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  • MLBPA establishes support program for non-roster players

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association established a program to support non-roster players who are not covered by MLB's payments to minor leaguers, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Over 300 players will be eligible for the new program. The non-roster..." April 03

  • The 2020 Season Should Bring an End to MLB's Juiced Ball Experiment

    Bleacher Report "Something was indeed amiss with the ball during last year's Major League Baseball playoffs, though that shouldn't be construed as a bad thing. Before we carry on, anyone who's already forgotten about October 2019 is forgiven. The baseball headlines have long since been..." April 03

  • MLB doesn't want to play in empty parks or extend season into winter

    The Score "Major League Baseball is trying to return to action as soon as possible, but doing so in empty stadiums might be a last resort. The league has "little to no appetite" for staging games in empty ballparks and also doesn't want to extend a potential postseason into..." April 02

  • This Day in Transaction History: Astros deal Curt Schilling to Phillies

    Hardball Talk "On this day on 1992, the Phillies pulled off what would become one of the most lopsided trades in baseball history. They swapped young pitchers with the Astros, sending 25-year-old Jason Grimsley to Houston in exchange for 25-year-old Curt Schilling. Neither pitcher had an amazing..." April 02

  • Scott Boras Thinks He Knows How the MLB Can Resume Operations and We're Really Skeptical

    12 Up "With government officials and medical professionals scrambling to find effective solutions for turning the tide against the coronavirus pandemic, super-agent Scott Boras has been hard at work concocting his own plans to end the suspension of Major League Baseball. He's now proposing..." April 02

  • Ex-Astro Evan Gattis Says We 'F--ked Up' with Sign Stealing; 'Feel Bad for Fans'

    Bleacher Report "Retired catcher Evan Gattis, who was part of the 2017 Houston Astros team that used video technology to steal signs, has heard the criticism of himself and his former teammates for their cheating.  Gattis apparently agrees, saying the public apologies were..." April 02

  • Top 5 MLB free agents for 2021

    Larry Brown Sports "Uncertainly still surrounds the 2020 MLB season, but the business of baseball will inevitably march on no matter what. Numerous top players will be entering the final season of their contracts in 2020, and most of them should get significant contracts once the season ends as long as they..." April 02

  • AJ Hinch, Jeff Luhnow suspensions fulfilled in 2020 even if MLB season canceled

    ABC 13 "Former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and ex-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow will fulfill their one-season suspensions for the team's sign-stealing scandal even if no baseball is played in 2020, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney on Thursday. Hinch and Luhnow..." April 02

  • MLB players open to wearing masks to return to field after coronavirus shutdown

    Arizona Central "Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed came across a photo from a recent professional baseball game in Asia. The picture was of a runner on first base, with the first baseman and the first-base coach also in the frame. All three were wearing masks. “I’ll be up for anything at..." April 02

  • MLB Teams Open to October Regular-Season Games: 'Realistic Possibility'

    Bleacher Report "Baseball could see its first-ever Mr. December in 2020. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Monday on SportsCenter that MLB teams and players both want to play as many games as they can during the 2020 season, which has been suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19..." April 01

  • MLB Fighting To Keep Red Sox, Astros Sign-Stealing Notes From Being Used In Lawsuit

    Total Pro Sports "Major League Baseball bust the door wide open when they finished their investigation into the Houston Astros elaborate sign-stealing scheme during the 2017 season, and while no players got suspended, it did name others involved that led to another investigation into the Boston Red..." April 01

  • Despite any organized workouts, MLB players improvise to stay in game shape, if and when season starts

    USA Today "They are playing catch in the backyard with their wives, like New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. They are building makeshift gyms, like Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed. There is so much free time, but no place to go, no place to even work out. Major League..." April 01

  • 5 teams that would be hurt most if MLB cancels season

    The Score "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to a deal for the 2020 season that will afford players a full year of service time even if the campaign is canceled entirely. Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said Monday that "all of us, and I'm..." April 01

  • Veteran MLB players will get nearly $5K per day during coronavirus shutdown

    CBS Sports "The ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has delayed the start of the 2020 MLB season indefinitely and forced a temporary restructuring of the game off the field. MLB and the players' union (MLBPA) recently agreed to a framework of how to proceed with that..." April 01

  • MLB considering July 4 as possibility for Opening Day

    Larry Brown Sports "If all is right in the world by then, we could have baseball to go along with our backyard barbecues and fireworks shows on Independence Day this year. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that July 4 has been one of the options floated as a possibility in..." March 31

  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred officially suspends minor-league season, agrees to pay weekly stipend through May

    USA Today "Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told minor-league clubs and its players Tuesday that they are officially suspending the season, but agreed to pay minor-leaguers $400 per week through May. Manfred said he still expects the minor-league season to resume this season,..." March 31

  • Astros owner Jim Crane: I can’t be sued because MLB ‘exonerated’ me

    New York Post "The owner of the Houston Astros said in a legal filing that he cannot be sued in the team’s sign-stealing scandal in response to the lawsuit filed by former MLB pitcher Mike Bolsinger. A legal filing written by Jim Crane says he has been “exonerated” by Major..." March 31

  • Ex-Astros C Evan Gattis says he is 'done playing'

    TSN "Evan Gattis is calling time on his career. On an episode of The Athletic's 755 Is Real Atlanta Braves podcast with David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty, the 33-year-old World Series winner says he's "done playing." Gattis didn't..." March 31

  • Baseball Leagues In Korea, Japan Face Ongoing Coronavirus Challenges

    MLB Trade Rumors "5:08pm: Although NPB had been pushing for an April 24 start, Sports Nippon in Japan reports that league officials are now questioning whether that’s a viable target date (English-language link via Tokyo-based baseball journalist Jim Allen). Half of the league’s team presidents..." March 31

  • MLB season could start within a matter of weeks

    Yardbarker "It was just this past week that MLB Opening Day was supposed to take place. That obviously did not happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic plaguing the United States and the rest of the world. Once MLB announced that it would suspend the start of the 2020 season, hopes were that it..." March 31

  • Former Astros prospect A.J. Reed retires

    Hardball Talk "This got lost in the shuffle of the most eventful March on record, but former Astros prospect A.J. Reed decided to retire earlier this month. His retirement was first reported by WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana. Reed, who is still just 26, got on everyone’s radar when he posted..." March 31

  • Is It Wrong for Baseball Players to Get Tommy John Surgery?

    101 Great Goals "On March 13, a recommendation came from the American College of Surgeons: Minimize, postpone, or cancel all elective surgery amid the spread of coronavirus. This instruction was shared the next day by the U.S. Surgeon General, and in the two weeks that have followed, it’s been echoed in..." March 31

  • Bombshell Investigation Claims MLB De-Juiced Baseballs for 2019 Postseason

    12 Up "Only two MLB teams averaged fewer than one home run per game in 2019. The Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees each finished with over 300 for the year, and the league average was a robust 226. The final dinger total for the entire league was 6,776. That number shot up from..." March 31

  • MLB Announces Minor-League Player Minimum Salaries Will Be Raised in 2021

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball is increasing the minimum salary for players in the minor leagues starting with the 2021 season.   Per Jake Seiner and Ben Walker of the Associated Press, minor leaguers will receive a salary increase between 38 and 72 percent depending on the..." March 31

  • Dr. James Andrews suspends Tommy John surgeries at his offices

    SI "Surgeon James Andrews will not perform Tommy John surgeries at his Florida office during the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesperson for the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Florida—the facility where Andrews performs his procedures—confirmed his..." March 31

  • Luxury Tax Status Will Not Reset If 2020 Season Is Cancelled

    Yardbarker "While Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have officially reached a deal on a temporary re-working of the collective bargaining agreement, the details are still filtering out. One key element of the coronavirus alteration is the role of the competitive balance..." March 30

  • Could cascading effects of COVID-19 impact baseball returning to Montreal?

    Sportsnet "Surely, we are past the point now where we need to throw in a caveat in every sports story, explaining: “I know this doesn’t matter when people are dying, but…” And at our place, at least, we have emerged from a 14-day period of my self-isolation with an understanding..." March 30

  • If 2020 season is cancelled, which teams would be hurt the most?

    Hardball Talk "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recently expressed his optimistic outlook, saying that he hoped the league would begin “gearing back up” in May. That would put a regular season return potentially at the end of June or at some point in July. He expressed that the league may have to..." March 30

  • MLB managers on how they're helping team, family deal with pandemic

    ESPN "Dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic is not only changing the fabric of Major League Baseball, but it's also redefining the role of major league managers. This global public health crisis has led to a shift in responsibilities in which the title "major league..." March 30

  • Why MLB should consider ties and other extra-inning tweaks in 2020 season

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball has its sights set on playing games in 2020, and if and when games are played, we're probably headed toward a shortened season. And in an effort to get in as many games as possible, the season is sure to be a condensed one. Off days will be more limited, and..." March 30

  • 5 MLB Comeback Stories Sadly Halted Due to Delayed Baseball Season

    12 Up "Spring Training records don't matter one bit when it comes to what a team is going to look like come the regular season, but the eye test can tell you something. Player performances in Spring Training can help guide the outlook on what's to come in the regular season, and even..." March 30

  • 10 Players Switch Agencies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Rafa Nieves’ newly-founded Republik Sports agency will represent several players formerly represented by Nieves at Wasserman.  A video published earlier today on Republik’s official Twitter feed reveals the names of 11 players who will continue to be represented..." March 30

  • What the MLB deal with players means for 2020 season and beyond

    ESPN "Following round-the-clock negotiations since the coronavirus outbreak postponed the beginning of the season, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association struck a deal Friday that outlined how the sport would proceed in the coming months. The players gained certainty that..." March 30

  • Bizarre Rule Says Rob Manfred Can Pick 2021 MLB Draft Order if 2020 Season is Cut Short

    12 Up "This week, Major League Baseball and its players' union came to terms on a series of spending cuts considered necessary to make up for lost revenue caused by postponements and inevitable cancellations of official league activities due to the coronavirus outbreak. Included on this list of..." March 29

  • Carlos Correa Donates Over $500K In Medical Equipment To Houston Hospitals

    Sportsnaut "As the global community continues dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, countless people are stepping up to find ways to help everyone they can. Now, Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is stepping up by donating more than $500,000 in medical equipment to the city. Correa announced..." March 28

  • Ex-Astros Player Evan Gattis Calls Out Mike Fiers For Being A Snitch With Custom Cup

    Total Pro Sports "Even though it was Mike Fiers who set off the entire investigation into the Houston Astros who somewhat got punished for their actions in a major sign-stealing scandal that rocked baseball, none of the players have elected to go after their former teammate for running his mouth to the..." March 28

  • Yankees Manager Aaron Boone Reveals Why He's No Longer as Angry at the Astros Over Cheating Scandal

    12 Up "The New York Yankees have fallen victim to the Houston Astros twice in the past three seasons, both times in the ALCS. Manager Aaron Boone, like other members of the Yankees, was livid when news of the Astros' cheating scandal was made public. However, in the light..." March 28

  • Five ways MLB can squeeze extra regular season games into the schedule after coronavirus pandemic

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball, like many sports leagues around the world, has been shut down indefinitely because of the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Spring training has been suspended and Opening Day has been pushed back to at least mid May, and that remains subject to..." March 28

  • Agent Scott Boras says MLB draft limits send 'wrong message'

    ESPN "Agent Scott Boras believes the agreement reached between Major League Baseball and the players' union "sends the wrong message" when it comes to possibly shortening the draft and limiting the financial pool for amateur players. Under terms of the agreement, MLB..." March 28

  • Commish for a day: Fixing MLB's major malfunctions

    The Score "Implement universal DH I'm sorry, Dad, but National League baseball is plainly inferior, and it's only a matter of time before MLB tacitly acknowledges that fact and implements the long-overdue universal designated hitter. As a group, pitchers hit .128/.160/.162 in..." March 28

  • Baseball Question of the Day: Who’d you think would be a star but wasn’t?

    Hardball Talk "Today’s question is about those guys we thought would be the next big thing but, for whatever reason, weren’t. The players we thought would be stars but ended up average Joes. Or, perhaps, somewhat less-than-average Joes. In this I’m not looking for the tragic cases..." March 28

  • Latest On MLB Plans For Team Employees

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve been learning quite a bit about Major League Baseball’s coronavirus plans involving players, whose relationships with the league are conditioned upon a collective bargaining agreement. But teams also employ quite a few other personnel under rather different terms. It..." March 28

  • Timeline of Astros' Lack of Accountability Over Sign-Stealing Will Infuriate You in Quarantine

    12 Up "The MLB season might take a while to get going due to the coronavirus pandemic delaying the start of the 2020 campaign, but that absence shouldn't extinguish the burning anger that most baseball fans have for the Houston Astros. Not only were they found guilty of using..." March 28

  • Jimmy Wynn Passes Away

    ABC 13 "Astros icon and Houston legend Jimmy Wynn has passed away. Wynn, nicknamed the "Toy Cannon" for his incredible power, died at the age of 78. He was known for his massive home runs inside the Astrodome in the 60s. " March 27

  • Footage From World Series Shows Nationals Broadcaster Thought Astros Were Stealing Signs

    Total Pro Sports "One team that is benefiting from Major League Baseball possibly having to move their opening day further out in the year are the Houston Astros who were just getting a minor display of what they will be dealing with for 81 road games in 2020. Then the coronavirus came in and basically..." March 27

  • Tony Clark: Teams won't pay luxury tax if season is canceled

    The Score "Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark shed some more light on Friday's deal with the league that addresses issues the 2020 season may face due to the coronavirus pandemic. Clark said the luxury tax won't be enforced if the season is..." March 27

  • Extension Talks Halted During Roster Freeze

    The Union Journal "We simply concluded a collection of articles concerning possible extension prospects, with component of the property being that the recurring MLB time out can manage chances for settlements. But that will not be feasible under the regards to the Bob Nightengale of UNITED STATES Today..." March 27

  • MLB Rosters Frozen; Conditions Set For Resumption Of Play

    Yardbarker "As anticipated, an agreement regarding the coronavirus-driven suspension of the 2020 season has resulted in a freezing of MLB rosters, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports on Twitter. A date for the resumption of transactions will be set in the future. As part of their..." March 27

  • MLBPA chief Tony Clark says 'no door is closed' for playing the 2020 All-Star Game after COVID-19 pandemic

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball, like many sports leagues around the world, has been shut down indefinitely because of the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Spring training has been suspended and Opening Day has been pushed back to at least mid-May, and that remains subject to..." March 27

  • Carlos Correa Donates Massive Amount of Medical Equipment to Houston Amid Coronavirus Crisis

    12 Up "Our star shortstop has his eyes firmly planted in the right direction during the coronavirus pandemic. As Houston prepares to be hit hard in the coming weeks and months by the virus' spread, Carlos Correa has stepped up, pledging to donate $500,000 worth of medical equipment..." March 27