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another change: mascot latest to be fired by miami marlins

updated 4:03 pm, tuesday, february 6, 2018 miami (ap) — the latest person to be engulfed in the sweeping personnel changes with the miami marlins is the man who plays the team's mascot.news outlets report that john decicco, who has appeared as billy the marlin at home games for more than a decade, was fired this week. the team confirmed the termination tuesday, saying billy the marlin will remain the team's mascot but with a different person in the costume. team officials didn't give a reason for the firing.the marlins have fired a number of executives and traded some of the team's best players — including giancarlo stanton, marcell ozuna, dee gordon and christian yelich — since a new ownership group led by ceo derek jeter took over last fall.now playing: now playingtom...





joe girardi hired by mlb network as studio analyst

photo: matt rourke/associated press image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1file - in this feb. 14, 2017, file photo, new york yankees manager joe girardi speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the team's baseball spring training facilities, in tampa, fla. former yankees manager joe girardi is joining the mlb network as a studio analyst and was set to make his debut wednesday night, feb. 7, 2018. (ap photo/matt rourke, file) lessfile - in this feb. 14, 2017, file photo, new york yankees manager joe girardi speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the team's baseball spring training facilities, in tampa, fla. former ... more photo: matt rourke/associated press joe girardi hired by mlb network as studio analyst1 / 1back to gallerynew york — ...





rangers trade qb-infielder russell wilson to yankees

updated 3:20 pm, wednesday, february 7, 2018 arlington, texas (ap) — seattle seahawks quarterback russell wilson has been traded — from the texas rangers to the new york yankees.the rangers selected wilson in the triple-a portion of the rule 5 draft during the winter meetings in december 2013, about two months before he led the seahawks to a win over denver in the super bowl.on wednesday, texas traded wilson to the yankees for future considerations.wilson spent a day in uniform with the rangers at spring training in surprise, arizona, in 2014 without appearing in a game, and made another cameo appearance at camp the following spring. an infielder, wilson hit .229 in two seasons in the low minor leagues in colorado's system in 2010-11.the 29-year-old wilson is expected to be ...





todd frazier, mets finalize $17 million, 2-year contract

updated 3:23 pm, wednesday, february 7, 2018 photo: david dermer, ap image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1file - in this wednesday, oct. 11, 2017, file photo, new york yankees' todd frazier celebrates after scoring in the ninth inning against the cleveland indians in game 5 of a baseball american league division series, in cleveland. on monday, feb. 5, 2018, a person familiar with the deal tells the associated press that free agent third baseman todd frazier and the new york mets have agreed on a two-year contract for $17 million. lessfile - in this wednesday, oct. 11, 2017, file photo, new york yankees' todd frazier celebrates after scoring in the ninth inning against the cleveland indians in game 5 of a baseball american league division ... more photo: david dermer, ap ...





all the food, world series giveaways the astros have planned for 2018

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tanaka went with his heart in staying with yankees

photo: david j. phillip, ap image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1file - in this oct. 18, 2017, file photo, new york yankees starting pitcher masahiro tanaka reacts after striking out houston astros' josh reddick in the fifth inning of game 5 of baseball's american league championship series in new york. tanaka went with his heart when deciding not to opt out of the final three seasons of his $155 million, seven-year contract signed in january 2014 with the new york yankees. "my thought was i want to go out and battle with these guys again," tanaka said through a translator, wednesday, feb. 7, 2018. lessfile - in this oct. 18, 2017, file photo, new york yankees starting pitcher masahiro tanaka reacts after striking out houston astros' josh reddick in the fifth inning of game 5 of bas...





source: 3b todd frazier, mets agree on $17m, 2-year deal

photo: elsa, getty images image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3new york, ny - july 27: todd frazier #29 of the new york yankees sends a hit by evan longoria of the tampa bay rays to first for the out in the fifth inning on july 27, 2017 at yankee stadium in the bronx borough of new york city. lessnew york, ny - july 27: todd frazier #29 of the new york yankees sends a hit by evan longoria of the tampa bay rays to first for the out in the fifth inning on july 27, 2017 at yankee stadium in the bronx ... more photo: elsa, getty images image 2 of 3file - in this wednesday, oct. 11, 2017, file photo, new york yankees' todd frazier celebrates after scoring in the ninth inning against the cleveland indians in game 5 of a baseball american league division series, in cleveland. on monday, fe...





ap source: 3b todd frazier, mets agree on $17m, 2-year deal

photo: david dermer, ap image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1file - in this wednesday, oct. 11, 2017, file photo, new york yankees' todd frazier celebrates after scoring in the ninth inning against the cleveland indians in game 5 of a baseball american league division series, in cleveland. on monday, feb. 5, 2018, a person familiar with the deal tells the associated press that free agent third baseman todd frazier and the new york mets have agreed on a two-year contract for $17 million. lessfile - in this wednesday, oct. 11, 2017, file photo, new york yankees' todd frazier celebrates after scoring in the ninth inning against the cleveland indians in game 5 of a baseball american league division ... more photo: david dermer, ap ap source: 3b todd frazier, mets agree on $17m, 2-year ...





joe girardi hired by mlb network as studio analyst

updated 11:11 am, wednesday, february 7, 2018 photo: matt rourke/associated press image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1file - in this feb. 14, 2017, file photo, new york yankees manager joe girardi speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the team's baseball spring training facilities, in tampa, fla. former yankees manager joe girardi is joining the mlb network as a studio analyst and was set to make his debut wednesday night, feb. 7, 2018. (ap photo/matt rourke, file) lessfile - in this feb. 14, 2017, file photo, new york yankees manager joe girardi speaks with members of the media during a news conference at the team's baseball spring training facilities, in tampa, fla. former ... more photo: matt rourke/associated press joe girardi hired by mlb netw...





carlos beltran to skip astros' white house visit

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astros to wear special gold jerseys to celebrate world series

photo: houston astros image 1of/5captioncloseimage 1 of 5photos: a closer look at the astros' special jerseysthe houston astros will wear these special championship-themed jerseys for their first two home games of the season on april 2 and april 3 to celebrate last year's world series. lessphotos: a closer look at the astros' special jerseysthe houston astros will wear these special championship-themed jerseys for their first two home games of the season on april 2 and april 3 to celebrate last ... more photo: houston astros image 2 of 5the houston astros will wear these special championship-themed jerseys for their first two home games of the season on april 2 and april 3 to celebrate last year's world series.the houston astros will wear these special championship-themed jerse...





todd frazier, mets finalize $17 million, 2-year contract

updated 1:27 pm, wednesday, february 7, 2018 photo: david dermer, ap image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1file - in this wednesday, oct. 11, 2017, file photo, new york yankees' todd frazier celebrates after scoring in the ninth inning against the cleveland indians in game 5 of a baseball american league division series, in cleveland. on monday, feb. 5, 2018, a person familiar with the deal tells the associated press that free agent third baseman todd frazier and the new york mets have agreed on a two-year contract for $17 million. lessfile - in this wednesday, oct. 11, 2017, file photo, new york yankees' todd frazier celebrates after scoring in the ninth inning against the cleveland indians in game 5 of a baseball american league division ... more photo: david dermer, ap ...





rangers trade qb-infielder russell wilson to yankees

updated 2:41 pm, wednesday, february 7, 2018 arlington, texas (ap) — seattle seahawks quarterback russell wilson has been traded — from the texas rangers to the new york yankees.the rangers selected wilson in the triple-a portion of the rule 5 draft during the winter meetings in december 2013, about two months before he led the seahawks to a win over denver in the super bowl.on wednesday, texas traded wilson to the yankees for future considerations.wilson spent a day in uniform with the rangers at spring training in surprise, arizona, in 2014 without appearing in a game, and made another cameo appearance at camp the following spring. an infielder, wilson hit .229 in two seasons in the low minor leagues in colorado's system in 2010-11.in 2011, he left the rockies for football...





cuba leads caribbean series after first round

published 12:00 am, wednesday, february 7, 2018 guadalajara, mexico (ap) — raul gonzalez hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and reliever leandro martinez pitched four scoreless innings as cuba defeated reigning champion puerto rico 6-3 on tuesday night to finish with the best record in the first round of the caribbean series.frank morejon scored on gonzalez's hit while martinez (1-0) did not allow a hit.the granma alazanes (3-1) are trying to give cuba their ninth championship in the tournament. the cubans returned to the caribbean series in 2014 after a 54-year absence.in 2017, the alazanes lost in the semifinals to mexico's mexicali aguilas. they will face the dominican republic on wednesday night.in the other semifinal, puerto rico (2-2) will play venezuela, al...





suarez loses in arbitration, sanchez has hearing

updated 7:13 pm, tuesday, february 6, 2018 photo: bill kostroun, ap image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3file - in this sept. 7, 2017, file photo, cincinnati reds third baseman eugenio suarez throws out new york mets' kevin plawecki during a baseball game in new york. the reds won their salary arbitration case against suarez, who gets a raise from $595,000 to $3.75 million rather than his request for $4.2 million. lessfile - in this sept. 7, 2017, file photo, cincinnati reds third baseman eugenio suarez throws out new york mets' kevin plawecki during a baseball game in new york. the reds won their salary arbitration case ... more photo: bill kostroun, ap image 2 of 3file - in this monday, sept. 25, 2017 file photo, chicago white sox second baseman yolmer sanchez (5) tries...





baseball union head says rebuilding teams threaten integrity

photo: morry gash, ap image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1fiel - in this feb. 19, 2017, file photo, tony clark, executive director of the major league players association, answers questions at a news conference in phoenix. clark sadi tuesday, feb. 6, 2018, that the number of rebuilding teams and unsigned free agents in a historically slow market “threatens the very integrity of our game.” just 53 of 166 players who exercised their free agency rights last november had announced agreements entering tuesday, down from 99 of 158 at a similar time last year. lessfiel - in this feb. 19, 2017, file photo, tony clark, executive director of the major league players association, answers questions at a news conference in phoenix. clark sadi tuesday, feb. 6, 2018, that the ... more photo: morry...





houston astros mascot orbit is hiring a part-time assistant

photo: brett coomer/houston chronicle image 1of/28captioncloseimage 1 of 28orbit cheers during the seventh inning of game 3 of the world series at minute maid park on friday, oct. 27, 2017, in houston.orbit cheers during the seventh inning of game 3 of the world series at minute maid park on friday, oct. 27, 2017, in houston. photo: brett coomer/houston chronicle image 2 of 28fans get their photos taken with the astros championship trophy during the astros fan fest at. inute maid park, saturday, jan. 13, 2018, in houston.fans get their photos taken with the astros championship trophy during the astros fan fest at. inute maid park, saturday, jan. 13, 2018, in houston. photo: karen warren, houston chronicle image 3 of 28astros catcher max stassi takes a photo with sky pham after ...





another change: mascot latest to be fired by miami marlins

updated 4:03 pm, tuesday, february 6, 2018 miami (ap) — the latest person to be engulfed in the sweeping personnel changes with the miami marlins is the man who plays the team's mascot.news outlets report that john decicco, who has appeared as billy the marlin at home games for more than a decade, was fired this week. the team confirmed the termination tuesday, saying billy the marlin will remain the team's mascot but with a different person in the costume. team officials didn't give a reason for the firing.the marlins have fired a number of executives and traded some of the team's best players — including giancarlo stanton, marcell ozuna, dee gordon and christian yelich — since a new ownership group led by ceo derek jeter took over last fall.the associated press couldn...





giants to retire barry bonds' no. 25 jersey in august

photo: eric risberg, ap image 1of/5captioncloseimage 1 of 5file - in this april 13, 2002, file photo, san francisco giants' barry bonds waves and poses for fans during the annual on-field photo day before the giants' baseball game against the milwaukee brewers in san francisco. bonds will have his no. 25 jersey retired this august by the giants when his former pittsburgh pirates are in town, the team announced tuesday, feb. 6, 2018. lessfile - in this april 13, 2002, file photo, san francisco giants' barry bonds waves and poses for fans during the annual on-field photo day before the giants' baseball game against the milwaukee brewers in san ... more photo: eric risberg, ap image 2 of 5file - in this aug. 7, 2007, file photo, san francisco giants barry bonds celebrates after hi...





giants to retire barry bonds' no. 25 jersey in august

photo: eric risberg, ap image 1of/5captioncloseimage 1 of 5file - in this april 13, 2002, file photo, san francisco giants' barry bonds waves and poses for fans during the annual on-field photo day before the giants' baseball game against the milwaukee brewers in san francisco. bonds will have his no. 25 jersey retired this august by the giants when his former pittsburgh pirates are in town, the team announced tuesday, feb. 6, 2018. lessfile - in this april 13, 2002, file photo, san francisco giants' barry bonds waves and poses for fans during the annual on-field photo day before the giants' baseball game against the milwaukee brewers in san ... more photo: eric risberg, ap image 2 of 5file - in this aug. 7, 2007, file photo, san francisco giants barry bonds celebrates after hi...