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Heisler: Unexpectedly, the NBA finds itself in a golden age

Welcome to the NBA’s Golden Age. No, really. Unimaginable as it seemed during last fall’s standoff with China, the NBA is in the midst of its greatest boom with Forbes projecting it will set an all-time record of $9.5 billion in revenue this season … up from last season’s record $8.8 billion. Since its international incident, the league has gotten back to business … which has never been better, with prosperity more widespread than the 1990s, which were considered the NBA’s zenith with Michael Jo...
Tags: Hong Kong, China, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Michael Jordan, Nba, Mlb, Tokyo, Baseball, New York Giants, Lebron James, Houston, Silver, James

The NFL and MLB want to expand their playoffs for a simple reason: $$$

Both the National Football League and Major League Baseball are considering changing their playoff formats, according to reports by ESPN and the New York Post.
Tags: NFL, Cnn, Mlb, Espn, National Football League, Major League Baseball

Life for a lefty specialist like Adam Kolarek could be changing this year

GLENDALE, Ariz. — When they came for the LOOGYs this winter, Adam Kolarek didn’t worry about it. He’s never seen himself that way. “When it was brought up last year, I kind of knew it was something that was going to be happening. Even in Triple-A, I figured it was going to happen. I just assumed it was already passed,” Kolarek said of the recently-ratified rule change which will require relief pitchers entering the game to face a minimum of three batters or complete an inning. “I think the main ...
Tags: La, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Mlb, Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, Pederson, DAVE ROBERTS, Roberts, Dodgers, Rob Manfred, Adam

Life for a lefty specialist like Dodgers’ Adam Kolarek could be changing this year

GLENDALE, Ariz. — When they came for the LOOGYs this winter, Adam Kolarek didn’t worry about it. He’s never seen himself that way. “When it was brought up last year, I kind of knew it was something that was going to be happening. Even in Triple-A, I figured it was going to happen. I just assumed it was already passed,” Kolarek said of the recently-ratified rule change which will require relief pitchers entering the game to face a minimum of three batters or complete an inning. “I think the main ...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Tampa Bay Rays, Pederson, DAVE ROBERTS, Roberts, Dodgers, Rob Manfred, Adam, GLENDALE Ariz, Whicker

Angels’ JC Ramírez said his velocity returned to 96 mph in winter ball

TEMPE, Ariz. >> JC Ramírez had a bad feeling when he looked up at the scoreboard after returning from Tommy John surgery. “I was never used to being in that situation, seeing on the scoreboard 93 on the best day,” Ramírez said. “It was 91-92. It was frustrating.” Ramírez averaged 95.6 mph with his fastball in 2017, but it was down to 91.0 mph when he came back in 2019. He pitched in just five games and then the Angels designated him for assignment. Ramírez took some time off after the season to ...
Tags: Mexico, Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Los Angeles Angels, Upton, Justin Upton, Rob Manfred, Ramirez, Whicker, Mike Trout, Tempe Ariz, Tommy John, Maddon

Angels’ Justin Upton looks for bounceback season

TEMPE, Ariz. — For all of Justin Upton’s career, he’s been that guy, a hitter expected to carry much of the offensive burden in the middle of the lineup. In this newly stacked Angels lineup, he may often find himself batting fifth, behind some combination of Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Shohei Ohtani. “We’ve got some big dogs,” Upton said. “I love being in this lineup. I’ll be the guy that nobody’s worried about, which is fun.” Upton, 32, has arrived at spring training in a condition that has ...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Los Angeles Angels, Upton, Justin Upton, Dodgers, Rob Manfred, Whicker, Joe Maddon, Tempe Ariz, Maddon, Billy Eppler, Albert Pujols

MLB 2020 odds and American League West win total predictions: What to do with the Astros?

AL WEST REGULAR SEASON WIN TOTALS HOUSTON ASTROS – O/U 94.5 Last season: Over 96.5 by 11 wins Where to even begin with the Astros? The banging scandal has rocked baseball to its core. The GM and head coach are fired.
Tags: News, Gm, Mlb, Houston, Houston Astros, Astros

MLB was told about the Astros’ system years ago and did nothing

Yesterday he talked to the Boston media about his time in Oakland. Specifically, he talked about how, when he played there, he and the rest of the A's learned about the specifics of the Astros' sign-stealing scheme from teammate Mike Fiers, who was traded to Oakland in August of that season. According to Lucroy, the Athletics informed Major League Baseball about their experience with the Astros, but no investigation was started until Fiers went on the record with The Athletic in Novemb...
Tags: News, Boston, Mlb, Athletics, Oakland, Major League Baseball, Lucroy, Astros, Fiers, Mike Fiers

4 PR Lessons From the Houston Astros Cheating Scandal

A significant part of public relations isn’t just communicating with the media to pitch them and share positive developments about client projects — it’s also about being frank, open and professional with journalists during a time of chaos and crisis. When the Houston Astros were caught using illegal sign-stealing methods during its World Series-winning 2017 season, their response was inadequate at best. Prior to the 2020 season, after the cheating scandal had become public, Astros owner...
Tags: Sports, Crisis Communications, Media Relations, Pr, Mlb, St Louis, Houston Astros, Thought Leadership, Rob Manfred, Crane, Astros, Jim Crane, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Steve Turner, Press Conferences

'SNITCH!': David Ortiz Tears Into MLB Whistleblower Who Exposed Houston Astros Cheating

Retired Red Sox icon David Ortiz slammed the whistleblower who exposed the cheating scheme used by the Houston Astros in 2017, when the team won the World Series. “I'm mad at this guy, the pitcher that came out talking about it,” Ortiz said on Thursday, referring to former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers. Fiers, who's now with the Oakland A's, detailed the sign-stealing scheme in the off-season, telling The Athletic that Astros personnel set up a video feed that focused on the opposing ...
Tags: News, Mlb, Oakland, Red Sox, Houston Astros, Ortiz, Astros, David Ortiz, Mike Fiers Fiers

‘SNITCH!’: David Ortiz Tears Into MLB Whistleblower Who Exposed Astros Cheating

The Boston Red Sox icon slams the pitcher who revealed baseball's biggest scandal in years.
Tags: News, Mlb, Boston Red Sox, David Ortiz

Dodgers photo day at spring training: See the new and returning faces

New Dodgers starting pitcher David Price poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger poses for a portrait during Spring Training Photo Day on Thursday at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner poses for a p...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Los Angeles Dodgers, Phoenix, Dodgers, GLENDALE Ariz, David Price, Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, Clayton Kershaw, Kike Hernandez, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Joc Pederson

Corey Seager may be a forgotten man in Dodgers’ loaded lineup

GLENDALE, Ariz. >> The question catches Corey Seager off guard, like a ground ball taking an unexpected hop. Do you think people have forgotten how good you are? “I don’t know how to answer that question,” Seager says with a laugh. “Um, I don’t really know. I mean, I don’t think about that. I don’t know that I’ve ever thought about that. My place is just to go out, compete and perform. Do what you can.” Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Corey Seager takes batting practice during spring training wo...
Tags: Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Alexander, Roberts, Dodgers, Rob Manfred, GLENDALE Ariz, Astros, Whicker

Red Sox legend David Ortiz gives his take on Mookie Betts trade with Dodgers

The realities of baseball can be harsh, and Boston Red Sox fans have found that out firsthand this offseason. The Red Sox traded their best player, Mookie Betts, and starting pitcher David Price to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for three young players earlier this month. Betts is entering the final year of his contract, and he's expected to land one of the richest deals in MLB history when his next one is signed.
Tags: News, Mlb, Boston Red Sox, Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Dodgers, David Ortiz, Betts, David Price, Mookie Betts

Jim Crane thought the heat over sign-stealing would blow over by spring training

The Astros' sign-stealing story broke in November, a steady drumbeat of coverage of it lasted through December and into January, when Rob Manfred's report came out about it. The report was damning and, in its wake, Houston's manager and general manger were both suspended and then fired. After that a steady stream of media reports came out which not only made the whole affair seem even worse than Manfred's report suggested, but which also suggested that, on some level, Major L...
Tags: News, Mlb, Houston, Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred, Manfred, Astros, Jim Crane

Angels’ Albert Pujols moving well early in camp after a rehab-free winter

TEMPE, Ariz. >> A few days into watching workouts, Joe Maddon has been impressed with how Albert Pujols looks. “He’s moving around really well,” Maddon said. “He looked good to me, man. I want to keep him that way. We’ll talk as the season progresses. I don’t know what he looked like the last couple years, but he looked like he was in pretty good shape to me.” Pujols, 40, is now going on 16 months without any type of surgery. After having operations following the 2012, 2015 and 2016 seasons, and...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Arizona, Mlb, Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Angels, Kansas City Royals, Albert, Rob Manfred, Whicker, Joe Maddon, Pujols, Tempe Ariz, Brad Ausmus

The Crookedest Team in Baseball History

This was the whole team, and coaches, for two full seasons. Using a center-field camera, a video monitor near the dugout, and a system of trash-can bangs from a teammate in the dugout, the Houston Asterisks knew what pitch was coming for two years. According to opponents, the Asterisks taped tiny buzzers to hitters' chests, set off little blinking lights, and even whistled.
Tags: News, Mlb, Houston Asterisks

Astros scandal whistleblower Mike Fiers says he does not need extra protection in 2020

Mike Fiers may be on some players' bad sides, prompting commissioner Rob Manfred to say MLB will offer the Oakland A's righty protection in 2020.         [Author: USA TODAY]
Tags: Usa, News, Mlb, Oakland, Usa Today, Rob Manfred, Astros, Mike Fiers

Ian Kinsler 'doesn’t see any form of punishment' coming for Red Sox 'flawless' sign-stealing system

The Boston Red Sox are still anxiously awaiting the results of an MLB investigation into sign-stealing in 2018, part of a scandal that has marred the team and all of baseball the past two months. Meanwhile, the Houston Astros have been hit with some harsh penalties for a sign-stealing scandal of their own. Cora was a part of Hinch's staff in 2017 as bench coach when the scheme to use real-time video to steal opponents' signals began.
Tags: News, Mlb, Boston Red Sox, Red Sox, Houston Astros, Cora, Hinch, Ian Kinsler

A's Mike Fiers responds to Rob Manfred's vow to protect him this season

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to the media Tuesday and addressed some additional questions surrounding the Astros' cheating scandal. The A's pitcher was at the base of bringing the Astros' sign-stealing to surface by going on the record in a November interview with The Athletic. After exposing Houston, Fiers received scrutiny, mainly from Astros fans.
Tags: News, Mlb, Houston Astros, Rob Manfred, Astros, Mike Fiers, Houston Fiers

Joe Girardi doesn't see penalty for Astros players as a deterrent

The calls for Astros players to get suspended have gotten louder and louder as players have descended upon Florida and Arizona for spring training this past week. From Cody Bellinger to Mike Trout to Trevor Bauer to Nick Markakis and everywhere in between, players have made clear how angry they are about Houston's cheating scandal. It's going to take a long time for Astros players to gain back the respect of their peers.
Tags: Florida, News, Arizona, Mlb, Houston, Astros, Joe Girardi, Mike Trout, Nick Markakis, Trevor Bauer, Cody Bellinger

Manfred missed the signs with Astros' punishment

It seems MLB commissioner Rob Manfred never saw the backlash coming over his decision not to punish Astros players in the sign-stealing scandal. Now he's paying the price.
Tags: News, Mlb, Rob Manfred, Manfred, Astros

Alex Wood back in blue, with inside track to spot in Dodgers’ rotation

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Seems like old times – but not quite. Acquired by the Dodgers in a midseason 2015 trade with the Atlanta Braves, Alex Wood faced the same situation each of the next three springs. The Dodgers were loaded with starters and he always seemed to be on the bubble, fighting for one of those spots in the rotation and trying to avoid a move to the bullpen. More often than not, he was successful. Wood made 62 starts for the Dodgers from 2016-18, going 26-14 with a 3.29 ERA and making th...
Tags: Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Seattle, Wood, Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati, Alexander, Tulsa, Dodgers, Rob Manfred, Friedman

Streaming-only radio experiment for Oakland A's isn't part of Twins reality -- yet

When the Twins open the 2020 regular season on March 26 in Oakland, Minnesota fans will be able to listen to the radio broadcast on a network of 81 stations spanning five states. Fans back in Oakland, however, won't be able to listen to the game in the traditional way. Instead, they will only be able to stream games via a free app – a decision announced this week in euphemistic, future-focused terms by the team. "We're excited," A's President Dave Kaval told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We're t...
Tags: Sacramento, Mlb, Oakland, Twins, Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, St Peter, Dave Kaval, Dave St Peter, Kaval, Oakland Minnesota

Angels’ Brian Goodwin says he has no hard feelings after arbitration hearing

TEMPE, Ariz. >> Brian Goodwin spent part of his day on Tuesday wearing a suit, sitting in a hotel conference room and hearing about what was wrong with him as a baseball player. “It’s not a pretty process,” Goodwin said Wednesday in his return to Angels camp, a day after he became the first Angels player since 2011 to go to an arbitration hearing. “It’s not a pretty process by any means, but I think it’s necessary for players to have a voice to be able to stand up for themselves, what they belie...
Tags: Angels, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Mlb, Los Angeles Angels, Justin Upton, Rob Manfred, Ramirez, Goodwin, Whicker, Tempe Ariz, Tommy John, Maddon, Billy Eppler, Albert Pujols

LeBron James criticizes MLB commissioner's handling of the Astros' sign-stealing scandal

Astros cheating scandal: Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James has joined the chorus of athletes speaking out against baseball commissioner Rob Manfred's handling of the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.
Tags: Cnn, Mlb, Lebron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Astros, Rob Manfred, Astros

MLB Rumors: Could Red Sox be part of three-team Wil Myers trade?

Could the Boston Red Sox participate in another blockbuster trade before the 2020 season? We learned Tuesday that the Red Sox and Padres are still discussing a trade involving San Diego outfielder Wil Myers, per Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. But it's possible a third team gets involved in a Red Sox-Padres trade, The Athletic's Dennis Lin reported Wednesday.
Tags: News, San Diego, Mlb, Boston Red Sox, Red Sox, Padres, San Diego Union Tribune, Wil Myers, Kevin Acee, Dennis Lin, Red Sox Padres

Spring Training Report: MLB Enters Spring Training Under A Dark Cloud

(CBS DFW/CBS Local) — Every team across the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues has now reported to spring training. While optimism abounds, as it does in the days before before the games count, MLB finds itself under a dark cloud. More could be lurking on the horizon. The offseason revealed that the Houston Astros systematically stole signs during their 2017 run. Some punishments were meted out, though current players weren’t affected, and the team retained its 2017 World Series title. Pending in the...
Tags: Minnesota, Washington, Boston, Sports, Mlb, Houston, Boston Red Sox, Yankees, Twins, Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks

Alex Verdugo shows Manny Ramirez love with unique Red Sox number choice

The new Red Sox outfielder, acquired from the Dodgers in the blockbuster that sent Mookie Betts and David Price to Los Angeles, initially was assigned No. 12, the number of former Boston utility man Brock Holt. LIVE stream the Celtics all season and get the latest news and analysis on all of your teams from NBC Sports Boston by downloading the My Teams App. "I looked through the roster, and that was the one that kind of stood out the most to me," Verdugo said Tuesday, via's Dawn Kle...
Tags: News, Boston, Los Angeles, Mlb, Boston Red Sox, Red Sox, Celtics, Dodgers, Manny Ramirez, David Price, Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, Verdugo, Alex Verdugo, NBC Sports Boston

MLBPA denies Rob Manfred's claim that union blocked Astros interviews until players had immunity

Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred attempted to clear the air yet again on Tuesday about his office's handling of Houston Astros' cheating scandal, but one point of contention has triggered a public disagreement with the MLB Players Association. During his news conference on Tuesday, Manfred said his office told the union it was not ruling out disciplinary measure for players as it began its investigation into the Astros in November. According to Manfred, that triggered a s...
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