Former New York Mets Catcher Ron Hodges Dies at 74

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — Ron Hodges, a catcher who spent his entire 12-season major league career with the New York Mets, died Friday. He was 74. Hodges died at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital after a short illness, Mets spokesman Jay Horwitz said. Selected by the Mets in the second round of the second phase … Read more

D-Backs Acquire 3B Eugenio Suárez From Mariners in Exchange for Two Players

[ad_1] PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired slugger Eugenio Suárez on Wednesday from the Seattle Mariners for reliever Carlos Vargas and catcher Seby Zavala. The 32-year-old Suárez was a 2018 All-Star for the Cincinnati Reds and has been a consistent power hitter for the past decade, slugging 246 homers since 2012. He fills a … Read more

Adrián Beltré, Joe Mauer and Chase Utley Among 12 Newcomers on BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballot

[ad_1] Todd Helton, who fell 11 votes short this year in ballots cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, and Billy Wagner, who was 27 shy, are among 14 holdovers. Bartolo Colon, Adrián González, Victor Martinez, Brandon Phillips, José Reyes and James Shields also are making their first appearances on the ballot. When Scott … Read more

Woodruff, Lewis Among 63 New Free Agents as 19 Players Reach Deals and Teams Make Flurry of Trades

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — Starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff was cut loose by Milwaukee and former AL Rookie of the Year Kyle Lewis by Arizona, among 63 players who became free agents Friday night when their teams declined to offer 2024 contracts. Nick Senzel, the No. 2 pick in the 2016 amateur draft, was dropped … Read more

Shohei Ohtani, Baseball’s 2-Way Star, Becomes First 2-Time Unanimous MVP

[ad_1] NEW YORK (AP) — Shohei Ohtani, who has captivated baseball with his unprecedented combination of high-level hitting and premium pitching, became the first two-time unanimous Most Valuable Player when he won the American League honor on Thursday. This was just the 20th unanimous MVP vote since the award was established in 1931. Corey Seager … Read more

Atlanta to Host 2025 MLB All-Star Game After Losing 2021 Game Over Objections to Voting Law

[ad_1] ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Major League Baseball will play its 2025 All-Star Game in Atlanta, four years after moving the game from Truist Park to Denver’s Coors Field over objections to changes in Georgia’s votings rights laws. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Thursday following an owners’ meeting. Atlanta was awarded the 2021 … Read more