HS baseball and softball return to play in Iowa

Elizabeth Merrill is a senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. She previously wrote for The Kansas City Star and The Omaha World-Herald. High school baseball and softball returned to Iowa on Monday, the first sanctioned high school sports to begin play in the U.S. since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports in March. Practice began just after midnight […]

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Coronavirus: MLB pushes start of opening day to mid-May

NEW YORK – Major League Baseball pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams. “The clubs remain committed […]

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M.L.B. Pushes Back Opening Day Over Coronavirus Concerns

The Yankees’ manager, Aaron Boone, said that as far as he knew, players would remain in Tampa, Fla., where the team’s spring training facility is, with pitchers throwing simulated games. The Cardinals said their players would report to camp for a meeting on Friday morning, with the schedule after that to be determined. “Look at what’s happening around our country […]

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Baseball bat thug is jailed for 12 years

Baseball bat thug is jailed for 12 years after telling police ‘I have every intention of killing anyone – man, woman or child’ then bludgeoning strangers in hour-long rampage David Loch attacked four strangers in an hour-long rampage in Margate, Kent  The 32-year-old thug had just been released from custody following an assault Canterbury Crown Court heard Loch had 20 […]

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Toronto’s Korean community excited for Ryu

TORONTO – Baseball fans in Toronto’s Korean community say the Blue Jays signing Hyun-Jin Ryu represents a big move for the team, both in their chances of making the post-season and in their popularity abroad. The Jays announced Friday they’ve signed the 32-year-old left-hander to a four-year deal worth US$80 million. Ryu made his first all-star appearance last year, starting […]

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Fire Breaks Out at New Texas Rangers Stadium

A fire broke out on Saturday at the new stadium for the Texas Rangers that is set to open next year, fire officials said. The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. at the ballpark, which is under construction, in Arlington, Texas, about 20 miles west of Dallas. The fire was contained “in the upper sections of the stadium,” and there […]

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Umpire Joe West Files Defamation Suit Against a Former Player

HOUSTON — Joe West, a longtime umpire for Major League Baseball, has sued the former catcher Paul Lo Duca, accusing him of defamation for comments on a podcast that described West trading an expanded strike zone for the right to drive a pitcher’s classic car. The complaint, filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York on Tuesday, […]

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