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Players' union head: future spring games in Cuba possible

Baseball union boss Tony Clark says future spring training games could be played in Cuba
Tom Withers, The Associated Press

GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Cuba could be a spring training destination once more.

Major League Baseball is considering playing future spring exhibition games on the island nation and baseball hotbed, which used to routinely host American teams in the days before Fidel Castro came to power.

Outfielder Juan Pierre retires after 14-year MLB career

Outfielder Juan Pierre retires at 37; he won World Series ring with 2003 Florida Marlins
The Associated Press

MIAMI - Outfielder Juan Pierre announced his retirement Friday after a 14-year career in the majors that included a World Series championship with the 2003 Florida Marlins.

Pierre, 37, ranks 18th in career stolen bases with 614. He was a .295 hitter who finished with 2,217 hits.

"I do have one regret," Pierre tweeted. "I finished with 18 home runs. Really wanted to get 20, so if any team wants to sign me for 3yrs, that should be enough time."

A-Rod shifts across the infield and works out at first base

First move: Alex Rodriguez shifts across the infield and works out at first base
Mark Didtler, The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. - Stripped of his job at third base, Alex Rodriguez moved across the diamond and worked out at first base for the initial time with the New York Yankees.

Rodriguez fielded grounders and took part in various drills including bunt defence Friday during New York's second full-squad workout.

Asked whether he felt comfortable at first, Rodriguez said: "Too quick to tell."

"I'm anxious to learn, though," he added.

Angels' Hamilton meeting with MLB about disciplinary issue

Angels confirm OF Josh Hamilton is meeting with MLB officials about unspecified discipline
The Associated Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton is meeting with Major League Baseball officials about a disciplinary issue.

Angels spokesman Tim Mead confirmed the Los Angeles Times' initial report Wednesday that Hamilton went to New York to meet with baseball officials. The team declined to give any more specific information.

Lawyer says Ernie Banks assets worth $16,000

After lawyer says Ernie Banks' assets worth $16,000 when he died, judge demands documentation
The Associated Press

CHICAGO - Cubs great Ernie Banks had assets worth just $16,000 when he died, an attorney for the woman who cared for him during his final years said Tuesday in a contentious court appearance over his will that prompted a judge to demand details.

Cook County Probate Judge James Riley gave caregiver Regina Rice 30 days to provide a full accounting of Banks' estate at the time of his death last month at age 83.

Selig's contract extended through 2014 season

Baseball commissioner Selig's contract extended through the 2014 season
The Associated Press

PARADISE VALLEY, Ariz. - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig received a two-year contract extension Thursday through the 2014 season.

Selig has held the position since 1992, first as acting commissioner and then as commissioner since 1998. He will turn 80 in July 2014.

If he stays until September 2016, he would surpass Kenesaw Mountain Landis (1920-44) as the longest-serving baseball commissioner.

Selig's contract had been due to expire this Dec. 31.

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