Ventura, Marte leave us way too soon

Yordano Ventura was 25. He had one of baseball’s fiercest fastballs. He was a little guy with big stuff, big confidence and big dreams. He died in a car accident early Sunday, and, though as of this writing we were still collecting the details of what exactly happened on Caretera Juan Adrian, a highway near

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Commissioner’s statement on Ventura, Marte

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. issued the following statement today regarding the respective passings of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, who was 25, and former Major League infielder Andy Marte, who was 33: “Today is a very sad day for our entire game and particularly for the many loyal fans in the …

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Chinese Taipei looks to replicate ’13 success

Chinese Taipei hopes it can repeat its surprise success from the 2013 World Baseball Classic in this year’s tournament, but the rising baseball nation has encountered some major hurdles before its first game in South Korea. Missing an ace and several up-and-coming sluggers, it will take a group effort to get Chinese Taipei back to

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