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Rumor has it that Major League Baseball will use a seventh umpire during this postseason

MLB Umpires meeting (2008 photo by RHMI via wikipedia commons)

According to several media outlets, Major League Baseball will be using a seventh umpire in the League Championship Series and World Series.

The extra umpire will rotate between the field and replay booth.

The seventh umpire will work home plate in Game 1, go to right field in the 2nd game and then work in the replay booth in New York for the rest of the series.

Another umpire will work the replay booth the first two games and go down on the field the remaining games of the series.

The proposed changes will go into effect for the best-of-seven series this postseason.

MLB attendance slightly down in 2014

(courtesy MLBpressbox.com)

For the second straight season, Major League Baseball attendance has slightly dropped.

According to the commissioner’s office, the 30 teams drew 73,739,622 for an average per game attendance of 30,458. That is a 0.2 percent dropoff from 2013′s average of 30,515.

The total attendance of 73.74 million was down from 73.03 million last year and 74.86 million in 2012, but still ranks seventh highest in MLB history.

Before the Great Recession, MLB was at a peak average of 32,785 fans per game.

 

PORTIONS OF ARTICLE DERIVED FROM MLB PRESS RELEASE

 

Astros improved by 19 games in 2014 under Bo Porter but ownership turns to Hinch to win championships

A.J. Hinch

The Houston Astros stunned the baseball world when they fired manager Bo Porter on September 1 in only his second season on the job and turned to Tom Lawless as the interim manager.

The team was very competitive in 2014. They made a 19-game improvement in wins over 2013 and they had the American League batting champion in Jose Altuve.

By finishing at 70-92, the Astros ended up fourth in the tough AL West and ended their streak of three straight 100-plus seasons.

On Monday, one day after the MLB regular season ended, the Astros became the first team to name a new manager.

They have hired A.J. Hinch,  a member of the bronze medal-winning 1996 U.S. Olympic Team, a former catcher, former manager and front office executive. As the manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 & 2010 encompassing 212 games, his record was 89-123.

The 40-year-old Hinch, brings more than 20 years of playing, managing and front office experience in Major League Baseball to the Astros organization. This is his second managerial post, as he served as Arizona’s manager for parts of two seasons from 2009-10. Hinch also played parts of seven Major League seasons with Oakland (1998-2000), Kansas City (2001-02), Detroit (2003) and Philadelphia (2004). A former catcher, Hinch played in 338 career Major League games after being selected in the third round of the 1996 draft. His career totals include a .219 average with 32 homers and 112 RBI’s.

Hinch joins the Astros after coming from the San Diego Padres, where he most recently served as the club’s Vice President and Assistant General Manager for three years (2011-14). In that role, Hinch oversaw all aspects of the club’s professional scouting and medical departments, while assisting with the club’s roster composition, player acquisitions, talent evaluations and contract negotiations.

Hinch, who retired as a player in 2005, joined Arizona’s front office in 2006 and was eventually named the team’s Director of Player Development later that season. He held that role until being named the Diamondbacks manager in 2009.

Astros GM Jeff Luhnow believes that Hinch is the man to lead Houston back to the success it had in the 90′s and early to mid 2000′s. “I feel A.J. Hinch will be the manager that is going to be here when we win the World Series.”

Says Hinch, “The goal is always to win championships. It is easier said than done. We have alot of work to do to get back to the success that the organization has had in the past.”

 

PORTIONS OF THIS ARTICLE TAKEN FROM HOUSTON ASTROS PRESS RELEASE; COURTESY MLBpressbox.com

 

Major League Soccer passes new measures to protect gay players

(courtesy MLS)

Trying to stay on the same page as Major League Baseball and the National Football League, Major League Soccer has come up with new measures and rules to protect gay players from harassment and discrimination.

The efforts include expanding sensitivity training for players; a complaint system and locker-room postings of conduct code.

Tino Martinez resigns as Miami Marlins hitting coach amid verbal abuse reports

Tino Martinez as a Yankee (photo by Amin Eshaiker via wikipedia commons)

Former Major League Baseball player Tino Martinez was known to be one who thrived on pressure.

During his career with Seattle, the Yankees twice, St. Louis and Tampa Bay, who would always come up with clutch hits.

His career stats showed he had a nice career hitting .271 with 339 homers and 1,271 RBI’s.

Martinez was named the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins for the 2013 season, replacing Eduardo Perez.

Apparently as the hitting coach of the Marlins, Martinez could not handle the pressure of working with and helping young players on a losing team.

Martinez resigned his position just hours after complaints by players about him verbally abusing them became public.

The allegations included him physically abusing Derek Dietrich several months before the resignation. Martinez’s behavior in the clubhouse was reported to also include verbal attacks towards other Marlins’ players, Justin Ruggiano and Chris Valaika and minor leaguer Matt Downs.

Martinez was in his first season as an MLB coach.

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