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  • The five most important series in final week of 2020 regular season

    CBS Sports "We're now in the final week of the 2020 MLB regular season, and even though time is running out the standings remain wonderfully muddled, especially in the National League. Thanks in part to the expanded 16-team postseason, we've got multiple playoff spots still up for grabs, and bear..." September 21

  • Ryan Braun: Returning in 2021 depends on if it's 'something I want to do'

    MLB.com "No one knows a hitter better than his hitting coach, but even Andy Haines wasn’t sure whether Sunday marked Ryan Braun's final game in Milwaukee. Braun, 36 and the Brewers’ all-time leader with 351 home runs, 100 more than runner-up Robin Yount, will finish the..." September 21

  • MLB, MLBPA commit $10 million to Players Alliance to promote increased Black participation in baseball

    CBS Sports "MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on Monday announced a $10 million joint commitment to promote and enable increased Black participation in the sport of baseball at all levels. The commitment is being made through the Players Alliance, which comprises more than 100..." September 21

  • Crunch time: 7 things to watch in final week

    MLB.com "There are playoff spots on the line, injuries to keep an eye on and home-field advantages up in the air. The Marlins are on the verge of pulling off what would amount to a little bit of a baseball miracle. The Cardinals would be in that conversation as well. The Mariners are still..." September 20

  • Two Players At Brewers’ Alternate Site Test Positive For COVID-19

    MLB Trade Rumors "Three people at the Brewers’ alternate training site, including a pair of players, have tested positive for COVID-19, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (Twitter link). Everyone else who was at the site is in quarantine while being tested daily, Rosenthal adds. These..." September 19

  • Brewers bench coach Pat Murphy, who had a heart attack in August, has rejoined the team

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bench coach Pat Murphy insisted Friday he had his doctor’s permission to rejoin the Milwaukee Brewers and didn’t sneak away from his home in Phoenix while no one was looking. “If I was going to sneak away, I would have done it four weeks ago,” Murphy said..." September 19

  • Brent Suter rolling off the mound like a confused armadillo is just what baseball needed

    SB Nation "It’s been a tough year in baseball, but everything is a little better in the world after you see this clip. This moment could happen to any of us. Just a guy, trying to do his best to play baseball, awkwardly rolling off the mound when his cleat turns unexpectedly. It’s no..." September 19

  • MLB, MLBPA announce two new positive COVID-19 tests over past week

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced Friday that there have been two positive COVID-19 tests across baseball over the last week. Of the 12,381 samples collected and tested through the end of Sept. 17, none of the positive results came from major league..." September 18

  • MLB Players And Mascots Must Band Together to Destroy the Cardboard Cutout Fans

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball's shortened regular season is coming to a close and its extended postseason is fast approaching. When the playoffs arrive, teams will leave their home ballparks and move to regional bubbles, leaving their fans behind. That means the time to destroy the cardboard..." September 18

  • Phillies, Brewers Complete David Phelps Trade; Brewers Release Jake Faria

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Phillies have sent right-handrs Juan Geraldo, Brandon Ramey and Israel Puello to the Brewers as the three players to be named later in last month’s David Phelps trade, per announcements from both teams. Milwaukee also added that..." September 18

  • Ryan Braun responds to Cardinals’ ‘absurd’ catcher’s interference allegations

    Larry Brown Sports "Ryan Braun on Wednesday responded to accusations from the St. Louis Cardinals that he induced a catcher’s interference intentionally. Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was called for catcher’s interference during the fifth inning of the Cardinals’ 18-3 loss to..." September 18

  • Brewers Outright Trey Supak, Ronny Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Trey Supak and infielder Ronny Rodriguez both cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Brewers earlier in the week, per a team announcement. They’ve been assigned outright to Triple-A San Antonio. Because they were outrighted to..." September 17

  • Cy Young rankings: Shane Bieber fever rules AL, Jacob deGrom eyeing three-peat

    The Score "Welcome to the second edition of theScore's 2020 Major League Baseball Cy Young Award rankings, in which we pick the top five pitchers from each league. American League 5. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Blue Jays The Blue Jays received exactly what they hoped for from Ryu after..." September 17

  • MLB's New Postseason Plan Could Forever Change Playoff Baseball for the Better

    Bleacher Report "Get ready for a Major League Baseball postseason unlike any that's come before.  We've known since MLB and the MLB Players Association agreed to an expanded playoff field—from 10 to 16 teams—in July that this year's postseason would be..." September 17

  • Permanent 16-team MLB postseason would be catastrophic for players

    The Score "The New York Yankees did nothing at the trade deadline. Mired in a 3-7 slide that had hamstrung their chances of a division title and plainly reeling from the injury absences of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and James Paxton, among others, the Yankees still felt no need for..." September 17

  • MLB to begin 2021 Spring Training exhibition in February

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball’s 2021 Spring Training will begin on Feb. 27 in Florida and Arizona with each of the 30 clubs in action on the first day of exhibition play, officials said on Wednesday. Select exhibition games will be played at MLB ballparks and Spring Training facilities..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball umpire Joe West has never missed a call. Just ask him

    ESPN "White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson was furious with umpire Joe West, as many have been these past 44 years. On this day in 2010, West had called a second balk of the game on Mark Buehrle, and Hawk was so outraged he said on the air, "Joe West should..." September 16

  • Rob Manfred: Expanded playoffs likely to remain beyond 2020

    Washington Post "Major League Baseball and its players’ union reached agreement Tuesday on the format for the expanded, 16-team postseason, which will see the final three rounds played in controlled, neutral-site bubbles in Southern California and Texas and the World Series at the Texas Rangers’ new..." September 16

  • MLB, MLBPA Reportedly Agree to Playoff Plan Featuring Neutral-Site Bubbles

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reportedly reached an agreement to host most of the 2020 playoffs, including the division series, league championship series and World Series, in neutral-site "bubbles." Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the..." September 15

  • MLB postseason format will be true test of pitching depth

    Larry Brown Sports "The MLB has officially announced its plans for the 2020 postseason, and pitching depth will likely be more important than ever in determining which team is crowned World Series champion. Expanding the postseason from 10 to 16 teams means more games, and MLB is accommodating that with..." September 15

  • World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since..." September 15

  • Homers, RBIs, WAR ... conscience? In MLB's difficult 2020 season, who is MVP material?

    Yahoo! Sports "At the end of a two-month season played behind a mask, at a responsible distance and between clouds of spittle, there arrives an opening to contemplate again the concept of value. Baseball value. In 2020. The value of anything, really, in 2020, when a trip to the grocery store is a..." September 15

  • Rob Manfred 'hopeful' for fan attendance during LCS and World Series games

    CBS Sports "Although MLB has yet to finalize reported plans for postseason bubbles in California and Texas, commissioner Rob Manfred is already pondering the idea of fans back in the seats for most meaningful playoff games.  Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans have not been..." September 14

  • 30 emerging players primed for big futures

    MLB.com "For all the talk about how short this season has been, there has been plenty that every team has learned about itself. And one of the key things any team can learn: Who is in this for the long haul? So, today at the Thirty, we take a look at the player on each team whose positive 2020..." September 14

  • MLB is forbidding boozy playoff celebrations

    New York Post "Teams control the alcohol. So that is one area MLB will not worry about as it insists on clinching celebrations that are more restrained, distant and outdoors. The league was still finalizing a memorandum it expects to deliver to clubs and players this week in which it will urge..." September 14

  • Brewers Claim Billy McKinney; Trey Supak, Ronny Rodriguez Designated For Assignment

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The Brewers made a series of player moves Monday before their makeup doubleheader against St. Louis at Miller Park, including the surprise decision to designated right-hander Trey Supak for assignment. Supak, 24, was named the pitcher of the year in the Class AA Southern League last..." September 14

  • Way-Too-Early Predictions for the Top 2021 MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "If it seems a little early to be looking ahead to the 2020-21 Major League Baseball free-agent market, that's because it is. The regular season isn't even over yet. Still, we thought we'd get a head start on predicting which teams will claim the top..." September 14

  • Brewers GM not looking to trade Josh Hader, doesn't 'anticipate that changing'

    The Score "Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns has no intention of dealing two-time All-Star closer Josh Hader. "Josh is a really important member of our team. We're not looking to move him," Stearns said on MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM. "We've..." September 14

  • After Albert Pujols, who will be the next MLB slugger in the 600-homer club?

    USA Today "Albert Pujols continued his climb up the all-time home run list on Sunday by hitting a two-run blast against the Colorado Rockies for No. 660 in his career. That tied the 40-year-old Los Angeles Angels slugger with Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fifth place in MLB..." September 14

  • The shortened season has been more challenging than expected, Brewers closer Josh Hader says

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "The 162-game baseball season often has been described as a grind for players, who must try to stay healthy and productive for six months. When the delayed 2020 schedule came out with only 60 games, many figured players would be fresh as daisies for the duration, but Brewers closer..." September 14

  • 2020 MLB Playoffs: Seeding Predictions and Round-by-Round Picks

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 MLB playoffs will begin Sept. 29. If that feels soon, well, it's because it is.  The final couple of weeks of this abbreviated 60-game slate should bring ample drama as clubs jockey for position in the expanded 16-team postseason field. While we wait for..." September 13

  • Ranking the 9 clubs chasing a playoff spot

    MLB.com "The potential postseason field -- not the seeding, but the teams involved -- has been static since the conclusion of play on Labor Day. In the context of a 60-game season with a 16-team playoff pool, that’s an eternity. Rays, A’s, White Sox, Twins, Indians, Blue Jays,..." September 12

  • Full Count: Impending free agents not doing themselves any favors

    The Score "The upcoming offseason was always going to be a nightmare for free agents. Reduced revenues in 2020 because of the pandemic are set to precipitate a winter of austerity, with many teams looking to cut costs rather than spend big. Uncertainty over the game's financial future beyond..." September 11

  • MLB, MLBPA close to agreement on neutral sites for playoff bubbles

    Yardbarker "The MLB and MLB Players Association are closing in on an agreement for where the playoffs will be played, with the World Series set to be played at Globe Life Field, a neutral site in Arlington, Texas. Currently, the MLB plans to implement a two-bubble strategy, with separate..." September 10

  • Giants to sign Justin Smoak for rest of 2020 season

    NBC Sports Bay Area "  The Giants reportedly are adding another power bat for their playoff push.  MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Wednesday the Giants will sign first baseman/DH Justin Smoak.  " September 09

  • MLB considering two playoff bubbles and neutral-site World Series at Rangers' Globe Life Field

    CBS Sports "At this point, we're close enough to MLB's regular-season finish line to know that the 2020 season -- the 60-game version -- is going to finish. It's going to be one of the craziest things we've ever seen in the sport, and no doubt the most doubleheaders in such a short time..." September 09

  • Brewers Release Justin Smoak

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Milwaukee Brewers thought they might have a bargain when they signed first baseman Justin Smoak to a one-year deal with a team option this winter. A $5MM guarantee would be a bargain deal for a productive first baseman, and Smoak had been exactly that in the past. The..." September 08

  • Who are the hottest rookies right now?

    MLB.com "Another week, another slew of exciting big league callups for top prospects. From MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list alone, we saw the Pirates’ Ke’Bryan Hayes, Miami's Jazz Chisholm, and the Yankees’ Deivi García and Clarke Schmidt make their Major..." September 07

  • Forced to retire from baseball early, Will Middlebrooks now has a budding second career

    Boston "Had certain plot twists gone a different way, Will Middlebrooks might still be playing for the Boston Red Sox. It was eight years ago — yes, that long now — that he arrived at age 23 as a welcome summer phenom with a floundering 2012 Red Sox team, hitting 15 home runs in..." September 07

  • MLB power play will end Minor League Baseball as we know it

    Sportsnaut "It has been a devastating 2020 calendar year for Minor League Baseball. The season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this cancellation came the loss of jobs throughout the minors — players themselves included. Sadly, this is going to be taken to a whole new..." September 05

  • Way-Too-Early Team-by-Team MLB Free-Agency Predictions Post-2020 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 MLB trade deadline has come and gone. The focus now is on the fast-approaching postseason, with its expanded 16-team format. While we wait for the October excitement to unfold, let's make some way-too-early offseason free-agency predictions. This..." September 04

  • Brewers' Josh Hader sets MLB record with 12th straight hitless appearance to begin season

    CBS Sports "Wednesday night at Miller Park, Milwaukee Brewers closer Josh Hader made history in his team's win over the Detroit Tigers (MIL 8, DET 5). Hader struck out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning and again did not allow a hit. It was his 12th consecutive hitless outing, a..." September 03

  • Brewers DFA ex-Blue Jay Justin Smoak, claim another ex-Blue Jay, Daniel Vogelbach

    TSN "The Milwaukee Brewers made a pair of roster moves on Thursday involving Toronto Blue Jays. The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reports the team designated first baseman Justin Smoak for assignment and claimed designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach on waivers from the..." September 03

  • 10 MLB stars that could be on the move this winter

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed Monday afternoon, with Mike Clevinger serving as the biggest name to change teams. Clubs will now be unable to make external additions through the rest of the 2020 MLB season, but that doesn't mean that the speculation..." September 03

  • Why it's time for Major League Baseball to ban the shift

    CBS Sports "Maybe I just needed to get north of 40 years old to achieve my "old man yells at clouds" moment, but it's arrived.  I've held out for years. For a long time, when I heard people say "ban the shift" my response was that hitters should adjust and the..." September 03

  • Brewers Release Justin Grimm, Select Phil Bickford

    Yardbarker "The Brewers have released reliever Justin Grimm, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel tweets. The club also announced that it has selected right-hander Phil Bickford, placed infielder Jedd Gyorko on the bereavement list, optioned righty Trey..." September 02

  • Rob Manfred: Fans acted like MLB rule changes were ‘crime against humanity’

    Sportress of Blogitude "  Rob Manfred is perhaps the most embattled commissioner in all of American professional sports, and his recent critical comments about fans are not likely to garner him more support among them.   The MLB commissioner recently took part in an..." September 02

  • 2021 MLB Draft to be held in Atlanta before All-Star Game

    The Score "The 2021 MLB Draft will take place in Atlanta from July 11 to 13, sources told Carlos Collazo and J.J. Cooper of Baseball America. Next year's event will be at least 20 rounds - and up to as many as 30 - based on an agreement between the league and the Major League Baseball..." September 01

  • Phillies trade for Brewers reliever David Phelps

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies made a trade for Milwaukee Brewers reliever David Phelps shortly before Monday's deadline. According to a source, the Phillies are sending the Brewers more than one prospect from the lower levels of their minor-league system. " August 31

  • Dodgers in on Brewers All-Star Josh Hader

    Yardbarker "The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Sunday’s action with a 25-10 record and as the obvious favorites to win the World Series. One might think that the team is completely set after adding former AL MVP Mookie Betts in a trade this past offseason. That’s apparently not the..." August 30