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Baseball: Soaring salaries pile on pressure

After the Year of the Bat, hopes are high for the new baseball season.

Baseball: Johnson loses Blue Jays job

TIM JOHNSON, the manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, yesterday had his US major league baseball career derailed after he lied about his military service in Vietnam. He was about to start his second year with the Jays, but has been fired by the American League team and replaced by the veteran Jim Fregosi.

Essay: He was elegant and mysterious - and he didn't talk much

David Thomson honours the memory of Joe DiMaggio (left), a graceful hitter, a loyal ex-husband, and the greatest Yankee of them all

Obituary: Joe DiMaggio

BASEBALL IS a sport which reveres its statistics, one in which numbers can transcend simple arithmetic to become a catechism of faith. For the believer, 406 signifies only one thing - Ted Williams's average in 1941, the last time anyone batted over 400 for a season. Henceforth, 70 will be forever shorthand for Mark McGwire's single season home run record. Or take 2,632, the number of consecutive games played by Cal Ripken Jnr between 1982 and 1998, almost certainly never to be surpassed. And then there is 56. For the uninitiated, the figure is no more than part of the seven times table. For the baseball fan, however, it summons up at once Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak between mid-May and mid-July 1941, a record which also may never be broken.

Baseball: Yankees reward All-Star Brosius

SCOTT BROSIUS, the World Series' Most Valuable player, has signed a three-year contract with the New York Yankees believed to be worth $15.75m (pounds 9.5m), it was confirmed yesterday.

Sport on TV: The surreal world of the tone-deaf celebrity

JUST AS cricketing sages assert that bowlers win matches, so any bacca-chewing old feller will tell you that pitchers are the key to America's national pastime. The venerable Philadelphia Athletics owner, Connie Mack, once said famously, "Pitching is 70 per cent of baseball". And the chuckers themselves are a breed apart.

Baseball: Cuban gives Yankees reason to cheer

THE BASEBALL star who fled Cuba aboard a life-raft last December in search of freedom and riches, pitched the New York Yankees to a game two victory over the San Diego Padres in the World Series.

Obituary: Chet Hoff

AS THE 1998 World Series looms, baseball fans can look back upon this season as perhaps the most memorable in the game's history.

Baseball: Triumphant Yankees want place in history

THE New York Yankees have reached their second World Series in three years after beating the Cleveland Indians 9-5. The Yankees, whose 114 wins in the regular season were an American League record, took the best-of-seven League Championship Series by four games to two thanks to Tuesday's win. They now await the winner in the National League, where the San Diego Padres lead the Braves three games to two as the series returns to Atlanta.

Baseball: TV group pitches to buy Yankees

ANOTHER GREAT name in sports looks set to be sold to a media company just weeks after Manchester United passed into the empire of Rupert Murdoch.

Baseball: Bowing to a real ball-park figure

Ronald Atkin visits Yankee Stadium where Joe Torre is eclipsing the legends of a glorious past

Baseball: Yankees close in on all-time wins record

THE NEW York Yankees are just one win away from breaking a club record which has stood for 71 years after sweeping both games of a double- header with the Central Division champions, the Cleveland Indians, on Tuesday. They won their 108th and 109th matches of the season to stand within one victory of the 1927 Yankees record of 110 wins.

Baseball: Ripken's home run ends at 2,632 games

NOTHING IN baseball is eternal. Not Roger Maris' home run record, pulverised in 1998 by Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Not the failure of the hapless Chicago Cubs to put together a winning team (they might even make the play-offs this year). And now not even the Ripken streak.

Baseball: Fists fly as Orioles lose again

THE Baltimore Orioles, pride of the city and of Washington DC, have barely hit anything this season. But they managed a few good hits on Tuesday night. It was just a shame that the contacts were knuckle on jaw.
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