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  • Nationals To Extend Dave Martinez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have agreed to a contract extension with manager Dave Martinez, reports MLB Network’s Jon Heyman (via Twitter). His two-year contract was set to expire at season’s end, and the Nats had yet to formally make a call on Martinez’s 2021 club option or on a lengthier..." September 25

  • Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper Lead MLB's Best-Selling Jerseys for 2020

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts led all MLB players in jersey sales during the 2020 season in his first year with the team after a trade from the Boston Red Sox.  Betts was followed by the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge and Philadelphia..." September 25

  • MLB made it to the end of its pandemic-ravaged season. Was it worth the toll?

    USA Today "So, that was something. Can we never do it again, please? Major League Baseball’s 60-game season has stumbled into its final weekend dazed but intact, like a wayward outfielder spun around by a fly ball, only to right himself at the last and haul in the ball at the..." September 24

  • How empty ballparks would have changed MLB history -- and could alter games this October

    ESPN "Humans are heat factories. If the average human being produces heat at a rate of 80ish watts, then 19 humans hunched together would radiate as much heat as my 1,500-watt space heater. Humans' surplus heat warms a housing project in Paris, a 13-story office building in..." September 24

  • What Were the Most Memorable Moments of the 2020 Season?

    Bleacher Report "It's MLB mailbag time once again, and this time around, we asked Bleacher Report app users to choose the most memorable moment of the 2020 MLB season. The results were a mix of individual achievements, impressive team performances, COVID-19 issues, a bold challenge to..." September 23

  • Underdogs? Don't tell these playoff teams

    MLB.com "The upset special is on the menu for a 2020 postseason featuring more teams and, perhaps, more randomness, with every entrant subjected to the whims of a best-of-three Wild Card Series presented by Hankook. What follows is a list of the Top 10 upsets in MLB postseason history. While..." September 23

  • Carter Kieboom Done For Season

    Yardbarker "The Nationals have placed infielder Carter Kieboom on the 10-day injured list with a left wrist contusion and recalled right-hander Wil Crowe, the team announced. Kieboom’s IL placement is retroactive to Tuesday, but this will nonetheless end his season. Kieboom..." September 23

  • MLB's strange 2020 season gives players to freedom to shine – and connect with fans like never before

    USA Today "Go ahead, be honest. You didn’t really miss us in the media this year – the reporters and camera crews, banned from the clubhouse during the pandemic, who always manage to turn 32 flavorful quotes into a big scoop of vanilla. Instead,..." September 23

  • MLB Designates Independent Atlantic League As “Partner League”

    Ballpark Digest "The Atlantic League has been designated the first MLB Partner League, extending the independent circuit’s relationship in terms of rules testing into areas like joint marketing and promotional opportunities. Prior to the 2019 season, MLB and the Atlantic..." September 23

  • MLB's 2021 draft order expected to be based on 2020 standings

    The Score "As the shortened regular season nears its conclusion, it appears the worst teams in baseball have something to look forward to. MLB's 2021 draft order is highly likely to be determined by the results of the 2020 campaign, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. " September 22

  • 2020-21 MLB Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "The following players are projected to reach free agency after the 2020 MLB season.  Numbers in parentheses represent the age at which the player will play the 2021 season. Catchers Alex Avila (34) Drew Butera (37) Welington Castillo (34) Jason..." September 22

  • Higher-seeded team will receive World Series 'home-field advantage'

    Yardbarker "The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) confirmed on Monday that the highest seed playing in the World Series will serve as the "home team" and receive the final at-bats in Games 1 and 2 and, if necessary, Games 6 and 7.  Per an agreement between the league and..." September 22

  • Arizona Fall League Cancels Season

    Baseball America "In a normal world, the Arizona Fall League would have begun on Thursday. Instead, citing an abundance of caution in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the league has been officially canceled for 2020. Specifically, MLB did not believe the AFL's traditional facilities—Salt..." September 22

  • Nationals Select Paolo Espino

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have selected right-hander Paolo Espino, placed righties Aaron Barrett (triceps strain) and James Bourque (elbow strain) on the 10-day injured list, and moved lefty Seth Romero to the 45-day IL, the team announced. The Nats also recalled..." September 21

  • MLB, MLBPA commit $10 million to Players Alliance to promote increased Black participation in baseball

    CBS Sports "MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on Monday announced a $10 million joint commitment to promote and enable increased Black participation in the sport of baseball at all levels. The commitment is being made through the Players Alliance, which comprises more than 100..." September 21

  • Crunch time: 7 things to watch in final week

    MLB.com "There are playoff spots on the line, injuries to keep an eye on and home-field advantages up in the air. The Marlins are on the verge of pulling off what would amount to a little bit of a baseball miracle. The Cardinals would be in that conversation as well. The Mariners are still..." September 20

  • Sam Freeman Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Nationals’ reliever Sam Freeman underwent Tommy John Surgery earlier this summer, manager Dave Martinez told reporters (including Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post). The southpaw has been out since August 12 with a flexor strain. Freeman went under the knife on..." September 19

  • MLB, MLBPA announce two new positive COVID-19 tests over past week

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced Friday that there have been two positive COVID-19 tests across baseball over the last week. Of the 12,381 samples collected and tested through the end of Sept. 17, none of the positive results came from major league..." September 18

  • MLB Players And Mascots Must Band Together to Destroy the Cardboard Cutout Fans

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball's shortened regular season is coming to a close and its extended postseason is fast approaching. When the playoffs arrive, teams will leave their home ballparks and move to regional bubbles, leaving their fans behind. That means the time to destroy the cardboard..." September 18

  • Nationals Place Adam Eaton On 10-Day IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals announced that they have placed outfielder Adam Eaton on the 10-day injured list with a fractured left index finger. They reinstated infielder Brock Holt from the paternity list in a corresponding move. With the Nationals at 18-29 and in no position..." September 17

  • MLB's New Postseason Plan Could Forever Change Playoff Baseball for the Better

    Bleacher Report "Get ready for a Major League Baseball postseason unlike any that's come before.  We've known since MLB and the MLB Players Association agreed to an expanded playoff field—from 10 to 16 teams—in July that this year's postseason would be..." September 17

  • 'Let's not take this for granted': Why Tim Anderson, Trea Turner's career years need no 60-game asterisk

    USA Today "Tim Anderson and Trea Turner were born a week apart in June 1993, millennial babies who would blossom into outstanding shortstops for any era in baseball history. As hard as it might have been to foresee their greatness from the crib, it was equally impossible to imagine that perhaps..." September 17

  • Permanent 16-team MLB postseason would be catastrophic for players

    The Score "The New York Yankees did nothing at the trade deadline. Mired in a 3-7 slide that had hamstrung their chances of a division title and plainly reeling from the injury absences of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and James Paxton, among others, the Yankees still felt no need for..." September 17

  • MLB to begin 2021 Spring Training exhibition in February

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball’s 2021 Spring Training will begin on Feb. 27 in Florida and Arizona with each of the 30 clubs in action on the first day of exhibition play, officials said on Wednesday. Select exhibition games will be played at MLB ballparks and Spring Training facilities..." September 16

  • Adam Eaton's beard -- not a typo -- prevents catch

    MLB.com "When Joey Wendle cracked a line drive into right field at Tropicana Field on Wednesday, Adam Eaton was all over it. He outstretched his glove and hurled himself for a diving catch in the second inning of the Nats’ 4-2 win in 10 innings over the Rays. The ball..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball umpire Joe West has never missed a call. Just ask him

    ESPN "White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson was furious with umpire Joe West, as many have been these past 44 years. On this day in 2010, West had called a second balk of the game on Mark Buehrle, and Hawk was so outraged he said on the air, "Joe West should..." September 16

  • Rob Manfred: Expanded playoffs likely to remain beyond 2020

    Washington Post "Major League Baseball and its players’ union reached agreement Tuesday on the format for the expanded, 16-team postseason, which will see the final three rounds played in controlled, neutral-site bubbles in Southern California and Texas and the World Series at the Texas Rangers’ new..." September 16

  • MLB, MLBPA Reportedly Agree to Playoff Plan Featuring Neutral-Site Bubbles

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reportedly reached an agreement to host most of the 2020 playoffs, including the division series, league championship series and World Series, in neutral-site "bubbles." Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the..." September 15

  • Nationals Place Tanner Rainey On 10-Day Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have placed right-handed reliever Tanner Rainey on the 10-day injured list with a flexor strain and recalled fellow righty Aaron Barrett from their alternate site, the team announced. Considering the nature of his injury, it seems highly questionable..." September 15

  • MLB postseason format will be true test of pitching depth

    Larry Brown Sports "The MLB has officially announced its plans for the 2020 postseason, and pitching depth will likely be more important than ever in determining which team is crowned World Series champion. Expanding the postseason from 10 to 16 teams means more games, and MLB is accommodating that with..." September 15

  • World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since..." September 15

  • Homers, RBIs, WAR ... conscience? In MLB's difficult 2020 season, who is MVP material?

    Yahoo! Sports "At the end of a two-month season played behind a mask, at a responsible distance and between clouds of spittle, there arrives an opening to contemplate again the concept of value. Baseball value. In 2020. The value of anything, really, in 2020, when a trip to the grocery store is a..." September 15

  • Rob Manfred 'hopeful' for fan attendance during LCS and World Series games

    CBS Sports "Although MLB has yet to finalize reported plans for postseason bubbles in California and Texas, commissioner Rob Manfred is already pondering the idea of fans back in the seats for most meaningful playoff games.  Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans have not been..." September 14

  • 30 emerging players primed for big futures

    MLB.com "For all the talk about how short this season has been, there has been plenty that every team has learned about itself. And one of the key things any team can learn: Who is in this for the long haul? So, today at the Thirty, we take a look at the player on each team whose positive 2020..." September 14

  • MLB is forbidding boozy playoff celebrations

    New York Post "Teams control the alcohol. So that is one area MLB will not worry about as it insists on clinching celebrations that are more restrained, distant and outdoors. The league was still finalizing a memorandum it expects to deliver to clubs and players this week in which it will urge..." September 14

  • Way-Too-Early Predictions for the Top 2021 MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "If it seems a little early to be looking ahead to the 2020-21 Major League Baseball free-agent market, that's because it is. The regular season isn't even over yet. Still, we thought we'd get a head start on predicting which teams will claim the top..." September 14

  • After Albert Pujols, who will be the next MLB slugger in the 600-homer club?

    USA Today "Albert Pujols continued his climb up the all-time home run list on Sunday by hitting a two-run blast against the Colorado Rockies for No. 660 in his career. That tied the 40-year-old Los Angeles Angels slugger with Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fifth place in MLB..." September 14

  • 2020 MLB Playoffs: Seeding Predictions and Round-by-Round Picks

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 MLB playoffs will begin Sept. 29. If that feels soon, well, it's because it is.  The final couple of weeks of this abbreviated 60-game slate should bring ample drama as clubs jockey for position in the expanded 16-team postseason field. While we wait for..." September 13

  • Ranking the 9 clubs chasing a playoff spot

    MLB.com "The potential postseason field -- not the seeding, but the teams involved -- has been static since the conclusion of play on Labor Day. In the context of a 60-game season with a 16-team playoff pool, that’s an eternity. Rays, A’s, White Sox, Twins, Indians, Blue Jays,..." September 12

  • Full Count: Impending free agents not doing themselves any favors

    The Score "The upcoming offseason was always going to be a nightmare for free agents. Reduced revenues in 2020 because of the pandemic are set to precipitate a winter of austerity, with many teams looking to cut costs rather than spend big. Uncertainty over the game's financial future beyond..." September 11

  • MLB, MLBPA close to agreement on neutral sites for playoff bubbles

    Yardbarker "The MLB and MLB Players Association are closing in on an agreement for where the playoffs will be played, with the World Series set to be played at Globe Life Field, a neutral site in Arlington, Texas. Currently, the MLB plans to implement a two-bubble strategy, with separate..." September 10

  • Nationals Select Yadiel Hernandez

    Masn "The Washington Nationals selected the contract of outfielder Yadiel Hernández on Thursday. On Wednesday, the Nationals placed first baseman/designated hitter Howie Kendrick on the 10-day Injured List with a left hamstring strain (retroactive to Sept. 6). Nationals President of Baseball..." September 10

  • Nationals put 1B Howie Kendrick on 10-day IL with strained hamstring

    Federal Baseball "Howie Kendrick hadn’t played since Saturday in Atlanta, missing Sunday’s series finale with the Braves and both games with the Tampa Bay Rays before the Washington Nationals put the 36-year-old, 15-year veteran on the 10-Day IL this afternoon,..." September 09

  • MLB considering two playoff bubbles and neutral-site World Series at Rangers' Globe Life Field

    CBS Sports "At this point, we're close enough to MLB's regular-season finish line to know that the 2020 season -- the 60-game version -- is going to finish. It's going to be one of the craziest things we've ever seen in the sport, and no doubt the most doubleheaders in such a short time..." September 09

  • Nationals Place Dakota Bacus On IL, Recall James Bourque

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have placed Dakota Bacus on the 10-day disabled list with a right flexor strain. James Bourque has been recalled to take his roster spot, per the team. Bacus, 29, made his major league debut this season for Washington to meandering results. He’s..." September 07

  • Umpire Joe West Oddly Brings Up Voting For Trump After Ejecting Nats GM Mike Rizzo

    Total Pro Sports "Joe West has had questionable calls in the past, but this one may take the cake. The longtime Major League Baseball umpire said he would vote for President Trump in the 2020 presidential election, but those comments came weirdly after West tossed Washington Nationals general manager..." September 07

  • Who are the hottest rookies right now?

    MLB.com "Another week, another slew of exciting big league callups for top prospects. From MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list alone, we saw the Pirates’ Ke’Bryan Hayes, Miami's Jazz Chisholm, and the Yankees’ Deivi García and Clarke Schmidt make their Major..." September 07

  • Nationals GM ejected from luxury suites for calling umps 'brutal'

    The Score "Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, who landed a multi-year extension on Saturday, was ejected from Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves while standing in one of the luxury boxes. "He was saying, 'You're brutal," and..." September 07

  • Joe West called 'Karen' and worse for ejecting Nats GM Mike Rizzo from stadium suite

    Sporting News "MLB players, fans and media consider Joe West to be a poor umpire at this stage of his career. He's bad at making calls and acts imperious on the field. He displayed the latter trait Sunday when he called for security at Truist Park, home of the..." September 07

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo confusingly ejected from game vs. Braves

    The Score "Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, who landed a multi-year extension on Saturday, was ejected from Sunday's game against the Atlanta Braves while in the stands of an upper deck. During the seventh inning between the division rivals, Hunter..." September 06