• MLB owners' top priority? money before baseball

    Yahoo! Sports "Befitting Rob Manfred’s reputation as a shrewd labor negotiator, Major League Baseball devised a new strategy this week to defeat the players association in the entrenched economic fight that has stalled plans to schedule a coronavirus-shortened 2020 season. But it..." June 03

  • Top MLB executive says agreement with players is 'very close'

    Sportsnaut "It seems like Major League Baseball and its players are far apart as it relates to an agreement to start the 2020 season.  The latest indication is that owners turned down the players’ recent offer and don’t plan on responding any time soon. At issue here..." June 03

  • Jack Flaherty Perfectly Sums up Problems With MLB's Recent Offers

    12 Up "As several professional sports leagues across the globe make strides towards resuming their suspended seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic, the MLBcontinues to engage in a spiteful financial dispute. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that this predicament lies..." June 03

  • Brewers GM 'firmly' believes there will be 2020 MLB season

    CBS Sports "As players and owners continue to negotiate the structure of a 2020 MLB season, which is on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of possible scenarios are coming to light. One of those is a significantly shorter regular season than the 82-game arrangement that was..." June 03

  • Doubt growing over MLB owners, players reaching deal to play 2020 season

    Larry Brown Sports "This week is regarded as pivotal in efforts to get an agreement in place to play an MLB season in 2020, and optimism among some parties seems to be waning quickly. After Major League Baseball turned down the MLBPA’s counterproposal for a 114-game season, the two sides were left..." June 03

  • The Chris Archer Trade Could Go Down As One of the Worst in MLB History

    The Big Lead "In July 2018, the Pittsburgh Pirates swung for the fences, trying to get one more playoff run going down by the three rivers. So far, that trade has backfired in every conceivable way and is now in position to be added to the list of worst trades in MLB history. On..." June 03

  • MLB Rejects MLBPA's 114-Game Proposal, Won't Send Counteroffer

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball rejected a 114-game proposal for the 2020 season brought forth by the players association, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The league will not make a counteroffer, instead moving forward with discussions for a shorter season. The..." June 03

  • Pirates GM on MiLB cuts: 'Extending the relationship' isn't necessarily helping

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Pirates will soon announce they've cut a number of minor-league players, joining a number of major-league ball clubs in the process. General manager Ben Cherington said it didn't make sense to string those players along if they didn't have a clear..." June 03

  • Nationals Release Dumbest and Vaguest Statement Possible in Response to Current Social Climate

    12 Up "Most professional sports teams, players, and leagues have issued some sort of statement on the protests around the country and the death of George Floyd to varying degrees of success. While statements from leagues like the NFL and teams like the Washington Redskins stand out as..." June 03

  • Several Prospects Withdraw From 2020 Draft

    MLB Trade Rumors "With MLB’s shortened, five-round draft a week away, multiple players have removed their names from consideration. Baseball America’s Carlos Collazo reports that high school outfielders Dylan Crews and Brandon Fields have withdrawn their names, as has..." June 03

  • White Sox's Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito inspired by their relationship

    ESPN "When Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson saw that teammate Lucas Giolito posted a message supporting the Black Lives Matter movement late last week -- and in doing so became one of the first white major league players to speak publicly about the death of..." June 03

  • MLB: ‘Our game has zero tolerance for racism and racial injustice’

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball issued the following statement today: We offer our condolences to the families of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and all the families that have lost loved ones due to senseless killing and injustice. " June 03

  • Ian Desmond describes racist encounters in heartfelt Instagram post

    The Score "As protests against systemic racism and police brutality continue throughout the United States and beyond in the wake of George Floyd's killing, Colorado Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond shared his own experiences with racism in a series of written messages posted on..." June 03

  • Ben Cherington: PNC Park likely to host Pirates' spring training 2.0

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The process might be rushed, and it might be a little chaotic. But at least the view would rock. Oh, and sadly, there would be no fans, although one source made a solid suggestion: streaming the whole thing online. With Major League Baseball hoping to solve its economic..." June 03

  • Mets' Pete Alonso has perfect response to the 'All Lives Matter' crowd

    SNY TV "As protests against police brutality and racial injusitce continue in most major cities in the United States, Mets star Pete Alonso posted on Instagram on Tuesday along with the caption #blackouttuesday -- a hashtag many are using on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the Black..." June 03

  • CC Sabathia Posts Chilling Illustration on Instagram of George Floyd's Death

    12 Up "Former New York Yankees star CC Sabathia was personally affected when he saw Derek Chauvin kill George Floyd by digging his knee into his neck for nine minutes, and his Instagram activity shows just what he thinks of interracial relations in the United States given the week..." June 03

  • Indians hand 'indefinite layoffs' to ballpark employees

    WKYC "The Cleveland Indians have issued a WARN act notice for layoffs to seasonal employees, the team confirmed to 3News on Tuesday. In a statement, the Indians said: "In compliance with federal law and guidance, we sent today’s WARN act notices to members of our seasonal staff..." June 03

  • Pirates Pitcher Chris Archer Undergoes Surgery, Expected To Return In 2021

    CBS Pittsburgh "Chris Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, the Pirates announced. Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome is a condition that can cause pain, tingling, or weakness in the shoulder and arm, according to Johns Hopkins University. " June 03

  • Two Yomiuri Giants players test positive for COVID-19

    Hardball Talk "Kyodo News reports that two Yomiuri Giants players have tested positive for COVID-19. The players, shortstop Hayato Sakamoto and catcher Takumi Oshiro, are the first baseball players in Japan to test positive since NPB began its ramp-up to a scheduled June 19 opening day. " June 03

  • Diamondbacks Owner Ken Kendrick Says MLB Has One Big Dealbreaker for 2020 Season Timeline

    12 Up "On Sunday, the MLB Players Association revealed a 114-game proposal for the upcoming season. Shortly after that announcement, reports indicated that some owners said there was effectively no progress in said negotiations. One who shares that sentiment? Ken Kendrick, owner of the..." June 02

  • Cubs Owner Tom Ricketts Talks About Cubs Revenues, Team Spending, and Wanting to Play a Season

    Bleacher Nation "Chicago Cubs Owner and Chairman Tom Ricketts spoke to ESPN today about the nature of the financial issues facing MLB teams this year, as that relates to trying to put a deal together with the players to stage a season (instead of forcing the sport to go dark for 18 months, absolutely crippling..." June 02

  • Andrew McCutchen wants police held accountable, end to 'qualified immunity'

    The Score "Andrew McCutchen joined the chorus of athletes condemning police brutality amid protests across North America in the fight against racism. "We cannot wait to change hearts and minds - too many people will die while we try," McCutchen wrote in a joint statement..." June 02

  • Three takeaways from latest tensions in MLB-union talks

    New York Post "On the bright side, no one calls baseball “boring” at the moment. These heated negotiations to restart the 2020 season continue to entertain, even as they present absolutely terrible optics to a country coping simultaneously with a social crisis and a pandemic. Here are..." June 02

  • MLB season will begin with or without new agreement?

    SNY TV "Owners from all 30 Major League Baseball teams convened on a conference call Monday, according to sources, and reiterated the desire to begin the season.  If any owner has gotten to the point where he does not see the value in playing a truncated schedule, he did not express that..." June 02

  • The Winding Journey Of All-Star Slugger Nelson Cruz

    Yardbarker "Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz has carved out a fantastic career with a few different teams since he debuted in the majors a decade-and-a-half ago. As you’ll see below, it has been quite an eventful journey for a player who has gone from relatively unheralded prospect to..." June 02

  • MLB, union talks remain tense as significant gulf remains to salvage 2020 season

    USA Today "As the days peel off the calendar toward an unofficial but implied deadline to salvage a 2020 season, the gulf between Major League Baseball and the Players' Association appears as many as 74 games wide. Tuesday morning, some two days after its offer of a 114-game season, the..." June 02

  • Mookie Betts urged dedication to mission of ‘equality for all’ in Instagram post

    Boston "Amid ongoing protests of police brutality and racial injustice, Boston athletes past and present have shown their support. The list includes both Tom Brady and David Ortiz, who made Instagram posts on Tuesday morning. Mookie Betts shared his thoughts..." June 02

  • Break-in at Brewers' Miller Park leads to minor field damage

    ESPN "The field of Miller Park was damaged Tuesday morning when a man broke into the Milwaukee Brewers' home stadium, according to the team. " June 02

  • Bryce Harper shares message condemning racial injustice

    Sportress of Blogitude "  Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper joined the countless athletes who have weighed in on the subject of racial injustice with a powerful statement shared on social media. In the wake of the ongoing fallout from George Floyd’s death while in Minneapolis..." June 02

  • Replacing Jon Lester and Jose Quintana for the Cubs

    The Union Journal "t existing, the Cubs have just 2 beginning bottles under agreement for the 2021 period: Yu Darvish and Kyle Hendricks The Cubs really control Darvish with 2023 and Hendricks with ’24, so they’ll proceed as turning essentials right into their mid-30 s. The set..." June 02

  • Yankees' James Paxton Calls Out His Own White Privilege

    WFAN Sports Radio "Many athletes participated in #BlackoutTuesday on social media as a symbol to stand up to racism, but Yankees pitcher James Paxton shared an introspective message on the matter. The 31-year-old southpaw acknowledged his past silence on the issue and how that was a byproduct of his..." June 02

  • This Day in Transaction History: Phillies acquire John Kruk from Padres

    Hardball Talk "John Kruk is one of the more underrated hitters in baseball history. Kruk, who is currently a broadcaster for the Phillies, had a 10-year career during which he hit exactly 100 homers, batted exactly .300, and posted an excellent .397 on-base percentage. In baseball history, there are only 32..." June 02

  • Chris Ellis, Oscar Hernandez Among Cardinals’ Minor League Releases

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Chris Ellis and catcher Oscar Hernandez were among the 33 minor leaguers released by the Cardinals in the final week of May, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports (Twitter thread). Right-hander Johnny Hellweg was also cut loose...." June 02

  • Red Sox post message on Fenway scoreboard, back protesters

    Sportsnaut "A number of professional sports teams and leagues have spoken out in support of those protesting the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis a week ago. It comes with the United States divided on both racial and socioeconomic lines and with protests having been widespread over..." June 02

  • Kacy Clemens among Blue Jays releases

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays were one of a number of clubs that made releases throughout its minor-league system over the past several days. According to Baseball America, among the 29 players cut by the organization was first baseman Kacy Clemens, son of former Jay and seven-time Cy Young..." June 02

  • Lenny Dykstra Says Dale Murphy’s Son is A Antifa Member After Being Shot In Eye With Rubber Bullet At Protests

    Total Pro Sports "Former Major League Baseball player Dale Murphy revealed over the weekend that his son, Tyson, “was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet while peacefully protesting for justice for George Floyd” Saturday night in Denver, but the eye was saved by protective goggles. The..." June 02

  • Len Dykstra hurls vile and unsubstantiated claims at Ron Darling, a judge, and the Mets

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday we reported that Len Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former teammate Ron Darling was dismissed, with the judge finding that Dykstra has such a poor reputation that it’s virtually impossible to libel him. Today Randy Miller of NJ.com ran an interview he..." June 02

  • Why a shorter season and salary deferrals could help save the 2020 MLB season

    ESPN "Is all of the recent acrimony between MLB players and owners real or the byproduct of the early stages of the 2020 season's negotiations playing out in the public spotlight? When recently asked that question, one baseball official's reply was, "Yes." Yes, as..." June 02

  • White Sox infielder Tim Anderson: 'We stand for more than just sports'

    Chicago Tribune "Tim Anderson wanted to take it all in. So the White Sox shortstop visited spots in the city and shared photos Sunday on his Instagram account. It was a chance to reflect and respond after the death of George Floyd on May 25 in Minneapolis. “At the end of the day,..." June 02

  • Dennis Eckersley expects MLB, union to 'split the difference' on 2020 season

    NESN "Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are continuing negotiations for a potential 2020 season. Players reportedly were upset with the league’s recent sliding scale economic plan, and the MLBPA has responded with a plan for the season of their own. The MLBPA’s proposal..." June 02

  • MLB hostility worsens as Rob Manfred’s top aide, Tony Clark trade barbs

    New York Post "MLB and the players association have now swapped financial proposals with each expressing distaste for the opposing plan. And while that keeps the sides far away from an agreement to restart the game, they do continue to heighten a war of words. The players association, represented by..." June 02

  • Scott Boras to pay minor-league clients' full expected salaries

    Hardball Talk "Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest. " June 02

  • Meet the 2020 MLB draft's man of mystery: A 17-year-old pitcher with enormous upside

    ESPN "The pitcher many scouts think has the highest upside in the 2020 MLB draft has been seen by most big league organizations for just three innings. And those innings were nearly a year ago, when he was part of the 2021 draft class, so some scouts weren't even paying attention to..." June 02

  • Rangers release 37 minor league players, including journeyman Austin Bibens-Dirkx

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers on Monday joined the trend of clubs releasing waves of minor league players. In truth, though, it was pretty much business as usual. The Rangers released 37 players, their first moves since mid-March. A year ago, the Rangers released 33 minor leaguers between..." June 02

  • Players agree to MLB's radical realignment proposal

    The Score "Major League Baseball's owners and players are locked in combative negotiations, but it appears they're on the same page regarding temporary realignment. As part of its counteroffer to the league, the players' union agreed to MLB's proposal to abandon the traditional..." June 01

  • Former Astros player, manager Art Howe is 'coronavirus free'

    Larry Brown Sports "The daughter of former Oakland A’s manager Art Howe shared some great news on Twitter Monday. Stephanie Sullivan, who is Howe’s oldest daughter, tweeted that her father was COVID-19 free. " June 01

  • Is Max Scherzer already a lock to make the Baseball Hall of Fame?

    CBS Sports "A few weeks ago, I took a look at 10 current active baseball players who I believe have the most to lose from a canceled 2020 season in terms of their Hall of Fame candidacies. Since we're still waiting around for baseball to happen, we're running through some extended looks..." June 01

  • MLB could offer to remove tax, qualifying offer in negotiations

    The Score "Major League Baseball is preparing to offer some additional financial incentives in order to reach an agreement on a 2020 season. The league will consider removing the luxury tax and qualifying offer in order to help spur this winter's free-agent market coming off a shortened..." June 01

  • Who's hurt the most in an abbreviated season?

    USA Today "There’s just one guarantee as Major League Baseball aims to wedge an 80-plus game schedule and expanded playoffs into a pandemic-driven four-month window: Roughly half the season is gone forever. Some franchises have pointed to 2020 for several years as the moment their plans..." June 01

  • Aubrey Huff Threatens To Run Over ‘Protesters’ Who Dare To Smash His Truck

    Total Pro Sports "Aubrey Huff is not a fan of protesters. All across the country, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest the unjust murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Protests have started out peaceful, only to lead to violence, looting, and just downright criminal..." June 01