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    QUEENS, New York City (WABC) -- A group of New York City high school baseball teams were dealing with a home field disadvantage, unable to play games on their home field for over two years.The problem was that the city hadn't ordered the right sized pitching mounds, and even efforts to fix the problem were slated to take months.7 On Your Side's Nina Pineda took the fight all the way to City Hall, until she got a big W."It's our home field, and we can't even play on it," Queens Metropolitan High School varsity third-baseman Nicholas Wayte said. "It's kind of disgrace."More 7 On Your Side | 7 On Your Side tips to earn cash amid soaring inflationEMBED More News Videos Consumer prices are up nearly 8% year to year, costing average families hundreds. But how can you put all that lost green back in your pocket? His mom called 7 On Your Side back in March, frustrated with the city. Now, there's a brand new pitching mound finally delivered after a two-year wait."I think it horrible," mom Michele Wayte...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball intends to play regular-season games in London in 2023, 2024 and 2026. The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox split two games at London’s Olympic Stadium in June 2019. The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs were scheduled to play there on June 13-14, 2020, but those games were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Cardinals and Cubs are the leading candidates to play in London next year. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced the formation of the MLB London Legacy Group on Monday that will include members from the Greater London Authority and Baseball Softball UK. MLB plans to hold a Home Run Derby at London’s Crystal Palace Park on July 9 this year. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Multiple rounds of gunshots fired in a parking lot near a baseball field in South Carolina interrupted a minor league game Monday, throwing kids and parents into chaos as they scrambled for cover. Witnesses at Pepperhill Park in North Charleston said they heard gunfire around 8:45 p.m. on Monday. Video recorded by Blake Ferguson, whose eight-year-old son was on the pitching mound when the bullets were heard, captured the sound of 'between 50 to 75 shots.' Police said two groups of teens were fighting in a parking lot nearby before they started shooting at each other.  The shooters fled. The North Charleston Police Department said in a statement it will continue to investigate the shooting and that it 'had nothing to do with the park, athletes, parents or coaches. Thankfully no injuries were reported.' In the footage, a batter is getting ready to swing when the first round of loud pops are heard from afar. Children can be seen looking behind home plate, confused by the noise. The video shows a brief pause, before another sequence of gunfire.  That's when...
    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Brody Brecht’s schedule is so full, sometimes he make notes as a reminder of him where he needs to be and when. The Iowa freshman is working double-duty this spring. He’s a pitcher on the baseball team and a wide receiver on the football team. With baseball in season and football going through spring practice, it’s all about time management. “You kind of have to prioritize,” Brecht said. “And you also have to make time for academics, because those are important, too. It’s about getting done what you need to get done.” Brecht is among at least a half-dozen Division I athletes who are playing baseball and participating in spring football simultaneously this year, according to conference and school sports information directors who responded to an Associated Press survey. The others known to be doing both are Kansas outfielder-running back Devin Neal and first baseman-tight end Trevor Kardell, Michigan outfielder-linebacker Joey Velasquez, Georgia outfielder-receiver Randon Jernigan, Citadel outfielder-defensive back Dominick Poole and St. Thomas (Minnesota) pitcher-punter Kolby Gartner. At least another dozen athletes play baseball...
    We all know the voices that populate baseball’s airwaves during games. They are distinct and they are hilarious. Any given week of the season, we don’t just get the play by play and commentary of the action on the field. We get the stories from their personal lives. We get the jokes they make about each other. We get the calls they absolutely do not get right. And all in the span of those nine innings, we remember those voices belong to real people, as imperfect as anyone else, and all with their own little quirks. So every week this season, we’ll be compiling some of our favorite hilarious, botched, and/or outlandish calls and moments over baseball’s broadcasts. HOME RUN— OK THIS TIME IT IS! UHM, WHY ?!?! “OH MY GOSH, IT GETS ESCOBAR” WHAT IS IT? Bonus pun: ()
    HAVANA (AP) — Cuban state sports officials on Tuesday denounced a plan by baseball players who left the island to play in the Major Leagues to field their own team in the next World Baseball Classic. The president of the Cuban Baseball Federation, Juan Reynaldo Pérez, called a news conference and accused the group of trying to usurp Cuba’s representation in the international competition. A group called the Association of Cuban Professional Baseball Players announced last month that they hoped to form a team to compete in the Classic, which is scheduled for 2023. The group involves former Major Leaguer Orlando “El Duque” Hernández and has the support of active players such as pitcher Aroldis Chapman of the New York Yankees and Yulieski Gurriel, Aledmys Díaz and Yordan Álvarez of the Houston Astros. However, Major League Baseball, responding to a question from The Assocated Press, said the group would have to win approval from the World Baseball Softball Confederation in order to participate — and Cuba’s official baseball federation is a member of that group. Baseball is the most popular...
    Share this: Earlier this month, Jesse Tyler Ferguson got a private tour of hallowed ground — Yankee Stadium. He and the cast of the Broadway revival of the baseball-themed “Take Me Out” got to walk on the grass and soak in the silent stands. “I wasn’t expecting to be as moved as I was,” says the “Modern Family” and Broadway star. “It was meaningful in ways that I didn’t expect it to be.” Life was imitating art since the last scene of Richard Greenberg’s Tony Award-winning play is a private moment in an empty Yankee Stadium. “I feel like I’m having some of these parallel moments,” Ferguson says.
    DENVER (AP) — Freddie Freeman’s biggest play at first base in the season opener may have been a supportive hug. The new Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman knew all too well the feelings Colorado’s José Iglesias was experiencing. After reaching on a run-scoring single Friday, Iglesias pointed to the sky as he was overcome by emotion. Iglesias told a concerned Freeman how he had just recently lost his dad, who had seen pretty much every big league hit — until this one. An instant bond. Freeman lost his mom to skin cancer when he was 10. “I just tried to be there for him, console him and just know that it’s more than a game,” Freeman said Saturday as he sat in the clubhouse. “You never know what any of us are going through in life. If he didn’t tell me, I would never have known that he had lost his father a couple of weeks ago. So I think it just kind of reminds you to just have some compassion and some humility and just be...
    Baseball is always shattering records. One, though, can never be broken. Jackie Robinson will forever be the first Black man to play in Major League Baseball. Robinson’s astounding prowess on the diamond was matched by his ability to keep his cool despite the hideous racism he faced. “True: The Four Seasons of Jackie Robinson,” by Kostya Kennedy, chronicles Robinson’s life on and off the field. This publishes Tuesday, just before Friday’s 75th anniversary of Robinson starting for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. So much has been written about Robinson and those heady yet fraught days when he broke the entrenched racial barrier that a new angle was needed. It concentrates on four years for Robinson: 1946, playing in the minors for the Montreal Royals; 1949, winning MVP for the Brooklyn Dodgers; 1956, his final season and 1972, when he died at 53. The deeply researched volume stresses what baseball fans noticed instantly — his stance. How he held the bat and his pigeon-toed gait would be copied by kids playing in streets and on fields around the country....
    Joe Davis is no stranger to succeeding legendary baseball voices. In 2017, he took over from Hall of Fame announcer Vin Scully on Los Angeles Dodgers telecasts. He’s since emerged as one of the top broadcasters in the game. Davis will be tasked with succeeding another major name. On Friday, Davis was named Fox Sports’ lead baseball play-by-play announcer. Davis takes over for Joe Buck, who left Fox for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” Buck was Fox’s lead baseball announcer since the network started televising games in 1996, calling 24 World Series and 22 All-Star Games. When it comes to his new position with Fox, Davis said he would take the same approach he did with the Dodgers — he is following Buck, rather than replacing him. “I’m going to try to be myself,” Davis said. “I think Joe’s the greatest of this generation. He is the guy that I grew up listening to. I think back to watching the World Series when Fox got it in 1996, I was eight or nine years old at that point, and already I...
    Bay Area News Group Top 20 (Mercury News & East Bay Times) No. 1 PALO ALTO (14-1) Previous ranking: 5 What’s happened since the last ranking: After six consecutive one-sided victories, the Vikings finally had a tight one Saturday. But they scored five in the sixth to erase a one-run deficit and beat Serra 7-5 to extend their win streak to 12. Zach Hayward had three RBIs to lead the way. Up next: Saturday at Burlingame, noon No. 2 ST. FRANCIS (13-2) Previous ranking: 6 What’s happened since the last ranking: Stretched their winning streak to eight with a 4-2 victory over Serra in 10 innings on Tuesday. St. Francis also beat Mitty 15-6 on Friday. The Lancers are 8-0 in the West Catholic Athletic League play. Up next: Friday vs. Sacred Heart Cathedral, 4 p.m. No. 3 CLAYTON VALLEY CHARTER (10-2) Previous ranking: 3 What’s happened since the last ranking: The Ugly Eagles bounced back from a loss to College Park, winning the rematch 5-2 to earn a series split. Opened this week with a 10-3 victory over Monte...
    Yes, for those who remember 20-odd years ago, the locker room shower scenes and full-frontal, naked wet, male bodies are still present in the excellent revival of Take Me Out (to June 29, Hayes Theater)—one scene of lightly cascading water and slickly glistening bodies seems benign, the other one very far from benign. Both scenes, indeed the whole play, put masculinity and its dark genies center stage—and, just in case you’re tempted, cell phones are locked away upon entry to the theater to prevent the taking of pictures. It would be wrong to say that Take Me Out is timely, but rather that the strange boomerang pace of LGBTQ equality and cultural evolution means that the play, which won a Best Play Tony award, is still relevant. Right now, blatant homophobia and transphobia is rampant thanks to the likes of Republican politicians like Ron DeSantis, Greg Abbott, Ken Paxton, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and many others propagating anti-LGBTQ hate online. Last year, almost 20 years after Take Me Out was first performed, Bryan Ruby made history as the...
    PONTE VEDRA, Florida — Americans are sick of the politicization of sports, Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX), a former baseball star, told Breitbart News during an exclusive interview at the 2022 U.S. House Republican Issues Conference. Willams, a former college baseball star who was drafted into the MLB and now serves as the manager of the Republican baseball team, offered his perspective on “wokeness” infiltrating America’s long-beloved pastimes. “Sports is a big thing in America. I have a baseball background and you know, I’m upset when I see a lot of woke in anything, quite frankly. We’ve got a rich history. We’ve got some good. We’ve got some bad, but we learn by both,” he explained. “We don’t need to destroy it.” “And I think a lot of these players who are playing today, if they had any other job in the private sector, they wouldn’t be making anything what they’re making. A lot of them don’t understand the value of a dollar. A lot of them don’t understand how they got there,” he said. “And I think to the extent...
    Baseball It’s tempting to suggest that Palo Alto’s baseball team is unbeatable, except for one fact. The Vikings have lost a game. But they’ve won nine in a row since falling by a run to four-time defending Central Coast Section champion Valley Christian, the latest a 20-0 rout of Cupertino on Friday in Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division play. Palo Alto has outscored its past four opponents 41-0 — yes, the Vikings have four consecutive shutouts — and the past six by a combined score of 57-3. Friday, the Vikings (11-1, 6-0) led by pedestrian scores of 2-0 after two innings and 5-0 after three. They then erupted for nine runs in the fifth and six in the sixth. They hit four home runs — Rowan Felsch had two and Andre Hyrkin and Danny Peters each had one — and Sam Papp pitched a three-hitter with four strikeouts and zero walks. Peters finished with three hits, drove in five runs and scored four runs. Felsch had two hits and four RBIs and came in to score...
    An aerial view of the baseball field at Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County, Maryland, following a fire at their home dugout. WTOP/Jose Umana The home dugout also contained the baseball team’s equipment, including bats, balls and more. WTOP/Jose Umana Team hats and helmets, along with the hitting net, were also lost in the fire. WTOP/Jose Umana The Prince George’s County Fire Department said the damage is estimated at $10,000. WTOP/Jose Umana While fighting the blaze, fire crews were stuck on the infield, leaving behind damage. WTOP/Jose Umana Parkdale High School’s baseball team prepares for the season by working out in the basketball gym. WTOP/Jose Umana Many area schools and baseball teams — including the University of Maryland and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County — have donated supplies to help the Panthers prepare for the upcoming season. WTOP/Jose Umana (1/7) Share This Gallery: Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share via email. Print. As the sun beamed down on Riverdale, Maryland, after school one day earlier this month, Parkdale High School...
    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox wore St. Patrick’s Day green for their spring debut. Baseball fans might feel luckiest of all. “I’m glad we’re finally starting,” said Red Sox supporter Jeremy Porter, down from Maine for the exhibition opener. When Minnesota sparkplug Byron Buxton dug in against Boston right-hander Michael Feliz at sun-splashed Fenway South, it put baseball’s bitter 99-day lockout a little further back in the rearview mirror. The Twins and Red Sox played the sport’s first spring training game of the year, with three more in Arizona on the calendar Thursday before everyone else opens Friday. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he got a jolt Wednesday when the Twins sent over their roster card. “It feels different,” Cora said. “When we got the lineup from the Twins last night, I was like, ‘Oh, this is real now.’” Spring games were supposed to begin 20 days earlier, but a nasty fight over the sport’s economics plunged baseball into a longer, darker winter than usual. The lockout ended last Thursday, camps began Sunday, and the...
    FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Red Sox wore St. Patrick’s Day green for their spring debut. Baseball fans might feel luckiest of all. “I’m glad we’re finally starting,” said Red Sox supporter Jeremy Porter, down from Maine for the exhibition opener. When Minnesota sparkplug Byron Buxton dug in against Boston right-hander Michael Feliz at sun-splashed Fenway South, it put baseball’s bitter 99-day lockout a little further back in the rearview mirror. The Twins and Red Sox played the sport’s first spring training game of the year, one of four on the calendar Thursday before everyone else opens Friday. Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he got a jolt Wednesday when the Twins sent over their roster card. “It feels different,” Cora said. “When we got the lineup from the Twins last night, I was like, ‘Oh, this is real now.’” Spring games were supposed to begin 20 days earlier, but a nasty fight over the sport’s economics plunged baseball into a longer, darker winter than usual. The lockout ended last Thursday, camps began Sunday, and the race toward...
    If you had “It’s time for women to play Major League Baseball” on Friday news cycle bingo card, it’s time to collect your winnings. New York City Mayor Eric Adams, exuberant over the end of the 99-day lockout, said that not only will it be great to see the “boys of summer” again, but he also hopes next year to see the “boys and girls of summer” playing Major League Baseball. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) “I’m so glad that the boys of summer are coming back,” Adams told reporters on Friday. “I hope in the next year we start seeing the boys and the girls of summer. It’s time to allow women to play professional baseball as well.” As the New York Post reports: While baseball has no ban on women playing, no females have ever played in the major leagues. In 2019 Melissa Mayeux, a shortstop from France who played softball for the University of Louisiana, became the first woman added to Major League Baseball’s international registration list, thus making her able to be signed to MLB. The comment seemingly came out...
    Baseball is back. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association reached a tentative labor agreement Thursday after weeks of negotiations, paving the way for opening day in early April, according to ESPN. PLAYERS REJECT MLB'S FINAL OFFER, MANFRED CANCELS FIRST TWO SERIES OF REGULAR SEASON The agreement needs to be ratified by both parties, but once ratified, spring training could start as early as Friday. The players' board voted to accept the MLB's deal in a 26-16 vote, sources told the Athletic's Evan Drellich. The deal ends the league's 99-day lockout of the players, which saw its opening day pushed back twice. On Wednesday, the MLB announced that its opening day was postponed until April 14 as talks stalled. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER League officials have not said how Thursday's tentative agreement might affect the opening day. This is a breaking news story and will be updated. News MLB Baseball Sports Labor