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Eric Cooper, Veteran MLB Umpire, Dies At 52

Oct 21, 2019 3:22 AM

Eric Cooper, a Major League Baseball umpire who worked the American League Division Series two weeks ago, has died. He was 52.

Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Cooper's death Sunday.

Cooper died after having a blood clot. He had knee surgery earlier in the week and was recuperating at his father's home in Iowa. Popular with his fellow umps, he spoke with some of them Saturday about his recovery.

Cooper made his debut in the majors in 1996 as a minor league fill-in and joined the big league staff in 1999.

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Angels' Eric Kay: Cooperating With Feds 'Right Thing To Do'

Oct 13, 2019 7:46 PM

Angels communications director Eric Kay, who last month told U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents that he provided opioids to pitcher Tyler Skaggs, said in a statement to Outside the Lines on Sunday that it's "time for everyone to stand up and take responsibility."

"I felt and continue to feel that it is time for everyone to stand up and take responsibility for their respective roles in this," he said in the statement issued by his attorney, Michael Molfetta. "Nothing anyone does will ever provide closure for the Skaggs family. I can't, the Angels can't, and the courts can't, regardless of what happens there. But at least I can help them 'know' instead of '

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Legal

Red Sox On Track To Pay $13.05M In Luxury Tax

Sep 14, 2019 7:49 PM

The Boston Red Sox are on track to pay a $13.05 million luxury tax for a season in which they are likely to miss the playoffs.

The World Series champions' payroll for purposes of the tax increased from $239.7 million on Opening Day to $242.8 million on Aug. 31, according to calculations by the commissioner's office obtained by The Associated Press.

Teams are allowed to get to $206 million before the luxury tax kicks in.

As of Opening Day, the Red Sox were projected for an $11.76 million tax.

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Legal, Misc Rumor

Former Cardinal' Chris Duncan Dies At Age 38

Sep 7, 2019 10:05 AM

Chris Duncan, a former outfielder who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the 2006 World Series, died Friday. He was 38.

Duncan, the son of former St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan and brother of former major leaguer Shelley Duncan, died of brain cancer in his hometown of Tucson, Arizona.

Tags: St. Louis Cardinals, Legal, Misc Rumor

MLB, MLBPA Weighing Opioid Testing

Sep 6, 2019 11:06 PM

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have had initial conversations about randomly testing players for opioids following an autopsy report that showed oxycodone and fentanyl in the blood of late Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs.

While the discussions are in preliminary stages, both sides expect them to ramp up in the coming weeks and progress in the offseason, sources told ESPN.

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Minor Leaguer Chace Numata Dies After Skateboarding Accident

Sep 2, 2019 10:17 PM

Chace Numata, a minor league catcher in the Detroit Tigers organization, died Monday from injuries suffered last week in a skateboarding accident. He was 27.

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Injury, Legal, Misc Rumor

Luis Castillo, Octavio Dotel Cleared Of Money Laundering

Aug 30, 2019 10:57 PM

A week after Luis Castillo and Octavio Dotel headlined a list of suspects named in an investigation of drug trafficking in the Dominican Republic, local authorities have cleared the former MLB players of charges of money laundering.

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

Royals Sold To John Sherman, Investors

Aug 30, 2019 5:44 PM

The Kansas City Royals said in a statement Friday the team has sold and the closing of the sale to local businessman John Sherman and a group of investors is pending customary approval from Major League Baseball.

"The decision to sell the Royals was difficult for our family," said David Glass, the team's owner and CEO since he acquired the team in April 2000, in a statement. "Our goal, which I firmly believe we've achieved, was to have someone local, who truly loved the game of baseball and who would be a great steward for this franchise going forward.

Tags: Kansas City Royals, Legal, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Wally Backman Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges

Aug 30, 2019 5:23 PM

Former Mets second baseman Wally Backman was arrested Friday morning and charged with domestic violence in Riverhead, New York.

The 59-year-old minor league manager was accused Friday of pushing a woman against a wall, twisting her hand and taking her phone so she couldn't call 911.

Backman pleaded not guilty to harassment and criminal mischief charges. He was ordered to stay away from the woman and is due back in court Sept. 17.

Tags: New York Mets, Arizona Diamondbacks, Legal, Misc Rumor

Coroner: Tyler Skaggs Died From Accidental Overdose

Aug 30, 2019 5:20 PM

A medical examiner in Texas has ruled that Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died from an accidental overdose of drugs and alcohol.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office said in a report released Friday that Skaggs had the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone, along with alcohol, in his system.

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Legal, Misc Rumor

Phillies File Lawsuit To Keep 'Phanatic'
Harrison/Erickson Inc. is trying to renege on an agreement the sides made more than 30 years to now make the mascot a "free agent."

Dwight Gooden Arrested For Cocaline Possession
Dwight Gooden is also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and driving under the influence.

MLB Suspends Odubel Herrera For The Rest Of The Season
Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera violated MLBs joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.

Police: David Ortiz Shooting Was $30K Hit Gone Bad
Police say a suspected drug trafficker offered to pay $30K for the shooting that wounded David Ortiz,

Sources: Cubs Considering Sportsbook At Wrigley Field
The Illinois' new sports betting law prepares to take effect.

David Ortiz Shot, Wounded In Dominican Republic
According to a report from a Dominican TV station, David Ortiz was shot in the leg at an entertainment center in Santo Domingo.

Former Rangers Manager Frank Lucchesi Dies At 92
Frank Lucchesi replaced the fired Billy Martin as the Rangers manager in 1975.

Bill Buckner Dies At 69 After Battling Dementia
Bill Buckner played 22 seasons in the majors, was an All-Star once and won a batting title in 1980.

Average MLB Franchise Now Valued At $1.78 Billion
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.

Mike Ozanian, Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

Woman Suing Astros Due To T-Shirt Cannon Incident
Jennifer Harughty says in the suit that her left index finger was shattered in the T-Shirt cannon incident last season.

Dykstra Suing Ex-Met Teammate For Libel, Defamation
Lenny Dykstra is suing Ron Darling for claims Darling made about Dykstra in his new book.

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.