TOKYO (AP) — In a season of home run milestones in American baseball by Albert Pujols and Aaron Judge, 22-year-old Japanese slugger Munetaka Murakami has also gotten into the act.
Murakami, playing for the Tokyo-based Yakult Swallows, hit his 56th home run of the season on Monday, pushing him alone into second place on the single-season list.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Longtime big league catcher and manager John Wathan announced Wednesday that he will retire after this season, ending a career in professional baseball that included 47 of 51 years spent with the Kansas City Royals.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yu Darvish was cruising through the Los Angeles Dodgers' lineup when Cody Bellinger came to the plate in the fifth inning. The slugger went down swinging on four pitches for Yu's 3,000th career strikeout in his professional career.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Two Hall of Fame baseball players are leading a push to bring the sport that made them famous to India, Pakistan and the Middle East.
Former New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera and ex-Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin are the familiar faces behind the United International Baseball League.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Major League Baseball says it is unable to let former and current major leaguers who defected from Cuba play for their nation in the World Baseball Classic.
The Association of Cuban Professional Baseball Players was formed with the goal of gaining entry to the WBC, which will be played next March 8-21.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Charlie Eshbach, architect of a minor league baseball team that became Maine's prominent professional sports franchise, has died after a long illness.
The Portland Sea Dogs announced Eshbach's death on Tuesday.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Royals traded first baseman Carlos Santana and nearly $4.3 million to the Seattle Mariners for right-handers Wyatt Mills and William Fleming on Monday, clearing the way for Kansas City to bring up hot prospect Vinnie Pasquantino.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani can do it all on a baseball field, yet the Japanese two-way sensation had never hit a grand slam as a professional.
He changed that Monday night.
Ohtani's first slam came on a two-homer night, Mike Trout also homered and the surging Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-3.
ATLANTA (AP) — Mark Teixeira earned plenty of accolades over his long tenure in the big leagues. Five Gold Glove trophies. Three Silver Slugger awards. A World Series ring.
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's 20-year-old phenom Roki Sasaki almost did it again.
A week after pitching the first perfect game in Japanese professional baseball in 28 years, Sasaki delivered eight more perfect innings Sunday before being pulled after throwing 102 pitches.
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.
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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — Odalis Pérez, a left-hander who threw the first pitch at Nationals Park and was an All-Star with the Los Angeles Dodgers during a 10-year career in the majors, has died.
1940 — The first telecast of an American hockey game is transmitted over station W2XBS in New York. The viewing audience watches the New York Rangers battle the Montreal Canadiens at Madison Square Garden.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mike Moore, the former president of the National Association Professional Baseball Leagues, died Thursday affer a lengthy illness. He was 80.
Moore died at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Florida, Major League Baseball said.
NEW YORK (AP) — The schedule for each Triple-A team will be expanded to 150 games from 144 in the first full season the minor leagues are being run by Major League Baseball.
MLB took over operation from the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues for the 2021 season.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Genevieve Beacom has made history as the first female pitcher for an Australian professional baseball team.
The 17-year-old Beacom appeared in the three-game Melbourne Challenge Series, which was organized after the 2021-22 Australian Baseball League was canceled because of COVID-19.
Outfielder Cameron Maybin is retiring after 15 major league seasons.
“Although my journey as a professional baseball player ends here with the announcement of my retirement, my work in this game is just getting started,” Maybin wrote in a statement on Twitter on Monday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Four minor league teams that lost their big league affiliations before the 2021 season have filed an antitrust lawsuit against Major League Baseball, using a law firm that has represented players’ unions.
TOKYO (AP) — Veteran infielder Freddy Galvis has signed a two-year deal with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japanese baseball.
The club in Nippon Professional Baseball confirmed the length of the contract with The Associated Press but declined to give financial details.
NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman has won the Babe Ruth award as postseason MVP in a vote by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Freeman hit .304 with five homers and 11 RBIs in 16 postseason games, helping the Braves win their first World Series title since 1995.
BASTROP, Texas (AP) — Eddie Robinson, the oldest living former major league player whose more than six decades in professional baseball included being general manager for two teams, has died. He was 100.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The northern Illinois city that figured prominently in the movie “A League of Their Own” may be getting a museum of its own.
YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nick Martínez stepped onto the mound, and it felt like an old familiar place.
Because it was.
“Felt comfortable the whole game,” he said after striking out nine over five innings and pitching the United States over South Korea 4-2 for a 2-0 record at the Olympics.
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — At risk of an embarrassing defeat to start the Olympic tournament, the Japanese baseball team turned things around with its signature fundamentals.
Fans of Major League Baseball, be ready: bunting is already big at the Tokyo Olympics.
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s streak of more than 1,000 daily coronavirus cases has reached a week as health authorities scramble to slow a viral surge that has brought Seoul’s thriving nightlife to a standstill and professional baseball to a halt.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: Baseball was dropped for the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. It has been dropped again for the 2024 Paris Games and is expected to return for 2028 in Los Angeles.
WHAT’S NEW: The eight-nation tournament in Beijing in 2012 was cut to six for Tokyo.
TROY, N.Y. (AP) — Patrick Scalabrini shouted to his players to gather round before a late-morning practice at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium, just to make sure they knew the plan.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ray Miller, the former Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles manager who spent 42 years in professional baseball and served as the pitching coach for three Cy Young award winners, has died...
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A former professional baseball player was fatally shot in North Carolina and a suspect has been arrested, authorities said...
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Minor league baseball will continue in Charleston, West Virginia, as part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball...
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball’s minor leagues will shift to regionalized six-game series with a common off day in an effort that cuts scheduled travel mileage by 28-56% and reduces expenses in their first season of operations under Major League Baseball...
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox signed Japanese right-hander Hirokazu Sawamura to a two-year contract on Tuesday...
Jackson Generals boss Marcus Sabata had a surprising reaction when he learned his Double-A Southern League franchise had been officially booted from the affiliated minor leagues:...
RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — People have always crossed borders to play baseball, and the sport routinely reaches across borders to fans...
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is moving ahead with planning to eliminate the separate governing body of minor league baseball as part of a project to shrink affiliations from 160 to 120...
SCOTTSALE, Ariz. (AP) — A former professional baseball player sought in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend in a Phoenix suburb was found dead Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Grand Canyon, police said...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Churches were closed and professional baseball games were played in empty stadiums on Sunday as South Korea stepped up measures nationwide to fight a resurgence in coronavirus cases that has raised concerns that the epidemic is getting out of control...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s professional baseball league opened the delayed season three weeks ago. Now fans are back, too...
TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19 under a plan that excludes fans...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new baseball season began in South Korea on Tuesday with the crack of the bat and the sound of the ball smacking into the catcher’s mitt echoing around empty stadiums...
TOKYO (AP) — Nippon Professional Baseball’s season openers will not take place in May due to the new coronavirus pandemic, with no firm date set for the start...
There were moments when Julie Croteau’s baseball path was a lonely one even as she turned in a career historic enough that Cooperstown wanted her glove...
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — International health officials are warning that the Nicaraguan government’s perplexing weekslong refusal to take measures to control the spread of the new coronavirus is heightening the risk of an epidemic in Central America even as neighboring countries take tough action...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House of Representatives by voice vote approved legislation Tuesday to have the comptroller general of the U...
TOKYO (AP) — Japanese officials postponed the start of the 12-team professional baseball league season on Monday because of the spread of the coronavirus...
NEW YORK (AP) — Minor League Baseball says planned salary raises for its players in 2021 paid by Major League Baseball should not lead to contraction, and it has sent a proposal to MLB as part of negotiations for a new agreement between the levels...
NEW YORK (AP) — Bickering over Major League Baseball's proposal to cut 42 farm teams escalated Wednesday with the exchange of acrimonious letters by the commissioner's office and the governing body of the minor leagues.