Stories 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

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

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

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Royals even series with Giants

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Billy Butler hit a tiebreaking single in a five-run sixth inning, Salvador Perez and Omar Infante drove in two runs each and the Kansas City Royals rebounded to beat San ...
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Bonds' conviction could be reversed

Nearly 11 years after Barry Bonds testified on performance-enhancing drugs, a group of judges will hear arguments today on whether baseball's career home-run leader should have his conviction ...
By Ronald Blum

Friday, Aug 15, 2014

Pace of play among top issues for Manfred

Minutes after he was elected baseball's 10th commissioner, Rob Manfred didn't want to discuss what great issues he expects to take on when he succeeds Selig on Jan. 25.
By Ronald Blum

Thursday, Aug 14, 2014

Manfred chosen to succeed Selig

BALTIMORE - Rob Manfred, a high-ranking executive in Major League Baseball for many years, was chosen Thursday by the league's owners to succeed Bud Selig as commissioner, one of the most powerful ...
By Ronald Blum

Monday, July 21, 2014

Baseball, then business, for Jeter

Derek Jeter announced the launch of Jeter Publishing, a partnership with Simon & Schuster, last November and became a partner of a company encouraging healthy nutrition.
By Ronald Blum

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

All-Star Game marked a changing of the guard

MINNEAPOLIS - On a sparkling summer night in the Upper Midwest, baseball generations joined up and prepared to pass.
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Trout, Jeter lead AL to win

MINNEAPOLIS - On a summer evening filled with reminders of generational change, the AL kept up nearly two decades of dominance by beating the National League 5-3 in the All-Star Game.
By Ronald Blum

Selig hints that Rose could have rose in 2015 All-Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS - Pete Rose might have a role to play in next year's All-Star Game in Cincinnati despite his lifetime ban from baseball.
By Ronald Blum

With hitting down, should MLB lower the mound?

Big league hitters are in major slump. Would lowering the mound help put pitchers in their place?
By Ronald Blum

Players may consider tobacco ban discussion in 2016 labor talks

MINNEAPOLIS - Major League Baseball players say they may consider whether to discuss a possible ban on chewing tobacco when they negotiate their next labor contract.
By Ronald Blum

Monday, July 14, 2014

Dominant pitching will be on display in All-Star Game

MINNEAPOLIS - St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright will start the All-Star Game at Target Field against the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez.
By Ronald Blum

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Trade keeps Jeff Samardzija off NL All-Star team

NEW YORK - The trade that put Jeff Samardzija on a postseason contender cost him a chance to pitch in his first All-Star game. 
By Ronald Blum

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Belgium edges U.S. in extra time

SALVADOR, Brazil - Belgium scored two goals in extra time and held on to beat the United States 2-1 Tuesday in the round of 16 at the World Cup.
By Ronald Blum
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