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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper strikes out against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jon Gray in the fourth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 21, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
April 23, 2019 - 8:56 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Big deals for Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and others that included large signing bonuses masked an otherwise flat market for the second straight offseason that caused Major League Baseball's opening-day payrolls to drop by $43 million for 2019. Payrolls, however, rose by $131 million...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper jogs onto the field before a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park, Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
April 04, 2019 - 11:17 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The most popular players in All-Star voting will be in the money — at least enough to cover part of the season's clubhouse tips. The highest vote-getter in both leagues in the first round of the new fan voting system will receive a $15,000 bonus, according to details obtained by The...
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April 03, 2019 - 2:04 pm
HAVANA (AP) — The Cuban Baseball Federation released its first group of players able to sign contracts directly with Major League Baseball organizations, and some could be playing in the United States this year. The 34 players are 17 to 25, classified as international amateurs under MLB rules and...
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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
March 29, 2019 - 12:24 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Washington pitcher Max Scherzer took over from Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout as baseball's highest-paid player at $37.4 million and the World Series champion Boston Red Sox remained the sport's biggest spender for the second straight year, according to a study of major...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2018, file photo, San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer is shown during a press conference in San Francisco. Major League Baseball has suspended San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer without pay until July 1 in response to a video released earlier this month showing him in a physical altercation with his wife. Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday, March 26, 2019, that Baer's conduct on the video was "unacceptable" and warranted discipline. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
March 26, 2019 - 11:01 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Major League Baseball suspended San Francisco Giants President and CEO Larry Baer without pay through July 1 after a video showed him in a physical altercation with his wife. Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday his office conducted an investigation of the events shown on a...
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Philadelphia Phillies' Bryce Harper watches his single off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Spencer Turnbull during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
March 26, 2019 - 3:31 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Even with huge new contracts for Bryce Harper, Manny Machado and Nolan Arenado, Major League Baseball's average salary is on track to drop on opening day for an unprecedented second straight season, according to projections by The Associated Press. The 872 players on rosters and...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2018 file photo, Shaquille O'Neal attends the world premiere of "Uncle Drew" at Alice Tully Hall in New York. Papa John’s has a new pitchman: Shaquille O’Neal. The chain says the basketball Hall of Famer will appear on TV commercials and other advertisements. He will also join the company’s board of directors and invest in nine of its restaurants. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
March 22, 2019 - 5:25 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John's is getting "Shaq-ified." The pizza chain said Friday that basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal will be its new pitchman, appearing in TV commercials and promoting Papa John's in other ways. The company hopes O'Neal can repair its image and revive its sales after the...
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FILE - In this July 9, 2017, file photo, Tony Clark, head of the MLB Players Association, stands on the field before the All-Star Futures baseball game in Miami. Union head Tony Clark says he applauds the Toronto Blue Jays’ decision to give minor league players a 50 percent raise and hopes that other clubs will follow suit. Representatives from the players’ association made a scheduled visit to Blue Jays spring training camp Monday, March 18, 2019, a day after The Athletic reported the team planned to provide raises for all minor league players, some of whom made as little as $1,100 per month in recent seasons. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
March 18, 2019 - 9:56 pm
DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) — Union head Tony Clark lauded the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday for giving minor league players a 50 percent raise, and he hopes other clubs do the same. Representatives from the players' association visited the Blue Jays spring training camp a day after The Athletic reported the...
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Arizona Diamondbacks' Steven Souza Jr. (28) and Eduardo Escobar (5) lead players out of the dugout before a spring training baseball game against the San Francisco Giants Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
March 15, 2019 - 1:02 pm
Five seconds hardly seems worth talking about, and in a way it's not. Trimming the time between innings might save a minute or two over the length of a game, but the real heavy lifting toward solving baseball's many issues is still to come. Eliminating one mound visit for the upcoming season isn't...
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March 14, 2019 - 5:19 pm
BOSTON (AP) — In a story March 13 about a college admissions bribery scandal, The Associated Press erroneously described a defendant's employer. The company where Manuel Henriquez worked is a venture capital firm, not a hedge fund. A corrected version of the story is below: The Latest: USC bars...
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