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April 12, 2013

Goat head delivered to Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts

Goat head delivered to Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Wednesday at 2:30pm Chicago local time, a goat’s head was delivered for Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts at his office in Wrigley Field. The head was dropped off at Gate K by the unidentified male driver of a van, reportedly not by a member of the United States Postal Service.

The Chicago Police were notified of the incident, and are investigating. The driver of the truck was recorded on surveillance video.

In 1945, when the Cubs last competed in Major League Baseball’s World Series, Chicago restaurant owner Billy Sianis was ejected from Wrigley Field during the World Series after trying to bring a goat into the stadium. Following the incident, Sianis is alleged to have cursed the team, vowing they would never win the championship again. The incident has become part of Chicago Cubs’ fan lore.

The day of the incident, the Chicago Cubs game versus the Milwuakee Brewers was postponed due to weather. The Cubs organization is also in negotiations with the city of Chicago over possible renovations to Wrigley Field.



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July 24, 2012

Small Texas town hosts large baseball tournament

Small Texas town hosts large baseball tournament

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Texas city of Chandler, with a modest population of just over 2,700, is hosting the Texas Teenage Baseball-Softball Association’s 8U [age 8 and under] Boys State Tournament. The event’s opening ceremony was held on Sunday July 22nd. Some of the city’s citizens have expressed excitement about and anticipation of the tournament for several weeks.

Mayor Ann Hall (foreground) prepares to address attendees at opening ceremony.

Including players and coaches, about 800 people attended the opening ceremonies, which began at 7pm CDT at the Winchester Park baseball complex and were led by the city’s Mayor, Ann Hall. Local businesses sponsored a hotdog supper at the complex before the ceremony. Overall, the tournament is to feature all 17 teams competing in about 40 games. Games are set to start at 8:30am each day, and play through 11:00pm nightly.

Members of the Brownwood Blue Jays prepare to accept souvenir bags from the city’s Mayor.

During the opening ceremony, teams lined up along the main competition field and each player and coach received a souvenir bag provided by the city of Chandler. The lead-up to the ceremony also featured a Kids Zone area with water slides, and bounce houses and a dunking booth staffed by coaches from the visiting teams.

The city’s major, Ann Hall, welcomed the team to Chandler and wished them salutations during their tournament play.

Kids Zone area at the tournament.

Players and coaches gather at the closing of the opening ceremony.



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June 12, 2012

Louisiana State University loses spot in college world series

Louisiana State University loses spot in college world series

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Louisiana State University‘s (LSU’s) baseball team lost against the Stony Brook Seawolves on Sunday in game 3 of the Baton Rouge Super Regional. The final score was 7–2. This loss closed out LSU’s chances to compete in the US College World Series, but will send the Seawolves to compete in that major event.

Game 1 of the series included a 19-hour rain delay, but ultimately, LSU won that game 5–4. The game was a loss for Stony Brook pitcher Frankie Vanderka. Game 3, however, gave Vanderka an opportunity to redeem himself. Game 2 resulted in a loss for LSU, by two runs.

Stony Brook showed its strong hitting capabilities early in game 3 by scoring the first run in the top of the first inning. Even with strong hitter Mason Katz, LSU was unable to stage a notable come back. In the 6th inning of game 3, Stony Brook pitcher Frankie Vanderka quickly dispatched three of the LSU Tigers, helping to maintain Stony Brook’s position. LSU scored its second and final run for the game in the seventh inning.



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May 13, 2012

May 7-13 baseball week roundup

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

It’s been a busy week for baseball. Wikinews takes a look at some of the sport’s top stories over the last week.

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Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels suspended for five games

In a game last Sunday Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who intentionally struck Nationals rookie hitter Bryce Harper earned a 5 game suspension from Major League Baseball for his actions following a post-game confession during an interview. Hamels described his HBP as an “old-school” ritual-of-passage to welcome Harper to the MLB, saying “That’s something I grew up watching, that’s kind of what happened. So I’m just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything because that’s the way baseball is … But I think unfortunately the league’s protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, ‘prestigious’ way of baseball”.

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Carlos Zambrano scores his first Marlins win/shutout

This past Monday at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Venezuelan baseball pitcher Carlos Zambrano earned a win against Houston Astros in a shutout, his first ‘w’ since his off-season trade from the Chicago Cubs to the Miami Marlins. Zambrano dealt with various disciplinary incidents during his Chicago tenure, including some brawls with teammates, which led Chicago to unload him. Since arriving in Miami, he has had no disciplinary problems.

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Josh Hamilton reached the 5-hit club, including record-tying 4 home runs

During Tuesday’s 10-3 road win against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Texas Rangers baseball player Josh Hamilton took the rare feat of hitting 4 home runs in a same MLB game, the hitter first to achieve this feat since 2003 when Toronto Blue Jays Carlos Delgado hitter accomplished it. His quality hitting continued in the game with a double, and finishing the game five hits.

Hamilton struggled with drinking affairs before and during his MLB career (for more, see Wikipedia’s article about the player).

In 2007 Hamilton played with Cincinnati, before being traded to Texas. After the game, the MLB leading home run hitter had hit 14 home runs, accumulated 36 runs batted in and held a .406 hitting average for the season, improving his career record to 128 home runs, 453 runs batted in and a .311 hitting average.

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Wednesday pro Domincan baseball news

Dean Treanor, who manages in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, has signed with the Licey Tigers in the Dominican League as their coach for the upcoming season. This news comes on the back of the league announcing next season’s schedule, with the season including 50 games per team.

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Diagnosis of Mariano Rivera’s season-ending injury

Past Wednesday, Panamanian player Mariano Rivera received his diagnosis: it is a leg coagulum. The Panama City native is the MLB all-time saves leader with 608, apart of having 1,119 strikeouts and a 2.21 ERA.

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Josh Beckett in jeopardy

Boston Red Sox’s Josh Beckett was put in a controversy after playing a golf round during an injury recovering. Last Thursday, Josh Beckett was victim of a first and second innings of a fierce offense from his home game’s rivals (the Cleveland Indians), at Fenway Park.

The perfomance was made after a pre-game tribute to car-crash died Fenway Park PA annoncer Carl Beane.

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The May 7-13 week in baseball

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

It’s been a busy week for baseball. Wikinews takes a look at some of the sport’s top stories over the last week.

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Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels suspended for five games

In a game last Sunday Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels, who intentionally struck Nationals rookie hitter Bryce Harper earned a 5 game suspension from Major League Baseball for his actions following a post-game confession during an interview. Hamels described his HBP as an “old-school” ritual-of-passage to welcome Harper to the MLB, saying “That’s something I grew up watching, that’s kind of what happened. So I’m just trying to continue the old baseball because I think some people are kind of getting away from it. I remember when I was a rookie the strike zone was really, really small and you didn’t say anything because that’s the way baseball is … But I think unfortunately the league’s protecting certain players and making it not that old-school, ‘prestigious’ way of baseball”.

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Carlos Zambrano scores his first Marlins win/shutout

This past Monday at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Venezuelan baseball pitcher Carlos Zambrano earned a win against Houston Astros in a shutout, his first ‘w’ since his off-season trade from the Chicago Cubs to the Miami Marlins. Zambrano dealt with various disciplinary incidents during his Chicago tenure, including some brawls with teammates, which led Chicago to unload him. Since arriving in Miami, he has had no disciplinary problems.

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Josh Hamilton reached the 5-hit club, including record-tying 4 home runs

During Tuesday’s 10-3 road win against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Texas Rangers baseball player Josh Hamilton took the rare feat of hitting 4 home runs in a same MLB game, the hitter first to achieve this feat since 2003 when Toronto Blue Jays Carlos Delgado hitter accomplished it. His quality hitting continued in the game with a double, and finishing the game five hits.

Hamilton struggled with drinking affairs before and during his MLB career (for more, see Wikipedia’s article about the player).

In 2007 Hamilton played with Cincinnati, before being traded to Texas. After the game, the MLB leading home run hitter had hit 14 home runs, accumulated 36 runs batted in and held a .406 hitting average for the season, improving his career record to 128 home runs, 453 runs batted in and a .311 hitting average.

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Wednesday pro Domincan baseball news

Dean Treanor, who manages in the Pittsburgh Pirates farm system, has signed with the Licey Tigers in the Dominican League as their coach for the upcoming season. This news comes on the back of the league announcing next season’s schedule, with the season including 50 games per team.

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Diagnosis of Mariano Rivera’s season-ending injury

Past Wednesday, Panamanian player Mariano Rivera received his diagnosis: it is a leg coagulum. The Panama City native is the MLB all-time saves leader with 608, apart of having 1,119 strikeouts and a 2.21 ERA.

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Josh Beckett in jeopardy

Boston Red Sox’s Josh Beckett was put in a controversy after playing a golf round during an injury recovering. Last Thursday, Josh Beckett was victim of a first and second innings of a fierce offense from his home game’s rivals (the Cleveland Indians), at Fenway Park.

The perfomance was made after a pre-game tribute to car-crash died Fenway Park PA annoncer Carl Beane.

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May 9, 2012

Josh Hamilton reached the 5-hit club, incluiding 4 home runs

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

During yesterday’s 10-3 road win against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Texas Rangers baseball player Josh Hamilton took the rare feat of hitting 4 home runs in a same MLB game with the Texas Rangers. His quality hitting continued in the game with a double, and finishing the game five hits.

The North Carolinian ballplayer became the first to achieve the four home run feat since late 2003 season, when Carlos Delgado, then of the Toronto Blue Jays, reached this feat.

After the game, Major Leagues leading home run hitter Hamilton had hit 14 home runs, accumulated 36 runs batted in and held a .406 hitting average. He has also a career record of 128 home runs, 453 runs batted in and a .311 hitting average.



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May 8, 2012

Carlos Zambrano scored his 1st Marlins win

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Two days ago, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Venezuelan baseball player Carlos Zambrano scored his first win since his off-season trade from the Chicago Cubs to the [[w:Miami Marlins|Miami Marlins] during shutout against the Houston Astros.

The player has been involved in various disciplinary incidents during his Chicago tenure, including some brawls with teammates, and finally these incidents triggered his trade to Miami. “The Bull” (as nicknamed by Latin baseball fans) have neither fight since he was traded.

Today, the South Florida franchise is managed by fellow Venezuelan Ozzie Guillén. Zambrano, besides this win, have a record of 2 losses, 32 strikeouts and an 1.98 ERA at current season. His career totals are of 126 wins, 83 losses, a 3.57 ERA y 1,574 strikeouts.



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Albert Pujols ends his worst homerun drought

Albert Pujols ends his worst homerun drought

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Pujols hit a home run in Sunday’s baseball game between the Anaheim Angels and the Toronto Blue Jays
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Dominican baseball player Albert Pujols earned his first home run after joining the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Besides hitting his 446th Major League home run, Pujols ended a personal drought by claiming his first regular-season long ball after 33 games and 139 plate appearances, including his last St. Louis Cardinals at-bats. Pujols snapped back at Anaheim and capped a 4-3 home-team win against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

The Dominican first baseman now has a career 1,336 runs batted in and a .326 batting average. Previously, Pujols had played for St. Louis for 11 seasons.

Since playing for the Angels, Pujols has been booed by Anaheim fans after his hits slipped to a .194 average over the past month. Pujols came to his new team with high expectations after signing a contract worth US$240 million.

For his part, Pujols offered the following explanation for his performance: “This game is about making adjustments and being patient…”



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Carlos Zambrano scores his first Marlins win

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Two days ago, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Venezuelan baseball player Carlos Zambrano scored his first win since his off-season trade from the Chicago Cubs to the Miami Marlins during his shutout against the Houston Astros.

The player has been involved in various disciplinary incidents during his Chicago tenure, including some brawls with teammates, and finally these incidents triggered his trade to Miami. “The Bull” (as nicknamed by Latin baseball fans) have neither fight since he was traded.

Today, the South Florida franchise is managed by fellow Venezuelan Ozzie Guillén. Zambrano, besides this win, have a record of 2 losses, 32 strikeouts and an 1.98 ERA at current season. His career totals are of 126 wins, 83 losses, a 3.57 ERA y 1,574 strikeouts.



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May 7, 2012

Five-game suspension for Cole Hamels due to MLB disciplinary policy

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Monday, May 7, 2012

American baseball player Cole Hamels (of the Philadelphia Phillies) was suspended for 5 games due to his intentional hit by pitch to Washington Nationals rookie hitter Bryce Harper. This HBP was happened in his road-team Sunday game in Nationals Park.

In a post-game interview, Hamels admitted his intentions of (according to him) an “old-school” return to the past of baseball.

Hamels has a 2012 season record of 4-1, an ERA of 2.45 and 44 strikeouts. He has a career record of 78-55, 3.36 ERA and 1,135 strikeouts. He also won a World Series championship in 2008, where he won also the series’ Most Valuable Player award.

For the Nationals’ hitter, this is his first MLB season, with a record of .308 average and 3 runs batted in.



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