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					Preview: Rays try to stay hot as road trip begins against Orioles

Preview: Rays try to stay hot as road trip begins against Orioles

25/04/2018, USA, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Article # 26509844
The Tampa Bay Rays kick off a long road trip when they begin their series against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night.

https://www.foxsports.com/florida/story/tampa-bay-rays-at-baltimore-orioles-preview-tuesday-april-24-042418
Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians Odds, Analysis, MLB Betting Pick

Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians Odds, Analysis, MLB Betting Pick

24/04/2018, USA, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Article # 26509743
For the first time since the 2016 World Series, the Chicago Cubs (10-9) will square off against the Cleveland Indians (12-8) on Tuesday as small road underdogs at the sportsbooks...

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2772209-chicago-cubs-vs-cleveland-indians-odds-analysis-mlb-betting-pick
A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth’s 60th home run in 1927

A tale of 2 bats, and Babe Ruth’s 60th home run in 1927

24/04/2018, USA, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Article # 26509744

NEW YORK — As part of its collection of Babe Ruth items, the Baseball Hall of Fame says it has the bat the slugger used to hit his then-record 60th home run in 1927.

A private collector also claims to own the bat, and he’s selling it at auction. PSA/DNA, one of the leading sports memorabilia authenticators, supports his assertion.

The dispute dates back more than 90 years to the original owner of each bat and how he professed to acquire it.

The bat being sold by the anonymous collector can be traced back to Joe E. Brown, the entertainer and vaudeville comedian with whom Ruth had a friendship. Brown said Ruth, who had presented him with the bat the slugger used to hit three home runs in the 1926 World Series, personally gave him the bat used to hit his 60th homer in 1927. The bat is signed, “To Joe E. Brown From Babe Ruth.”

Brown then passed the bat down to his son Joe L. Brown, who was general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955-76. The younger Brown then sold the bat to a collector.

“There is documentation back to (Joe L.) Brown’s ownership and his talking about the bat that goes back to a sports writers’ luncheon in 1948,” PSA authenticator Jon Taube told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “Even before that the bat is mentioned from his collection in a 1939 baseball centennial celebration. … We also have a letter that continues the story from his grandson Ty Brown that talks about the bat coming out at Christmas time.”

The bat in the Hall of Fame was given to the museum by sports writer James Kahn in 1939, and Kahn was quoted in the Otsego Farmer — a newspaper in Cooperstown, where the Hall of Fame is located — as saying at the time that then-Yankees manager Miller Huggins gave him the bat after the game on Sept. 30, 1927.

Taube, who has done extensive research on Ruth’s bats, doesn’t dispute Kahn was given a bat after that game, but he doesn’t believe it was the one used for the record-breaking homer.

“It’s very unlikely that on Sept. 30, Miller Huggins comes down into the locker room and says, ‘Babe, give me the bat that you broke the record with’ and then he hands it to a beat writer,” Taube said. “And we just think it was very unlikely Huggins came out of the dugout and handed him THE bat. He handed him a bat, there’s no question about that. Was it the bat that hit the 60th home run? I doubt that very highly.”

Another complicating part of Kahn’s story is that he changed the details. Challenged by Brown at the luncheon, Kahn then said he got the bat from Ruth.

“The relationship (Ruth) had with Joe Brown, and the fact he had already gifted him with the 1926 World Series bat,” Taube said, “and especially that the season wasn’t over yet when Kahn says Miller Huggins and/or Ruth gave him the bat — we just don’t see that happening.”

The Hall of Fame reiterated it is confident the bat in its possession is the one Ruth used to hit the historic homer.

“The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to preserving baseball’s history,” Jon Shestakofsky, the Hall’s vice president of communications and education, said in an email to The Associated Press. “One of the institution’s primary responsibilities is to ensure that artifacts in our collection are portrayed accurately. When research shows that an object is incorrectly labeled, or when we have been presented with evidence that proves an artifact is misattributed, we resolve the matter appropriately and with transparency.

“The Hall of Fame remains very comfortable with the sound provenance and authenticity of the bat in our collection. The Museum’s stance on the bat has not changed since it was accessioned in 1939. Given the lack of proof to the contrary, we will continue to maintain that the bat in our collection is the one Babe Ruth used to hit his 60th home run of 1927.”

Taube said he was not aware of any other instance where there were multiple claims of such a high-profile item. He also wanted to make it clear he wasn’t trying to challenge the Hall of Fame.

“I respect them. It’s a baseball shrine,” he said. “You have to understand, during the day, there was no provenance. Many of the items that were given to the Hall were presented as, ‘Here’s the bat that did this, here’s the glove’ and there was no follow-up.

“Nobody is perfect.”

Bidding on the bat being sold by the anonymous collector through Heritage Auctions runs through May 18. In full disclosure for potential buyers, the story of the existence of the bat in the Hall of Fame is detailed on the item’s listing.



https://www.denverpost.com/2018/04/24/babe-ruth-60th-home-run-in-1927/

					Jarlin Garcia turns in another strong start but Marlins fall to Dodgers

Jarlin Garcia turns in another strong start but Marlins fall to Dodgers

24/04/2018, USA, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Article # 26509244
Walker Buehler tossed five scoreless innings in his first major league start and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Miami Marlins 2-1 on Monday night.

https://www.foxsports.com/florida/story/los-angeles-dodgers-miami-marlins-score-recap-042318-042418
'Fire up the fountains!': Woman does TV play-by-play of MLB game for first time in 25 years

'Fire up the fountains!': Woman does TV play-by-play of MLB game for first time in 25 years

24/04/2018, USA, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Article # 26508852
Denver Sports Omelette: Colorado Avalanche roster and contracts breakdown

Denver Sports Omelette: Colorado Avalanche roster and contracts breakdown

24/04/2018, USA, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Article # 26509745

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The Avalanche’s season may be over, but there’s plenty of reason to be optimistic about next year. And the year after that. And even the year after that. The young core that was key to most of Colorado’s success during its run to the playoffs will be sticking around the Pepsi Center for a while.

The Avs have 18 players under contract next season, five pending restricted free agents and six unrestricted free agents. Here’s a look at Colorado’s roster makeup, including each players’s hit to the salary cap, how long they’re under contract and their status after their contract expires.

FORWARDS
Player Cap hit Contract expires Status
Nathan MacKinnon $6.3 million 2022 UFA
Gabe Landeskog $5.5 million 2021 UFA
Carl Soderberg $4.7 million 2020 UFA
Colin Wilson $3.9 million 2019 UFA
Sven Andrighetto $1.4 million 2019 UFA
Dominic Toninato $925,000 2019 RFA
Alex Kerfoot $925,000 2019 RFA
J.T. Compher $925,000 2019 RFA
Mikko Rantanen $894,000 2019 RFA
Tyson Jost $885,000 2020 RFA
Vladislav Kamenev $833,000 2019 RFA
DEFENSEMEN
Erik Johnson $6 million 2022 UFA
Tyson Barrie $5.5 million 2020 UFA
Nikita Zadorov $2.1 million 2019 RFA
Sam Girard $728,000 2020 RFA
Anton Lindholm $717,000 2019 RFA
David Warsofsky $675,000 2019 UFA
GOALTENDER
Semyon Varlamov $5.9 million 2019 UFA

Restricted free agents: Matt Nieto, Nail Yakupov, Patrik Nemeth, Duncan Siemens, Spencer Martin.

Unrestricted free agents: Blake Comeau, Gabriel Bourque, Mark Barberio, Mark Alt, Jonathan Bernier, Andrew Hammond.

Mike Chambers, The Denver Post


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https://www.denverpost.com/2018/04/24/colorado-avalanche-roster-contracts-breakdown/
Padres' $144M Eric Hosmer Risk Backfiring, Giving Credibility to MLB Tanking

Padres' $144M Eric Hosmer Risk Backfiring, Giving Credibility to MLB Tanking

24/04/2018, USA, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Article # 26508379
The 2017-18 MLB offseason was defined by teams not spending. Stars were stranded in limbo. Impact players twiddled their thumbs. In the end, every worthy free agent found a home, but many settled for far less ducats than they expected...

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2771769-padres-144m-eric-hosmer-risk-backfiring-giving-credibility-to-mlb-tanking
Early Signs of Doom for MLB's Expected Contenders

Early Signs of Doom for MLB's Expected Contenders

24/04/2018, USA, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Article # 26508378
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http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2771994-early-signs-of-doom-for-mlbs-expected-contenders
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Biggest MLB Surprises and Disappointments at the One-Month Mark

24/04/2018, USA, Baseball, Major League Baseball, Article # 26508377
If the 2018 Major League Baseball season is going exactly as you expected it would, congratulations. You're the only one of your kind. For the rest of us, there's been plenty to be surprised and disappointed by...

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2771926-biggest-mlb-surprises-and-disappointments-at-the-one-month-mark
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