Latest Rob Manfred News

Quick turnaround: Pirates sign top overall pick Henry Davis

Jul. 18, 2021 11:18 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Henry Davis loved his time at Louisville. It's what helped make the hard-hitting catcher the first overall pick in the amateur draft. Still, he was eager to move on. So rather than mess around negotiating with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Davis practically...

The Latest: Ohtani gets win in two-way All-Star first

Jul. 13, 2021 23:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on the All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Coors Field (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Shohei Ohtani unleashed his 100 mph heat while pitching a perfect inning for the win in becoming baseball’s first two-way All-Star, Vladimir...

Angels 1st to select exclusively pitchers in amateur draft

Jul. 13, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

Mike Trout has helped the Los Angeles Angels score a lot of runs over the years. Preventing them has been a bigger issue. LA's scouting department is going all out to solve that problem. The Angels became the first club ever to select exclusively...

Manfred unhappy with Kasten's flippant comments on Bauer

Jul. 13, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred was unhappy with flippant comments made by Dodgers president Stan Kasten that followed the start of the sport's investigation of domestic violence allegations against Los Angeles pitcher Trevor Bauer. Bauer was placed on...

Manfred won't say how MLB would react to Texas election law

Jul. 13, 2021 16:08 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Hours before baseball's All-Star Game at Denver's Coors Field, commissioner Rob Manfred wouldn't say whether he would rule out any events in Texas if a law is adopted changing election laws there. The game on Tuesday night was awarded to Atlanta and what...

Manfred: A's fate in Oakland to be decided in coming months

Jul. 13, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the fate of the Athletics in Oakland will be determined in the next few months. A's managing partner John Fisher and president David Kavak have proposed a new ballpark in the Howard Terminal area of Oakland, and...

Manfred: Banning defensive shifts would be restoring MLB

Jul. 13, 2021 15:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Banning or limiting defensive shifts would be an effort to restore Major League Baseball to how it was played before offense was suffocated by analytics, according to baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. Speaking before Tuesday's All-Star Game to the...

Ohtani is AL starting pitcher, bats leadoff in All-Star Game

Jul. 12, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Shohei Ohtani will be the American League’s starting pitcher in Tuesday’s night’s All-Star Game and will bat leadoff, too, as the designated hitter in another landmark for the two-way Japanese sensation. A 27-year-old in his fourth major league...

MLB makes $100M commitment to increase Black participation

Jul. 12, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Major League Baseball will give at least $100 million over 10 years to the Players Alliance and help raise an additional $50 million aimed at increasing the number of Blacks playing the sport and eventually making the big leagues. Baseball Commissioner Rob...

NY pitcher becomes 1st known drafted practicing Orthodox Jew

Jul. 12, 2021 18:52 PM EDT

Jacob Steinmetz's blazing fastball helped make him a baseball draft trailblazer. The New York native is believed to be the first known practicing Orthodox Jewish player to be selected by a major league team, going in the third round — 77th overall — to the Arizona...