Finally ... FINALLY! ... Dansby Swanson has come back...to raking. The number-one overall pick in the 2015 draft broke into the big leagues with a bang last year, hitting .302/.361/.442 in his 145-plate appearance debut. Still rookie-eligible this season
In 1876, a group of owners and team officials gathered at a New York hotel to draft and sign the constitution that created baseball's National League and would ultimately have ramifications far beyond the diamond. The principles the document laid out, largely the work of Chicago White Stockings owner William Hulbert, would provide the basic model for every major team sports league in the world that followed. The constitution is getting a public airing for the first time in more than a century when it's put up for sale by SCP Auctions of Laguna Niguel, California, starting Wednesday. "The idea that grown men would pick up a bat and ball and put on costumes was suspicious," said John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball.
ATLANTA (AP) — First baseman James Loney has requested and received his release from the Braves' Triple-A Gwinnett team. The 33-year-old Loney signed a minor league deal with the team on Thursday after the Braves learned first baseman Freddie Freeman will miss about 10 weeks with a fractured left wrist. On Saturday, the Braves acquired Matt Adams from the St. Louis Cardinals. Adams was immediately inserted into Atlanta's starting lineup on Sunday, blocking Loney's path to the majors. Braves general manager John Coppolella said Saturday the team wouldn't have signed Loney if it knew it would be able to trade for Adams.