• Bryce Harper Needs to Step up and Help Phillies Minor Leaguers Like Shin-Soo Choo Did With Rangers

    12 Up "Uplifting news broke Wednesday afternoon that Texas Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was donating $1,000 to each of the 190 minor leaguers in the organization. The veteran is set to earn $21 million this season and while ownership should be the ones paying the young players in the..." April 01

  • Is that a lightsaber? Vladimir Guerrero Jr. slugs away in Vitilla

    MLB.com "How does a young slugger stay sharp without live pitching this spring? Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is getting back to his roots, playing a classic game that has shaped so many Latin stars. Vitilla, a variation of stickball played primarily in the Dominican Republic, is part of the..." April 01

  • Revisiting Yasiel Puig’s 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agency in Major League Baseball opened way back in the beginning of November. At that point, nobody would have expected outfielder Yasiel Puig to remain without a job into April, but here we are. It’s going to stay that way for at least a little while longer, too, after..." April 01

  • Shin-Soo Choo donates $1,000 to each Rangers minor league player

    Dallas Morning News "Shin-Soo Choo has often talked with reverence about wanting to help the next generation of players the way veterans did for him in his early years. Often, that has meant simply sharing his stories of experiences during a long career that included numerous ups and downs. Now,..." April 01

  • Braves' Mike Soroka: 80-game season would feel like playoffs all year

    The Score "Atlanta Braves right-hander Mike Soroka is bracing for the possibility of playing only half a Major League Baseball season as a result of delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Soroka believes a reduced schedule would increase intensity and..." April 01

  • Tim Tebow Bench Presses 140-Pound Dumbbells In Insane Quarantine Workout

    TMZ "If you needed further proof that Tim Tebow is strong as hell ... here's the NY Mets farmhand slinging around 140-pound dumbbells in a quarantine workout Wednesday -- FOR REPS!!! The former Heisman Trophy winner posted the vid as an inspiration for those looking for some..." April 01

  • MLB Teams Open to October Regular-Season Games: 'Realistic Possibility'

    Bleacher Report "Baseball could see its first-ever Mr. December in 2020. ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Monday on SportsCenter that MLB teams and players both want to play as many games as they can during the 2020 season, which has been suspended indefinitely due to the COVID-19..." April 01

  • MLB Fighting To Keep Red Sox, Astros Sign-Stealing Notes From Being Used In Lawsuit

    Total Pro Sports "Major League Baseball bust the door wide open when they finished their investigation into the Houston Astros elaborate sign-stealing scheme during the 2017 season, and while no players got suspended, it did name others involved that led to another investigation into the Boston Red..." April 01

  • The true story behind Michael Jordan's brief-but-promising baseball career

    ESPN "This story was originally published on April 5, 2019. He has made it very exciting tonight. With the Barons leading 5-1, Jordan steps in for the fourth time ... two of his three at-bats were near homers ... he skied deep to left center when he hit the ball to the wall in the fourth,..." April 01

  • Despite any organized workouts, MLB players improvise to stay in game shape, if and when season starts

    USA Today "They are playing catch in the backyard with their wives, like New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole. They are building makeshift gyms, like Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed. There is so much free time, but no place to go, no place to even work out. Major League..." April 01

  • 5 teams that would be hurt most if MLB cancels season

    The Score "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to a deal for the 2020 season that will afford players a full year of service time even if the campaign is canceled entirely. Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said Monday that "all of us, and I'm..." April 01

  • Blue Jays’ draft history shows potential impact of late-round picks

    Sportsnet "The 2020 MLB season is already unfolding differently than we’d hoped, as the scheduled date for opening day has come and gone without a pitch being thrown or a stadium hotdog being consumed. Now, this summer’s amateur draft will be the shortest ever after last week’s..." April 01

  • The London Series is officially cancelled

    Hardball Talk "This is not surprising but, as of today, it is now official: The London Series scheduled for June 13-14 between the Cubs and Cardinals has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. " April 01

  • Veteran MLB players will get nearly $5K per day during coronavirus shutdown

    CBS Sports "The ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has delayed the start of the 2020 MLB season indefinitely and forced a temporary restructuring of the game off the field. MLB and the players' union (MLBPA) recently agreed to a framework of how to proceed with that..." April 01

  • How The Delayed Season Impacts The Athletics

    MLB Trade Rumors "Every Major League Baseball team is facing some sort of impact from the coronavirus, which has delayed the start of the regular season and could wipe it out completely. Before the 2020 campaign begins (if it does), MLBTR will break down the ways that the pushed back campaign could affect each..." April 01

  • MLB considering July 4 as possibility for Opening Day

    Larry Brown Sports "If all is right in the world by then, we could have baseball to go along with our backyard barbecues and fireworks shows on Independence Day this year. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that July 4 has been one of the options floated as a possibility in..." March 31

  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred officially suspends minor-league season, agrees to pay weekly stipend through May

    USA Today "Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told minor-league clubs and its players Tuesday that they are officially suspending the season, but agreed to pay minor-leaguers $400 per week through May. Manfred said he still expects the minor-league season to resume this season,..." March 31

  • Astros owner Jim Crane: I can’t be sued because MLB ‘exonerated’ me

    New York Post "The owner of the Houston Astros said in a legal filing that he cannot be sued in the team’s sign-stealing scandal in response to the lawsuit filed by former MLB pitcher Mike Bolsinger. A legal filing written by Jim Crane says he has been “exonerated” by Major..." March 31

  • A’s minor league manager on ventilator due to coronavirus

    The Province "Webster Garrison, the former Major League Baseball infielder who managed the Vancouver Canadians in their second season in single-A baseball, is fighting for his life in Louisiana. According to various news reports, the 54-year-old Garrison is on a ventilator. His fiancée,..." March 31

  • Hospitalized Jim Edmonds Accuses Estranged Wife Of Taking Their Three Kids Without Telling Him

    Total Pro Sports "Jim Edmonds personal life is just an open book since his time in Major League Baseball ended. Not even coronavirus can stop a nasty custody battle between the former MLB star and his estranged wife Meghan King Edmonds. Meghan reportedly took the kids from St. Louis, Mo., to Los..." March 31

  • There's No Way Red Sox Will Sign Mookie Betts After MLB's Decision on Luxury Tax if 2020 Season is Cancelled

    12 Up "The 2020 MLB season is in major flux, as the league and the rest of the world navigates through the coronavirus pandemic with no clear end in sight. While the league cautiously expects the regular season to begin at some point this summer, they are preparing for the worst. That is, no..." March 31

  • City of Toronto to Cancel Public Events Until June 30 - Blue Jays 'Not Directly Affected'

    Last Word On Baseball "The City of Toronto will cancel all public events from March 31 until June 30 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This is according to Tom Harrington of the CBC Tuesday afternoon. The Ripple Effect It looks like this will affect all sporting events within the city limits of..." March 31

  • Ex-Astros C Evan Gattis says he is 'done playing'

    TSN "Evan Gattis is calling time on his career. On an episode of The Athletic's 755 Is Real Atlanta Braves podcast with David O'Brien and Eric O'Flaherty, the 33-year-old World Series winner says he's "done playing." Gattis didn't..." March 31

  • Baseball Leagues In Korea, Japan Face Ongoing Coronavirus Challenges

    MLB Trade Rumors "5:08pm: Although NPB had been pushing for an April 24 start, Sports Nippon in Japan reports that league officials are now questioning whether that’s a viable target date (English-language link via Tokyo-based baseball journalist Jim Allen). Half of the league’s team presidents..." March 31

  • MLB season could start within a matter of weeks

    Yardbarker "It was just this past week that MLB Opening Day was supposed to take place. That obviously did not happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic plaguing the United States and the rest of the world. Once MLB announced that it would suspend the start of the 2020 season, hopes were that it..." March 31

  • Pete Alonso defends Noah Syndergaard's right to undergo surgery during pandemic

    The Score "New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso wasn't thrilled with a Sports Illustrated story that questioned whether pitchers should be undergoing Tommy John surgery during the coronavirus pandemic. Alonso's teammate, Noah Syndergaard, underwent the procedure..." March 31

  • Former Astros prospect A.J. Reed retires

    Hardball Talk "This got lost in the shuffle of the most eventful March on record, but former Astros prospect A.J. Reed decided to retire earlier this month. His retirement was first reported by WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Indiana. Reed, who is still just 26, got on everyone’s radar when he posted..." March 31

  • Is It Wrong for Baseball Players to Get Tommy John Surgery?

    101 Great Goals "On March 13, a recommendation came from the American College of Surgeons: Minimize, postpone, or cancel all elective surgery amid the spread of coronavirus. This instruction was shared the next day by the U.S. Surgeon General, and in the two weeks that have followed, it’s been echoed in..." March 31

  • Bombshell Investigation Claims MLB De-Juiced Baseballs for 2019 Postseason

    12 Up "Only two MLB teams averaged fewer than one home run per game in 2019. The Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees each finished with over 300 for the year, and the league average was a robust 226. The final dinger total for the entire league was 6,776. That number shot up from..." March 31

  • Joe Buck Says People Keep Asking Him To Narrate Their Sex Tapes

    TMZ "Tragic news for people with great sex tapes ... Joe Buck says he will NOT narrate them -- SO STOP SENDING THEM HIS WAY!!! The legendary sports broadcaster has been doing some fun charity work this month ... providing play-by-play of fan-submitted videos on social media in..." March 31

  • Nationals' spring facility latest sports venue to be repurposed in response to pandemic

    ESPN "Sports venues are an emerging asset in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. From staging grounds to drive-thru testing facilities to makeshift hospitals, the once-empty stadiums have become a bustle of activity again. The Washington Nationals' spring facility in West..." March 31

  • MLB Announces Minor-League Player Minimum Salaries Will Be Raised in 2021

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball is increasing the minimum salary for players in the minor leagues starting with the 2021 season.   Per Jake Seiner and Ben Walker of the Associated Press, minor leaguers will receive a salary increase between 38 and 72 percent depending on the..." March 31

  • Dr. James Andrews suspends Tommy John surgeries at his offices

    SI "Surgeon James Andrews will not perform Tommy John surgeries at his Florida office during the coronavirus pandemic. A spokesperson for the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in Florida—the facility where Andrews performs his procedures—confirmed his..." March 31

  • College Baseball Players Granted Additional Year Of NCAA Eligibility

    USA Today "All NCAA Division I athletes in spring sports will be given an extra season of eligibility to make up for the one that was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the association announced Monday. But the decision by the NCAA Division I Council, which handles day-to-day rules..." March 31

  • Retired slugger Albert Belle has plan for shortened, 112-game MLB season

    Cleveland.com "Albert Belle has always been a number cruncher. When he played for the Indians, he’d crunch the baseball and then crunch his stats. Belle hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2000, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing with numbers. Recently he was..." March 31

  • Jameson Taillon unlikely to pitch in 2020 regardless of season schedule

    Yardbarker "The uncertain start date for the MLB season has created some intriguing possibilities for players who are returning from injury earlier than anticipated. In theory, Pirates righty Jameson Taillon would be one such player to watch, but Taillon tells Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh..." March 31

  • How are the Royals running a baseball club amid coronavirus concerns?

    Kansas City Star "Typically, “preparing for anything” in the context of sports means injuries, trades, suspensions and under-performance. Global pandemics aren’t usually usually high on the list of worries for an organization like the Kansas City Royals. But America’s sports..." March 31

  • Paul Lo Duca: Alex Rodriguez 'one of the fakest people out there'

    The Score "Alex Rodriguez has done a lot to rehabilitate his image since retiring, but one of his contemporaries isn't buying it. "Kudos to him on his career after baseball and what he's done for people," four-time All-Star Paul Lo Duca told Moose and Maggie on WFAN 660...." March 30

  • Tigers and Red Sox Could Ignite MLB With This Surprise Trade Involving Matthew Boyd

    12 Up "The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers are both sitting around twiddling their thumbs now that the MLB has officially postponed the start of the regular season due to the coronavirus. Rather than doing nothing, Boston could add an experienced lefty starter in Matthew Boyd via trade,..." March 30

  • Luxury Tax Status Will Not Reset If 2020 Season Is Cancelled

    Yardbarker "While Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have officially reached a deal on a temporary re-working of the collective bargaining agreement, the details are still filtering out. One key element of the coronavirus alteration is the role of the competitive balance..." March 30

  • Cubs' Anthony Rizzo discusses potential 'sprint' of short season

    CBS Sports "With Major League Baseball on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the specifics of the 2020 season remain up in the air. A full season seems unlikely, and a condensed version could mean playing lots of doubleheaders and/or extending the playoffs into the winter. In the case of the latter, that..." March 30

  • Pirates' Jameson Taillon wouldn't want neutral-site World Series

    The Score "Major League Baseball is humoring a bunch of different ideas regarding the 2020 season in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and Pittsburgh Pirates ace Jameson Taillonisn't a big fan of the recent suggestion to play the championship games at a neutral site. "I..." March 30

  • Could cascading effects of COVID-19 impact baseball returning to Montreal?

    Sportsnet "Surely, we are past the point now where we need to throw in a caveat in every sports story, explaining: “I know this doesn’t matter when people are dying, but…” And at our place, at least, we have emerged from a 14-day period of my self-isolation with an understanding..." March 30

  • Cubs and Mariners Could Ignite MLB With This Surprise Trade

    12 Up "With a lull, to say the least, in MLB action, there's no better time to conjure up trades that could help both sides of the deal immediately. Veteran for veteran. Hole filler for specialist. You know, some nice win-wins. With the Chicago Cubs' NL Central hopes pinned on..." March 30

  • Jim Edmonds has pneumonia, awaiting other results

    MLB.com " Former All-Star center fielder and current FOX Sports Midwest broadcaster Jim Edmonds shared on Instagram that he is feeling sick and underwent tests for COVID-19 (coronavirus) on Saturday morning. Edmonds posted an update on Saturday evening in a video from his home..." March 30

  • Aubrey Huff Goes Ballistic On TP Hoarders, 'I Hope Your A**holes Fall Off'

    TMZ "Ex-MLB star Aubrey Huff just LOST HIS MIND on people hoarding toilet paper during the coronavirus quarantine ... saying, straight-up, "I hope your a**holes fall off!!" And, yeah ... that's the LEAST offensive thing he said during the 25-second..." March 30

  • If 2020 season is cancelled, which teams would be hurt the most?

    Hardball Talk "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recently expressed his optimistic outlook, saying that he hoped the league would begin “gearing back up” in May. That would put a regular season return potentially at the end of June or at some point in July. He expressed that the league may have to..." March 30

  • Twins and Phillies Could Ignite MLB With This Surprise Trade

    12 Up "The Philadelphia Phillies need outfield depth (and someone who can give Rhys Hoskins a breather every once in a while), and the Minnesota Twins are in eternal need of pitching depth. Therefore, with the MLB season in a semi-permanent delay, there's no better time than..." March 30

  • MLB managers on how they're helping team, family deal with pandemic

    ESPN "Dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic is not only changing the fabric of Major League Baseball, but it's also redefining the role of major league managers. This global public health crisis has led to a shift in responsibilities in which the title "major league..." March 30

  • Why MLB should consider ties and other extra-inning tweaks in 2020 season

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball has its sights set on playing games in 2020, and if and when games are played, we're probably headed toward a shortened season. And in an effort to get in as many games as possible, the season is sure to be a condensed one. Off days will be more limited, and..." March 30