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In the News (Fri 19 Apr 19)

  
 Eastern League Baseball
The extension of the agreement means that the New York organization will continue to provide minor league players to the B-Mets through the 2008 season.
Prior to their opening day game against the Erie SeaWolves, the Harrisburg Senators and their Major League affiliate, the Washington Nationals, announced that they are extending their Player Development Contract four more seasons.
The agreement, which was originally going expire at the end of this season will now extend through the 2010 season.
www.easternleague.com   (294 words)

  
 Major League Baseball : News
The IOC is threatening to banish baseball as a medal sport long before the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing, China, if MLB doesn't begin to at least phase in some Major League players.
For the last two Winter Olympics, the National Hockey League has taken a break in its season to allow its best players to represent their national teams, creating an Olympic hockey tournament that is both balanced and highly competitive.
It will be the first time since baseball was introduced as a demonstration sport at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles that the U.S. will not be represented with a baseball team.
mlb.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/mlb/news/mlb_news.jsp?ymd=20031201&content_id=610301&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb   (294 words)

  
 Lasorda has blues over baseball's Olympics ouster
British delegates hinted one reason baseball was dropped was because the IOC demands the highest-caliber athletes in each sport and that could never happen as long as Major League Baseball refused to let its players abandon their regular season to compete.
Baseball will be part of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, then abandoned at the 2012 Games in London.
Baseball made its debut in the Olympics at the 1912 Games in Stockholm, where it was an exhibition sport.
azcentral.com /arizonarepublic/sports/articles/0710bbinscolumn0710.html   (294 words)

  
 Lasorda has blues over baseball's Olympics ouster
British delegates hinted one reason baseball was dropped was because the IOC demands the highest-caliber athletes in each sport and that could never happen as long as Major League Baseball refused to let its players abandon their regular season to compete.
Baseball will be part of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, then abandoned at the 2012 Games in London.
Baseball made its debut in the Olympics at the 1912 Games in Stockholm, where it was an exhibition sport.
www.azcentral.com /arizonarepublic/sports/articles/0710bbinscolumn0710.html   (294 words)

  
 RFK Stadium - Washington Nationals
After a 33-year absence, baseball finally returned to our nation’s capital in 2005 when the Montreal Expos became the first Major League Baseball team to relocate since the Senators left Washington DC after the 1971 season.
The Nationals are still owned by Major League Baseball and while they seek to select a new group of owners the stadium and associated services continue to suffer.
District officials are far more concerned with the Nationals' future ballpark, which is to be built in time for the 2008 season on the north bank of the Anacostia River at South Capitol Street in downtown, about a dozen blocks south of the Capitol.
www.baseballpilgrimages.com /national/washington.html   (1571 words)

  
 Rangers sign Chris Young - Baseball Wagering Lines - BETTING EXPRESS
Young, who was acquired from the Montreal organization before the 2004 season, beat the Boston Red Sox for his first major league win on September 4 and was 2-0 in his last three starts.
Young made his major league debut this past August 24 and started seven games for the Rangers this season.
Arlington, TX (Betting Express) - The Texas Rangers have signed pitcher Chris Young to a three-year contract with a club option for the 2008 season.
www.bettingexpress.com /news/sports_betting/75769.html   (263 words)

  
 Ballparks of Baseball-Ballpark News
The name change comes almost two months after Major League Baseball announced that the team was relocating from Montreal to Washington, D.C. The team will play its home games at RFK Stadium during the 2005 season.
Several suitors for the club in recent weeks quietly have prepared financial models for the Nationals to play at least the 2008 season in RFK Stadium, with some even bracing for a fifth season in the outdated facility.
Forty seasons of baseball came to an end at the concrete relic when the Cardinals lost 5-1 to Houston on Wednesday in Game 6 of the NL championship series, sending the Astros to the World Series against the Chicago White Sox.
www.ballparksofbaseball.com /BallparkNews.htm   (3252 words)

  
 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons are a minor league baseball team based in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, since 1989.
The Red Barons are not moving since they are owned by the Lackawanna County Stadium Authority and will be free to negotiate affiliations with any of the other major league teams.
The team, which plays in the International League, is the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies major-league club.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Scranton/Wilkes-Barre_Red_Barons   (333 words)

  
 Bloomberg.com: U.S.
Yankee Stadium, built in 1923, is the third oldest major league ballpark behind Boston's Fenway Park (1912) and Chicago's Wrigley Field (1914).
``New stadiums have proven to be an economic driver for baseball teams,'' said David Cope, vice president of sales and marketing for the Washington Nationals baseball team, which is scheduled to move into a new facility in 2008.
Adidas-Salomon AG has a suite at Yankee Stadium as part of their agreement to be the team's official apparel and footwear sponsor, and Visa USA Inc., the world's largest credit-card company, has season tickets as part of their marketing deal with the club.
www.bloomberg.com /apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=ad1eGaB62BHk&refer=us   (333 words)

  
 Revved up for NASCAR - 2/12/2001 - Broadcasting & Cable - CA62496
After acquiring the NFL rights, Fox Sports quickly added Major League Baseball and NHL coverage to its fold, building a network sports powerhouse almost overnight.
Fox Broadcasting, Fox Sports Net and FX will be the exclusive home to NASCAR's Winston Cup and Busch Series races for the first half of the NASCAR season through 2008.
In terms of NASCAR advertising, Fox executives say their first season is about 75% sold (including FX and Fox Sports Net), with some 60 sponsors on board "We are doing quite well, obviously if it were a stronger economic climate, we'd be doing gangbusters," says Jon Nesvig, president of advertising sales.
broadcastingcable.com /article/CA62496.html?display=Cover&.../12/2001   (1901 words)

  
 Building D.C.'s New Major League Ballpark
The project is scheduled to be complete in time for the 2008 Major League Baseball season.
Clark/Hunt/Smoot Awarded Contract to Build D.C.'s New Major League Ballpark
The purpose of this event is to bring together contractors and subcontractors with public, private and non-profit organizations that have responsibility for LSDBE business development, apprenticeship programs, and employment of District residents for a day-long conference on subcontracting and apprenticeship opportunities associated with construction of the new baseball stadium.
www.dcballpark.com   (385 words)

  
 Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, Rafael Furcal, Major League Baseball - CBS SportsLine.com
Atlanta Braves, Chipper Jones, Rafael Furcal, Major League Baseball - CBS SportsLine.com
Jones' agent, B.B. Abbott, told the newspaper the reworked contract would turn a pair of $15 million vesting-option years in 2007 and 2008 into guaranteed years at $11 million per season.
ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones has agreed to restructure his contract, reducing his salary by $6 million next season, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday.
cbs.sportsline.com /mlb/story/9049551/rss   (340 words)

  
 Major League Baseball : News
The Nationals will play at RFK for the next three years until their new stadium opens in time for the 2008 season.
That good weather helped the contractors work on the very long list of things that needed to be done to make RFK usable for baseball after a long hiatus, as the Senators left for Texas after the 1971 season.
RFK Stadium should be ready for the team's first game, an exhibition against the Mets on April 3 at 12:05 p.m.
mlb.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/mlb/news/mlb_news.jsp?ymd=20050203&content_id=939124&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp   (340 words)

  
 ESPN.com - NHL - Season next? NHL All-Star Game off
Atlanta would have held its third All-Star Game in five years, after hosting the Major League Baseball and NBA events.
In the NHL's statement, the league said the earliest Atlanta can hold All-Star weekend is 2008 since the 2006 game has already been awarded to the Phoenix Coyotes and plans for the 2007 game are near completion.
No regular-season games have been played since the season was scheduled to begin Oct. 13, and NHL arenas have been given the go-ahead to release dates on a 45-day rolling basis.
sports.espn.go.com /nhl/news/story?id=1915318   (994 words)

  
 BallparkTour - Future Washington D.C. Ballpark
With the financial stakes high, the Nationals and Major League Baseball will keep close watch over the process through a team representative, whose $3.7 million fee will be paid by the District.
The ballpark is due to open for the 2008 season, and the tight timetable to design and construct the stadium became an advantage for HOK because no other competing firm for the District job came close to matching its resume.
But already being considered are several dramatic ideas for the waterfront ballpark, including a heavy use of glass in the exterior of the stadium, and finding some way to have the facility thematically tie into the original street grid of Washington laid out by Major Pierre Charles L'Enfant.
www.ballparktour.com /Future_DC_Ballpark.html   (3552 words)

  
 Washington Nationals - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Washington Nationals are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Washington, D.C. The Nationals are a member of the National League's Eastern Division, and currently play at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium.
The team is expected to move into a new ballpark, located in Southeast D.C. near the Anacostia River and with views of the Capitol building, in the spring of 2008.
The win came in their second game of the season and was highlighted by Wilkerson's hit for the cycle.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Washington_Nationals   (1846 words)

  
 Los Angeles Times - Olympics
DETROIT — Less than a week after their sport was ousted from the Olympics, Major League Baseball executives used this week's All-Star game festivities as a platform to unveil detailed plans for an international tournament of their own.
David Gettis of Los Angeles Dorsey, the fastest 400-meter runner in the world under the age of 18, ran his event only six times this season.
An unlikely winner in Wednesday's decision by the International Olympic Committee to award the 2012 Summer Games to London was Anschutz Entertainment Group, the Los Angeles company that owns Staples Center and the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League.
www.latimes.com /sports/olympics   (1846 words)

  
 JetsConfidential.com: Jets team up with 1050 ESPN and 77 WABC
ESPN Radio programming debuted on the 50,000 watt 1050-AM September 1, 2001, and features the network’s Mike & Mike in the Morning (6-10 a.m.) and Dan Patrick (1-4 p.m.) shows, and play-by-play of the NBA, Major League Baseball, the Bowl Championship Series and the recent home of the New York Knicks and Rangers.
The deal, which encompasses the next five seasons (2004-2008), remains unprecedented in the fact that the Jets are the only major professional sports team to be simulcast on two 50,000-watt radio stations (1050 ESPN and 77 WABC).
The deal is an excellent opportunity to promote both the Jets and 1050 ESPN, the new home of sports in New York City, beyond the football season.
jets.scout.com /2/235990.html   (1846 words)

  
 The Sports Network - Major League Baseball
The Nationals, currently playing in RFK Stadium, are expected to move into the new facility for the start of the 2008 season.
Members of the Clark-Hunt-Smoot team have worked on 15 major league ballparks since 1990.
Washington, DC (Sports Network) - The Board of Directors of the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission has awarded the construction management contract for the new Washington Nationals ballpark to the joint venture of Clark Construction, Hunt Construction Group and Smoot Construction.
www.sportsnetwork.com /?c=sportsnetwork&page=/mlb/news/AAN3976156.htm   (195 words)

  
 Baseball Toaster : Cub Town : Know Your Enemy 2005 - Part II, B - The Pirates
But most Major League managers want a guy like that throwing the ninth, and assuming Lloyd McClendon falls into that category, Gonzalez should be his closer.
The good news is, Lloyd McClendon has done a nice job of not overworking Perez, only allowing him one start that went over 120 pitches (it was 122) in 2004, and giving him occasional extra days off throughout the season.
If the Bucs can keep him healthy and active, they should have a very fine pitcher on their hands, and whether or not he stays on their hands beyond 2008 will say a lot about the health of the franchise in general.
cubtown.baseballtoaster.com /archives/157421.html   (195 words)

  
 Major League Baseball : News
The IOC is threatening to banish baseball as a medal sport long before the 2008 Summer Olympics in Bejing, China, if MLB doesn't begin to at least phase in some Major League players.
For the last two Winter Olympics, the National Hockey League has taken a break in its season to allow its best players to represent their national teams, creating an Olympic hockey tournament that is both balanced and highly competitive.
The fact that Team USA didn't qualify for next summer's Olympics by losing to Mexico last month in the Americas Baseball Qualifying Event is only part of the problem said IOC President Jacques Rogge.
mlb.mlb.com /NASApp/mlb/mlb/news/mlb_news.jsp?ymd=20031201&content_id=610301&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb   (195 words)

  
 Bobby Grich - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Robert Anthony "Bobby" Grich (born January 15, 1949 in Muskegon, Michigan) is an American former Major League Baseball second baseman and right-handed batter who played for the Baltimore Orioles (1970-76) and California Angels (1977-86).
In 17-years career Grich batted.266, with 224 homeruns, 864 RBI, 1033 runs, 1833 hits, 320 doubles, 47 triples, 104 stolen bases, and a.371 on base percentage in 2008 games.
Grich tied the lead in homeruns (22, along with Tony Armas and Dwight Evans), led in slugging average (.543), and hit a career-high.304.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Bobby_Grich   (195 words)

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