Three-time World Series champion manager Tony La Russa used a camera-aided system to steal signs from opposing Major League Baseball teams in the late 1980s, retired star Jack McDowell claimed Friday. McDowell told Charlotte radio station WFNZ that the Chicago White Sox had a system established by La Russa that could steal signs from rivals set up at Comiskey Park, the team’s home ballpark. “We had a system in the old Comiskey Park in the late 1980s,” McDowell said.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 10:57 pm
Yes, you can be forgiven if the NFL’s conference championship games on Sunday have suddenly slipped your mind. Somehow, talk of baseball trash cans and buzzers and burner accounts have knocked football off the front page on the eve of the second-most important day for America’s most popular sport. Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred announced Monday that he was fining the Houston Astros $5 million, swiping their first and second round draft choices in 2020 and 2021, and suspending general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for the 2020 season.
Posted: January 17, 2020, 4:14 pm
Major League Baseball has proposed a plan that would strip 42 minor league clubs of their affiliation with a major league franchise. While MLB claims this fundamental overhaul of the minor leagues is necessary because of concerns over facilities and travel, it is really about money. And who is paying the price to boost the bottom line of MLB clubs?
Posted: January 17, 2020, 11:00 am
As Derek Jeter awaits possibly unanimous election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, multiple pieces of key memorabilia from his days as a prospect and rookie for the New York Yankees are going up for auction. The jersey worn by Jeter during his 15-game call-up to the majors in 1995 and the Yankees’ final scouting report on the young shortstop out of Michigan, as well as rare Jeter rookie card, will be available for bidding at Goldin Auctions from Jan. 20 to Feb. 22. Jeter first donned the jersey in his MLB debut on May 29, 1995, in a road game against the Seattle Mariners, in his first major league action.
Posted: January 16, 2020, 11:15 pm