Tag: Major League Baseball

MLB players, owners reach tentative labor deal

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Baseball players and owners reached a tentative agreement on a five-year labor contract Wednesday night, a deal that will extend the sport’s industrial peace to 26 years since the ruinous fights in the first two decades of free agency. After days of near round-the-clock talks, negotiators reached a verbal agreement about 3 1/2 hours before the expiration of the current pact. Then they worked to draft a memorandum of understanding, which must be ratified by both sides. “It’s great! Another five years of uninterrupted baseball,” Oakland catcher Stephen Vogt said in a text message. In...

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Cubs win first World Series title since 1908

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Latest on Game 7 of the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians early Thursday (all times local): 12:47 a.m. Mike Montgomery retired Michael Martinez for the final out with a runner on in the 10th inning, and the Chicago Cubs ended baseball’s longest championship drought by beating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the World Series. The Cubs won their first championship since 1908, becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit by winning Games 6 and 7 on the road since the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1979. Ben...

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Cubs get closer Aroldis Chapman in trade with Yankees

CHICAGO (AP) — Before the Chicago Cubs completed a trade for Aroldis Chapman, owner Tom Ricketts and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein decided they had to hear from the closer himself about a domestic violence allegation in the offseason. So Ricketts and Epstein asked Major League Baseball for a window to speak with the left-hander, and they got him on the phone Monday. When the conversation was over, the blockbuster deal was on. Chasing their first World Series title since 1908, the Cubs addressed one of their few weaknesses by sending a pricey package of four players to...

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Major League Baseball’s 1st Black Latino Star Minoso Dies

CHICAGO (AP) — Minnie Minoso, the seemingly ageless Cuban slugger who broke into the majors just two years after Jackie Robinson and turned into the game’s first black Latino star, has died, a medical examiner in Illinois said Sunday. The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not immediately offer further details. There is some question about Minoso’s age but the Chicago White Sox say he was 90. Minoso played 12 of his 17 seasons in Chicago, hitting .304 with 135 homers and 808 RBIs for the White Sox. The White Sox retired his No. 9 in 1983 and there...

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Major League Baseball launches expanded replay era

Major League Baseball launched the expanded replay era Monday, and saw instant results — a pair of missed calls by umpires got fixed fast, without any arguments. Opening day showed off the game’s newest nod to modern technology in a sport that long relied on the eyes of its umps. From now on, most every call can be challenged by a manager. When that happens, the final decision will come from a replay booth in New York, rather than the field. And instead of out or safe, fair or foul, disputes will be settled with two words new to...

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