Matt Williams was hired by the Washington Nationals to succeed Davey Johnson, making the five- time All-Star third baseman the first Major League Baseball manager directly linked to the sport’s steroid era.
Seven-time All-Star third baseman Chipper Jones said he’ll retire at the end of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, ending a career played entirely for the Atlanta Braves that included a Most Valuable Player Award and a record streak of division titles.
The St. Louis Cardinals will face the Washington Nationals, while the Baltimore Orioles meet the New York Yankees in Major League Baseball’s division series after wins in the sport’s first wild-card round.
Singers, season-ticket holders, soldiers and second-basemen were among those honored this year with throwing the first pitch, a tradition that marks the opening of the baseball season in parks across America and Canada.
The Washington Redskins won an appeals court ruling in its 17-year fight over whether trademarks on the National Football League franchise’s name should be canceled due to complaints from American Indians.