• Atlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider out for 2024 season after elbow surgery

    Atlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider out for 2024 season after elbow surgery
    Braves star pitcher has UCL repaired and will miss seasonStrider was 20-5 in 2023, leading MLB in wins and strikeoutsAtlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider will miss the rest of the season after having surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the team said Saturday.Dr Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas, performed the procedure on Friday, using an internal brace to repair the UCL. Continue reading...
  • Agent at Bad Bunny-led firm has certification revoked by MLB players’ union

    Agent at Bad Bunny-led firm has certification revoked by MLB players’ union
    Bad Bunny’s Rimas Sports agent loses MLBPA certificationPlayers’ union declines comment on decision to strip agentA baseball agent at Bad Bunny’s Rimas Sports firm has lost his certification with the Major League Baseball Players Association.The union declined to comment Friday on the reason for its decision to strip William Arroyo of his right to represent MLB players. Continue reading...
  • Baseball has an overengineering problem and pitchers are dropping like flies

    Baseball has an overengineering problem and pitchers are dropping like flies
    Many of MLB’s most talented stars are falling to injury as their elbows buckle under the stress of throwing max-effort on nearly every pitchBe warned: by the time you finish reading this piece, yet another Major League Baseball pitcher may have gone down with a significant arm injury. Unlikely? Well, consider this: just as I began jotting down this piece, news came in that 26-year-old Nationals hurler Josiah Gray is out for who knows how long with a right forearm/flexor strain. A little la
  • Federal charges allege former interpreter stole $16m from Shohei Ohtani

    Federal charges allege former interpreter stole $16m from Shohei Ohtani
    Ippei Mizuhara faces 30 years in jail if found guiltyInterpreter allegedly stole money to pay gambling debtsThe former interpreter for Los Angeles Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani is being charged with federal bank fraud for crimes involving gambling debts and theft of millions of dollars from the Japanese slugger, federal authorities said on Thursday.Ippei Mizuhara served as Ohtani’s interpreter after Ohtani came to the US to play for the Los Angeles Angels in 2018. The two were close friends b
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  • Shohei Ohtani’s translator reportedly discussing plea deal around alleged $4.5m theft

    Shohei Ohtani’s translator reportedly discussing plea deal around alleged $4.5m theft
    Ippei Mizuhara allegedly took millions from star’s accountPlea deal will absolve Ohtani of any wrongdoingShohei Ohtani’s former translator plans to plead guilty to federal crimes related to the alleged theft of money from the Los Angeles Dodgers star, the New York Times and ESPN reported on Wednesday.Ippei Mizuhara was fired by the Dodgers last month after admitting that he stole at least $4.5m from Ohtani, the biggest star in baseball, to pay off gambling debts. Continue reading...
  • MLB’s Athletics to play 2025-27 seasons in Sacramento ahead of Vegas move

    MLB’s Athletics to play 2025-27 seasons in Sacramento ahead of Vegas move
    A’s to officially leave Oakland after 2024 seasonTeam announced intent to move to Vegas last yearThe Athletics will leave Oakland after this season and play temporarily at a minor league park near Sacramento until their planned new stadium in Las Vegas is built.The A’s announced the decision to play at the home of the Sacramento River Cats from 2025-27 with an option for 2028 on Thursday after being unable to reach an agreement to extend their lease in Oakland during that time. Conti
  • Future of Chiefs and Royals in Kansas City under question as voters reject tax bill

    Future of Chiefs and Royals in Kansas City under question as voters reject tax bill
    Teams seeking $2bn of public money to fund stadium projects58% of voters in Jackson County, Missouri rebuff tax planThe future of the Royals and Chiefs in Kansas City was thrown into question on Tuesday night when residents of Jackson county, Missouri, resoundingly voted down a sales tax measure that would have helped to fund a new downtown ballpark along with significant renovations to Arrowhead Stadium.Royals owner John Sherman and Chiefs president Mark Donovan acknowledged long before the fin
  • MLB 2024 predictions: will the Braves machine outdo the Dodgers’ stars?

    MLB 2024 predictions: will the Braves machine outdo the Dodgers’ stars?
    The Dodgers have committed more than $1bn to just two players but Atlanta are a brilliant all-round team while the young Orioles are posed to shineBaseball has always been unfair. It wasn’t “fair” when players were bound to the same teams for their whole careers, and it isn’t “fair” that the Dodgers spend so much more than the Athletics. But I’m more concerned about the many teams that could be spending more but abstain. AK Continue reading...
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  • Ohtani representatives refuse to give evidence they reported alleged theft

    Ohtani representatives refuse to give evidence they reported alleged theft
    Interpreter accused of stealing millions from MLB starPlayer’s camp have not provided evidence of criminal reportUnanswered questions remain over allegations Shohei Ohtani’s former interpreter stole millions from the baseball star after his representatives declined to give further details to ESPN.Ippei Mizuhara is accused of wiring huge sums from Ohtani’s accounts to cover his debts with an illegal California bookmaker, a claim the player repeated in a press conference on Monda
  • Steve Garvey is part of a never-ending flow of baseball players turned politicians

    Steve Garvey is part of a never-ending flow of baseball players turned politicians
    From minor leaguers to Hall of Famers, dozens of former players have sought public office after the end of their sports careerOn 5 March, former baseball star Steve Garvey made it into the runoff for the US Senate seat from California vacated by the late Dianne Feinstein. Garvey, a conservative Republican, will face Democrat congressman Adam Schiff in the November general election.Garvey faces an uphill battle in deep-blue California. During debates and public appearances, he’s revealed li
  • ‘Beyond shocked’: Shohei Ohtani says interpreter stole from him and told lies

    ‘Beyond shocked’: Shohei Ohtani says interpreter stole from him and told lies
    Ippei Mizuhara allegedly took money from star’s accountDodgers star says he has never bet on baseballShohei Ohtani addressed the media on Monday after allegations emerged that his former interpreter stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from his bank account to pay an illegal bookmaker.The Los Angeles Dodgers star, the most famous active baseball player in the world and a huge celebrity in his native Japan, addressed journalists in a press conference but did not take any questions from th
  • Mets sign slugger JD Martinez with deferred payments through 2038

    Mets sign slugger JD Martinez with deferred payments through 2038
    Veteran DH signed one-year, $12m contractMets projected to have second-biggest payroll in MLBJD Martinez has a new home, agreeing to a $12m, one-year contract with the New York Mets on Thursday.Martinez will receive a $2.5m signing bonus, $2m this year and $7.5m in deferred money, payable in $1.5m installments each 15 January beginning in 2023 and ending in 2038, sources told the Associated Press. The deferred payments will allow the Mets to reduce their luxury-tax hit from the signing. The Mets
  • Sports quiz of the week: Kobbie Mainoo, Laura Kenny and Andy Murray

    Sports quiz of the week: Kobbie Mainoo, Laura Kenny and Andy Murray
    Have you been paying attention to the big stories in football, rugby, snooker, tennis, cycling and baseball? Continue reading...
  • The Ohtani interpreter scandal reveals the grubby underbelly of sports betting

    The Ohtani interpreter scandal reveals the grubby underbelly of sports betting
    Like every other US sports league, baseball pushes betting on its fans at every turn. Now its biggest star is associated with a gambling fiascoThis is Major League Baseball’s worst nightmare. The face of the league, its one, true international star, who this past offseason joined one of its biggest teams on a $700m contract, is associated with allegations around an illegal sports betting operation.The story so far: the Los Angeles Dodgers fired Ippei Mizuhara, the interpreter for Shohei Oh
  • MLB embraced betting. Now it’s smeared with gambling’s grubby underbelly

    MLB embraced betting. Now it’s smeared with gambling’s grubby underbelly
    Like every other US sports league, baseball pushes betting on its fans at every turn. Now its biggest star is associated with a gambling fiascoThis is Major League Baseball’s worst nightmare. The face of the league, its one, true international star, who this past offseason joined one of its biggest teams on a $700m contract, is associated with allegations around an illegal sports betting operation.The story so far: the Los Angeles Dodgers fired Ippei Mizuhara, the interpreter for Shohei Oh
  • Yamamoto rocked and Dodgers lose as gambling cloud gathers over LA

    Yamamoto rocked and Dodgers lose as gambling cloud gathers over LA
    Yamamoto signed record deal for a pitcher in offseasonShohei Ohtani interpreter caught up in gambling claimsYoshinobu Yamamoto was chased after one inning of a nightmarish major league debut and the San Diego Padres outlasted the Dodgers 15-11 on Thursday night after Los Angeles fired Shohei Ohtani’s interpreter following allegations of illegal gambling.Mookie Betts had four hits and six RBIs for the Dodgers, including the first home run of the major league season.Jake Cronenworth tied a c
  • Translator for Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani’s fired after allegations of ‘massive theft’

    Translator for Dodgers star Shohei Ohtani’s fired after allegations of ‘massive theft’
    Ippei Mizuhara admits to have run up gambling debtsOhtani is world’s most famous baseball playerThe interpreter for Shohei Ohtani, the biggest star in baseball and one of the most famous people in Japan, has been fired after lawyers for the player said there had been a “massive theft” from the slugger’s account.ESPN reported that several sources said Ippei Mizuhara had run up large debts to a Californian bookmaker. Initially a spokesperson for the player said Ohtani had t
  • MLB star Shohei Ohtani’s translator fired after allegations of ‘massive theft’

    MLB star Shohei Ohtani’s translator fired after allegations of ‘massive theft’
    Ippei Mizuhara admits to have run up gambling debtsOhtani is world’s most famous baseball playerThe interpreter for Shohei Ohtani, the biggest star in baseball and one of the most famous people in Japan, has been fired after lawyers for the player said there had been a “massive theft” from the slugger’s account.ESPN reported that several sources said Ippei Mizuhara had run up large debts to a Californian bookmaker. Initially a spokesperson for the player said Ohtani had t
  • Japanese baseball fans bid farewell to ‘lucky charm’ Colonel Sanders statue

    Japanese baseball fans bid farewell to ‘lucky charm’ Colonel Sanders statue
    Effigy recovered in 2009 after being thrown into Osaka river by jubilant fans but is in poor state and will be disposed ofA plastic statue of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s founder, Colonel Sanders, that was a lucky charm for superstitious Japanese baseball fans has been “disposed of” 15 years after being dredged out of an Osaka river.Jubilant supporters of Osaka’s Hanshin Tigers, known for being Japan’s most passionate baseball fans, flung the effigy – and themselv
  • $700m Ohtani drives in run on Dodgers debut as MLB season starts in Korea

    $700m Ohtani drives in run on Dodgers debut as MLB season starts in Korea
    Japanese star joined Dodgers from Angels in huge dealLos Angeles take first game of season 5-2 over San DiegoShohei Ohtani’s RBI single capped a four-run eighth-inning rally in his Dodgers debut, and Los Angeles beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 in Wednesday’s MLB season opener.The game turned when a routine grounder went through the webbing of the glove of first baseman Jake Cronenworth as the tying run scored.Ohtani went 2 for 5 in his first game since leaving the Los Angeles Angels fo
  • Colonel Sanders statue in Japan disposed of ‘to break baseball curse’

    Colonel Sanders statue in Japan disposed of ‘to break baseball curse’
    Baseball fans believed success would return to Hanshin Tigers if effigy was thrown awayA plastic statue of Kentucky Fried Chicken’s founder Colonel Sanders that was a lucky charm for superstitious Japanese baseball fans has been “disposed of” 15 years after being dredged out of an Osaka river.Jubilant supporters of Osaka’s Hanshin Tigers, known for being Japan’s most passionate baseball fans, flung the effigy – and themselves – into the dirty Dotonbori r
  • Shohei Ohtani: a Japanese baseball star so loved even Koreans flock to him

    Shohei Ohtani: a Japanese baseball star so loved even Koreans flock to him
    The Japanese star is considered one of the most talented players in history. Now he finds himself in an unfamiliar role as a cultural ambassadorThe sport is American, the venue South Korean. But when the LA Dodgers and San Diego Padres open the Major League Baseball season with two games in Seoul this week, all eyes will be on a Japanese superstar: Shohei Ohtani.It says much about Ohtani’s singular appeal that South Korean baseball fans are as excited about his imminent presence in the bat
  • Could you win a US senate primary without really trying? This aging LA Dodger did it

    Could you win a US senate primary without really trying? This aging LA Dodger did it
    ‘Conservative moderate’ Steve Garvey has a Cameo profile, baseball metaphors, and a decades-old dream of a life in politicsSteve Garvey, the aging Republican Major League Baseball star, has talked about becoming a US senator for more than 40 years.That dream was derailed for decades by what Garvey called his “midlife disaster”. Now, at age 75, the former first baseman is finally in the running – headed for a November face-off with Democratic congressman Adam Schiff
  • Could you win a US Senate primary without really trying? This ageing LA Dodger did it

    Could you win a US Senate primary without really trying? This ageing LA Dodger did it
    ‘Conservative moderate’ Steve Garvey has a Cameo profile, baseball metaphors, and a decades-old dream of a life in politicsSteve Garvey, the ageing Republican Major League Baseball star, has talked about becoming a US senator for more than 40 years.That dream was derailed for decades by what Garvey called his “midlife disaster”. Now, at age 75, the former first baseman is finally in the running – headed for a November face-off with the Democratic congressman Adam Sc
  • Shrinkflation and see-through pants: MLB’s uniform debacle is a sheer farce

    Shrinkflation and see-through pants: MLB’s uniform debacle is a sheer farce
    Baseball entrusted the manufacturing of their new uniforms with Fanatics, a company whose dismal reputation for quality embodies the less-for-more worst of late-stage capitalismBack in the ’90s there was this executive with the New York Yankees – the assistant to the traveling secretary, if memory serves – who was a big believer in the power of the breathable uniform. But it’s unlikely even George Costanza would have cottoned to baseball’s latest wardrobe change.Ahe
  • Cody Bellinger signs $80m contract extension with Chicago Cubs

    Cody Bellinger signs $80m contract extension with Chicago Cubs
    Deal includes opt-outs after each of the first two seasonsFirst of five Scott Boras free-agents to blink in negotiationsCody Bellinger is heading back to the Chicago Cubs, agreeing to a three-year, $80m contract, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press.The slugger can opt out of the deal after each of the first two seasons, according to sources. Bellinger is set to make $30m this year, and then $30m in 2025 if he stays with Chicago and $20m in 2026 if he doesn’t opt out o
  • Jen Pawol becomes first woman to umpire spring training game since 2007

    Jen Pawol becomes first woman to umpire spring training game since 2007
    Former softball star umps Astros-Nationals spring contestNo woman has been assigned to umpire a regular season gameIt took eight years but Jen Pawol made the leap from the minors to a major league game spring training contest as umpire at the Grapefruit League opener between the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals at CACTI Park of The Palm Beaches on Saturday.Pawol’s spring training debut marked the first time since 2007 that a woman umpired a major league spring training game, last do
  • ‘Everyone hates them’: see-through pants add to MLB’s uniform controversy

    ‘Everyone hates them’: see-through pants add to MLB’s uniform controversy
    MLB players blast cheap-looking Fanatics-made uniformsPlayers’ union relaying concerns about see-through pantsMLB’s new uniform reveal hasn’t gone very well. Now some of the rampant criticism has moved below the belt.Major League Baseball Players Association deputy executive director Bruce Meyer confirmed on Thursday that the organization is relaying concerns from players to MLB about the new pants, which are somewhat see-through. The complaints – first reported by ESPN &
  • ‘It’s a job’: Angels’ $245m Rendon says baseball never his top priority

    ‘It’s a job’: Angels’ $245m Rendon says baseball never his top priority
    Veteran says family and faith are the main things in lifeTeammate Mike Trout says he wants to stay with AngelsMike Trout discussed his future and Anthony Rendon talked about his priorities as the two Los Angeles Angels veterans made some interesting comments on Monday with hitters reporting to spring training camp before the season starts next month.The Angels signed Rendon to a seven-year, $245m deal in December 2019 as he was coming off a World Series title with the Washington Nationals. Rendo
  • Rob Manfred says he will step down as baseball commissioner in 2029

    Rob Manfred says he will step down as baseball commissioner in 2029
    Manfred says he will step down in January 2029 after 14 yearsCandidates for potential successor have not publicly emergedBaseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday he will retire when his current term ends in January 2029.Speaking at a spring training news conference, Manfred noted he will be 70 years old and will have been commissioner for 14 years when his term ends on 25 January 2029. Continue reading...
  • Arrest made in theft of Jackie Robinson statue in Wichita, police say

    Arrest made in theft of Jackie Robinson statue in Wichita, police say
    Authorities arrest man in theft of Robinson statue in KansasPolice chief says theft was not a ‘hate-motivated crime’Police announced Tuesday the arrest of a 45-year-old man in the theft of a bronze Jackie Robinson statue that later was found dismantled and burned.Wichita police lieutenant Aaron Moses said the man was taken into custody earlier in an unrelated case and charged Monday in the theft. He said there was no evidence it was was a “hate-motivated crime” but rather
  • Former Mets general manager Billy Eppler suspended for faking injuries

    Former Mets general manager Billy Eppler suspended for faking injuries
    Ex-Mets general manager banned through 2024 World SeriesMLB concluded Eppler fabricated injuries to open roster spotsFormer New York Mets general manager Billy Eppler was suspended through the 2024 World Series on Friday by baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded he directed the team to fabricate injuries to create open roster spots.No Mets medical or athletic training personnel were mentioned in the announcement by Major League Baseball. Continue reading...
  • Does Jürgen Klopp’s exit signal the end of the golden age of FSG?

    Does Jürgen Klopp’s exit signal the end of the golden age of FSG?
    As Liverpool prepares to look for a new manager, and its owners look to expand their portfolio, both parties may be racing toward a reckoningWhenever Fenway Sports Group has added to its sprawling global portfolio of sports franchises, now valued at more than $10bn, the story it has told about its intentions has been the same: respect tradition, build the brand, leave the team on a more sustainable footing for future growth, and above all, win. Reflecting on the two-year anniversary of the group
  • Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman says A’s should stay in Oakland

    Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman says A’s should stay in Oakland
    MLB team plan to relocate to Nevada from CaliforniaVegas residents have questioned logistics of new stadiumLas Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman isn’t exactly extending a warm embrace to the Oakland Athletics, who plan to build a $1.5bn stadium in her city.Goodman said the team’s stadium plan “does not make sense” and A’s ownership should go back to the drawing board and pitch a new plan in the Bay Area. Continue reading...
  • Bobby Witt Jr to sign $289m contract with Royals after just two MLB seasons

    Bobby Witt Jr to sign $289m contract with Royals after just two MLB seasons
    Deal could rise to $377m if options are taken upShortstop is one of MLB’s best young playersThe Kansas City Royals agreed with shortstop Bobby Witt Jr on an 11-year deal worth more than $288.7m guaranteed, according to multiple sources, locking up one of baseball’s young stars as the club tries to turn around its fortunes and persuade a weary fanbase to invest in a new stadium.The deal includes a three-year, $89m team option that would drive the value to more than $377m and keep Witt
  • Baltimore Orioles land ace in trade for former Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes

    Baltimore Orioles land ace in trade for former Cy Young winner Corbin Burnes
    Orioles land ace pitcher to complement young hitting talentBaltimore make blockbuster deal after recent sale of teamThe Baltimore Orioles finally landed a proven front-line pitcher to go with all that young hitting talent.The Orioles acquired All-Star right-hander Corbin Burnes from the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night. Baltimore sent left-hander DL Hall, infield prospect Joey Ortiz and a competitive balance draft pick to Milwaukee in the deal for the 2021 National League Cy Young Award winne
  • Stolen Jackie Robinson statue will be replaced after more than $160,000 donated

    Stolen Jackie Robinson statue will be replaced after more than $160,000 donated
    Statue of first Black player to integrate Major League Baseball was stolen last week from public park in Wichita, KansasA historic statue of baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson will be replaced after donations poured in after it was stolen from a Kansas park and found destroyed.On Wednesday – which would have been the 105th birthday of Jackie Robinson – an online fundraiser raised more than $160,000 to replace a bronze statue of the baseball legend that was stolen from McAdams Park
  • Orioles agree $1.725bn sale to Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein

    Orioles agree $1.725bn sale to Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein
    Baltimore-native David Rubenstein will be controlling owner Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr part of investment groupCarlyle Group Inc co-founder David Rubenstein has reached an agreement to buy the Baltimore Orioles for $1.725bn, a source told the Associated Press.If the deal is approved by Major League Baseball, Rubenstein, a Baltimore native, would take over as the team’s controlling owner. He has assembled an investment team that includes Ares co-founder Michael Arougheti. Continue reading
  • Burned remains of stolen Jackie Robinson statue found in Wichita

    Burned remains of stolen Jackie Robinson statue found in Wichita
    Statue of baseball trailblazer was stolen from parkLocal police say statue went missing on Thursday morningFire crews found the burned remnants Tuesday of a prized bronze statue of Jackie Robinson that was stolen last week from a public park in Kansas, authorities said.The Wichita fire department received a call around 8.40am about a trash can on fire at Garvey Park in the southern part of the city and discovered what appeared to be pieces of the statue, according to police spokesperson Andrew F
  • Outrage in Kansas after Jackie Robinson statue cut down and stolen from park

    Outrage in Kansas after Jackie Robinson statue cut down and stolen from park
    Statue of baseball trailblazer stolen from Wichita parkLocal police say statue went missing on Thursday morningA prized statue of Jackie Robinson was stolen from a public park in Kansas, spurring a police search Friday and outrage across the city of Wichita.The statue honors the first player to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947. Surveillance video was released of two people hauling the sculpture away in the dark. Wichita police said in a Facebook post that it went missing
  • Adrián Beltré, Joe Mauer and Todd Helton elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame

    Adrián Beltré, Joe Mauer and Todd Helton elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame
    Beltré and Mauer elected to Cooperstown on first tryBilly Wagner, Gary Sheffield fall short of thresholdAdrián Beltré, Todd Helton and Joe Mauer were elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame on Tuesday while Billy Wagner and Gary Sheffield fell short.Beltré was picked on 366 of 385 ballots in his first appearance for 95.1%. Continue reading...
  • Stadium first, affordable housing later? US developers dangle homes as perk of big construction deals

    Communities bargain for shelter and investment in return for giant real estate projects. But what happens when the deal is done and developers stall?For more than a decade, John Fisher, the owner of the Athletics Major League Baseball team, has been threatening to move the club out of Oakland if the city didn’t pony up enough public money for a new ballpark.Among his final bids were plans for a massive West Oakland redevelopment that included far more than just a stadium. It involved 1.8m
  • Ex-MLB star Trevor Bauer criticized for apparent support of US Navy officer jailed in Japan

    Bauer criticized in Japan for apparent support of Ridge AlkonisEx-MLB star signed with Yokohama after release from DodgersFormer major league pitcher Trevor Bauer came under criticism in Japan on Wednesday after he appeared to express support on social media for a US Navy officer who had been jailed over a car crash that killed two Japanese citizens.Bauer, a free agent who played the 2023 season with the Yokohama DeNA BayStars of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball following his suspensio
  • New York Mets hit with record $101m luxury tax bill after fourth-place finish

    New York must pay nearly $101m for exceeding salary capMets finished fourth despite most expensive team in historyThe New York Mets must pay a record luxury tax of nearly $101m after a fourth-place finish in their division, among an unprecedented eight teams that owe the penalty for the 2023 season.Owner Steve Cohen’s Mets finished with a tax payroll of $374.7m, according to figures finalized by Major League Baseball on Thursday and obtained by the Associated Press. That topped the previou
  • Free-agent prize Yoshinobu Yamamoto reportedly joins Dodgers on $325m deal

    Dodgers sign Yamamoto to $325m deal per multiple reportsPitcher to join Japanese countryman Ohtani with LA clubPrized free-agent pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a $325m, 12-year contract, according to multiple reports.Yamamoto is set to join Japanese countryman Shohei Ohtani with the Dodgers, who signed the two-way superstar to a record $700 million, 10-year deal last week. Continue reading...
  • Shohei Ohtani beats Lionel Messi to win second AP male athlete of the year award

    Baseball star has won the award twice in three yearsMessi and Novak Djokovic finished second in votingBefore Shohei Ohtani stepped into the bright lights of Hollywood and signed the most lucrative contract in professional sports history, baseball’s two-way superstar put together yet another season of unparalleled brilliance from Tokyo to Anaheim.What will this singular talent do next? The Los Angeles Dodgers are eagerly paying $700m to see for themselves. Continue reading...
  • Texas Rangers’ Max Scherzer to miss start of 2024 season after back surgery

    Rangers righty has back surgery and will miss start of seasonScherzer, 39, joined world champions from Mets at midseasonMax Scherzer had surgery for a herniated disk in his lower back and will miss the start of next season for the World Series champion Texas Rangers.General manager Chris Young said Friday that Scherzer, who was removed from the roster during the World Series because of back discomfort, had surgery Thursday after injections and other less-evasive treatments didn’t relieve t
  • Shohei Ohtani to defer $680m of $700m Dodgers deal to help new club build

    Japanese star earns around $50m a year in endorsementsDeal means Dodgers can pursue top free-agentsShohei Ohtani has agreed to defer $680m of his 10-year, $700m deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers until after the contract is completed, The Athletic and ESPN reported on Monday.According to the reports, Ohtani suggested the deferrals and will be paid $2m a season for the duration of the contract, then will receive the deferred money without interest from 2034 to 2043. Continue reading...
  • The Dodgers see $700m Shohei Ohtani as an investment rather than an expense

    Los Angeles are getting both a brilliant pitcher and hitter in the Japanese star. They’ll also reap an enormous boost in incomeCulturally, it’s the biggest free agency splash in North American sports since LeBron James left Cleveland for Miami in “The Decision” in 2010. Monetarily, it’s much bigger than that. And competitively, it’s a potential trump card in baseball’s perpetual arms race between the league’s highest-spending clubs.The Los Angeles
  • Shohei Ohtani agrees to record $700m, 10-year contract with LA Dodgers

    Japanese two-way star ends free agency with record dealOhtani, 29, moves to Dodgers after six years with AngelsShohei Ohtani agreed Saturday to a record $700m, 10-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.The deal was announced after days of speculation over where the unique, two-way star would continue his career after six seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. Continue reading...

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