Stories 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

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
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