Minor league baseball

December 21, 2019 - 6:22 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Computer plate umpires could be called up to the major leagues at some point during the next five seasons. Umpires agreed to cooperate with Major League Baseball in the development and testing of an automated ball-strike system as part of a five-year labor contract announced...
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FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2017, file photo, Sports agent Scott Boras answers questions during a news conference at the annual MLB baseball general managers' meetings in Orlando, Fla. Nearly 30 years after negotiating his first contract, Boras worked out $814 million in deals for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon in a three-day span, part of what is expected to be a $1.2 billion offseason for baseball's most visible agent. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
December 18, 2019 - 7:36 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Boras showed up at the winter meetings with his own press conference backdrop. How appropriate, given his banner offseason. Beloved by his high-profile clients, courted by powerful owners and a polarizing figure for fans, baseball's most famous agent negotiated $814 million of...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hits a baseball after a meeting with minor league baseball players and officials at FunCity Turf, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, in Burlington, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
December 15, 2019 - 1:41 pm
BURLINGTON, Iowa (AP) — Take Bernie out to the ball game? Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator and Democratic presidential candidate, is aggressively opposing a Major League Baseball plan to cut 42 minor league teams across the country after 2020. Among the targeted are the Vermont Lake Monsters,...
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December 12, 2019 - 1:54 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline. Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes...
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People pass a display during the Major League Baseball winter meetings Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
December 12, 2019 - 1:48 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major league teams are getting an extra roster spot in 2020, and clubs went fishing for options at the Rule 5 draft Thursday. The Detroit Tigers selected right-hander Rony Garcia from the New York Yankees with the first pick at the winter meetings draft of unprotected minor...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2019, file photo, Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole talks to the media at Yankee Stadium in New York, on an off day during the American League Championship Series between the Astros and the New York Yankees. The New York Yankees landed the biggest prize of the free agent market, adding Gerrit Cole to their rotation with a record $324 million, nine-year contract on Tuesday night, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)
December 11, 2019 - 9:01 pm
San Diego (AP) — Meeting with Gerrit Cole and the pitcher's wife for the first time last week at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, Brian Cashman tossed out a literary reference that prompted laughter. "You're my white whale," the New York Yankees general manager told him. "He was someone...
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New York Yankees minor league hitting coach Rachel Balkovec speaks to reporters during the Major League Baseball winter meetings Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in San Diego. Balkovec is believed to be the first woman hired as a full-time hitting coach by a major league organization. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
December 11, 2019 - 5:12 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rachel Balkovec wants to be a hit with the New York Yankees — and the way to do that is to help their minor leaguers get more hits. She was hired in November and starts work next month as a minor league hitting coach, believed to the first woman hitting coach employed by a big...
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People pass a display during the Major League Baseball winter meetings Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
December 11, 2019 - 2:57 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jack Wang came all the way from Taiwan, well aware of the hurdles and long odds to pursuing a career in baseball. All this talk of minor league contraction isn’t shaking him off his dream. “It’s just not in my mind,” he said. Wang is among over 400 young professionals submitting...
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FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Tommy Pham (29) watches his two-run home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac during the third inning of a baseball game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The San Diego Padres have acquired Pham and infielder-pitcher Jake Cronenworth from the Rays for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, minor league infielder Xavier Edwards and a player to be named. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
December 07, 2019 - 1:45 am
SAN DIEGO (AP) — General manager A.J. Preller continued to remake the San Diego Padres' outfield, and added an intriguing two-way player as well. Preller acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder-pitcher Jake Cronenworth from the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, minor...
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December 04, 2019 - 5:22 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels have acquired right-hander Dylan Bundy from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade for four minor league pitchers, The 27-year-old Bundy has been a solid starter with a nasty slider for the past four seasons with the Orioles, who chose him with the fourth...
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