As spring training games start, Josh Donaldson thinking ahead for Oakland …The Birmingham News – al.comThe first games of Major League Baseball’s spring training are scheduled for Tuesday, but former Faith Academy star Josh Donaldson is thinking about October. This October, he wants the Oakland Athletics to get past the Detroit Tigers into the World...

Tulsa WorldMLB collision rule leaves exceptions: Major League Baseball and its players have banned most home-plate collisions but left open an exception if the catcher has the ball and is blocking the runner’s direct path to home plate.Baseball news: Collision-at-home rule adopted for 2014Detroit Free PressMLB will continue to allow collisions with catchers, but...

Court agrees to fast-track San Jose’s baseball antitrust appealSan Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE — A federal appeals court Thursday granted San Jose’s request for speedy consideration of its claim that Major League Baseball violated U.S. antitrust law by keeping the Oakland A’s from moving to the city. San Jose’s lawyers had asked the …Expedited...

Fox NewsNEW YORK – Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season. Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage from line drives to head that have brought some terrifying and bloody scenes in the …MLB OKs protective cap for pitchers as protection from line drivesTulsa WorldMLB OKs protective...

NorthJersey.comMajor League Baseball will unveil a protective cap for pitchers to test during spring training, hoping to curtail blows to the head such as the one Oakland’s Brandon McCarthy endured in 2012 in which he suffered a brain contusion and skull fracture. Big league …Baseball will test protective cap for pitchersSTLtoday.comMajor League Baseball...

ESPNIn the nearly 17 months since then-Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy was struck in the head by a line drive and suffered life-threatening brain injuries, Major League Baseball says it has received and tested numerous prototypes from different …MLB approves new headgear to protect pitchers, but how much protection do …SI.comMLB approves protective...

Boston HeraldThat is the question when evaluating Japanese sensation Masahiro Tanaka, who’s expected to sign a Major League Baseball contract for more than $100 million sometime this week, and has already met with the Cubs and White Sox. If Tanaka approximates …Theo Epstein proud of Rickettses for sticking with long-term planChicago Sun-TimesWhile waiting...

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball vaulted into the 21st century of technology on Thursday, approving a huge expansion of instant replay in hopes of eliminating blown calls that riled up players, managers and fans. (Jan. 16). Loading… Post to Facebook. MLB approves …Major League Baseball approves expanded instant replay, managers can …New York Daily NewsMLB’s...

Boston GlobeEver since the game was invented, before television or even radio existed, baseball counted on the eyes and ears of umpires on the field. Starting this season, many key decisions will be made in a studio far away. Major League Baseball vaulted into the 21st …Morosi: The rule change that saved baseball — in an instantFOXSports.comBaseball notes:...

New York TimesManagers will not be able to challenge the so-called neighborhood play at second base. Bill Kostroun/Associated Press. PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. — Major League Baseball will greatly expand replay review of close calls starting in the 2014 season.Here’s Everything That Can Be Reviewed Under The New MLB Instant Replay …San Francisco ChronicleMLB...

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball is bringing one of the key benefits of watching games at home to the ballpark. As part of its expanded use of video replay, which baseball announced today, teams will be allowed to show replays of all plays in the ballpark scoreboard, …Major League Baseball approves expanded instant replay, managers can …New York Daily NewsThe...

ESPNThe Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have agreed on a seven-year, $215 million deal, sources with knowledge of the situation said. Kershaw has an out clause after five years. It is the richest deal for a pitcher in Major League Baseball history, …Kershaw, Dodgers reach record dealMLB.comClayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers agree to $215M deal, according...

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball, carrying paper bags full of cold, hard cash and hanging out with the low-lifes in Miami, finally get their man. Alex Rodriguez is banned for the 2014 season. He is hung in public effigy. Major League Baseball tells the world that if you …Rodriguez Takes On Union in Court FightNew York TimesAlex Rodriguez lawsuit against MLB exposes...

Fox NewsThe attorney for New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will file an injunction in federal court Monday morning in an attempt to stop a season-long suspension from Major League Baseball from taking effect. Joe Tacopina confirmed that planned filing to New …Text of statements on A-Rod ’60 Minutes’ segmentBoston.comNew York Yankees – TeamReportChicago...

ABC NewsMajor League Baseball’s key witness in its case against Alex Rodriguez said he designed and administered an elaborate doping program for the 14-time All-Star starting in 2010. Anthony Bosch, the founder of the now shuttered Florida anti-aging clinic, …Morosi: Messy realities of A-Rod investigation may cost MLB laterFOXSports.comNew York Yankees –...

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball and the players association, which previously had maintained a tone of respect and cooperation through the messy Alex Rodriguez ordeal, appear ready to get down into the muck with him. Both organizations issued critical statements …Arbitrator reduces Alex Rodriguez’s PED suspension to 162 games, plus …Washington PostAnthony...

USA TODAYMajor League Baseball’s drug testing policy has been kicked around, slapped, and mocked in the past decade. So who can blame the drug policy lords for turning their 345 Park Avenue office into Mardi Gras on Saturday morning with the news that Alex …Alex Rodriguez case arbitrator Fredric Horowitz had to deal with mountain of …New York Daily...

USA TODAYTOKYO (AP) — Pitcher Masahiro Tanaka wants to move to Major League Baseball next season but his Japanese team doesn’t want to let him go. MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball’s new posting system caps the fee for players at $20 million, less than …Tanaka Wants to Play in MLB, but Club Balks at the IdeaNew York TimesMasahiro Tanaka posting...

USA TODAYOne of the most significant deals of this offseason was completed Monday and no player changed addresses. A new posting agreement between Major League Baseball and NPB, the governing body of Japanese baseball, is in effect and its ramifications …Decision on major league future of Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka appears …Los Angeles TimesAfter a...

CBSSports.comThe good news: There’s a new stadium proposal for the A’s at a site in Oakland, meaning all the hurdles of clearing any move through Major League Baseball would be totally unnecessary. The bad news: A’s owner Lew Wolff doesn’t want to do it. A group in …Oakland ballpark backers tout waterfront siteSan Francisco ChronicleA waterfront...

USA TODAYThe Texas Rangers selected Russell Wilson — the Seattle Seahawks quarterback — in Major League Baseball’s annual Rule 5 Draft on Thursday. The draft allows teams to choose players who have spent at least four years in another team’s farm system …Russell Wilson selected by Texas Rangers in 2013 MLB Rule 5 draftSI.comTexas Rangers...

Philly.comRoy Halladay got 16 years of relative fame from a career in major league baseball, but when it came time to reflect and say farewell to a professional life that spanned nearly half his time on earth, Halladay was accorded just a half-hour before being …Roy Halladay retires as a Blue JayCBSSports.comRoy Halladay will retire as Blue JaySportingNews.comRoy...

USA TODAYSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Major League Baseball’s lawyers say in a court filing that the Oakland Athletics’ request to move to San Jose was turned down in June by Commissioner Bud Selig. The decision was included in a joint case management statement …MLB deals setback to San Jose bid to lure Oakland A’sSan Jose Mercury NewsMLB denied...

UPDATE: Oakland A’s Move To San Jose Rejected By Major League Baseball. The Oakland Athletics as owned by Lew Wolfe are prohibited from moving to San Jose, both by Major League Baseball and by U.S. District Judge Ronald Whyte. The much written about, but little-understood-by-the-media court records specifically say, in black-and-white, that the the City of San...

San Jose Mercury NewsMajor League Baseball apparently rejected the Oakland A’s bid to move to San Jose in a June letter from commissioner Bud Selig to the team, according to a court filing Friday night that marks the first public disclosure that league owners have at least …Report: Bud Selig rejected Oakland A’s proposed move to San JoseSI.comLawyers:...

USA TODAYChad Jennings examines 10 ramifications the Jacoby Ellsbury deal will have on the Yankees: 1. What does this mean for $189 million? The goal to sneak under Major League Baseball’s luxury-tax threshold is not a mandate. That’s what we’ve heard over and …Jacoby Ellsbury was never soft, but deal with Yankees proves he was a mercenaryBoston.comJacoby...

Alex Rodriguez has announced he will appeal the 2014 Suspension by Major League Baseball. The man called A-Rod was one of 13 players suspended as the result of an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs by MLB players. MLB announced a 211 game suspension, but gave him an out. The out was that if he filed an appeal, the suspension would be lifted,...

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