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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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Houston Astros acquire Zack Greinke in stunning deadline pitching grab

Astros eclipse Yankees as AL favorites with stunning tradeNL-leading Dodgers add infield depth with Jedd Gyorko dealNationals reshape bullpen, adding three relievers at deadlineZack Greinke held the New York Yankees to two runs on two hits over five in…

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‘Traitor’ Bryce Harper slams home run – and flips bat – on return to Nationals

Slugger left Washington for rivals Phillies in off-seasonHits long home-run in 8-2 victory for new teamPhiladelphia off to their best start in over a centuryShowered by raindrops and jeers for much of the game, Bryce Harper put a bat-flipping, celebrat…

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Phillies slugger broke TV with bat after teammates played Fortnite during game

Carlos Santana angered by video game during team’s slumpVeteran was traded away to Seattle Mariners in offseasonIn the midst of the Philadelphia Phillies’ late-season collapse in the final two months of the 2018 campaign, Carlos Santana apparently prov…

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Is giving 26-year-old Bryce Harper a 13-year, $330m contract a terrible idea?

The Philadelphia Phillies will be paying the slugger $22m when he’s 39. But it’s unlikely he will be the same player he is now in a decade’s timeFor some, 13 is an unlucky number. For Bryce Harper, originally from Las Vegas, 13 is anything but unlucky….

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Is giving 26-year-old Bryce Harper a 13-year, $330m contract a terrible idea?

The Philadelphia Phillies will be paying the slugger $22m when he’s 39. But it’s unlikely he will be the same player he is now in a decade’s timeFor some, 13 is an unlucky number. For Bryce Harper, originally from Las Vegas, 13 is anything but unlucky….

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Bryce Harper to sign record $330m contract with Philadelphia Phillies

Harper’s 13-year, $330m deal is richest in baseball historySix-time All-Star was named National League MVP in 2015Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a 13-year contract worth $330m, making it the richest deal in baseball history.H…

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Bryce Harper to sign record $330m contract with Philadelphia Phillies

Harper’s 13-year, $330m deal is richest in baseball historySix-time All-Star was named National League MVP in 2015Bryce Harper and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a 13-year contract worth $330m, making it the richest deal in baseball history.H…

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Gritty: why the Philadelphia Flyers’ new acid trip of a mascot must be stopped

The Flyers’ new googly-eyed mascot embodies everything that’s good and bad about the author’s hometown. But mostly the badPhiladelphia is home to the undisputed king of professional sports mascots: the Phillie Phanatic. No less esteemed a source than W…

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Philadelphia Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by Phanatic

Hot dog fired into crowd injures supporter at Phillies gameFan doesn’t plan legal action after diagnosis of hematomaIt was a flying frankfurter and not a foul ball that left a baseball fan with a black eye in Philadelphia.Kathy McVay says she was at Mo…

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Boston radio host mocks ‘moron’ Roy Halladay after death in plane crash at 40

Michael Felger makes jokes about death of former Blue Jays pitcherRadio host also makes light of death of Dale Earnhardt SrThe death of eight-time All Star Roy Halladay in a plane crash at the age of just 40 on Tuesday caused an outpouring of grief. Ma…

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Roy Halladay, eight-time All-Star pitcher, killed in plane crash off Florida coast

Two-time Cy Young winner was piloting small aircraft when he diedForty-year-old played for Blue Jays and Phillies during 15-year careerEight-time All-Star pitcher Roy Halladay was killed Tuesday after a small aircraft he was flying crashed into the Gul…

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Baseball in 2016: from Cubs win! to Scully’s sayonara, 10 memorable moments

Another year of baseball is gone, goodbye: David Lengel takes a look back at the best, worst and most controversial moments of the 2016 season

It was Game 7 of the World Series, and baseball history was busy pulling the Chicago Cubs back into a boiling cauldron of curses. Rajai Davis’ eighth inning, game-tying home run off the Cubs’ Aroldis Chapman had turned Cleveland’s Progressive Field into a mosh pit, with slightly fewer title-starved Indians fans ripping off their shirts in frenetic celebrations.

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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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Philadelphia Phillies trade longtime catcher Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers

Phils trade fan favorite catcher for AJ Ellis, a minor-leaguer and cashDeal makes Ryan Howard last remaining member of 2008 championsThe NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers have swapped catchers with Philadelphia, getting Carlos Ruiz and trading AJ Ell…

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Why the New York Yankees can’t lose even when they try to

The Yankees raised the white flag, brought in the kids and still kept the buzz around the ballpark. Plus, what the Cubs and Donald Trump have in common

A-Rod who? The omnipresent slugger’s nickname, so long on the tip of our tongues, seemed long gone by the time two ballyhooed Yankees prospects bounced into the Bronx on Saturday. And so what was supposed to be a weekend awash with nostalgia – Alex Rodriguez’ departure, the honoring of the 1996 World Series champion Yanks and a Monument Park plaque for Mariano Rivera, became much more about tomorrow than yesterday.

The Yankees, for all their winning (some 27 World Series titles), have suffered in the past. Their most famous collapse came in 1965, when an empire that brought 10 titles, 15 pennants in 18 seasons, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra and a host of Yankee elites, crumbled to the core.

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Philadelphia police cite man who threw beer bottle at Phillies’ Ryan Howard

21-year-old fan turned himself in on FridayBottle was thrown at Howard after 4 June gamePolice say a man accused of throwing a beer bottle near Phillies player Ryan Howard during a game earlier this month has been cited for disorderly conduct.Police sp…

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From ‘God’ to gotcha: the long decline of Major League Baseball umpires

As the roles of men in blue are whittled away, should umpiring eventually fade to black? Plus, let’s put two pitchers in the Home Run Derby, the Rays are trying to break more molds, the Cubs get new suits and more

Noah Syndergaard was stunned. So was the partisan New York Mets crowd, many of which had barely settled in from the journey to Flushing, Queens. “Thor” had been tossed by young umpire Adam Hamari, an out into the home third inning, for throwing behind Chase Utley. A purpose pitch no doubt, as New York sought to send some semblance of a message to their current Dodgers and previous Phillies torturer. Worthy of ejection? Surely not. Hamari made a snap decision, a wrong one, misusing the power of the umpire while doing what every official in sports strives not to do: become the story. With the main attraction out, the crowd booed, broadcasters pondered and the Mets, without their ace, never had a chance, losing on 9-1 on a late-May holiday evening.

The opposite occurred in the second inning of the Tuesday night match-up between Kansas City and Baltimore. Yordano Ventura threw way inside to Baltimore’s Manny Machado, who took exception to the location and delivered a cold stare and a few choice words for the hurler. There was no warning from home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez. In his next at-bat, the volatile Ventura, who does have a reputation for throwing at players, drilled the O’s third baseman with a 99mph fastball, leading to a bench-clearing brawl. Gonzalez’ failure to read the game and take action in the second inning led to a later incident that caused a major brawl and potential injuries.

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Why the Mets’ Matt Harvey has earned the right to be mediocre

Harvey hasn’t even been that, but if he can recover to a middling level, that will be enough fo New York in 2016. Plus happy birthday Big Sexy, Donald Trump is green all over, another Marlins mess, and more

Charles in New Jersey thinks Matt Harvey drinks too much while on the town flaunting his shoe collection, while Ron in Queens thinks Harvey has developed a bad habit of cupping the ball during his delivery. From talk radio to the broadcast booth to bleachers around baseball, fans and media in New York and beyond are trying to solve the sudden demise of the Dark Knight. It’s his weight, it’s the blood clot, it’s his attitude, it’s the lingering psychological impact of failing after convincing his manager to send him out for the ninth inning in Game 5 of the World Series, and of course, it’s his body’s blowback from a busy 2015 post-surgery season.

Matt Harvey, a franchise cornerstone who once lit up Flushing’s darkest days, who was once an undisputed ace, who was just mere outs away from that Fall Classic performance for the ages, hasn’t hit rock bottom, even if it may have seemed like it on Tuesday night in Washington. The Nats discovered that his third time through the lineup is a charm: ex-teammate Daniel Murphy and company teed off the righty, just as they did during Harvey’s prior start, a performance that has led to even more speculation.

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