Baseball Digest Birthdays: Bobby Valentine

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One of the most colorful managers in New York Mets history turns 61 today!

Baseball Digest Birthdays: Kosuke Fukudome

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Today is the birthday of a player who was a Japan Central League great, and is a solid piece of the Central Division in the National League today!

2011 Opening Day MLB Rosters Feature 234 Foreign-Born Players

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Two-hundred thirty-four (234) players on 2011 Opening Day rosters and disabled lists were born outside the 50 United States, it was announced today. Overall, 27.7 percent of the 846 players (749 active 25-man roster players and 97 disabled or restricted Major League players) on March 31st rosters were born outside the 50 United States, representing […]

Major League Baseball to debut El Torneo Supremo

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Major League Baseball yesterday announced a new venture designed to showcase top prospects in the Dominican Republic. El Torneo Supremo (“The Supreme Tournament”), which will launch during the week of April 11th, aims to maximize the ability of Major League Baseball organizations to scout in the Dominican Republic and provide unsigned prospects both with resources […]

Pastime Paesanos: Italian-Americans Find Their Way In Baseball

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When I mentioned to a few friends and associates that I was reading a book about Italian-Americans in baseball, invariably the name DiMaggio came up within a breath or two.  And understandably so, as the San Francisco-born brother trio of Vince, Joe and Dom possess the most famous Italian surname in baseball, and arguably in […]

Baseball Digest Birthdays: Jerry Hairston Sr.

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Two current major league ballplayers are celebrating the birthday of their father, a 2nd generation major league ballplayer!