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  • Giants Designate Justin Smoak For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have designated first baseman Justin Smoak for assignment, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group was among those to report. They reinstated outfielder Alex Dickerson from the paternity list in a corresponding move. This is the second time..." September 21

  • 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

  • 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 "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

  • Mike Yastrzemski Suffers Mild Calf Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "SEPT. 18: Yastrzemski has a mild calf strain and is now day-to-day, Crowley tweets. He’s not going on the IL. SEPT. 17, 7:29pm: Yastrzemski will undergo an MRI on Friday, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic tweets. 4:29pm: Giants..." September 18

  • 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

  • Giants OF Mike Yastrzemski dealing with calf issue

    Yardbarker "Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski left the team’s game against the Mariners on Thursday for what was then an undisclosed reason. It turns out he’s dealing with a tight right calf, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group was among those to..." 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

  • This Giants hitter is crushing the ball "An offense with a lot more pop than anticipated is one big reason why the Giants are defying expectations and sit in playoff position with less than two weeks to play. And while Mike Yastrzemski has played like an MVP candidate, he’s not the only bat behind the surge...." 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 moves Mariners-Giants series to San Francisco due to poor air quality

    The Score "Tuesday's game between the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants at T-Mobile Park has been postponed due to poor air quality, the Mariners announced. The teams will now play a two-game series at San Francisco's Oracle Park on Wednesday at 9:45 p.m...." 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 "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

  • 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

  • Giants’ Alex Dickerson reveals stress of false-positive virus test for him, pregnant wife

    San Francisco Chronicle "Ninety minutes before he was scheduled to play ball Sunday, Giants left fielder Alex Dickerson had to suppress tears as he told reporters the harrowing tale of his false positive coronavirus test — especially the stress over his wife, who is 39 weeks pregnant. Forty hours after..." 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

  • Giants Scratch Kevin Gausman From Scheduled Start

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants scratched Kevin Gausman from today’s scheduled start against the Padres with elbow tightness, per various reporters (including Andrew Baggarly of the Athletic). He’ll head for an MRI as a precaution, per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (Twitter..." September 13

  • 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

  • MLB is jarred again as Giants-Padres games are postponed because of COVID-19

    USA Today "Just when it looked like the Major League Baseball season might go smoothly the rest of the way, along came Friday night to provide a jarring dose of reality and a painful reminder of the daily obstacles to complete this 2020 regular season and postseason. The San Francisco..." September 12

  • Friday and Saturday's Giants-Padres games postponed after positive COVID-19 test within Giants organization

    CBS Sports "Friday night's game between the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres at Petco Park has been postponed because of a positive COVID-19 test within the Giants organization. MLB also announced that Saturday's scheduled game between the two teams has also..." September 11

  • 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 activate LHP Drew Smyly from IL "The Giants have activated left-hander Drew Smyly from the injured list, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area was among those to report. They also made newly acquired first baseman’s Justin Smoak selection official and optioned righty Rico..." September 10

  • Giants To Designate Pablo Sandoval For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants are designating infielder Pablo Sandoval for assignment today, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports (Twitter links). The move will create space for fellow veteran Justin Smoak, who signed with the Giants yesterday. Sandoval, 34, lasted just two and a half..." September 10

  • Giants to play Mariners under ominous Bay Area skies

    The Score "California wildfires are causing the sky in San Francisco to turn an ominous orange on Wednesday, but the Giants' game against the Seattle Mariners at Oracle Park will get underway as scheduled. Despite the menacing skies, the air quality was rated as moderate early..." September 09

  • 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

  • Giants Considering Move To The Bullpen For Jeff Samardzija

    San Francisco Chronicle "The end of Jeff Samardzija’s five years wih the Giants has arrived quietly, with the 35-year-old right-hander trying to rehabilitate a shoulder injury in time to beat the accelerated 2020 clock and pitch again before the season and his five-year contract expire. As the Giants..." September 08

  • Giants Release Abiatal Avelino; Latest On Drew Smyly

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have released infielder Abiatal Avelino, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. He had been part of the Giants’ alternate training site. The 25-year-old Avelino – whom San Francisco acquired from the Yankees in a 2018 trade..." September 07

  • Who are the hottest rookies right now? "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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Giants' Alex Dickerson ties MLB single-game record with 5 extra-base hits

    The Score "San Francisco Giants outfielder Alex Dickerson became the 15th player in MLB history to collect five extra-base hits in a game after accomplishing the feat Tuesday night against the Colorado Rockies. No big leaguer has ever recorded six extra-base hits in a single..." 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

  • Giants Acquire Anthony Banda

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have traded left-hander Anthony Banda to the Giants, Robert Murrayreports. The Giants sent cash considerations in return, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle was among those to tweet. To make room for Banda, the Giants placed outfielder Joey..." August 31

  • Tigers claim Dereck Rodriguez off waivers from Giants

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers have claimed right-handed pitcher Dereck Rodriguez off waivers from the San Francisco Giants. Rodriguez, 28, is the son of Hall-of-Fame catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who played for the Tigers from 2004-2008. The younger Rodriguez was selected by the Minnesota..." August 31

  • 7 prospects who should be untouchable "There’s absolutely no way the Rays will trade shortstop Wander Franco, who is No. 1 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects list. Yes, some prospects really are untouchable. Dozens of others have been mentioned in this feeding frenzy of a Trade Deadline that will..." August 30

  • These 5 blockbuster trades didn't pan out "One constant of every Trade Deadline, even this most unusual one, is that every seemingly consequential trade will be sold as "The Biggest Trade Ever." This has always been the case -- there was a time when Mike Bordick going to the Mets (look it up!) felt like it would change the..." August 30