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January

24
MLB Players Association to make counteroffer to league in Monday meeting

The Major League Baseball Players Association plans to make an in-person labor proposal to the league on Monday, sources told ESPN, countering MLB’s offer last week that did little to loosen the gridlock that has gripped the sport after the league locked out the players Dec. 2. Should the players’ offer do little to advance the negotiations that thus far haven’t yielded any substantive progress, the scheduled start to spring training in mid-February will grow that much unlikelier. And the longer discussions on a new collective-bargaining agreement last, the more they jeopardize Opening Day on March 31. The gap between […]

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January

14
Teen baseball prospect Elian Soto verbally agrees to join Washington Nationals

Elian Soto, Juan Soto’s younger sibling, has verbally agreed to join his brother’s Washington Nationals just days after declaring his intentions to sign with the New York Mets. Elian Soto, a 16-year-old outfielder and third baseman, wouldn’t be eligible to formally sign until next year’s international free agent class in January 2023. The younger Soto posted an Instagram video of him working out in full Mets gear on Dec. 31 and had reportedly been given a $50,000 bonus but has since changed course. Soto’s decision was first reported by Washington City Paper. The Nationals’ offer is believed to be bigger. The discrepancy in money […]

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January

13
Jon Lester announces retirement after 16 seasons, three World Series titles

Three-time World Series champion and 200-game winner Jon Lester is retiring after a 16-year career. Lester, 38, told ESPN that his body just isn’t up for the rigors of a major league season anymore. He made 30 or more starts 12 times during his career and 28 during his final season split between the Washington Nationals and St. Louis Cardinals. His résumé contains five All-Star appearances and a 2.51 postseason ERA. “It’s kind of run its course,” Lester said. “It’s getting harder for me physically. The little things that come up throughout the year turned into bigger things that hinder your performance. “I’d like to […]

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January

07
Eric Chavez opts to be New York Mets hitting coach just weeks after being hired by Yankees

The New York Mets have agreed to hire Eric Chavez as their hitting coach, just weeks after he joined the crosstown New York Yankees as an assistant hitting coach, sources confirmed to ESPN on Thursday. Neither team has spoken openly on the matter, but the transition, while uncommon, was said to have been executed in good faith. Chavez, who was revealed as part of Aaron Boone’s staff with the Yankees on Dec. 21, now will help make up the burgeoning staff of longtime manager Buck Showalter and join Mets general manager Billy Eppler for the third time. Looking for the best online betting site […]

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December

31
New York Yankees unsure of injury progress due to MLB lockout

Major League Baseball’s lockout has left the Yankees unaware of how DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks, Jameson Taillon and Darren O’Day are progressing following surgery. Hicks, rehabbing from a May 26 operation to repair a torn tendon sheath in his left wrist, hit .265 (13-for-49) in 12 matches with Leones del Escogido of the Dominican Winter League in late November and early December. He had one homer, nine RBIs, four walks, 10 strikeouts and two steals. LeMahieu had sports hernia surgery on Oct. 12, Taillon right ankle tendon surgery on Oct. 28 and O’Day had left hamstring surgery on July 21, the same day outfielder Tim Locastro had surgery […]

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December

30
Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager retires after 11 seasons

Kyle Seager announced his retirement Wednesday after 11 seasons in the majors, all with the Mariners. Always one to eschew social media, Seager made his decision known through a short statement posted by his wife, Julie, on her Twitter account. “Thank you to all of my family, friends and fans for following me throughout my career. It’s been a wonderful ride but I am unbelievably excited for the next chapter of my life,” the statement says. The 34-year-old Seager became a free agent after the season when Seattle opted not to exercise a club option on his contract. Rather than test the open […]

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December

29
Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani wins AP Male Athlete of Year Award

Most of the time in professional sports, it’s easy to think it’s all been done before. With so many fine-tuned athletes constantly pushing each other to the peak of human potential, we can experience unprecedented demonstrations of sporting brilliance every week of our lives. But it’s truly rare to witness anything that isn’t fundamentally just a better, more prolific version of something we’ve already seen. That’s why Shohei Ohtani’s astonishing redefinition of modern baseball captured the world’s attention so vividly in 2021 — and that’s why the Los Angeles Angels’ two-way superstar is the winner of The Associated Press’ Male Athlete of […]

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December

24
Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to 1-year, $17M deal before lockout

Slugger Cody Bellinger and the Los Angeles Dodgers agreed on a one-year, $17 million contract to avoid arbitration before the Dec. 1 lockout that has shut down Major League Baseball and frozen transactions, sources familiar with the agreement told ESPN. The deal was not revealed after the lockout, as teams are not referencing players by name during the work stoppage that has lasted more than three weeks and will stretch into the new year. Bellinger, 26, is coming off the worst season of his career, hitting .165/.240/.302 with 10 home runs in 95 matches. His postseason performance, however, rekindled memories of his 2019 season, […]

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December

21
Oakland Athletics announce promotion of Mark Kotsay, 46, from third-base coach to manager

The Oakland Athletics announced, on Tuesday, the hiring of Mark Kotsay as their next manager. Kotsay, 46, was Oakland’s third-base coach last season and is a former bench coach with the Athletics. He now takes over for Bob Melvin, who left to manage the San Diego Padres. Kotsay is a former major league outfielder who played for seven clubs, including the Athletics. He finished his career with 127 home runs, 720 RBIs and a .276 batting average. The Athletics, who have long been an American League contender with a small payroll, continue to compete for postseason appearances. Oakland was deep in the mix […]

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December

20
New York Mets hire Buck Showalter as new manager

The New York Mets have hired Buck Showalter as their new manager, team owner Steven Cohen revealed Saturday on Twitter. Showalter received a three-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the length of the agreement had not been announced. Showalter, 65, takes over for Luis Rojas, who was fired after a season in which the team held on to first place for 103 days but ultimately concluded 77-85 and missed the playoffs. Houston Astros bench coach Joe Espada and Tampa Bay Rays bench coach Matt Quatraro also were candidates for the […]

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