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  • Indians won't have Terry Francona through at least Thursday "If the Indians clinch a postseason spot Monday night, manager Terry Francona will not be in the dugout. Francona, recovering from surgery for a blood-clot issue, will miss the Indians' four-game series against the White Sox that starts Monday night at Progressive Field. 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 "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

  • 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

  • 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 "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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Sergio Romo suspended, fined for incident with Francisco Lindor

    Larry Brown Sports "Sergio Romo was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his incident with Francisco Lindor on Friday night. Lindor smiled at Romo after flying out in the eighth inning of his Cleveland Indians’ 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Romo approached Lindor to make some..." 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

  • Indians Select Kyle Nelson’s Contract, Option Adam Cimber

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have selected the contract of left-hander Kyle Nelson from their alternate training site, the club announced.  Right-hander Adam Cimber was optioned to the alternate training site in a corresponding move, and another move will need to be made to create space..." September 10

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • The 15 biggest offseason trade candidates "The 2020 Trade Deadline is officially in the rearview mirror, but as every baseball fan knows, trade talk is a year-round affair. The shortened season means that the hot stove will be simmering before we know it. Only two months from now, teams will be preparing their offseason plans,..." September 05

  • 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

  • Indians Outright Domingo Santana, Release Jake Elmore "Outfielder Domingo Santana has accepted an outright assignment and will join the Cleveland Indians alternate training site at Classic Park in Eastlake. Infielder Jake Elmore was released to make room for Santana in the Indians’ 60-man player pool. Santana was designated for..." 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

  • 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

  • These 7 teams won a wild Trade Deadline "The Padres won the Trade Deadline. Actually, they probably won it a day or two ago and then kept going. Here’s to some amazing work by Padres general manager A.J. Preller. Lots of other teams got better, too. Some clearly, some incrementally. The Blue Jays and Reds are on this..." August 31

  • Executive: Mike Clevinger violating safety protocols did not lead to trade

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike Clevinger has been a peripheral figure for the Cleveland Indians since he broke safety protocols. The team is denying that it led to him being traded, however. Clevinger was dealt to the San Diego Padres on Monday after several days of trade rumors. The trade comes exactly three..." August 31

  • Indians recalling Zach Plesac to replace Mike Clevinger in rotation

    The Score "The Cleveland Indians are recalling right-hander Zach Plesac from the alternate training site to replace the departed Mike Clevinger in their rotation, according to Joe Noga of Plesac will start Tuesday in Kansas City. " August 31

  • Indians Designate Domingo Santana

    Let's Go Tribe "The Indians needed to make room on their roster following the acquisition of seven players earlier today (three of which went straight to the 40-man roster), and they went with the big right-handed power-ish bat Domingo Santana.   " August 31

  • Padres To Acquire Mike Clevinger From Indians

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have struck a deal to acquire right-hander Mike Clevinger from the Indians, Robert Murray reports (via Twitter). It’s the fifth move of a scintillating deadline weekend for the Padres that has also seen San Diego acquire Trevor Rosenthal, Jason..." August 31

  • The Cleveland Indians are willing to discuss Francisco Lindor trade ahead of deadline

    The Score "One of baseball's premier players may be up for grabs. The Cleveland Indians are willing to discuss a Francisco Lindor deal ahead of Monday's trade deadline, reports MLB Network's Jon Heyman. However, the price is so high that a deal likely..." August 30

  • 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

  • Indians discussing Mike Clevinger trade with White Sox

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are entertaining trade inquiries about star pitcher Mike Clevinger, and apparently they are not opposed to sending him to a division rival. The Indians have been involved in active discussions about trading Clevinger to the Chicago White Sox, USA..." 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

  • Each Team's Nightmare 2020 MLB Trade Deadline Scenario

    Bleacher Report "The trade deadline offers contending MLB teams the final opportunity to improve their rosters entering the season's closing stretch. Alternatively, other clubs are seeking to acquire young talent to bolster the farm system and build for the future. Regardless, some sort of value..." August 30

  • Cleveland's pitching has been historically great so far in 2020

    CBS Sports "Cleveland's win over the Cardinals on Saturday (CLE 2, STL 1 in 12 innings) in tandem with the Twins' fourth straight loss means Cleveland is now alone in first place in the American League Central. So how does a team rise to the top of what's been baseball's..." August 30

  • 7 Players the Cubs Must Target at 2020 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The Chicago Cubs are in the thick of the NL postseason race with an 18-12 record, and under this year's expanded playoff format, they are in a great position to be playing in October. But the North Siders roster is not without its flaws. The team has stumbled to a 5-9..." August 29

  • Top MLB position players who could be traded

    The Score "The 2020 MLB trade deadline will be unlike any we've experienced before. With fewer than 30 games - for most teams - remaining in the regular season, an expanded playoff field, fewer clear-cut sellers, unsettled financial situations, and no minor-league campaign, this year's edition is..." August 29

  • Actor Chadwick Boseman, Who Played Jackie Robinson in '42' Movie, Dies at Age 43

    Bleacher Report "Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed former Brooklyn Dodgers legend Jackie Robinson in 42 and Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, died at age 43 from stage 4 colon cancer Friday. An announcement was made on Boseman's official Twitter..." August 29

  • Mike Clevinger Trade Rumors: Indians Including SP in Talks; Price 'Ridiculous'

    Bleacher Report "Mike Clevinger is reportedly available in trade talks ahead of the August 31 deadline. It's just going to cost teams a lot if they want to acquire him. According to MLB Network's Jon Heyman, the Cleveland Indians starter has been discussed in potential..." August 28