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  • Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper Lead MLB's Best-Selling Jerseys for 2020

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts led all MLB players in jersey sales during the 2020 season in his first year with the team after a trade from the Boston Red Sox.  Betts was followed by the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge and Philadelphia..." September 25

  • Hamstring tightness ends season for Mets' Michael Conforto

    CBS Sports "Michael Conforto was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday with hamstring tightness, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. This ends Conforto's season.  " September 24

  • MLB made it to the end of its pandemic-ravaged season. Was it worth the toll?

    USA Today "So, that was something. Can we never do it again, please? Major League Baseball’s 60-game season has stumbled into its final weekend dazed but intact, like a wayward outfielder spun around by a fly ball, only to right himself at the last and haul in the ball at the..." September 24

  • Is Brodie Van Wagenen on his way out with Mets?

    Larry Brown Sports "Brodie Van Wagenen is in only his second season as the general manager of the New York Mets, and it is fair to wonder if it will be his last. Steve Cohen, who recently purchased the New York Mets but still needs approval from Major League Baseball to take over, announced on Thursday..." September 24

  • How empty ballparks would have changed MLB history -- and could alter games this October

    ESPN "Humans are heat factories. If the average human being produces heat at a rate of 80ish watts, then 19 humans hunched together would radiate as much heat as my 1,500-watt space heater. Humans' surplus heat warms a housing project in Paris, a 13-story office building in..." September 24

  • Steve Cohen hires Sandy Alderson as Mets team president

    Amazin' Avenue "Steve Cohen has hired Sandy Alderson to be the Mets’ team president, a role that would have Alderson heading up both baseball and business operations, pending the approval of Cohen’s purchase of the Mets by his would-be fellow Major League Baseball owners. " September 24

  • What Were the Most Memorable Moments of the 2020 Season?

    Bleacher Report "It's MLB mailbag time once again, and this time around, we asked Bleacher Report app users to choose the most memorable moment of the 2020 MLB season. The results were a mix of individual achievements, impressive team performances, COVID-19 issues, a bold challenge to..." September 23

  • Underdogs? Don't tell these playoff teams

    MLB.com "The upset special is on the menu for a 2020 postseason featuring more teams and, perhaps, more randomness, with every entrant subjected to the whims of a best-of-three Wild Card Series presented by Hankook. What follows is a list of the Top 10 upsets in MLB postseason history. While..." September 23

  • MLB's strange 2020 season gives players to freedom to shine – and connect with fans like never before

    USA Today "Go ahead, be honest. You didn’t really miss us in the media this year – the reporters and camera crews, banned from the clubhouse during the pandemic, who always manage to turn 32 flavorful quotes into a big scoop of vanilla. Instead,..." September 23

  • MLB Designates Independent Atlantic League As “Partner League”

    Ballpark Digest "The Atlantic League has been designated the first MLB Partner League, extending the independent circuit’s relationship in terms of rules testing into areas like joint marketing and promotional opportunities. Prior to the 2019 season, MLB and the Atlantic..." September 23

  • MLB's 2021 draft order expected to be based on 2020 standings

    The Score "As the shortened regular season nears its conclusion, it appears the worst teams in baseball have something to look forward to. MLB's 2021 draft order is highly likely to be determined by the results of the 2020 campaign, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. " September 22

  • 2020-21 MLB Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "The following players are projected to reach free agency after the 2020 MLB season.  Numbers in parentheses represent the age at which the player will play the 2021 season. Catchers Alex Avila (34) Drew Butera (37) Welington Castillo (34) Jason..." September 22

  • Higher-seeded team will receive World Series 'home-field advantage'

    Yardbarker "The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) confirmed on Monday that the highest seed playing in the World Series will serve as the "home team" and receive the final at-bats in Games 1 and 2 and, if necessary, Games 6 and 7.  Per an agreement between the league and..." September 22

  • Arizona Fall League Cancels Season

    Baseball America "In a normal world, the Arizona Fall League would have begun on Thursday. Instead, citing an abundance of caution in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the league has been officially canceled for 2020. Specifically, MLB did not believe the AFL's traditional facilities—Salt..." September 22

  • Mets to clean house, attempt to lure Brian Cashman to Queens

    Elite Sports NY "The media has been in a frenzy trying to speculate on what changes Steve Cohen is going to make to the New York Mets. The two most common reports are that Cohen isn’t going to make much change this year, but will hire a President of Baseball Operations to take over as the..." September 21

  • Sandy Alderson likely to return to Mets under new ownership

    MSN.com "Steve Cohen figures to make changes to the New York Mets’ organization, but one of those changes may involve a familiar figure. According to Andy Martino of SNY, Cohen plans to bring former general manager Sandy Alderson back to the organization in an unknown role. " 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

  • Texas Rangers get Stephen Villines from Mets

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers have acquired righthanded relief pitcher Steve Villines from the New York Mets as the player to be named later in the Ariel Jurado trade, the team announced today. Villines, 25, was a 10th round draft pick of the Mets in 2017 out of the..." September 20

  • Something Is On Fire at Citi Field During a Mets Game

    The Big Lead "The New York Mets haven't been great this year but this kind of symbolism is a bit heavy-handed. During their game with the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, something was on fire just outside Citi Field and the smoke drifted on to the field of play. You can always get..." September 20

  • 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

  • Orioles Acquire Victor Gonzalez From Mets, Release Chandler Shepherd

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have acquired infield prospect Victor Gonzalez from the Mets as the player to be named later in the August trade that sent Miguel Castro to New York.  The 17-year-old Gonzalez has been added to Baltimore’s 60-man player pool, while..." September 20

  • Todd Frazier gets a strikeout in first career pitching appearance

    Larry Brown Sports "The bad news is the New York Mets lost 15-2 to the Atlanta Braves on Friday night. The good news is they may have found a new closer. Todd Frazier made his first career pitching appearance during the Mets’ blowout loss, and he actually did well. The 32-year-old, who..." September 19

  • Brodie Van Wagenen upbeat about Steve Cohen owning Mets

    New York Post "Brodie Van Wagenen has not spoken with potential incoming owner Steve Cohen since the hedge fund billionaire’s announced intention to buy the Mets, and not at all since a cursory talk last winter. The Mets’ general manager is looking at the expected transition from the..." 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

  • New insight into why Yoenis Cespedes opted out of the Mets’ 2020 season

    Yahoo! Sports "Remember when Yoenis Cespedes ghosted the Mets and subsequently opted out of the 2020 baseball season? Feels like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it? And while it’s hardly a frontburner issue during the pennant race that is proceeding without him, his reasoning..." 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

  • Mets' Jed Lowrie will not play this season

    CBS Sports "Jed Lowrie (knee) is no longer reporting to the team facility and won't play this season, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. The veteran infielder received a series of platelet-rich plasma injections in mid-August, but he apparently wasn't able to participate in baseball..." 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

  • Jacob deGrom Leaves Start Early

    MLB Trade Rumors "7:46pm: deGrom is dealing with a right hamstring spasm, the team announced. 7:06pm: Mets ace Jacob deGrom left his start against the Phillies on Wednesday after two innings, Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer was among those to report. The reason..." September 16

  • 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

  • Mets should sign J.T. Realmuto in Steve Cohen’s first big move

    New York Post "Many tests await Steve Cohen once he assumes control of the Mets, and for the purpose of this column, let’s assume that he’ll pass the entry exam of the approval vote by other owners. After that, before the really heavy lifting, the first test looks..." 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

  • Mets' Sale to Steve Cohen Could Bring Dodgers-Like Transformation to NL East

    Bleacher Report "In the case of the New York Mets, the new boss almost certainly won't be the same as the old boss. With Fred Wilpon at the forefront, the Wilpon family has been involved in the ownership of the Mets since 1980, and they've been majority owners of the franchise..." 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

  • Steve Cohen’s record deal to buy the Mets will be a boon for MLB owners

    Sportsnaut "It’s not an absolutely huge surprise. Current New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon has been in negotiations with interested parties to purchase his Major League Baseball franchise for a while now. Among those bandied about the most has been billionaire Steve Cohen, who founded..." 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

  • Steve Cohen To Buy Mets For $2.42 Billion

    Forbes.com "Steve Cohen has come to terms with the owner of the New York Mets, Sterling Equities, which is controlled by the Wilpon and Katz families, to guy the baseball team for $2.42 billion. The price is within 1% of our $2.4 billion valuation of the Mets in April. Cohen has an..." 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

  • 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

  • Desperation is last hope for maddening Mets

    New York Post "The problem, boiled down to its essence, is this: the Mets are desperate for a hot streak, keep believing they have one in them, yet they have now played 47 out of their 60 games in this virus-truncated season and have yet to win more than three games in a row. Given the talent on the team,..." 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

  • 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