Empty seats, feral cats, angry fans: Oakland A's push for new home as crowds stay away

May 11, 2022
Some fans are convinced the team is trying to keep fans away as it eyes a potential new home in Las Vegas.
A's manager Mark Kotsay, left, and pitcher Frankie Montas during a contest with the Detroit Tigers. With A's home games attracting few fans, the team hopes for a new stadium to play in, built with assistance from the city.
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Cleveland's baseball team takes the field as "Guardians"

Apr 7, 2022
Economic pressures have played a role in the campaigns to change mascot names that many people consider racist.
The team changed its name after being pressured to drop branding that many people considered racist.
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After a delayed start due to pay disputes, baseball is back.
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Texas Rangers fans can go out to the ballgame again ... all together

Apr 1, 2021
The Rangers' 40,000-seat stadium, Globe Life Field, will be open at full capacity this season.
Soon, Globe Life Field will be ready to host fans at full capacity again. Texas has been declared 100% open.
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With baseball on hold, a professional umpire "just tried to make this a positive thing"

Oct 2, 2020
When the pandemic upended minor league baseball, Jen Pawol focused on growing her off-season business.
Jen Pawol is one of two women umpires working in professional baseball.
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Why baseball stadiums are all a little bit different

Jun 10, 2019
Long-time architecture critic Paul Goldberger says a baseball park "should feel like it's in that place and that place alone."
A general view as the national anthem is performed at Yankee Stadium on October 16, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
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As baseball's attendance and TV audience decline, its grassroots popularity is booming, study finds

Feb 21, 2019
Reports of the national pastime's coming demise may be exaggerated.
A boy bats during baseball practice at the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Washington, DC, on May 7, 2018.
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Baseball sees a boost in players of all levels

Feb 20, 2019
If you thought baseball was dead ... think again.
Cali Ann Kershaw throws out a ceremonial first pitch to her dad Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as brother Charley Kershaw sits on the mound before the game against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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