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Dwight Gooden Arrested For Cocaline Possession

Jul 12, 2019 6:33 PM

Former major league pitcher Dwight Gooden was arrested last month on suspicion of possession of cocaine, according to a complaint from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office that was obtained by multiple outlets.

According to the complaint, Gooden, 54, had two small plastic baggies containing suspected cocaine in his possession when he was stopped for a traffic violation on June 7 in Holmdel, New Jersey. 

Prosecutor's spokesman Christopher Swendeman told the New York Post that Gooden had been pulled over for driving too slowly on a highway and for failing to maintain the lane.

Tags: New York Mets, Legal, Misc Rumor

MLB Suspends Odubel Herrera For The Rest Of The Season

Jul 6, 2019 1:30 AM

Major League Baseball has suspended Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera for the rest of the season for violating MLB's joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

Herrera won't appeal the decision, according to MLB. His unpaid suspension will be retroactive to June 24 and will cover 85 regular-season games and any postseason games that his club might play in 2019.

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Legal, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Police: David Ortiz Shooting Was $30K Hit Gone Bad

Jun 30, 2019 5:07 PM

Police say a suspected drug trafficker offered to pay $30,000 for the shooting that wounded baseball slugger David Ortiz, who was sitting alongside the intended victim.

National Police spokesman Frank Felix Duran Mejia told a news conference on Sunday that the alleged mastermind of the attack had so far paid only $10,000 to people hired to arrange the killing of Sixto David Fernandez, his cousin.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Legal, Misc Rumor

Sources: Cubs Considering Sportsbook At Wrigley Field

Jun 15, 2019 9:18 PM

The Chicago Cubs have considered opening a sportsbook at Wrigley Field and at locations just outside of the Friendly Confines, multiple sources familiar with the team's thinking told ESPN.

Betting windows, automated kiosks and even a full-blown sportsbook venue inside the stadium are among the options that have been considered by the Cubs and other Chicago professional franchises, as Illinois' new sports betting law prepares to take effect.

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Legal, Misc Rumor

David Ortiz Shot, Wounded In Dominican Republic

Jun 9, 2019 10:32 PM

Former Red Sox and Dominican star David Ortiz was shot and wounded at an entertainment center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, his father told ESPN's Enrique Rojas.

"They called to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical center, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred," Leo Ortiz said via telephone from the Dominican Republic.

"At the moment, everything is confusing. I'm trying to find out where they took my son," Mr. Ortiz added.

According to a report from Dominican TV station CDN 37, Ortiz was shot in the leg.

Ortiz is in stable condition.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Legal, Misc Rumor

Former Rangers Manager Frank Lucchesi Dies At 92

Jun 9, 2019 3:46 PM

Frank Lucchesi, who replaced the fired Billy Martin as manager of the Texas Rangers in 1975 and was punched by a player upset over a demotion two years later, has died. He was 92.

The Rangers said Lucchesi died Saturday. The San Francisco native lived in the Dallas area.

Tags: Texas Rangers, Legal, Misc Rumor

Bill Buckner Dies At 69 After Battling Dementia

May 27, 2019 2:36 PM

Bill Buckner, the longtime major leaguer whose error in the 1986 World Series for years lived in Red Sox infamy, died Monday.

"After battling the disease of Lewy Body Dementia, Bill Buckner passed away early the morning of May 27th surrounded by his family," his family said in a statement. "Bill fought with courage and grit as he did all things in life. Our hearts are broken but we are at peace knowing he is in the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."

He was 69.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Legal, Misc Rumor

Average MLB Franchise Now Valued At $1.78 Billion

Apr 12, 2019 9:16 AM

The average MLB team is now worth $1.78 billion, which represents an eight percent increase over last year.

Over the 22 years Forbes has released valuations on MLB teams, the average team value has increased at an 11 percent compound annual rate of growth.

The average NBA and NFL team values have increased 13 percent and 12 percent respectively.

The MLB is more reliant on local revenue (ballpark and local television money) at $7.29 billion compared to $2.76 billion in central revenue (mainly national television money).

The New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants comprise the top-5.

Mike Ozanian, Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

Tags: Legal

Woman Suing Astros Due To T-Shirt Cannon Incident

Apr 9, 2019 11:15 PM

A woman is suing the Houston Astros for more than $1 million, claiming her finger was broken when she was hit by a shirt from the T-shirt cannon fired at close range by the team's mascot, Orbit, last season.

Jennifer Harughty says in the suit that her left index finger was shattered on July 8, 2018, when she was hit by a shirt from the cannon.

Tags: Houston Astros, Injury, Legal, Misc Rumor

Dykstra Suing Ex-Met Teammate For Libel, Defamation

Apr 9, 2019 5:42 PM

Lenny Dykstra sued former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling for defamation and libel on Tuesday, following through on his threat to file a lawsuit for claims Darling made about Dykstra in his new book.

In his book, "108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game," Darling wrote that Dykstra shouted racial taunts at Boston Red Sox pitcher Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd from the on-deck circle before Game 3 of the 1986 World Series.

The suit was filed in New York Supreme Court and lists St. Martin's Press LLC, Macmillan Publishing Group LLC and Darling as defendants.

Tags: New York Mets, Legal, Misc Rumor

White House Says MLB Agreement With Cuba Violates Trade Law
The Trump administration has scuttled MLB's agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation.

Ron Darling Stands By Lenny Dykstra Allegations
Ron Darling has accused former Mets teammate Lenny Dyksttra shouted racial slurs at Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd during the 1986 World Series.

Player's Union Scolds MLB For 'Game' Playing
Tony Clark scolded the MLB for making a game out of the arbitration process.

Deadspin Details Poor Treatment Of MLBAM Employees
Deadspin reviewed internal communications from MLB Network and MLBAM and spoke to more than a dozen current and former MLBAM employees from a number of departments within the company.

Laura Wagner/Deadspin

MLB Attempting To Collectively Purchase RSNs From Disney
MLB believes buying RSNs could move the league to a more national model and address revenue disparity.

Ronald Blum/AP

Giants CEO Apologizes For Altercation With Wife
Larry Baer and his wife were caught on video having a fight over a cellphone.

MLB Signs Gambling Data Deal With Sportradar
Sportradar will serve as a middleman for sports-betting operators that want to offer in-game bets on MLB games.

Eben Novy-Williams/Bloomberg

Red Sox Owe Nearly $12M In Luxury Tax
The only other MLB team that owes is the Nationals, who must pay $2.3M.

Lenny Dykstra Pleads Not Guilty To Drug, Terroristic Charges
Lenny Dykstra appeared in court Monday to answer charges of drug possession as well as making terroristic threats.

MLB Clears Astros Of Any Sign-Stealing
Major League Baseball said it found no violations by the Astros during the postseason.

Twins' Miguel Sano Arrested In Dominican Republic
Miguel Sano was arrested on Sunday after an incident that left a police officer with a broken leg.

MLB Places Addison Russell On Administrative Leave
Addison Russell's ex-wife opened up about abuse allegations against the shortstop this week.

Jennry Mejia Granted Conditional Reinstatement
Mets reliever Jennry Mejia became the first player suspended for life under MLB's drug program in 2016.

MLB Suspends Roberto Osuna 75 Games
Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna has been suspended for violating MLB's domestic violence policy.

Former Pitcher Bruce Kison Dies At Age 68
Bruce Kison helped the Pirates in winning World Series titles in 1971 and 1979.

Diamondbacks Get Deal To Leave Chase Field By 2022
The Diamondbacks can leave Chase Field to find a new home by 2022 without penalty following a vote by the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors.

Associated Press

Diamondbacks, Maricopa County Reach Agreement Regarding Stadium Lease
The Diamondbacks and Maricopa County have reached a preliminary agreement that will allow the club to immediately begin searching for construction sites on a new stadium.

Rebekah L. Sanders/Arizona Republic

Manfred: Shorter Season Would Mean Lower Pay
Tony Clark, the Executive Director of the Player's Union, has said he doesn't think his players deserve a pay cut even if baseball decides to implement a shorter season.

A's Propose To Buy Coliseum Property From Oakland
The Warriors and Raiders will both leave the site within the next few years, leaving the A's as the only tenants.

Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross/San Francisco Chronicle

MLB Suspends Steven Wright 15 Games
Red Sox starting ptcher Steven Wright violated MLB's domestic violence policy.