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MLB: Athletics hire former manager Brad Ausmus as bench coach

The Oakland Athletics hired former manager Brad Ausmus to be their bench coach this season. Ausmus has five years of big-league managing experience, which should be an aid to first-year Oakland skipper Mark Kotsay. Ausmus, 52, compiled a 386-422 record with the Detroit Tigers (2014-17) and Los Angeles Angels (2019). He guided the Tigers to […]

  • MLB: Melky Cabrera announces retirement after 15 seasons

    Veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera announced Friday that he is retiring after 15 major-league seasons. Cabrera, who made his declaration on Instagram, played in major-league games from 2005-19. He signed a minor-league contract with the New York Mets in 2020, however he didn’t play for the major-league club. The 37-year-old Cabrera finishes 38 hits shy of […]

  • MLB: Report: Rays bullpen catcher died by suicide

    Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez, whose body was found Monday near Fort Worth, Texas, died by suicide according to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office, the Tampa Bay Times reported Thursday. No cause of death was originally given for the 28-year-old Puerto Rico native, who played college baseball at Arkansas and Illinois State […]

  • MLB: Report: On-time Spring Training start in jeopardy

    The chances of Spring Training starting on time took a hit after the first day of talks in more than a month ended with a thud on Thursday, ESPN reported. MLB and the MLBPA met for the first time since negotiations toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement broke off Dec. 1 with results less than […]

  • MLB: Groundbreaking Rachel Balkovec once disguised gender on resumes

    Rachel Balkovec used to change her first name on resumes to disguise her gender and hope a baseball organization would hire her as a strength and conditioning coach. Now she is a modern-day pioneer as the first woman to be hired as manager of a Major League Baseball-affiliated team. The 34-year-old Balkovec was introduced Wednesday […]

  • MLB: Orioles reconfigure Camden Yards to reduce homers

    The Baltimore Orioles are moving the fence back 30 feet in left field at Camden Yards to help reduce home runs. The height of the wall will also be raised another 5 feet. “While Oriole Park will remain a hitter’s ballpark, it will no longer be an outlier among the parks,” read an email sent […]

  • MLB: Twins to retire Jim Kaat’s No. 36 in July

    The Minnesota Twins will retire former pitcher Jim Kaat’s No. 36 during a pregame ceremony on July 16. Kaat was elected to the Hall of Fame last month by the Golden Days Era committee and will be inducted into Cooperstown on July 24. Kaat will be the ninth Twins player or manager to have his […]

  • MLB: Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez dies at 28

    Tampa Bay Rays bullpen catcher Jean Ramirez died Tuesday at age 28. No cause of death was given for the Puerto Rico native, who played college baseball at Arkansas and Illinois State and spent three seasons (2016-18) in the Rays’ minor league system. “Jean was an incredible teammate and friend,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said. […]

  • MLB: Ex-Red Sox, Cubs ace Jon Lester to retire

    Jon Lester announced his retirement Wednesday, ending a 16-year career with three World Series rings and 200 wins primarily with the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs. Lester, 38, started at least 30 games in 12 of those seasons and was a five-time All-Star. Lester made 28 starts last season, where he began with the […]

  • MLB: Mets to retire Keith Hernandez’s No. 17 in July

    The New York Mets announced Tuesday that they will retire the No. 17 jersey worn by first baseman great Keith Hernandez this summer. The ceremony will take place ahead of the Mets’ game against the Miami Marlins on July 9. “I’m thrilled,” said Hernandez. “This is truly a special honor that lasts beyond a lifetime. […]

  • MLB: Report: MLB, union to renew talks Thursday

    Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reportedly will conduct their first bargaining session of the new year on Thursday. ESPN reported Tuesday that MLB will make a “core-economics proposal” at the session, the first sit-down since the league locked out the players on Dec. 2. This is the first baseball work stoppage since […]

  • MLB: Yankees hire Rachel Balkovec as first female minor-league skipper

    The New York Yankees hired Rachel Balkovec to manage the Single-A Tampa Tarpons next season, making her the first woman to manage a minor-league affiliate, according to a report from The Athletic on Sunday night. Balkovec, 34, is no stranger to making history. She started her career with the St. Louis Cardinals as a minor-league […]

  • MLB: Ex-Mets acting GM Zack Scott acquitted of DWI charges

    Former New York Mets acting general manager Zack Scott was acquitted of drunken-driving charges Thursday in White Plains (N.Y.) City Court. The charges stemmed from his arrest in the early morning on Aug. 31 after police said they found him asleep at the wheel of his vehicle at a traffic light. Scott had just attended […]

  • MLB: Ex-MLB reliever Jim Corsi dies at 60

    Former major league reliever Jim Corsi died Tuesday after battling liver and colon cancer. He was 60. Corsi revealed his cancer diagnosis on WBZ-TV in his native Boston in a pre-taped interview that aired Monday. He said he knew he didn’t have much longer to live. “I’m at peace. I know if I die, I’m […]

  • MLB: Ex-pitcher Jim Corsi announces terminal cancer diagnosis

    Former Major League pitcher Jim Corsi announced Monday he has advanced liver and colon cancer and doesn’t have long to live. In an interview with WBZ-TV in Boston, the veteran of 10 seasons said he has Stage 4 liver cancer and colon cancer. Corsi is 60 years old. “I’m at peace. I know if I […]

  • MLB: 3B Kyle Seager retires after 11 seasons with Mariners

    Free agent third baseman Kyle Seager announced his retirement Wednesday after 11 seasons with the Seattle Mariners. Seager, who turned 34 in November, set career highs with 35 home runs and 101 RBIs during the Mariners’ 90-win season in 2021. “Today I’m announcing my retirement from Major League Baseball. Thank you to all of my […]

  • MLB: Report: Dodgers reached pre-lockout deal with Cody Bellinger

    The Los Angeles Dodgers and former MVP Cody Bellinger agreed to a one-year, $17 million deal before the lockout, ESPN reported Thursday. ESPN said the two sides reached the deal to avoid arbitration, but it wasn’t announced before the Dec. 1 work stoppage and wasn’t afterward because teams are not referencing players by name. Bellinger, […]

  • MLB: Athletics hand managerial reins to Mark Kotsay

    The Oakland Athletics officially named Mark Kotsay manager on Tuesday. Kotsay, 46, received a three-year contract with a club option for the 2025 season. He moves from the third base coaching box to the manager’s office in Oakland, having worked on departed skipper Bob Melvin’s coaching staff since 2016. This is Kotsay’s first managerial position. […]

  • MLB: Tigers first base coach Kimera Bartee dies at 49

    Detroit Tigers first base coach Kimera Bartee, a former major leaguer, died suddenly at age 49, the team announced Tuesday. The team said he passed away Monday. No cause of death was given. Bartee played four seasons in Detroit (1996-99), followed by brief stints with the Cincinnati Reds in 2000 and the Colorado Rockies in […]

  • MLB: Reports: A’s hire Mark Kotsay as manager

    Mark Kotsay will move from the third base coaching box to the manager’s office for the Oakland A’s, multiple media outlets reported Monday. Kotsay, 46, will be a first-time manager after spending seven years as a major league coach, the past six on the staff of Oakland manager Bob Melvin. Last month, Melvin left the […]

  • MLB: Report: MLB, MLBPA unlikely to discuss key issues before 2022

    There apparently will be no Christmas miracle for baseball fans hoping for a quick resolution to the game’s latest labor strife. On Wednesday night, The Athletic reported that Major League Baseball players and owners are not expected to discuss core economic issues until January. Both MLB and the MLB Players Association are scheduled to meet […]

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