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Baseball: Deadline extended as 'Japan's Babe Ruth' eyes majors

Baseball: Deadline extended as 'Japan's Babe Ruth' eyes majors

Baseball: Deadline extended as 'Japan's Babe Ruth' eyes majors

Baseball: Deadline extended as 'Japan's Babe Ruth' eyes majors

Baseball: Deadline extended as 'Japan's Babe Ruth' eyes majors

Baseball: Deadline extended as 'Japan's Babe Ruth' eyes majors

Baseball: Deadline extended as 'Japan's Babe Ruth' eyes majors

Baseball: Deadline extended as 'Japan's Babe Ruth' eyes majors

The Major League Baseball Players Association has approved a 24-hour extension to a deadline for MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) to reach a new posting agreement for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani

The Major League Baseball Players Association has approved a 24-hour extension to a deadline for MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) to reach a new posting agreement for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani

The Major League Baseball Players Association has approved a 24-hour extension to a deadline for MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) to reach a new posting agreement for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani

The Major League Baseball Players Association has approved a 24-hour extension to a deadline for MLB and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) to reach a new posting agreement for Japanese star Shohei Ohtani (AFP Photo/KAZUHIRO NOGI)

FILE PHOTO: Blue Jays starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws against the Rays in Toronto

FILE PHOTO: Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Roy Halladay throws against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning of their American League MLB baseball game in Toronto September 5, 2008. REUTERS/Adrien Veczan/File photo

Baseball star Halladay's plane made dive before fatal crash: NTSB

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Halladay adjusts his cap against the Chicago White Sox in Toronto

Baseball star Halladay's plane made dive before fatal crash: NTSB

Baseball star Halladay's plane made dive before fatal crash: NTSB

Baseball star Halladay's plane made dive before fatal crash: NTSB

Baseball star Halladay's plane made dive before fatal crash: NTSB

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Halladay adjusts his cap against the Chicago White Sox in Toronto

FILE PHOTO: Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Roy Halladay adjusts his cap while walking off the field against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto, May 4, 2008. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese/File Photo

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Halladay adjusts his cap against the Chicago White Sox in Toronto

FILE PHOTO: Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Roy Halladay adjusts his cap while walking off the field against the Chicago White Sox during the fourth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto, May 4, 2008. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese/File Photo

Baseball star Halladay's plane made dive before fatal crash: NTSB

Baseball star Halladay's plane made dive before fatal crash: NTSB

Baseball star Halladay's plane made dive before fatal crash: NTSB

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Halladay adjusts his cap against the Chicago White Sox in Toronto

Hall of Fame ballot newcomers: Jones, Thome, Vizquel

FILE - Top row from left are file photos showing San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds in 2017; Boston Red Sox' Roger Clemens in 1987; Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero in 2009 and San Diego Padres' Trevor Hoffman in 2008. Bottom row from left are Seattle Mariners'Edgar Martinez in 2017; New York Yankees' Mike Mussina in 2008 and Boston Red Sox' Curt Schilling in 2008. Trevor Hoffman, who fell five votes short last year on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame, heads holdovers that include Vladimir Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling. (AP Photo/File)

Hall of Fame ballot newcomers: Jones, Thome, Vizquel

FILE - Top row from left are file photos showing St. Louis Cardinals' Chris Carpenter in 2012; Tampa Bay Rays' Johnny Damon in 2011; Atlanta Braves' Andruw Jones in 2007; Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones in 2012, Houston Astros' Carlos Lee in 2012 and Colorado Rockies' Jamie Moyer in 2012. Bottom row from left are file photos showing Seattle Mariners' Kevin Millwood in 2012; New York Mets' Johan Santana in 2013; Cleveland Indians' Jim Thome in 2002; Cleveland Indians' Omar Vizquel in 2000 and Chicago Cubs' Carlos Zambrano in 2011. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame, joined by Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter. Jamie Moyer, Andruw Jones, Carlos Lee, Kevin Millwood, Carlos Zambrano and Johnny Damon also are among the newcomers to the 33-man ballot announced Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - Top row from left are file photos showing San Francisco Giants' Barry Bonds in 2017; Boston Red Sox' Roger Clemens in 1987; Los Angeles Angels' Vladimir Guerrero in 2009 and San Diego Padres' Trevor Hoffman in 2008. Bottom row from left are Seattle Mariners' Edgar Martinez in 2017; New York Yankees' Mike Mussina in 2008 and Boston Red Sox' Curt Schilling in 2008. Trevor Hoffman, who fell five votes short last year on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame, heads holdovers that include Vladimir Guerrero, Edgar Martinez, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mike Mussina and Curt Schilling. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - Top row from left are file photos showing St. Louis Cardinals' Chris Carpenter in 2012; Tampa Bay Rays' Johnny Damon in 2011; Atlanta Braves' Andruw Jones in 2007; Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones in 2012, Houston Astros' Carlos Lee in 2012 and Colorado Rockies' Jamie Moyer in 2012. Bottom row from left are file photos showing Seattle Mariners' Kevin Millwood in 2012; New York Mets' Johan Santana in 2013; Cleveland Indians' Jim Thome in 2002; Cleveland Indians' Omar Vizquel in 2000 and Chicago Cubs' Carlos Zambrano in 2011. Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Omar Vizquel are among 19 first-time candidates on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for baseball's Hall of Fame, joined by Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter. Jamie Moyer, Andruw Jones, Carlos Lee, Kevin Millwood, Carlos Zambrano and Johnny Damon also are among the newcomers to the 33-man ballot announced Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/File)

Investigators: Roy Halladay performed turns before crash

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, former Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay acknowledges the crowd before a baseball game against the New York Mets, in Philadelphia. Halladay sped his small sports plane low over the Gulf of Mexico minutes before his fatal crash two weeks ago, climbing sharply in the final seconds before diving into the water, federal investigators said in a preliminary report released Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

Investigators: Roy Halladay performed turns before crash

Family, friends, teammates gather on the baseball diamond during a memorial tribute for Roy Halladay, who died last week in a small plane crash, at the Philadelphia Phillies' spring training baseball stadium, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius)

Investigators: Roy Halladay performed turns before crash

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, former Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay acknowledges the crowd before a baseball game against the New York Mets, in Philadelphia. Halladay sped his small sports plane low over the Gulf of Mexico minutes before his fatal crash two weeks ago, climbing sharply in the final seconds before diving into the water, federal investigators said in a preliminary report released Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2014, file photo, former Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay acknowledges the crowd before a baseball game against the New York Mets, in Philadelphia. Halladay sped his small sports plane low over the Gulf of Mexico minutes before his fatal crash two weeks ago, climbing sharply in the final seconds before diving into the water, federal investigators said in a preliminary report released Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

The Origins of 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'

VICE Sports explains the origins behind the theme song for baseball's seventh inning stretch, "Take Me Out To The Ball Game." Archival courtesy of, Thomas B. Shea / USA TODAY Sports, Kelley L. Cox / USA TODAY Sports, Stan Szeto / USA TODAY Sports, Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports, Gary A. Vasquez / USA TODAY Sports, Getty Images Watch interviews and in-depth news coverage from "Daily Vice" on go90.

The Origins of 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'

VICE Sports explains the origins behind the theme song for baseball's seventh inning stretch, "Take Me Out To The Ball Game." Archival courtesy of, Thomas B. Shea / USA TODAY Sports, Kelley L. Cox / USA TODAY Sports, Stan Szeto / USA TODAY Sports, Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports, Gary A. Vasquez / USA TODAY Sports, Getty Images Watch interviews and in-depth news coverage from "Daily Vice" on go90.

The Origins of 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game'

VICE Sports explains the origins behind the theme song for baseball's seventh inning stretch, "Take Me Out To The Ball Game." Archival courtesy of, Thomas B. Shea / USA TODAY Sports, Kelley L. Cox / USA TODAY Sports, Stan Szeto / USA TODAY Sports, Kirby Lee / USA TODAY Sports, Gary A. Vasquez / USA TODAY Sports, Getty Images Watch interviews and in-depth news coverage from "Daily Vice" on go90.

Baseball Hall of Fame declines to make writers' ballots public

Baseball Hall of Fame declines to make writers' ballots public

Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

Only three more months till the White Sox are back in action. The South Siders announced their spring training schedule Monday, with Cactus League play commencing Feb. 23 out in Arizona.

Three months till baseball's back as White Sox announce spring training schedule

If you can't wait for baseball to be back, take a look at the Cubs' spring training schedule

Can't wait for baseball to be back? The Cubs announced their spring training schedule Monday, and there are only three months until the North Siders are back in action.

If you can't wait for baseball to be back, take a look at the Cubs' spring training schedule

Baseball Hall of Fame declines to make writers' ballots public

Baseball Hall of Fame declines to make writers' ballots public

Baseball Hall of Fame declines to make writers' ballots public

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The Baseball Hall of Fame will not make ballots public. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Kris Bryant Hits The Streets Of Austria To Test Local Baseball Knowledge, No One Recognizes Him

Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant finally got a chance to go on his honeymoon after the 2017 MLB season concluded. Bryant and his wife, Jessica, went on a European excursion, which included a stop in Salzburg, Austria.

The city is the home to a professional soccer and ice hockey team. It was a candidate city to host the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics but lost to Vancouver and Sochi. That appears to be the extent of their sports knowledge so American football and baseball are likely not on their radar. Bryant hit the streets and tested the knowledge of locals on baseball, the Cubs and whether they recognized him at all.

No one batted an eye.

Next up, we want to see how popular Anthony Rizzo is in the streets of Italy. Someone make this happen.

Potential first-ballot guy and Blackout Game hero Jim Thome headlines group of former White Sox on this year's Hall of Fame ballot

Jim Thome, eighth on baseball's all-time home run list, leads a group of seven former White Sox on this year's Hall of Fame ballot.

Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Johan Santana Among 2018 Hall of Fame Ballot Newcomers

The 2018 Hall of Fame ballot was released by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Monday afternoon and features former All-Star sluggers Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, Omar Vizquel as well as pitchers Jamie Moyer and Johan Santana among a class of 19 newcomers.

Jones spent his entire 19-year career with the Atlanta Braves and won the 1999 National League MVP award and made eight All-Star teams. He was a centerpiece in the Braves teams of the 90s that won the 1995 World Series and pennants in 1996 and 1999. He finished his career with a .303 batting average, 2,726 hits and 468 home runs.

Thome collected 612 home runs (8th most all-time), 1699 RBI and 1583 runs in his 22-year career. He hit 337 of his 612 home runs with the Cleveland Indians and signed a one-day contract to officially retire with the team in 2014. The Indians eventually unveiled a statue of him outside of Progressive Field.

Vizquel was one of the best defensive shortstops of his era and won 11 Gold Glove Awards in his 24-year career in which he played for the Indians, Mariners, Giants, White Sox, Rangers and Blue Jays.

Moyer's career spanned from 1986 to 2012. He finished his career with a 269–209 record. At 49 years old, he became the oldest pitcher to win a major league game when he won a game for the Colorado Rockies in April 2012.

Santana has attempted to make a comeback in recent years but has not pitched since 2012 with the New York Mets. He won the 2004 and 2006 Cy Young Awards as a member of the Minnesota Twins and then pitched the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history on June 1, 2012 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was plagued by shoulder injuries, which cut his career short at 33 years old and after just 12 seasons.

Chris Carpenter, Johnny Damon, Livian Hernandez, Orlando Hudson, Aubrey Huff, Jason Isringhausen, Andruw Jones, Carlos Lee, Brad Lidge, Hideki Matsui, Kevin Millwood, Scott Rolen, Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano are the other players making their debut on the Hall of Fame ballot.

In order to be elected into the Hall of Fame, players must receive 75% of the ballots cast by selected BBWAA members.

Jeff Bagwell, Tim Raines and Ivan Rodriguez were the inductees for the 2017 Hall of Fame Class. Former San Diego Padres closer Trevor Hoffman fell five votes short i last year's election and finished with 74% of the vote. Other notable vote totals from last year include: Former Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edgar Martinez (58.6%), former Red Sox and Yankees ace Roger Clemens (54.1%), all-time home runs leader Barry Bonds (53.8%) and former Orioles and Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina (51.8%).

The full 2018 Hall of Fame ballot can be found below:

Barry Bonds

Chris Carpenter

Roger Clemens

Johnny Damon

Vladimir Guerrero

Livan Hernandez

Trevor Hoffman

Orlando Hudson

Aubrey Huff

Jason Isringhausen

Andruw Jones

Chipper Jones

Jeff Kent

Carlos Lee

Brad Lidge

Edgar Martinez

Hideki Matsui

Fred McGriff

Kevin Millwood

?Jamie Moyer

Mike Mussina

Manny Ramirez

Scott Rolen

Johan Santana

Curt Schilling

Gary Sheffield

Sammy Sosa

Jim Thome

Omar Vizquel

Billy Wagner

Larry Walker

Kerry Wood

Carlos Zambrano

For Thanksgiving, the Jets’ Terrence Brooks Pays It Forward

NEWARK, N.J. — Growing up in rural central Florida, Jets safety Terrence Brooks didn’t watch much football. His favorite sport was baseball and his favorite team, the Seattle Mariners, played their home games 3,000 miles away. His favorite player: the legendary Ichiro Suzuki.

As he got to Dunnellon High, though, “football got in the way.” That led to a scholarship at Florida State, a national championship and a third-round selection in the 2014 NFL draft by the Ravens. Two trades and a stopover in Philadelphia later, he’s a member of the Jets’ rejuvenated secondary.

But on a recent Tuesday afternoon in Newark, football is far afield—other than the green No. 23 Jets jersey Brooks wears as he walks down Grant Street into The Apostles’ House, a shelter for the city’s homeless single mothers and their children. The day’s objective? To serve up a big Thanksgiving lunch, a few weeks before the rest of the country celebrates the most quintessential American holiday.

“We always look to do something, particularly around the holidays,” says Carlo Filippone, a local chef and former bodybuilder who teamed up with Brooks to serve turkey, sweet potatoes and green beans to some 50 of the shelter’s women and children. “We were looking for somebody to partner up with anyway, and Terrence’s interests really matched up with ours.”

The shelter’s mission hits home with Brooks, who was raised along with his brothers by his single mother in Dunnellon, around an hour and a half north of Tampa in central Florida. That’s why, through his Terrence Brooks Foundation, his goal is to help single-parent households and at-risk youth.

“I came from a community that was not that great, so we came up through some hard times,” Brooks says. “I was able to have a few role models growing up but for the most part there were no people of this stature there for me, so this is only right for me to do.”

All of those role models were women, Brooks says, tearing up as he addresses the moms during lunch: “I truly salute you for what you deal with everyday. There were some days as kids when we didn’t have food, but we didn’t worry for long because my mom always found a way to feed us. I don’t know how she did it or how she had the energy to do it.”

Members of the Jets’ special teams unit have gone to the shelter on Christmas morning to bring food and gifts ever since former punter Steve Weatherford started visiting The Apostles’ House during his first year with Gang Green. Brooks hopes that will continue this year.

“It all began with Steve,” says Don Shauger, whose construction company worked with then-Newark mayor and current U.S. Senator Cory Booker to refurbish the shelter 10 years ago. This past May there was another renovation, as well as the construction of a new outdoor playground and computer center. “Now every Christmas, my family comes to The Apostles’ House too. It’s a tradition.”

Shauger’s childhood mirrors that of Brooks; he too was raised by a single mother, along with three brothers and a sister in nearby East Orange, N.J. Shauger and his brothers slept on the same mattress with just a single boxspring. “As I kid, I remember the week of Thanksgiving. When the basket of food would come from the church, it was really special,” Shauger says. “To pay it forward is really great.

“This is also at a time when you’re hearing a lot of negative things about the NFL right now. I don’t want to talk about that. You’re here and it’s making you proud to be a NFL fan to see that a NFL player would take his day off to spend it with homeless people.”

Homelessness is a serious problem in Newark, which is New Jersey’s most populous city but has seen many residents leave for neighboring suburbs as crime and poverty remain high. Essex County, of which Newark is the county seat, had 24 percent of the state’s homeless population, according to a study released this July.

One meal won’t curb the problem, but Brooks knows from personal experience that every such gesture, however small it may seem, makes a difference.

“It’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do,” he says, “to have this type of platform that I have to lift up people and motivate them, to keep people going.”

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For Thanksgiving, the Jets’ Terrence Brooks Pays It Forward

NEWARK, N.J. — Growing up in rural central Florida, Jets safety Terrence Brooks didn’t watch much football. His favorite sport was baseball and his favorite team, the Seattle Mariners, played their home games 3,000 miles away. His favorite player: the legendary Ichiro Suzuki.

As he got to Dunnellon High, though, “football got in the way.” That led to a scholarship at Florida State, a national championship and a third-round selection in the 2014 NFL draft by the Ravens. Two trades and a stopover in Philadelphia later, he’s a member of the Jets’ rejuvenated secondary.

But on a recent Tuesday afternoon in Newark, football is far afield—other than the green No. 23 Jets jersey Brooks wears as he walks down Grant Street into The Apostles’ House, a shelter for the city’s homeless single mothers and their children. The day’s objective? To serve up a big Thanksgiving lunch, a few weeks before the rest of the country celebrates the most quintessential American holiday.

“We always look to do something, particularly around the holidays,” says Carlo Filippone, a local chef and former bodybuilder who teamed up with Brooks to serve turkey, sweet potatoes and green beans to some 50 of the shelter’s women and children. “We were looking for somebody to partner up with anyway, and Terrence’s interests really matched up with ours.”

The shelter’s mission hits home with Brooks, who was raised along with his brothers by his single mother in Dunnellon, around an hour and a half north of Tampa in central Florida. That’s why, through his Terrence Brooks Foundation, his goal is to help single-parent households and at-risk youth.

“I came from a community that was not that great, so we came up through some hard times,” Brooks says. “I was able to have a few role models growing up but for the most part there were no people of this stature there for me, so this is only right for me to do.”

All of those role models were women, Brooks says, tearing up as he addresses the moms during lunch: “I truly salute you for what you deal with everyday. There were some days as kids when we didn’t have food, but we didn’t worry for long because my mom always found a way to feed us. I don’t know how she did it or how she had the energy to do it.”

Members of the Jets’ special teams unit have gone to the shelter on Christmas morning to bring food and gifts ever since former punter Steve Weatherford started visiting The Apostles’ House during his first year with Gang Green. Brooks hopes that will continue this year.

“It all began with Steve,” says Don Shauger, whose construction company worked with then-Newark mayor and current U.S. Senator Cory Booker to refurbish the shelter 10 years ago. This past May there was another renovation, as well as the construction of a new outdoor playground and computer center. “Now every Christmas, my family comes to The Apostles’ House too. It’s a tradition.”

Shauger’s childhood mirrors that of Brooks; he too was raised by a single mother, along with three brothers and a sister in nearby East Orange, N.J. Shauger and his brothers slept on the same mattress with just a single boxspring. “As I kid, I remember the week of Thanksgiving. When the basket of food would come from the church, it was really special,” Shauger says. “To pay it forward is really great.

“This is also at a time when you’re hearing a lot of negative things about the NFL right now. I don’t want to talk about that. You’re here and it’s making you proud to be a NFL fan to see that a NFL player would take his day off to spend it with homeless people.”

Homelessness is a serious problem in Newark, which is New Jersey’s most populous city but has seen many residents leave for neighboring suburbs as crime and poverty remain high. Essex County, of which Newark is the county seat, had 24 percent of the state’s homeless population, according to a study released this July.

One meal won’t curb the problem, but Brooks knows from personal experience that every such gesture, however small it may seem, makes a difference.

“It’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do,” he says, “to have this type of platform that I have to lift up people and motivate them, to keep people going.”

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