People around the country will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday. But yesterday in the Bronx, members of the New York Yankees organization got into the holiday spirt a little early.
Last night, the Presbott Foundation held it’s annual turkey giveaway at Grand Slam, a batting cage and baseball-themed entertainment center. Organized by Yankees scout Cesar Presbott and his wife, Dr. Angelica Presbott, the event distributed loads of Thanksgiving meals to families and members of the Latino community who live within blocks of Yankee Stadium.
Last month, I went to Kansas City, Missouri, to see a Royals playoff game, but I also had another spectacular baseball experience.
My dad and I visited the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. It is located at 18th and Vine streets. During the time when the Negro leagues existed, these streets were the center of life for African-Americans in Kansas City. The people who lived near 18th and Vine, considered the historic jazz district, decided that they wanted to preserve the history of this special place and wanted both the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum there.
When New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady faced a four-game suspension for his alleged role in deflating footballs, support came from an unlikely source: Richard Sherman, the Seattle Seahawks' star cornerback and Brady's nemesis in Super Bowl XLIX.
"Everybody does their things a little differently, but at the end of the day, it's handled between the lines," Sherman said to ESPN.
Sherman's stance was surprising not just because the Patriots had recently denied the Seahawks back-to-back championships. It was the latest in a long list of cheating allegations and rumors that have followed the Patriots, even predating Spygate, the 2007 incident in which New England was caught illegally videotaping the New York Jets' coaching signals.
NEW YORK (AP) — Bryce Harper began this season with one personal goal - and it had nothing to do with homers, RBIs or awards.
"All I wanted to do was stay healthy and stay on the field every day," he said.
Harper did that, and a lot more. The Washington slugger put behind his injury-plagued past and put up huge numbers, becoming the youngest unanimous MVP winner in baseball history when he captured the NL honor Thursday.
Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson took the AL MVP after helping to boost the Blue Jays back into the postseason for the first time since 1993.
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced plans Tuesday for its eighth Urban Youth Academy. The new facility will go up in Dallas with the help of the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland, Rangers co-chairman Ray Davis, and MLBPA executive Omar Minaya were among those who attended a news conference announcing the plans.
The Chicago Cubs might have lost the NLCS to the New York Mets, but the team is making up for it by racking up the postseason honors. Kris Bryant won National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, while Joe Maddon was named NL Manager of the Year Tuesday. Yesterday, another Cub got in on the action.
Last night, Chicago pitcher Jake Arrieta received the NL Cy Young Award. Houston Astros hurler Dallas Keuchel took home the American League Cy Young. It was the first Cy Young for both players. (Another winner with this year's Cy Youngs? Crazy beards.)
If you're a baseball manager in your first season with a club and you lead the team to an epic turnaround, chances are you're picking up some hardware at the end of the season. So it's not a real surprise who the Baseball Writers' Association of America named as their Managers of the Year.
Last night, the BWAA announced that Texas Rangers skipper Jeff Banister and Chicago Cubs guru Joe Maddon were this year's top clubhouse leaders. It was the first time Banister won the award — which makes sense because this was his first year as a manager. Maddon, meanwhile, is now a three-time recipient of the honor. He previously won as manager of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2008 and 2011.