• Tigers pitching director calls Spencer Torkelson 'special'

    MLB.com "Dan Hubbs jumped into pro baseball as the Tigers’ new director of pitching development after two decades in college coaching because he saw the philosophies from the college game working their way into the pros, from analytics to development. “Before, it was two..." May 28

  • Are talks to start the 2020 MLB season already dead?

    Distinct Athlete "The 2020 Major League Baseball season remains very much up in the air. It’s not as much about the ongoing pandemic in the United States as it is about the almighty dollar. MLB owners sent a financial proposal to the players just recently. To say the players were not too happy..." May 28

  • Max Scherzer says 'there's no further reason to engage with MLB' about salary reductions for 2020 season

    SI "The MLB Players Association is planning on sending its proposal to start the 2020 season to the league by the end of this week, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. While health and safety plans continue to be worked up, the union appears to be drawing a firm line in the sand on the issue..." May 28

  • Dusty Baker 'not worried' about managing during pandemic despite age, prior issues

    The Score "Dusty Baker is well aware of the risk he'll face in managing the Houston Astros during the coronavirus pandemic. "I know the chance and the risk that I'm taking by going back out there," Baker said during a Tuesday appearance on The Athletic's..." May 28

  • Rangers, Padres, White Sox to continue paying minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "In March, Major League Baseball agreed to pay minor league players $400 per week while the sport is shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. That provision is set to expire at the end of May. As Craig noted earlier, the Athletics will not be paying their minor leaguers starting on June..." May 28

  • Tigers' Alex Wilson 'in limbo' as pandemic puts last stand on hold

    Detroit News "When the shutdown came in early March, veteran reliever Alex Wilson packed up the RV he was living out of in Lakeland, Florida, and drove 18 hours back to his home in College Station, Texas. That’s a lot of lonely miles for a 33-year-old relief pitcher at a career crossroads to..." May 28

  • Current MLB, MLBPA negotiations could be a prelude to labor strife in 2021

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball and the players' union, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), are presently negotiating the parameters of what a 2020 season will look like, should such a thing be realized.  A number of essential issues must be agreed upon before..." May 28

  • Dusty Baker thinks his Astros, not the Nationals, are the team to beat in 2020

    NBC Sports Washington "If an MLB season is played this summer, there will be several choices for the favorite to win the World Series at the end of what is expected to be a shortened regular season. The Nationals are the reigning World Series champions and managed to keep their star-studded rotation intact..." May 28

  • MLBPA intends to propose longer 2020 schedule, full prorated salaries

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association is preparing its rebuttal. After receiving MLB's economic proposal Tuesday, the union plans to send its response by the end of the week, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Part of the union's proposal is expected..." May 28

  • Andrew Miller explains why he's still optimistic MLBPA, MLB owners will strike deal for 2020 season

    New York Post "Not every baseball player fears the 2020 season will be canceled. Former Yankees reliever and current Cardinal Andrew Miller, a prominent member of the players union, told The Athletic on Tuesday that “while I’m disappointed in where MLB is starting the..." May 28

  • Diamondbacks pledge to pay minor-league players through June

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks joined a handful of other major league clubs on Wednesday in committing to pay their minor-league players through the end of June. The club, which had roughly 200 minor leaguers in camp at Salt River Fields when spring training ended in March, will pay the players..." May 28

  • Ranking current MLB managers based on their playing careers

    The Score "A stellar playing career doesn't guarantee success as a manager. Consider Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Fame second baseman who finished 40 games below .500 in less than three seasons leading the Phillies. Hall of Fame skipper Joe McCarthy, meanwhile, won 2,125 games and nine pennants as a..." May 28

  • How three MLB players fixed their defensive issues

    CBS Sports "Thanks to Statcast and other player tracking systems, we better understand defense now more than at any other point in baseball history. That doesn't mean we know everything, of course. Competing defensive metrics can tell us different things about the same player, and the eye test still..." May 28

  • Is MLB's proposal the first step to playing ball in 2020?

    ESPN "Even after a quarter century of labor peace, baseball remains the sport most like the story about the scorpion and the frog. All the years of distrust, of relations frayed and aspersions cast and motives questioned, of the very things that make the relationship between Major League Baseball and..." May 27

  • Trevor Bauer rips Scott Boras for supposedly meddling in MLBPA affairs

    Larry Brown Sports "Baseball may not be in season at the moment, but that’s not stopping Trevor Bauer from throwing the heat. The Cincinnati Reds pitcher went on Twitter and fired off a missile at baseball agent Scott Boras for supposedly “meddling in MLBPA affairs.” Bauer told Boras to..." May 27

  • 103-Yr-Old Red Sox Fan Celebrates Beating COVID W/ Beer Chug

    TMZ "This is AWESOME!!!! A 103-year-old Red Sox superfan beat the hell out of coronavirus ... and then celebrated like she had just won the World Series -- cracking open and chugging a Bud Light!! The badass great grandma is Jennie Stejna ... and just a few weeks ago,..." May 27

  • How Nats Could Continue Benefiting From Jordan Zimmermann’s Exit

    MLB Trade Rumors "It’s true that right-hander Jordan Zimmermann has fallen on hard times over the past few years, but it’s indisputable that he’s one of the top starters the Nationals have had since they moved from Montreal to Washington in advance of the 2005 season. A second-round..." May 27

  • This bobblehead looks nothing like George Springer

    12 Up "At this point, we're fully convinced that the Houston Astros are trolling us. Of course, the club's 2020 shame tour stemming from their nefarious sign-stealing scandal was put on hold when the MLB season was suspended due to the coronavirus crisis, but the emotions are all..." May 27

  • Good, Bad and Strange Ideas for MLB to Experiment with During Fanless Games

    Bleacher Report "Assuming we have a 2020 MLB season, it will be different in a host of ways. The most striking is likely to be the absence of fans at games and the sight of players plying their trade in largely empty stadiums. While the biggest hurdles to playing ball are about safety and..." May 27

  • MLBPA Expected To Counter League’s Economic Proposal In The Coming Days

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball presented its long-awaited economic plan to the Players Association yesterday, and the union’s reaction was predictable: extreme disappointment. As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers, the sliding scale proposed to players would see..." May 27

  • Los Angeles Dodgers to implement salary cuts to avoid furloughs, layoffs

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Tuesday that they will not impose furloughs or layoffs on full-time employees due to the coronavirus pandemic but instead will begin a system of tiered salary cuts. The Dodgers informed hundreds of their employees on a Zoom call..." May 27

  • MLB Players Still Hold All the Power Because the Owners Stand to Lose a Lot More Money With No Season

    12 Up "Baseball fans were likely left feeling discouraged following Tuesday's meeting between owners and players, which concluded with another cheap offer from the former. However, there's hope to be had in the fact that owners stand to lose A LOT more money -- close to $4 billion, to be..." May 27

  • Twins manager Rocco Baldelli speaks out about George Floyd incident

    Distinct Athlete "As more professional athletes have begun weighing in on social justice issues, coaches have started speaking out as well. Following the killing of 46-year-old George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has spoken out. Baldelli, the AL Manager..." May 27

  • Vegas Dave Explains In Detail How He Made $700K In Under 24 Months Selling A Mike Trout Card

    Total Pro Sports "David Oancea, also known as Vegas Dave, boasts of winning record-setting bets, so it should come as no surprise that he is pumping his chest after he set a new modern baseball card record with a price of $750,000 which ended up $900,000 after the buyers premium by selling his rookie Mike Trout..." May 27

  • Former Braves catcher Biff Pocoroba dies at 66

    ESPN "Former Atlanta Braves catcher Biff Pocoroba, an All-Star selection in 1978, has died at the age of 66, the team announced Wednesday. No cause of death has been announced. " May 27

  • 'I’m Still Gonna Spit': MLB Players Face A New Reality

    SI "Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon read through MLB’s proposed health and safety regulations last week and immediately began planning a trip to the hardware store. In an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, the league’s 67-page memo, which players..." May 27

  • 5 MLB Players Who Would Be Most Screwed by Owners' Salary Cut Model

    12 Up "The return of Major League Baseball was supposed to be a given a few weeks back, once players fel safe enough to return. But here we are at the end of May, and it appears quite possible we won't get baseball until 2021, and that's mostly due to the financial battle between the owners..." May 27

  • How might expanded MLB playoffs look in 2020? 14-team format in 82-game season shows anything is possible

    CBS Sports "So the 2020 MLB season -- whatever it looks like and whenever it gets here -- is almost certainly going to entail an expanded playoffs. It could go a little something like this, based on an idea MLB wants to implement in the coming years:   Seven teams from..." May 27

  • Inside Roy Halladay's struggle with pain, addiction

    ESPN "STEVE TRAX WAS in his office in Reston, Virginia, not far from Dulles International Airport when the phone rang. It was mid-October 2013, around 11 a.m. The caller was Brandy Halladay, and she sounded distraught. "He needs help. He knows it. I know it," Trax remembers..." May 27

  • Tim Anderson rekindles feud with Royals' Brad Keller: 'I'm on yo a**'

    NBC Sports Chicago "Brad Keller seems to be OK with being a villain in Chicago. “I was on Chicago's villain list,” the Royals pitcher said during an appearance on The Charity Stripe podcast. “NBC Sports tweeted it. The list was LeBron James, Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Braun and me and..." May 27

  • White Sox Release 25 Minor Leaguers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox are the latest team to make significant cuts in the minors, per The Athletic’s James Fegan, who reports that they have let go of 25 players (Fegan provides the entire list in his tweet). The White Sox will pay all of their minor leaguers, including those they just..." May 27

  • Oakland Deciding to Stop Paying Minor Leaguers is Disgraceful When You Consider Athletics Owner's Net Worth

    12 Up "In a truly shocking decision (that we also should've seen coming), the Oakland Athletics informed minor leaguer players on Tuesday that their $400 weekly stipends will be terminated starting on June 1. ESPN insider Jeff Passan did a little math to try to justify the settlement, and his..." May 27

  • Oakland A’s will stop paying minor league players their $400 a week after May

    Larry Brown Sports "The Oakland A’s have long been viewed as a small-market, frugal organization, and their latest move holds to that perception. The A’s told their minor league players that they will stop paying them after May ends. The letter says despite not being paid by the..." May 26

  • John Henry owning the Angels; Miguel Cabrera to the Red Sox; Former MLB exec says they almost happened

    WEEI Boston "So, you want a couple of what-might-have-beens? Thanks to David Samson, here are a couple of doozies. Appearing on the ‘The Local Hour Podcast’ with Mike Ryan (a part of the “The Dan LeBatard Show”) the former team president for the Florida Marlins..." May 26

  • Key takeaways from MLB's initial economic proposal to restart 2020 season

    ESPN "Team owners in Major League Baseball have reportedly made their long-anticipated initial proposal to the MLB Players Association about what the players could make during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Working from what details have come out from sources, we look at the key..." May 26

  • Owners Proposed Pay Cuts for Top MLB Players Are Downright Ludicrous

    12 Up "MLB fans have been hanging on every single update that has come out about the owners and the players exchanging plans to play a 2020 season. First came prorated salaries, followed by a proposed revenue split, and the results were players not being happy. The top..." May 26

  • Mets' Marcus Stroman expresses doubts about 2020 MLB season

    Yardbarker "Marcus Stroman on Tuesday expressed doubt about the 2020 MLB season taking place. Stroman tweeted that the season was “not looking promising.” He still said he was staying ready and staying positive.   " May 26

  • A Long Conversation With Ryan Dempster About Things On and Off the Mound

    The Big Lead "Ryan Dempster spent 16 years in the Major Leagues, more than half of them in Chicago with the Cubs. Upon winning a World Series with Boston in his final season he embarked on a second act that those who paid attention to him during pitching days probably could have predicted: serving as an..." May 26

  • MLBPA very disappointed with MLB's economic proposal

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association is very disappointed with the league's economic proposal, which was sent to them Tuesday, a source told Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The proposed cuts to player earnings were described as "massive,"..." May 26

  • MLB’s latest proposal could drive wedge in MLBPA constituency

    Hardball Talk "Earlier, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported that MLB ownership including a “sliding scale” salary structure in its proposal to the MLB Players Association as the two sides hash out details in an attempt to salvage a 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The..." May 26

  • Here Is League’s ‘Goal’ Date To Resume Spring Training

    NESN "Major League Baseball’s 2020 season could be right around the corner… or, is it? Though league executives and players have been at odds about how exactly to being the season, sources tell MLB Network’s Jon Heyman the league’s goal is to begin spring training..." May 26

  • Will There Be A Major League Baseball Season?

    MLB Trade Rumors "Go back to, say, Feb. 26, and a question like the one offered in this poll would have seemed unfathomable. Spring training was in full swing at that point, and there was no sign that a normal regular season wouldn’t happen. Now, because of multiple depressing realities, we’ll get a..." May 26

  • MLB Presenting Economic Plan To MLBPA Today

    USA Today "Major League Baseball owners approved a plan Tuesday that will be sent to the Major League Baseball Players Association in the afternoon, formally opening negotiations on the key economic issues for the season to start by the weekend of July 4. The plan, three persons with..." May 26

  • Blake Snell changes agents, hires Scott Boras

    Yardbarker "After recently expressing his concerns over his financial future, Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell has now decided to hire one of the most powerful agents in sports. Snell said Monday that he is changing representation, but he did not discuss specifics. According to Ken Rosenthal and..." May 26

  • Oakland A's Will Have 'Widespread' Furloughs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

    Bleacher Report "The Oakland Athletics are set to become the latest MLB franchise to furlough several employees because of lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported there will be "widespread" cuts across the organization, and..." May 26

  • Tampa Bay Rays open Tropicana Field for limited workouts

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Rays opened Tropicana Field to limited workouts on Monday, with 14 players, including outfielder Austin Meadows and shortstop Willy Adames, taking part. "It was good to see some smiling faces," Rays manager Kevin Cash said on a video..." May 26

  • Craft Brewery in New Jersey Creates Beer to Solely Troll the Astros and We Need More of it

    12 Up "Departed Soles Brewing Company in New Jersey is as upset with the Houston Astros brazenly cheating their way to two AL Pennants in three years as the rest of baseball fans, and they've taken their frustration to new heights. The brewery created a special new IPA to show..." May 26

  • Jennifer Lopez Talks Postponing Her Wedding to Alex Rodriguez

    E News "Jennifer Lopez is opening up about postponing her wedding. During her virtual visit to TODAY on Tuesday, the "Jenny From The Block" singer shared how she and fiancé Alex Rodriguez came to the "disappointing" decision to postpone..." May 26

  • Former MLB Players In NPB: Japan Pacific League

    MLB Trade Rumors "Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball is targeting a June 19 Opening Day. As is the case with the Korea Baseball Organization, the league has plenty of recognizable names for MLB fans to follow as we await the return of baseball in North America. NPB is larger than the KBO (12 teams..." May 26

  • Should MLB allow trades during 2020 season?

    CBS Sports "For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced Major League Baseball to shut its doors two months ago, there appears to be momentum toward launching the 2020 baseball season. MLB and the MLBPA are currently working through several shutdown-related issues, chief among them..." May 26