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Chipper Jones: No need for civilians to own assault rifles

Chipper Jones was 5 or 6 years old when his father taught him how to shoot a gun, this coming before he had even played his first game of Little League baseball. He grew up loving one as much as the other, becoming not only a Hall of Fame player for the Atlanta Braves but an avid outdoorsman.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jeff Schultz approached Jones about his views on gun violence after years of deadly school shootings, most recently at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in the south Florida town of Parkland, where police say a former student armed with an AR-15 killed 17 people.

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Jones said he has a real problem with the AR-15, the weapon used in at least 10 mass shootings. Jones believes the AR-15 and all similar assault weapons should be banned from public sale to civilians.

“I believe in our Constitutional right to bear arms and protect ourselves,” Jones said. “But I do not believe there is any need for civilians to own assault rifles. I just don’t.

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“I would like to see something (new legislation) happen. I liken it to drugs – you’re not going to get rid of all the guns. But AR-15s and AK-47s and all this kind of stuff – they belong in the hands of soldiers. Those belong in the hands of people who know how to operate them, and whose lives depend on them operating them. Not with civilians. I have no problem with hunting rifles and shotguns and pistols and what-not. But I’m totally against civilians having those kinds of automatic and semi-automatic weapons.”

>> Read the full column on MyAJC.com

Remembering Harry Caray 20 years after his death

It’s hard to believe that the joyous voice of the Chicago Cubs was silenced 20 years ago today.

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Broadcaster Harry Caray, who was the play-by-play man for the Cubs from 1982 to 1997, died on Feb. 18, 1998, in Rancho Mirage, California. He was 83, although at the time of his death, he was believed to be 78.

Caray had collapsed at his restaurant in Palm Springs four days earlier.

Before joining the Cubs. Caray called games for the St. Louis Cardinals (1945-1969), Oakland Athletics (1970) and Chicago White Sox (1971-1981).

In addition to his signature call of “Holy, Cow!” Caray was famous for his off-key, passionate rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh-inning stretch.

Since baseball players are returning to Florida and Arizona for spring training, it’s only appropriate to hear Caray singing one more time. Here is a video from the last Cubs home game of 1997, which was his final appearance at Wrigley Field:

Former MLB pitcher Esteban Loaiza jailed on drug charges

Former major-league pitcher Esteban Loaiza faces felony drug charges after he was arrested Friday in San Diego, according to San Diego County arrest records.

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Loaiza, 46, was charged with possession of more than 20 kilograms of heroin and/or cocaine, according to arrest records. He was also charged with possession of narcotics for sale and possession and transportation of narcotics for sale.

Loaiza is being held in South Bay Detention Facility on $200,000 bail, according to arrest records. He will appear in court on Wednesday, the New York Post reported.

Loaiza pitched 14 seasons in the majors, compiling a 126-114 record. The native of Tijuana, Mexico pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. The right-hander’s best season was 2003, when he went 21-9 with the White Sox and finished second in voting for the American League Cy Young Award. 

His last season in the majors was in 2008.

Loaiza’s 126 victories makes him the second-winningest pitcher from Mexico in major-league history. Fernando Valenzuela is the leader with 173.

West Virginia hospital pulls ads to protest McCutchen trade

A West Virginia hospital is boycotting the owner of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Weirton Medical Center representatives said they are suspending advertising in Ogden Newspapers over the Pittsburgh Pirates’ failure to keep star outfielder Andrew McCutchen in Pittsburgh.

Pirates owner Bob Nutting's family owns Ogden Newspapers, which include the Herald Standard in Uniontown, Pennsylvania.

Representatives also said they want to send a message to the Nutting family that their company believes in community.

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The Pirates traded McCutchen, the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 2013, to the San Francisco Giants on Jan. 15.

McCutchen spent his entire career with the Pirates organization, nine of them in Pittsburgh, and has a career batting average of .291.

Cleveland Indians will remove 'Chief Wahoo' logo from uniforms in 2019

The Cleveland Indians’ “Chief Wahoo” logo, beloved by many fans but criticized by others for its racist overtones, will be removed from the team’s uniforms, Major League Baseball announced Monday.

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The decision was a mutual one between Commissioner Rob Manfred Jr. and Indians owner Paul Dolan, MLB said in a statement. Manfred said Major League Baseball was “committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion,” which led to dialogue between the commissioner’s office and the Indians.

“Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team,” Manfred said. “Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.”

Dolan said he was “cognizant and sensitive” to opinions on both sides of the discussion, adding that he was “ultimately in agreement” to remove the logo beginning in 2019.

The Indians, a charter member of the American League, were originally called the Blues when the team debuted in 1901. It changed the name to Bronchos in 1902, and then became the Naps from 1903 to 1914, in honor of star player Napoleon Lajoie. 

The team was first called the Indians in 1915, according to Baseball-Reference.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Chief Wahoo logo debuted in 1932, when the newspaper ran a comic strip called “The Little Indian,” featuring a Native American, to recap the previous day’s results.

In 1947, 17-year-old Walter Goldbach designed the first rendition of Chief Wahoo, which was commissioned by then-Indians owner Bill Veeck, the Plain Dealer reported. The image was tweaked in 1951 and has been used since.

The team had been phasing out the logo in recent years, substituting a large block “C” insignia on some uniforms. Topps, the company that markets baseball cards, replaced the Chief Wahoo logo with the “C” in 2017 and made a point to feature photographs of players not wearing the logo.

Vehicle damages iconic 'Field of Dreams' ballpark

A baseball player who runs well is said to have wheels. At the iconic “Field of Dreams” movie site, a different set of wheels caused some damage to the iconic baseball field in Dyersville, Iowa, according to John Kruse of the Telegraph Herald. 

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A vehicle left tire tracks and damaged the sprinkler system at the ballpark, Kruse reported.

“Someone who is disturbed had some agenda to damage the field,” site owner Denise Stillman told Bleacher Report. “It's upsetting. There are gashes up to 4 inches deep in the outfield. Whoever did it was really able to dig in.”

The owners said it will take $15,000 to repair the damage to the grass and the sprinklers.

A GoFundMe page has been created to raise repair money, according to Bleacher Report.

The field was the focal point for the 1989 movie starring Kevin Costner.

Autopsy report: Roy Halladay had drugs in system when plane crashed

An autopsy on former major-leaguer Roy Halladay showed that he had amphetamines, morphine and a sleep aid in his system when he died in a plane crash off the west coast of Florida, The Tampa Bay Times reported Friday.

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Halladay, 40, died Nov. 7 from blunt force trauma with drowning as a contributing factor, according to the Pinellas-Pasco Medical Examiner’s Office.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner was flying his personal plane -- an ICON A5, which is an amphibious two-seat plane with foldable wings -- when it crashed into the Gulf of Mexico near New Port Richey, the Times reported. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the case.

Dr. Bruce Goldberger, a pathologist and director of the University of Florida’s Health Forensic Medicine center, said the drugs found in Halladay’s system were a concern, the Times reported.

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“The drugs are particularly important in the assessment of the impairment of Mr. Halladay while operating the plane,” Goldberger told the Times. “The NTSB will take this evidence under consideration during their investigation of this accident.”

The autopsy did not say whether Halladay had prescriptions for the medications found in his system, the Times reported.

Halladay, a father of two, was an All-Star during his 16-year major-league career with the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. He had a 203-105 record and won the Cy Young Award in 2003 with Toronto and in 2010 with Philadelphia.

Astros’ World Series win created record loss for Las Vegas sportsbooks

When the Houston Astros won the World Series on Nov. 1, the Los Angeles Dodgers were not the only losers. The Las Vegas sportsbooks lost $11.4 million on baseball, ESPN reported.

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It was the largest baseball loss in a month for Nevada’s regulated books, according to the Nevada Gaming Control Board.

The previous largest loss on baseball came in November 1999, after the New York Yankees swept the Atlanta Braves, ESPN reported. The Vegas books lost $6.2 million that year.

After the Astros beat the Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7, to wrap up the 2017 World Series, bettors began to collect. In addition to any winning wagers on Game 7, futures bets on the Astros to win the World Series that were placed throughout the year and cashed in November added up to the record monthly baseball loss, ESPN reported.

Diamondbacks’ top draft pick pays off family’s mortgage as Christmas present

The Arizona Diamondbacks’ first-round draft pick gave his family an unforgettable Christmas gift, Sports Illustrated reported.

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Pavin Smith, the team’s No. 1 pick in the 2017 draft, received a signing bonus of more than $5 million. The former University of Virginia star used part of that money to pay off his family’s mortgage, and he revealed his plans to his family in an emotional letter on Christmas Day, the magazine reported.

Smith’s family, naturally, was floored by the gift, and broke down after reading his letter:

Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels, wife donate $9.4 million mansion to charity

Texas Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, have donated a mansion worth $9.4 million and 100 acres of land in southwest Missouri to a charity that hosts camps for children with special needs, ESPN reported.

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Hamels donated the 32,000-square-foot home to Camp Barnabas on Friday. The house had listed for $9,418,400, according to Realtor.com.

Hamels said in a news release that he and his wife wanted to help the charity make children's dreams come true.

“Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it,” he said in the statement. “Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way.”

The mansion and land are near Table Rock Lake near Reeds Springs. Heidi Hamels grew up in Buffalo, Missouri, ESPN reported.

Hamels and his wife never lived in the mansion. When Hamels was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Rangers, the couple moved to Texas, ESPN reported.

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