Latest from Matthew Gutierrez

Her campaign to make lacrosse safer goes on, 20 years after her son’s death

Karen Acompora and her husband John were pushed into advocacy after their son, Louis, was struck on the chest by a ball and died during a lacrosse game in March 2000.
  • Feb 1, 2020

This former NHL star ‘almost died three times.’ Now he’s speaking out about mental illness.

"When you wake up and you’ve got a bullet in your head," former NHL goalie Clint Malarchuk says in a new documentary, "and it’s still there, you’ve got to start thinking about stuff."
  • Nov 7, 2019

As more MLB parks extend netting, foul ball victims urge minor league teams to do the same

More than a third of MLB teams have addressed foul ball risks or have plans to do so. Will minor league franchises, faced with smaller budgets, do the same?
  • Sep 6, 2019

In MLB’s age of velocity, catchers are increasingly feeling the heat

Catchers are used to pain, but the sharp increase in pitch speed has exposed them to greater risks.
  • Sep 4, 2019

For Christian Yelich, hitting is far from a science

In this age of technicality — spread your feet, bend your knees, lower your hands, shorten your stride — the reigning NL MVP doesn’t regard it. And the results speak for themselves.
  • Aug 31, 2019

Baseball’s on-deck circle is migrating

The circle’s shift reveals something about the state of the modern game.
  • Aug 29, 2019

At a packed Audi Field, Spirit delivers a 2-1 win over Pride

“I just hope we were able to inspire the next Rose Lavelle, Mallory Pugh, Andi Sullivan in the crowd watching us play tonight,” Spirit Coach Richie Burke said.
  • Aug 24, 2019

This MLB manager believes in the magic of open discussion. His players love him for it.

Clint Hurdle strives to build an atmosphere of trust, leading one-on-one meetings in which Pirates coaches and players share things going well and not well in life.
  • Aug 24, 2019

Pay women’s soccer players more than the men, NWSL team owner says

Steve Baldwin, who owns the NWSL's Washington Spirit, has a simple explanation: “They are better than the men as athletes,”
  • Aug 23, 2019

Washington Spirit can’t find the net, settles for scoreless draw against Utah

After waiting out a 90-minute rain delay, the Spirit misses an opportunity to gain ground in the playoff race on its home field.
  • Aug 21, 2019