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Added September 2nd, 2014 by Ian
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Jesus Montero suspended for throwing ice cream at team’s scout

Catcher/designated hitter Jesus Montero joined the Seattle Mariners Major League baseball club back in 2012 when he was traded from the New York Yankees for pitcher Michael Pineda. Ever since then his career has more or less gone downhill. Montero was once regarded as one of baseball’s best prospects, but he struggled during his first year with Seattle. The next year, he was suspended because of his involvement in the Biogenesis performance-enhancing drug scandal and also missed several games due to injury.

This season didn’t get any better for Montero as he was out of shape when he showed up for spring training and was 40 lbs overweight. At that time, general manager Jack Zduriencik said he didn’t have any expectations for the player this year and the 24-year-old was sent down to Seattle’s Class AAA team. However, he has made a few appearances on the Mariners’ roster this year. Montero was then sent to the Mariners’ Class A club in Everett, Washington, to rehabilitate himself from a strained oblique muscle.

 
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Added August 12th, 2014 by Ian
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Major League Baseball’s video replay rule causing controversy

Major League Baseball implemented a few new rule changes this year with one of them being a video review system. In theory, managers are able to challenge an umpire’s call on certain plays and officials will review the video replay and then make a final ruling on it. This is all supposed to take place in a matter of a minute or two. However, in a recent game National League between the Miami Marlins and Cincinnati Reds, it took well over six minutes to come to a decision after video replay was called upon.

During the game Cincinnati had the bases loaded with one out in the eighth inning. Todd Frazier of the Reds hammered a pitch into right field where outfielder Giancarlo Stanton happened to catch it. Stanton then fired the ball into home plate as Zack Cozart broke for the plate after the ball was caught. The home-plate umpire ruled Cozart out after the catcher caught the ball and tagged him.

 
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Added July 21st, 2014 by Ian
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Fans can buy the ground Derek Jeter’s walked on

It’s a well-known fact that sports fans will buy just about anything related to their favourite teams and players. This notion will be put to the test once again when fans of the New York Yankees will be able to buy dirt that shortstop Derek Jeter has walked on. This of course isn’t just any old dirt. It will be collected from the infields of the ball parks that the retiring Yankees’ skipper has played on.

The marketing scheme was thought up by Steiner Sports, which is the official collectibles firm of the famous baseball club. Steiner Sports will be selling plaques which feature a capsule filled with dirt from the infield of Yankee Stadium. Again, this isn’t just any old dirt though since it supposedly comes from some of the legendary player’s most famous and historical games.

 
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Added July 21st, 2014 by Ian
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Chicago Cubs file lawsuit against fake mascot

Most pro sports teams in North America have some type of mascot on hand at their games to keep the kids happy. The mascot is usually some guy decked out in an animal uniform with a big removable head. Over in Chicago, there’s an unofficial mascot roaming the streets near Wrigley Field, which is the home park of Major League Baseball’s Chicago Cubs. This furry fellow is known as ‘Billy Cub,’ but he’s not associated with the ball club in anyway and is basically an unofficial mascot.

It appears Billy Cub has been hanging around the Wrigleyville area for seven years now and many visitors and casual fans just assume he’s the team’s mascot. The Cubs have asked Billy several times to move on, but haven’t had any success in getting rid of him. They’ve now decided that enough’s enough and have filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court to have the unauthorized mascot removed from the area. The lawsuit is against Patrick Weier, John Paul Weier, and three other unnamed people who have allegedly portrayed ‘Billy Cub’ over the years.

 
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Added May 21st, 2014 by Ian
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Baseball player bites teammate’s ear off