Tag Archives: MLB

REPORT: New York Yankees Planning Significant Events To Commemorate 50th Anniversary Of Stonewall Riots

Sports New York reports: According to major league sources, the Yankees have been quietly planning significant events for next season to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a seminal event in both the history of LGBTQ rights and New York City. While a Yankees spokesman said it was too early to confirm any specifics of the 2019 promotional …

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NFL And MLB To March In NYC Pride For First Time

The Hill reports: The NFL and the MLB will participate in New York City’s LGBT Pride March for the first time ever later this month. The two leagues will make their debut in the parade alongside representatives from the NHL, NBA, WNBA, MLS and National Women’s Hockey League, according to OutSports.com. Former NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan, who publicly came out …

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MLB Team Makes Players Attend Anti-Porn Lecture

CBS Sports reports: All throughout spring training camps in Florida and Arizona, MLB teams bring in motivational speakers and guest instructors to help their players, especially their young players. As part of their spring routine, the Kansas City Royals have taken it upon themselves to teach their players about the harmful effects of … pornography? Yes, pornography. Royals GM Dayton …

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MLB Teams To Wear Hats That Honor Parkland Victims

The Miami Herald reports: To honor the victims of last week’s school shooting, Major League Baseball teams intend to wear Marjory Stoneman Douglas caps on Friday for the start of spring training games in Florida and Arizona. The league’s official cap company, New Era, is making the special caps for players to wear when play begins in both the Grapefruit …

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MLB Backs GLAAD’s Anti-Bullying #SpiritDay [VIDEO]

Posted today to Major League Baseball’s website: We still have the blue of the Dodgers and Cubs, the Yankees’ navy, and Houston’s navy and orange. Now you can add postseason purple as well. Today is Spirit Day, and Major League Baseball and all 30 clubs are again taking a united stand against bullying by joining GLAAD in “going purple” to …

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Crowd Cheers Gay Proposal At MLB Game [VIDEO]

The Washington Blade reports: Nationals fans were able to witness a special moment between couple Ty Fleming and Tyler Garrison on Friday. The moment Fleming and Garrison became officially engaged was captured during the Washington Nationals versus Pittsburgh Pirates game. The crowd cheered for the happy couple, who even received a congratulations hug from Screech the mascot. The Nationals clinched …

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Boston Red Sox Busted Cheating With Apple Watches

The New York Times reports: For decades, spying on another team has been as much a part of baseball’s gamesmanship as brushback pitches and hard slides. The Boston Red Sox have apparently added a modern — and illicit — twist: They used an Apple Watch to gain an advantage against the Yankees and other teams. Investigators for Major League Baseball …

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WASHINGTON: “Impeach Trump” Banner Unfurled At Baseball Game That Trump Refused First Pitch

Yahoo Sports reports: The Washington Nationals may have pulled off a dramatic, come-from-behind 4-2 victory Monday against the Miami Marlins, but not every fan was happy following the game. As crowds were leaving the ballpark, a group of protesters hung a sign that read “Impeach Trump #Resist” over a railing in the stadium. The Washington Nationals may have pulled off …

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Joy Reid Ponders Trump’s “First Pitch” Refusal [VIDEO]

Crooks & Liars recaps: When Donald Trump decided to be the first president since Taft to refuse to throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day in a Major League Baseball game, he created quite the media buzz. Why won’t he? Joy Reid has some thoughts and it’s hard to argue with her, as usual. “Could it be, that …

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Trump Rejects Baseball Opening Pitch Invite [VIDEO]

Politico reports: President Donald Trump will not throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals opening day Monday, the team told reporters Tuesday. POLITICO Playbook reported Tuesday morning that Trump was in talks to throw the first pitch as the Nationals take on the Miami Marlins in Washington. But the White House said Trump has a “scheduling conflict” that …

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White Sox First Baseman: I Ate My Fake Haitian Passport While Being Smuggled From Cuba To USA

The Chicago Tribune reports: When Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu finally boarded a plane to the U.S after being smuggled from Cuba to Haiti, he said he had one mission: Destroy the fake Haitian passport he was traveling on before his flight landed in Miami. He testified Wednesday that he went to the restroom as soon as possible …

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Major League Baseball Drops Intentional Walk Rule

To make things less boring. The New York Post reports: As minute as it may feel, the MLB has made the pitcher’s life easier and the fan’s experience faster with one rule change. The league and the Players Association agreed Tuesday to eliminate the four-pitch intentional walk and implement a dugout signal in its place, according to ESPN. The shake-up …

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Major League Baseball Bans Drag Hazing

Mic.com reports: Starting next season, there’ll be a new rule in baseball: No more dressing the new guys in drag. On Tuesday, Major League Baseball is set to ratify a new anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy meant to end a sexist and transphobic tradition in the sport, which bans veteran players from forcing new team members dress as women. The rules …

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Furor After All-Star Game Singer Changes Lyrics Of Canadian Anthem To “All Lives Matter” [VIDEO]

ESPN reports: A member of a Canadian singing quartet changed a lyric in his country’s national anthem and held up a sign proclaiming “All Lives Matter” during a pregame performance at baseball’s 87th All-Star Game on Tuesday. The Tenors, a group based in British Columbia, caused a stir at Petco Park with Remigio Pereira’s actions while singing “O Canada.” In …

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TAMPA: Pro Baseball Pays Tribute To Orlando Victims With Player Messages & Rainbow Flag [VIDEO]

From the Washington Post: The Tampa Bay Rays wore “Orlando” patches and Orlando Rays hats to honor the Orlando shooting victims Friday night. (Chris O’Meara/Associated Press) The Tampa Bay Rays and San Francisco Giants honored the victims of last weekend’s shooting at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub during pride night Friday at Tropicana Field. The Rays sported hats of the Orlando Rays, …

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SAN DIEGO: Gay Men’s Chorus Call For Padres To Reinstate DJ Fired Over National Anthem Incident

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: Responding to Monday’s apology from the DJ who mistakenly played the wrong national anthem tape at Saturday’s Padres game, the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus has called on the Padres to reinstate the performer known as DJ ArtForm. The chorus on Tuesday issued the following statement on its Facebook page: “As a community outreach organization …

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SAN DIEGO: Major League Baseball To Investigate Gay Men’s Chorus Complaint On National Anthem Debacle

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: Major League Baseball is investigating a situation involving the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus and the national anthem Saturday at Petco Park. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney told the Union-Tribune that baseball’s investigations department will begin to gather information to determine why the chorus was unable to perform as a pre-recorded voice of a previous singer …

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CALIFORNIA: San Diego Padres Fire Contractor Over “Unintentional” Gay Men’s Chorus Incident

From the Washington Post: The Padres tweeted out another statement Sunday night, in which the team said that an “internal investigation” had revealed “no malicious intent.” However, the “unintentional mistake” did lead San Diego to “take disciplinary action against [an] employee” and let go of a “third-party contractor.” The Padres offered another apology and noted their “commitment to inclusion.” Statement …

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MLB Launches Pride Wear Line

Major League Baseball has launched a line of “Pride” rainbow t-shirts and hats. T-shirts are $30 and caps are $20. Not all teams are available at this writing, but right now I’m seeing the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Oakland Athletics, and Washington Nationals. See them here. (Tipped by …

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Pro Sports First: MLB Umpire Comes Out

Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott, seen above left with his husband of 28 years, has formally come out. Jim Buzinski writes at OutSports: Major League Baseball umpire Dale Scott bleeds the green and yellow of his beloved Oregon Ducks football team, having gone to games since the Johnson Administration. He has two black Labs, Roman and Rollie, who rule …

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