Jim Armstrong, Ap Sports Writer Published 11:13 pm PDT, Saturday, March 16, 2019 TOKYO (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki's struggles at the plate have followed him to Japan. Ichiro went hitless in three at-bats on Sunday when his Seattle Mariners beat the Yomiuri Giants 6-4 in an exhibition game ahead of their MLB season-opening series against the Oakland A's. Ichiro arrived in Japan hitting just .080 in spring training this season and couldn't break out with a hit before a near-sellout crowd of 46,315 at Tokyo Dome. Even before the game started, Ichiro gave the crowd a thrill, signing autographs down the third base before a throng of fans eager to get a glimpse of the 45-year-old star who is playing here for the first time since 2012. He made a fine running catch up against the wall in deep right field in the first inning, flashing signs of the defensive prowess he has displayed throughout his career. Cameras flashes lit up the stands when he strode to the plate for his … [Read more...] about Ichiro hitless as Mariners beat Yomiuri 6-4 in exhibition
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Baseball Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Baseball | Can Cuba Baseball Still Be Great When Many of Its Stars Have Left? Supported by ByEd Augustin Dec. 28, 2018 BAYAMO, Cuba — The Sancti Spíritus Roosters will face the Villa Clara Orangemen and the Ciego de Ávila Tigers will meet the Las Tunas Woodcutters as the Cuban National Series playoffs begin on Jan. 4. But none of Cuba’s best baseball players will be on the diamond. “All the stars have gone,” said Mario Ojeda, 79, a fan and former catcher in the league. “How has baseball changed over the last decade? It’s like night and day.” Cuba is hemorrhaging ballplayers: Over the last three years, more than 300 have left the country, some after arduous journeys in the hands of smugglers, most hoping to try their luck in the United States. There are now 25 … [Read more...] about Can Cuba Baseball Still Be Great When Many of Its Stars Have Left?
Dec 11, 10:56 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Sports By Abhinav Kini 12/11/18 AT 10:48 PM The New York Mets have reportedly changed their trade approach in their pursuit of Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.It was reported by multiple reporters Monday that the Mets discussed a three-team trade, along with the New York Yankees, that would potentially see Realmuto go to the Mets while Noah Syndergaard would go to the Yankees. It was noted, however, that the Mets would not part with Syndergaard if it meant they would only get Realmuto in return. Add in the fact that the two New York rivals haven't completed a major trade since December 2004, and many deemed such a deal unlikely.One of the reporters who initially confirmed those trade talks was Mike Puma of the New York Post, who reported Tuesday that Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen was a big admirer of the 27-year-old, and consequently would … [Read more...] about MLB Trade Rumors: Mets Change JT Realmuto Approach To Direct Swap
Dec 11, 12:50 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Sports By Abhinav Kini 12/11/18 AT 12:19 AM The New York Mets have reportedly discussed a three-team deal with the New York Yankees for Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto.MLB on Fox reporter Ken Rosenthal tweeted Monday about a potential three-team trade, though it was not known if Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard would be involved and depart for the Yankees.He also added the Mets would not part with Syndergaard, who has three years of team control left, if they were only getting Realmuto, who has two years of team control left, in return. The Mets are discussing two-team trade scenarios as well.Mike Puma of the New York Post though, later confirmed discussions over a three-way trade which would see Realmuto go to the Mets while Syndergaard would go to the Yankees.This was followed up by SNY.tv’s Andy Martino reporting that Syndergaard to the Yankees was a … [Read more...] about MLB Trade Rumors: Mets Discussing JT Realmuto 3-Team Trade With Yankees
Veteran hurler Hisashi Iwakuma will continue his playing career in Japan, with the Yomiuri Giants announcing that he has signed on with the club. Japan’s Kyodo News has the story on the deal.Iwakuma had previously announced at the tail end of the 2018 campaign that he’d return to his native country to keep pitching. The 37-year-old had made one last effort to return to the majors last year, but ended up making only a pair of minor-league appearances with the Mariners — the only MLB organization with which he has pitched.The Seattle organization got plenty of value from Iwakuma over the years, enjoying 883 2/3 total innings of 3.42 ERA ball spread over six seasons. He was a strong contributor over most of that span, though more recently shoulder problems arose that kept him off of the mound.Iwakuma will return to a league in which he long thrived before coming to the majors. Over 11 campaigns with the Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles, Iwakuma … [Read more...] about Hisashi Iwakuma signs with Yomiuri Giants