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Negro Leagues’ spring training recruited dynamic, educated players

Negro Leagues’ spring training recruited dynamic, educated players

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MIAMI, March 25 (UPI) -- As America focuses on baseball's spring training, few people know that the preseason regimen in the Negro Leagues differed markedly from the way in which Major League Baseball players prepare for the coming season. Nearly a century ago, Negro Leagues' spring training was used more to search the country for premier baseball talent than to hone players' skills. Teams often signed star Black players from colleges and small-town squads, which led to many transcendent careers. Advertisement "[Negro Leagues teams] would take note of any player from every team we played against who had outstanding abilities and try to sign them," said Ron Teasley, who played for the Negro National League's New York Cubans in 1948. The Negro Leagues lacked an extensive minor league system...
Spring training: Teams seek fresh start after COVID-19 threw MLB a curve in 2020

Spring training: Teams seek fresh start after COVID-19 threw MLB a curve in 2020

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MIAMI, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The Miami Marlins were arguably the MLB team most impacted by COVID-19 in 2020. They'll be one of 28 teams that start MLB spring training games Sunday with a renewed sense of optimism and appreciation for baseball. "It's going to be a full season, so let's see what we are made of," Marlins infielder Miguel Rojas told reporters Wednesday on a Zoom video conference. Advertisement All 30 MLB teams reported to camps last week, with half the league at training facilities in Florida and the other half in Arizona. The reporting dates came almost exactly a year after teams reported in 2020. Last year's preseason slate suddenly stopped in March, though, because of the coronavirus pandemic, which prompted an unprecedented MLB season. Forty-three 43 games were postponed and ...
MLB’s Grapefruit League to use Florida ‘pods’ for spring training

MLB’s Grapefruit League to use Florida ‘pods’ for spring training

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Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball's Grapefruit League teams also are expected to be placed in separate "pods" in Florida as a COVID-19 safety precaution. Sources told The Athletic, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Miami Herald on Monday about the plan, which is an effort to reduce travel for the teams. Advertisement Teams based on Florida's west coast will play 28 games. Teams with facilities on Florida's east coast will play 24 games against east coast opponents and have four intrasquad matchups. The Grapefruit League schedule is expected to start Feb. 26 and end March 30. The Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets and Washington Nationals have training facilities on the east coast of Florida. The Toronto Blue Jays, Tampa Bay Rays, Boston Red Sox, New Y...
Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang out vs Saints, Tiereny doubtful, Grealish ‘too big for club’, Draxler for Guendouzi, Odegaard at training ground

Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Aubameyang out vs Saints, Tiereny doubtful, Grealish ‘too big for club’, Draxler for Guendouzi, Odegaard at training ground

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talkSPORT brings you the latest Arsenal transfer news, gossip and rumours with the transfer window now in full swing. The Gunners are unbeaten in the Premier League since December 19 but suffered disappointment in the FA Cup over the weekend, losing to Southampton. Mesut Ozil is finally gone – signing for Fenerbahce after having his contract cancelled – while Martin Odegaard is set to join this week. Follow our latest Arsenal updates below… Let's block ads! (Why?) talkSPORT
Greece gets planes, training and support in $1.68B deal with Israel

Greece gets planes, training and support in $1.68B deal with Israel

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Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The Greek Air Force will get a training program and 10 aircraft from Israel in a $ 1.68 billion contract, Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems announced. The 20-year contract is the largest defense agreement between Greece and Israel, and includes 10 M-346 training planes made by the European defense contractor Leonardo. Advertisement Elbit Systems, based in Haifa, Israel, will construct and maintain a flight school, a maintenance school and simulators, and provide logistics support, in Greece. The contract is a sign of increased cooperation between the Greek and Israeli governments and defense ministries. Greece recently began leasing Israeli drones, and the two countries, with Cyprus, agreed on an undersea pipeline to supply Europe with natural gas from the eastern ...