MLB Baseball News
New York Mets’ relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been hit with an 80-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Mejia tested positive for the banned substance Stanozolol and now faces half a season on the sidelines without pay. Major League Baseball announced the ban on April 11 and said it will start immediately. Mejia spoke to the media after the suspension was handed down and said he accepts the punishment because he knows the league’s rules, but has no idea how the banned substance got into his body.
The 25-year-old pitcher added, “have been through a lot in my young career and missed time due to injury. I have worked way too hard to come back and get to where I am, so I would never knowingly put anything in my body.” He then went on and apologized to his family, teammates, fans and the Mets organization. The suspension may not actually cause Mejia to miss 80 games since he’s currently on the National League team’s disabled list with an elbow injury.
The average salary for a MLB player in 2014 will break the $4 million mark for the very first time. While some players such as Los Angeles Dodgers ace pitcher will carry the load with contracts such as $31 million a season, their megadeals help to push up the average even though some players will be making nowhere near $4 million. The Associated Press recently performed a study and came up with the numbers.
MLB clubs are dishing out more than ever on salaries this year due to their new TV broadcasting deal. The average salary in 2015 is pegged at $4.25 million this year while it was just $3.65 million in 2013. In addition, millionaire baseball players will receive $100.50 each day they’re on the road in meal money. This can be quite costly to MLB teams since they each play 162 games a season with half of them coming on the road.
According to Forbes magazine, Major League Baseball clubs have risen in value by an incredible 48 per cent over the past 12 months. The latest survey shows that the average worth of a major league ball club is now $1.2 billion each. This of course is the biggest increase since Forbes started tracking team values back in 1998. Last year there were five clubs worth at least $1 billion and this year there’s a record 15 of them with the New York Yankees leading the way at $3.2 billion.
Most sports fans in New York City are excited about the arrival of the Big Apple’s Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team in 2015, but Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees aren’t among them. The franchise known as New York City FC (NYCFC) begins play in the 2015 season and since the club is co-owned by the Yankees and Manchester City of the English Premier League, it will be playing its 17 home games this season at the famous Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The club sold 30,000 seats for its home debut and already seems to be quite popular among New Yorkers. However, the Yankees have to share the field with the new kids in town and have 81 home games to play this year. The ball club is a bit apprehensive about sharing their turf with the soccer team and Mark Teixeira, the Yankees’ first baseman recently told the media, “It’ll definitely cause an issue, but it’s nothing that we can control, so we can’t worry about it. It’s terrible for a field… Grass, dirt, everything gets messed up.”
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- April 13th, 2015
New York Mets’ Jenrry Mejia suspended for 80 games
- April 6th, 2015
Average Major League Baseball salary reaches $4.25 million
- March 30th, 2015
MLB franchises rise in value 48 per cent over past year
- March 23rd, 2015
New York Yankees worried soccer team will ruin their diamond
- March 1st, 2015
Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia weighs in at 305 lbs in training camp
- February 23rd, 2015
Major League Baseball makes official changes to speed up games
- February 9th, 2015
Major League Soccer players threaten to strike
- January 19th, 2015
Milwaukee Brewers introduce $1,000 timeless ticket
- January 19th, 2015
MLB to introduce 20-second pitch clock in the Minors
- January 11th, 2015
2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductees announced
- December 29th, 2014
50 game suspension for Mets prospect L.J. Mazzilli
- December 23rd, 2014
Baltimore Orioles’ Chris Davis allowed to take amphetamines next season
- December 16th, 2014
North America’s top 20 sports cities in 2014
- November 18th, 2014
Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton agrees to $325 million contract
- November 15th, 2014
Interesting facts on Clayton Kershaw’s 2014 Cy Young and MVP season