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FILE - Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron smiles during a press conference at Atlanta Stadium, Ga., after the game in which he hit his 715th career home, in this April 8, 1974, file photo. With him is his wife Billye, partially obscured. Hank Aaron, who endured racist threats with stoic dignity during his pursuit of Babe Ruth’s home run record and gracefully left his mark as one of baseball’s greatest all-around players, died Friday. He was 86. The Atlanta Braves, Aaron's longtime team, said he died peacefully in his sleep. No cause was given. (AP Photo/File)

Reaction to the death of Hank Aaron

Jan. 22, 2021 9:33 PM EST

Reaction to the death of one-time home run king Hank Aaron. He died Friday at the age of 86: “Thank you for everything you ever taught us, for being a trailblazer through adversity and setting an example for all of us African-American ballplayers who came after you. Being able to grow up and have the idols...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein speaks at a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings in Scottsdale, Ariz. Former Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox executive Theo Epstein has been hired by Major League Baseball as a consultant for on-field matters and will evaluate possible rule changes. Epstein will work with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, the owners’ competition committee and analytics experts, MLB said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Epstein hired as MLB consultant to evaluate rules changes

Jan. 14, 2021 4:27 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox executive Theo Epstein has been hired by Major League Baseball as a consultant for on-field matters and will evaluate possible rule changes. Epstein will work with baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, the owners’ competition committee and...

FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda autographs a baseball in the Dodgertown locker-room in Vero Beach, Fla., in this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1990, file photo. Tommy Lasorda, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles and later became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his 71 years with the franchise, has died. He was 93. The Dodgers said Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, that he had a heart attack at his home in Fullerton, California. Resuscitation attempts were made on the way to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 11 p.m. Thursday.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Lasorda, fiery Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, dies at 93

Jan. 8, 2021 10:22 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Growing more and more frail, Tommy Lasorda looked on from a suite at Globe Life Field in Texas, watching as the Los Angeles Dodgers clinched the World Series in Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Rays. Surrounded by family and friends, Lasorda celebrated the team's first championship in 32...

Hall of Fame and former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda passed away at the age of 93. Former Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Larsorda before a baseball game between Korea and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Camelback Ranch Stadium on Thursday March 12. 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP)

Reaction to the death of Tommy Lasorda

Jan. 8, 2021 7:15 PM EST

Reaction to the death of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda. He died Thursday at the age of 93: ___ “He was he was bigger than life. He was the most amazing person I’ve ever been around. He knew everyone’s name. He knew every story. He knew every pitch that was ever thrown and every at-bat...

FILE  - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner celebrates with the trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 in Arlington, Texas. Baseball nearly made it through its version of playoff bubbles unscathed; two innings before the World Series ended, Justin Turner of the now-champion Los Angeles Dodgers Turner was pulled from the game after MLB was notified that he had tested positive for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

MLB tells managers to expect on-time spring training start

Dec. 16, 2020 7:40 PM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Big league managers say Major League Baseball instructed them to prepare for spring training to start on time in mid-February despite uncertainty around the coronavirus. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that Commissioner Rob Manfred had a meeting with managers...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 1942, file photo, Kansas City Monarchs pitcher Leroy Satchel Paige warms up at New York's Yankee Stadium before a Negro League game between the Monarchs and the New York Cuban Stars. Major League Baseball has reclassified the Negro Leagues as a major league and will count the statistics and records of its 3,400 players as part of its history. The league said Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, it was

MLB reclassifies Negro Leagues as major league

Dec. 16, 2020 3:13 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Mays will add some hits to his record, Monte Irvin's big league batting average should climb over .300 and Satchel Paige may add nearly 150 victories to his total. Josh Gibson, the greatest of all Negro League sluggers, might just wind up with a major league record, too. The...

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2020, file photo, the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees play in Game 2 of a baseball AL Division Series in an empty Petco Park in San Diego. Major League Baseball and all 30 of its teams are suing their insurance providers, citing billions of dollars in losses during the 2020 season played almost entirely without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic. The suit, filed in October in California Superior Court in Alameda County, was obtained Friday, Dec. 4, by The Associated Press. It says providers AIG, Factory Mutual and Interstate Fire and Casualty Company have refused to pay claims made by MLB despite the league's “all-risk” policy purchases. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

MLB sues insurance providers, cites billions in virus losses

Dec. 4, 2020 8:57 PM EST

Major League Baseball and all 30 of its teams are suing their insurance providers, citing billions of dollars in losses during the 2020 season played almost entirely without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic. The suit, filed in October in California Superior Court in Alameda County, was obtained Friday by The...

FILE - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, San Diego Padres pitcher Chris Young throws during the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Surprise, Ariz. The Rangers hired Young as executive vice president and general manager Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, bringing the Major League Baseball executive home to work under president of baseball operations Jon Daniels, the club's GM since 2005. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

MLB executive, ex-pitcher Young joins hometown Rangers as GM

Dec. 4, 2020 6:14 PM EST

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers hired Chris Young as executive vice president and general manager Friday, bringing the Major League Baseball executive home to work under president of baseball operations Jon Daniels, the club's GM since 2005. Young pitched 13 seasons in the majors, the first two...