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Major League Baseball has its first official day at its new central headquarters on the Avenue of the Americas in New York on 6 January. Eric Fisher visits the new offices.

Barry M. Bloom looks at the story of how Marvin Miller, the late former executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, has finally been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Longtime executive and industry lifer to remain leading the affiliated minors. But with MLB looking to overhaul the very notion of Minor League Baseball, the job has never been more complex

Major League Baseball’s Seattle Mariners are examining the future of the season ticket, and seeing how they can offer fans more flexible options to watch their team.

After two historically slow offseasons for MLB player movement that heightened tensions between the league and MLB Players Association, this fall and winter are expected to see more activity.

Symbolic resolution seeks a greater voice for federal legislators in ongoing negotiations between MLB, MiLB

New task force is latest body to rise against MLB proposal

The home venue of Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers will be officially known as American Family Field as of January 1, 2021

Symbolic vote seeks league to vacate World Series won by Houston, Boston

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The Houston Astros MLB team has big plans for its future, in spite of recent disappointment in the 2019 World Series and recent issues with a executive who was fired. Eric Fisher takes a look at the projects the team have in store.

Ongoing talks potentially present some of the largest organizational changes ever in baseball player development

The city of Las Vegas is not immediately recognizable for its reputation as a sports hub. Bob Williams looks at how it is transitioning "from the entertainment capital of the world to the sports and entertainment capital of the world".

Legal battle revives tension that previously existed between the MLB club and the design firm that helped create iconic character.

Browning has marred thousands of once-valuable autographed baseballs, with the precise cause of the damage still unknown. Dennis Tuttle examines the impact on the baseball collectibles market

Dead since 1995, the revered Hall of Famer still commands a lofty position among baseball memorabilia collectors

Major League Baseball's developing esports strategy, much more inclusive and based on a game title much simpler to play, veers heavily from other major US sports properties

After more than three years of steady growth building a national sales operation, the affiliated minor leagues of baseball has growing ambitions

The MLB club's bold plan to solve its nearly generation-long search for a new facility not only has unusual architectural choices, but also involves redeveloping two separate parcels. Barry M. Bloom reports.

Fan excitement over the acquisition of the star free agent has fueled the MLB club to what is by far the league's largest per-game attendance increase. But Paul Hagen examines how the organization is already thinking long-term and looking to sustain fan engagement over Harper's entire 13-year deal.

MLB club's annual initiative forges a new model for community outreach within the sports industry. Eric Fisher examines the impact both in and out of the organization.

Three-times World Series winners the San Francisco Giants are turning property developers with the Mission Rock mixed-use development across the way from their Oracle Park home. Barry M. Bloom examines a project 15 years in the making.

Baseball starts push into the continent with its biggest and most historic rivalry: the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. Story by Eric Fisher.

Masanori Kawana, managing director, Fanatics Japan, came to prominence in October when he signed the company’s first vertical merchandising deal in Asia with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. Here he speaks to Ben Cronin about the prospects for the company's fast fashion model in Asia.

When a leading sports team signs a foreign player, it does so because of their athletic ability. But sometimes that player can also usher in an opportunity to build a sizeable fan base in their home country

For the first time since 2003, average attendances fell below 30,000 and 70 million total threshold    A

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US major leagues are tweaking their rules to make sure fans stay tuned in as concerns build about distracted audiences. Data is playing a critical role, with leading rights-holders employing sophisticated, data-led decision-making to make the changes.

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