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Dodgers' Howie Kendrick on MLB free agent system: 'It's hurting everybody'

usatoday.com — It was the opportunity Howie Kendrick awaited his entire baseball career. For the first time, after 10 years in the big leagues, five playoff berths, and one All-Star Game, Kendrick became a free agent in November. He sat back with his family in his Scottsdale, Ariz., home, and waited for the telephone to ring, with offers from coast-to-coast.
Feb 04, 2016

Dodgers' Howie Kendrick on MLB free agent system: 'It's hurting everybody' usat.ly/1X6ctyo via @usatoday

Feb 05, 2016

Howie Kendrick is glad to be back with #Dodgers, but free agency turned out to be a nightmare for him and others. usat.ly/1X6ctyo

Feb 05, 2016

RT @BNightengale: Howie Kendrick is glad to be back with #Dodgers, but free agency turned out to be a nightmare for him and others. usat.ly/1X6ctyo

Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hall of Fame dream comes true: Both parents cancer-free

usatoday.com — Ken Griffey Jr. and his dad are laughing together on the telephone, recalling the years he was too nervous to perform in front of his father, and Ken Griffey Sr. ready to ship his son back home after Junior kept pestering him with hitting tips. At the age of 6.
Feb 03, 2016

Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hall of Fame dream comes true: Both parents now healthy and cancer-free usat.ly/1SYHh4Z pic.twitter.com/cJgnIlEKL8

Feb 04, 2016

Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr launching prostate Awareness campaign today, 10 years after nightmare 24,hours. usat.ly/1SYHh4Z

Feb 04, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: The best part of Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hall induction? His parents will be there cancer-free. usat.ly/1PBLwB1 pic.twitter.com/eO4xxrxS6z

Feb 04, 2016

RT @BNightengale: Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and Sr launching prostate Awareness campaign today, 10 years after nightmare 24,hours. usat.ly/1SYHh4Z

Feb 06, 2016

RT @KING5Seattle: Ken Griffey Jr.'s Hall of Fame dream comes true: Both parents cancer-free! kng5.tv/1Q0XnL9

As Year 2 begins for Rob Manfred, domestic violence issue looms largest

usatoday.com — CORAL GABLES, Fla. - OK, the first year with his new gig was easy enough for Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, surprising himself with the painless transition, but Year 2 is lurking just around the corner. And, oh, how it could be a doozy.
Jan 21, 2016

As Year 2 begins for #MLB Commish Rob Manfred, domestic violence issue looms largest usat.ly/1Vc97bE

Jan 21, 2016

MLB commish addresses Dodgers-SportsNet LA issue ... kinda usatoday.com/story/sports/m…

Jan 22, 2016

Rob Manfred's 1st year as commissioner was widely lauded. The biggest early issue in Year 2: Domestic violence usat.ly/1Vc97bE

Jan 22, 2016

RT @BNightengale: Rob Manfred's 1st year as commissioner was widely lauded. The biggest early issue in Year 2: Domestic violence usat.ly/1Vc97bE

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred not yet sold on DH rule in NL

usatoday.com — CORAL GABLES, Fla. - There are rumblings from general managers in both leagues that they'd prefer to adopt the designated hitter throughout Major League Baseball. Yet the most important opinion belongs to commissioner Rob Manfred - and he's not altogether sold on the idea.

'Critical' moment arrives for Pirates, other small-market teams

usatoday.com — CORAL GABLES, Fla. - He's one of us. Just a working stiff who happens to be an ink-stained newspaper wretch. Bob Nutting started in the newspaper business as a reporter, advanced to president and CEO of a newspaper chain, and, these days receives checks with a lot more commas than almost any of us will see in our lifetimes.
Jan 21, 2016

The #Pirates are trying to buck the trend for small markets, and yes, would love to keep Andrew McCutchen forever. usat.ly/1RAGbMj

Jan 21, 2016

RT @BNightengale: The #Pirates are trying to buck the trend for small markets, and yes, would love to keep Andrew McCutchen forever. usat.ly/1RAGbMj

Yankees' Hal Steinbrenner: Aroldis Chapman 'innocent until proven otherwise'

usatoday.com — CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- New York Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner says he gave careful consideration before approving the trade for embattled closer Aroldis Chapman, and warned the public Wednesday not to pre-judge him before Major League Baseball's investigation concludes.
Jan 20, 2016

Not an easy decision to acquire Chapman,but #Yankees Steinbrenner offers reminder: Innocent until proven otherwise. usat.ly/1RAhmjE

Jan 20, 2016

RT @USATODAYsports: Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner: Aroldis Chapman "innocent until proven otherwise." usat.ly/1OGDNho pic.twitter.com/PtqYdNNkcO

Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers agree to $132.75M deal

13newsnow.com — Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, who craves star players and refuses to let money stand in the way of being a World Series contender, agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder and Chesapeake native Justin Upton on a six-year, $132.75 million contract Monday night, a person directly involved with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.

Tigers owner all-in, opens wallet to sign Justin Upton

usatoday.com — George Steinbrenner used to be every player and agent's favorite in the game of baseball, doling out contracts beyond their wildest dreams, refusing to let money become a deterrent to winning a World Series championship.
Jan 19, 2016

The #Tigers are all-in, opening checkbook for Justin Upton; press conference Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park. usat.ly/1Ryi5lm

Jan 20, 2016

#Tigers owner Mike Ilitch has become the players' favorite owner, refusing to let money stand in way of winning. usat.ly/1Ryi5lm

Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers agree to six-year deal

usatoday.com — Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch, who craves star players and refuses to let money stand in the way of being a World Series contender, agreed to terms with free-agent outfielder Justin Upton on a six-year contract Monday night, a person directly involved with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports.
Jan 18, 2016

Justin Upton, Detroit #Tigers have agreed in principal to six-year deal usat.ly/1V3yZ9u via @usatoday

Jan 18, 2016

RT @BNightengale: Justin Upton, Detroit #Tigers have agreed in principal to six-year deal usat.ly/1V3yZ9u via @usatoday

Jan 18, 2016

RT @BNightengale: Justin Upton, Detroit #Tigers have agreed in principal to six-year deal usat.ly/1V3yZ9u via @usatoday

Jan 18, 2016

RT @BNightengale: Justin Upton, Detroit #Tigers have agreed in principal to six-year deal usat.ly/1V3yZ9u via @usatoday

Jan 18, 2016

Justin Upton, Detroit Tigers agree to six-year deal usat.ly/1V3yZ9u via @usatoday

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For MLB scouts, it's getting harder to avoid force-out

usatoday.com — Joe McIlvaine, the acclaimed two-time general manager who has been employed in professional baseball for 46 years as an executive or scout, suddenly can't get a job. Jeff Wren, 51, who has worked his entire adult life as a scout, is coming to the painful realization that he has no choice but to seek employment outside of baseball.
Jan 14, 2016

It's been a long, cold winter for #MLB pro scouts, some now faced with having to leaving the business they love. usat.ly/1Roogs1

Jan 14, 2016

Hated reading this. "Teams started laying off scouts and turning to sabermetrics." MLB scouts being forced out. usat.ly/1Roogs1

Jan 14, 2016

RT @BNightengale: It's been a long, cold winter for #MLB pro scouts, some now faced with having to leaving the business they love. usat.ly/1Roogs1

Jan 14, 2016

RT @BNightengale: It's been a long, cold winter for #MLB pro scouts, some now faced with having to leaving the business they love. usat.ly/1Roogs1

Jan 14, 2016

RT @BNightengale: It's been a long, cold winter for #MLB pro scouts, some now faced with having to leaving the business they love. usat.ly/1Roogs1

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Feb 05, 2016

The #Dbacks, who badly want another back-end reliever, have identified Tyler Clippard as the one atop their wish list

Feb 05, 2016

Outfielder Juan Duran of #Reds suspended 80 games for PED use

Feb 05, 2016

Howie Kendrick is glad to be back with #Dodgers, but free agency turned out to be a nightmare for him and others. usat.ly/1X6ctyo

Feb 04, 2016

The Baltimore #Orioles make shrewd move: Hire veteran baseball executive Joe McIlvaine to be their new senior advisor of player personnel.

Feb 04, 2016

Class AA pitchers Ryan Butler of #Padres and Sean Murphy of #Athletics suspended 50 games apiece for second positive test for drug of abuse.

Feb 04, 2016

The #Dodgers make it official: Howie Kendrick signs 2-year, $20 million contract spread out over 4 years: $5 million a year.

Feb 04, 2016

The #Dodgers will announce signing of Howie Kendrick today to 2-year, $20 million deal. He will receive $5 million over next four years.

Feb 04, 2016

Teams that inquire about Yaisel Puig_and not Ethier_are being told by the #Dodgers that he is not available, at least not now.

Feb 04, 2016

The #Whitesox still would like offensive upgrade, and the #Dodgers would love to move Andre Ethier, but no signs of potential match.


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