The New York Yankees third baseman, Alex Rodriguez gets the sternest punishment as a consequence of a drug investigation, which was led by Major League Baseball. He has been suspended for the entire session of 2014. The initial ban was supposed to last for 211 games, initially imposed by the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig.
While many of us were celebrating the new year on new year's day, former American League Cy Young candidate Mark Mulder was celebrating something else, as he signed a contract to play for the Los Angeles Angels, according to ESPN.
When San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean called his own team a group of "cockroaches", he meant it as a term of affection, oddly enough. "I could put nine of you in a microwave, turn it up for 20 minutes," he said, as reported by MLB.com "and eight of you are walking out." Sabean meant his team had great resiliency — at least, that's what we hope he meant — but bugs and baseball have a more tenuous relationship than the metaphor implies. How have insects affected MLB games in the past?
America's national pastime has wrapped up, as the 2013 season featured the Boston Red Sox taking home the World Series crown against the St. Louis Cardinals. Two million persons celebrated the Boston victory parade in grand style, SB Nation reported. Pitchers and catchers report come February, and you can start planning your own version of a championship celebration for the next time the stars align and your favorite team wins it all. Where should you be when it happens?"
Major League baseball players have the life. They spend February and March enjoying sunny Arizona or Florida, get paid big bucks to play a game for the next six months (seven, if it's a good season) and then do whatever they want the other three to four months of the year. Well, maybe not "whatever" they want. As salaries increased, restrictions in MLB player contracts have, too.
With baseball season coming to a close, October is a gloomy month. But there's something new to look forward to besides spring training. A team of developers wants to reinvent the ballpark experience with an app called Blue. It's always better to see the game in person than at home on TV, but there's still some give-and-take. Live games don't offer some of the commentary and stat-keeping television does and Blue wants to change that using Google Glass.
Why 2013 has been Terry Francona's second best managerial job, and will finally culminate with him being awarded Manager of the Year. Like others, Terry Francona has had a number of ups and downs during his thirteen years as a professional manager. From the highest of highs in 2004 and 2007 as a World Series Champion to the lowest of lows when he was fired from the Philadelphia Phillies (not recording any winning seasons) and the debacle of the 2011 Red Sox who "chocked" a 9 game September lead as Boston missed the playoffs, leading to the departure of Francona in Boston.
Major League Baseball teams are the toughest franchises to run of any sport. General Managers must deal deftly with the regular draft, the Rule 5 draft, international free agency, unrestricted international free agency, regular free agency, trades, minor claims – you name it there are a million ways to improve or destroy a baseball club. So, who ranks as the top ten General Managers in baseball?
Since the start of the 2010 offseason, we have seen general managers make moves that have turned franchises around for the better or worse. When assessing the decisions general managers have made over the past three seasons, I wanted to examine four different qualities.
To the insult, affront, and dismay of every real fan of America's pastime, 22% of polled Americans selected Alex Rodriguez as the face of baseball in a recent survey. Apparently, those most likely to choose A-Roid were casual fans of baseball who live more than 20 miles from a ballpark – in other words, football fans who mistakenly answered a survey about baseball. But still.
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