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Yankees pitcher Tanaka to sit out World Baseball Classic (The Associated Press)

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 02:05:22 PST

TOKYO (AP) -- New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka says he won't take part in the World Baseball Classic.

Some notable deaths of active pro baseball players (The Associated Press)

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 13:23:42 PST

- Jan. 22, 2017: Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, 25, was killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic. - Jan. 22, 2017: Andy Marte, 33, died in a separate car crash in his native Dominican Republic. Marte played in the majors from 2005-2010 with Atlanta and Cleveland, and returned in 2014 with Arizona.

Yankees headed to arbitration with Betances (The Associated Press)

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 11:10:15 PST

The New York Yankees plan to go to salary arbitration with reliever Dellin Betances, which would be the team's first hearing in nearly a decade. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Betances submitted a proposed $5 million salary last week and the Yankees filed at $3 million. ''We're not going to reach a resolution with Dellin,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday.

Trevor Hoffman misses Hall of Fame election by 5 votes (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:15:46 PST

Well, Hells Bells, Trevor Hoffman didn't make baseball's Hall of Fame for the second straight season. In his second year on the ballot, Hoffman received 327 votes, appearing on 74 percent of the ballots and just shy of the 75 percent needed to get a plaque in Cooperstown. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were voted in.

Bagwell, Raines, Ivan Rodriguez elected to Hall of Fame (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:01:44 PST

Bags and Rock and Pudge are heading to Cooperstown. After a vote that could prove to be a turning point how Steroids Era stars are viewed, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens could be joining them in the next few years. Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, earning the honor as Trevor Hoffman and Vladimir Guerrero fell just short of the necessary 75 percent.

Jorge Posada falls off Hall of Fame ballot after just one year (Big League Stew)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 18:19:42 PST

The first member of the Core Four eligible for the Hall of Fame might be the only member who never gets the call. New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada received just 3.8 percent of the vote Wednesday, falling off the Hall of Fame ballot after just one year. The fact that Posada was not inducted into Cooperstown shouldn’t come as a major surprise.

Bagwell, Raines, Rodriguez to join Hall of Fame (AFP)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:24:32 PST

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were named Wednesday as the newest Baseball Hall of Fame members while steroid-linked stars Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens edged nearer to selection. Players needed 75 percent support, or 332 of the 442 votes cast by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, to be elected among the sport's icons. Long-time San Diego pitcher Trevor Hoffman, an ace reliever with 601 career saves, just missed with 74 percent backing -- five votes shy after missing by 34 last year, with Vladimir Guerrero next at 71.7 percent, out by 15 votes.

Outfielder Guyer agrees to $5M, 2-year deal with Indians (The Associated Press)

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 10:55:32 PST

Brandon Guyer has been targeted again. Guyer, who has led the majors in being hit by pitches over the past two seasons, agreed Wednesday to a two-year, $5 million contract with the Cleveland Indians. Cleveland has a $3 million option for 2019 with a $250,000 buyout.

Yankees bring Baby Bombers to NY to promote season (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 23:07:11 PST

Rather than bring veterans, the Yankees had Frazier and fellow Baby Bombers James Kaprielian, Gleyber Torres and Chance Adams respond to fans' question at a town hall meeting on Tuesday night along with infielder Starlin Castro and general manager Brian Cashman. ''There's something to be said about this group, not only the ones that are here, but the ones that aren't here,'' Kaprielian told the crowd of several hundred at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square. Pivoting to youth, the Yankees have jettisoned Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann.

A-Rod takes swing at new TV show for cash-strapped jocks (The Associated Press)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 14:10:39 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez is no stranger to big money. Now the former New York Yankees slugger will host a new CNBC show in which he guides financially distressed athletes.

Alex Rodriguez to host show helping ex-athletes manage their money (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:43:09 PST

Alex Rodriguez has excelled behind the microphone. Alex Rodriguez’s baseball-playing career might be over, but he’s still looking for another hit. Since leaving the game, A-Rod has excelled both in the boardroom and in the broadcast suite. He’s managed A-Rod Corp. with ruthless efficiency (even though we’re not sure what they do), and he emerged as a future broadcasting star with Fox Sports during the postseason.

Aroldis Chapman gets no praise from President Obama during visit (Big League Stew)

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:00:28 PST

Monday was a big day for the 2016 Chicago Cubs. President Obama welcomed them to the White House to celebrate their World Series victory, just days before he’ll be leaving office. In the speech he gave commemorating the visit, President Obama made a point to call out the many Cubs who made a difference to the team during the regular season and the postseason.

On ballot for final time, Tim Raines hopes for Hall entry (The Associated Press)

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 23:36:22 PST

The 1982 All-Star Game at Olympic Stadium was the first outside the United States, the host Montreal Expos giving the event a distinctive international flair. As Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn looked on, center fielder Andre Dawson, catcher Gary Carter and left fielder Tim Raines were among five players wearing that tri-color hat of the hometown team. On Wednesday, Raines is likely to join Dawson and Carter as Expos in the Hall of Fame, expected to be voted the honor in his 10th and final year of eligibility.

Arrieta, Harper, Machado, Britton get big-money deals (The Associated Press)

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 06:42:38 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Chicago Cubs ace Jake Arrieta, Washington star Bryce Harper and Baltimore standouts Manny Machado and Zach Britton got big-money deals Friday as more than 100 major leaguers reached agreements for 2017 and left just 27 players on track for salary arbitration.

Cubs OF Heyward hard at work on revamped swing (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:09:48 PST

A year ago, Jason Heyward was one of the main attractions at the Chicago Cubs' winter convention. The team got that title, but for Heyward, it was a bumpy road all the way to the very end. Heyward played Gold Glove defense in right field and was a solid clubhouse presence as Chicago claimed its first championship since 1908.

Indians, 4 pitchers agree to 2017 contracts (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:22:49 PST

The Indians got it right with four pitchers on Friday. Cleveland reached agreement on 2017 contracts with closer Cody Allen, starter Danny Salazar and relievers Bryan Shaw and Zach McAllister, four right-handers who were eligible for arbitration and are key members on one of baseball's deepest pitching staffs. The Indians also avoided salary arbitration with Salazar ($3.4 million), who went 11-6 with a 3.87 ERA last season but was slowed late in the year and limited in the playoffs by a forearm strain.

Rockies' Arenado agrees to $29.5 million, 2-year contract (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:20:42 PST

Nolan Arenado shies away from talk about his big numbers, whether that topic is his gaudy statistics or his big, new contract. Money's like my least favorite topic ever,'' Arenado said Friday after he avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $29.5 million, two-year contract with the Colorado Rockies. Arenado will make $11.75 million this season and $17.75 million in 2018.

Pineda, Gregorius reach deals; Betances and Yanks $2M apart (The Associated Press)

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:50:42 PST

Right-hander Michael Pineda and shortstop Didi Gregorius were among six Yankees who agreed to one-year contracts Friday, leaving reliever Dellin Betances as the only remaining player remaining eligible for salary arbitration. Betances asked for a raise to $5 million and was offered $3 million by the Yankees. Betances made the minimum $507,500 last year after the team renewed his contract.

Ivan Rodriguez: Is he a Hall of Famer? (Big League Stew)

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 11:06:13 PST

Among the first-time eligible Hall of Fame candidates, there’s only one with a truly great chance of getting in this year. That would be Ivan Rodriguez, who many would argue is the greatest all-around catcher baseball has even seen.

Jewish-American pros look to boost baseball in Israel (The Associated Press)

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:10:57 PST

Israel has just one baseball-specific field, and most Israelis know little about the game. Major leaguers Ike Davis, Sam Fuld and Ryan Lavarnway were among 10 team members who visited Israel for the first time this month to get a glimpse of the country and people they will represent - and to boost a sport that remains on the fringes of the local athletic scene. For Israel, the option of tapping into a deep pool of Jewish big leaguers offers a rare opportunity to compete internationally against powerhouses like the U.S., Japan and the Dominican Republic and lift baseball out of its longtime obscurity in the Holy Land.

Trump, 'great baseball fan,' meets Commissioner Rob Manfred (The Associated Press)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:49:35 PST

NEW YORK (AP) -- Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he met with Donald Trump for the first time, and the president-elect told him he is a ''great baseball fan.''

What did Rob Manfred discuss in his meeting with Donald Trump? (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 13:44:54 PST

Baseball is already great, in our opinion, but that didn’t stop commissioner Rob Manfred from attending an important meeting Tuesday. Manfred met with president-elect Donald Trump to discuss … well, no one is exactly sure. The meeting, which was also attended by New York Yankees president Randy Levine, came as a surprise to the baseball world.

Rejoice! Here are spring training report dates for all 30 teams (Big League Stew)

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 11:34:20 PST

Winter is terrible. The weather is cold, the days are short and baseball news is scarce. The only thing keeping us sane is the promise of spring.

Hot Stove Digest: Rays sign outfielder Colby Rasmus (Big League Stew)

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 17:36:27 PST

Welcome to The Stew’s Hot Stove Digest, our daily rundown of MLB news, rumors and gossip for Hot Stove season. Here you’ll find a quick recap of all the day’s action and other fun stuff from around the internet that we think is worth your time.

Mike Mussina: Is he a Hall of Famer? (Big League Stew)

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 12:55:13 PST

Always one of the more heavily debated Hall of Fame candidates, former Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees right-hander Mike Mussina seems to be working his way more and more into the conscience of voters even as the pool of talent around him deepens. Much like Edgar Martinez among the eligible hitters, Mussina presents a fascinating case that can draw ten varied opinions from ten different voters. Regardless of whether he ever gets in, Mussina seems destined to represent the standard cutoff line for pitchers who should or shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame.