General managers and managers weigh in this week."I want him to play 100 miles an hour with his hair on fire."
Cleveland's Mark Reynolds has cut down considerably on strikeouts and Anthony Rizzo has been solid since joining the Chicago Cubs. Ike Davis of the New York Mets is another story.Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at two first basemen who have been surprising through the season's first quarter, and another who is off to a dreadful start.
This is easily one of my favorite baseball videos in a long time. According to Deadspin, this took place during a Wednesday game in the Korean Professional Baseball league between the Lotte Giants and NC Dinos. The Dinos were up 6-4 in the ninth when Giants outfielder Jeon Jun-woo came up with one out and [...]
'In the inner city, all you hear is that baseball is racist,' says player for Serra, which boasts predominantly black roster. The team, headed to playoffs, has unique vibe that may help boost sport.On a sunny Tuesday afternoon on a cluttered street in Gardena, some very big and skilled athletes are hanging out on a concrete basketball court, bouncing around underneath rusted backboards and chain nets, acting out a typical inner-city scene, with one small exception.
Major League Baseball players weigh in on varying issues."In high school, report cards came out and our entire infield failed, so I had to go play short. That's a true story."
Former Dodgers first baseman James Loney is having an excellent season at the plate for Tampa Bay.Staff writer Tim Hubbard takes at look at some not-so-likely assets that can help fantasy owners fill the gaps in their lineups.
According to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News, former Giants safety Chad Jones has ended his NFL comeback and will pursue a career in baseball. Jones was a former third round pick of the Giants who had a very impressive baseball career as a pitcher at LSU. He helped the Tigers win the... Read more »
It was the blown call of all blown calls in baseball. Umps have instant replay to get calls right and Angel Hernandez fail…
One trick this manager won't pass along to the 9-year-olds: how a catcher can steal home.In youth baseball, there are certain laws of the game. The kid who can't hit a lick will always be first in line for snacks. The hitter with the most expensive bat will almost always finish last in home runs.
An L.A. Times writer whose son was twice struck by line drives to the head fears a player will be killed on the mound before protective equipment for pitchers makes it to the field. Somebody is going to get killed out there.
Hatcher helped the Dodgers win the 1988 World Series and, as a coach, helped the Angels win it in 2002. The game also gave him plenty of stories to tell.Here it was May, baseball season, and Mickey Hatcher had gone fishing. Something wrong there.
Major league baseball quotes from Walt Weiss, Ned Yost and Adam Wainwright."I think he's too old for rehab assignments."
Several players have seemingly come out of nowhere to post big numbers in the season's first month. Here's a look at four of them.With one month in the books, staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at some of this season's biggest surprises:
Jason Motte, who had 42 saves last year but hasn't pitched this season, will undergo season-ending ligament-replacement procedure next week.St. Louis right-hander Jason Motte will have season-ending Tommy John surgery next week to replace a torn ligament in his right elbow. Mott, who had 42 saves last season as the Cardinals' closer, has not pitched this season. He had been rehabbing and playing catch in an effort to avoid surgery.
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Clay Buchholz has been the best starting pitcher in baseball this season, and some think he is cheating to gain an unfair advantage. After the Red Sox pitcher improved to 6-0 on the season following Boston’s 10-1 win in Toronto on Wednesday night, accusations came from Blue Jays broadcaster Dirk Hayhurst that Buchholz was doctoring [...]
The Yankees' Derek Jeter says age was not the cause of his broken ankle."It wasn't because of my 'advanced' age that my ankle broke."
Milwaukee's Jean Segura, Oakland's Jed Lowrie and San Francisco's Brandon Crawford are off to great starts at the plate.With the shortstop position being an offensive wasteland for many fantasy teams, Times staff writer Tim Hubbard identifies three players who could provide some help:
We have already shown you a number of tributes professional sports organizations and athletes have put on display to show their support for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and we’re starting to see similar tributes at the lower levels as well. The entire nation has felt the sting of the horrific events that [...]
Wrigley Field may be one of the most historic ballparks in North America, but Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman hardly cares for the nostalgia. The Rangers are beginning a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday, and Berkman has made it clear that he is not looking forward to the visit. “If they’re [...]
The Angels started 2-7 and miss Torii Hunter's leadership. But so what? The real issues are escalating cost and diminishing entertainment value of attending a game.Whatever Mike Scioscia is being paid to manage the Angels, it isn't enough.
Each April it seems like we see the same stories about the lack of African-Americans in Major League Baseball. The stories seem to be published around the time when we celebrate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball on April 15, 1947. This year is not an exception. Not only is [...]
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Hazing in high school sports is something that should never be tolerated. For the most part, we hear a lot of the same stories when it comes to older students mistreating younger players. However, every now and then the bullying involves something incredibly bizarre like biting. That’s right, biting. According to The Times in Trenton, [...]
A look at selected players who could become difference-makers, for better or worse, and might be worth adding to (or removing from) your roster.Fantasy owners may build their teams around superstars like Mike Trout and Clayton Kershaw, but success often lies in the performance of an unknown commodity.
Washington tops the list, but Dodgers and Angels are among the contenders.THE CONTENDERS
Toronto Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons jokes about his trade value."Four years from now, if I'm able to sit up and take nourishment, I would."
By some magical twist of fate from the baseball headline writing gods, Kansas City Royals second baseman Chris Getz reached first base on an error in the third inning of his team’s 5-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox Wednesday. The amazing blessing resulted in the greatest photo of all time. For one beautiful moment, [...]
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Bryce Harper appears poised for a breakout season with the Washington Nationals in 2013, but he wants more than that. Becoming the face of one of the best young teams in baseball would be nice, but Harper wants to become the Tom Brady of the MLB. During an interview with the Washington Times on Sunday, [...]
Expectations for Dodgers and Angels to reach World Series have never been higher, and both sides have stars that can make a difference.The baseball world looks to Houston on Sunday night, when the Astros get the honor of kicking off the new season in celebration of the team's move to the American League. The baseball world then will look away, as the Astros endure a rebuilding project so severe that they might pay less to all of their players this year than the New York Yankees will pay Alex Rodriguez.
What’s Roger Clemens to do on a random Tuesday in March? He paged his bro Toby Keith and hit up a high school basebal…
To say that Manny Ramirez’s Wednesday night home debut with the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Baseball League was a ci…
Just when you thought minor league baseball had thought of it all, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will debut urine-control…
Every young boy or girl who wants to play sports for a living dreams of someday being featured on a playing card. Usually kids envision themselves on the front of a card jacking a home run or catching a touchdown pass. It didn’t exactly work out that way for Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson. Hudson [...]
Norman North (Okla.) H.S. and Jacksonville’s Arlington Country Day H.S. threw heads on Thursday in the consolation ga…
Tiger Woods publicly confirmed on Monday that he is dating Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, but as you might expect that is not going to stop the tabloids and gossip magazines from leaving the couple alone. On the same day Tiger confirmed the relationship, we already had gossip reporters all up in Woods’ personal business. According [...]
Despite slashed ticket prices, a small crowd sees Dominican Republic beat the Netherlands, 4-1, in a semifinal game at AT&T Park. But MLB Commissioner Bud Selig still sees the tournament as a success.SAN FRANCISCO — On the home front, the reviews for the World Baseball Classic have not been kind. The United States team was knocked out by Puerto Rico. The brightest American stars wanted no part of the tournament and, as a result, neither did the casual fan.
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Gio Gonzalez throws five scoreless innings and David Wright drives in five runs to help the Americans cruise at Miami. The Dominican Republic rallies past Italy. Gio Gonzalez gave Team USA its best start yet, and David Wright provided a big finish.
Say what you will about Bobby Valentine and his inability to hold a job in professional baseball, but the man clearly has a sense of humor. Valentine’s career with the Boston Red Sox lasted about as long as most of us expected and went about as well as we would have imagined, so he decided [...]
Too many major league stars pass on participating in the quadrennial event — a disservice to fans and the future of the game.Mark Teixeira was a late scratch from the Team USA lineup for an exhibition game the other day. No worries, of course, as the United States boasts a gaggle of great first basemen.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called for tougher penalties for major leaguers who violate the sport's drug agreement, a move the players' union is willing to consider but not for the 2013 season.
Brazil plays twice in Saturday doubleheader in Japan, and South Korea takes on the Netherlands in Taiwan, as competition begins throughout the world.The World Baseball Classic opened play late Friday night with Australia playing Chinese Taipei at Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taichung, Taiwan.
Improved helmet technology is already in use for batters, and protective headgear for pitchers is being discussed—though it could be a tough sell with big leaguers.Angels pitcher Tommy Hanson occasionally experiences a short, unsettling dream.
Not enough people care about college baseball. You can’t say that about the Sacramento State – UC Riverside players who threw heads during Fridays’ game between the schools in Sacramento. In the third inning, UC Riverside’s Eddie Young got caught…
Josh Hamilton has had his fair share of ups and downs both in life and his baseball career. He has been worshipped and booed by Texas Rangers fans in the same season, but something tells me he’ll be hearing more of the latter when the Los Angeles Angels visit Texas on April 5. For starters, [...]The post Josh Hamilton: Dallas is not a true baseball town, Rangers fans ‘a little spoiled’ appeared first on Larry Brown Sports.
It’s no secret that the food in the South is nothing short of incredible. When BC went to the LSU-Alabama football game we were blown away by the endless jambalaya, the blackened gator and all other sorts of Cajun delicacies.…
In a winter when the Dodgers became baseball's leading spenders, most of the big contracts were handed out by teams that conduct spring training in Arizona.The young men have gone west, for the money.
Keeping out players such as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and others from the steroid era sends the right message that the shrine in Cooperstown, N.Y., must retain its integrity. The Hall of Fame remains standing. There is no storming of the gates, no frenzied pitch-forked mob, no cries for a John McClane rescue.