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Minor League Pitcher For SF Giants Comes Out

Sports Illustrated reports: Minor league pitcher Solomon Bates publicly came out as gay in an Instagram post on Tuesday, the same week that he was released by the Giants. He is the second minor league baseball player to publicly come out as gay, after David Denson did so in 2015. Bates was an eighth-round pick out of USC in 2018, …

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Fox Sports Uses 9/11 Memorial For Baseball Graphic

The Insider reports: Fox Sports is facing criticism after using a the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero in Manhattan as the background for their baseball night graphics. In the Saturday night showing of a game between the Yankees and Red Sox, the channel superimposed the team’s logos and the network’s “Baseball Night in America” logo onto an image of the …

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Anti-Vax MLB Player Forfeits $250K Due To Canada Ban

“It’s an extremely unfortunate situation. Obviously my teammates know how I feel about them and how bad I want to be out there with them. But it’s just an unfortunate that I’m not able to make the trip. “I’m a healthy 31-year-old professional athlete that I just didn’t feel the need to get it. I’ve had COVID a couple times …

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Five Tampa MLB Players Refuse To Wear Pride Logo

CBS Sports reports: At least five players on the Tampa Bay Rays roster opted not to wear a patch the team added to their uniforms intended to celebrate Pride month in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox (box score). During the team’s 16th annual Pride Night celebration Rays caps and uniforms had logos colored in the style of …

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SF Giants Manager To Boycott Anthem As “Glorification Of The Only Country Where Mass Shootings Take Place”

ESPN reports: As details of the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, continue to unfold, San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler on Friday wrote that he is “not okay with the state of this country” and that he “felt like a coward” for not protesting “the lack of delivery on the promise of what our national anthem represents.” Kapler told …

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MLB Star Suspended For Two Years Over Abuse Claims

ESPN reports: Major League Baseball announced a 324-game suspension for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer on Friday, the equivalent of two full seasons, making it by far the most severe punishment handed out under the sport’s domestic violence policy. Bauer promptly released a statement announcing he was appealing the suspension, thus becoming the first player to appeal punishment through …

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MLB Drops COVID Testing For Asymptomatic Players

The Associated Press reports: Major League Baseball is dropping regular COVID-19 testing for all but symptomatic individuals while maintaining an ability to move games if the public health situation in an area deteriorates. MLB and the players’ association finalized their 2022 coronavirus protocols on Tuesday, easing pandemic restrictions five days after reaching a collective bargaining agreement. Some on-field issues have …

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MLB And Players Union Reach Deal To End Standoff

Yahoo Sports reports: Nine days after commissioner Rob Manfred canceled opening day and over three months into an owner-implemented lockout, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to a new labor contract Thursday afternoon in New York City, ensuring a full season. Call it the 11th hour or the bottom of the ninth, but after the union successfully …

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184 MLB Games Now Canceled As Lockout Drags On

NBC News reports: Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred canceled 93 more games Wednesday, appearing to close the remaining chance to play a full 162-game schedule and threatening locked out players with loss of salary and service time. After the sides narrowed many economic differences and became bogged down over management’s attempt to gain an international amateur draft, MLB announced two additional …

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MLB Cancels Season Openers In Dispute With Players

The Associated Press reports: Major League Baseball has canceled opening day, with Commissioner Rob Manfred announcing Tuesday the sport will lose regular-season games over a labor dispute for the first time in 27 years after acrimonious lockout talks collapsed in the hours before management’s deadline. Manfred said he is canceling the first two series of the season that was set …

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Red Sox Axe Player After Racist, Anti-LGBT Twitter Rant

The New York Daily News reports: He might’ve played in the minor leagues, but he brought some major bigotry. The Boston Red Sox released minor leaguer Brett Netzer on Saturday, shortly after Netzer went on a racist and homophobic Twitter rant that also targeted Jews and Christians. He then replied to a report that mentioned his tweets.  “I’ll go along …

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First Base Coach Distracts With Ballet Routine [VIDEO]

ESPN reports: The Savannah Bananas, a collegiate summer league team that routinely takes a sledgehammer to conventionality, begin each home game by wrapping an infant in a banana outfit and raising the baby to the sky like Simba. The Bananas once famously played a baseball game in kilts, then decided to make it an annual tradition. They employ a pep …

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DC’s MLB Team To Axe Coaches For Refusing Vaccine

The Hill reports: The Washington Nationals plan to terminate the contracts of employees who refuse to comply with their COVID-19 rules. Sources told Washington Post Nats beat reporter Jesse Dougherty that team Vice President Bob Boone, pitching coordinator Brad Holman and minor league pitching coach Larry Pardo are ending their tenure with the club. The Nationals’ vaccine mandate went into …

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MLB’s Cleveland Indians Become Cleveland Guardians

The Cleveland Scene reports: In a Tom Hanks-narrated video posted to social media this morning, the Cleveland baseball team has formally announced what had been rumored earlier this week: They will become the Cleveland Guardians. After an extensive, opaque, process involving community engagement with local stakeholders and the purported consideration of more than 1,100 names, the team settled on one …

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“Chaotic Scene” As Three Shot Outside MLB Stadium

Washington’s NBC News affiliate reports: Three people were shot and wounded outside Nationals Park during a game between the Nats and the San Diego Padres on Saturday night, sending fans scrambling for safety and prompting the suspension of the game. The gunshots caused panic among fans inside the stadium, some of whom ducked for cover, hiding underneath tables and behind …

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70 Year Old Woman Serves As NY Yankees Bat Girl Six Decades After Being Refused For Being A Girl [VIDEO]

ESPN reports: Gwen Goldman exchanged fist bumps with the New York Yankees, whom she had been admiring for decades from afar, walked onto the field and waved to the crowd. She got to be a Yankees’ bat girl on Monday night at age 70 — a full 60 years after she was turned down because of her gender. Shaking with …

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Kraken Lawyer Loses $100M Suit Over All-Star Game

Reuters reports: Baseball’s annual All-Star Game next month will remain in Denver after a federal judge on Thursday rejected a conservative small business group’s request that it be returned to Atlanta. Major League Baseball had moved the July 13 game to Denver’s Coors Field from Truist Park outside Atlanta in early April, shortly after Georgia adopted a restrictive new voting …

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SF Giants To Be First MLB Team To Wear Pride Colors

Changing America reports: The San Francisco Giants will quite literally be wearing their pride on their sleeves this weekend, becoming the first MLB team to incorporate LGBTQ Pride colors into their on-field uniforms. In honor of Pride month, the team announced that players would sport an SF logo Pride Patch on the right sleeve of their home jersey as well …

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Alex Rodriguez Launches Makeup Line For Men

Page Six reports: Following his breakup with Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez is going for a glow up. The former baseball pro, 45, teamed up with Hims & Hers — the beauty and wellness company in which he and Lopez, 51, became investors together last year — to develop the brand’s first makeup for men. “I wanted to create a product …

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Mets And Yankees: Free Tickets With On-Site Vax Shots

The New York Daily News reports: Baseball fans can get free tickets to a Yankees or Mets game if they get vaccinated against COVID at either of the team’s facilities, Gov. Cuomo announced on Wednesday. The doses available outside Citi Field and Yankee Stadium will be the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the governor said. “We call that a New …

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