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Past articles by Mark:


Ten questions for MLB in 2018

Opening Day will arrive on March 29, the earliest start in Major League Baseball history, excluding special international events. We will see the first full slate of Opening Day games in 50 years -- going back to the year of the pitcher -- and the first time 30 clubs all start on the same day. The regular season will even start on a Thursday this time, so we already know that 2018 will begin… → Read More


MLB to use augmented reality to enhance data

“When I think about the big things, I think about AR,“ Apple CEO Tim Cook said on stage at Apple's recent special event. At Bat, the most successful app in sports history, was again featured in Apple's on-stage demo, this time through the ability to integrate augmented reality (AR) by utilizing Apple's new ARKit with iOS11. MLB Advanced Media will again revolutionize the presentation of live… → Read More


MLB, Camping World announce partnership

Camping World Holdings and Major League Baseball announced on Monday a new multi-year partnership that begins with the 2017 postseason and names Camping World the presenting partner of the 2017 League Championship Series. With this new agreement, Camping World plans to expand its brand awareness with an integrated marketing program that reaches millions of MLB fans through broadcast, digital,… → Read More


2018 Major League Baseball schedule released

The 2018 Major League Baseball season is already assured of starting on a historic note when it gets underway on Thursday, March 29. It will feature the first full slate of Opening Day games in 50 years and the earliest beginning date at any traditional Major League ballpark. MLB released its tentative 2018 master regular-season schedule on Tuesday, and the unique Opening Day rollout will be… → Read More


Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on deck for

Players Weekend brought a splash of seemingly every color to Major League Baseball fields, with special uniforms and equipment that served as a fun nod to youth baseball. Labor Day weekend will begin with players wearing a unique color to represent youth as well, but this will have a far different meaning. MLB announced that for the second consecutive year, clubs will dedicate a special… → Read More


MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker rules will apply should the two pennant winners finish with identical regular-season records. First is… → Read More


MLB, Pitch In For Baseball donate equipment

NEW YORK -- While the 25th RBI World Series was underway for 24 baseball and softball teams in Cincinnati, Major League Baseball staffers in the Commissioner's Office volunteered their time on Thursday to make sure other kids in the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities program have the resources to perhaps reach that event one day. MLB employees and interns teamed with Pitch In For Baseball to pack… → Read More


Brad Hand, Edwin Diaz named top July relievers

Padres left-hander Brad Hand and Mariners right-hander Edwin Diaz were named The Hartford National League and American League Relievers of the Month for July, respectively. The awards were announced on Wednesday by Major League Baseball. Hand was one of the key names mentioned in the days leading up to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, but the Padres held onto their do-everything reliever as… → Read More

Jeff Bagwell may start a unique Hall of Fame streak.

We are likely beginning a four-year Baseball Hall of Fame run in which at least one inducted player per class spent his entire career with a single team. It starts with Jeff Bagwell, who was inducted on Sunday with Ivan Rodriguez and Tim Raines. → Read More


MLB Fights ALS campaign unveiled

Ninety years ago, Lou Gehrig was on his way to an MVP season with 47 homers, 173 RBIs and a career-best 1.240 OPS for the Yankees team generally considered the best in baseball history. The “Iron Horse“ was in the early stage of a streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, a record thought to be unbreakable until Cal Ripken Jr. came along one day. Only amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) could… → Read More


Latin legends to be honored at All-Star Game

MIAMI -- Hall of Famer Juan Marichal once said of Latin baseball players: “We have passion for this game.“ Now that passionate pride in him and so many legends like him is about to pour out in what promises to be one of the truly unforgettable All-Star pregame ceremonies. Major League Baseball will celebrate the best Latin American-born baseball players prior to the 88th All-Star Game presented… → Read More


MLB, EverFi team up for students

NEW YORK -- Joe Torre looked out at 200 fourth- and fifth-graders at the DREAM Charter School in Harlem on Wednesday and told them a story about how he expected the Yankee players to spend their offseasons during the team's dynasty when he was manager. “We had this one thing that we always told the players: 'If you don't use it, you lose it,'“ said the Hall of Famer and Major League Baseball's… → Read More


Craig Kimbrel, Greg Holland top May relievers

Boston's Craig Kimbrel and Colorado's Greg Holland, two closers who have been showing the kind of dominance they were known for earlier this decade in the other league, were named The Hartford American League and National League Relievers of the Month for May, respectively. The awards were announced on Friday by Major League Baseball. Opponents are 0 for their last 30 with one walk and 18… → Read More


Honorary Bat Girl Contest winners announced

Major League Baseball is doubling its efforts to fight breast cancer, with Thursday's joint announcement that pink bats will be swung over a full Mother's Day Weekend for the first time and that winners have been named in the 2017 Honorary Bat Girl Contest. Players will have the opportunity to use pink bats on both Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14. Louisville Slugger will donate proceeds from… → Read More


Relievers of Month: Cody Allen, Greg Holland

Cody Allen of the Indians and Greg Holland of the Rockies are the first recipients of the American League and National League Relievers of the Month presented by The Hartford, respectively, as Major League Baseball on Wednesday introduced its new monthly honor that will go to the best reliever in each league. Allen made 10 appearances out of Cleveland's bullpen in April -- and he converted all… → Read More


Jackie Robinson Day to honor 70th anniversary

Saturday will mark the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson taking the field for the Brooklyn Dodgers and breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier, and special activities planned for this Jackie Robinson Day will include the unveiling of the Hall of Famer's statue at Dodger Stadium, the introduction of a “Trailblazer Series“ for girls, the annual donning of No. 42 by all active players and… → Read More