LEADING OFF: Cooperstown calling, moonshots and revved Yanks
A look at what's happening around the majors today:
HALL OF A DAY
Will closer Mariano Rivera rattle? Will clutch hitter Edgar Martinez choke up? We'll see whether the baseball greats...
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Four-time World Series champion Bernie Williams will perform at the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony next month in Cooperstown.
Edgar Martinez tours Hall of Fame, thanks fans again
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — It took Edgar Martinez a decade on the ballot to reach the pinnacle of baseball. A visit to the Hall of Fame on Monday reaffirmed his appreciation of being selected for...
Mike Mussina’s HOF visit a reminder of his excellence
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Two months after he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Mike Mussina still had a hard time believing his good fortune.
Lee Smith ‘still in awe’ after touring Baseball Hall of Fame
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Lee Smith had seen the Hall of Fame several times. This visit was completely different.
"I'm still in awe," Smith said after the tour Tuesday, in preparation for his July induction. "Whenever I sign an autograph and someone says, 'Hey, put Hall of Fame on it,' I don't know if the Hall of Fame goes first or the year goes first."
Baines: “It hasn’t sunk in” after Baseball Hall of Fame tour
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Though clearly struck by the moment, Harold Baines kept his emotions in check just as he always has — even on a day he'll never forget.
"I hold it inside. It'll come out," Baines said Tuesday, sitting just a few feet from where his bronze plaque will hang in the Baseball Hall of Fame come late July. "It's very special, but it still hasn't really sunk in.
"I'm very honored, very grateful for what's going to be happening in the next few months."
Mussina will not have team logo on Hall of Fame plaque’s cap
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Mike Mussina will not have a team logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque.
The Hall announced the decision Friday, three days after Mussina was elected.
Mussina spent his first 10 major league seasons with the Baltimore Orioles and his last eight with the New York Yankees.
The Hall said the decision was made after consultation with Mussina and his family.
Mussina had said he needed time to make up his mind.
No hat logo for Halladay’s Hall plaque; Mussina uncertain
NEW YORK (AP) — Roy Halladay won't have a logo on the cap of his Hall of Fame plaque, and Mike Mussina wants some time before giving his opinion to the Hall, which makes the final decision.
Halladay, who died in November 2017, spent 12 of his 16 seasons pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays and four for the Philadelphia Phillies. Mussina was with the Baltimore Orioles for his first 10 seasons and the New York Yankees for his final eight.
To Hall of Famers, baseball has transformed at dizzying pace
NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball has transformed at dizzying speed since Edgar Martinez took his final swing and Mike Mussina, Mariano Rivera and Roy Halladay threw their final pitches.
"We don't have enough time to talk about that," the ever erudite Mussina said Wednesday when a trio of newly minted living Hall of Famers appeared at a news conference. "The game always evolves — it always has. I'm not sure I love the way it's changed lately, but that's just the nature of it."
Rivera 1st unanimous HOF pick; Doc, Edgar, Mussina also in
NEW YORK (AP) — This honor was saved for the one and only Mariano Rivera.
Rivera, Halladay top newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot
NEW YORK (AP) — Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers' Association of America, joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez.
Left-hander Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada also are among the newcomers on the ballot announced Monday.
Steinbrenner, Piniella, Johnson on Hall ballot next month
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — Late New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, former managers Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson and Charlie Manuel, and six players headed by Lee Smith are on the 10-man ballot for the baseball Hall of Fame's Today's Game Era committee to consider next month.
Hall of Fame ballot newcomers: Jones, Thome, Vizquel
NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
They are joined by Johan Santana and Chris Carpenter. Also among the newcomers to the 33-man ballot announced Monday are Jamie Moyer, Andruw Jones, Carlos Lee, Kevin Millwood, Carlos Zambrano and Johnny Damon.