Latest Professional baseball News

Ortiz, Clemens, Bonds to be close calls for Hall of Fame

Jan. 24, 2022 20:08 PM EST

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, with eight MVPs and seven Cy Young Awards between them, are in the bottom of the last inning in their Hall of Fame bids. Either they get in Tuesday — and it’s going to be close — or Cooperstown may elude them entirely. David Ortiz knows a thing or...

MLB players withdraw free agency shift as labor talks resume

Jan. 24, 2022 19:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Locked-out Major League Baseball players removed the first of three major obstacles to a labor contract, withdrawing their proposal for more liberalized free agency when the sides met face-to-face Monday for the first time since the management lockout began Dec. 1. ...

Mets, Yankees had understanding on hitting coach Chávez

Jan. 24, 2022 14:03 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Mets general manager Billy Eppler said he spoke to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman well before hiring away Eric Chávez as the team's hitting coach and that both sides had an understanding that Chávez may end up in Queens. The 44-year-old Chávez was hired by...

Mets coaches: Sherlock reunites with Showalter for 3rd time

Jan. 21, 2022 13:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Glenn Sherlock will be the New York Mets' bench coach this season, reuniting for the third time with new manager Buck Showalter. The Mets announced their staff Friday. Eric Chavez will be the hitting coach, with Wayne Kirby coaching first base and...

Red Sox slugger Ortiz on track for baseball hall election

Jan. 21, 2022 12:31 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston’s Big Papi appears headed to the Baseball Hall of Fame -- no last-minute walk-off needed. The Red Sox slugger looks to be on track for induction in Cooperstown this summer, riding the strength of his on- and off-field achievements to overcome stigmas that...

MLB's snail-paced lockout talks to resume with union offer

Jan. 20, 2022 20:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Locked out baseball players plan to make a counteroffer to management on Monday, 11 days after clubs gave the union a proposal when the snail-paced negotiations resumed following a 42-day break. The players’ association asked Major League Baseball on Thursday to...

Robot umpires at home plate moving up to Triple-A for 2022

Jan. 20, 2022 15:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Robot umpires have been given a promotion and will be just one step from the major leagues this season. Major League Baseball is expanding its automated strike zone experiment to Triple-A, the highest level of the minor leagues. MLB’s website posted...

Rays say split-season plan with Montreal rejected by MLB

Jan. 20, 2022 15:49 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays' proposed plan to split the season between Florida and Montreal has been rejected by Major League Baseball. Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg announced the news on Thursday. “Today's news is flat-out deflating,”...

Twins elect Gardenhire, Gladden, Tovar to team Hall of Fame

Jan. 20, 2022 14:42 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins will induct former manager Ron Gardenhire and former players Dan Gladden and César Tovar into the team's Hall of Fame this summer. The Twins announced Thursday that Gardenhire, Gladden and Tovar will become the 35th, 36th and 37th members of...

Former NFL players among North Carolina sports hall class

Jan. 19, 2022 14:25 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A trio of former National Football League players, a member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame and a holdover from 2021 highlight the new class of inductees for the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. The hall, which announced the new class on Wednesday,...