Stories by Ronald Blum

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pete Rose allowed to take part in All-Star Game activities

NEW YORK - Commissioner Rob Manfred says Pete Rose will be allowed to participate in activities surrounding this summer's All-Star Game in his hometown of Cincinnati.
By Ronald Blum

Monday, April 20, 2015

MLB set to roll out Statcast analytics

A new era in analytics starts when Major League Baseball rolls out its Statcast tracking technology during MLB Network's broadcast of the St. Louis Cardinals' game.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Mets' fans show signs of their disgust in billboards

NEW YORK - A group of New York Mets fans has its own slogan this season, a message directed at the club's owners. When the team arrived at Citi Field for Monday's home opener, it was greeted by ...
By Ronald Blum

Major league offense still stuck in neutral

Batters stayed stuck in the deep freeze in the sport's offensive ice age during the first week of the new major league season, with scoring remaining near its lowest level in more than two decades.
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Jeter gone, A-Rod back as Yankees adapt

Derek Jeter is history, Alex Rodriguez is back and a new era starts for the Yankees with Monday's opener against the Toronto Blue Jays, a season that begins with New York in the unfamiliar role of ...
By Ronald Blum

Friday, April 3, 2015

No punishment for Angels outfielder Hamilton

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton will not be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his latest problems involving cocaine and alcohol.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Average MLB salary to top $4 million for first time this year

The average salary when Opening Day rosters are finalized will break the $4 million barrier for the first time, according to a study of all major league contracts.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Countdown is on for speed-up rule

Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Rob Scahill thinks his mound mates will do just fine at beating the new 20-second pitch clock that will be used at Triple-A and Double-A this season.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A-Rod 'a little nervous' ahead of return

Alex Rodriguez returns for his first game in 17 months, slated to be a designated hitter for two or three at-bats against the Philadelphia Phillies.
By Ronald Blum

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

MLB adjusts rules in effort to speed up game

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball is slowly addressing the lagging pace of games.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

A-Rod makes vague apology

NEW YORK - Alex Rodriguez issued a five-paragraph handwritten apology "for the mistakes that led to my suspension" on Tuesday without detailing specifics about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.
By Ronald Blum

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Scherzer, Lester will be under a microscope after signing huge contracts with new teams

Max Scherzer and Jon Lester might as well have neon-green dollar signs stamped all over their uniforms and caps when spring training opens next week.
By Ronald Blum

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

New baseball commissioner has a lot on his plate

NEW YORK - Rob Manfred knows he'll get pounded as baseball commissioner - his name is printed in blue script between the seams of every big league ball.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Path to majors could get easier for Cuban players

Fred Claire can see the day when Major League Baseball teams open academies for prospects in Cuba.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Kemp among players on the move

SAN DIEGO - Baseball's winter meetings ended with an old-style spurt of swaps, with All-Stars switching teams at a rapid pace and executives scrambling to fill roster voids.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Cubs sign former GreenJacket Lester

Jon Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs, the first big deal of the offseason involving a top-level starting pitcher and one Chicago hopes will help end ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, Nov. 10, 2014

Abreu, deGrom earn rookie honors

NEW YORK - Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu won the AL Rookie of the Year award, and New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom won the NL honor.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014

Selig's imprint seen in Game 7

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For his final game as baseball commissioner, Bud Selig was able to see the low-budget Kansas City Royals compete with the high-spending San Francisco Giants for the title.
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014

Ex-Jacket tosses gem in Game 5

SAN FRANCISCO - Madison Bumgarner smothered the Kansas City Royals for the second time in a week, pitching a four-hitter that led the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 victory Sunday night and a 3-2 ...
By Ronald Blum

Giants break through to even series

SAN FRANCISCO - Hunter Pence and former Augusta GreenJacket Pablo Sandoval charged up a pulsating crowd with their shouts and swings, and the San Francisco Giants surged past the Kansas City ...
By Ronald Blum
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