Major League Baseball (MLB)

1:28am

Wed October 2, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Love Of Victory In The Time Of Steroids

Originally published on Wed October 2, 2013 10:18 am

The Straight Dope: The use of steroids and blood doping traces back at least into the 1970s.
Robert Byron iStockphoto.com

There's a certain anniversary irony to the fact that Alex Rodriquez's illegal doping ban appeal hearing is taking place this week, for it was, essentially, a quarter-of-a-century ago that what we think of as the drug era in sports began.

And here A-Rod is now, 38 years old, his body in betrayal (perhaps from years of all the drugs), hitting .244, hearing boos, even at home at Yankee Stadium, yet pleading desperately for a lesser sentence at the price of suffering more embarrassing revelations — a figure of pity that no one does.

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8:11am

Mon September 30, 2013
Sports

Baseball's Playoffs Start And So Does A-Rod's Suspension Appeal

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 9:22 am

New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
Kathy Willens AP

After a dramatic finish to the regular season that included a no-hitter on the final day and a tie that will force a special elimination game Monday night, Major League Baseball is set to start its playoffs.

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8:44am

Fri September 27, 2013
Sports

VIDEO: Yankees Great Mariano Rivera Bids A Tearful Goodbye

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera tips his cap in the ninth inning of his final appearance in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday.
Kathy Willens ap

The announcers kept quiet, so we won't say much either.

There's video here of what it was like Thursday night at Yankee Stadium when pitcher Mariano Rivera, considered by most experts to be the greatest "closer" in Major League Baseball history, threw his final pitch before heading off into retirement. He shed several tears, as you'll see.

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3:25pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Sports

Police: San Francisco Killing Was Sparked By Baseball Rivalry

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 4:56 pm

A general view of the field at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Thearon W. Henderson Getty Images

The rivalry between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants added another dark chapter to its history this week: Police said today that Wednesday night's stabbing death near San Francisco's AT&T Park was sparked by a baseball rivalry.

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1:35pm

Thu September 26, 2013
Sports

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig To Retire After Next Season

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:53 pm

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