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Former Dodgers pitcher, MVP and Cy Young winner Don Newcombe dies at 92

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe, who won the Cy Young Award and NL MVP during his heyday with the team, died on Tuesday of an undisclosed illness, the team announced in a statement. He was 92.  Newcombe played 10 seasons in the major leagues — eight with the Dodgers. But it all came before the team moved […]

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Red Sox owner: ‘Spending more money helps’

FORT MYERS, Fla. — In apparent contradiction to his own commissioner, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry said Monday that, while there is not a perfect correlation between a bigger payroll and winning, “spending more money helps.” His Red Sox had the highest payroll in the sport in 2018 and won their fourth World Series […]

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MLBPA fires back at commissioner Rob Manfred’s payroll comments

On Monday, the players union — in the context of another particularly slow-moving free-agent offseason — fired back with a statement by MLBPA executive director Tony Clark, who wrote, in part: “Commissioner Manfred’s latest comments and his attempts to shift blame and distract from the main issues are unconstructive and misleading at best. Players’ eyes […]

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Nationals (sort of) move on from Bryce Harper: ‘Everyone can feel him’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On a blazing Presidents Day morning, the Washington Nationals encountered a moment they knew was possible for the better part of a decade – moving on from Bryce Harper. Kind of. “I think everyone can feel him,” says outfielder Adam Eaton before the Nationals’ first full-squad workout Monday. “He’s been a staple […]

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Yankees most improved team in AL, poll says

The Yankees may or may not still be pursuing star free agents Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, but whatever happens, they’re already the most improved team in the American League. That’s the overwhelming consensus of The Athletic’s poll of more than two-dozen MLB managers, coaches, scouts and executives. And it’s not even close as far as the runnerup […]

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Scherzer: Win-loss cycle makes bandwagon fans

WEST PALM BEACH, Florida — Mad Max is angry about the current state of free agency. “When there’s too many teams that are not trying to win, that poisons the game, poisons the fan experience, and it creates bandwagon fans,” Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer said on Thursday morning before his team’s first spring training […]

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Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t want universal DH despite injury

This might come as a surprise to Yankees fans but Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t want the designated hitter spot to be universal. “When you look at it I grew up where baseball was played by nine guys, meaning basically the pitcher would hit also, and I really enjoyed that baseball,” Tanaka told reporters through a translator […]