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Pitcher Johnny Cueto speaks with the news media after signing a contract with the Miami Marlins baseball team, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Miami. Cueto signed a one-year contract with the Marlins with a club option for 2024. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

COLUMN: MLB teams should have a salary cap

By Zachary Bertram, Sports Reporter | January 20, 2023

A few of the many reasons why people enjoy sports are because of the parity and unpredictability that sports bring us. Because of this, I believe that there should be a salary cap for all 30 teams around Major League Baseball. Of the four major American...

Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw pitches against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 24, 2022, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Mike McGinnis)

COLUMN: Starting pitchers are losing their shine

By Waleed Alamleh, Sports Reporter | April 26, 2022

The new age thinking of baseball is slowly starting to ruin the once-great sport. The modern style of analytics that has been adopted by many baseball teams across the league has had a huge effect on the entertainment value of the game. Los Angeles...

Sophomore infielder Eric Erato swings his bat during a game against Ball State University Saturday in DeKalb.

Baseball falls to Ball State in first three games of series

By DeOndre Saunders, Sports Reporter | April 24, 2022

Saturday, game one: Ball State 13, NIU 0 Ball State took over the game early as they scored four runs. The Cardinals continued to shut the Huskies out as they scored five more runs. The Cardinals won in a blowout 13-0. Saturday, game two: Ball...

Sophomore pitcher Connor Langreder throws a pitch during a game against Sacramento State Feb. 21 in Sacramento, California.

Huskies win one, lose two baseball games at Oakland

By Noah Silver, Sports Reporter | April 17, 2022

The NIU baseball team lost two of three games against the University of Oakland this weekend, dropping them to a record of 7-27 overall and 6-12 in conference play. Friday, game one: Oakland 16, NIU 14 The first game between the Huskies and Golden Grizzlies...

Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, right, argues with home plate umpire Nick Mahrley after being ejected during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Monday, April 11, 2022, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

MLB implementing automated strike zones in minor leagues causes mixed reactions

By Jordan Radloff | April 14, 2022

There has been a symbiotic relationship between players and umpires since the beginning of the sport of baseball. Athletes would not be able to play games fairly without the officials overseeing the rules, but disputes between the two parties involved...

Junior outfielder Malik Peters (right) slides to return to first base during a game against Miami University April 1 in DeKalb.

Baseball swept by Central Michigan in road series

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | April 10, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU Huskies baseball team struggled in their four-game weekend road series against the Central Michigan University Chippewas, getting swept and mercy-ruled in half of the games. NIU fell to 6-25 on the season after completion of the...

Junior catcher Scott Combs (12) bats during a game against Miami University Friday April 1 in DeKalb.

Baseball picks up one win from weekend against Miami

By Michael Stoll and DeOndre Saunders | April 3, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU Huskies baseball team failed to capitalize on their hitting success as they fell to the Miami University RedHawks with a final score of 4-2 Friday afternoon. NIU came into the ballgame with a record of 4-18, and as losers of three...

Junior infielder Paddy McKermitt slides into first base during a game against Kent State Monday in DeKalb.

Notre Dame scores 11 on visiting Huskie baseball

By Jordan Radloff | March 29, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU baseball team traveled to South Bend, Indiana, Tuesday for a single game matchup against Notre Dame University. The Huskies lost 11-2 to the Fighting Irish. Sophomore Connor Langreder was the starting pitcher for NIU, facing off...

Junior catcher Scott Combs (right) bats during a game against Kent State Monday at Ralph McKenzie Field in DeKalb.

Baseball wins a walk off, loses three games in first home series

By DeOndre Saunders and Jordan Radloff | March 28, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU baseball team picked up one win in a four-game series against the Kent State Golden Flashes over the weekend. Friday, game one: Kent State 8, NIU 4 NIU took its biggest lead of the game in the 5th inning after a hit from Carlos...

Sophomore pitcher Caleb Pittman pitches during a game at Sacramento State Feb. 20 in Sacramento, California.

Baseball earns first win of season at Ohio University

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Reporter | March 12, 2022

The NIU baseball team opened Mid-American Conference play Friday in a doubleheader against the Ohio University Bobcats, earning its first win of the season in the second game of the day in Athens, Ohio. How it happened Game 1: Bobcats 10, Huskies 2...

Sophomore gymnast Kendall George walks the balance beam at the Huskies home meet Feb. 4 at the Convocation Center in DeKalb. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

This weekend in NIU Athletics: March 11

By Jordan Radloff | March 10, 2022

Baseball The Huskies baseball team will look to finally add a win to their season record as they take on their first Mid-American Conference opponent this weekend at Ohio University. Friday, March 11 NIU will play two games in a doubleheader at...

Fiers draws cheers, perfect in 1st game since Astros reveal

February 23, 2020

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics fan K.C. Sandstrom was sitting down the right field line watching his team warm up while armed with a small dry-erase board, a marker and a statement written in all caps.“MIKE FIERS FOR PRESIDENT”It's been a...