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Carl Yastrzemski

Carl Yastrzemski
Hall of Fame baseball player Carl Yastrzemski, born Aug. 22, 1939, played left field for the Boston Red Sox from 1961 to 1983. He was named to the All-Star team 18 times during that span and was the 1967 AL MVP. (Photo AP)
Hall of Fame baseball player Carl Yastrzemski, born Aug. 22, 1939, played left field for the Boston Red Sox from 1961 to 1983. He was named to the All-Star team 18 times during that span and was the 1967 AL MVP. (Photo AP) « Show less

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  • MINOR DETOUR

    MINOR DETOUR
    Among the joys of watching minor-league baseball in Maryland is that four of the Orioles’ minor-league teams—the Frederick Keys, the Delmarva Shorebirds (Salisbury), the Bowie Baysox, and the Aberdeen Ironbirds—play in such close proximity to each other and the big-league club. In the press box at a recent Delmarva Shorebirds game, the visiting team’s broadcaster loudly expressed envy over the relative closeness of the Orioles’ minor-league affiliates to the parent club. There’s also an intimacy associated with minor-league baseball that is absent at big-league games; whether it’s the atmosphere and more affordable cost of tickets that create an opportunity for families to enjoy each other’s company or the up and close and personal interaction with the ballplayers, minor-league baseball is more laid-back and casual than going to the big-league games. Plus, they’re readily accessible at the spur of the moment. We made early-season excursions to three of the four local parks—the Aberdeen Ironbirds’ season starts in mid-June—to let you know what’s on deck for 2014.
  • Orioles' farm teams offer intimacy, craft beer, giant dog shit

    Among the joys of watching minor-league baseball in Maryland is that four of the Orioles' minor-league teams-the Frederick Keys, the Delmarva Shorebirds (Salisbury), the Bowie Baysox, and the Aberdeen Ironbirds-play in such close proximity to each other...

    On The Fly: Ray Allen Won't Play This Season

    On The Fly: Ray Allen Won't Play This Season
    Ray Allen has not played this season, and it will stay that way. He did not say he was retiring, leaving open the possibility of playing again next season. There was the thought that Allen, who played for Miami last season, might sign with a title...

    Alex Johnson dies at 72; Angels' troubled batting champ

    Alex Johnson, the only batting champion in Angels' history, died Saturday of complications from cancer. He was 72. His death was announced by the James H. Cole Home for Funerals in Detroit. Johnson hit .288 in 13 major league seasons, but it was his...

    David Ortiz Arrives, Makes Belly Comparison To New Teammate Pablo Sandoval

    David Ortiz Arrives, Makes Belly Comparison To New Teammate Pablo Sandoval
    FORT MYERS, Fla. — Big Papi arrived at spring training with a weighty quip about new teammate Pablo Sandoval. "My belly hasn't grown like Panda," David Ortiz said Tuesday, joking about new Boston Red Sox teammate Sandoval. Ortiz, the final...