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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 progressives The NBA to add a 17th regular-season game. Its all in the name of increasing revenue streams, and if new rumors are to be believed, you can put Major League Baseball right on that bandwagon: the Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal. And while a change in playoff format doesnt quite have the sizzle of one of the most profound transgressions in the history of the sport, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred must…

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Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora fired amid multiple sign-stealing scandals

The Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after baseball commissioner Rob Manfred implicated him in the sports sign-stealing scandal The Boston Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora on Tuesday, a day after Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred Red Sox (@RedSox) Statement from the Boston pic.twitter.com/qXsUhSobSy Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2020/jan/14/alex-cora-fired-astros-sign-stealing-scandal

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Baseball’s Justin Verlander, Dodger Killer, gets $1 million lunch bill

Image: Jeffrey McWhorter/AP/REX/Shutterstock Let this be a lesson to all big-name athletes: Fame carries a heavy price.  Take it away, Dr. Evil. The Houston Astros made a ton of enemies in Los Angeles when they knocked out the city’s Dodgers in a World Series win last year. Justin Verlander, one of Houston’s all-star pitchers, learned that the hard way on Friday when he went out for lunch in Beverly Hills. SEE ALSO: Watch this baseball player catch a bird mid-flight When the bill arrived for Verlander’s lunch at the Beverly…

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Charles Krauthammer, Prominent Conservative Voice, Has Died

New York (AP) — Charles Krauthammer, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and pundit who helped shape and occasionally dissented from the conservative movement as he evolved from "Great Society" Democrat to Iraq War cheerleader to denouncer of Donald Trump, died Thursday. He was 68. His death was announced by two organizations that were longtime employers, Fox News Channel and The Washington Post. Krauthammer had said publicly a year ago he was being treated for a cancerous tumor in his abdomen and earlier this month revealed that he likely had just weeks…

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A seven-year-old baseball fan with a 3D-printed hand is throwing out the first pitch of World Series Game 4

Hailey Dawson is already a veteran of tossing the ceremonial first pitch at the ripe old age of seven. She’s got two Major League games under her belt and is about to add a third, with her biggest audience yet, as she kicks off Game 4 of the World Series in Houston. Dawson is in the midst of a 30-ballpark tour, throwing the first pitch for every MLB team, with the aid of a 3D-printed prosthetic hand created by a research team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Dawson…

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