League Baseball, as opposed to the world’s most powerful country. In this counterfactual history, the implications for baseball are rich. But the much bigger question is what he would not have done for the nation and the world. Will and LZ talk about an alternate universe in which George W. Bush stuck to sports, with repercussions on the World Series and performance-enhancing drugs — and of course, on the course of the post-9/11 world.news.yahoo.com
LEADING OFF: Balkovec up; Scherzer, Freeman, Correa debut
Rachel Balkovec is set to become the first woman to manage a minor league affiliate of a major league team Friday when her Class-A Tampa Tarpons in the New York Yankees’ organization face the Lakeland Flying Tigers in the Florida State League.
Lawsuit: Boy's brain damaged by errant Angel Stadium throw
A 6-year-old boy suffered a fractured skull and brain damage when he was accidentally hit by a baseball thrown by a Los Angeles Angels player who was warming up before a game at the team's home stadium in 2019, according to a lawsuit announced Thursday that blames the injury on the team’s negligence. The lawsuit by the boy's mother Beatrice Galaz said the team should have more netting along the side of the field and players shouldn't throw balls during warmups in areas where spectators could be struck, especially when the team is encouraging fans to arrive early to try to meet players. On Sept. 15, 2019, her son Bryson was walking with his father in the first row of stadium seating toward the dugout, where players were meeting fans and signing autographs more than an hour and a half before the game, the lawsuit said.news.yahoo.com
Column: Baseball & Oscars fight losing battle for relevancy
Yes, folks, dinosaurs do still roam the Earth. Come Sunday night, an increasingly irrelevant Hollywood elite — look, kids, Dame Judi Dench got another nomination! In less than two weeks, Major League Baseball will throw out the first pitch on another fun-filled season of jockstrap adjustments and dallying even longer than usual between pitches so every fielder, plus a couple of hot dog vendors, have time to shift to one side of the field.news.yahoo.com
Bauer leave extended through April 16 by MLB, players' union
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer will miss the start of the season after his administrative leave was extended through April 16 on Thursday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. MLB and the union have since agreed to several extensions.news.yahoo.com
In hot MLB market, patience takes a backseat to action
Patience is often rewarded for both free agents and general managers during most Major League Baseball offseasons. As expected, free agents are flying off the market and trades are getting done at a breakneck pace following MLB's 99-day lockout that froze the league's transactions for more than three months. “It’s like drinking out of a firehose,” said Andrew Friedman, the president of baseball operations for the Dodgers.news.yahoo.com
Frenzy Part II? What to expect when MLB roster freeze lifts
It's been three months since Corey Seager, Marcus Semien and Max Scherzer found new homes amid an unprecedented free agent spending spree. Players voted Thursday to halt the sport's lockout and agree to terms with Major League Baseball on a new collective bargaining agreement.news.yahoo.com
MLB owners and players reach tentative labor deal, reports say, clearing the way for start to spring training
The empty Salt River Fields where Spring Training would be taking place at Talking Stick in Phoenix, AZ. Major League Baseball and the players union have reached a tentative labor deal that would pave the way for spring training games to begin and Opening Day to take place in early April, multiple reports said. The breakthrough game 99 days into the owner-imposed lockout of players after the sides failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. Owners canceled the start of the season last week after they couldn't reach a deal with players by a league-imposed deadline. Now the season is set to begin April 7, according to reports from various news outlets, including ESPN.cnbc.com
Spring training delay frustrates local businesses and fans as MLB continues to cancel games
Arizona and Florida communities that rely on spring training tourism, which is a billion-dollar business, are being hit hard by the Major League Baseball lockout over negotiations. Some experts worry it may lead some fans to walk away forever. Kris Van Cleave reports.news.yahoo.com
MLB, union bargain past midnight to salvage 162-game season
Negotiators for locked-out players and Major League Baseball bargained past midnight for the second time in a week, and Commissioner Rob Manfred's Tuesday deadline to reach a deal preserving a 162-game season passed with no announcement. There was no word from Manfred of additional canceled games as the lockout entered its 98th day. The sides were exchanging numbers on the key economic issues of the luxury tax, the amount of a new bonus pool for pre-arbitration-eligible players and minimum salaries.news.yahoo.com
Despite vitriol, MLB owners, locked-out players closing gap
For all the vitriol, Major League Baseball owners and locked-out players have closed the gap in recent weeks and are negotiating on similar frameworks for a new collective bargaining agreement. With the lockout in its 96th day Monday, the sides remained apart to various degrees on three of the most significant items: the luxury tax, pre-arbitration bonus pool and minimum salary. MLB told the union on Monday that Tuesday was the last possible day to reach an agreement that would allow a 162-game schedule, along with full salary and service time, a deadline first reported by The Athletic.news.yahoo.com
MLB, locked-out players meet again, no sign of breakthrough
Major League Baseball and locked-out players talked for 95 minutes on the 95th day of the lockout, largely restating their positions and showing no sign of a breakthrough that could get their derailed season back on track. Trying to resolve baseball’s second-longest labor stoppage, the sides remain far apart on luxury tax, minimum salaries and the proposed bonus pool for pre-arbitration eligible players. The union lowered its starting point for the bonus pool by $5 million to $80 million but left its proposals for the luxury tax and minimum salary unchanged.news.yahoo.com
MLB talks resume Sunday; Scherzer favors playoff 'ghost win'
Max Scherzer favors a radical reworking of the playoffs, one that would have the higher seed in the first round of a 14-team postseason start off a best-of-five series with a 1-0 lead. Major League Baseball and locked-out players, who resume talks Sunday, both would expand the postseason from 10 teams — that's been the field since 2012, other than the 16 teams in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. The union prefers 12 and the parties appear headed toward that number, but Scherzer said players would consider 14 if clubs would agree to the “ghost win” format.news.yahoo.com