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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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May 13, 2012

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 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.

Sources

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 8, 2012

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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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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April 10, 2011

Baseball player Manny Ramirez retires after testing positive for performance-enhancing drug

Baseball player Manny Ramirez retires after testing positive for performance-enhancing drug

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Champion Tampa Bay Rays baseball player Manny Ramirez, 38, notified the MLB on Friday that he would retire after being notified that he had tested positive for a banned perforance-enhancing drug. It was his second offense and he was facing a 100-game suspension. In 2009 as a Los Angeles Dodger, he served a 50-game suspension for violating the MLB’s drug policy.

Ending a 19-year career, the twelve-time All-Star player who is considered one of the baseball’s greatest hitters, won two World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox.

He batted a career average of .312, and for 13 seasons he produced more than 200 RBIs. He hit a career total of 555 home runs and 1,831 RBIs, exceeding the number of home runs and RBIs of Mickey Mantle. He ranks number 14 on the all time list. Now there may be an asterisk after his record numbers.

“His numbers, he was unreal,” said Red Sox infielder Omar Vizquel, who was Ramirez’s teammate with the Cleveland Indians. “He was one of the most feared guys with runners in scoring position. … If there is a guy you really want at the plate in a tough situation, it would have been Manny.”

Ramirez’s retirement coincides with the trial of another of baseball’s great hitters, Barry Bonds, charged with falsely denying to a grand jury that he used performance-enhancing drugs.

“Until the past couple of years, I thought [Ramirez] was on his way to the Hall of Fame,” said Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington. “I don’t think many guys got as many big hits in their careers as he has. There weren’t many guys who had as big an effect on a game as he had. You hate to see greatness all of a sudden just fade.”


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August 23, 2010

Lou Piniella retires after fifty years of baseball

Lou Piniella retires after fifty years of baseball

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Monday, August 23, 2010

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Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella announced Sunday that he will retire from Major League Baseball after almost fifty years of coaching, managing, and playing the sport.

Piniella’s announcement came after the Chicago Cubs lost to the Atlanta Braves 16-5 at the Cub’s Wrigley Field. The 66 year-old Piniella said that he was retiring because of family issues. For much of the 2010 MLB season, Piniella’s 90 year-old mother has been ill.

“This will be the last time I put on a uniform. This has been very special for me. I’ll go home, do what I have to do there…and enjoy my retirement,” said Piniella. “My mom needs me at home; she hasn’t gotten any better since I’ve been here. In fact, she’s had other complications. Rather than continue to go home, come back…It’s not fair to the team, not fair to the players. The best thing to do is to step down, go home and take care of my mother,” he added.

During his 18 year career as a player, Piniella logged 1,705 hits. As a manager, he also won 1,800 games over the course of 23 years. Mike Quade, The Cub’s third-base and outfield coach, will be Cubs manager for the remainder of the 2010 season.


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July 8, 2010

Spectator injured in 30-foot fall at Texas Rangers baseball game

Spectator injured in 30-foot fall at Texas Rangers baseball game

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Thursday, July 8, 2010

A fan fell 30 feet from the club-concourse level into the lower-level seating area at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington in Texas during the Texas Rangers’ home game against the Cleveland Indians Tuesday night.

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The incident occurred in the bottom of the 5th inning with Nelson Cruz at bat for the Rangers. Cruz hit a foul ball into the crowd. The fan leaned over the railing to grab the ball and fell over the railing and into the crowd 30 feet below. Play was immediately stopped and suspended for 16 minutes. The man, whose identity has not been released, was conscious and could move all extremities. He was stabilized and taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

In a press conference following the game, team president Nolan Ryan told reporters that “He’s over at the emergency room having tests done. The preliminary indications are that it could have been a lot worse. We really don’t know at this point in time. I think that obviously he’ll remain in the hospital for observation. We’re hopeful that what injuries he has are minimal.”

Four other spectators, including a young boy, were treated for minor injuries at the scene.



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April 10, 2010

Baseball: Oakland Athletics defeat LA Angels 10 to 4

Baseball: Oakland Athletics defeat LA Angels 10 to 4

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Yesterday, the Oakland Athletics defeated the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 10 to 4 at an Angels’ home game.

All of the A’s starting line up got at least one hit. The Angels first hit was in the second inning by new designated hitter Hideki Matsui.

A’s player Daric Barton reportedly twisted his right knee. This happened after Matsui’s hit. Barton tripped on grass attempting to catch Matsui’s hit ball. Manager Bob Geren remarked, “Someone in the dugout said, ‘He twisted his knee,’ and when I ran out there, I could hear fans watching the replay and giving that real ugly ‘Ooo.’ Right then, I knew it must have looked ugly. But he said he was fine.”

Mark Saxon, an ESPN sports writer, reports if the Angels lose today’s game, they will be in for their worst season start since 1961, the team’s first year. The A’s are at a four wins, one loss, only losing their first game, whereas the Angels have a four game losing streak.



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