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New Yorkers on Baseball's New Instant Replay: Meh

Thursday, January 16, 2014

WNYC

"The game is slow enough as it is," says Liam O'Connor of Brooklyn, "so it’s not like it's going to take any more time."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: A-Rod Suspended

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca joins us as we open the phones to hear what baseball fans think about Alex Rodriguez's suspension from baseball and his legacy. 

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WNYC News

Pesca: A-Rod Will Fight MLB Settlement

Monday, July 29, 2013

"Rodriguez has some options, and the ability to fight it."

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The Takeaway

Two Billion Dollar Deal for the Dodgers Is Largest Ever Paid for a Professional Sports Team

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

No one has ever paid the amount for a professional sports team that basketball legend Magic Johnson is proposing to pay for the Los Angeles Dodgers. We speak with a former MLB executive about the $2 billion deal. Mike Carlson is a former Vice President of MLB International, and now journalist and sports broadcaster.

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The Takeaway

The Aftermath of the Red Sox Collapse

Friday, October 14, 2011

From World Series favorites to Major League laughing stock, it's been quite a season for the Boston Red Sox. They started the September with a commanding lead in the Wild Card race and lost it to rival Tampa Bay Rays on the very last day of the season. The team's collapse saw popular manager Terry Francona leave town and general manager Theo Epstein depart to take over the Chicago Cubs.

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The Takeaway

Major League Baseball Finds Controversy at All-Star Game Location

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game will take place in Phoenix, Arizona this year. The state has been the focus of national controversy over a recent law concerning unauthorized migrants, and 30 percent of league players are Latino — which means politics may overshadow the game. Groups on both sides of the debate are planning to make statements to spectators. George Vecsey, sports columnist for The New York Times, talks about the dynamic of the game.

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Studio 360

Performance-Enhancing Jewelry

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The World Series starts tonight.  And if you’ve watched any Major League Baseball this year, you've probably noticed the twisted metal chains many of the players wear.  If not, take a closer look at the necks of Texas Rangers' shortstop Elvis Andrus or San Francisco Giants' outfielder Andres Torres. The necklaces, which are often coordinated with team colors, are all over the league – they caught my eye mainly because they look really uncomfortable to wear.

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The Takeaway

You're Out! Baseball's Bad Week

Friday, May 08, 2009

It's a bad week for the biggest names in baseball. A-Rod returns to the struggling Yankees -- and while they could use his help on the field, they probably don't welcome all the controversy he brings. Meanwhile, Manny Ramirez has been suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball for allegedly using hCG, a female fertility drug. Since it's unlikely that Manny's trying to get pregnant, it's hard not to suspect he was using performance enhancing drugs.

The Takeaway talks to Selena Roberts, a columnist for Sports Illustrated Columnist. She broke the original Rodriguez steroids scandal, and she has a new book out called, A-Rod, where she writes that Mr. Rodriguez not only has been using steroids as a New York Yankee, but had been using since high school.

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