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The Brew Brothers: What a wild roller-coaster ride it’s been getting to the Brewers for Mat and Ben Gamel

By | Ben Gamel

Robert Murray , The Athletic, Jul 2, 2019

When Ben and Mat Gamel were growing up, their grandfather’s backyard was large and pristine, so they turned it into a makeshift baseball field. They borrowed a broom from the garage and grandpa George grabbed his stash of wine corks. They set up markers throughout the yard and “Pops” would start tossing them corks.

For hours, the Gamel brothers would hit corks with the broom handle, working on hand-eye coordination and honing their swings. When they needed a break or the other wanted to take a turn, they would switch. It was in these sessions where they learned how to play the game of baseball.

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Corey Kluber unveils ‘Kluber’s Korner’ at Rainbow Babies

By | Corey Kluber

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber and his wife Amanda are unveiling Kluber’s Korner to the patients and families of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Tuesday morning.

Kluber’s Korners are mobile tech lockers that will serve as entertainment and education hubs during extended hospital stays.

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Braves win McCann homecoming: ‘One of those moments I’ll think about when I’m done playing’

By | Brian McCann
ATLANTA — The oldest dude on the Braves’ active roster caught a game in frigid, blustery conditions Sunday night in Philadelphia, flew back on the team charter that landed after 2 a.m. in Atlanta, didn’t get home to Suwanee until about 4:30 a.m. and woke up Monday and drove to Cobb County and SunTrust Park at 12:45 p.m. to catch another — the 1,673rd game of his 15-year major-league career.

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Sox officially sign Sale to 5-year extension

By | Chris Sale

March 23, 2019

FORT MYERS, Fla. — When the Red Sox made a blockbuster trade with the White Sox for Chris Sale in December 2016, the only guarantee was that they’d have the powerful lefty for three seasons. The marriage between the ace pitcher and the defending World Series champions will extend far beyond that.

The Red Sox officially signed Sale on Saturday to a five-year, $145 million contract extension. Sale will earn his $15 million club option this season, and the new deal will start in ’20 and run through the ’24 season.

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Mathis to mentor Rangers pitchers, catchers

By | Jeff Mathis

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Rangers catchers Jose Trevino and Isiah Kiner-Falefa already have a nickname for Jeff Mathis.

The Wizard.

“I think me and Izzy were picking his brain the first day we were out there, already,” Trevino said. “He probably didn’t know our names yet, and we were like ‘Hey, why are you doing this? Why are you doing that?'”

Catching school is now open in Rangers camp with Mathis as the head instructor. Mathis is a 14-year veteran with an outstanding reputation for defense and working with pitchers. The Rangers signed him to a two-year deal to be their No. 1 catcher, but also to mentor Kiner-Falefa, Trevino and other young catchers in the organization.

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A World Series Embrace Was Only One Stop on a Shared Journey

By | Brian McCann, Charlie Morton

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — As Brian McCann squatted behind home plate in November at Dodger Stadium, waiting for Corey Seager to get set in the batter’s box, he looked out at pitcher Charlie Morton and had a moment.

They were about to clinch the Houston Astros’ first World Series title, but McCann was not thinking about the here and now. He was thinking back some 16 years earlier, when he and Morton met for the first time — as sinewy, fresh-faced teenagers who had traveled across the country to play in a showcase tournament.

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Head of the Class: Chipper elected to Hall

By | Chipper Jones

Braves legend tallies 10th-highest percentage in balloting history

ATLANTA — Though he was certain he was going to receive the hallowed call, Chipper Jones tossed and turned as he experienced a restless night and attempted to calm the excitement he felt when he received confirmation he now has the distinction of being a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

“I knew today was going to be a day that could possibly change my life forever,” Jones said. “You have a handful of instances where something happens that will change your life, with marriages and kids. But professionally, being drafted No. 1 overall in 1990 changed my life forever. Today was another instance where my life will never be the same.”

 

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