• Rob Manfred gives his take on how foreign substance enforcement is going

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has endured some awkward moments this week as it begins its crackdown on pitchers illegally using foreign substances. Despite that, commissioner Rob Manfred thinks things are going great. Manfred told Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic that he was pleased..." June 23

  • Alex Cora has interesting take on asking for foreign substance checks

    Yardbarker "Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora is reluctant to push for foreign substance checks on opposing pitchers for a very interesting reason.  Cora was singled out as one of the main proponents of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing operation in the 2017 season when serving as..." June 23

  • Way-Too-Early Predictions for Where Top 2021-22 MLB Free Agents Will Land

    Bleacher Report "This time of year, all of the drama is playing out on the baseball field. Don't get me wrong, it's great, but the rumor mill doesn't quite fly like it does in the offseason when the hot stove burns. We'll get a taste of that in a month before the July 30 trade deadline, but the..." June 23

  • Clayton Kershaw: Managers should be punished for failed pitcher checks

    NBC Sports Washington "Nationals' ace Max Scherzer returned from the Injured List on Tuesday and threw five strong innings in Washington's 3-2 victory over the Phillies, but the focus postgame was on what happened between pitches. With Major League Baseball beginning its crackdown of pitchers using..." June 23

  • Mets' Pete Alonso to defend Home Run Derby crown at Coors Field

    CBS Sports "New York Mets slugger Pete Alonso will defend his title in this year's Home Run Derby. On Wednesday, MLB announced Alonso will participate in this year's Home Run Derby at Coors Field next month. Alonso and Angels two-way wunderkind Shohei..." June 23

  • MLB Official Doesn't Expect Work Stoppage in 2022 Despite MLBPA Tension

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball may have labor strife between the players and owners, but at least one official believes the two sides will avoid a work stoppage in 2022.  "If the state of labor in baseball is only judged by is there or is there not a work stoppage that causes games..." June 23

  • Furious Max Scherzer undoes belt, taunts Joe Girardi after foreign substance check

    Audacy "As the old saying goes: if at first you don't find any foreign substances, try, try again. That's evidently how it might work with the new rules established by MLB's crackdown on pitchers, working to prevent an unfair advantage due to sticky materials they may be using..." June 23

  • Blue Jays’ Ross Stripling unfazed by sticky-stuff checks as others voice displeasure

    Sportsnet "Did you catch Max Scherzer’s reactions to his first experiences with the new foreign-substance checks, including one initiated at the request of Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi? Give the Washington Nationals superstar an Emmy. And if this is your first time seeing..." June 23

  • Max Scherzer on Substance Checks

    Bleacher Report "It's safe to say Max Scherzer is not a fan of consistently being checked for foreign substances during a game he's pitching. "I'll take off all my clothes if you want to see me. I've got nothing on me," he told reporters after helping lead..." June 23

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo Calls Joe Giradi a 'Con Artist'

    ABC 6 "Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said Philadelphia Phillies manager Joe Girardi was playing games when he spurred the umpires to check Max Scherzer for foreign substances on Tuesday night and embarrassed everyone in the process. June 23

  • Dodgers Fan Walks Up Stands To Fight Padres Fan, Gets Jumped For His Troubles

    Total Pro Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers took two losses on Tuesday night. While the Dodgers were in the midst of losing a 3-2 game to the San Diego Padres — a fight was brewing in the stands. .psd-readMoreComponent{padding-top:15px;padding-bottom:15px;border-top:1px..." June 23

  • Phillies' Joe Girardi: Max Scherzer Wiping His Head During Game Was 'Suspicious'

    NBC Washington "Following Tuesday’s contentious matchup between the Nationals and Phillies, a 3-2 win for the Nats, Joe Girardi gave an explanation for why he requested a third inspection of Nats ace Max Scherzer for foreign substances. Scherzer, who had already been checked twice in..." June 23

  • Kris Bryant all for pitcher crackdown

    The Score "Count Kris Bryant among the supporters of MLB's decision to crack down on pitchers using foreign substances. The Chicago Cubs third baseman said Tuesday he is "all for" the league's new policy of checking hurlers for banned substances during..." June 23

  • CC Sabathia Talks Sobriety, Playing Softball, and MLB’s Sticky Substance Controversy

    Complex "CC Sabathia hasn’t pitched in a major league game since 2019, but if you want to see him playing ball these days make sure you check out the softball fields of Manhattan. That’s where you can find the former Yankees ace—looking way different than he did during his 11..." June 23

  • The Arizona Diamondbacks Aren't Even Trying Anymore

    The Big Lead "The lowly Arizona Diamondbacks invited the Milwaukee Brewers into their home last night and proved to be accommodating hosts, mustering very little fight and bowing out in the form of a 5-0 loss. It was the 18th defeat in the last 19 tries for Arizona. The Diamondbacks have strung together an..." June 23

  • Rockies Assistant GM Zach Wilson Resigns

    MLB.com "Rockies assistant general manager of player development Zach Wilson, a 20-season front-office member who was in his seventh season in charge of the Minor League system, resigned on Tuesday, according to Major League sources. Chris Forbes, Colorado's assistant director of player..." June 23

  • The right move for the Twins is still to give Byron Buxton an extension

    Clutch Points "The Minnesota Twins were expected to compete for an American League pennant in 2021. Instead, they currently sit with a record of 31-41 and well out of the current playoff picture. One of the lone bright spots was and has been Byron Buxton. The Twins centerfielder was..." June 23

  • Sergio Romo hilariously drops pants during ump's substance check

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Athletics manager Bob Melvin, starter Frankie Montas and catcher Sean Murphy didn't have any issues Monday with MLB's new rule forcing umpires to check all pitchers for foreign substances during their outings. Reliever Sergio Romo, based on his actions a day..." June 23

  • How pitchers are adjusting to baseball's sticky-stuff crackdown

    The Score "Around 5:30 p.m ET on Monday, the best pitcher in baseball, New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom, became the first person subjected to Major League Baseball's enhanced screening for sticky substances. As deGrom walked off the mound at the end of the first inning, he was intercepted at..." June 23

  • Dysfunctional, unfortunate, unnecessary: Inside the labor fight that threatens MLB's future

    ESPN "Ask those in positions of power around Major League Baseball how they would characterize the state of labor relations in the sport, and the answers connote..." June 23

  • The Most Improved Player on Every MLB Roster

    Bleacher Report "The San Francisco Giants have the best record in baseball for a litany of reasons. Chief among them is how vastly improved the players have been. Veterans Buster Posey, Brandon Belt and Brandon Crawford are all having remarkable seasons. Kevin Gausman is a candidate for the National..." June 23

  • MLB Suspends Blue Jays Alek Manoah Five Games For Hitting Maikel Franco With Pitch

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball announced that Blue Jays right-hander Alek Manoah has been suspended for five games and fined an undisclosed amount for “intentionally throwing” at Orioles third baseman Maikel Franco during last Saturday’s start in Baltimore. He is..." June 22

  • Former Phillies outfielder Dylan Cozens leaving baseball to pursue NFL career

    CBS Sports "Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Dylan Cozens is hanging up his baseball cleats for a different sport. Cozens announced on Twitter that he will be retiring from baseball in order to chase his dream of playing professional football. Cozens was playing for..." June 22

  • Twins claim RHP Beau Burrows from Tigers

    MSN.com "The Twins announced Tuesday that they’ve claimed righty Beau Burrows off waivers from the Tigers, who had previously designated the former first-rounder for assignment. He’ll report to Triple-A St. Paul. Burrows, 24, was the No. 22 overall pick back in 2015 and..." June 22

  • David Wells Hates Umpires, Thinks Players Should Be Able To Punch One of Them Every Game

    Total Pro Sports "David Wells really dislikes Umpires, even with him retired and all. The former New York Yankees pitcher recently appeared on a Barstool Sports podcast and was asked which unwritten rule that he would like to get rid of. June 22

  • 75 MLB trade candidates, from Max Scherzer to Trevor Story

    The Athletic "With fewer than 40 days until the trade deadline, general managers have already begun working the phones to establish the groundwork for deals. And with so many contending teams possessing significant needs and rebuilding teams looking to add prospects to their farm systems after the pandemic..." June 22

  • Mariners Claim Jake Hager Off Waivers From Brewers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced they’ve claimed infielder Jake Hager off waivers from the Brewers. First baseman Evan White has been transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day injured list to create 40-man roster space. Milwaukee designated Hager for assignment last..." June 22

  • Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Is Chasing MLB's Best Offensive Season in Years

    Bleacher Report "There's a long way still to go, yet Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is making it easy to dream big about the company he might keep by the end of the 2021 Major League Baseball season. After two good-not-great seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019 and 2020, the 22-year-old is making a..." June 22

  • Joey Votto suspended 1 game for outburst after ejection

    The Score "Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was suspended one game for an outburst following his ejection for arguing balls and strikes in Saturday's contest, according to MLB.com's Mark Sheldon. MLB originally banned Votto for two games, but his punishment..." June 22

  • Julia Rose: Get To Know The World Series Flasher

    Total Pro Sports "One of the most often confused facts about Julia Rose is that people think she grew up in Africa. That Julia Rose is an actress. The Julia Rose we’re fascinated with flashed everyone at the World Series in 2019. Her ta-tas might be the thing people remember most about her..." June 22

  • Cubs' Javier Báez pulled from game after forgetting number of outs

    CBS Sports "Monday night the Chicago Cubs lost for the sixth time in their past eight games, this time getting shut out by five Cleveland pitchers (CLE 4, CHC 0). The Cubs have been outscored 39-12 in the eight-game stretch, and they've scored two runs or fewer in seven of the eight games. A..." June 22

  • Alex Rodriguez rents property close to Jennifer Lopez’s home

    Larry Brown Sports "Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez announced two months ago that they have mutually agreed to end their engagement, but it doesn’t seem like the former MLB star is doing everything he can to avoid his ex-fiancee. Rodriguez has rented a mansion in the Hamptons that is located a..." June 22

  • What is the best MLB team of all time?

    Sportsnaut "What is the best MLB team of all time? The Los Angeles Dodgers are the best baseball team as the reigning World Series champions, but it would be a stretch to call them the greatest team in MLB history. A lot of factors help determine what is the best MLB team of all time. It’s..." June 21

  • Athletics demote Jesús Luzardo to Triple-A

    CBS Sports "The Oakland Athletics made a pair of roster moves ahead of their series-opening contest against the Texas Rangers on Monday: optioning struggling left-hander Jesús Luzardo to the minors and purchasing the contract of righty Domingo Acevedo. With due respect to..." June 21

  • Brewers Designate Zack Godley For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers announced Monday that they’ve designated right-hander Zack Godleyfor assignment in order to create a spot on the roster for fellow right-hander Jake Cousins, whose contract has been selected from Triple-A Nashville. The veteran Godley has had a pair of..." June 21

  • Jacob deGrom first pitcher checked for foreign substances

    New York Post "MLB’s best pitcher also was the first to get closely inspected by umpires suddenly tasked with enforcing sticky-substance cheating rules. No, Jacob deGrom did not do anything out of the ordinary to raise suspicion. This was about coincidence and baseball’s new..." June 21

  • Three secret reasons why Jacob deGrom's fastball is great

    CBS Sports "New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom will enter his start on Monday night against the Atlanta Braves with some impossible seasonal numbers. Through 11 starts, deGrom has a 0.54 ERA and a 724 ERA+ (meaning he is 624 percent better than the league average) to go along with his..." June 21

  • Jacob deGrom admits to changing hitting approach due to injury concerns

    Larry Brown Sports "Jacob deGrom has been one of the league’s best hitting pitchers this year, but it sounds like that might have to change going forward. deGrom admitted that a swing in his last start aggravated his shoulder issue, and it informed his thinking in his first start since on Monday...." June 21

  • White Sox Discussing Eduardo Escobar Trade With Diamondbacks

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox are reportedly engaged in trade talks centered around infielder Eduardo Escobar, per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. With the White Sox’s Nick Madrigal undergoing season-ending surgery, Chicago is looking to replace their..." June 21

  • Ben Zobrist claims in a lawsuit that wife Julianna had an affair with their pastor

    Chicago Sun-Times "About a year after he took a leave of absence from the Cubs, Ben Zobrist discovered his wife was having an affair with their minister, according to court documents. The minister was also accused of defrauding Zobrist’s charity foundation, for which he worked. June 21

  • Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will sit out 2021 MLB Home Run Derby

    CBS Sports "Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads all players in the latest round of All-Star Game voting, suggesting that he'll be part of this year's MLB All-Star Game when it's played on July 13 at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. Alas, Guerrero..." June 21

  • 3 Milwaukee Brewers trades to boost World Series hopes

    Sportsnaut "The Milwaukee Brewers pulled off the first big trade of the 2021 MLB season, acquiring Willy Adames from the Tampa Bay Rays. With this team clearly buying in the hopes of making the postseason, the MLB trade deadline offers plenty of possibilities for Milwaukee. Unlike many..." June 21

  • The Most Scrutinized Player on Every MLB Roster Right Now

    Bleacher Report "With the 2021 Major League Baseball season rapidly approaching its halfway point, many players have played their way into fans' and pundits' good graces while many others have simply faded into the background. Then there are the ones who are somewhere in between. June 21

  • Former Sportswriter Reveals She Was Raped by MLB Player Nearly Two Decade Ago

    Complex "Former sportswriter Kat O’Brien revealed in an op-ed for the New York Times that at the age of 22, she was raped in 2002 by an MLB player while conducting an interview as a reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas. O’Brien did not identify the..." June 21

  • Some MLB teams plan to ask umpires to check pitchers for foreign substances

    ABC News "Baseball's rule against the use of foreign substances has been buried for decades underneath a gentlemen's agreement held among managers, who almost uniformly refused to ask umpires to check opposing pitchers because they knew that their own pitchers would not be checked. But..." June 21

  • Reliever John Axford signs minor league contract with the Blue Jays

    Bluebird Banter "A week ago today, John Axford was a Sportsnet commentator who spoke about the Blue Jays’ bullpen woes in a pre-game show. Today, he is on the other side, with his now-former colleague Jamie Campbell reporting that he has signed a contract to return to the Blue Jays. Another former..." June 21

  • Are high MLB draft picks getting to the majors faster than ever?

    The Athletic "When Jarred Kelenic was first promoted by the Seattle Mariners last month, it meant that the first seven players drafted in 2018 had all debuted in the majors, less than three years since the date of that draft. (The eighth pick, Carter Stewart, didn’t sign, and is now playing..." June 21

  • Wander Franco, MLB's No. 1 Prospect, Called Up by Rays Ahead of Red Sox Series

    ESPN "Top prospect Wander Franco is headed to the big leagues and will be called up from the minors by the Tampa Bay Rays, the team announced on Sunday. Franco, 20, is a switch-hitting infielder who entered the season ranked as the No. 1 prospect in baseball, according to..." June 21

  • 3 Boston Red Sox trades to boost World Series hopes

    Sportsnaut "The Boston Red Sox are one of the biggest surprises in 2021, sitting near the top of the MLB standings and demonstrating they are one of the best teams in baseball this year. With the trade deadline drawing closer, trade rumors are swirling about potential names on the..." June 20

  • Twins Sign Kyle Barraclough

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have signed reliever Kyle Barraclough to a minor league contract and assigned him to Triple-A St. Paul, according to an announcement from the Saints. The right-hander was released from a minors pact with the Yankees earlier this week. Read More - June 20