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Fri, 24 Feb 2017 12:09:59 PSTJon Heyman of FanRag Sports is reporting that Mitt Romney’s son Tagg Romney is trying to buy a piece of the New York Yankees. Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts who ran for president in 2012, isn’t involved himself, as he emphatically told Heyman. Mitt Romney, in response to an earlier version of this story about his potential involvement in a sale, denied that he’s involved in the talks in a statement, per a spokesperson… Romney is a lifelong Red Sox fan and is sensitive to being associated with the Yankees after hearing early reaction from Red Sox fans.
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:39:48 PSTFrom now until the World Baseball Classic begins on March 6, we’ll be helping you get to know each team involved in baseball’s global tournament. Today’s team: Chinese Taipei. The team from Chinese Taipei had high expectations when it competed in 2013’s World Baseball Classic, and it even made a decent showing with an upset in the first round. The Chinese Taipei team is dealing with a fairly significant boycott, which essentially boils down to which governing body should be (or wants to be) making the decisions about the team the country is fielding for the WBC.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:22:52 PSTNo one in Chicago White Sox camp is happier for a new season than James Shields. ''You're always learning, no matter how many years you've been in the game,'' Shields said Wednesday. Shields was 6-19 with a 5.85 ERA last year with San Diego and Chicago, including 4-12 with a 6.77 ERA in 22 starts for the White Sox.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:18:40 PSTThere are all sorts of ways to give baseball a much-needed boost of speed. ''All of it is stupid,'' Atlanta Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips said Wednesday. Over the last 35 years, the length of a regular-season game has increased by nearly a half-hour - much of that extra time consumed by batters stepping out of the box between every pitch for the always-thrilling helmet tug, enough meetings on the mound to bring about world peace, and so many pitching changes one can only assume managers are investing in companies that make bullpen door hinges.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 13:41:50 PSTMiami Marlins manager Don Mattingly thinks reversing the tolerance for strikeouts would speed the pace of play. ''Analytically, a few years back nobody cared about the strikeout, so it's OK to strike out 150, 160, 170 times, and that guy's still valued in a big way,'' Mattingly said. ''Well, as soon as we start causing that to be a bad value - the strikeouts - guys will put the ball in play more.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:05:00 PSTIchiro was kneed in the quadriceps on Tuesday by fellow outfielder Brandon Barnes, sending the 43-year-old Ichiro tumbling to the ground. Marlins manager Don Mattingly says he believes Ichiro will ''be OK.'' Barnes was not injured. Mattingly says Ichiro came to the Marlins facility Tuesday with a sore quad and back.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 16:14:39 PSTNearly a month after losing prized pitcher Yordano Ventura in a car accident, manager Ned Yost has thought about so much through all the pain and grief: What could the Kansas City Royals have possibly done to better support him? Yost and general manager Dayton Moore have spent hours discussing the loss of Ventura, and Moore had even offered Ventura the option to stay with him in Kansas City. It's a tough deal,'' Yost said.
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 13:49:16 PSTTom Koehler already understands why A.J. Ellis is considered a pitcher's catcher even though they've only been Marlins teammates for a week. ''He seems like he's a guy who's really going to push us,'' said Koehler, who went 9-13 with a 4.33 ERA last season. In need of a backup catcher, Miami signed the 35-year-old Ellis during the offseason to a one-year, $2.5 million contract.
Sat, 18 Feb 2017 07:42:22 PSTMultiple groups are interested in purchasing the Miami Marlins, according to team president David Samson, who confirmed owner Jeffrey Loria is being considered for nomination as U.S. ambassador to France. ''He is in the process right now,'' Samson said before the club's first full-squad workout on Friday. A group led by Joshua Kushner, whose brother Jared Kushner is married to President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, led a group that had a preliminary agreement to buy the Marlins for about $1.6 billion.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:25:03 PSTMiami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria told a federal jury Friday he lied to investigators about knowing a key figure in an alleged Cuban ballplayer smuggling network linked to a Florida sports agent and a trainer. Hechavarria testified in the trial of agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who are accused of conspiracy and alien smuggling. Hechavarria admitted lying to federal agents in a 2012 interview about knowing a man who helped organize smuggling trips and obtain Cuban player documents.
Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:22:50 PSTToxicology reports on Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura will only be released to his family and attorneys, according to the Kansas City Star. Ventura, 25, died in a car accident in the Dominican Republic in late January. On Thursday, Tessie Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the Dominican attorney general’s office, said the toxicology report is not a public document.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:26:29 PSTThe Kushner family, which has close ties to the White House, put the brakes on its negotiations to buy the Miami Marlins because of a report team owner Jeffrey Loria may be nominated by President Donald Trump to become ambassador to France. Joshua Kushner, whose older brother is an adviser to the president, has a preliminary agreement to buy the Marlins.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:16:50 PSTThe Instagram photo Giancarlo Stanton posted last November shows him sitting atop a camel and both of them grinning. ''Not one to remember for the good, I'll tell you that,'' Stanton said. Hardest of all was the death of teammate Jose Fernandez in a boat crash a week before the end of the season.
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:06:55 PST(Reuters) - The Kushner family, relatives of U.S. President Donald Trump through son-in-law Jared Kushner, said on Wednesday they will not pursue the purchase of the Miami Marlins if current owner Jeffrey Loria is nominated as U.S. ambassador to France. There were reports last week that the Kushner family were in talks to purchase the Marlins for $1.6 billion. “Although the Kushners have made substantial progress in discussions for us to purchase the Marlins, recent reports suggest that Mr. Loria will soon be nominated by the President to be Ambassador to France,” the statement said.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 23:43:03 PSTThe Kushner family, relatives of U.S. President Donald Trump through son-in-law Jared Kushner, said on Wednesday they will not pursue the purchase of the Miami Marlins if current owner Jeffrey Loria is nominated as U.S. ambassador to France. There were reports last week that the Kushner family were in talks to purchase the Marlins for $1.6 billion. “Although the Kushners have made substantial progress in discussions for us to purchase the Marlins, recent reports suggest that Mr. Loria will soon be nominated by the President to be Ambassador to France,” the statement said.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:12:40 PSTJeffrey Loria could be the next ambassador to France. President Donald Trump is considering Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to serve as ambassador to France. Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus has reportedly pushed Loria for the position.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:35:05 PSTA cluster of Miami Marlins relievers stood chatting and laughing on a sun-splashed practice field Wednesday, enjoying the leisurely pace of February baseball. The Marlins hope to win more games by shortening them, joining baseball's trend of relying more on relievers and less on the rotation. Miami acquired three established relievers in the offseason and is counting on a deep bullpen to help compensate for the loss of ace Jose Fernandez.
Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:41:21 PSTCarter Capps and his unique delivery have returned. Games aren’t officially being played on the field just yet, so we’ll have to enjoy bad spring training photos and grainy videos of players taking batting practice or tossing the ball around. In response, we would ask if you’ve ever seen San Diego Padres pitcher Carter Capps take the mound?
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:30:29 PSTEven for an accomplished veteran like Justin Verlander, the start of spring training can be special. Verlander's Tigers were among 15 teams with their first scheduled workouts for pitchers and catchers Tuesday. As major leaguers took the field in Florida and Arizona, that familiar sound of balls popping into mitts served as a reminder that in baseball at least, winter is finally over.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:08:15 PSTST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay's Jake Odorizzi, Houston's Collin McHugh and Toronto's Marcus Stroman won their salary arbitration cases Tuesday, and St. Louis' Michael Wacha, Milwaukee's Chase Anderson and Arizona's Taijuan Walker lost.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:01:54 PSTTwo Cuban baseball players told a federal jury Tuesday that they paid tens of thousands of dollars from signing bonuses with Major League Baseball teams to a smuggling network that prosecutors say was overseen by a Florida sports agent and his trainer associate. The players, Jorge Padron and Reinier Roibal, described how they were spirited off the communist-run island on speedboats bound for Cancun, Mexico, where they trained while awaiting documents necessary to go to the U.S. to sign lucrative free-agent contracts. The testimony came in the trial of agent Bartolo Hernandez and trainer Julio Estrada, who face lengthy prison sentences if convicted of conspiracy and alien- smuggling charges.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:45:01 PSTEven before the first workout of spring training began, Miami Marlins closer A.J. Ramos felt Jose Fernandez's absence - and presence. ''I was almost late,'' Ramos said. ''Right off the bat, Jose would have yelling at me.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:15:30 PSTBack on the field for the first time this year, the Kansas City Royals couldn't help but think of Yordano Ventura, their 25-year-old teammate who died in a car crash on Jan. 22 in his native Dominican Republic. ''He's always on your mind,'' manager Ned Yost said Tuesday as Kansas City started spring training workouts. Ventura signed with the Royals in 2008 and came up to the major league team in 2013.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 14:12:21 PSTThe Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a $2 million, one-year contract with injured pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, a deal that allows him to earn an additional $5.5 million in 2018. The 27-year-old right-hander is expected to miss the 2017 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery last August, when he was with the New York Yankees. Eovaldi can earn $3.5 million in performance bonuses each year as a starter and $3 million as a reliever.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:55:28 PSTSURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Kansas City Royals left-hander Brian Flynn is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks after falling through a barn roof at his Oklahoma residence.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:21:47 PSTBeards are back for the Miami Marlins. Manager Don Mattingly said he and owner Jeffrey Loria decided lift their prohibition on facial hair after one season. The Marlins will continue to require players be well-groomed.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:26:03 PSTScott Feldman won't compete in the World Baseball Classic for Israel, choosing instead to get ready to fill a spot in the Cincinnati Reds' rotation. The Reds signed him on Jan. 26 to fill the spot that opened when they traded Dan Straily - their top starter last season - to the Marlins for prospects. The 34-year-old Feldman will get $2.3 million on his one-year deal and can make an additional $2.2 million in bonuses based upon starts and $1.5 million for relief appearances, depending upon which role he fills.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:48:37 PSTDon Mattingly, manager of the Miami Marlins and the former owner of a luxurious mustache, instituted a no facial hair policy for Marlins players in 2016. And now, a year later, he’s reversing course. Marlins players are now free to grow mustaches and beards and goatees. Mattingly changes facial hair policy this season.
Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:11:43 PSTCLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent left-hander Chris Narveson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.
Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:35:30 PSTBRING HIM IN: The Kansas City Royals have signed pitcher Travis Wood to a two-year deal. By most rankings, Wood was the best pitcher left on the market. After posting a 2.95 ERA over 61 innings with the Chicago Cubs, Wood ranked as the 38th best player on the market this winter according to our own Jeff Passan. Travis Wood will get a chance to start again with the Royals.