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New York Mets signing Tim Tebow is a stunt -- unless he can be the unicorn
By Roger Rubin, The Sports Xchange It was just a month ago that Tim Tebow issued invitations to a football-style showcase to all 30 Major League Baseball teams.
4 points by UPI | Major League Baseball Minor league baseball Baseball Heisman Trophy National League San Francisco Giants World Series New York Mets
Tebow agrees to $100,000 bonus to sign with Mets
NEW YORK – Having flopped with the New York Jets, Tim Tebow will try to revive his career as an outfielder with the Mets.Four years removed from his last regular-season snap as an NFL quarterback, the 29-year-old agreed Thursday to a minor league contract with the Mets that includes a $100,000 signi...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Major League Baseball Heisman Trophy Minor league baseball Joe Girardi Tim Tebow New York Yankees National League Philadelphia Eagles
‘Tebow to the Mets? Good luck’: Former Jets teammates react
When word began to circulate Thursday the Mets had signed Tim Tebow to their minor league system to give him a chance to carve out a professional baseball career after his NFL career fell short of his hopes, Tebow’s former teammates showed immediate support. “I believe Tim’s got a big heart and he’s a good...
9 points by New York Post | Major League Baseball Minor league baseball World Series American football Promotion and relegation Sports league National Football League National League
Staten Island Yankees ask fans to help pick new nickname
What, was “the Fresh Kills” taken? The Staten Island Yankees asked fans Thursday to help them pick the team’s new name, pitching them a bullpen full of miserable monikers. Fans of the minor-league squad have the unappetizing choice of the locally inspired names Bridge Trolls, Heroes, Killer Bees, Pizza Rats or Rock Pigeons. The Yankees’...
27 points by New York Post | Major League Baseball New York City Staten Island Yankees Manhattan New York Yankees Staten Island Brooklyn Minor league baseball
Don’t want to be a joke, Tim Tebow? Prove it on the field
Buried within Tim Tebow’s signing with the Mets, underneath enough secret agendas to fill the House of Representatives, lays the simplest reality: It’s on Tebow now. He wants his baseball career to be more than another entertaining chapter in his polarizing narrative? He can make that happen in the most concrete way: By defying expectations...
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Baseball executive Rick Brenner named MIS president
Longtime baseball executive Rick Brenner was named the new president of Michigan International Speedway on Thursday.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Major League Baseball Minor league baseball Toronto Blue Jays Midwest League Eastern League Syracuse Chiefs Roger Clemens New Hampshire Fisher Cats
Tim Tebow signs with Mets, with weekends off for ESPN
In the end, Tim Tebow will hit, or he won’t. He will sell lots of jerseys. No one will remember that he did not participate in a glorified practice session on the fourth Saturday of September. But, for as loudly and Tebow and his agent have proclaimed that his burgeoning baseball career is no publicity...
191 points by Los Angeles Times | Major League Baseball Heisman Trophy Minor league baseball Tim Tebow Florida Gators football Sam Bradford Maxwell Award Troy Smith
Critics of Mets’ Tim Tebow deal don’t get how this game works
Those who think Tim Tebow’s presence somewhere on a low-level minor league team will block some youngster’s dream don’t exactly know how this wheel works. Understand that teams employ a couple hundred minor leaguers to give a forum for perhaps 20-25 special ones to have teams with which to play and games in which to...
179 points by New York Post | Minor league baseball Major League Baseball New York Yankees Attention span Alex Rodriguez Boston Red Sox Atlanta Braves Tom Glavine
New York Mets sign Tebow to minor-league contract
Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets.
97 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Heisman Trophy Major League Baseball Minor league baseball Tim Tebow Florida Gators football New York Mets Sam Bradford Port St. Lucie Florida
Tim Tebow signs minor league contract with N.Y. Mets
The Mets announced Thursday the former quarterback will take part in the Instructional League in Port St. Lucie, Florida        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Heisman Trophy National Football League Major League Baseball New York Mets Minor league baseball New Jersey New York Jets Tim Tebow
Fans enjoy Labor Day at Ripken Stadium as IronBirds close season with win
On a sunny Labor Day, thousands of people took advantage of the last of the holiday weekend to fill Ripken Stadium for the final Aberdeen IronBirds game this year. Most of the seats were filled as the team closed on a positive note, with a 2-0 win over the Hudson Valley Renegades, whom the IronBirds...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Labor Day Harford County Maryland Coming out Aberdeen IronBirds Cal Ripken Jr. Major League Baseball Minor league baseball Baseball
Tim Tebow signs minor league contract
The former Heisman Trophy winner worked out in front of MLB teams last week.         
8978 points by Arizona Republic | Major League Baseball New York Mets Minor league baseball Promotion and relegation New York City Citi Field New Jersey New York Yankees
Stanton returns in limited role
The Miami Marlins, hoping to energize a faltering playoff bid, reinstated slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the disabled list Tuesday, barely three weeks after his season was thought to be over because of a badly strained groin. Manager Don Mattingly said the three-time All-Star initially will be...
2 points by Los Angeles Times | Baseball Major League Baseball First baseman Minor league baseball Don Mattingly Babe Ruth Baseball positions Joe Carter
Red Wings select 24 players for prospect tourney
The Detroit Red Wings released their 2016 NHL Prospect Tournament roster in Traverse City Sept. 16-20.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Free agent Draft Hradec Králové Michigan Traverse City Michigan Undrafted sportsperson National Football League Minor league baseball
Top 10 prospects to watch in the White Sox system
Chris Getz has spent his first White Sox spring training as director of player development working on his relationships. Developing players is about trust, he said, so his first order of business has been getting to know the players in the Sox system, as well as learning about the staff in charge...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals Minor league baseball Players Spring training
Drellich: Commissioner Rob Manfred keeps open mind on rule changes
LAKELAND, Fla. — The idea of starting extra innings with a runner on second base in a major league game is repulsive.Good thing the Gulf Coast League, one of the two Rookie leagues where that rule is to be implemented, is the lowest rung of the minor leagues.Commissioner Rob Manfred yesterday said he thinks of rule changes in three categories: those intended to speed up the game by eliminating dead time; those to promote action in the game itself, like an altered strike zone that may be on its way; and those with a more tailored purpose.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball Baseball St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox Minor league baseball National League Houston Astros World Series
K-Rod anxious to settle unfinished business in Detroit
The first time Francisco Rodriguez was in a contract year, 2008, he saved 62 games for the Los Angeles Angels.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Handedness Atlanta Braves Pitcher Minor league baseball Ian Kinsler Catcher Left-handedness
Families of men killed with Jose Fernandez file lawsuits
MIAMI (AP) — The families of the two men who were with Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez when his boat crashed into a Miami Beach jetty — killing all three — are suing the All-Star's estate.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Baseball St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis Missouri Florida Marlins Major League Baseball National League Minor league baseball Chicago Cubs
Orioles add right-hander Gabriel Ynoa from Mets
The Orioles added a young pitcher to their stocks on Friday, purchasing New York Mets right-hander Gabriel Ynoa for cash on the eve of spring training.“Gabriel Ynoa is young, strong, durable and talented,” executive vice president Dan Duquette said in a statement. “Our scouts feel he can develop into a major league starting pitcher by developing a consistent breaking pitch. We look forward to his contributions to the Orioles this season and beyond.”
-2 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball Baseball National League Cleveland Indians Pitcher Johan Santana Minor league baseball New York Mets
Joshua Kushner may buy Miami Marlins: AP source
The Kushner family, which already has close ties to the White House, may soon move into Major League Baseball. Joshua Kushner, whose older brother is an adviser to President Trump, has a preliminary agreement to buy the Miami Marlins for about $1.6 billion, a person with direct knowledge of the...
7 points by Chicago Tribune | Major League Baseball Florida Marlins Boston Red Sox Ivanka Trump National League Jared Kushner Baseball Minor league baseball
AP source: Joshua Kushner may buy Miami Marlins
MIAMI — A person with direct knowledge of the negotiations says Joshua Kushner, whose older brother is an adviser to President Trump, has a preliminary agreement to buy the Miami Marlins for about $1.6 billion.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the Marlins and owner Jeffrey Loria have not commented publicly on negotiations.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Major League Baseball Florida Marlins New York City Ivanka Trump Toronto New York Minor league baseball Chicago
Mets cut their Renaissance man to make room for Jerry Blevins
It wasn’t until Ty Kelly’s eighth professional season that the longtime minor league was finally called up to the majors. Now, Kelly only can wonder when the next call will come. The 28-year-old utility player, who is a guitarist and screenwriter in his spare time, was designated for assignment by the Mets on Thursday to...
105 points by New York Post | Baseball Major League Baseball Baseball positions Designated hitter Promotion and relegation Minor league baseball World Baseball Classic Pitcher
MLB testing radical extra-inning rule change
The Sports Xchange Major League Baseball plans to test a radical extra-inning rule-change proposal in the lower minor leagues this season, Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday.
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Report: Tigers add Mike Zagurski, David Lough on minor league deals
Lough, 31, had a short stint with the Phillies last season, hitting .239 with a .342 on-base percentage.        
-2 points by Detroit Free Press | Major League Baseball Baseball Minor league baseball World Series Oakland Athletics Promotion and relegation Detroit Tigers American League
Nationals acquire lefty reliever Enny Romero from Rays
The Nationals added to their bullpen depth by acquiring left-handed reliever Enny Romero from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league right-hander Jeffrey Rosa         
-2 points by Arizona Republic | Baseball Major League Baseball Florida Tampa Bay Rays Washington Nationals Cleveland Indians Boston Red Sox Minor league baseball
Tigers’ investment in Moya reaches breaking point
The outfield prospect is out of minor-league options and facing long odds to make the Tigers’ 25-man roster.        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Baseball Outfielder Baseball statistics Baseball positions Minor league baseball Right fielder Major League Baseball Minor league
Who's going to play centerfield for the Tigers?
Will it be Collins? Or Mahtook? Or Jones? A combination of the three? Someone has to patrol the huge Comerica Park CF        
129 points by Detroit Free Press | Major League Baseball Baseball statistics Minor league baseball Detroit Tigers Baseball Promotion and relegation Tiger Stadium Minor league
Angels could quietly be building a playoff contender
The anticipation is so great among Dodgers fans that nearly 30,000 fans showed up at Dodger Stadium on a Saturday in January. Not for a game. For a party — for balloons, music, autographs and interviews. The Dodgers have won the National League West four years running. They still have Clayton Kershaw,...
5424 points by Los Angeles Times | Major League Baseball San Francisco Giants Minor league baseball Florida Marlins Clayton Kershaw National League Los Angeles Dodgers Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Changes could be coming to MLB's strike zone, INT walk rules
Bob Uecker's famous "Just a bit outside" call may have to be modified if Major League Baseball gets its way with a new strike zone.
166 points by Daily News | Baseball Major League Baseball Designated hitter Umpire Minor league baseball National League ESPN Batting
David Wright’s fielding looks right, even if his arm doesn’t yet
PORT ST. LUCIE — The Captain was back on the field Monday with his teammates. David Wright took part in a brief workout with about 16 of his teammates on Field 2 at the Mets spring training complex. Wright did some light running and then fielded ground balls for about 10 minutes at third base....
132 points by New York Post | Baseball Field St. Lucie County Florida Batting Port St. Lucie Florida Minor league baseball New York Mets Batting average
Meet the real Ty Kelly: Guitarist, screenwriter and occasional Met
Ty Kelly is enjoying another warm winter day in San Diego. He has lived in too many places to count on his hands, and life isn’t always so generous. Sometimes, a move meant a promotion; sometimes, a setback. Other times, it only signified inconvenience. At least he had his guitar, making each temporary residence feel...
234 points by New York Post | Major League Baseball Baseball Minor league baseball World Baseball Classic Barry Bonds Minor league Promotion and relegation Little League Baseball
Mets get down to business in the bullpen
The Mets finally have gotten around to patching up their bullpen. Fox Sports reported the Mets agreed Friday to a one-year deal with right-hander Fernando Salas, who had finished the 2016 season with the team. Salas, 31, had a 2.08 ERA in 17 appearances (19 strikeouts, zero walks) following his Aug. 31 acquisition. The Mets also...
138 points by New York Post | Major League Baseball Major League Baseball pitchers Cleveland Indians English-language films Baseball Minor league baseball J. P. Ricciardi Citi Field
Dodgers executive Kapler shares personal baseball journey
Gabe Kapler would have loved to play for Israel in the World Baseball Classic. He has not played in the major leagues for seven years, but that would not have been a problem. Eric Gagne is playing for Canada, and he hasn’t played in the majors for nine years. But Kapler has a full-time job, as...
186 points by Los Angeles Times | Major League Baseball Israel Minor league baseball Baseball Tampa Bay Rays The Holocaust Jews Jordan
Angels move to prospect prospects at Rule 5 draft deadline
The Angels made several roster moves Friday to comply with Major League Baseball’s deadline to protect players from next month’s Rule 5 draft. They added left-hander Nate Smith and right-handers Eduardo Paredes, Keynan Middleton and Austin Adams to their 40-man roster, designated right-handers...
30 points by Los Angeles Times | Major League Baseball Minor league baseball Baseball Promotion and relegation St. Louis Cardinals Designated hitter Cleveland Indians Tampa Bay Rays
Rockies promote five young pitchers to 40-man roster
A wave of young Rockies pitchers received a big-league promotion Friday. The club announced that five minor leaguers were added to the club's 40-man roster.
2 points by The Denver Post | Minor league baseball Major League Baseball Chicago White Sox Baseball Boston Red Sox Arizona Diamondbacks Left-handedness Handedness
Tigers add RHP Sandy Baez to 40-man roster
He is rated as team's 16th best prospect by MLB.com        
-2 points by The Detroit News | Major League Baseball Baseball Minor league baseball Sandy Koufax Starting pitcher Ratios Promotion and relegation Baseball statistics
Scouts rip Tim Tebow’s ability, but Mets, Alderson will soldier on
As the first step in Tim Tebow’s baseball career wound down with the end of the Arizona Fall League, scouts from several teams continued to have harsh words for the former quarterback and current Mets farmhand. “Awful,” said one AL scout. “Stinks,” said one from the NL. “Ugly,” said another executive. “In the field and...
71 points by New York Post | Minor league baseball Baseball Manager Major League Baseball Batting average Game National League Coach
Breaking down the two Yankees prospects in Brian McCann trade
Add their ages together and they don’t reach Bartolo Colon’s. Which means right-handers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman won’t be in position to help the Yankees at the major league level for a while, if ever. Abreu, 21, and Guzman, 20, were acquired from the Astros for Brian McCann and money Thursday. Abreu pitched for...
95 points by New York Post | Minor league baseball New York Yankees Houston Astros New York Mets Major League Baseball Atlanta Braves St. Louis Cardinals Baseball
Why MLB and the union haven’t reached a new CBA yet
CHICAGO — Just two weeks are left until baseball’s current collective bargaining agreement expires, and don’t be surprised if talks go down to the wire. Some significant issues are unresolved, according to multiple sources. Nevertheless, hope still exists that a new pact can get done in time for the Dec. 1 deadline. “I remain optimistic...
5 points by New York Post | Major League Baseball Baseball Minor league baseball Collective bargaining Negotiation Promotion and relegation MLB Network San Francisco Giants
Meet the two pitching prospects the Yankees got for Brian McCann
The Yankees’ youth movement took its next step on Thursday after the team traded catcher Brian McCann to the Astros.
308 points by Daily News | Houston Astros Baseball Lancaster JetHawks Pitcher Minor league baseball Major League Baseball St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees
Sports of The Times: Good Bat? Cannon Arm? Jewish? Sign Him Up!
Players with a Jewish parent or grandparent are eligible for Israeli citizenship, which means they can play for the Israeli team at the World Baseball Classic qualifiers.
568 points by The New York Times | Major League Baseball Israel Baseball National League Minor league baseball New York Mets World Baseball Classic Catcher
As Tebow begins quest to play for Mets, fans follow
A helicopter circled overhead. Below, about 400 fans and more than 70 members of the news media gathered at the New York Mets’ year-round training complex. They were all there ...
30 points by Las Vegas Sun | Major League Baseball Minor league baseball Baseball American football Promotion and relegation National League New York Mets San Francisco Giants
Tim Tebow ready to 'embrace the grind' with Mets
"He knows when to kneel," one supporter says of Tim Tebow, New York Met prospect.         
1174 points by Arizona Republic | Major League Baseball Florida Gators football Baseball World Series Minor league baseball National League Heisman Trophy New York Mets
51s’ T.J. Rivera, Brandon Nimmo honored by New York Mets during pregame
Both players won Sterling awards for their successful seasons at Triple-A Las Vegas.
440 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Major League Baseball New York Mets Arizona Diamondbacks Minor league baseball New York Yankees National League Promotion and relegation Baseball
Same number, new sport: Tebow works out at Mets camp
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Tim Tebow arrived at the New York Mets' minor league clubhouse Monday morning, finding an orange-and-blue jersey with No. 15 on the back swaying in his locker.He was asked if that worked."Heck, yeah," Tebow replied.
2 points by Boston Herald | Heisman Trophy Major League Baseball National League Tim Tebow Fenway Park San Francisco Giants Florida Gators football Minor league baseball
Orioles, Aberdeen IronBirds extend player development pact through 2018 season
The Baltimore Orioles announced Monday they have extended their working agreement with the Class-A Aberdeen IronBirds, signing a two-year extension through the 2018 season. The IronBirds are owned by Ripken Baseball, whose principal investor is Orioles Hall of Fame player, Cal Ripken Jr., an Aberdeen...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Major League Baseball Aberdeen IronBirds Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore Orioles Minor league baseball Aberdeen Maryland Ripken Stadium World Series
Tim Tebow arrives at Mets camp, immediately draws a crowd
Tebow arrives at Mets' instructional league, his football-to-baseball quest beginning in earnest
92 points by The Boston Globe | Heisman Trophy Major League Baseball National League Tim Tebow Fenway Park San Francisco Giants Florida Gators football Minor league baseball
Tim Tebow begins Mets career amid frenzy
In the heart of Gator country, Tim Tebow draws a crowd as his new career begins.         
1437 points by Arizona Republic | Major League Baseball Florida University of Florida Promotion and relegation New York Mets Minor league baseball Southeastern Conference Port St. Lucie Florida
Ex-Wayne State pitcher Kinch finds success in USPBL
Kinch was one of the more than 70 minor league prospects who benefited from playing in the league's inaugural season        
-1 points by Detroit Free Press | Baseball Baseball statistics Major League Baseball Minor league baseball Pitcher Season Catcher Cy Young
Yankees’ discarded Tommy John victim returns — as a Ray
Sixteen months later, Chase Whitley was back on a major league mound, and it felt just as he imagined it: Emotional, nerve-wracking, exciting. Oh, and familiar — it was back in The Bronx, a place the right-hander once called home. “That was pretty cool. Just unbelievable. It was really, really special,” the former Yankee and...
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