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  • If We're Making Up Baseball Rules As We Go, How About This One?

    The Big Lead "The Cincinnati Reds swept the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader unlike any other yesterday. Major League Baseball's first foray into the seven-inning game was a mixed bag. Playing 14 innings instead of 18 certainly made the long day a bit shorter and, on balance, the most deserving team..." August 03

  • Marlins Claim Brian Moran, Sign Brett Eibner "The Marlins announced they have claimed left-handed reliever Brian Moran off waivers from the Blue Jays. They’ve also purchased the contract of two-way player Brett Eibner from the Eastern Reyes del Tigre of the independent Constellation Energy League, per an announcement from..." August 03

  • Early Trends Emerging at the Start of Historic 2020 MLB Season

    Bleacher Report "Before it began, exactly how the first 60-game season in Major League Baseball's long history would unfold was anybody's guess. Now that we have more than a week's worth of data, let's dive into it. It's obviously too early to read too much into anything,..." August 02

  • MLB's Reese McGuire Masturbation Bust Captured On Video, 'What An Idiot'

    TMZ "TMZ Sports has obtained police footage of the moment cops busted MLB catcher Reese McGuire for allegedly masturbating in public ... and it's SUPER AWKWARD. First off, police say cameras malfunctioned in the process of recording the video, which is why most of the..." August 02

  • Rob Manfred committed to season amid COVID-19 surge: 'Players need to be better'

    The Score "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred isn't ready to give up on the 2020 season just yet. Even amid a COVID-19 outbreak that's reportedly affected 20 people within the Miami Marlins organization and as multiple St. Louis..." August 01

  • Jays' Ken Giles won't throw for two weeks

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles had a PRP injection in his right elbow and won't throw for two weeks, according to TSN Blue Jays Reporter Scott Mitchell. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo told reporters on Tuesday that Giles was seeking a second opinion on a strained..." July 31

  • Rob Manfred blasted for threatening to shut down MLB season

    Sportsnaut "It was always going to be tricky to start the 2020 MLB season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic around the United States. Unlike the NBA and NHL, baseball is being played outside of a bubble. This brings a lot of issues to the forefront. Immaturity from players and the danger of..." July 31

  • MLB star reportedly threatened to get teammates traded if they violated safety protocol

    Larry Brown Sports "There is growing frustration among some MLB players about their colleagues not taking health and safety protocols seriously, but make no mistake, there are plenty taking things seriously. In light of the Miami Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak, some players appear to be taking steps to..." July 31

  • Future Salary Obligations Of All 30 Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "Recently, we ran through the full slate of future financial commitments teams have made to MLB players. As I explained throughout that series of posts, there are several different ways to look at salaries. Since the purpose of this exercise is to see where teams stand as we enter a period of..." July 31

  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred threatens to shut down 2020 season

    Clutch Points "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has threatened to shut down the 2020 MLB season if the sport doesn’t do a better job of managing the coronavirus, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. This comes in the wake of a plethora of Miami Marlins players and coaches testing..." July 31

  • Latest COVID-19 results released by MLB, PA "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the latest COVID-19 testing results under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, through the end of Thursday, July 30: MONITORING TESTING Covered Individuals..." July 31

  • The cardboard cutout revolution is real "If a baseball game is played and no one is there to see it, was it ever really played? That was the philosophical question when the coronavirus delayed Opening Day until July and necessitated social distancing between players in the dugouts and masks out in public. It also meant that,..." July 31

  • MLB, MLBPA reach 7-inning doubleheader agreement for 2020

    MLB Trade Rumors "7:01pm: An agreement has been reached, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. Seven-inning doubleheaders will take effect Aug. 1. 6:12pm: Major League Baseball and the union are moving toward an agreement on 2020 doubleheaders, Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark of The..." July 31

  • Jays' Bo Bichette returns to lineup today

    TSN "Bo Bichette is back after a short absence. The Toronto Blue Jays announced Thursday the shortstop will return to the lineup and hit leadoff as the club wraps up their fourth and final game against the Washington Nationals in D.C. " July 30

  • Giants Designate Dany Jimenez, Option Jaylin Davis

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants announced a series of roster moves Thursday, as they optioned outfielders Jaylin Davis and Joe McCarthy to their alternate training site, designated Rule 5 right-hander Dany Jimenez for assignment and recalled Steven Duggar. Meanwhile, corner..." July 30

  • MLB Ump Joe West Bloodied After Accidental Bat To Head, Returns After Stitches

    TMZ "Scary scene on the diamond Thursday ... MLB ump Joe West took an accidental bat to the side of the head -- and was forced to leave the game after he couldn't stop the bleeding. It all went down just a few minutes ago in the Nationals vs. Blue Jays game in D.C. ... when..." July 30

  • MLB mulling seven-inning doubleheaders

    ESPN "Ernie Banks famously said: "Let's play two.'' Baseball players just might not want to play nine innings twice in one day during this pandemic-delayed season. While the Cleveland Indians swept the Chicago White Sox in the first..." July 30

  • Blue Jays won't travel to Philadelphia after Phillies close facility

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Thursday that his team is not going to Philadelphia for this weekend's series against the Phillies. All three games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed. " July 30

  • MLB's new extra-innings rule is here and -- surprise! -- it's glorious

    ESPN "It became clear a couple of years ago that Major League Baseball and its commissioner, Rob Manfred, were working toward an inevitable introduction of weird extra-innings rules, and in this space we were pretty harsh to it. "The runner-on-second-with-nobody-out fix is just about the..." July 30

  • MLB, MLBPA Agreed To New Sign-Stealing Rules

    MLB Trade Rumors "It seems that Major League Baseball would prefer to avoid a repeat of the Astros’ sign-stealing debacle, a scandal that only worsened when individual players escaped punishment due to a lack of a punitive framework and an exchange of immunity for information. There’s a new..." July 30

  • Major League Baseball's New Extra-Inning Rule Not the End of the World

    The Big Lead "If there's Major League Baseball in 2021 — and that's a big if — they need to go back to extra innings as we've known them for over 150 years. Let's get that out of the way. Putting a runner on second base without him earning his way out there is a bastardization of..." July 30

  • MLB requiring teams to add coronavirus protocol compliance officers

    ESPN "Following the coronavirus outbreak that infected nearly half of the Miami Marlins' roster and prompted the temporary suspension of the team's season, Major League Baseball is encouraging players not to leave hotels in road cities except for games, mandating the use of surgical..." July 30

  • These four MLB stars already look lost at the plate in the early stages of the 60-game sprint

    CBS Sports "There are four star players who have looked totally baffled at the plate so far this season. Aside from poor Khris Davis -- who is 0 for 15 -- these are the next four if you sorted for the worst batting average in baseball. You might recognize the names.  Christian..." July 30

  • MLB can suspend players guilty of electronically stealing signs. But will they?

    The Score "MLB and the MLBPA have agreed that players who steal signs electronically can be suspended and receive no pay or service time, according to Evan Drellich of The Athletic. The league has reportedly hired an independent security firm to monitor video-room entrances. Additionally,..." July 30

  • Nate Pearson’s attention to detail evident in final prep for Blue Jays debut

    Sportsnet "About 24 hours before his highly anticipated big-league debut, Nate Pearson walked out to the mound at Nationals Park, climbed up on the bump and let his mind go to work. Given that this is his first time at the home of the defending World Series champions, the 23-year-old visualized..." July 29

  • Blue Jays top prospect Nate Pearson impresses in debut

    CBS Sports "If nothing else, Toronto Blue Jays prospect Nate Pearson will have a great MLBdebut story to tell his kids and his grandkids. The 23-year-old right-hander debuted Wednesday night (GameTracker) opposite Max Scherzer and in Toronto's home opener, which was..." July 29

  • Four-time all-star Jose Reyes retires after 16 MLB seasons

    National Post "Four-time All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes announced his retirement on Wednesday after 16 seasons. The 37-year-old Reyes last played in the majors in 2018. He had 2,138 hits and 517 stolen bases in a career that included two stints with the New York Mets and one apiece with the Miami..." July 29

  • Are heavier bullpen workloads the future of pitching?

    The Score "When Major League Baseball announced its return-to-play plan in June, it was a foregone conclusion that relief pitchers would play an outsized role in the unprecedented season ahead, at least at the beginning of the campaign. A truncated, three-week training camp wouldn't provide sufficient..." July 29

  • MLB, Union Reportedly Considering Further Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "It appears that the recent run of COVID-19 infections within the Marlins organization has prompted further contemplation of rules changes. The MLB Players’ Association has reached out to its members to gauge their sentiment regarding a few potential tweaks, per Britt Ghiroli of The..." July 29

  • Why MLB doesn’t have coronavirus bubble like other sports

    New York Post "A bubble can’t contain Major League Baseball. That’s the reasonable contention that Rob Manfred made Monday to the MLB Network as concerns grew about the league’s viability in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins. Back during the..." July 29

  • Phillies off Friday, will return Saturday with doubleheader vs. Jays

    The Score "The Philadelphia Phillies will not face the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Instead, the two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday. The Phillies faced the Miami Marlins in a three-game series at Citizens Bank..." July 29

  • Blue Jays shut down Ken Giles with forearm strain; Bo Bichette, Randal Grichuk day-to-day

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays are shutting down closer Ken Giles indefinitely as he deals with a right forearm strain. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo would not provide a timeline for Giles’ return, but said the right-hander will be receiving a second opinion on..." July 28

  • MLB Finds No New Positive COVID-19 Tests Outside Marlins Organization

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball has issued a statement about its COVID-19 test results in the wake of the outbreak that has affected the Miami Marlins.  Per the statement, the Marlins are the only organization that has returned positive tests for on-field personnel in over 6,400 tests..." July 28

  • Rob Manfred Can Save the MLB Season With One Simple Move: Triple-Headers

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball is less than a week into its season and they have already hit a little bump in the road. With 17 Miami Marlins (so far) testing positive for COVID-19, MLB has decided to "pause" the team's season, with their series against the Orioles and Nationals scheduled..." July 28

  • Managers concerned MLB season outside bubble isn't possible?

    Yardbarker "It took less than one full week for the 2020 MLB season played amid the COVID-19 pandemic to fall apart. The coronavirus outbreak among members of the Miami Marlins led to both the Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies temporarily shutting down after those two..." July 28

  • Baseball on the radio as powerful as ever "Major League Baseball is being played this season in unprecedented conditions, under circumstances that would have seemed unimaginable as recently as four months ago. And as we’ve seen in recent days, it’s an extremely difficult endeavor. We live in scary times, a fact that is..." July 28

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci says Marlins' virus outbreak could endanger MLB season

    NJ "MLB wants to play ball. The coronavirus may say otherwise. Dr. Anthony Fauci, believes the COVID-19 outbreak on the Miami Marlins could spell the end of the 2020 season during an appearance Tuesday on “Good Morning America.”..." July 28

  • Ken Giles To Undergo MRI On Right Elbow "Blue Jays closer Ken Giles left Sunday’s game with what the team described as right elbow soreness. Called in to preserve a 4-2 Toronto lead in the ninth inning, Giles retired the first two Rays batters he faced before allowing a Joey Wendle double and then two walks..." July 27

  • Bo Bichette scratched from Blue Jays' lineup

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette has been scratched from Monday night's game against the Washington Nationals because of left hamstring tightness. Bichette is currently considered day-to-day. He went 2-for-6 Sunday in Tampa Bay with two runs batted in. " July 27

  • Blue Jays place Ken Giles on IL with forearm strain

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays placed closer Ken Giles on the 10-day injured list with a right forearm strain, the team announced Monday. Giles underwent an MRI earlier in the day that confirmed the injury. It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. " July 27

  • Rob Manfred: MLB Not Facing 'Nightmare' Scenario

    Bleacher Report "MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the league will carry on with the 2020 season after the Miami Marlins experienced a COVID-19 outbreak.  ESPN's Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers reported at least 13 members of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for..." July 27

  • Blue Jays top prospect Nate Pearson will be called up for Wednesday start

    CBS Sports "The Toronto Blue Jays will tab top pitching prospect Nate Pearson to start Wednesday's game against the defending champion Nationals, Jamie Campbell of Sportsnet reports. The Jays have already promoted several of their cadre of top prospects in the past two..." July 27

  • No talk of canceling MLB season despite Miami coronavirus outbreak

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball postponed two games on Monday after multiple Marlins players and coaches tested positive for the coronavirus, but as of now there are no plans to cancel or postpone more games going forward. The Marlins are undergoing another round of COVID-19 testing on Monday,..." July 27

  • Here's what Rob Manfred said it would take to pause 2020 MLB season over COVID-19 concerns

    CBS Sports "Less than one week into the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season, the league has been forced to postpone two games scheduled for Monday night because of a COVID-19 outbreak among the Miami Marlins that has reportedly entailed more than a dozen positive tests. The..." July 27

  • Blue Jays Release Marc Rzepczynski

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays have released left-hander Marc Rzepczynski, per Baseball America’s Chris Hilburn-Trenkle. The veteran reliever had previously signed a minor league deal in hopes of earning a second stint with the Jays, but he wasn’t included in their 60-player pool for..." July 27

  • Blue Jays to play first ‘home’ game in Buffalo vs. Marlins on Aug. 11

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays will play their first “home” game in Buffalo on Aug. 11 against the Miami Marlins as infrastructure upgrades are completed at Sahlen Field, per Sportsnet‘s Hazel Mae. " July 26

  • Blue Jays’ Ken Giles leaves game vs. Rays with right elbow soreness

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles left the club’s 6-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday in the ninth inning with right elbow soreness, the team announced after the game. " July 26

  • Blue Jays move series vs. Phillies to Citizens Bank Park

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays' move to Buffalo will be delayed a little longer. To allow for infrastructure upgrades at Sahlen Field to be completed, the Blue Jays have moved next weekend's scheduled home series against the Philadelphia Phillies to Citizens Bank Park...." July 26

  • Here are 11 best moments from Opening Day "Opening Day delivered a bit of everything. We had dominant starts by veteran aces and eye-popping hits from dynamic rookies. We also saw a star slugger return from a two-year absence, some smiles, and the realization that the sport we love is back. There were also some moments that..." July 25

  • Jays add Dante Bichette to coaching staff

    TSN "Dante Bichette, Bo Bichette’s father, has joined the Toronto Blue Jays coaching staff full time according to TSN Blue Jays Reporter Scott Mitchell. Mitchell reports that players have talked him up all spring and into summer camp and he has been mentioned as a..." July 25