MLB, The Giants, And The Law Job The A's ... Again

Major League Baseball is breathing a huge sigh of relief after a federal appeals court upheld a broad scope of the league's exemption from federal antitrust law on Thursday. But the league's win comes at a high price for the Oakland A's—and adds to the literal shitstorm the A's are in at the old and dilapidated… » 1/16/15 2:06pm 1/16/15 2:06pm

Even the MLB Is Opposed to Internet Fast Lanes

The FCC's proposed plan to create pay-to-play internet fast lanes is offending Americans, and now that includes America's Pastime: Major League Baseball's digital media group lobbed a statement to the FCC last week criticizing the proposal. » 7/25/14 9:52am 7/25/14 9:52am

Are MLB No-Hitters Really Getting More Common?

Tim Lincecum's no-hitter yesterday was the 22nd since 2010 and a walk away from becoming the sixth perfect game in that same time. This makes no-hitters and perfect games sound abnormally common today. So just how much has the frequency of no-hitters and perfect games changed? » 6/26/14 3:20pm 6/26/14 3:20pm

Bud Selig, The Commissioner Who Didn't Matter

There is a popular line of thinking among statistically minded baseball fans that declares the manager more or less irrelevant. In the course of 162 games, over tens of thousands of pitches, the impact of his strategic decision making is statistically negligible compared to the inherent quality of his players and… » 10/23/13 3:40pm 10/23/13 3:40pm

Report: A-Rod Refuses To Give Bosch Money; Bosch Cuts Deal With MLB

According to the New York Daily News, Anthony Bosch tried to get money from A-Rod to help pay his mounting legal bills, due in part to the frivolous lawsuit filed by Major League Baseball for tortious interference. A-Rod refused his request, so Bosch cut a deal that would end the lawsuit and require MLB to indemnify… » 6/06/13 1:37am 6/06/13 1:37am

No Steroids, No Birthday Cake: Parsing MLB's Employee Handbook

Congratulations! It's your first day working for Major League Baseball. You probably grew up a huge baseball fan, and while this isn't as good as actually playing, you're about to embark on a fun and rewarding career with MLB. But first, there's something you need to read and sign. » 5/23/13 12:56pm 5/23/13 12:56pm

The Major Leagues Were Never Really As Black As You've Been Told

Today Tyler Kepner’s New York Times story about the dearth of African-American players in the Major Leagues quietly distinguished itself from other articles in that vein, in that it didn’t cite a popular and wrong figure about the peak of black representation in baseball. » 4/11/13 8:45pm 4/11/13 8:45pm

MLB Is Trying To Dick Some Of Its Employees Out Of Their Pensions

Sure, Bud Selig and Major League Baseball may be the plucky underdogs when the league gets into a scheduling dispute with the all-mighty NFL, but that doesn't mean the MLB isn't also a vampiric organization with its own free-market-or-bust tendencies. Case in point: MLB owners are expected to vote in favor of… » 3/19/13 6:15pm 3/19/13 6:15pm

Report: Former Major Leaguer Ryan Freel Commits Suicide At Age 36…

Former utility player Ryan Freel, who broke into the majors with Toronto in 2001 and played the majority of his eight-year career with the Cincinnati Reds, committed suicide today. First Coast News in Jacksonville has the first report: » 12/22/12 10:25pm 12/22/12 10:25pm

The Official MLB Twitter Account Just Murdered The IKEA Monkey Meme

Goddammit, @MLB. Why did you have to do this? It's bad enough that you are already one of the worst Twitter accounts in sports, but why did you have to take a perfectly good internet meme, one that plenty of people were having fun with, and murder it with a bullshit tweet like this? » 12/12/12 6:15pm 12/12/12 6:15pm

No One Really Knows If The Angels-Yankees Game Will Be Played Tonight…

With a little more than two hours remaining before the scheduled first pitch, we're not sure if Game 2 of the ALCS between the Yankees and Angels will be played or not. » 10/17/09 5:40pm 10/17/09 5:40pm

Curt Schilling Puts the Moves on Cindy McCain?

Everyone knows that Curt Schilling loves John McCain. But can the Republican presidential nominee trust the Red Sox pitcher when it comes to something much more important than an election...his wife? At a recent charity event, Curt Schilling confused Cindy McCain with his wife and held hands with her. The Boston… » 9/16/08 4:00pm 9/16/08 4:00pm

Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams Ringing The NASDAQ Opening Bell Tomorrow

This is the most incongruous pairing of sports and the financial markets since Lenny Dykstra first emailed Jim Cramer. How did this happen » 8/28/08 2:00pm 8/28/08 2:00pm? What in the world has the Wild Thing been up to since his baseball career ended? He started his own . Well, of course he did. Mitch Williams—a Coen brothers character brought to…

Lawsuit Alleges Priest Molested Boy at 2005 White Sox Game

The lawsuit was filed against the Chicago Archdiocese yesterday. The alleged molester, priest Daniel McCormick, has already been the subject of a lawsuit settled on behalf of the archdiocese last week. In that case 11 priests were sued by 16 children. The alleged molestation occured in August of 2005 which was, of… » 8/21/08 1:00pm 8/21/08 1:00pm

New White Sox Danger: Shaving Cream Pies to the Face

And you thought Ozzie Guillen was all the White Sox had to fear in the locker room. Backup catcher Toby Hall is recovering after Jermaine Dye blocked his attempted pie to the face. Does anyone ever wonder where all these pies come from in baseball locker rooms? How many times have you had extra pies sitting around at… » 8/19/08 1:30pm 8/19/08 1:30pm

San Diego Padres Owner Loses Owner's Box After Wife Files For Divorce

At least for April, May, June, and July. Which given the Padres start to the season was probably a blessing in disguise » 8/08/08 11:00am 8/08/08 11:00am. Now John Moores is fighting to regain custody of the box. (Yeah, I know.) But his wife doesn't want to give up the box. (Ditto.) And the attorneys are up in arms trying to equitably distribute…

Honus Wagner Baseball Card Auctioned for $1.62 million

Anyone who collected baseball cards is familiar with the Honus Wagner story. When the 1909 baseball card set was released Wagner demanded that his card be pulled and only 100 were made. Now only ten or so of those cards are still in existence and the card is the single most sought after by baseball card collectors » 8/04/08 11:15am 8/04/08 11:15am.…

Padres Shortstop Khalil Greene Out For Season After Punching a Storage…

Yep, he broke his left hand. Anyone who has ever punched a wall, a door, or any other inanimate object that hasn't actually done anything to you, is wincing right now. Because but for the puny amount of force your punch mustered, you too could have broken a bone in your hand and looked like an incredible tool.… » 8/01/08 12:00pm 8/01/08 12:00pm

Ken Griffey, Jr. Tosses Throat Slash To Jeff Brantley

We've officially seen everything now. Griffey was evidently upset by comments Reds announcer Jeff Brantley made regarding his contract » 7/28/08 1:00pm 7/28/08 1:00pm. Why after twenty years of relative peace, Griffey is breaking out late 90's football moves to make his points is anyone's guess. I guess he could do the Icky Shuffle but afterwords…