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  • Here are MLB's top Mother's Day moments "There were no pink-bat walk-offs or special on-field moments to celebrate Mother's Day last year, but Major Leaguers will once again have Mom close to their hearts as they take the field today. Here's a look back at some of the top recent Mother's Day..." May 09

  • Max Scherzer becomes 5th pitcher to record 10-plus Ks in 100 career games

    The Score "Max Scherzer joined some rarefied air at Yankee Stadium on Saturday by striking out at least 10 batters in a game for the 100th time in his career. He notched the milestone K by striking out Brett Gardner to end the fourth inning. Scherzer is the fifth pitcher in baseball history with..." May 08

  • Way-Too-Early MLB All-Star Game 2021 Roster Picks

    Bleacher Report "It's never too early to start predicting what the 2021 MLB All-Star Game rosters will look like. A little over a month into the season, we put together our way-too-early view on how the Midsummer Classic might take shape if the game were played today. Using the 32-player..." May 08

  • Milwaukee Brewers sign Hernan Perez to minor league deal

    Brew Crew Ball "The Milwaukee Brewers have been decimated by injuries during the first month-plus of the 2021 MLB regular season. Even first-line backups like Manny Pina, Jace Peterson, and Daniel Robertson have gotten hurt, leaving the Brewers very thin on depth and giving meaningful playing time to the likes..." May 07

  • Baseball Players Are Hustling and It's Extremely Exciting

    The Big Lead "One of the more perplexing things about baseball is that the athletes have gotten so much more athletic and yet the running game has been devalued. This makes sense, of course, if you weigh the cost-benefit structure but the risk-adverse approach too often robs fans of heart-in-throat moments..." May 07

  • Zero new MLB players test positive for COVID-19 over past week

    Yardbarker "Last Friday, MLB announced that nine teams had reached the 85% COVID-19 vaccination threshold among Tier 1 personnel that would allow the league to eventually loosen certain coronavirus-related health and safety protocols. Additionally, 81% of the league's Tier 1 "essential..." May 07

  • 5 teams who might take chance on Albert Pujols

    CBS Sports "On Thursday, the Los Angeles Angels designated future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols for assignment. He is in the final season of his 10-year, $240 million contract, and club decided they can better use his roster spot on another player. The Angels are currently in last place in the AL West..." May 07

  • Veteran Hernan Perez elects free agency "Veteran infielder/outfielder Hernan Perez went unclaimed on waivers following his recent DFA, the Nationals announced Thursday. Perez rejected an outright assignment to Triple-A and has instead elected free agency. He’s now eligible to sign with any club. The..." May 06

  • MLB's replay system is breaking. How can it be fixed?

    The Score "With the score tied in the top of the ninth inning on April 11 in Atlanta, Didi Gregorius lofted a fly ball into medium-deep left field. At third base, Philadelphia Phillies baserunner Alec Bohm tagged and broke for home. The throw beat Bohm, but it appeared he might have gotten his left foot..." May 06

  • MLB suspensions haven't made sense during 2021 season, and they could be a slippery slope

    CBS Sports "Tuesday, Major League Baseball issued a seven-game suspension to Reds reliever Amir Garrett for "inciting" a benches-clearing incident with the Cubs over this past weekend. Cubs shortstop Javier Baez was fined, but not..." May 06

  • MLB stars who could be dealt (surprises included) "Unlike in last year’s abbreviated season, teams around the Majors will have four months to establish themselves as contenders or pretenders prior to this year's July 30 Trade Deadline.   But with the first of those months behind them, it’s only natural to begin..." May 05

  • MLB injuries are up again in 2021, and the sport is nowhere near solving the problem

    The Athletic "Another day, another round of physical concerns. The Mets scratched Jacob deGrom from his scheduled start Tuesday night and an MRI revealed inflammation in his right lat. The Brewers returned Christian Yelich to the injured list with lingering back trouble one day after..." May 05

  • Nationals activate Juan Soto, Will Harris; designate Hernan Perez

    Yardbarker "The Nationals have activated outfielder Juan Soto and right-handed reliever Will Harris from the injured list, per Mark Zuckerman of In corresponding moves, the Nationals designated infielder/outfielder Hernan Perez for assignment and optioned..." May 04

  • MLB Pitchers Are Getting Injured at an Alarming Rate This Season

    The Big Lead "On Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Dustin May will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and be sidelined until the second half of the 2022 season. That was terrible news for the franchise as it was positioning May to be a future front-of-the-rotation guy. But the..." May 04

  • Inside Minor League Baseball's experimental rules: Oversize bases, robot umps and moving the mound

    ESPN "Minor League Baseball finally returns to ballparks across the country, with Tuesday marking the first games since 2019 after all of last season was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Opening Day will feature 55 contests across four levels, though not every team that took the..." May 04

  • All the Reasons Why It Has Never Been Harder to Be an MLB Hitter

    Bleacher Report "What happens in the first month of a given Major League Baseball season isn't necessarily indicative of what will happen in the next five months, yet the 2021 campaign has already birthed an alarming trend. Hitting, which was already notoriously difficult to begin with, is now..." May 04

  • Rob Manfred’s $2.2 Billion MLB Expansion Fee on the High Side, at Least for Now

    Sportico "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred stated during a recent SporticoLive discussion on club valuations that the price tag for a MLB expansion franchise would be at least $2.2 billion. “If in fact these assets are worth an average $2.2 billion..." May 04

  • Could Juan Soto be ready to return Tuesday vs. Braves?

    Masn "Juan Soto isn’t in the Nationals lineup for today’s series finale against the Marlins, but there’s a chance he could be back for Tuesday’s series opener against the Braves. Soto, on the 10-day injured list since April 20 with a strained left..." May 03

  • 2021 Minors promos to look forward to "Minor League Baseball front office members don't determine who plays for the team they work for. That's a job for the Major League parent club. But what they do determine is the entertainment experience, a something-for-everyone smorgasbord augmented by a full-to-bursting promotional..." May 03

  • Nationals' Max Scherzer tosses complete game vs. Marlins, then joins wife for baby's birth

    USA Today "Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer pitched like a man on a mission Sunday against the Miami Marlins. Scherzer tossed his 12th career complete game, taking a shutout into the ninth inning before allowing a solo home run in a 3-1 Nationals victory, a game that took only 2..." May 02

  • MLB's best shortstop? Trea Turner nearing his payday

    The Score "Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo acknowledged contract negotiations with star shortstop Trea Turner were progressing before the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world last spring. "We had some momentum when we were exchanging proposals on a long-term..." May 02

  • Ranking the Top 10 MLB Stars at Each Position 1 Month into the 2021 Season

    Bleacher Report "Who are MLB's 10 best players at each position one month into the 2021 season? That's the simple question we set out to answer, and it required casting aside preconceived notions and long-term projections. That means established stars such as Francisco Lindor,..." May 01

  • Nationals plan to start Jon Lester against the Marlins on Friday

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals plan to activate and start Jon Lester against the Miami Marlins on Friday night, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Lester, 37, would be making his team and season debut after spending close to a month on the coronavirus-related injured..." April 30

  • Four MLB teams hit vaccination rate threshold for relaxed COVID-19 protocols

    The Athletic "Four MLB clubs have 85 percent or more of their Tier 1 personnel (players and staff with direct contact to players) fully vaccinated, allowing for the relaxation of certain health and safety protocols for those individuals, the league and Players' Association announced on..." April 30

  • Building an Elite MLB Starting Lineup, Rotation Using Trevor Bauer's $40M Salary

    Bleacher Report "It's hard to put $40 million into perspective. That's how much the Los Angeles Dodgers owe reigning National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer in the first season of a three-year, $102 million contract, making him the highest-paid player in baseball in 2021. If..." April 30

  • Nine MLB teams hit 85% vaccine threshold

    TSN "MLB and the MLBPA announced Friday that five more clubs have reached the threshold of 85 per cent of their Tier 1 individuals receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine doses, bringing the total to nine teams across the league. This means those five teams will be allowed a..." April 30

  • Which 2021 MLB Slow-Starters Deserve the Panic Alarm?

    Bleacher Report "With the first month of the 2021 Major League Baseball season just about in the books, there are all sorts of good things to say about early standouts like Mike Trout, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Jacob deGrom. Much more perplexing, however, are guys who were expected to play starring roles..." April 30

  • Is Yermín Mercedes the newest late-blooming star? "While some players find success at a young age, others take years to reach their potential, grinding away until something finally clicks. Take White Sox designated hitter Yermín Mercedes, for example. After playing eight Minor League seasons with three organizations..." April 30

  • Nationals’ Luis Avilan Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "APRIL 28: Avilan has undergone the procedure, per Martinez (via Camerato). The 31-year-old is planning to rehab and continue his career. APRIL 19: Avilan has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery, Martinez told reporters..." April 29

  • Biggest Busts of MLB's First Month of the Season

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 MLB season is still in its infancy. But that doesn't mean teams are not expecting more from their additions and impact players.  So let's take a closer look at some of the more notable busts. In this case, a "bust" can entail signees from this..." April 29

  • Anibal Sanchez Expected To Sign This Week

    MLB Trade Rumors "April 28: Sanchez is planning to sign this week and could settle on a team as early as tomorrow, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). April 23: The Yankees, Phillies, Marlins, Tigers, Diamondbacks and Blue Jays were..." April 29

  • George Springer to make Blue Jays debut Wednesday vs. Nationals

    Sportsnet " George Springer, offensive dynamo, is back with the Toronto Blue Jays. George Springer, centre-fielder, is coming soon. And George Springer, clubhouse DJ? “I’m honestly not going to go over there and screw around just yet,” Springer said Wednesday..." April 28

  • Rob Manfred On CBA, Vaccinations, All-Star Game

    MLB Trade Rumors "With Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement set to expire Dec. 1, the league and the MLBPA held their first set of talks on a new deal last week. The two sides still have several months to work out an agreement, but considering how contentious their relationship..." April 28

  • Pudge Rodriguez explains how MLB would be 'more fun'

    CBS Sports "David Samson sat down on his podcast, Nothing Personal with David Samson, this week to discuss a variety of topics with Hall of Fame catcher Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who helped lead the Marlins to their 2003 World Series title, shared his thoughts on the..." April 28

  • Rob Manfred Says MLB Will Consider Expansion Fees Around $2.2B for New Teams

    Bleacher Report "If Major League Baseball looks to expand from its current group of 30 teams, commissioner Rob Manfred has an expansion fee in mind for a new franchise. Speaking at SporticoLive's online discussion on Tuesday (via the Associated Press), Manfred estimated that..." April 27

  • 70% of MLB personnel at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19

    Yardbarker "Before the start of the regular season, MLB informed clubs that it could relax certain COVID-19 health and safety protocols for teams that have at least 85% of their Tier 1 traveling party members vaccinated against the coronavirus.  On Tuesday, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 27

  • Home run derby to replace extra innings in Pioneer League

    ESPN "While Major League Baseball has been experimenting with extra-inning rule changes in recent years, the Pioneer League -- an independent league designated as an MLB Partner League -- is taking things a step further. On Tuesday, the league announced that it will implement a..." April 27

  • Nationals' Trea Turner dealing with bruised forearm

    CBS Sports "Initial X-rays on Turner's forearm/elbow returned negative, leaving the Nationals optimistic that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the 10-day injured list.  " April 26

  • The Unsung Building Block for Every MLB Team’s Future

    Bleacher Report "It is usually pretty easy to spot franchise players on MLB rosters. The San Diego Padres made shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. their centerpiece by signing him to a 14-year extension. The New York Mets did the same by extending their own shortstop, Francisco Lindor. There are..." April 26

  • Here's the best player over 30 on every MLB team "The strangest thing about watching baseball your whole life is how quickly you become older than all the players. Trust me, kids: You might be the same age as some top MLB players right now, but that’s going to be over with before you know it. It leads to some very..." April 25

  • Mets' Jacob deGrom strikes out career-high 15 in win vs. Nationals

    The Athletic "New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom became only the third pitcher since 1999 to record three straight games of 14 or more strikeouts in a 6-0 win against the Washington Nationals on Friday. deGrom struck out a career-high 15 batters and allowed just two hits in his first complete game..." April 24

  • Ranking Top Landing Spots for Nationals Ace Max Scherzer Amid Trade Rumors

    Bleacher Report "Maybe this will be the year that the Washington Nationals trade Max Scherzer. Of course, Scherzer was previously seen as a possible trade target during the Nats' slow start to the 2019 season. Instead, the three-time Cy Young Award winner stuck around and..." April 24

  • Ranking the Top 25 MLB Players of the Upcoming 2021-22 Free-Agent Class

    Bleacher Report "A few big names have already left the 2020-21 MLB free-agent class. Francisco Lindor signed a 10-year, $341 million extension with the New York Mets at the start of the season, removing arguably the highest-profile player—if not the No. 1 talent—from the upcoming..." April 24

  • Mike Rizzo doesn't think Stephen Strasburg, Juan Soto injuries are long-term

    NBC Sports Washington "  The Washington Nationals will be without two of their best players for the foreseeable future, as both Juan Soto and Stephen Strasburg were recently placed on the Injured List with respective shoulder issues. The Nationals -- who won their first game without both..." April 23

  • Rocky Mountains at center of '21 MLB ASG logo "MLB and the Rockies revealed the logo for the 2021 All-Star Game in a pregame presentation on Friday, and Rockies players wore a purple star that celebrates Colorado’s iconic landscape on their jersey sleeve and on cap patches for Friday night’s game against the Phillies at Coors..." April 23

  • MLB announces small increase in new positive COVID-19 test results

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball experienced a small increase in positive COVID-19 test results among personnel for the second straight week.  Per ESPN's Buster Olney, MLB and the MLB Players Association announced on Friday that three players and five staff members tested positive..." April 23

  • 5 Early Predictions for the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 MLB trade deadline is still months away, but fans and scouts alike are already eyeing up the potential trade market in an attempt to see how their teams can improve their fortunes. The trade deadline is July 30, so there is plenty of time. May and June trades aren't..." April 23

  • Max Scherzer ‘open’ to a potential trade, here's 3 landing spots

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer continues to defy Father Time, still performing as one of the best pitchers in MLB in his age-36 season. As the future Hall of Famer nears the end of his legendary career, with the Nationals sliding down the MLB standings, trade chatter is already..." April 23

  • Initial MLB Draft League rosters underwhelm longtime scouts

    The Athletic "It’s clear Major League Baseball is trying to create more interest and buzz around the amateur draft, and one of the biggest changes to a sport that took over and limited its minor-league affiliates is the newly created Draft League, which kicks off its inaugural 68-game schedule next..." April 23

  • What would change if MLB lost its antitrust exemption?

    The Athletic "What might actually change in baseball if Congress or the Supreme Court took away Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption? Congressional Republicans recently announced legislation to remove baseball’s special status among professional sports leagues, the protection it..." April 23