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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

  • Yoenis Cespedes was frustrated with Mets before opting out

    New York Post "Yoenis Cespedes walked. Is it because money talks? The Mets announced Sunday afternoon that Cespedes opted out of this season over concerns about COVID-19, and a friend backed up that version. But multiple sources confirmed that twice in the first nine games..." August 03

  • MLB power rankings for the 2020 season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 MLB season is underway and we’ve already seen the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impact the 60-game schedule. With commission Rob Manfred determined to push forward, though, we push forward with our MLB power rankings. Unsurprisingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers..." 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • MLB world reacts to Edwin Diaz’s continued struggles

    Sportsnaut "Apparently, a four-month layoff due to the ongoing pandemic did not help New York Mets closer Edwin Diaz. After struggling big time in his first season with the Mets, the former Seattle Mariners All-Star is back up to his hold tricks in 2020. Diaz’s last appearance..." July 31

  • Braves activate Travis d’Arnaud, Tyler Flowers from COVID list

    Talking Chop "The Atlanta Braves announced several roster moves in advance of Wednesday’s hope opener against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Braves reinstated catchers Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers form the COVID list. Both had been sidelined since Opening Day when they started showing symptoms...." July 30

  • Mike Foltynewicz clears waivers, outrighted to alternate training site

    Talking Chop "Well, this took a bit of a turn. There were no shortage of folks that were genuinely surprised that the Braves took the step to designate Mike Foltynewicz for a assignment earlier this week. Don’t get us wrong, his velocity has been steadily trending in the wrong..." 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

  • 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

  • Braves’ Travis d’Arnaud, Tyler Flowers Nearing Activation

    Talking Chop "The Braves had to quickly shift gears before opening day as catchers Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers both came down with some kind of illness just two days before the season began, but it appears they are both feeling better and could return as soon as tomorrow. " July 29

  • Freddie Freeman hits first HR since recovering from COVID-19

    Sportsnaut "It’s certainly fun to have live team sports back. Despite some issues relating to the Miami Marlins, the first few days of the 2020 MLB season has gone off without much of a hitch as it relates to the ongoing pandemic.  There’s a backdrop to this, too. Multiple..." 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

  • 5 extremely wacky 'on pace for' stats "This is a season unlike any other, in just about every way possible. But maybe the weirdest thing about it -- for people who have grown up on the expansive marathon of the regular season -- is just how short it truly is. Sixty games! Sixty games is a blip; sixty games is a cough. This 60-game..." July 29

  • Nick Markakis returning to Braves after changing mind about opting out

    The Score "Outfielder Nick Markakis is rejoining the Atlanta Braves after opting out of the 2020 season just over three weeks ago, according to David O'Brien of The Athletic. The 36-year-old has changed his mind after initially deciding to sit out over health..." 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

  • Bob Nightengale: Marlins Players Went Out on the Town in Atlanta

    The Big Lead "Bob Nightengale blew up the Miami Marlins coronavirus outbreak story on Tuesday. The veteran USA Today baseball writer claimed a few members of the team went out in Atlanta while they were there for a two-game exhibition slate with the Braves last week. If that's true it adds an even deeper..." July 29

  • 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

  • Braves Designate Mike Foltynewicz For Assignment

    ESPN "The Atlanta Braves designated pitcher Mike Foltynewicz for assignment on Monday after he gave up six runs in 3 1/3 innings in a 14-5 loss at the Tampa Bay Rays. Foltynewicz gave up three home runs, walked four and didn't make it out of the fourth..." July 28

  • Oppo-field Dansby Swanson Is A Dangerous Dansby

    929thegame "Andy Bunker and Will Palaszczuk (filling in for Randy McMichael) shared their thoughts on Atlanta Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson’s hot start to the season. Through the first three games of the 2020 season Swanson is 5-for-12 (.417) with a homerun, six RBI and three runs scored. " 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

  • Marlins players likely contracted coronavirus in Atlanta

    Yardbarker "Multiple Miami Marlins players and coaches tested positive for the coronavirus recently, which resulted in the cancelation of two games on MLB’s schedule for Monday. While it would be difficult to pinpoint exactly where those who tested positive contracted the virus, it may not..." 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

  • Mets’ Edwin Diaz blows game in epic fashion

    Sportsnaut "New York Mets All-Star closer Edwin Diaz is under a huge microscope this season after a brutal performance during the 2019 campaign from the high-priced veteran.  Diaz looked darn good in New York’s season-opening win against the Atlanta Braves on Friday. He was..." July 26

  • Braves’ Adam Duvall hit cardboard dog with home run

    Larry Brown Sports "Adam Duvall clearly has no regard for cardboard canine life. The Atlanta Braves outfielder took New York Mets lefty Steven Matz deep during the second inning of Saturday’s contest. The blast careened towards the otherwise empty right field bleachers and wound up striking a..." July 25

  • Manager Luis Rojas enjoys winning Mets debut and ‘protein shake’ celebration

    New York Post "Luis Rojas had plenty of time to sit around and think about Friday. The rookie manager did not have to wait nearly as long for his first win. The 38-year-old’s first shot at big-league managing went off without a hitch as the Mets edged the Braves 1-0 on..." July 25

  • MLB fans absolutely hated the fake crowd noise during Opening Day

    Sportsnaut "Opening Day for MLB in 2020 is quite a bit different than anything we’ve seen before, as the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the game. One of the things that you cannot help but notice immediately is, of course, the fact that there are no fans in the stands. Television..." July 25

  • Chipper Jones has a cardboard cutout at Citi Field

    Larry Brown Sports "Even with no fans in the stands, Chipper Jones is finding a way to haunt the New York Mets. The Atlanta Braves’ official Twitter account sent out an image Friday of cardboard cutouts of Jones and his son Shea in the seats at Citi Field in New York for Opening Day. " July 24

  • Braves acquire Scott Schebler from Reds

    Talking Chop "The Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Scott Schebler from the Cincinnati Reds according to a report by MLB Trade Rumors’ Tim Dierkes. Schebler had previously been designated for assignment by the Reds. Schebler hit 30 home runs as recently as 2017 but has been slowed by..." July 24

  • Travis d’Arnaud, Tyler Flowers Unavailable For Braves’ Opener

    Talking Chop "The catching duo of the Travis d’Arnaud and Tyler Flowers will both be unavailable for this afternoon’s game. In there place will be one of the Braves top prospects William Contreras along with Alex Jackson reports our very own Kris Willis. " July 24

  • 'That's 2020 in a nutshell': Inside the road of uncertainty MLB traveled to bring baseball back

    ESPN " THEY PLAYED BASEBALL here Thursday. The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals hosted the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. The attendance was 0. Max Scherzer, the Nationals' ace, faced off against Gerrit Cole, the Yankees' shiny..." July 24

  • 'People are really scared': Some fans brave pandemic and DC storm to celebrate MLB season start

    USA Today "When the Washington Nationals won the franchise's first World Series title last October, fans imagined being inside Nationals Park on Opening Day to watch the championship pennant raised into the sky. Present circumstances obviously prevented that from being reality Thursday,..." July 24