Category: MLB

On Baseball: Harold Baines and the Election That Could Change Cooperstown

LAS VEGAS — Harold Baines has been a punch line before. At a presidential debate in 2000, George W. Bush, the former owner of the Texas Rangers, invoked him when asked to name the biggest mistake of his adult life: “I signed off on that wonderful transaction — Sammy Sosa for Harold Baines,” Bush said.…

Luis Valbuena and José Castillo Are Killed in a Car Crash

Two former major league baseball players, Luis Valbuena and José Castillo, were killed in a car crash in Venezuela on Thursday night. The men, both of whom were natives of Venezuela, were playing winter league ball in the country. Two other men in the car, including the driver and Carlos Rivero, who briefly played for…

On Baseball: The Mets’ New G.M. Prefers Boldness to Bargains. Now Comes His Big Chance.

Just hours after Brodie Van Wagenen introduced his first acquisitions as the Mets’ general manager, his spotlight went out. A division rival stole it with a bold outlay of free-agent cash. The Mets had welcomed second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz to Citi Field on Tuesday after a seven-player trade with Seattle. But…