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Red Sox’ pitcher Matt Barnes disciplined by MLB

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Boston Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes has received a four-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the area of the head of Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Barnes’ suspension had been scheduled to begin tomorrow, when the Red Sox are to host the New York Yankees at Fenway Park. However, he has elected to appeal. Thus, the discipline issued to Barnes will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.




Twins DH/3B Miguel Sano disciplined by MLB

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Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sanó has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his aggressive actions in the bottom of the fifth inning of Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers at Target Field, which caused benches to clear. Joe Torre, Chief Baseball Officer for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

In addition, Tigers pitcher Matthew Boyd has received an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Sanó.

Sanó’s suspension had been scheduled to be served tonight, when the Twins are to visit the Texas Rangers. However, he has elected to appeal. Thus, the discipline issued to Sanó will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.




MLB suspends three Minor League players; Indians prospect Steve Delabar amongst group

Press Release | April 24th, 2017

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that three Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Seattle Mariners Minor League right-handed pitcher Jonathan Aro, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League, has received a 50-game suspension without pay following a violation of the program.

Cleveland Indians Minor League right-handed pitcher Steve Delabar, who is currently on the roster of the Triple-A Columbus Clippers of the International League, has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Ostarine, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program.

Free agent Minor League right-handed pitcher Jeffry Hernandez has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the program. The suspension of Fernandez will be effective immediately upon his signing with another Major League organization.




MLB, Miami Marlins donate money through All-Star Legacy initiative

Funding will support national charities, local improvement projects in greater Miami and beyond

Press Release | April 24th, 2017

Major League Baseball and the Miami Marlins today announced the contribution of more than $5 million toward the 2017 All-Star Legacy initiative to fund community improvement projects designed to leave a lasting impact throughout Greater Miami and beyond and support national charitable organizations.

This is the 20th anniversary of the All-Star Legacy program, which started in 1997 in connection to the Midsummer Classic in Cleveland. This year’s All-Star Legacy effort features the development of youth baseball and softball playing fields, Boys & Girls Club teen centers, an airport military hospitality lounge and a mobile eye unit. The various All-Star Legacy projects will be unveiled leading up to the 88th MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

More Than $5 Million to Local Projects and National Charities

MLB Charities, the Miami Marlins and the Marlins Foundation (a donor-advised fund of The Miami Foundation) plan to donate approximately $5 million, a significant portion of which will go toward the All-Star Legacy initiative. The donation also will support national charitable partners of Major League Baseball, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Stand Up To Cancer, among others. The funds will be raised from Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 10th. Since 1997, MLB and host All-Star Clubs have donated approximately $80 million through the All-Star Legacy initiative.

2017 All-Star Legacy Projects

· José Martí Park (Miami, FL) — This project will include a complete renovation and rededication of the field at José Martí Park. Renovations will include regrading the field to eliminate low spots, replacing the outfield grass with field turf, adding new high-efficiency sports lighting, and a drainage system to help facilitate weather-related delays. Additionally, all fencing and the backstop will be repaired with new vinyl coated fencing. Other improvements will include extending the dugout at both sides with roofs and new benches, installing bleachers with shade canopies, and the installation of an art component on the adjacent gymnasium building’s façade. The renovations could potentially result in an additional 1,000-3,000 youth players participating in baseball and softball programming at José Martí Park.

· Charles Hadley Park (Miami, FL) — Upgrades to Charles Hadley Park will consist of a complete renovation of a baseball field, including replacing all fencing and the backstop with new vinyl coated fencing, installing new dugouts and re-grading the outfield turf. Additional improvements will include reconditioning the infield clay as well as the fabric along the first and third base lines. The project also will install concrete pads for the players’ protection as well as shade canopies for the bleacher areas.

· Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Mobile Eye Unit (Miami, FL) — Legacy funding will go toward a new mobile optometric unit, replacing an outdated, 14-year-old vehicle that has been in constant need of repair. The new unit will allow the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired to expand their much needed services of free eye examinations and glasses for eligible school children.

· Military Hospitality Lounge at Miami International Airport (Miami, FL) — Renovations will be made to the Military Hospitality Lounge at Miami International Airport, which provides hospitality services for active and former members of the Armed Forces and their families who are traveling. Plans for the lounge, which was in need of several aesthetic and functional upgrades/repairs, include a more efficiently-designed space as well as new furniture, appliances, flooring, signage and utility work.

· Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade (Kendall Club, Miami, FL) — This project would encompass the renovation and expansion of the existing Teen Center at the Kendall Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade to include the following: removing the existing flooring, lighting, lay-in ceiling and HVAC equipment in the current study lounge/game room and entry area, removing the wall and door inside the entry area. Additional space renovations include installation of the new HVAC system, flooring and lighting as well as recoating the roofing on the exterior, upgrading furniture, enabling telephone/cable and Wi-Fi service, cosmetic upgrades (interior and exterior painting), and creating an outdoor space adjacent to the Teen Center with an art component. The renovation and expansion is expected to increase the number of children served daily from 20 to as many as 100 teens per day, a potential 400% increase.

· Boys & Girls Club of Broward County (Leo Goodwin Teen Center, North Lauderdale, FL) — This project will involve renovations to the Leo Goodwin Teen Center facility of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County. The scope of the project includes improvements to the computer lab, including new computer desks, tables, lab chairs, headphones as well as new gaming design software. Additional upgrades include those to the “college corner,” the club’s recording studio, and the game room and lounge areas, which will receive a new television and improved sound system, respectively. The lounge area also will receive a throw rug, lounge-style tables and chairs, wall shelving, wall décor and new curtains. Generally, the club will receive new gym doors, updated painting and new baseboards.

The full scope of All-Star Week community and youth programs and events, including non-All-Star Legacy projects and other initiatives, will be announced at a later date.

For general MLB All-Star Week information, please visit, the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard Twitter account (@AllStarGame) and All-Star Game presented by Mastercard Facebook account (





Dodgers honor Jackie Robinson by unveiling statue at stadium this past week on his day

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Dodgers unveil Jackie Robinson statue

Press Release | April 15th, 2017

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers April 15 unveiled a Jackie Robinson Statue at Dodger Stadium – the first statue in Stadium history – as part of Jackie Robinson Day celebrations on the 70th anniversary of Robinson breaking Major League Baseball’s color barrier on April 15, 1947.

The dedication ceremonies featured speakers Dodger President & CEO Stan Kasten, Frank Robinson, Vin Scully, Dodger Owner Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Sharon and David Robinson. Rachel Robinson, Sandy Koufax, Tommy Lasorda, Jaime Jarrín and Don Newcombe were also in attendance. The statue’s sculptor, Branly Cadet, along with Andre Ethier, Orel Hershiser and Dave Roberts, presented members of the Robinson Family with a photograph of the sculpture during the ceremonies, which were emceed by Kevin Frazier.

“The Robinson family is thrilled that the Dodgers have chosen to honor Jackie Robinson with a statue at Dodger Stadium,” said Sharon Robinson. “We appreciate the artist’s depiction of him going into his signature slide as well as addressing my father’s commitment to social change with key quotes. In addition to today’s honor, we are extremely grateful for the support the Dodgers and the Dodgers Foundation have shown to my father’s legacy organization, the Jackie Robinson Foundation, and the Jackie Robinson Museum, which will be breaking ground this year.”

The statue, which is located on the Left Field Reserve Plaza at the Stadium, depicts a young Jackie Robinson in his rookie season sliding into home plate, a salute to his aggressive and ambitious playing style. The bronze statue, which took 18 months to complete, sits atop a granite base, which contains a biographical paragraph as well as three of Robinson’s iconic quotes. The combined statute and base stand nearly nine feet tall.

“I’m humbled to participate in the unveiling of the Jackie Robinson statue on the 70th anniversary of his Major League debut,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “His impact exceeded beyond baseball, paving a way for me and African-American athletes across all sports. Beyond being an extraordinary athlete, Robinson was an extraordinary individual. This statue is a tribute to not only the rich history and success Robinson brought to the Dodgers organization, but the social impact he made on this country.”




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