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Will mindbending proposed changes to MLB’s playoffs change the game?

Major League Baseball may restructure its playoffs to add teams and primetime drama. The changes would pit purists against progressivesThe NBA is toying with an in-season tournament, while the NFL devises deals with its players to add a 17th regular-se…

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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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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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San Francisco Giants CEO takes leave of absence after altercation with wife

Video last week showed Larry Baer pulling wife to groundMLB is investigating incident in San FransiscoThe San Francisco Giants CEO and president Larry Baer is taking a leave of absence after video emerged last week of him knocking his wife Pam to the g…

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San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer shown pulling wife to ground in video

CEO shown in altercation with wife in video published by TMZBaer, 61, confirms ‘unfortunate public argument’ to ChronicleLarry Baer, the president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Giants, was involved in an altercation with his wife in …

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Bryce Harper suspended four games, Hunter Strickland six, for MLB brawl

  • Players came to blows after Strickland hit Nats star with fastball
  • Major League Baseball also fines both men an undisclosed amount
  • Cubs ace Jake Arrieta calls fight an ‘awesome’ spectacle

San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland has received a six-game suspension and Washington’s Bryce Harper four games for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl at AT&T Park.

I love Bryce Harper. #Nats pic.twitter.com/LcMnIxNXka

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Bryce Harper suspended four games, Hunter Strickland six, for MLB brawl

  • Players came to blows after Strickland hit Nats star with fastball
  • Major League Baseball also fines both men an undisclosed amount
  • Cubs ace Jake Arrieta calls fight an ‘awesome’ spectacle

San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland has received a six-game suspension and Washington’s Bryce Harper four games for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl at AT&T Park.

I love Bryce Harper. #Nats pic.twitter.com/LcMnIxNXka

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Barry Bonds returns to San Francisco Giants as special adviser

  • All-time home run leader spent 15 seasons with Giants
  • Bonds acted as Miami Marlins hitting coach last season

Barry Bonds is coming back to the San Francisco Giants as a special adviser.

The team said on Tuesday that Bonds, who holds the major-league record for most career home runs, will attend a few days of spring training, starting Wednesday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He’ll also visit the Giants’ minor league teams. He’ll report to CEO Larry Baer, who called Bonds’ contributions to the organization “legendary.”

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Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey pardoned by Obama

  • San Francisco Giants legend pardoned for 1995 guilty plea to tax fraud
  • McCovey had been sentenced to two years’ probation and a $5,000 fine

Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey has been pardoned by Barack Obama for a 21-year-old guilty plea to tax fraud.

The San Francisco Giants legend was one of 273 individuals granted a second chance by the outgoing president on Tuesday, when Obama issued 209 grants of commutation and 64 pardons.

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Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey pardoned by Obama

  • San Francisco Giants legend pardoned for 1995 guilty plea to tax fraud
  • McCovey had been sentenced to two years’ probation and a $5,000 fine

Hall of Fame first baseman Willie McCovey has been pardoned by Barack Obama for a 21-year-old guilty plea to tax fraud.

The San Francisco Giants legend was one of 273 individuals granted a second chance by the outgoing president on Tuesday, when Obama issued 209 grants of commutation and 64 pardons.

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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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Giants rally past Cubs in extra innings to force Game 4 in NLDS

  • Joe Panik’s double in bottom of 13th sends Giants to walk-off win
  • San Francisco rallied from 3-0 deficit with six outs left in season
  • Chicago now hold two-games-to-one lead in best-of-five series

Sure is hard to send these San Francisco Giants home in October.

Joe Panik doubled off the right-center wall in the 13th inning to drive in Brandon Crawford, and the Giants outlasted the Chicago Cubs 6-5 on Monday night in Game 3 to extend their NL Division Series.

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Sport picture of the day — baseball over the bonnet

When giant cartoon cars on advertising hoardings and catchers collide. It is probably safe to say this was not the image intended when the idea for this banner was conceived. The expression of the MLB fans looking for the ball only adds to the photogra…

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Javier Baez’s home run lifts Cubs to 1-0 win over Giants in Game 1 of NLDS

  • Baez’s eighth-inning homer spoils Johnny Cueto’s masterpiece
  • Top-seeded Cubs take early lead in best-of-five division series

Johnny Cueto was doing his best Madison Bumgarner impersonation, right up until Javier Baez spoiled it with one big swing.

Cueto gave up a home run to Baez in the eighth inning, and that was all Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs needed to beat the San Francisco Giants 1-0 Friday night in Game 1 of their NL Division Series.

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Madison Bumgarner brilliant as Giants blank Mets to book spot in NLDS

Bumgarner throws four-hit complete-game shutout to blank MetsGiants will face Cubs in Game 1 of NLDS at Wrigley Field on FridayNobody takes to October like Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants.Bumgarner pitched a four-hitter for his latest po…

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San Francisco Giants v New York Mets: NL wild-card game – live!

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Bryan will be here shortly. In the meantime, read how Toronto pushed past Baltimore in the 11th inning:

Encarnacion hit a three-run drive in the 11th inning off Ubaldo Jimenez, and Toronto beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 in Tuesday night’s AL wild card game to advance to a Division Series matchup against old foe Texas.

Related: Edwin Encarnacion goes big in the 11th to send Blue Jays into ALDS

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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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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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Cleveland’s hangover cure? An Indians World Series title

Clevelanders waited long enough for a post-playoffs party: if the Tribe keep on winning, the festivities could stretch deep into October. Plus A-Rod’s wisdom and baseball in Vegas

Nearly a million Clevelanders crammed into downtown on Wednesday, celebrating something the they knew very little about: a title. It was an unrecognizable scene inside a city well-studied in sporting pain, where a drive here, a seeing-eye single there and “The Shot” once added up to 147 seasons passed without a championship.

Now the Cavaliers, their city, their fans are finally winners, and judging by the enthusiasm of the folks soaking up the Forest City sun, more regular opportunities to express championship exhilaration would be welcome.

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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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