5 reasons we might not see another 3,000-hitter in baseball for a while, if ever
The camera phones were raised high and the anticipation was buzzing through the stadium. When it finally happened, nearly 40,000 fans in Detroit cheered, got goosebumps, and even cried tears of joy that they got to be part of baseball history on Saturday.
Major League Baseball work stoppage almost certain on Dec. 2
Baseball’s ninth work stoppage and first in 26 years appears almost certain to start Dec. 2, freezing the free-agent market and threatening the start of spring training in February. Free agents can start signing with any team on the sixth day following the World Series, and this year’s group includes Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Freddie Freeman, Trevor Story, Max Scherzer, Marcus Semien, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Michael Conforto and Kevin Gausman.news.yahoo.com
Scherzer watches, Buehler struggles as Dodgers' season ends
Baseball’s biggest payroll couldn’t buy the Los Angeles Dodgers another championship. Saturday night’s 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series ended the Dodgers’ streak of seven consecutive postseason wins in elimination games. Max Scherzer watched helplessly from the dugout, unable to go in Game 6 as planned because of lingering fatigue in his powerful right arm.news.yahoo.com
Smithson Valley baseball’s season ends in UIL Class 6A State semifinals against Rockwall Heath
Making the program's first appearance in the state baseball tournament since 2005, Smithson Valley fell behind early and was unable to mount a late comeback in a loss to Rockwall Heath in the Class 6A semifinals on Friday night.
Smithson Valley baseball preparing for first UIL State Tournament appearance since 2005
After defeating Los Fresnos in a one-game, winner-take-all Regional Final on Friday, the Smithson Valley baseball hit the practice field on Monday to prepare for the program's first berth in the UIL Class 6A State tournament since 2005.
Smithson Valley baseball defeats Los Fresnos, returns to UIL State tournament
After yet another rain delay forced the final innings to be postponed until Friday afternoon, Smithson Valley baseball survived another rally to defeat Los Fresnos in their one-game Regional Final playoff at Cabaniss Field.
Smithson Valley baseball gets sendoff prior to Regional Final against Los Fresnos
The Smithson Valley baseball team was shown a lot of love by their hometown community, as they officially left on a chartered bus headed for Corpus Christi to take on Los Fresnos in a one-game Regional Final playoff on Thursday at 4 p.m.
HIGHLIGHTS: Smithson Valley baseball completes regional semifinal sweep of Eagle Pass
The Smithson Valley baseball team returned to play on Saturday and completed the two-game sweep of Eagle Pass, racking up 19 hits in a 13-6 victory and punching their tickets to the UIL Class 6A Regional Final for the first time since 2005.
HIGHLIGHTS: Smithson Valley baseball takes game 1, Navarro, Marion start Regional Semifinal series
Smithson Valley scores three runs in the top of the 6th to defeat Eagle Pass in game one of their best-of-three Class 6A Regional Semifinal, while Navarro takes on Calallen in Class 4A and Marion comes up short in a pair of close contests with London in Class 3A.
HIGHLIGHTS: O’Connor softball roars past Judson in game 1, Reagan and Navarro baseball keep seasons alive
In the fourth round of the UIL Class 6A softball playoffs, O'Connor scored 6-runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to defeat Judson in game 1, while the Reagan and Navarro baseball teams keep their seasons alive with game two victories over Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake respectively.
HIGHLIGHTS: Alamo Heights baseball, O’Connor softball advance in playoffs
In the Area Round of the high school baseball playoffs, Alamo Heights roars past Eagle Pass Winn with a 9-1 victory, while Johnson battles Round Rock looking to keep their season alive. In the high school softball playoffs, O'Connor jumps out to an early lead and survives a late rally to top Brennan and advance to the Regional Semifinals.
Roberto Clemente: More than Latin America’s baseball star
Roberto Clemente was the first Latino to be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The legacy of Roberto Clemente is still treasured today, proven nearly 50 years after his death. In fact, the Orange County School Board unanimously voted to rename the facility Roberto Clemente Middle on Sept. 21, coincidentally during Hispanic Heritage Month. Becoming baseball’s most prominent Afro-LatinoRoberto Clemente started his Major League Baseball career with the Pittsburg Pirates. The son of a sugarcane worker, Clemente began his professional baseball career just after finishing high school.
Astros’ Baker gets COVID-19 vaccine after initial reticence
Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker Jr. walks out to the infield for the national anthem before Game 7 of a baseball American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and the Tampa Bay Rays, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)HOUSTON – Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker said he had been vaccinated against COVID-19 as the team began spring training Thursday. But the 71-year-old Baker, who is Black, understands the reticence of some in his community to get the vaccine because of this country’s history with medical studies on Black people without permission. “I was very aware of the experiment and so was my mom and dad,” Baker said. Though Baker decided getting the vaccine was right for him, he won’t try to change the mind of people who are “staunchly against” getting it.
San Antonio Missions unveil 2021 schedule, first home game on May 18
SAN ANTONIO – Minor league baseball will officially return to the Alamo City in May. On Thursday afternoon, a week removed from announcing their reunion with the San Diego Padres to play Double-A baseball, the San Antonio Missions unveiled their 2021 schedule. San Antonio opens this year’s campaign with 12 straight road games, two six-game series against Corpus Christi and Midland starting on Tuesday, May 3. https://t.co/e20KFaG3sV ☀️⚾ pic.twitter.com/1UszCdNfbu — San Antonio Missions (@missionsmilb) February 18, 2021San Antonio will play exactly half of their 120 scheduled games at home. The Missions have three vital stretches of 12 straight home games starting in mid June, early July and the latter stages of August.
San Antonio Missions reunite with Padres, sign 10-year development license
SAN ANTONIO – Double-A baseball is returning to the San Antonio area courtesy of a familiar franchise. On Thursday afternoon, the San Antonio Missions announced via press release that they have signed a “professional development license (PDL) with San Diego Padres” and will operate as their Minor League Affiliate for the upcoming season. “We are excited to come to an agreement with the San Diego Padres,” Missions President Burl Yarbrough said in the press release. We look to continue that success with San Diego for many years to come. We are thrilled to have professional baseball back in San Antonio for the 2021 season.”“We’re thrilled to continue our established relationship with San Antonio,” explained Padres Senior Director of Player Development Sam Geaney.
If he were alive in 2021, baseball great Satchel Paige would have lots to celebrate
(Photo by The Stanley Weston Archive)If Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Satchel Paige were alive today (he died in 1982), 2021 would already be a great year for him. First came the news at the end of 2020 that MLB retroactively will give the Negro Leagues Major League status. During his induction speech at the Hall of Fame, he explained how he developed that rubber arm as a youngster playing minor league baseball in Canada. “We played up in Canada and if I didn’t pitch every day, they didn’t want the ball club,” Paige said during his speech, according to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. I pitched, in all, 165 ball games in a row because if I didn’t pitch, they didn’t want the club in town, let alone there.
AP source: Astros agree to $7M, 2-year deal with Castro
(AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)HOUSTON – Catcher Jason Castro has agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with the Houston Astros, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal had not been announced. Castro played for both the Angels and the Padres last season where he appeared in 27 games and hit .188 with two homers and nine RBIs. He spent the previous three seasons with the Twins where he played 208 games and hit .229. Castro had his best years with the Astros where he 617 games and was named to the All-Star game in 2013.
AP source: Springer agrees to $150M, 6-year deal with Jays
A slow free agent market saw only 21 of 181 players who became free agents following the World Series enter Tuesday with finalized agreements. Toronto has been linked to most of the top free agents this winter, but now has the one it wanted most. It's not clear where the Blue Jays will begin the 2021 season. The Blue Jays have had to overpay free agents to play in Canada before, but the Springer contract will be just the second $100 million-plus deal in team history. Vernon Wells and the Blue Jays agreed to a $126 million, seven-year contract in 2006.
Can you bat 1.000 on this quiz about the designated hitter?
Former designated hitter David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox reacts during a team workout on February 20, 2020 at jetBlue Park at Fenway South in Fort Myers, Florida. It’s likely on this day 48 years ago, there wasn’t much fanfare for a seemingly minor vote taken by owners of American League baseball teams. On Jan. 11, 1973, owners of American League clubs, by an 8-4 margin, voted to adopt the designated hitter. Last year, it was instituted in the National League for the first time, but only due to the shortened-season caused by the pandemic. Take this quiz and try to bat 1.000.
What happens to record book, now that Negro Leagues have been given Major League status?
But arguably the greatest player in the history of the Negro Leagues, Josh Gibson, hit .466 in 1943 for the Homestead Grays. Career batting average. The three players with the best career batting averages are Ty Cobb (.367), Rogers Hornsby (.358) and Joe Jackson (.356). There 24 known no-hitters from the Negro Leagues, according to author Dirk Lammers, which would raise the all-time total from 305 to 329. Numerous players who played in both the Negro Leagues from 1920-48 and the Major Leagues will have their stats padded.
Morgan’s Wonderland opens first inclusive field
SAN ANTONIO – Morgan’s Wonderland is once again ensuring that everyone can play together by teaming up with the YMCA on Sunday to open its first ever inclusive field. The field allows anyone, regardless of their physical or mental ability, to play on it. According to a statement by the park, the field is capable of hosting baseball and softball games. You can watch the full story in the video player above. Related: Morgan’s Wonderland celebrates 10th anniversary with virtual gala
Exclusive look: Showtime’s ‘Bad Hombres’ explores border politics surrounding binational baseball team in Laredo
The Tecolotes play home games both in Laredo and across the border in Nuevo Laredo. Bad Hombres explores the contentious U.S.-Mexico border relations through the lens of the world's only binational baseball team. You don’t realize how fun a baseball game can be until you go down to Mexico and check one out. One of the inescapable visuals is the cartel violence in Nuevo Laredo that threatens both the baseball team and the film crew. Laredo and Nuevo Laredo come united for one team.
Baseball legend Joe Morgan’s legacy includes remarkable season in San Antonio
Joe Morgan was an invaluable member of the “Big Red Machine,” one of the most dominant lineups in Major League Baseball history. His legacy on the game of baseball is enormous, but before he made his mark on the biggest stage, Morgan had a brief, yet memorable, stint in San Antonio. The organization currently known as the Missions had rebranded themselves as the San Antonio Bullets in 1963, a decision that was made in tandem with their new association to the parent team’s gun-themed name. In 1964, Joe had one of the best seasons in San Antonio baseball history while leading the San Antonio Bullets to a Texas League Pennant. pic.twitter.com/eMCyTWum1J — San Antonio Missions (@missionsmilb) October 12, 2020With the Bullets, Morgan tore up the Texas League.
Pittman-Sullivan Park has rich baseball history that hosted community teams
SAN ANTONIO – Before blacks were welcomed in Major League Baseball, many talented athletes resorted to playing in the Negro Leagues, and on neighborhood teams. “I feel we really got started because we couldn’t go play in other leagues,” said former minor/major league baseball player Odie Davis III. And they were teaching us sportsmanship, and responsibility,” said former Denver Heights Bears baseball player, James Napper. Odie Davis III got the chance to play in the major leagues for the Texas Rangers and the Cleveland Indians. RELATED: South Texas Negro League baseball featured local talent who created legacy on East Side
South Texas Negro League baseball featured local talent who created legacy on East Side
SAN ANTONIO – This year marks the 100-year anniversary of the start of National League Baseball, which began in 1920. In 1949, nearly two decades after that sports milestone, the South Texas Negro League was created and much of the talent played on teams in San Antonio at Pittman-Sullivan Park. It’s the exact field where Swain played the position of third baseman for the South Texas Negro League team, known as the San Antonio Yankees, starting back in 1964. The San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum has a digital exhibit on Negro League Baseball Happening right now. KSAT-TV EXTRA: St. Mary’s University student details career of Negro League baseball player from Texas who went on to have great success with the Kansas City Monarchs and other teams.
Field of dreams: Volunteers keep baseball going in this community after COVID-19 cancels league play
Photo by Keith Dunlap (GMG)Instead of a league with organized games, ORBA decided to send an invite to community members to play pickup baseball games throughout the summer. Its sandlot baseball in its truest form. Photo by Keith Dunlap (GMG)For example, 7- and 8-year-olds play Mondays, while younger kids who participate in T-ball come Tuesdays. The parents come and separate themselves and its been a good time.The organization obviously hopes next summer will mean a full return to normalcy. Weve had so many parents happy that their kids have had some sense of normalcy during all this craziness, Bachner said.
Skiing in Colorado to resume amid coronavirus pandemic
The ski resort will open for limited spring skiing and riding on Wednesday, May 27, 2020. At least one resort high in the Colorado Rockies is planning to reopen after a more than two-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus. Jared Polis is expected to make an announcement involving all Colorado ski resorts Monday. Still, some are choosing not to allow late spring skiing. Kate Brown signed an executive order allowing skiing and snowboarding to resume across the state.
Baseball expands its use of instant replay in upcoming season
Baseball expands its use of instant replay in upcoming season Opening day for Major League Baseball is almost here and this season, new rules involving instant replay go into effect. Don Dahler reports on how the change will effect the game.cbsnews.com