New York Yankees Players

Guilty in court of public opinion

It was a different time, an era of insignificance for a game once referred to as the American national pastime. The ramifications of a crippling player's strike and the first ever cancellation of a World Series in 1994 seemed to linger for years.

Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am

Tim Noonan

All is not what it seems, people. Baseball is still king in Japan and Ichiro Suzuki is still the game's king in that country. In fact, when it comes to international renown the only Asian athlete Ichiro takes a back seat to is China's Yao Ming, and that is largely because basketball is bigger globally than baseball.

15 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

All the talent in the world doesn't add up to a great team

Baseball clings to its storied history and sacred myths like cellophane wrap. It is a game that is full of folklore and legends.

But just as it hits the quarter pole of the 2006 season, it seems baseball is also full of the same stuff dogs leave on sidewalks. They are so ridiculously pious about their hallowed past that they reek of hypocrisy.

14 May 2006 - 12:00am

In the grand scheme of things, it's only a game

It was a different world a week ago. A good friend in Hong Kong, a Red Sox fan, spent an hour on the phone trying to console his mother back in Maine. She was in tears over Boston's latest meltdown against the Yankees. 'Look mom,' he finally said, 'It's only a baseball game. It's not life or death.'

27 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

Cone recovers his rhythm

EVEN when he's pitching well, David Cone likes to tinker. He'll change his arm angle or release point, add a hesitation to his delivery. Anything to get an edge on opposing hitters.

30 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Hernandez saves his best for Vaughn as Yanks down Angels

Orlando Hernandez wasn't dominating, except against Mo Vaughn.

In his first Opening Day assignment, Hernandez gave up eight hits but struck out Vaughn three times as two-time defending champions, the New York Yankees, beat the Anaheim Angels 3-2.

5 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

In the spotlight

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Charles Nagy throws from the mound during an exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins in Winter Haven, Florida. The Indians won 10-8, but the victory came at a cost.

2 Apr 2000 - 12:00am


Rickey Henderson has turned those boos at Shea Stadium into cheers. All it took was some big hits by him and some wins by the Mets.

Henderson homered for his 1,000th RBI and Al Leiter shut down Chicago for eight innings as New York beat the Cubs 5-1 and extended their winning streak to five.

27 Jul 1999 - 12:00am

Innocence revisited

You will always be able to remember where you were at 8.18pm, central time, on September 8, 1998,' said the television commentator, without the faintest trace of irony.

10 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Irabu receives US$10m offer

New York: Hideki Irabu has been offered a three-year, US$10 million baseball contract to pitch for the New York Yankees.

The Yankees have four weeks to sign Irabu or his rights will revert to the San Diego Padres, from whom they obtained the former Chiba Lotte Marines star's rights in exchange for two players and US$3 million.

6 May 1997 - 12:00am

Strikers off base but I'll play ball in my dreams

FOR some people it was kindergarten or soccer or TV or even cats, but it seems all I know about love, sex and getting by in life I learned from baseball.

If we played the game and pondered about it long enough it was all there.

18 Sep 1994 - 12:00am

Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! What's going on in baseball?

WITH my attention momentarily distracted by the World Cup soccer which is nearly over, I stuck my head out of the sports sands of Hong Kong to discover that this year's baseball season was neatly summed up not by Take Me Out to the Ball Game, but by a 4 Non Blondes song.

Everybody, together now. You know the words. What's going . . .

17 Jul 1994 - 12:00am


TWO players called Rodriguez received facial injuries from freak accidents at almost the same time playing in separate games either side of the Texas and Missouri border.

In the most unlikely of coincidences, Alex Rodriguez suffered a broken cheekbone after being hit in the face by a ball thrown during infield practice in San Antonio, Texas.

31 Jul 1993 - 12:00am