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Frank Robinson, hall of famer and MLB’s first black manager, dies aged 83

Robinson broke barriers when he took charge of ClevelandHis 586 home runs stand 10th on baseball’s all-time listHall of famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has…

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Free-falling New York Mets lose to Reds after batting out of order

New York undercut rally by batting out of order in first inningFourth-place Mets have dropped 16 of 23 games after 11-1 startMets manager Mickey Callaway: “It probably cost us the game”The New York Mets have found many ways to self-destruct through the…

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Major League Baseball overcome by emotion during its final week

MLB experienced both celebratory and tragic goodbyes this week with the retirement of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and the death of pitcher José Fernández. Plus, a review of Major League Baseball’s have nots

On Friday night in Los Angeles, I sat next to my father inside Dodger Stadium. My dad, Mike Lengel, is a 75-year-old lifelong fan of the Dodgers, who grew up in New York city watching Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and the team of his childhood play in Brooklyn. But until Friday, he had never been been to LA or visited Dodger Stadium, where the team landed after leaving in 1957.

Related: José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft

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Major League Baseball overcome by emotion during its final week

MLB experienced both celebratory and tragic goodbyes this week with the retirement of legendary broadcaster Vin Scully and the death of pitcher José Fernández. Plus, a review of Major League Baseball’s have nots

On Friday night in Los Angeles, I sat next to my father inside Dodger Stadium. My dad, Mike Lengel, is a 75-year-old lifelong fan of the Dodgers, who grew up in New York city watching Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider and the team of his childhood play in Brooklyn. But until Friday, he had never been been to LA or visited Dodger Stadium, where the team landed after leaving in 1957.

Related: José Fernández: a smiling star whose death leaves baseball bereft

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Why protesting against the anthem is the ultimate sin in Major League Baseball

In a sport where patriotisim makes up the fabric of the game, Adam Jones is right to be concerned. Plus, three cheers for Yasiel Puig, Big Papi prepares to bow out, and Joe Maddon rides the Cowboy

Adam Jones works in a city that continues to experience racial upheaval, so perhaps it’s no coincidence that baseball’s most outspoken player on African American social issues calls Baltimore home.

Baseball is the sport that helped break barriers for black people across the United States, starting with Jackie Robinson’s debut in 1947. Nearly 70 years later, the participation of African Americans in the game, on the field as players, in the dugout as managers and in front offices as executives – where progress was always slower – is giving away the gains. Jones, who has spoken out before on racial issues, has little company: a lonely voice in a depleted sea of African American players.

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Jake Arrieta throws second career no-hitter as Chicago Cubs thump Reds

  • Cubs hurler throws second career no-hitter in 16-0 laugher
  • Arrieta strikes out six and walks four in first no-hitter of season

Jake Arrieta’s first no-hitter set him apart. Pitching another one in the span of only 11 regular-season starts has put the Chicago Cubs ace in elite company.

And his catcher suspects that the reigning NL Cy Young winner has a few more of those no-hit moments left in him.

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Why it’s time to stop whining about MLB’s new slide rule | David Lengel

Baseball’s brass are sticking to their new rules to protect sitting duck shortstops and second basemen. Plus, a new party room for the Cubs, Vin Scully is honored while the Orioles and Nats start off streaking

Human beings crave the familiar: almost anything that disrupts routine stresses us out in a major way. When Guardian readers woke up to a spanking new, re-launched website last year, they filled feedback forms with protest. A new iPhone operating system is released and forums quickly flood with complaints. Facebook updates its app, and the sky is falling. Then, at some point, and we can’t really say exactly when or why this happens, the new becomes the normal and everything is just fine, setting up the reaction for the next change (rinse and repeat).

Related: Bryce Harper will make baseball fun again. You better believe it | DJ Gallo

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Sport picture of the day: Cincinnati Reds win opening-day dust-up

Tyler Holt beats the throw to slide home and score the tying run for the Reds against the Philadelphia Phillies. A week ago Holt had been assigned to the Minor League. In Cincinnati, Ohio, the Reds ran out 6-2 winners over the Phillies on the opening d…

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Baseball’s top 10 of 2015, from KC’s royal masterpiece to the mesmerizing Mets

With another year of baseball is in the books, David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2015 season

Around 20 minutes after closer Wade Davis struck out the Mets’ Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 5, dozens of friends and family of the newly crowned Kansas City Royals were stationed on the field, waiting for their World Series champs. A champagne-drenched Mike Moustakas emerged from the clubhouse, spotted his wife, and delivered an all conquering leg-lifting hug. “I told you” said KC’s third baseman. Moustakas never had any doubt about the outcome. His manager, Ned Yost, had no doubt. His teammates had no doubt.

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Baseball’s top 10 of 2015, from KC’s royal masterpiece to the mesmerizing Mets

With another year of baseball is in the books, David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2015 season

Around 20 minutes after closer Wade Davis struck out the Mets’ Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the 12th inning of Game 5, dozens of friends and family of the newly crowned Kansas City Royals were stationed on the field, waiting for their World Series champs. A champagne-drenched Mike Moustakas emerged from the clubhouse, spotted his wife, and delivered an all conquering leg-lifting hug. “I told you” said KC’s third baseman. Moustakas never had any doubt about the outcome. His manager, Ned Yost, had no doubt. His teammates had no doubt.

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Major League Baseball commissioner nixes Pete Rose’s plea for reinstatement

  • All-time hits leader will remain on baseball’s banned list
  • Commissioner made ruling in letter to Rose made public

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Pete Rose’s plea for reinstatement on Monday, citing his continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati Reds.

Manfred said in a letter sent to Rose and made public that baseball’s hits king hasn’t been completely honest about his gambling on games. Manfred also noted that Rose continues to bet on baseball legally, even though his gambling got him into trouble.

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Will the Chicago Cubs wreck their franchise and win the World Series?

The Cubs are inching closer to the impossible, but do they really want to win it all for the first time since 1908? We preview the second half of the MLB season

Congratulations – you’ve survived two nights without any Major League Baseball activity whatsoever. I know, it wasn’t easy, because there’s only so much Real Housewives that one person can take. Never mind. Tonight, Friday, we’re back on the saddle, getting set for what should be a compelling second half baseball, with most of the league still in contention for playoff spot. Having said all that, I know you have some questions, so let’s try and answer a few of them.

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The MLB all-star game won’t be scrapped – but it must change or die

The Midsummer Classic has never been less relevant, so something must be done to breathe new life into one of baseball’s crown jewel events

At the 1983 all-star game in Chicago’s old Comiskey Park, Fred Lynn of the California Angles hit a grand slam home run off Atlee Hammaker of the San Francisco Giants in the third inning. It was the first grand salami at the Midsummer Classic, and it was a very big deal.

A year later, Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Mets’ Dwight Gooden struck out six consecutive American League batters, and that was a big deal as well. These were my big memories of the event growing up, and every generation of baseball fans has their own. Except that I’m not so sure that this one does, regardless of the 75 quadzillion all-star votes I keep hearing about, over and over, year after year.

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New York Mets fans win the World Series … of bad grammar

As if losing seven of their previous eight games wasn’t enough, Mets fans now find themselves in the basement of MLG – that’s Major League Grammar

It’s another day, and another kick in the teeth for fans of the New York Mets.

After riding high in April, the Mets have been shot down in May and June while their morose lineup continues to drag the team into an offensive abyss. Their injury-depleted roster, one loaded with rookies, has scored just 11 runs in their previous eight games, sending their fans to the talk radio airwaves in a panic, demanding that something, anything, be done by their general manager Sandy Alderson, in order to save a season that once looked incredibly promising after a blistering 14-4 start.

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Pete Rose bet on baseball as a player: his redemption tour stops now

For years the former Reds star denied he gambled while he was a player but new documents indicate that was a lie. It’s time to keep him away from baseball

If there were a hall of fame for liars, connivers and manipulators Pete Rose would be elected on the first ballot. It shouldn’t take an ESPN investigation to stifle a half-baked movement new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has been feeding in revisiting the question of allowing Rose anywhere near Major League Baseball. Rose has been trying to swindle us for years.

Nobody plays a fool quite like Pete Rose, dangling contrition just enough to pull at the heartstrings of a public that feels there is nothing more un-American than banning baseball’s all-time hits leader from the game. For years he insisted he never bet on baseball. Then when evidence grew that he not only bet on baseball games, but did so on his own team, he made a distinction that he only bet on Cincinnati Reds games as their manager. On Monday, that flimsy parsing of fact blew up when written evidence was unsealed that showed he bet on the Reds while also playing for the Reds.

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MLB wants international players included in the draft, but is it even possible?

Commissioner Rob Manfred has made his desire for a globally inclusive first-year draft clear, but its implementation would be anything but straightforward

On Tuesday evening in the Bronx, Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper faced Masahiro Tanaka at Yankee Stadium – an all-world match-up (Harper took him deep for his 20th homer) that also happened to highlight the vastly different paths which players take to reach the elite, major-league level.

For Harper, the road to the bigs began after graduating high school – the Las Vegas-born outfielder was drafted No 1 overall in 2010 by the Nats and given a signing bonus of $9.9m, before joining the traditional route to salary escalation, one that typically matures over six or seven seasons before a player reaches free-agency. (Harper is earning $2.5m this season after making $1m over the prior two seasons).

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The Joy of Six: baseball managers gone wild

In the great tradition of managerial tirades, Cincinnati skipper Bryan Price went red on the media on Monday. Thankfully, there’s a lot more where that came from

There’s no particular order to this compendium, but since it’s Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price who brought us pennies from heaven with his Monday march on the Reds’ media, he’s in the top slot. If you’re keeping score at home, Price unleashed some 77 of these before their game in Milwaukee:

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I mean, this transcript is legendary #BryanPrice #Reds http://t.co/vULWsPBnzh pic.twitter.com/xwopSbA22P

They ought to fine that fat little Italian, too. He ordered it.

I have never ever since I’ve managed ever told a pitcher to throw at anybody, nor will I ever. And if I ever did, I certainly wouldn’t make him throw at a fucking .130 hitter like Lefebvre or fucking Bevacqua, who couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a fucking boat …

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Hope springs eternal in Montreal with unlikely baseball revival afoot

The Toronto Blue Jays will play at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium for a second set of exhibition games as the prospect of MLB’s return to Quebec brightens

Major League Baseball is back in Montreal this weekend for a second consecutive pair of pre-season games with the ‘home’ Toronto Blue Jays set to ‘host’ the Cincinnati Reds. Some 96,000 tickets have already been sold to baseball-starved fans, as the movement to fill the baseball void left by the 2004 relocation of the Expos gains steam.

A year ago, a return of the sport to Montreal would’ve appeared a pipe dream to all but those toiling at the Montreal Baseball Project, the organization seeking to bring a second baseball act to the city. Then the Mets and Jays played in front of over 96,000 fans at Olympic Stadium, forcing then Commissioner Bud Selig to take notice. This week, on the eve of yet another extraordinary show of support, new baseball commissioner Rob Manfred re-addressed the subject.

We’re very very pleased with the Commissioners comments. I’m going to meet him eventually in the future weeks to discuss about the issue. Baseball is clearly in our DNA – it was very disappointing to lose the Expos in 2004 but we want to redo the story. It’s one step at a time.

Right now we’re in phase two of our journey. We know we need a ballpark. We know we have to have it downtown. You have to put a financial package together, you have to get the numbers together and the costs of the stadium and who is involved in it, it’s not an easy task but that’s what has to be done to make it happen with the business people of Montreal. We’re taking it one base at a time, no pun intended.

What you’re going to see is that these expansion fees are going to be exorbitant … and then the other aspect of it is that you’re trying to grow the game, you’re going to increase the pot if you go to markets you’re not in. In other words, if you’re putting a second team in Canada, you’re really growing the sport in Canada. You have a Francophone population that’s not served. So you would open yourself to a market with two all-sports networks, in French, in Quebec, who would absolutely battle it out to try to get the rights here.

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NL Central season preview: all the ways the Cubs will mess up

The St Louis Cardinals are one of baseball’s smuggest teams – but they have reason to be, and should win the division again

With the regular season looming and teams about to head north, it’s time to take a look at five questions that will define the storylines for the National League Central in 2015.

Related: AL Central season preview: the White Sox are due a resurgence

Playoff predictions: AL Orioles, Indians, Mariners; DET, NYY. NL Nationals, Pirates, Dodgers; Cardinals, Marlins. PIT to win WS over SEA.

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Related: NL West season preview: why the San Francisco Giants won’t repeat

Related: AL West season preview: Rangers set for Texas-sized suffering

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High time Lance Armstrong realised that only humility earns redemption

Geoff Thomas’s half-baked plan to invite Lance Armstrong to ride some of the Tour de France route with him on behalf of leukaemia research has horrified those who believe the last thing cycling needs is the American exploiting the Tour once again

I have no idea whether Pete Rose had put money on the game I watched him play for the Cincinnati Reds against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field one afternoon in the summer of 1985. Cincinnati won, and it was Rose’s habit only to bet on his team to win. But professional baseball players are not allowed to bet. Once exposed to the world, that habit became his downfall.

Rose should have been granted a coveted place in baseball’s hall of fame many years ago. His career total of 4,256 hits is the highest in the history of the sport, and he is a three-time World Series winner. He was also aggressive and abrasive – his nickname was “Charlie Hustle” – and once served a 30-day suspension for shoving an umpire. Then came the charges that would demolish his claim to a formal position among baseball’s immortals.

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