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  • Indians activate Delino DeShields Jr, designate Christian Arroyo and option Greg Allen, Daniel Johnson

    Cleveland.com "Outfielder Delino DeShields Jr is rejoining the Cleveland Indians as the club announced several moves Thursday to reduce the active roster to 28 players in accordance with MLB rules. DeShields, sidelined since summer training camp after testing positive for COVID-19, was activated..." August 06

  • Indians' Terry Francona Still Out with Medical Issue

    Sports Gossip "Indians manager Terry Francona remains absent from the team to get rest while dealing with a gastrointestinal issue that he has battled for months. Francona will miss his fourth game in a row Wednesday night when the Indians return home to play two straight against the Reds. The..." August 06

  • MLB players on how they've had to adapt, from no fans in the stands to no couches in the clubhouse

    ESPN "Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Brant Brown used to see his daily drive to the ballpark as an opportunity to make phone calls. But this season he has learned, as many of the team's players and coaches have, that it's best to stay quiet on his commute to save up enough saliva for..." August 06

  • MLB, MLBPA adopt sweeping changes to COVID-19 protocols

    The Score "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed to several changes to the league's COVID-19 operations manual, according to Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal. The following protocols will take effect Thursday and remain in place for..." August 06

  • Reds take LeBron James-themed shot at Indians on Twitter

    Larry Brown Sports "This week’s series between Major League Baseball’s two Ohio teams is getting a little personal. Ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Indians in Cleveland, the Cincinnati Reds tweeted some action shots of their players on the field and got in a shot at the city of..." August 05

  • Rob Manfred: MLB protocols working despite setbacks

    ESPN "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred believes the health protocols the league has in place are working despite outbreaks of coronavirus on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. He's calling for "vigilance" from all parties, though the league..." August 05

  • Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona gets tests, return unknown

    WEEI Boston "Cleveland manager Terry Francona is currently undergoing medical tests for a gastrointestinal issue and it's unclear when he will be able to return to the dugout. On Sunday, Francona did not feel well and returned to the team hotel in Minnesota and opted to skip the two-game..." August 05

  • If the Braves try to replace Mike Soroka via trade, which pitchers might be available?

    CBS Sports "The Braves suffered a pretty sizable blow on Monday night, when young ace Mike Soroka tore his right Achilles tendon. He will miss the rest of the season and 2021 might even be impacted. Word from the front office is the Braves are going to try to replace him internally, but..." August 05

  • MLB to use 28-man rosters for rest of season and playoffs

    The Score "Major League Baseball is tweaking its pandemic-related rules once again. Effective Thursday, all active rosters will be reduced from 30 players to 28 and will remain at that number for both the balance of the regular season and the playoffs, a source told Ken Rosenthal of The..." August 04

  • Jeff Passan: MLB could consider a bubble format for the playoffs

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball is only a few weeks into its season but it's already struggling, as multiple teams have experienced coronavirus outbreaks, causing the schedule to be thrown into a frenzy. Many have said the MLB should have created a bubble like the NBA and according to Jeff Passan,..." August 04

  • Minor League Baseball Changes Negotiating Teams

    Baseball America "A long, winding and contentious negotiation between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball took another surprising and dramatic turn on Monday, Aug. 3.   " August 04

  • Terry Francona not traveling with Indians due to stomach issue

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are going to be without their manager for their upcoming trip to Cincinnati. Indians president Chris Antonetti confirmed that Terry Francona is not making the road trip due to an ongoing stomach issue. " August 03

  • 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

  • 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

  • Indians' James Hoyt: Acquired by Miami

    CBS Sports "Hoyt was traded from the Indians to the Marlins on Saturday in exchange for cash considerations. The veteran right-hander was designated for assignment by Cleveland earlier in the week... " 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

  • Former Yankees’ great CC Sabathia: I would be ‘bad teammate’ right now

    New York Post "“I’d be such a bad teammate right now,” CC Sabathia, a Hall of Fame teammate throughout his 19 years in Major League Baseball, said Friday evening while laughing.” I would be complaining about everything. It’s almost good in a way that I’m not in there right..." 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

    MLB.com "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

  • Cubs Sign Former Indians Closer Cody Allen to Minor League Deal

    Bleacher Nation "Although the Cubs have started off their season with a 4-2 record so far, that has come despite the best efforts of the bullpen. So, yeah, it’s already time to start searching out depth options. Per multiple reports, Cubs have signed former Indians closer..." July 31

  • Three teams off to smashing starts to 2020

    MLB.com "If you looked at the Padres on Opening Day, you would have sees a team filled with possibilities: Two dazzling stars (Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado) on the left side of the infield, a big bopper in left field (Tommy Pham) and one of the game’s true pros (Eric Hosmer) at..." July 31

  • Shane Bieber Is a Popping Star

    The Big Lead "Shane Bieber has taken a lot of heat and suffered through a ton of bad puns as a result of his surname from simpletons and wannabe comedians alike. The Cleveland Indians pitcher had no choice, then, but to forge his own path and make his own name — something he's been thrusting into..." July 31

  • The cardboard cutout revolution is real

    MLB.com "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

  • Shane Bieber rewrites record books again with latest dominant outing

    The Score "The Cleveland Indians' rotation has been historically dominant this season, and it all starts with Shane Bieber. On Thursday against the Minnesota Twins, Bieber became the only pitcher in the modern era to strike out 13 or more batters in each of his first two starts of..." July 31

  • 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

  • Indians’ Roberto Perez being tested for sore right shoulder

    Cleveland.com "Catcher Roberto Perez has a sore right shoulder, which explains why the Indians added catcher Beau Taylor to the 30-man roster between games of Tuesday’s doubleheader against the the White Sox. The Indians announced during the second game of the doubleheader that Perez was..." July 29

  • Indians place catcher Roberto Perez on 10-day IR

    WKYC "Just five games into the coronavirus-abbreviated season, the injury bug has hit the Indians in a potentially damaging way. The team announced Wednesday that catcher Roberto Perez has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a strained right shoulder. The 31-year-old began..." July 29

  • Marcus Stroman, Mike Clevinger not happy with Joe Kelly suspension

    Larry Brown Sports "Joe Kelly’s suspension for throwing at Houston Astros players has once again sparked a debate over whether the punishment fit the crime. MLB was widely criticized for not suspending any Astros players for their roles in the team’s 2017 sign-stealing scandal, with many..." 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

  • Indians Bring Up Catcher Beau Taylor, Send Daniel Johnson to Lake County, DFA James Hoyt

    SI "The Indians made a couple roster moves in between Tuesday's doubleheader at Progressive Field against the Chicago White Sox, bringing up a player and designating another for assignment. The player brought to the big league roster is catcher Beau Taylor, a 30-year-old former..." 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

    MLB.com "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

  • 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

  • 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