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  • Marcus Stroman blasts Randal Grichuk: 'Continue to underachieve and talk s— about teammates!'

    Sporting News "Marcus Stroman tore into former Blue Jays teammate Randal Grichuk via Twitter on Saturday after Grichuk backed an accusation about Stroman's prior treatment of minor league players. Grichuk said an allegation from Aubrey Huff that Stroman once kicked 30 younger teammates out of a..." July 11

  • The Yo' show will redebut on Opening Day "In Yoenis Céspedes’ mind, there is no longer any doubt. When the Mets take the field for Opening Day on July 24, he will be among them, playing his first game in more than two years. “I know for certain now that I will be ready,” Céspedes said..." July 11

  • MLB players have been wearing masks on the field – and that could extend into actual games

    USA Today "As Cody Bellinger waited out Major League Baseball’s coronavirus-driven shutdown in his native Arizona, he saw the evolution of facial coverings firsthand. Arizona moved quickly through its reopening phases, complete with images of packed bars and patios over Memorial Day..." July 11

  • Devin Mesoraco Joins University Of Pittsburgh Coaching Staff

    MLB Trade Rumors "Devin Mesoraco has joined the University of Pittsburgh baseball team as a volunteer assistant, per Kendall Rogers of Presumably, this means the former catcher’s playing days are done. Mesoraco came highly-touted to the majors, from his selection at..." July 11

  • Brodie Van Wagenen: ‘Business as usual’ for Mets amid sale

    New York Post "As the bidding continues in the sale of the Mets, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said Friday it was “business as usual” as far as he was concerned in running the team. “I anticipate it remaining that way until there is or isn’t a change,’’..." July 10

  • 71 MLB players and 12 staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 27

    The Comeback "Ahead of Major League Baseball’s planned July 23 start of its season, MLB teams have been doing training camps at their stadiums (following the shutdowns of their Florida and Arizona training camps amidst surges in those states), and they’ve been conducting both..." July 10

  • Which teams benefit most from shortened season

    The Score "During the customary 162-game marathon that Major League Baseball teams endure, there are very few avenues for bad teams to sustain enough good luck to squeeze into the incredibly exclusive postseason. However, in a 60-game sprint, the possibilities are a lot wilder. Of course, the..." July 10

  • Mets’ Jeff McNeil makes batting title, run at .400 feel possible

    New York Post "The answer from Jeff McNeil never changes: Yes, I believe I can lead the league in hitting. The question for Jeff McNeil changes in a 60-game baseball season. How high is up for this line-drive Hit Machine? On a Zoom call on Thursday, there was also this question..." July 10

  • Famous Mets rallying cry started with a ‘pissed off’ boss

    New York Post "You’ve built a time machine (nice work!), and you’ve informed me that I can pick one on-the-field baseball moment to witness in real time. I struggle to choose: Babe Ruth’s called shot? Jackie Robinson’s debut with the Dodgers? Bobby Thomson’s shot heard..." July 09

  • One (weird) week down, two to go: MLB's 'mad dash' to opening day

    USA Today "There were opt-outs, failed tests, missing delivery trucks, angry emails, cancelled workouts, terse statements, retirements, World Series ring deliveries, and two seasons worth of schedules released 72 hours apart. “It seems like every day we’ve seen something we’ve..." July 09

  • MLB Umpires Association Disavows Joe West's Comments on Coronavirus

    The Big Lead "Joe West has been spouting off about COVID-19 and regurgitating unfounded talking points over the last few days. On Thursday, the Major League Baseball Umpires Association distanced itself from the veteran umpire's comments without mentioning him by name. West has now claimed he..." July 09

  • Dominican-based MLBers not tested for COVID-19 before flight

    The Score "Major League Baseball didn't test any of its players for COVID-19 before they flew from the Dominican Republic to Miami, according to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post. Many of the players on board the two charter flights later tested positive for the virus. Some of them..." July 09

  • Mets’ Michael Wacha threw in parking lot during coronavirus break

    New York Post "Jacob deGrom pitched a simulated game Thursday and looked sharp over three innings, but if the Mets plan on contending this season, they will need contributions from their entire rotation — which is where Michael Wacha comes in. The right-hander is one of the Mets starters..." July 09

  • MLB announces 2021 regular-season schedule "Major League Baseball on Thursday announced its master 2021 Major League regular season schedule, which will begin with all 30 Major League Clubs playing on Thursday, April 1. The 2021 season will mark the fourth consecutive season in which all 30 Clubs are scheduled to play on traditional..." July 09

  • Discipline in a pandemic might be the ultimate competitive advantage in MLB

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's plan to play through a public health crisis is outlined in a handbook that encompasses more than 100 pages, every single one of which emphasizes the notion that professional baseball in 2020 will be unlike anything anybody has ever experienced. Players are..." July 09

  • MLB Blackouts Will Continue as Baseball Strives for Goal of Limiting Viewership

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball is well-known for its annoying blackout policy and they have no intention of doing anything differently in a pandemic-shortened season. Buster Olney reported that even though fans will not be allowed in the stands, MLB will still black out local games on..." July 09

  • New York Mets to use cardboard cutouts of fans at Citi Field

    Elite Sports NY "According to Tim Healey of Newsday, the New York Mets plan to fill Citi Field with cardboard cutouts of fans. Fans who have renewed their season tickets for 2021 will be the first to have cutouts made and placed in the stands. It’s currently unknown what happens after..." July 09

  • New extra innings rule will not create a sacrifice bunt-fest

    Hardball Talk "Last month we learned that Major League Baseball will be implementing a new extra innings rule aimed at reducing the length of games: each extra inning will start with the batting team placing a runner on second base. The runner, which will be the player who made the final out of the..." July 09

  • MLB's Intake Testing for Coronavirus Produced 66 Positive Results

    Bleacher Report "The MLBPA reportedly informed players Tuesday that the intake round of COVID-19 testing returned 66 positive results, split between 58 players and eight staff members, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN.   A total of 3,740 tests were conducted...." July 08

  • Bids for Mets to be submitted by Thursday, sale price could be $2 billion

    Sportsnaut "New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon is doing his best to sell the MLB team before the end of the calendar year. We’ve read about some big-name individuals looking to put groups together to buy the National League franchise.  That has obviously included the power couple of Alex..." July 08

  • What is a 100-win club in MLB's shortened season?

    Yahoo! Sports "Holding a shortened MLB season in the middle of a global pandemic is going to present challenges. More than any other sport, baseball is a grind. Over the course of a 162-game season, the best teams usually rise to the top. But over a 60-game stretch, anything can..." July 08

  • Mets find creative way to get fans into Citi Field this season

    New York Post "There will be paying fans at Citi Field this year, after all. Well, at least paying fans’ cardboard equivalents. The Mets finally are offering refunds to all 2020 games (as are the Yankees, with both teams updating their policies on Monday), yet season-ticket holders..." July 08

  • Nashville Stars could be MLB's next team, first Black-owned club

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball might get a little more diverse...provided a specific team can be added in Nashville.  Music City Baseball LLC is trying to acquire a team, either through expansion or relocation, in Nashville. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the team..." July 08

  • Angels Claim Jacob Rhame

    CBS Sports "Jacob Rhame was claimed off waivers by the Angels on Wednesday. " July 08

  • Brodie Van Wagenen Exuding Powerful Energy With Social Distance Warning Sash

    The Big Lead "After several rather severe missteps earlier in the week, it seems "summer training" is up and running for most, if not all, MLB teams. The New York Mets are among those teams, taking Citi Field in Queens for the first time since last..." July 08

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci more optimistic about MLB resuming than the NFL

    Sportsnaut "The Truncated 2020 MLB season is slated to get going on July 23 with a doubleheader that will feature the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Whether the season actually gets going remains to be seen. But things are not..." July 08

  • Pete Alonso, Aaron Judge remind us that it’s OK to dream

    New York Post "His first day back at the office a few days ago, Pete Alonso stepped out of the dugout at Citi Field, took a look around, walked over to first base. It had been a while. He put his hand to the ground to feel the dirt. “I wanted to make sure it was real,” Alonso..." July 07

  • Fans call for MLB to cancel season

    Sportsnaut "The San Francisco Giants announced they are suspending workouts pending the results of COVID-19 tests conducted last weekend. This news comes on the heels of multiple teams having to take the same action on Monday as MLB’s attempt at starting the 2020 season continues..." July 07

  • Yankees-Mets to play on 20th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

    CBS New York "Major League Baseball just released its official schedule for this year’s shortened 60-game season on Monday. But, it appears that isn’t the only work the league has been doing on this front. According to new reports, the league has scheduled the Mets and Yankees to face each other..." July 07

  • MLB Must Be Transparent About COVID-19 Testing

    SI "Seven days into MLB’s restart, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has not reported to camp. Neither has A’s righty Mike Fiers. Neither has Phillies utilityman Christian Bethancourt. Their teams will not tell us why, or when they’ll be back in uniform. They could be suffering from..." July 07

  • Joe West is not opting out of the 2020 season

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic spoke to everyone’s favorite umpire, Joe West. He reports that even though West is considered high-risk for COVID-19, and even though he has the right to opt-out with full pay because of it, West is not opting out of the 2020 season. West, who is 67..." July 07

  • Details On Potential 2-Team Nashville League

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a typical MLB season, many former big leaguers are kicking around in the upper minors and independent leagues, ready to grab an opportunity when one arises. In a 2020 campaign that won’t feature any minor-league play, that won’t quite be the case. While many players will be..." July 07

  • Alex Rodriguez wants baseball to be more like the Kardashians

    New York Post "Alex Rodriguez believes MLB can learn a thing or two from Kim Kardashian and her famous family. During a recent appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” the former Yankees slugger and potential Mets buyer suggested how additional exposure can help..." July 07

  • Steve Cohen Expected To Make Mets Bid This Week

    Mets Merized Online "Uncle Steve is here to save the day! Well, maybe.. Mets fans have been wishing for Steve Cohen to attempt once again to buy the Mets. Well, now it looks like he is. We heard that he did still intend to place a bid and now it looks as though it is going to happen..." July 06

  • MLB teams react to 2020 schedule release

    Sportsnaut "The baseball world waited months for the 2020 MLB schedule to begin with Opening Day. After a lengthy delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB teams celebrated the release of the 2020 schedule on Monday. " July 06

  • MLB's 60-game schedule for 2020 unveiled "The 2019 postseason ended with the Nationals lifting the first World Series championship trophy in franchise history. On July 23, the 2020 regular season will begin with Washington starting its title defense. The 2020 schedule, which Major League Baseball unveiled live on MLB Network..." July 06

  • Dave Dombrowski joins group looking to bring MLB team to Nashville

    Sportsnet "Former Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski has joined Music City Baseball LLC, a group that is looking to bring a major league team to Nashville. Dombrowski is joining a group that also includes three-time World Series champion Dave Stewart..." July 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Seeking Additional Medical Lab Site For COVID Testing

    MLB Trade Rumors "COVID-19 test results haven’t come in at an acceptable rate for several Major League Baseball teams early in Summer Camp. The slow process has negatively affected the Athletics, Angels, Astros and Nationals, though MLB expressed confidence Monday that it..." July 06

  • MLB Issues Statement On Testing Delays

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a statement regarding the delays in COVID-19 testing that have hamstrung the efforts of several teams to prepare for the season. The league acknowledged the issue but says it expects to iron things out moving forward. While several teams are..." July 06

  • Mets owners unhappy with first round of bids; Steve Cohen still interested

    Larry Brown Sports "New York Mets owners Jeff and Fred Wilpon are looking to sell the franchise before the end of the year, but it does not sound like they are anywhere close to a deal yet. The Mets are set to receive a first round of bids from prospective buyers later this week, and Charles Gasparino of..." July 06

  • Baseball is Having Real Difficulty Getting Out of the Batter's Box

    The Big Lead "We're mere hours from Major League Baseball trotting out the big guns for a made-for-television schedule release in which each team will be tasked with times and dates for 60 games to be played by the end of summer. But it doesn't take the most observant person on planet to..." July 06

  • Third Cy Young 'definitely still a goal' for Jacob deGrom "All told, 11 Major League pitchers have won consecutive Cy Young Awards, including Jacob deGrom last season. Of those, only two -- Randy Johnson and Greg Maddux -- extended their streaks to three in a row (and both went on to win four straight). deGrom now has a chance to..." July 06

  • Some MLB players reporting teams ‘not adhering closely’ to COVID-19 protocol

    Sportsnaut "As MLB attempts to get its 2020 season off the ground, things aren’t exactly going swell. Now, we’re hearing more bad news on this front. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Monday morning that “Some players are reporting privately their teams are not adhering closely..." July 06

  • How should history view the outcomes of MLB’s shortened 2020 season?

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is preparing to embark on a season unlike any other. The game is going to look different, and there may not be fans in the stands for many, if not all teams. The biggest change is probably the most fundamental one: all 30 teams will play just 60 regular season games, a..." July 06

  • Several Teams Experiencing Testing Delays

    MLB Trade Rumors "While most teams are already hosting full workouts and beginning to schedule intrasquad games at “summer camp,” multiple clubs are still experiencing delays in their COVID-19 test results that are preventing them from taking the field just yet. The Athletics are in a particularly..." July 06

  • Jed Lowrie a “Full Go” in Mets Camp

    Mets Merized Online "As per reports coming out of New York Mets training camp at Citi Field, infielder Jed Lowrie (left side issues) is ready for a return to action after racking up just nine plate appearances in his debut season with the Mets due to a myriad of injuries. Ahead of staggered..." July 05

  • To play or not to play: MLB players face tough decisions amid coronavirus surge

    USA Today " It was a gut-wrenching decision, one that weighed on Los Angeles Dodgers starter David Price for months, finding a balance between health concerns for his young family and the responsibility to his new teammates and fanbase. Price couldn’t bear the thought of contracting..." July 05

  • 5 Underrated Things We're Looking Forward to for MLB Restart

    12 Up "Sports aficionados based in the states will soon have the luxury of witnessing the long-awaited resumptions of its most prominent leagues that, of course, have been on hiatus in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Major League Baseball will be the first to return and will thereby give fans their..." July 05

  • Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

    Hardball Talk "Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their..." July 05

  • Mets pitcher Seth Lugo isn't afraid of coronavirus: 'You don't live in fear'

    New York Post "Sitting out the abbreviated season never crossed Seth Lugo’s mind. Not even with a recently born child and the novel coronavirus pandemic continuing to spread throughout the country. “I live my life to play baseball,” the valuable right-hander said on a Zoom call..." July 05