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Union executive Marvin Miller, catcher Ted Simmons elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

[ad_1] SAN DIEGO -- Marvin Miller, the union leader who revolutionized baseball by empowering players to negotiate multimillion-dollar contracts and to play for teams of their own choosing, was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Sunday along with former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons.After falling short in his first seven times on veterans committee ballots, Miller received 12 of 16 votes from this year's 16-man modern committee, exactly
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Ted Simmons, union executive Marvin Miller elected to baseball Hall of Fame

[ad_1] Former St. Louis Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons and players' union executive Marvin Miller were both elected into the Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee on Sunday. They are the first two member of the 2020 Hall of Fame class.The Modern Baseball Era Committee considers individuals who contributed to baseball from 1970-1987 and who are no longer eligible through the writers' election process.Simmons, who fell one vote
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Hall of Famer Mike Piazza agrees to manage Italian baseball team

[ad_1] Hall of Fame catcher Mike Piazza has agreed to manage the Italian baseball team, he announced in a tweet Wednesday.Piazza said he will manage the team for the 2020 European Baseball Championship and the 2021 World Baseball Classic.Excited to announce I have reached an agreement to manage the Italian National Baseball team. This will include a European Tournament next year and the 2021 @WBCBaseball Classic.#MLB #Italia— Mike Piazza (@mikepiazza31)
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Red Sox to hire Rays’ Chaim Bloom as head of baseball operations

[ad_1] The Boston Red Sox have agreed to hire Tampa Bay Rays executive Chaim Bloom as their new head of baseball operations, a source confirmed to ESPN's Jeff Passan.Terms were not available. The New York Post was first to report the Red Sox would hire the Rays' senior vice president of baseball operations.Bloom, 36, will succeed Dave Dombrowski, whom the Red Sox fired as president of baseball operations in September,
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Yankees playing their worst baseball at the worst possible time

[ad_1] 2:44 AM ETJeff PassanESPN CloseESPN MLB insiderAuthor of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports"NEW YORK -- The complete implosion of the New York Yankees, a 103-win team that spent Game 4 of the American League Championship Series looking like a 103-loss team, ended Friday at 12:28 a.m. local time. Remaining at Yankee Stadium were maybe 5,000 fans. They stayed to boo.Over the
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Ned Colletti’s baseball lessons for NHL scouting

[ad_1] MANHATTAN BEACH, CA -- Ned Colletti might be the only person in professional sports history to have traded for Manny Ramirez and scouted the Columbus Blue Jackets' power play.Managerial cross-pollination between professional leagues is rare. While general managers and coaches trade notes and use each other for advice, the actual hiring of an executive from one sport to work in another just doesn't happen. Which is why the San
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With Mike Trout out, can ‘baseball rat’ Alex Bregman earn AL MVP?

[ad_1] 6:57 AM ETStefano FusaroESPN HOUSTON -- During the Little League World Series, it became commonplace to see All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman in the Houston Astros' clubhouse, cheering on Team Louisiana with the same exuberance and energy the Little League champions showed out on the field. Once they lifted the trophy, the former LSU Tiger took to Instagram and invited Team Louisiana to a game in Houston.As Bregman approached
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Fantasy baseball daily notes — Pitcher and hitter rankings for Sunday

[ad_1] 6:10 PM ETTodd ZolaFantasy CloseWriting on fantasy baseball game theory and player analysis since 1997 Winner of the 2013 Fantasy Sports Writer's Association Best Baseball ArticleWelcome to the penultimate Sunday of the regular season. Both Central Divisions are still up for grabs along with the four wild-card spots. While several of Sunday's contests have playoff implications, they all matter for fantasy.It's a good day for streaming starting pitching with
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One hundred years into live ball era, is baseball a better game?

[ad_1] Style of play has been a hot topic this season, when records are falling left and right, and center, too. That sounds pretty exciting, but a lot of people have a lot of problems with which records are falling because of what it says about the product. Which, by the way, remains wonderful. Perfect? No. But still pretty damned good.Whether you love it, hate it or fall somewhere in