Ed Farmer, the voice of the Chicago White Sox for almost 30 years, dies
CHICAGO — Ed Farmer — a son of Chicago’s South Side who spent 2½ season pitching for the White Sox during an 11-year major-league baseball career and, for almost 30 years, was a radio announcer for the team — died on Wednesday night according to the White Sox. He was 70.A member of the 1980 American League All-Star team while with the Sox, Farmer had been a full-time radio announcer for the White Sox since 1992, first as an analyst and, beginning in 2006, as a play-by-play man.Farmer was plagued most of his life with polycystic kidney disease, an inherited disorder in which cysts form in clust...
Baseball: NPB to postpone opening day again
Nippon Professional Baseball's opening day will not take place on April 24 as currently scheduled due to the coronavirus pandemic, sources with knowledge of the matter indicated Thursday after a meeting of Central League team executives.An official decision is expected on Friday when representatives of all 12 teams meet.Both the Central and Pacific leagues were originally scheduled to open play on March 20, but after playing most of their preseason exhibitions behind closed doors on account of the coronavirus outbreak, that date was pushed back to April 24.The six PL presidents agreed on Tuesd...
Bryce Miller: Baseball book explores lives of former Padres Garry Templeton, Randy Ready
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Huddled in a coffee shop back when such things happened, a Bay Area college biology professor explained how a PhD on insects in Tahiti lives in the same brain as a book about the unbridled joy of baseball cards.Thoughts about the 18 species of creepers, crawlers and flyers found solely in one corner of French Polynesia share space in Brad Balukjian’s noodle with the early-1980s comings and goings of former Padres shortstop Garry Templeton.As Balukjian peeled back the process behind “The Wax Pack: On the Open Road in Search of Baseball’s Afterlife,” the 39-year-old detailed ...
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Paul Sullivan: Sports equipment manufacturers do right thing by helping ensure safety of health care workers on frontline of coronavirus crisis
Imagine representing your favorite baseball team — be it the Cubs or White Sox — by wearing a blue or black pinstriped face mask at the ballpark this summer.We’re not there yet, of course, because we don’t even know if there will be a baseball season. And there’s still a debate over whether those who haven’t tested positive for the coronavirus should be wearing face masks in public.But it’s something I’ve been thinking about since learning of the collaboration between Major League Baseball and its official jersey manufacturer, Fanatics, to address the shortage of protective masks and gowns for...
Reworked MLB deal can affect Red Sox in many ways
Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brandon Workman might have played their final games as members of the Red Sox.Kevin Pillar might never appear in one.Resetting the penalties accumulated through the Collective Balance Tax, something Boston prioritized entering the 2020 season, might not happen.The deal struck by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association on Friday was a complicated one. Owners secured short-term financial security while players protected their long-term interests, and the Red Sox are one of 30 franchises left considering how it will affect them specifically. The coronavirus pa...
The Providence Journal (Providence, R.I.)
Texans aren't taking coronavirus seriously enough, Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo warns
Shin-Soo Choo left his house Tuesday night, only the second time he has ventured out since returning from Texas Rangers spring training more than two weeks ago.He is taking the CDC guidelines on the coronavirus pandemic seriously, as well as recommendations from President Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the stay at home order issued by Tarrant County.But he and the family needed some things from the grocery store, so out he went.Choo couldn’t believe what he was seeing.People were out and about. Social distancing wasn’t being observed, which likely meant hands weren’t being washed and the ri...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Cubs-Cardinals series in London on June 13-14 is officially canceled
CHICAGO — The Cubs’ London Series against the Cardinals has been canceled, Major League Baseball announced Wednesday.The cancellation was caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The Cubs and Cardinals were scheduled to play two games at London Stadium on June 13-14, with the Cardinals as the home team.One ticket holder to the series forwarded an email from Ticketmaster, stating that the refund process “is taking slightly longer than usual,” but that fans can be assured of a refund to their method of payment.This marks the third international series MLB has canceled in the two weeks. MLB waited unti...
Baseball: Coronavirus poses threat to World Baseball Classic schedule
The fifth World Baseball Classic, scheduled to be held in March next year, is now under threat from the coronavirus pandemic, Nippon Professional Baseball's secretary general Atsushi Ihara said Thursday.The tournament, organized jointly by Major League Baseball and its players union, has been held in March since the first tournament in 2006, won by Japan, which also won the 2009 tourney. NPB has never been a fan of the March time frame, and with the pandemic still raging and the Tokyo Olympics now postponed until 2021, a March window would throw Japan's participation in doubt."Thinking of our ...
Check out our favorite sports books while you're staying home during the coronavirus outbreak
With people staying home during of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, and because there is a limit to how much Netflix you can watch, why not pick up one of those things that used to occupy us before live-streaming services.It’s the ultimate form of cord-cutting — a book.Welcome to The Seattle Times Sports department book club, which specializes in, you guessed it … sports books.Here are the favorite sports books from our club members and why we recommend them:Percy Allen, reporter“Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete” by William C. RhodenA thoug...
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Bob Brookover: Phillies' 1980 title team still has members who belong on Wall of Fame at Citizens Bank Park
PHILADELPHIA — Virus permitting, the Phillies are going to pay tribute to their 1980 World Series title team this season. It’s the 40th anniversary of their first world championship, and members of that team are scheduled to be honored throughout Alumni Weekend from Aug. 7-9 when Gabe Kapler and the San Francisco Giants are supposed to be in town.That, of course, is all subject to change given the uncertainty of everything in the world right now.Manny Trillo, the slick-fielding second baseman whose bat earned him a Silver Slugger Award and the NLCS MVP in 1980, will become the 11th person affi...
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