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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.

Blue Jays sign free agent OF Chris Dickerson

Blue Jays sign free agent OF Chris Dickerson to minor league deal
The Associated Press

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent outfielder Chris Dickerson to a minor league contract and invited him to major league spring training.

The Blue Jays made the announcement Saturday.

The 32-year-old Dickerson hit .224 with two home runs and six RBIs in 41 games for Cleveland last year.

Dickerson is a career .257 hitter in 355 games over the past seven seasons while playing for the Indians, Baltimore, the New York Yankees, Milwaukee and Cincinnati.

MLB makes small pace of game changes, passes on bigger steps

MLB makes small pace of game changes, passes on bigger steps such as pitch clocks
Ronald Blum, The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Major League Baseball is slowly addressing the lagging pace of games.

MLB and the players' association announced an agreement Friday to enforce the rule requiring a hitter to keep at least one foot in the batter's box in many cases. MLB also will post stadium clocks timing pitching changes and between-inning breaks starting in spring training, and it no longer will require managers to always come onto the field when they request video reviews by umpires.

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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