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Nationals, Padres Game Suspended After Shooting Outside Park

Jul 18, 2021 1:28 AM

The game between the San Diego Padres and Washington was suspended in the sixth inning Saturday night after a shooting outside Nationals Park that caused echoes of gunfire inside the stadium and prompted fans to scramble for safety in the dugout.

The shooting, an exchange of gunfire between people in two cars, left three people injured, according to Ashan Benedict, the Metropolitan Police Department's executive assistant police chief.

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Longtime Giants Executive Dick Tidrow Dies At Age 74

Jul 15, 2021 1:27 AM

Dick Tidrow, a former major league pitcher and longtime member of the San Francisco Giants' front office, has died. He was 74.

The Giants announced his death Wednesday on behalf of the Tidrow family. He died unexpectedly Saturday in Lee's Summit, Missouri.

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Trevor Bauer Has Administrative Leave Extended

Jul 15, 2021 1:24 AM

The administrative leave for Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer has been extended by nearly two weeks to July 27, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.

The move pushes Bauer's leave past a scheduled July 23 hearing for a domestic violence restraining order filed by a woman in L.A. County Superior Court.

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Woman Says Trevor Bauer Strangled Her Unconscious

Jul 1, 2021 8:54 AM

Trevor Bauer strangled a woman he was having sex with until she lost consciousness on multiple occasions, repeatedly punched her in the face during sex and left her with injuries that required hospitalization, the woman said in a domestic violence restraining order.

In a copy of the order obtained by ESPN, the woman, 27, said: "I am deeply concerned that no arrest has been made or charges filed." While asking the court to issue a no-contact order that would prevent Bauer from coming within 100 yards of her, the woman provided graphic details of two meetings with Bauer and photographs that show two black eyes, scratches on her face and bruised and cut lips.

"I agreed to have consensual sex," the woman said in a declaration given under the penalty of perjury. "However I did not agree or consent to what he did next. I did not agree to be sexually assaulted."

Pasadena (CA) police continue to investigate the alleged assaults, which took place April 21 and May 16.

Bauer plans to refute the account during a July 23 hearing, according to his representatives.

Major League Baseball has opened an investigation into Bauer under its joint domestic violence policy with the players' union, according to sources.

Alden Gonzalez & Jeff Passan/ESPN

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Trevor Bauer Facing Allegations Of Assault

Jun 30, 2021 7:48 AM

Trevor Bauer is facing allegations of assault by a woman stemming from a sexual encounter earlier this year.

The Pasadena (CA) Police Department said it is investigating the alleged assault, which it says occurred around the middle of May.

Major League Baseball has been made aware of the allegations against Bauer and will look into the matter, a source said.

Alden Gonzalez & Jeff Passan/ESPN

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Braves' Marcell Ozuna Posts Bond, Released From Jail

Jun 1, 2021 8:16 AM

Marcell Ozuna was released from jail after posting $20,000 bond Monday on charges of aggravated assault by strangulation and battery against his wife.

The Atlanta Braves star was jailed Saturday after police officers in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs said they witnessed him attacking his wife, Genesis, while responding to a 911 call.

Ozuna could face a long suspension by Major League Baseball, which plans to review the matter under the joint domestic violence policy in place between MLB and the players' union.


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

May 13, 2021 6:01 PM

ESPN and Major League Baseball have renewed their television deal through the 2028 season worth $550 million per year over seven years.

ESPN will keep exclusive rights to "Sunday Night Baseball" but will walk away from a weekday schedule where games ran side-by-side with local telecasts. 

John Ourand/Sports Business Journal

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

Apr 21, 2021 1:59 PM

The MLB and MLBPA met for their first official negotiating session ahead of the expiration of their current deal in six months on December 1st. 

Relations between the league and players have grown combative in recent years, with both sides accusing the other of operating in bad faith amid multiple failed efforts to reach deals. Owners and players both understand that the $10 billion-a-year industry could be gravely harmed by a labor dispute.

It was the first negotiating session between the sides since the union turned down MLB's offer for a paused-and-shortened season with full pay that included expanded playoffs.

While the top players in the games have seen their salaries increase, the MLB's middle class has had their pay contract significantly.

An overhaul of baseball's core economic system is highly unlikely. 

Jeff Passan/ESPN

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ESPN Baseball Journalist Pedro Gomez Dies At 58

Feb 8, 2021 12:48 AM

Pedro Gomez, an ESPN reporter since 2003 and one of the country's foremost baseball journalists, died unexpectedly Sunday. He was 58.

Gomez, who was based in Phoenix, covered baseball for SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight and other ESPN studio shows, live events and radio. During his 35-year career, he covered more than 25 World Series and more than 20 All-Star Games.

"We are shocked and saddened to learn that our friend and colleague Pedro Gomez has passed away," said Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content.

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Mets Owner Steven Cohen Taking A 'Break' From Twitter

Jan 30, 2021 1:10 PM

New York Mets owner Steve Cohen is taking a "break" from Twitter after saying his family received personal threats this week amid an ongoing stock-trading standoff between day traders and hedge funds.

"I've really enjoyed the back and forth with Mets fans on Twitter which was unfortunately overtaken this week by misinformation unrelated to the Mets that led to our family getting personal threats," Cohen said in a statement Saturday after deactivating his account Friday night. "So I'm going to take a break for now. We have other ways to listen to your suggestions and remain committed to doing that. I love our team, this community, and our fans, who are the best in baseball. Bottom line is that this week's events in no way affect our resources and drive to put a championship team on the field.

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Hall Of Famer, Former Dodger Pitcher Don Sutton Dies At 75

Mets GM Jared Porter Acknowledges Sending Explicit Images

MLB Teams Lost $1 Billion In 2020

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Hall Of Famer Joe Morgan Dies At 77

Hall Of Famer Whitey Ford Dies At Age 91

Hall Of Famer Bob Gibson Dies At Age 84

Turner, MLB Agree To Seven-Year, $3.745 Billion Right Deal

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Rob Manfred Believes MLB's Protocols Are Working

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MLB To Reduce Rosters To 28 For Remainder Of Season


MLBPA Proposes 70-Game Season As Eventual Deal Becomes More Likely

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Jung Ho Kang Suspended One Year By KBO For Past DUIs


MLB To Present Return-To-Play Proposal Within Next Week

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Mike Rizzo Optimistic MLB Will Play 2020 Season

Associated Press

MLB Players, Employees Participating In COVID-19 Antibodies Study

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Josh Hamilton Indicted On Felony Charge Of Injury To Child

Associated Press

MLB Considering Starting Season In Florida Or Arizona

Ken Rosenthal/The Athletic

MLB Delays Start Of 2020 Regular Season By At Least Two Weeks


Survey: Fans Believe Astros Players Should Be Penalized

Yoenis Cespedes Agrees To Pay Cut In Grievance Settlement

Sources: Astros Executive Suggested Using Cameras In 2017 To Spy