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New commissioner Rob Manfred open to banning defensive shifts

New commissioner Rob Manfred open to banning defensive shifts

yahoo.com MLB.com Updated 31 minutes ago
New baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has been in office a little more than 12 hours and he's already making some interesting waves. In an interview that aired on ESPN on Sunday morning, Manfred made it clear that examining the pace of the game is first…
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  • New Commissioner makes mark on official ball

    New Commissioner makes mark on official ball

    MLB.com 4 hours ago
    Now, it's official. "Robert D. Manfred Jr." is the cursive stamped signature as of today on all Rawlings game balls to be used in Major League Baseball, representing Manfred's first day as MLB 's 10th Commissioner.
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  • Report: Yankees reject 'clear the air' meeting with Alex Rodrig…

    Report: Yankees reject 'clear the air' meeting with Alex Rodriguez

    yahoo.com 10 hours ago
    As Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reported early Saturday, embattled Yankees star Alex Rodriguez took his "rehabilitation tour" directly to MLB headquarters on Wednesday for a "clear the air" meeting with new baseball commissioner…
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  • M.L.B. Defends Fred Wilpon and His Financial Role

    M.L.B. Defends Fred Wilpon and His Financial Role

    nytimes.com 11 hours ago
    Though he was a victim of Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, the Mets’ majority owner, Fred Wilpon, was viewed as the right man for the job.
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  • Phillies trade talks with Crew over Papelbon lose steam

    Phillies trade talks with Crew over Papelbon lose steam

    MLB.com 15 hours ago
    Trade talks between the Phillies and Brewers regarding closer Jonathan Papelbon have "dissipated," Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Saturday.
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  • 50 Cent shows off award for 'memorable' first pitch

    50 Cent shows off award for 'memorable' first pitch

    yahoo.com 15 hours ago
    Earlier this week we learned that Topps is set to release a special set of baseball cards featuring 15 celebrities, personalities or otherwise notable humans who threw out memorable first pitches in 2014. We also learned that among those featured will b…
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  • Report: Lilly charged with insurance fraud

    Report: Lilly charged with insurance fraud

    ESPN.com yahoo.com 16 hours ago
    Former Major League Baseball player Ted Lilly has been charged in California with three felonies related to insurance fraud, according to a newspaper report.
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  • Tulo, CarGo healthy, committed to Rockies

    Tulo, CarGo healthy, committed to Rockies

    ESPN.com 17 hours ago
    This has almost become an annual rite of impending spring: Troy Tulowitzki insisting he is healthy and can stay that way for an entire season.
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  • Former teammates remember Mr. Cub fondly

    Former teammates remember Mr. Cub fondly

    MLB.com yahoo.com ESPN.com 17 hours ago
    It must have been a crystal, clear day like Saturday, the day Ernie Banks coined his most poetic phrase: "It's a great day for a ball game: Let's play two!" And so it is.
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  • Cruz highlights first day of Mariners FanFest

    Cruz highlights first day of Mariners FanFest

    MLB.com 18 hours ago
    Nelson Cruz insists he's still a kid at heart, so the new Mariners slugger fit right in during his first public appearance with his new club on Saturday at Safeco Field.
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  • Meyer ready to compete for Major League rotation

    Meyer ready to compete for Major League rotation

    MLB.com 19 hours ago
    Alex Meyer, the Twins' No. 4 prospect, according to MLB.com, heads into Spring Training as one of many candidates aiming to prove themselves worthy of the fifth rotation spot.
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  • NYC fans endure winter weather to visit WS trophy

    NYC fans endure winter weather to visit WS trophy

    MLB.com 19 hours ago
    Fans withstood the 30-degree weather to line up on the snow-covered sidewalks hours before Finnerty's sports bar in New York opened in order to secure a chance for a picture with the Giants' coveted championship hardware.
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  • Outgoing Selig dreams of 'international' MLB

    Outgoing Selig dreams of 'international' MLB

    ESPN.com 20 hours ago
    On his final day as baseball commissioner, Bud Selig predicts a future that could include expansion to other countries.
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  • Price enjoys give-and-take with passionate fans

    Price enjoys give-and-take with passionate fans

    MLB.com 20 hours ago
    One of the benefits of events like Reds Caravan is the direct dialogue between fans and team members.
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  • Mauer, Molitor excited to work together in 2015

    Mauer, Molitor excited to work together in 2015

    MLB.com 20 hours ago
    It was just two St. Paul natives having lunch in their hometown this week, but for Joe Mauer, it was a chance to keep picking the brain of new Twins manager and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.
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  • Biggio reflects on Hall of Fame career at FanFest

    Biggio reflects on Hall of Fame career at FanFest

    MLB.com 21 hours ago
    One of the biggest events of Saturday's FanFest at Minute Maid Park was the Fan Forum session with Craig Biggio, the Astros legend who was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this month.
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  • Players, staff get up close with fans at Tribe Fest

    Players, staff get up close with fans at Tribe Fest

    MLB.com 21 hours ago
    On the first day of the third annual Tribe Fest at Progressive Field, streams of Indians diehards poured through the gates, enjoyed the behind-the-scenes festivities and expressed optimism about the season ahead.
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  • Pumped up Panda sees snow for first time

    Pumped up Panda sees snow for first time

    MLB.com 21 hours ago
    It took Pablo Sandoval nearly three decades to see and feel snow for the first time, and that left him feeling like a kid on Christmas morning on Saturday. The discovery only added to Sandoval's excitement about joining the Red Sox.
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  • Pedroia 'ready to go,' sees Sox rebounding

    Pedroia 'ready to go,' sees Sox rebounding

    MLB.com 22 hours ago
    Dustin Pedroia no longer has any questions about his health, or any doubts about the kind of season he can have in 2015.
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  • Twins, left-hander Duensing avoid arbitration

    Twins, left-hander Duensing avoid arbitration

    MLB.com 22 hours ago
    Minnesota agreed to terms with its sixth and final arbitration-eligible player on Saturday, as the club signed left-handed reliever Brian Duensing to a one-year deal worth $2.7 million.
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  • Adrian to help Dodgers launch weeklong caravan

    Adrian to help Dodgers launch weeklong caravan

    MLB.com 22 hours ago
    First baseman Adrian Gonzalez will appear at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles on Monday as the 12th annual Dodgers Community Service Caravan kicks off.
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  • Frazier flies jet simulator, sings at caravan stop

    Frazier flies jet simulator, sings at caravan stop

    MLB.com 23 hours ago
    Reds Caravan made a stop Saturday at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force base.
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  • Video - 'Nobody Laughed Like Ernie Banks' 03:04

    'Nobody Laughed Like Ernie Banks'

    Jan 24
    Tim Kurkjian looks back fondly on his experiences with Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, who died Friday at the age of 83.
  • Video - Phillies Looking To Trade Papelbon To Brewers 02:26

    Phillies Looking To Trade Papelbon To Brewers

    Jan 23
    ESPN senior baseball writer Jerry Crasnick discusses the Phillies' talks with the Brewers about a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade.
  • Video - Michael Wilbon Remembers Ernie Banks 02:59

    Michael Wilbon Remembers Ernie Banks

    Jan 23
    Michael Wilbon discusses the life and career of Chicago Cubs great Ernie Banks.
  • Video - Sarah Spain Remembers Ernie Banks 02:47

    Sarah Spain Remembers Ernie Banks

    Jan 23
    Sarah Spain of espnW talks about her memories of beloved Hall of Famer "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks, who died at age 83 in Chicago.

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