MLB hopes to spur interest in Australia during series

Mar 14, 2014

MLB hopes to spur interest in Australia during series

Former Boston Red Sox coach Jon Deeble, who’s been around Australian baseball for more than 30 years, figures next weekend’s season-opening, two-game series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney will have a “massive impact” on the sport Down Under. Certainly ...

Feb 1, 2014

Yanks ask for help with Tanaka's visa

The New York Yankees have called on New York Sen. Chuck Schumer to speed up Masahiro Tanaka’s visa application, so he will be on time for spring training, the New York Daily News reported in its online edition Friday. Pitchers and catchers are to ...

Jan 29, 2014

Buffaloes acquire MLB veteran Betancourt

The Orix Buffaloes have acquired infielder Yuniesky Betancourt on a one-year deal worth ¥100 million, the Pacific League club announced Wednesday. The right-handed hitting 31-year-old is a native of Cuba who began playing in the big leagues in 2005 with the Seattle Mariners and ...

MLB gives approval to protective cap for pitchers

Jan 29, 2014

MLB gives approval to protective cap for pitchers

Big league pitchers might feel safer on the mound this season. Major League Baseball has approved a protective cap for pitchers, hoping to reduce the damage from line drives to the head that have brought some terrifying and bloody scenes in the last few ...

Jan 21, 2014

Tanaka keeps quiet about contract negotiations

With the deadline for him to sign a deal with a major league club looming, Masahiro Tanaka worked out in the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles’ indoor practice facility on Tuesday and said nothing about his potential destination. The pitcher, who has been practicing with ...

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

Dec 25, 2013

Tanaka given chance to pursue dream in majors

by Jason Coskrey

Major League Baseball fans and executives finally found what they were looking for under the Christmas tree. The news that Masahiro Tanaka is headed west. Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana met with the ace pitcher Wednesday morning and the team agreed to ...

MLB, NPB reach basic agreement on posting system

Dec 5, 2013

MLB, NPB reach basic agreement on posting system

Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball have reached a basic agreement on a new posting system, sources said Thursday. It is thought that an agreement has been reached after MLB requested a posting fee cap of $20 million. The move will be formalized ...

Cabrera, McCutchen named league MVPs

Nov 15, 2013

Cabrera, McCutchen named league MVPs

Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen and Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera both coasted Thursday to Most Valuable Player awards. McCutchen won the National League honor by a surprisingly wide margin after leading a baseball revival in Pittsburgh. He drew 28 of the 30 ...

Nov 15, 2013

MLB pulls posting offer

Major League Baseball is withdrawing its proposal for a new bidding system with Japan, making it uncertain whether prized pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be on the market this offseason. MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred said Japanese officials had not acted quickly enough on ...