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Nick Swisher, 2 Years After Last MLB Game, Announces Retirement

TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — At spring training with the New York Yankees as a guest instructor, Nick Swisher says he has retired as a player. Swisher made the announcement in an essay Friday on The Players Tribune. Slowed by knee injuries the past several years, Swisher appeared in 76 games with Atlanta and Cleveland in 2014. The 36-year old slugger played ...

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Is Gary Sanchez Ready To Become New Face Of The Yankees?

TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork) — It seems like throughout the Yankees’ history, the team has always had a marquee guy, but in reality that hasn’t always been the case. There have been some lean years and transitional seasons — like now. And with the infusion of all the young talent, the question becomes, can Gary Sanchez become the face of the ...

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Pirates Spring Training 2017: Feb. 17 News & Notes

BRADENTON, Fla. (93-7 THE FAN) – Day 4 of Pirates Spring Training was also the first day of full workouts with all players present. While the highlights focused on seeing Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco swing bats in public for the first time since last fall, THE story was McCutchen’s meeting with the media before workouts that echoed ...

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Daniel Murphy On Neighbor Tim Tebow’s Batting: ‘The Power Is Real’

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Last season’s runner-up for National League MVP thinks Tim Tebow has some ability with a bat. He just needs more work. Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy said Friday at spring training that he recently spent some time working on batting with Tebow, the Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL quarterback who now is pursuing ...

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Philadelphia Mayor Fires Back After Chris Christie Insults Phillies, Fans

PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — Philadelphia’s mayor is coming to the city’s defense against New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. In an appearance on SportsNet New York on Wednesday night, the Republican governor, who is an ardent Mets fan, declared that the Philadelphia Phillies “suck,” that their fans are bitter and angry and that it’s not safe for civilized people to go to their ...

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Levine: Cubs’ Jon Lester Adjusting To Life Without David Ross

By Bruce Levine– MESA, Ariz. (CBS) — Success has followed Cubs left-hander Jon Lester around during his career, and he has three World Series rings to prove it. In Lester’s 11-year career, self-scrutiny has been a big part of his journey to championship-caliber pitching, which included a 3-1 record and 2.02 ERA in the playoffs last season that helped lead the Cubs ...

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Marlins Begin Full-Squad Workouts In Jupiter

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter JUPITER (CBSMiami) — It’ll be all hands on deck Friday as the Miami Marlins begin full-squad workouts at their spring training complex in Jupiter. Pitchers and catchers reported earlier to the Roger Dean Stadium practice facility earlier in the week. Backfield workouts are open to the public. Each season brings new faces and this year will be no ...

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Pace Of Play, Potential Strike Zone Changes On Baseball Deck

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Commissioner Rob Manfred says he can’t offer a prediction on how likely it is that baseball will be altering the strike zone this season. Manfred discussed that and other potential rule changes Thursday at the Detroit Tigers’ spring training complex, which was hosting a Grapefruit League media day. Manfred says there are ongoing discussions with the ...

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Silverman: Kudos To Manfred For At Least Considering MLB Extra Innings Rule

By Steve Silverman» More Columns The purists are up in arms at the thought of someone changing the rules of Major League Baseball. Commissioner Rob Manfred is the guardian of his sport, and is constantly on the lookout to upgrade the product as well as make money for his owners. There seems to be a significant difference between Manfred and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who ...

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Mazz: Why Red Sox Will Really Miss David Ortiz

BOSTON (CBS) — Consistent left-handed power hitting is among the rarest commodities in baseball, and it’s very difficult for a team to succeed in Major League Baseball without it. And so, aside from the obvious loss of production that comes with David Ortiz’s retirement, the Red Sox are going to be missing a left-handed thumper in the middle of the lineup. ...

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Levine: Anthony Rizzo’s Leadership Role Is Timely For Cubs

By Bruce Levine– MESA, Ariz. (CBS) — The defending champion Cubs lost an irreplaceable leader with the retirement of veteran catcher David Ross in the offseason. When such a leadership void exists, the usual response is along the lines of “all of us must be leaders,” but that’s easier said than done. The right leadership for a team varies as ...

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Pirates Spring Training 2017: Feb. 16 News & Notes

BRADENTON, Fla. (93-7 THE FAN) — Day 3 of Pirates Spring Training was a reporting/physical day for some of the biggest names on the team. The big name pitchers – Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon and Ivan Nova – got back on the bullpen mound for the second time, as well as the rest of the arms that could fill out ...

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Cashman: Yankees Not Waving White Flag In Transition Year

TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Brian Cashman says the Yankees are “not waving any white flag while transitioning” to a younger team. “We have the potential to be a championship-caliber team,” the New York general manager said Thursday. “Listen, if we stay healthy and perform up to expectations, then I think without question we can be a team to be reckoned ...

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Levine: James Shields Looks To Rebound From Disastrous 2016 Season

By Bruce Levine– GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBS) — White Sox right-hander James Shields had the worst season of any starting pitcher in baseball last year, which both the numbers and eye test support. Even Shields himself won’t deny it after going 6-19 with a 5.85 ERA and 1.60 WHIP while allowing 40 homers in 181 2/3 forgettable innings. The question now is how ...

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Chris Carter, Yankees Finalize $3.5M, 1-Year Contract

TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Chris Carter, who tied for the National League in home runs last season, has finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the New York Yankees. The deal announced Thursday includes a $500,000 signing bonus, a $3 million salary and $500,000 in performance bonuses: $100,000 each for 250, 300, 350, 400 and 450 plate appearances. A first ...

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Theo Epstein: First Championship Doesn’t Make These Cubs Any Less Hungry For Next One

(CBS) As the Cubs have opened spring training as the defending champions after breaking a 108-year title drought, multiple members have already spoken about the importance of avoiding complacency. Third baseman Kris Bryant called it “one of the worst words out there,” and manager Joe Maddon has stressed the mantra of being “uncomfortable” to keep an edge. President of baseball operations ...

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Marlins Star Giancarlo Stanton Ready To Put Rough 2016 Behind Him

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter JUPITER (CBSMiami/AP) — Relaxing and decompressing after a long, tumultuous baseball season is something most players have to do. The Instagram photo Giancarlo Stanton posted last November shows him sitting atop a camel and both of them grinning. Arms outstretched from a sleeveless T-shirt, Stanton looks large as always, even with the Great Pyramids in the background. He ...

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The Bernstein Brief: Jimmy Rollins Could Say More About Role With White Sox

By Dan Bernstein– CBSChicago.com senior columnist (CBS) Former White Sox infielder Jimmy Rollins sure sounded candid in his descriptions of the confused clubhouse last year, but something important was missing, particularly when he talked about the sudden retirement of Adam LaRoche. LaRoche walked away from the game because the organization asked him to curtail his bizarre practice of having his son ...

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Marlins Hope Bullpen Upgrades Help Make Up For Loss Of Fernandez

Follow CBSMIAMI.COM: Facebook | Twitter JUPITER (CBSMiami/AP) — Picture-perfect days and comfortable weather are common around Florida’s Spring Training ballparks. Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter is no exception. A cluster of Miami Marlins relievers stood chatting and laughing on a sun-splashed practice field Wednesday, enjoying the leisurely pace of pre-Spring baseball. They’ll be busy soon enough. The Marlins hope to win more games ...

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Chapman Says His Mind Is On Nothing But The Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Aroldis Chapman is focusing on his return to the New York Yankees, not the World Series ring he earned with the Chicago Cubs. “I’m here now,” Chapman said through a translator Wednesday before the Yankees’ first spring training workout. “We have a job to be done here. It was kind of like a chapter in my ...

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