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Alyssa Nakken becomes first female coach in MLB history

Nakken, a former softball standout at first base for Sacramento State, was named an assistant manager of the San Francisco GiantsAlyssa Nakken became the first female coach on a major league staff in baseball history on Thursday when she was named an a…

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Is cheating the rotten heart of American sports?

Baseball’s toothless response to the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal lays bare uncomfortable truths about society’s tolerance for cheatingOne of the harder-to-believe tales in American sports over the past decade involved the stunningly rapid tran…

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired amid multiple sign-stealing scandals

Sox manager fired for role in sign-stealing while with AstrosCora faces separate probe for allegations Red Sox stole signsSkipper won 2018 World Series in debut season with BostonThe Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after Major …

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired amid multiple sign-stealing scandals

Sox manager fired for role in sign-stealing while with AstrosCora faces separate probe for allegations Red Sox stole signsSkipper won 2018 World Series in debut season with BostonThe Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after Major …

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How the Houston Astros went from champions to a shamed shambles

The 2017 World Series winners were engineered to win. But they also became convinced they could act with arrogance and impunityIt must have felt good to be one of the Houston Astros on 29 October last year, to be part of one of the most talented teams …

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How the Houston Astros went from champions to a shamed shambles

The 2017 World Series winners were engineered to win. But they also became convinced they could act with arrogance and impunityIt must have felt good to be one of the Houston Astros on 29 October last year, to be part of one of the most talented teams …

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Astros hit with huge penalties for cheating during World Series winning season

MLB investigation finds team stole signs from opponentsManager and GM suspended for one year, club fined $5mThe Houston Astros have been hit with a series of huge penalties after a Major League Baseball investigation concluded the club cheated during t…

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Will MLB’s battle with the minor leagues deal a blow to America’s heart?

Minor league baseball teams are at the heart of many communities in the US. So it’s is little wonder politicians of all stripes are willing to defend themAndy Shea, the president of the Lexington Legends, is the embodiment of the minor league baseball …

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Anthony Rendon to join three-time AL MVP Trout at Angels in $245m deal

Infielder set to become third big free-agent signing in a weekAngels have reached playoffs just once in a decadeThird baseman Anthony Rendon and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a $245m, seven-year contract Wednesday, a source has told the Associated P…

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Houston Astros cheating probe widens to almost 60 witnesses, 76,000 emails

MLB has met with nearly 60 witnesses in cheating investigationAstros are alleged to have used a television camera to steal signsMajor League Baseball has interviewed almost 60 people and obtained tens of thousands of electronic messages in its investig…

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Gerrit Cole to join New York Yankees on record nine-year, $324m deal

Star pitcher signs record $324m, nine-year pact with Yankees Starter was 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 326 strikeouts last yearThe New York Yankees landed the biggest prize of the free agent market, adding Gerrit Cole to their rotation with a record $324m, …

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Strasburg signs largest deal for pitcher in history with $245m Nats contract

Sources say Nationals agree seven-year deal with 31-year-oldStrasburg helped Washington to first World Series in 2019World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is staying with the Washington Nationals, agreeing to a record $245m, seven-year contract, according…

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Strasburg signs largest deal for pitcher in history with $245m Nats contract

Sources say Nationals agree seven-year deal with 31-year-oldStrasburg helped Washington to first World Series in 2019World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg is staying with the Washington Nationals, agreeing to a record $245m, seven-year contract, according…

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The Joy of Six: in-game entertainment

From the sometimes deadly bombardment of the t-shirt cannon to the prowess of The Freeze, here are half-a-dozen traditions to liven up breaks in play Continue reading…

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World Series champ Huff teaching sons to shoot in case of Sanders presidency

Former player says guns would be a ‘must’ under socialism42-year-old won two MLB titles with San Francisco Giants The former MLB player Aubrey Huff is taking Bernie Sanders’ run for White House very seriously, teaching his sons to shoot in case the Dem…

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Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Angels’ Mike Trout win Most Valuable Player honors

Bellinger is first Dodgers player to win NL MVP since KershawAnaheim’s Mike Trout wins AL award for third time in careerAstros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win second Cy Young AwardsLos Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win …

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The man who changed the world of sports mascots forever

Mascots were quite dull until Dave Raymond came along. He changed that, winning friends – and an enemy – along the wayYou probably know Dave Raymond. Or, at least, if you’ve paid any attention to sport and particularly American sport over the last 40 y…

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The image of Nats players cozying up to Trump was jarring for many fans

Players have every right to visit the White House after a title victory. But the rush to do so angered many fans in a city where the President is reviledThis past Saturday marked a monumental day in DC sports history. The scrappy underdog Washington Na…

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Washington Nationals players praise and thank Trump during White House visit

World Series champions visit President after title victoryTen players stay away from traditional celebrationTrump was booed at Nationals home game last monthDonald Trump’s rough welcome at the hands of Washington Nationals fans at last month’s World Se…

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Nationals erupt late in Game 7 thriller to stun Astros for first World Series crown

Nationals rally for thrilling 6-2 win in winner-take-all Game 7Howie Kendrick’s go-ahead home run in seventh turns tideCity of Washington celebrates first World Series title since 1924Nats starter Stephen Strasburg named Most Valuable PlayerWorld Serie…