Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Gibson diagnosed with pancreatic cancer

null Baseball The Cardinals took a hit over the weekend when Hall of Famer Bob Gibson announced he was battling pancreatic cancer.Gibson, 83, sent a memo to all living Hall of Famers that he was undergoing treatment for the disease, the St. Lo夜网论坛uis Post-Dispatch reported. Gibson's agent, Dick Zitzmann, also said that Gibson had visited Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore and currently is hospitalized in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. He's expected to begin treatment for chemotherapy Monday.“We all know what a competitor he is,” Zitzmann said. News of Gibson's diagnosis broke Saturday night, when Hall of Famer Jack Morris received his notification while calling the Twins game.Gibson is considered one of the Cardinals' greatest pitchers. In his 17-season career, he won 251 games, finished 255 games, threw 56 shutouts, pitched 3,885 1/3 innings and had 3,117 strikeouts. All are Cardinals franchise records. Related News wrap: Cody Bellinger helps Dodgers top Red Sox on his birthday trade rumors: Here's who the Tigers could want from teams targeting Matthew Boyd Gibson pitched nine postseason games in three World Ser[......]

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looking at ways to change to the ball, commissioner Rob Manfred says

Baseball is taking another look at the ball in response to home runs being hit in record numbers.Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told Forbes.com's Maury Brown that a new study of balls is underway and that a report will be submitted "shortly after the World Series."  The study is being conducted by the same scientists who examined balls in 2017 and 2018 in response to a spike in home runs that began in 2016. The main conclusion of their May 2018 report was that reduced drag on balls in flight may have contributed to the increase.MORE: batters break strikeout record for 12th season in a row Manfred couldn't say how the ball would change for the 2020 season once the report on the new study is issued."The only thing I'm prepared to say at this point and time is I do think that we need to see if we can make some changes that gives us a more predictable, consistent performance from the baseball," Brown quoted Manfred as saying in an interview. Brown posted Manfred's comments about the ball online Wednesday.Multiple pitchers maintain that the ball feels slicker and harder than balls produced in years past, and the results of a study by astrophysicist Meredith Wills seem to back up those claims. Wills told DAZN's "ChangeUp" on Sept. 15 that the balls produced for 2019 are unlike anything that has been previously produced. She also identified four key areas where this year's balls are "substantially different" from[......]

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