Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente is one step closer to becoming a saint, according to Christian Newswire, which reported late last month that Pope Francis officially declared the former Pittsburgh Pirate "blessed." With beatification, the Puerto Rican has just one step left to become a saint, according to the Catholic Church. The pope's official blessing came after Clemente apparently met the requirement to perform a miracle. The alleged miracle happened last month when former Olympian Jamie Nieto, who once played Clemente in the film "Baseball's Last Hero," managed to walk again after a back-flip accident in April 2016 rendered the high jumper partially paralyzed from the neck down.
No real theme this week. Unless you consider no theme a theme. The rankings (records through Wednesday’s games): 1. Los Angeles Dodgers (85-34; Previous: 1): Dodgers will take rest of regular season for some “me time.” 2. Houston Astros (74-46; Previous
Nearly two years ago, Amanda Hopkins' phone rang. It was a call she dreamt of receiving, one that broke barriers and made her a part of baseball history. Almost immediately, her competitiveness took over. "She put a sign up on her bedroom door saying, 'Stay out, we're opponents,'" recalled her father, Ron Hopkins, a special assistant to the general manager for the Pittsburgh Pirates. "In other words, my bedroom is off limits to you, there is info in here. I got a kick out of it." The 24-year-old Hopkins is now about to complete her second year as an area scout for the Seattle Mariners. Her responsibility is the Four Corners area of the Southwest, taking her to destinations like Greeley, Colorado,