Carl Erskine, longtime Dodgers pitcher and one of the

[ad_1] Carl Erskine, who pitched two no-hitters as a mainstay on the Brooklyn Dodgers, and was a 20-game winner in 1953 when he struck out a then-record 14 in the World Series, died Tuesday. He was 97. Erksine died at Community Hospital Anderson in his hometown of Anderson, Indiana, according to Michele Hockwalt, the hospital’s … Read more

What’s fueling the rise in arm injuries across MLB? A dangerous ‘cocktail’ of causes

[ad_1] Matt Blake texted Cleveland Guardians pitcher Shane Bieber a conciliatory message over the weekend. As a member of the Cleveland player-development system in the 2010s, Blake aided Bieber’s rise from college walk-on to unanimous American League Cy Young Award winner in 2020. For a time, Bieber represented the modern model for the manufacturing of … Read more

Inside the ‘very predatory’ world of illegal betting that lured Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter

[ad_1] In the story Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter Ippei Mizuhara initially told to ESPN, the two men logged into Ohtani’s bank account together on eight or nine occasions in 2023 and wired increments of $500,000 to Mathew Bowyer, an alleged illegal bookmaker under federal investigation. In the story Ohtani told the public days after Mizuhara recanted his … Read more

Final MLB offseason grades: Which teams passed — and which teams failed

[ad_1] The Athletic’s MLB offseason grades 1.0. By Tim Britton, Grant Brisbee and Aaron Gleeman According to a report by an economics professor at Yale University, roughly 80 percent of all grades handed out to undergraduate students last year were As. Too bad for major-league executives, then, that they don’t attend Yale (at least not anymore, in several … Read more

Shohei Ohtani, Dodgers keep mum in aftermath of interpreter theft accusation

[ad_1] SEOUL — For years, it was nearly impossible to see Shohei Ohtani anywhere without his longtime interpreter, Ippei Mizuhara, just a few steps away. On Thursday, following Mizuhara’s abrupt firing over his involvement with illegal gambling, it was almost impossible to see Ohtani at all. Ohtani didn’t enter the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse during … Read more

As the Dodgers enter their Shohei Ohtani Era, failure is not an option

[ad_1] PHOENIX — Flags only fly forever if you raise them. At Dodgertown, the ancestral home of the Los Angeles Dodgers in Vero Beach, Fla., a mural celebrating six World Series winners greeted visitors. No such signage exists at Camelback Ranch. The team has won the National League West 11 times since shifting its spring … Read more

The Angels adjust to life after Shohei Ohtani: ‘Like being kicked out of the band’

[ad_1] TEMPE, Ariz. — Every morning for the past six years, no matter how early Angels players and staff got to Tempe Diablo Stadium, they saw a throng of Japanese media standing on the Tempe Butte mountain overlooking the team’s spring training complex. This wasn’t a recreational sunrise hike. Every camera was zoomed in, waiting … Read more

2024 MLB ‘Wild-Card Era’ Franchise Rankings: Rangers break into top 10, Cubs fall out

[ad_1] As Jonah Heim squeezed the final strike of the 2023 postseason and Josh Sborz spiked his mitt on the mound to celebrate the Texas Rangers’ first World Series title, a thought crossed my mind: How will this change the franchise rankings? See, the Wild-Card Era (1995 to present) franchise rankings are not a creation … Read more

When your landlord bats leadoff: Inside the cliquish world of baseball real estate 

[ad_1] Shortly after haggling his way out of free-agent purgatory and into a new contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kiké Hernández asked his wife, Mariana, to investigate another market. She contacted former Dodger Rich Hill’s wife, Caitlin, with a request: Could the Hernándezes live in the Hills’ house again?  The Hills had bought the … Read more

Rosenthal: Mookie Betts’ latest goal? Become ‘a legend in the game’

[ad_1] GLENDALE, Ariz. — Mookie Betts keeps upping the ante. He talked last season about wanting to become a Hall of Famer. His latest goal: To become, in his words, “a legend in the game.” Betts, 31, made that declaration in an interview I conducted with him Tuesday for Fox Sports. I asked him, after … Read more