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Nicole Hazen, Wife Of D-Backs GM Mike Hazen, Dies Of Cancer

Aug 4, 2022 4:23 PM

Nicole Hazen, the wife of Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen, has died from a form of brain cancer, the team said Thursday. She was 45.

The team said she died from glioblastoma. She was diagnosed in July 2020.

"Nicole lived her life and loved her family with fierceness and devotion," the Hazen family said in a statement released by the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

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Agent Sues Fox Sports Host For Libel Over Freddie Freeman Claim

Jul 15, 2022 9:06 AM

Agent Casey Close has sued Fox Sports radio host Doug Gottlieb for libel, alleging that Gottlieb "falsely and recklessly" defamed Close and Excel Sports Management in a tweet that claimed they had not presented a contract offer to Freddie Freeman during free agency.

The lawsuit details Close's negotiations with the Atlanta Braves, before Freeman signed a six-year, $162 million free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers in March.

On June 29, Gottlieb tweeted: "Casey Close never told Freddie Freeman about the Braves final offer, that is why Freeman fired him" -- an allegation the lawsuit says is false and has prompted death threats toward Close and tens of millions of dollars in damages to Close and Excel.

In a statement, Close said: "Although we gave Mr. Gottlieb an opportunity to retract his false statement, he failed to do so. The Complaint sets the record straight as to what occurred during the negotiations with the Atlanta Braves."

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California Agency Clears Way For A's' $12B Ballpark Plan

Jul 1, 2022 1:26 AM

A California agency on Thursday cleared the way for the Oakland Athletics to continue planning a $12 billion waterfront ballpark project.

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission voted 23-2 to reclassify a 56-acre terminal at the Port of Oakland as a mixed-use area where a new ballpark could be built. The vote is the first in a series of legal hurdles the team would have to overcome before it gets permission to break ground for the project.

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MLB Approves Minority Stake Of Guardians To David Blitzer

Jun 16, 2022 2:38 PM

Major League Baseball has approved the sale of a minority stake in the Cleveland Guardians to David Blitzer, who also has ownership shares in the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, according to multiple reports.

Blitzer will initially have 25-30% ownership and will have the right to increase his stake to a controlling interest in several years, according to the reports.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced approval of the sale at the end of a three-day owners meeting in New York.

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DOJ Asks Court To Limit MLB's Antitrust Exemption

Jun 16, 2022 7:54 AM

The Department of Justice, on behalf of three former minor league teams suing Major League Baseball after the league stripped them of their affiliation, has asked a federal court to limit the antitrust exemption given to MLB.

The three teams suing MLB were among 43 that lost their affiliation when the league downsized the minors to 120 teams in 2020.

MLB has asked that the lawsuit be dismissed, citing the antitrust exemption. In the filing with the U.S. District Court in New York, the Justice Department asked the court to "define the exemption narrowly."

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Son Of Steve Sax Among Five Marines Killed During Training Flight

Jun 11, 2022 3:03 PM

Former Dodgers player Steve Sax says his 33-year-old son, who had always dreamed of being a pilot, was among five U.S. Marines killed during a training flight crash earlier this week in the California desert.

Capt. John J. Sax was among the aircrew of an Osprey tiltrotor aircraft that went down during training in a remote area in Imperial County, about 115 miles east of San Diego and about 50 miles from Yuma, Arizona.

"It is with complete devastation that I announce that my precious son, Johnny was one of the five US Marines that perished on Wednesday, June 8, in the Osprey Military crash near San Diego," Steve Sax said in a statement published Saturday by CBSLA-TV. 

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O's CEO John Angelos Accused Of Seizing Control Of Team

Jun 11, 2022 10:38 AM

Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos was accused in a lawsuit this week of seizing control of the team at the expense of his brother, Lou -- and in defiance of their father, Peter's, wishes.

Peter Angelos became the Orioles' owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turns 93 next month.

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MLB Suspends Matt Harvey 60-Games For Distributing 'Drug Of Abuse'

May 17, 2022 5:03 PM

Right-hander Matt Harvey has been suspended 60 games for distributing a "drug of abuse" under Major League Baseball's drug program, the league announced Tuesday.

Harvey, who is currently with the Baltimore Orioles at the team's extended spring training facility, said in February he provided oxycodone to late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

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Minor League Players, MLB Settle Minimum Wage Dispute

May 10, 2022 5:22 PM

Minor league players and Major League Baseball have reached a settlement in a lawsuit alleging teams violated minimum wage laws.

Terms of the settlement were not filed with the court Tuesday and details were not released. Two people familiar with the negotiations, speaking to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the release of details was not authorized, said the sides in recent weeks had been discussing a possible settlement in the $200 million range.

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MLB Cancels First Two Regular-Season Series

Mar 4, 2022 8:33 AM

MLBPA player leaders agreed unanimously not to accept MLB's final proposal, and there was no deal on a new collective bargaining agreement before MLB's 5 p.m. ET deadline.

MLB had threatened to cancel its March 31 Opening Day without a new deal, and commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that Tuesday afternoon.

"The calendar dictates that we're not going to be able to play the first two series of the regular season and those games are officially canceled," Manfred said.

The sides will head home after negotiating for nine days and determine next steps for returning to the bargaining table.

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Josh Hamilton Gets Probation In Daughter-Assault Case

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Former Angels Staffer Found Guilty In Tyler Skaggs' Death

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Trevor Bauer Won't Face Criminal Charges

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Former MLB Pitcher Sergio Mitre Sentenced To 50 Years In Prison

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Former MLB Player, Manager Bill Virdon Has Died At Age 90

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Red Sox Broadcaster, Former Player Jerry Remy Dies At Age 68

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Woman Denied Restraining Order Against Trevor Bauer

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Woman: Felt Like 'Rag Doll' In Encounter With Trevor Bauer

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Omar Vizquel Sued By Former Bat Boy For Alleged Sexual Misconduct

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Sportsbook Next To Wrigley Field Approved

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Trevor Bauer Has Administrative Leave Extended

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Astros Pitching Legend J.R. Richard Dies At Age 71

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Nationals, Padres Game Suspended After Shooting Outside Park

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Longtime Giants Executive Dick Tidrow Dies At Age 74

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Trevor Bauer Has Administrative Leave Extended

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Woman Says Trevor Bauer Strangled Her Unconscious

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Trevor Bauer Facing Allegations Of Assault

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Braves' Marcell Ozuna Posts Bond, Released From Jail

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ESPN, MLB Extend TV Deal Through 2028 For $550M Annually

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MLB, MLBPA Hold First CBA Talks Ahead Of Dec. 1st Expiration

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