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Every spring in Key West is the same in some ways. After Easter, traffic gets a little lighter. The weather gets a little warmer.

But some years, a lot of the city’s attention turns away from Duval Street, away from the waterfront. It turns to Rex Weech Field, home of the Key West Conchs baseball team.

There's no crying in baseball. But for Kay Johnston, there's crying when you can't play.

In the spring of 1950, in upstate New York, 13-year-old Kay Johnston wanted nothing more than to play Little League baseball. But in those days, that was out of the question. Girls weren't encouraged to swing bats and throw balls.

Winter is over, and it's finally baseball season.

The fields are green and the lines are freshly drawn. Yep, it's time to head over to your local ballfield.

MLB Sets New Rules To Speed Up The Game

Feb 20, 2018

The average nine-inning baseball game took 3 hours and 8 minutes to play last season. That's up from 2 hours and 46 minutes in 2005.

Major League Baseball has long had the goal of moving things along, and on Monday, Commissioner Rob Manfred announced new rules aimed at shortening how long it takes to get a game played.

Music has long been used as a vehicle to drive social awareness forward. Artists like Bob Marley and Gil Scott-Heron tackled political issues head-on in their lyrics and used their voices to speak for the forgotten, marginalized people. Such artists are found in all corners of the world.

In Haiti, Joseph Emmanuel “Manno” Charlemagne followed this tradition fervently, writing songs about Haitian politics and the circumstances of his countrymen. Charlemagne died Sunday, Dec. 10, in a Miami Beach hospital where he was being treated for cancer.      

Things got a little out of hand in Detroit on Thursday.

The way the game between the Tigers and the New York Yankees opened, though, you'd be forgiven for having thought it was going to be just another dog-day matinee. The two teams exchanged a pair of runs in the early innings, but for the most part, it was shaping up to be a low-scoring, modest affair.

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The All-Star Home Run Derby began 8 p.m. Monday night at Marlins Park in Miami. Baseball fans from across the country, from Boston to Philadelphia, Houston and Orlando, came to witness sluggers step up to the plate to compete in the derby.

Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton was last year's champion. This year, he faced New York Yankees' Aaron Judge, and Dodgers' Cody Bellenger. 

Click on the photo gallery above to see some of the fans in full regalia to support their favorite teams. 

Earnie Grafton / Courtesy MLB

The Major League Baseball All-Star Week in Miami starts Thursday, July 6 and ends Tuesday, July 11,  with the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 11 at Marlins Park.

Marlins’ legends Jeff Conine and Hall of Famer Tony Pérez are the MLB All-Star Ambassadors for the 2017 version of MLB All-Star Week in July in Miami-Dade County.

They will participate in All-Star events and make a variety of appearances throughout All-Star Week in Miami, including attending MLB All-Star FanFest, ballpark events, community refurbishment projects and more.

Al Diaz / Miami Herald

The Miami Marlins need a financial turnaround, and CNBC television star Marcus Lemonis says he's ready to spend big to help provide one.

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It was eight months ago that Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident on the jetty of Government Cut near South Beach. 

With the start of baseball season in sight, millions of Latino fans in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America will be rooting for their favorite players, many of whom are transplants from places like Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Cuba. But Spanish-speaking fans, millions of whom watch Spanish-language broadcasts of baseball games, will have little idea of the lingering challenge some Latino players in the States have long faced: inadequate language support from the minor and majorleagues.

Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

José Fernández's visitation was Wednesday.

 

Outside St. Brendan Catholic Church, police shepherded throngs of mourners across Southwest 87th Avenue; traffic was backed up for blocks. A news helicopter flew overhead and an encampment of reporters occupied the church lawn. Cameramen circled a young boy in a black Miami Marlins T-shirt, weeping in the embrace of a woman who appeared to be his mother.

 

But inside, the church was quiet.

 

 

 

Associated Press

The Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez was killed early Sunday in a boat crash off Miami Beach, according to authorities. 

"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández," said the team in a statement circulated via social media. "Our thoughts and prayers are with is family at a very difficult time."

Wilson Sayre / WLRN

On opening night for the Marlins in April, it was Miami vs. the Detroit Tigers. As the booming voice in the stadium announced the lineup, a new guy walked from the bullpen onto the field: Number 54, Wei-Yin Chen, a native of Taiwan.

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