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  • Eric Thames weighs in on MLB’s ‘terrible’ summer training

    Larry Brown Sports "Some MLB players are definitely struggling to adapt to the new rules and expectations that come with a mid-pandemic summer camp. Washington Nationals outfielder Eric Thames is one of them. Thames said summer camp has been “terrible,” citing the various social distancing..." July 11

  • MLB players have been wearing masks on the field – and that could extend into actual games

    USA Today "As Cody Bellinger waited out Major League Baseball’s coronavirus-driven shutdown in his native Arizona, he saw the evolution of facial coverings firsthand. Arizona moved quickly through its reopening phases, complete with images of packed bars and patios over Memorial Day..." July 11

  • 71 MLB players and 12 staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 27

    The Comeback "Ahead of Major League Baseball’s planned July 23 start of its season, MLB teams have been doing training camps at their stadiums (following the shutdowns of their Florida and Arizona training camps amidst surges in those states), and they’ve been conducting both..." July 10

  • Angels' Anthony Rendon wants music over 'dumb' piped-in fan noise

    ESPN "Piped-in fan noise is the new reality for a 2020 baseball season that will be played primarily, if not entirely, in empty stadiums. Anthony Rendon, the star third baseman in his first season with the Los Angeles Angels, heard it for the first time during Wednesday's intrasquad..." July 10

  • Which teams benefit most from shortened season

    The Score "During the customary 162-game marathon that Major League Baseball teams endure, there are very few avenues for bad teams to sustain enough good luck to squeeze into the incredibly exclusive postseason. However, in a 60-game sprint, the possibilities are a lot wilder. Of course, the..." July 10

  • One (weird) week down, two to go: MLB's 'mad dash' to opening day

    USA Today "There were opt-outs, failed tests, missing delivery trucks, angry emails, cancelled workouts, terse statements, retirements, World Series ring deliveries, and two seasons worth of schedules released 72 hours apart. “It seems like every day we’ve seen something we’ve..." July 09

  • MLB Umpires Association Disavows Joe West's Comments on Coronavirus

    The Big Lead "Joe West has been spouting off about COVID-19 and regurgitating unfounded talking points over the last few days. On Thursday, the Major League Baseball Umpires Association distanced itself from the veteran umpire's comments without mentioning him by name. West has now claimed he..." July 09

  • Dominican-based MLBers not tested for COVID-19 before flight

    The Score "Major League Baseball didn't test any of its players for COVID-19 before they flew from the Dominican Republic to Miami, according to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post. Many of the players on board the two charter flights later tested positive for the virus. Some of them..." July 09

  • MLB announces 2021 regular-season schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball on Thursday announced its master 2021 Major League regular season schedule, which will begin with all 30 Major League Clubs playing on Thursday, April 1. The 2021 season will mark the fourth consecutive season in which all 30 Clubs are scheduled to play on traditional..." July 09

  • Stephen Strasburg's Name Misspelled On Nationals W.S. Ring Box

    TMZ "The 2019 World Series MVP ... Stephen Strausberg?!?! The Nationals superstar says his name was comically misspelled on the World Series ring box he received Thursday ... but fortunately, Strasburg told reporters the team at least got it right on the ring..." July 09

  • Nationals players receive World Series rings before workout session

    The Score "At long last, Washington Nationals players have received their World Series rings. The team distributed the diamond-encrusted hardware at Nationals Park prior to Thursday's workouts. " July 09

  • Discipline in a pandemic might be the ultimate competitive advantage in MLB

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's plan to play through a public health crisis is outlined in a handbook that encompasses more than 100 pages, every single one of which emphasizes the notion that professional baseball in 2020 will be unlike anything anybody has ever experienced. Players are..." July 09

  • MLB Blackouts Will Continue as Baseball Strives for Goal of Limiting Viewership

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball is well-known for its annoying blackout policy and they have no intention of doing anything differently in a pandemic-shortened season. Buster Olney reported that even though fans will not be allowed in the stands, MLB will still black out local games on..." July 09

  • New extra innings rule will not create a sacrifice bunt-fest

    Hardball Talk "Last month we learned that Major League Baseball will be implementing a new extra innings rule aimed at reducing the length of games: each extra inning will start with the batting team placing a runner on second base. The runner, which will be the player who made the final out of the..." July 09

  • MLB's Intake Testing for Coronavirus Produced 66 Positive Results

    Bleacher Report "The MLBPA reportedly informed players Tuesday that the intake round of COVID-19 testing returned 66 positive results, split between 58 players and eight staff members, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN.   A total of 3,740 tests were conducted...." July 08

  • What is a 100-win club in MLB's shortened season?

    Yahoo! Sports "Holding a shortened MLB season in the middle of a global pandemic is going to present challenges. More than any other sport, baseball is a grind. Over the course of a 162-game season, the best teams usually rise to the top. But over a 60-game stretch, anything can..." July 08

  • Nashville Stars could be MLB's next team, first Black-owned club

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball might get a little more diverse...provided a specific team can be added in Nashville.  Music City Baseball LLC is trying to acquire a team, either through expansion or relocation, in Nashville. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the team..." July 08

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci more optimistic about MLB resuming than the NFL

    Sportsnaut "The Truncated 2020 MLB season is slated to get going on July 23 with a doubleheader that will feature the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Whether the season actually gets going remains to be seen. But things are not..." July 08

  • Nationals Add Taylor Gushue To 60-Man Pool

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced today that they have added catcher Taylor Gushue to their 60-man player pool. The move comes in the wake of Welington Castillo’s decision not to participate in the 2020 seaseon. " July 08

  • Fans call for MLB to cancel season

    Sportsnaut "The San Francisco Giants announced they are suspending workouts pending the results of COVID-19 tests conducted last weekend. This news comes on the heels of multiple teams having to take the same action on Monday as MLB’s attempt at starting the 2020 season continues..." July 07

  • MLB Must Be Transparent About COVID-19 Testing

    SI "Seven days into MLB’s restart, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has not reported to camp. Neither has A’s righty Mike Fiers. Neither has Phillies utilityman Christian Bethancourt. Their teams will not tell us why, or when they’ll be back in uniform. They could be suffering from..." July 07

  • Joe West is not opting out of the 2020 season

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic spoke to everyone’s favorite umpire, Joe West. He reports that even though West is considered high-risk for COVID-19, and even though he has the right to opt-out with full pay because of it, West is not opting out of the 2020 season. West, who is 67..." July 07

  • Nationals' Juan Soto isolating under coronavirus protocol

    Yardbarker "Star Nationals outfielder Juan Soto is not presently participating in summer camp, per Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post (via Twitter). He is isolating after having contact with a teammate that tested positive for COVID-19. There’s no indication to this point that..." July 07

  • Details On Potential 2-Team Nashville League

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a typical MLB season, many former big leaguers are kicking around in the upper minors and independent leagues, ready to grab an opportunity when one arises. In a 2020 campaign that won’t feature any minor-league play, that won’t quite be the case. While many players will be..." July 07

  • Rob Manfred Reportedly “Jumped On” Mike Rizzo Over COVID Testing Comments

    Washington Post "What we have here with Major League Baseball’s attempted return in the midst of a global pandemic is utter chaos, which is predictable because these are sports franchises, not health-care providers. But the events of Monday — multiple teams shutting down workouts amid..." July 07

  • Alex Rodriguez wants baseball to be more like the Kardashians

    New York Post "Alex Rodriguez believes MLB can learn a thing or two from Kim Kardashian and her famous family. During a recent appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” the former Yankees slugger and potential Mets buyer suggested how additional exposure can help..." July 07

  • Eight most intriguing series on 2020 MLB schedule

    CBS Sports "The 2020 MLB schedule has arrived. Major League Baseball revealed the 60-game schedule Monday night during a live MLB Network broadcast. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced MLB to play a shortened season -- 60 games will be tied for the shortest MLB season ever with the 1877..." July 06

  • MLB teams react to 2020 schedule release

    Sportsnaut "The baseball world waited months for the 2020 MLB schedule to begin with Opening Day. After a lengthy delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB teams celebrated the release of the 2020 schedule on Monday. " July 06

  • MLB's 60-game schedule for 2020 unveiled

    MLB.com "The 2019 postseason ended with the Nationals lifting the first World Series championship trophy in franchise history. On July 23, the 2020 regular season will begin with Washington starting its title defense. The 2020 schedule, which Major League Baseball unveiled live on MLB Network..." July 06

  • Dave Dombrowski joins group looking to bring MLB team to Nashville

    Sportsnet "Former Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski has joined Music City Baseball LLC, a group that is looking to bring a major league team to Nashville. Dombrowski is joining a group that also includes three-time World Series champion Dave Stewart..." July 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Seeking Additional Medical Lab Site For COVID Testing

    MLB Trade Rumors "COVID-19 test results haven’t come in at an acceptable rate for several Major League Baseball teams early in Summer Camp. The slow process has negatively affected the Athletics, Angels, Astros and Nationals, though MLB expressed confidence Monday that it..." July 06

  • MLB Issues Statement On Testing Delays

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a statement regarding the delays in COVID-19 testing that have hamstrung the efforts of several teams to prepare for the season. The league acknowledged the issue but says it expects to iron things out moving forward. While several teams are..." July 06

  • Baseball is Having Real Difficulty Getting Out of the Batter's Box

    The Big Lead "We're mere hours from Major League Baseball trotting out the big guns for a made-for-television schedule release in which each team will be tasked with times and dates for 60 games to be played by the end of summer. But it doesn't take the most observant person on planet to..." July 06

  • Some MLB players reporting teams ‘not adhering closely’ to COVID-19 protocol

    Sportsnaut "As MLB attempts to get its 2020 season off the ground, things aren’t exactly going swell. Now, we’re hearing more bad news on this front. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Monday morning that “Some players are reporting privately their teams are not adhering closely..." July 06

  • Nationals, Astros cancel workouts after not getting COVID-19 test results back

    Hardball Talk "Overnight we learned about testing delays and, by extension, team workout delays due to what has been, quite frankly, Major League Baseball’s incompetence with respect to getting its COVID-19 testing program up to speed as camps open. That specifically impacted the Oakland Athletics,..." July 06

  • How should history view the outcomes of MLB’s shortened 2020 season?

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is preparing to embark on a season unlike any other. The game is going to look different, and there may not be fans in the stands for many, if not all teams. The biggest change is probably the most fundamental one: all 30 teams will play just 60 regular season games, a..." July 06

  • Several Teams Experiencing Testing Delays

    MLB Trade Rumors "While most teams are already hosting full workouts and beginning to schedule intrasquad games at “summer camp,” multiple clubs are still experiencing delays in their COVID-19 test results that are preventing them from taking the field just yet. The Athletics are in a particularly..." July 06

  • MLB 1994: How might the Montreal Expos have altered history with a full season?

    USA Today "By enacting strict testing and safety procedures, Major League Baseball is going to do everything in its power to complete the 2020 season. Not being able to do so would leave a blank space in the history books similar to the one in 1994 — though the circumstances are drastically..." July 06

  • To play or not to play: MLB players face tough decisions amid coronavirus surge

    USA Today " It was a gut-wrenching decision, one that weighed on Los Angeles Dodgers starter David Price for months, finding a balance between health concerns for his young family and the responsibility to his new teammates and fanbase. Price couldn’t bear the thought of contracting..." July 05

  • 5 Underrated Things We're Looking Forward to for MLB Restart

    12 Up "Sports aficionados based in the states will soon have the luxury of witnessing the long-awaited resumptions of its most prominent leagues that, of course, have been on hiatus in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Major League Baseball will be the first to return and will thereby give fans their..." July 05

  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle gives honest thoughts on bringing baseball back during a pandemic

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s 2020 season is set to begin later this month, but players are, understandably, proceeding with caution as some areas of the United States struggle to contain the coronavirus outbreak. As of Friday, 31 players tested positive for COVID-19 in the..." July 05

  • 5 MLB pitchers who could post a sub-2.00 ERA this season

    Larry Brown Sports "A 60-game season changes a lot about Major League Baseball. One of the numerous changes will include player statistics looking a lot different in 2020. Anyone who approaches 20 home runs or 40 RBIs will be having a very impressive season at the plate. Where the basic counting stats will look..." July 05

  • Dave Martinez critical of new extra innings rule

    Yardbarker "In a bid to prevent marathon games during a shortened season, every half inning after the ninth will start with a runner on second base in MLB this year. The rule may be understandable, but it doesn’t sound very popular. Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez admitted..." July 04

  • MLB Plans to Release Schedule for 60-Game Season on Monday

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball is reportedly planning to release the 60-game schedule for each of its 30 teams Monday. Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the schedule is expected to feature the New York Yankees at Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers..." July 04

  • Former MVP Dale Murphy thinks Frank Robinson's name should replace Kenesaw Mountain Landis' on trophies

    CBS Sports "Since 1944, the name of Kenesaw Mountain Landis -- the most power commissioner in the history of Major League Baseball -- has adorned the MVP trophies of both leagues. Now, though, there's a movement afoot to remove Landis' name from those trophies. That's because Landis,..." July 04

  • It's a Fourth of July without Major League Baseball -- and perhaps that's a good thing

    USA Today "It’s the Fourth of July, and there will be no Major League Baseball and really, that’s OK. For the better part of a month, there’s been plenty of hand-wringing over baseball “blowing” its chance for a powerful and symbolic return to..." July 04

  • MLB Reports Surprisingly Low Positive COVID-19 Test Percentage and Now the Hard Part Begins

    12 Up "The MLB is gearing up to restart the season after months on hiatus due to the coronavirus, and the league has remained remarkably healthy in the 3.5 months without baseball. Of the 3,185 coronavirus test samples among MLB players and staff, there were only 38 positive tests,..." July 04

  • MLB & MLBPA Announce Initial Coronavirus Testing Results

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLB and the MLB Players Association have jointly announced the results of the initial round of coronavirus testing. The league says that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive out of 3,185 total people tested. At first glance, the ~1.2% rate of positivity is lower than..." July 03

  • Catcher Welington Castillo becomes third National to opt out of 2020 MLB season

    ESPN "Catcher Welington Castillo is the third member of the Washington Nationals to opt out of playing in 2020. Nationals manager Dave Martinez told reporters of the decision Friday, saying Castillo was uncomfortable playing because he has young children. " July 03

  • MLB player birthday party led to coronavirus spread

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman reports that a MLB player had a birthday party in mid-June which is believed to have led to people getting infected with novel coronavirus (COVID-19), spreading in that player’s clubhouse as well. The identity of the player, his team, and any of the other people who got..." July 03