BASEBALL

The Massachusetts Statehouse.
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The new fiscal year started on Sunday, but Massachusetts does not have a budget in place. This makes the Bay State the only state in the nation without one. 

Entrance to the Baseball in the Berkshires Museum.
Courtesy Baseball in the Berkshires Museum

With more empty storefronts than full ones, the 30-year-old Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough, Massachusetts, has seen better days. But near Spencer Gifts and a now-shuttered Hollister, something rather unexpected is alive and well: baseball.

Yawkey Way Name Change Is OK'd

Apr 26, 2018
Yawkey Way street sign on the corner of Van Ness Street in Boston.
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Yawkey Way will again be Jersey Street.

Boston's Public Improvement Commission voted unanimously in favor of the name change on Thursday, removing the name of Tom Yawkey, the longtime former Red Sox owner, from the public street adjacent to Fenway Park.

Dunkin' Donuts Park in Hartford, Connecticut.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

If you were to get to every game of the Hartford Yard Goats this season -- which starts this week -- and arrive before the first pitch, you'd hear 70 different renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner."

New Boston Red Sox Manager Alex Cora.
Boston Red Sox

Thursday is opening day for Major League Baseball, and the Boston Red Sox will begin their 2018 campaign in Florida against the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite winning the American League Eastern Division a season ago, the Sox fired manager John Farrell and replaced him with Alex Cora, who used to play for the team. 

Ed Ladley's Dodgers' Rookie League jacket is being donated to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Courtesy / Larry Moore

A jacket in a local baseball exhibit in Berkshire County is headed to Cooperstown, New York. The National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday will take possession of the 1958 Brooklyn Dodgers' Rookie League jacket.

Connecticut resident Paul Hensler, author of "The New Boys Of Summer: Baseball's Radical Transformation In the Late Sixties," autographs a copy of his book.
Carrie Healy / NEPR

The late 1960s were a turbulent time in the United States. Society was changing, from experimenting with drugs, to racial tensions, to Vietnam. Leaders were assassinated -- and even the game of baseball was affected by the real-world turmoil. 

An exterior view of McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, current home of the PawSox baseball team, in May 2017.
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Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien says time is running out to strike a deal with the PawSox and keep the baseball team in Rhode Island. Grebien said that if lawmakers fail to approve the latest proposal on the table, Pawtucket is ready to take matters into its own hands.

PawSox players in the dugout in 2014.
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Worcester is making a serious pitch to be the new home of the top minor league team for the Boston Red Sox. But the Paw Sox of Pawtucket may have other plans. 

Mascot "Paws" greets visitors to McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
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Worcester, Massachusetts, is sharpening its bid to lure the Pawtucket Red Sox to Central Massachusetts. The PawSox are the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

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