It starts with the National League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on Oct. 1 and could end on the last day of the month if the 109th World Series goes seven games.
Game 1 of the World Series is scheduled to be played on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the ballpark of the American League champions.
The regular season concludes on Sunday, Sept. 29, and any necessary regular-season tiebreaker games would be broadcast exclusively by TBS.
MILWAUKEE -- A former college classmate sued Ryan Braun
, saying the Brewers slugger sought his help in fighting a failed drug test, balked on paying him and then disparaged him when asked why their friendship soured.
Ralph Sasson, a Milwaukee law student, said Braun's agent hired him in November 2011 to do legal research aimed at clearing Braun after the left fielder tested positive for steroid use.
The agent later asked him to investigate the man who collected Braun's urine, Dino Laurenzi Jr.
CHICAGO -- Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig
will be among the special guests at the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon on the afternoon of Saturday, August 24 in Chicago, before that evening’s Civil Rights Game between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers.
The two annual events celebrate individuals whose lives have been emblematic of the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement.
Commissioner Selig will be joined by the co-host of ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption and columnist for ESPN.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was written 2 years ago here are the 2013 additions
OAKLAND --Major League Baseball continues to slip in the hearts and minds of the American people.
Last week's drug suspensions of 13 players including the 211-game suspensions of third basemen Alex Rodriguez, seems to be over-reaction by Bud Selig and Major League Baseball.
12 of the 13 player suspensions are of Latino decent and that just seems to be racial and a personal issue.
MLB continues to stumble and bumble on the issues of drugs in the game and they cannot get it right.
– President Barack H. Obama has announced that Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks has been named a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
"I am humbled and honored to receive this great award and to be among such distinguished honorees,” said Banks. “I have spent my life trying to help others enjoy and appreciate the sport I love."
"I thank President Obama for all his efforts. The Chicago Cubs and Cubs fans everywhere share in this award as their support makes me proud to continue to work on behalf of America's greatest game.
MILWAUKEE -- It's amazing how a little trip out of town helped the
Milwaukee Brewers get back on track to being a playoff contending team.
It’s really too early for playoff talk, but
the “Crew” began their 2013 season on a bad note with the first six games at
They left Miller Park
with a 1-5 record.
splitting two games at Wrigley Field with one game to make up against the
Chicago Cubs, which they couldn’t play because of bad weather, Milwaukee
went to St.
MILWAUKEE -- Every position for the Milwaukee Brewers is covered on
a regular basis except one, and that’s first base.
That position hasn’t been the same since
Prince Fielder left for Detroit in free agency in 2012.
There was no
way that the Brewers would break the bank to keep Fielder around.
And after he left, there have been different
guys occupying the one-bagger. Injuries
have forced the club to shuffle the deck and adopt a trial and error approach.
The position was up for grabs after Fielder’s
departure, and Mat Gamel had first crack at it.
Major League Baseball
had announced that the Chicago White Sox will host the 2013 Civil
Rights Game and ancillary activities, a series of events developed
by MLB to pay tribute to all of those who fought on and off the field
for equal rights for all Americans.
The 2013 Civil Rights Game will be played between the White Sox and the Texas Rangers at U.S.
Cellular Field on Saturday, August 24, airing nationally on MLB Network and locally on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago and
FOX Sports Southwest in
Dallas and Ft.
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers and Time Warner Cable on Monday announced a cable television rights partnership that creates a new regional sports network, SportsNet LA, controlled by American Media Productions, a club subsidiary.
Terms of the deal were not announced, but media reports have speculated that it could be worth between $7 billion to $8 billion over 20 to 25 years.
The deal does not include a Spanish-language channel.The team's current rights deal with FOX pays about $40 million annually.
VIRGINIA -- Virginia Union University alumni Larry Doby, who is a member of the
Major League Baseball Hall of Fame, will be featured on a new postage
stamp by the United States Postage Service.
The Doby Stamp, which features the Hall of Famer in his Cleveland Indians uniform, will become available in July..
Doby played basketball on the 1942 CIAA Champion Virginia Union
basketball team, made his major league baseball debut on July 5, 1947,
11 weeks after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.
NEW YORK -- When we think of Miami, Florida, it immediately brings to
mind sunshine. Yet, even sun seekers might be surprised that it has taken
federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) subpoenas to shed any type of
daylight upon Major League Baseball’s (MLB) Miami Marlins and their financing deal
for their soon to open brand new stadium, on April 4, 2012, and presently
called Marlins Park.
It is perhaps the smoke-and-mirrors approach to keep ardent
Miami Marlins fans as well as fans of MLB distracted from learning more of or
even suspect such a federal investigation is taking place.
– The Chicago White Sox will honor former White Sox first baseman and
1972 American League Most Valuable Player Dick Allen at U.S. Cellular
Field prior to the
game on Sunday, June 24.
The seven-time All-Star and White Sox fan
favorite is scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to
the game vs. Milwaukee (1:05 p.m. CST), with other members of the 1972 White
Sox team and legendary former Sox general manager
Roland Hemond in attendance.
the June 24 game, and all 2012 Sunday home games, the White Sox will
wear red pinstriped throwback uniforms and red caps to honor the 1972
MILWAUKEE -- So Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams thinks he knows a thing or two about the Milwaukee Brewers.
I think he should be careful before he opens his mouth.
And I read his comments on what he thought about the Crew.
I don’t have the MLB Network, but has he been paying attention to what happened last year?
We were a couple of pitching and fielding mistakes away from reaching the World Series.
Williams said that the Brewers will not repeat as NL Central Division champions this year. His favorite team to take it all is the Cincinnati Reds.
NEW YORK -- The person who collectedRyan Braun’s
urine sample that
tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone said he followed the
collection program’s protocol.
Dino Laurenzi Jr. issued a statement Tuesday confirming he handled the
sample submitted following a playoff game on Oct. 1.
He says he has been a
collector for Comprehensive Drug Testing since 2005 and has taken more than 600
samples for Major League Baseball’s drug-testing program.
“At no point did I tamper in any way with the samples,” Laurenzi said.
PASADENA -- Try finding anyone in Pasadena who
can't name Jackie Robinson as the hometown hero who broke the color bar
in major league baseball in 1947.
Not so many may be familiar with another pioneer - Emmett Ashford, who grew up just a few miles away in Los Angeles.
In 1951, Ashford - whose daughter Adrienne Ashford Bratton
lives in Altadena - became the first black baseball umpire in the minor
and major leagues.
Arguably, his challenge was harder than Robinson's, said Terry Cannon, founder of Pasadena's Baseball Reliquary.
NEW YORK -- And debt is the key word here, as MLB (Major League Baseball) team owners handed current MLB Commissioner, Bud Selig, an extension to his present contract by adding another 2 years.
Selig had hoped to ride off into the sunset after the completion of this coming 2012 baseball season, when his most recent contract was to expire.
But as the bottom line is the top priority these days in MLB, and not necessarily its best interests, he will now retire after the 2014 MLB season, instead.
ST. LOUIS -- While the NBA struggles with negotiations during its lockout, signing
bonuses for amateur draft picks is the last major issue left in talks
for baseball's new labor contract.
Representatives for players and owners met Tuesday in New York,
people familiar with the session told The Associated Press, speaking on
condition of anonymity because no announcements were authorized.
Commissioner Bud Selig wants a system of fixed signing bonuses that
tie the amount to when a prospect is drafted, known as slotting.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Don Denkinger was watching at home, saw the blown
call at first base and winced.
As did baseball fans everywhere.
“That’s a nightmare for an umpire,” he said Sunday. “You hate to see that
happen to anyone.” He would know.
All these years later, he still gets an earful from St. Louis
fans angry about his miss at first base in the 1985 World Series.
Back then, the technology wasn’t too refined, there weren’t too many
remedies to correct mistakes. So how about now? What about more instant replay?
NEW YORK -- Welcome to the postseason melting pot.
The eight teams that overcame the others -- and, in some cases, some
incredibly long odds -- represent a variety of means for assembling a
roster. But they all share something in common: The payoff for the
vision, effort and belief.
Now they get to share October.
The class of the 2011 postseason -- going in, at least -- has a
homegrown core in the infield, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
provided the icing by signing and trading for a signature starting
NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia has started 12 games over the last four postseasons -- in
2007 with the Indians, 2008 with the Brewers, and the last two years
with the Yankees. He has pitched in November and is happy to hear that
no one will pitch that month in 2011.
"I think that's pretty cool -- especially with the weather being the way
it is at that time of year," the Yankees' 16-6 ace said on Wednesday at
the MLB Fan Cave in New York. "I like it. I think they should do that
every year and not let the World Series go into November.