Latest Minor league baseball News

Bill seeks extended safety netting at all Ohio pro ballparks

Jan. 26, 2020 1:59 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio state lawmaker introduced legislation Thursday requiring all major and minor league baseball teams in the state to install protective netting from foul pole to foul pole. State Rep. John Patterson introduced his bill in response to concern from a constituent blinded in one eye...

El nuevo manager de los Mets de Nueva York Luis Rojas (centro) posa con el gerente general Brodie Van Wagenen (izquierda) y el dueño Jeff Wilpon al ser presentado en una rueda de prensa, el viernes 24 de enero de 2020. (AP Foto/Bebeto Matthews)

From family of baseball royalty, Rojas promises Mets success

Jan. 24, 2020 7:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Luis Rojas never expected to be the man behind the microphone. Eleven days earlier, he was preparing for his second spring training as the Mets' relatively anonymous quality control coach. Now he was a major league manager, just like his dad, tasked with lifting New York's perennial No. 2...

FILE - This is a 2019 photo showing Luis Rojas of the New York Mets baseball team. The New York Mets are finalizing a multiyear agreement with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him the team’s new manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Rojas would replace Carlos Beltrán, who left the team last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Mets make it official, announce Rojas as their new manager

Jan. 24, 2020 4:38 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The Mets made it official, hiring Luis Rojas as their manager to replace Carlos Beltrán. New York announced the move Thursday, a week after Beltrán departed without managing a game. Rojas, who had been the Mets' quality control coach, was given a multiyear contract. “I will...

FILE - This is a 2019 photo showing Luis Rojas of the New York Mets baseball team. The New York Mets are finalizing a multiyear agreement with quality control coach Luis Rojas to make him the team’s new manager, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Rojas would replace Carlos Beltrán, who left the team last week before managing a single game as part of the fallout from the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Mets pick coach Luis Rojas to replace Beltrán as manager

Jan. 22, 2020 7:52 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Caught off guard in a quick split with Carlos Beltrán, the New York Mets want some continuity for a change. So with spring training only three weeks away, they picked his replacement from their very own bench. The club was working Wednesday to complete a multiyear agreement with...

Tigers agree to minor league deal with Santiago

Jan. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a minor league contract with left-hander Héctor Santiago with an invite to major league spring training. The Tigers announced the move Wednesday. Santiago appeared in 19 games — including two starts — last season for the Chicago White Sox...

Mayors launch task force to oppose minor league contraction

Jan. 22, 2020 5:56 PM EST

Dozens of mayors from across the United States have formed a task force opposing a proposal by Major League Baseball to eliminate 42 affiliated minor league franchises for the 2021 season. The coalition launched Tuesday with three leaders and was up to 30 members by Wednesday afternoon, ranging from Chattanooga,...

FILE - In this July 10, 2019, file photo, home plate umpire Brian deBrauwere, left, huddles with officials while wearing an earpiece connected to a ball and strikes calling system before the Atlantic League All-Star minor league baseball game in York, Pa. DeBrauwere wore the earpiece connected to an iPhone in his ball bag which relayed ball and strike calls upon receiving it from a TrackMan computer system that uses Doppler radar. The independent Atlantic League became the first American professional baseball league to let the computer call balls and strikes during the all star game. Umpires agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in the development and testing of an automated ball-strike system as part of a five-year labor contract announced Saturday, Dec. 21, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The Major League Baseball Umpires Association also agreed to cooperate and assist if Commissioner Rob Manfred decides to utilize the system

MLB to test but not use computer umps at spring training

Jan. 22, 2020 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will test computer plate umpires during spring training but will not use the system for decisions in any exhibition games. MLB experimented with the automated balls and strikes system during the second half of last season in the independent Atlantic League, and the...

Phillies add Liriano, Norris, Storen, Walker on minors deals

Jan. 22, 2020 5:00 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies have signed left-hander Francisco Liriano, right-handers Bud Norris and Drew Storen and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts with invitations to attend major league spring training. Liriano was 5-3 with a 3.47 ERA in 69 relief appearances for...

Veteran lefty Blevins joins Giants on minor league deal

Jan. 20, 2020 10:53 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Veteran left-hander Jerry Blevins agreed to a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants on Monday that includes an invitation to spring training. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi confirmed the deal and said Blevins had passed his physical. They reconnect...

Governor asks Major League Baseball to save Ohio farm team

Jan. 18, 2020 12:35 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine in a letter sent Friday to the commissioner of Major League Baseball asked that an Ohio minor league team proposed for elimination be saved. DeWine in his letter to Commissioner Rob Manfred cited the history of charitable giving, the more than 4 million fans that...