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.
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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.
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.
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.
The Phillie Phanatic has been part of Philadelphia lore since 1978.
The Phillies are hoping to keep it that way, even if it means getting the courts involved.
In a federal lawsuit filed Friday in New York, a copy of which was obtained by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies alleged that the firm they hired to help create the Phanatic, Harrison/Erickson Inc., is trying to renege on an agreement the sides made more than 30 years ago and in doing so make the beloved, furry green mascot a major league "free agent."