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President Barack Obama holds up a personalized Chicago Cubs baseball jersey presented to him by Anthony Rizzo, right, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, where the president honored the 2016 World Series Champion baseball team. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Obama jokes with Cubs’ GM about DNC job

- The Washington Times

Welcoming the world champion Chicago Cubs to the White House, President Obama joked Monday that the team’s general manager should take on the beleaguered Democratic National Committee as his next reclamation project.

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Caught napping: Baseball hitting, pitching sapped by jet lag

- Associated Press

Researchers say they've documented an unseen drag on major league baseball players that can wipe out home field advantage, make pitchers give up more home runs, and take some punch out of a team's bats.

Friends and relatives attend a wake for Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, in Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017.  Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte died in separate traffic accidents early Sunday in their native Dominican Republic. The country, whose roads are among the world's most dangerous, has now lost four current or former major leaguers to traffic accidents in recent years. (AP Photo/Tatiana Fernandez)

Family, fans mourn for Dominican pitcher Yordano Ventura

- Associated Press

Dozens of children wearing blue T-shirts with the name "Ventura" emblazoned on the back gathered around a coastal home on Monday to pay their respects to their idol: Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura.

Reaction to the death of Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura

- Associated Press

Reaction to the death of Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura in a car crash Sunday in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who played three full seasons with the Royals, was known to teammates by the nickname "Ace":

FILE - In this Thursday, July 28, 2016, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Yordano Ventura throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. Authorities in the Dominican Republic said Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, that Ventura and former major leaguer Andy Marte both have died in separate traffic accidents. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Royals' Ventura killed in car crash in Dominican Republic

- Associated Press

Yordano Ventura quit school as a teenager so he could begin working a construction job to help his family make ends meet, laboring day after day in the hot sun of the Dominican Republic.

Members of the Comets baseball team are all smiles as they congratulate teammate Lisa Bienia (3) after she scored a run against the Belles during the second annual Women's Fantasy Baseball Camp, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Fort Myers, Fla. After a day of training and drills the roughly 40 women were drafted and separated into four teams by former Boston Red Sox players and coaches. The teams then played a short tournament over the course of the four-day camp. (Luke Franke/Naples Daily News via AP)

Red Sox women's fantasy camp in league of its own

- Associated Press

Growing up a tomboy in Indiana, Tammy Wagner used to shag balls at the boys' Little League practices near her home. There was no baseball league at the time for girls.

MLB great shares life lessons on visit in Pine Bluff

- Associated Press

In the summer of 1997, Torii Hunter lay in the backseat of a car in the parking lot of a minor-league baseball stadium in New Britain, Connecticut. He was 20 years old and 1,300 miles away from home.