• Josh Bell on activism: 'Real change can happen'

    MLB.com "When Josh Bell saw the video of a police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes, one question popped into his mind: “Again?” Bell, Mychal Givens, Dwight Smith Jr, Delino DeShields Jr., Lorenzo..." June 05

  • Once a Leader of Social Justice, MLB Is Now Embarrassingly Behind the Times

    Bleacher Report "Lead, follow or get out of the way. There was a time when Major League Baseball was among the leaders in this country's march toward social justice. Now it is inarguably a follower. Worse, the game now risks being dusted into the "get out of the way" category..." June 05

  • Labor fights, new competition, invisible players: Why MLB may be sports' biggest loser during COVID-19 pandemic

    USA Today "As professional sports peeks its collective head out from the cover of a pandemic, and methodically finds a path to re-starting its leagues, the uncertainty runs far beyond how many games they may play, whether championships will be awarded and when fans might be allowed to view it..." June 05

  • MLB Has Unique Opportunity to Punish Astros Even Further With Texas Expected to Allow Fans at Games

    12 Up "Despite the fact that this country is very much in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, Texas governor Greg Abbott is adament about reopening and getthing things back to normal. It feels a bit misguided, but he's now allowing stadiums in Texas to be filled up to 50% capacity, a..." June 05

  • Police: Five people tried to set Indians' Progressive Field on fire

    Cleveland.com " Five people were arrested early today attempting to break into Progressive Field and vandalize it, authorities say. Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams said the five tried to enter the stadium between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m. He said the five were protesters who were not from the..." June 05

  • Was Buster Posey's peak enough to give him a spot in Cooperstown?

    CBS Sports "Today we'll continue our series looking at how a lost or shortened 2020 season could have an impact down the line on Hall of Fame cases. For this installment, we're looking at Giants' catcher Buster Posey. A few years ago, it looked like Posey was well on his way to..." June 05

  • David Cone offers solution to save baseball season

    New York Post "David Cone knows firsthand how the clock can strike 12 on a baseball season and strike it out. The YES Network analyst and former Yankee and Met was an MLBPA rep during hardball negotiations that could not prevent the cancellation of the 1994 World..." June 05

  • Marcell Ozuna injured, his wife arrested in domestic violence incident

    TMZ "Marcell Ozuna's wife was arrested for misdemeanor battery, TMZ Sports has confirmed -- after allegedly cracking the MLB star in the face with a soap dish. Here's what we know ... Genesis Ozuna -- who has children with the 29-year-old baseball player -- was booked..." June 05

  • MLB, owners focused on 48-game schedule for 2020

    The Score "MLB's discussions with owners about a shortened 2020 season are now focused on a 48-game schedule with full prorated pay for players, sources told Jeff Passan of ESPN. Previous reports indicated the league was seeking between 50-60 games at the prorated level. The MLBPA..." June 05

  • Matt Harvey and the KBO On a Collision Course?

    The Big Lead "Matt Harvey went 3-5 and posted a 7.41 ERA in 12 starts for the Los Angeles Angels last season. Once one of the best pitchers in all of baseball, it's possible there's something left in the tank. The 31-year-old is currently weighing all his options, which include trying to mount a..." June 05

  • Inside MLB's financials fight - and the numbers to solve it

    ESPN "There are simple solutions for baseball's return. They're right there, waiting for owners and players to embrace before the parties unleash more damage on the sport. Already they have taken what could have been a triumphant return and dragged it through a swamp of pride and..." June 05

  • Pirates' Jameson Taillon: Owners care more about own agendas than baseball

    The Score "Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon believes MLB owners aren't doing enough to ensure a return-to-play agreement is reached for a shortened 2020 season. Taillon, who's the Pirates' player rep for the MLBPA, said stalled negotiations between the..." June 05

  • Derek Jeter would have moved out of Manhattan over World Series loss

    Larry Brown Sports "Derek Jeter is one of the great MLB champions of our time, so it’s no surprise to learn just how important winning was to him. The former New York Yankees shortstop won five World Series with the team — 1996, 1998-2000, and 2009. Jeter was on “YES We’re..." June 05

  • Cuts coming for Pirates, but will a baseball season soon follow?

    TribLIVE "As the NBA and NHL prepare for the playoffs, baseball’s return remains on hold as MLB owners and the players association continue to haggle over economic issues. On Thursday, officials from the MLBPA held a digital meeting with more than 100 players, including the union’s..." June 05

  • Rockies Release More Than 30 Minor Leaguers

    Denver Post "With the 2020 minor league season likely to be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rockies have joined the majority of major league teams by releasing players throughout their farm system. The Rockies wouldn’t give any information about the cuts, but The Denver..." June 05

  • 'Resoundingly rejected': MLBPA spurns MLB's offer of shorter season, further salary cuts

    USA Today "As time to salvage a 2020 season grows shorter, Major League Baseball and the Players' Association only seem further entrenched in their respective positions, with few signs that the impasse is lessening. The latest salvo came Thursday night following a conference call of..." June 04

  • Five Yankees who will benefit the most from short MLB schedule

    New York Post "In between tracking the talks between the owners and players about what a possible 2020 season could deliver, The Post is looking at five Yankees who could benefit from a shortened schedule and the possibility of rosters expanding from 26 to 30. When it was apparent the season..." June 04

  • MLB's Carl Crawford Arrested For Dom. Violence, Allegedly Choked Ex-GF At Gunpoint

    TMZ "Carl Crawford has been arrested for felony domestic violence in Texas stemming from a May incident where he allegedly choked his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint ... this according to court documents obtained by TMZ Sports. The alleged victim claims she had recently broken up with..." June 04

  • Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh marched in a peaceful protest in Atlanta; now, he’s urging others to do the same

    Boston "Red Sox pitcher Collin McHugh says he participated in a peaceful march in Atlanta Wednesday as protesters demanding justice for George Floyd, the Black man killed while in Minneapolis police custody May 25, continued to gather around the world. McHugh posted a..." June 04

  • Former MLB GM Explains How Players Can Fight Back if Rob Manfred Implements 50-Game Season

    12 Up "Rob Manfred and the owners seem to want a paltry 50-game season to serve as the already-truncated 2020 MLB campaign, but there is still a way Tony Clark and the MLBPA could force the owners to defend their plan from a financial point of view, at the risk of exposing it as..." June 04

  • Nationals’ major leaguers to continue offering financial assistance to minor leaguers

    Hardball Talk "On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put..." June 04

  • MLB Could Let Local Governments Decide On Fans In Stands

    MLB Trade Rumors "It doesn’t appear many (if any) fans will be permitted to attend Major League Baseball games this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are at least a couple of teams that could have somewhat of a home-field edge. Two major league sources told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning..." June 04

  • ‘Great confidence’ there will be MLB season even without agreement

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been unable to reach an agreement with the MLBPA on a format and pay structure for the upcoming season, but there seems to be a sense of confidence that there will be baseball this summer one way or the other. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported on Thursday..." June 04

  • Will brazen cheapness finally turn the public against MLB team owners?

    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 04

  • Who Ya Got: Is AL or NL the Superior MLB League in 2020?

    Bleacher Report "Assuming the 2020 MLB season happens, it will likely involve a truncated regular season and possibly feature remade divisions that mix the American League and National League to create more geographic alignment. Add the temporary and possibly..." June 04

  • Dodger Stadium Keeps Lights on for 8 Minutes, 46 Seconds to Honor George Floyd

    CBS Los Angeles "Dodger Stadium joined Angelenos on Wednesday night in calling attention to the death of George Floyd after days of protests against police brutality. Starting at 9 p.m., the stadium lit up for 8 minutes and 46 seconds — the amount of time a police officer was kneeling into..." June 04

  • Broadcasters Will Reportedly Have to Call MLB Road Games Remotely

    Bleacher Nation "Although it is a lesser question on the coming MLB season – if there is one – it’s been open whether broadcasters would be permitted into the otherwise empty stadiums as part of the production, or whether they’d have to do things remotely. It seems..." June 04

  • Torii Hunter Reveals Boston Fans' Racial Slurs Were Reason Behind His No-Trade Clause

    12 Up "The city of Boston contains multitudes -- one of the renowned hubs of higher, liberal arts education in the United States, sure, but a simmering (and often boiling) undercurrent of racial tension colors a lot of local decision-making. Prominent athletes like Bill Russell never felt..." June 04

  • Predicting MLB Trade Rumors That Will Surface During 2020 Season

    Bleacher Report "Nobody yet knows when it will begin and how long it will be, but for now, it's still a realistic possibility that Major League Baseball will return in 2020. If and when it does, trade rumors will be among the many things making a swift comeback. We thought we'd get..." June 04

  • Check Out The Rosters From Our Mock Expansion Draft

    MLB Trade Rumors "The mock expansion draft at MLBTR was a blast!  Connor Byrne ran the Las Vegas Vipers, pitted against my Portland Lumberjacks.  Click here to see how the picks went down, and here to see the transcript of our live event.  Which roster do you..." June 04

  • MLB is risking relegating itself to stepchild status compared to NFL, NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "The National Basketball Association may be on its way to a return. Major League Soccer has reached an agreement to restart its season. An NFL season seems like a distinct possibility, as teams prepare for pivoted training camps in the coronavirus era. And baseball?..." June 04

  • Ex-A's catcher Bruce Maxwell: 'Where was this 3 years ago?'

    San Francisco Chronicle "In the past week, several major-league players have condemned George Floyd’s death while being detained by police in Minneapolis, and they’ve expressed support for protesters. Some teams have done the same on social media, and MLB finally added its voice to the dialogue against..." June 04

  • Mets reopen Spring Training complex in Fla.

    MLB.com " For the first time in more than two months, the Mets have opened the doors to their Spring Training complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The team's Clover Park facilities had been shuttered since late March before reopening Monday for players who live locally. A team official..." June 04

  • Mel Rojas Jr. Is a Revelation

    The Big Lead "There's nothing more pure than discovering one's first favorite baseball player. It is a pastime unlike any other. If there was some way to bottle up the feeling and sell it, any number of personal finance problems would be solved. The shame is that while everyone remembers..." June 04

  • Bobby Bonds, balks and umps packing heat: Here's what 'this day in MLB history' leaves out

    ESPN "At 6:15 p.m., 39 years ago today, Bobby Bonds arrived at the ballpark for a night game in Pittsburgh. It had been a long journey. Bonds, a three-time All-Star, had been released the previous winter by the St. Louis Cardinals, having hit .203 with just five home runs. He..." June 04

  • How three HS teammates became MLB stars

    MLB.com "It's good to be a Harvard-Westlake ballplayer. The Los Angeles high school's star outfielder, Pete Crow-Armstrong, is the No. 20 prospect for the 2020 Draft and a likely first-round pick next week. His teammate, shortstop Drew Bowser, is the No. 64 Draft..." June 04

  • 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