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  • If We're Making Up Baseball Rules As We Go, How About This One?

    The Big Lead "The Cincinnati Reds swept the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader unlike any other yesterday. Major League Baseball's first foray into the seven-inning game was a mixed bag. Playing 14 innings instead of 18 certainly made the long day a bit shorter and, on balance, the most deserving team..." August 03

  • Marlins To Resume Season On Tuesday; Updates on Cardinals, Phillies

    MLB Trade Rumors "9:42AM: Yesterday’s testing of Phillies personnel revealed no new positive cases, according to a team press release. TODAY, 9:04AM: For the second straight day, the group of Marlins players currently in Philadelphia haven’t had any positive COVID-19 test results,..." August 02

  • Early Trends Emerging at the Start of Historic 2020 MLB Season

    Bleacher Report "Before it began, exactly how the first 60-game season in Major League Baseball's long history would unfold was anybody's guess. Now that we have more than a week's worth of data, let's dive into it. It's obviously too early to read too much into anything,..." August 02

  • Rob Manfred committed to season amid COVID-19 surge: 'Players need to be better'

    The Score "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred isn't ready to give up on the 2020 season just yet. Even amid a COVID-19 outbreak that's reportedly affected 20 people within the Miami Marlins organization and as multiple St. Louis..." August 01

  • Rob Manfred blasted for threatening to shut down MLB season

    Sportsnaut "It was always going to be tricky to start the 2020 MLB season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic around the United States. Unlike the NBA and NHL, baseball is being played outside of a bubble. This brings a lot of issues to the forefront. Immaturity from players and the danger of..." July 31

  • MLB star reportedly threatened to get teammates traded if they violated safety protocol

    Larry Brown Sports "There is growing frustration among some MLB players about their colleagues not taking health and safety protocols seriously, but make no mistake, there are plenty taking things seriously. In light of the Miami Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak, some players appear to be taking steps to..." July 31

  • Future Salary Obligations Of All 30 Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "Recently, we ran through the full slate of future financial commitments teams have made to MLB players. As I explained throughout that series of posts, there are several different ways to look at salaries. Since the purpose of this exercise is to see where teams stand as we enter a period of..." July 31

  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred threatens to shut down 2020 season

    Clutch Points "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has threatened to shut down the 2020 MLB season if the sport doesn’t do a better job of managing the coronavirus, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. This comes in the wake of a plethora of Miami Marlins players and coaches testing..." July 31

  • Latest COVID-19 results released by MLB, PA

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the latest COVID-19 testing results under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, through the end of Thursday, July 30: MONITORING TESTING Covered Individuals..." July 31

  • Marlins to transport players, coaches with coronavirus back to Miami

    ESPN "The Miami Marlins, after an 18th player tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, are getting multiple sleeper buses to take infected players and coaches from Philadelphia to Miami, sources told ESPN's Jesse Rogers on Friday. In all, the Marlins have had 18 players -- of the 33..." July 31

  • Phillies announce no new positive COVID-19 results after Thursday’s testing

    Sportsnet "The Philadelphia Phillies have announced that the team has no new positive COVID-19 results after Thursday’s round of testing. Despite the results from the team’s latest tests, the Phillies say activity at Citizens Bank Park remains suspended until further..." July 31

  • The cardboard cutout revolution is real

    MLB.com "If a baseball game is played and no one is there to see it, was it ever really played? That was the philosophical question when the coronavirus delayed Opening Day until July and necessitated social distancing between players in the dugouts and masks out in public. It also meant that,..." July 31

  • MLB, MLBPA reach 7-inning doubleheader agreement for 2020

    MLB Trade Rumors "7:01pm: An agreement has been reached, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. Seven-inning doubleheaders will take effect Aug. 1. 6:12pm: Major League Baseball and the union are moving toward an agreement on 2020 doubleheaders, Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark of The..." July 31

  • Yankees pumped for home opener vs. Red Sox, but they’ll be missing the fans | ‘That place gets rocking!'

    NJ "As usual, Mr. Unselfish Aaron Judge played down his heroics and built up everyone else after carrying the Yankees to an 8-6 comeback win Thursday night in Baltimore. No. 99 credited Gio Urshela for starting a ninth-inning rally with a leadoff walk and DJ..." July 31

  • Seranthony Dominguez Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Phillies righty Seranthony Dominguez has undergone Tommy John surgery, the club announced. He had long battled with elbow issues. With the news, the reliever will all but assuredly miss most of the 2021 season. It’s certainly possible he could make it back late in the..." July 30

  • MLB mulling seven-inning doubleheaders

    ESPN "Ernie Banks famously said: "Let's play two.'' Baseball players just might not want to play nine innings twice in one day during this pandemic-delayed season. While the Cleveland Indians swept the Chicago White Sox in the first..." July 30

  • Blue Jays won't travel to Philadelphia after Phillies close facility

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said Thursday that his team is not going to Philadelphia for this weekend's series against the Phillies. All three games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed. " July 30

  • Phillies cancel ballpark activities 'until further notice' after 2 positive tests

    The Score "The Philadelphia Phillies canceled all activity at Citizens Bank Park after one coach and one clubhouse attendee tested positive for COVID-19 from Wednesday's testing, the team announced Thursday, according to Scott Lauber of the Philadelphia Inquirer. The team said that no..." July 30

  • MLB's new extra-innings rule is here and -- surprise! -- it's glorious

    ESPN "It became clear a couple of years ago that Major League Baseball and its commissioner, Rob Manfred, were working toward an inevitable introduction of weird extra-innings rules, and in this space we were pretty harsh to it. "The runner-on-second-with-nobody-out fix is just about the..." July 30

  • MLB, MLBPA Agreed To New Sign-Stealing Rules

    MLB Trade Rumors "It seems that Major League Baseball would prefer to avoid a repeat of the Astros’ sign-stealing debacle, a scandal that only worsened when individual players escaped punishment due to a lack of a punitive framework and an exchange of immunity for information. There’s a new..." July 30

  • Major League Baseball's New Extra-Inning Rule Not the End of the World

    The Big Lead "If there's Major League Baseball in 2021 — and that's a big if — they need to go back to extra innings as we've known them for over 150 years. Let's get that out of the way. Putting a runner on second base without him earning his way out there is a bastardization of..." July 30

  • MLB requiring teams to add coronavirus protocol compliance officers

    ESPN "Following the coronavirus outbreak that infected nearly half of the Miami Marlins' roster and prompted the temporary suspension of the team's season, Major League Baseball is encouraging players not to leave hotels in road cities except for games, mandating the use of surgical..." July 30

  • These four MLB stars already look lost at the plate in the early stages of the 60-game sprint

    CBS Sports "There are four star players who have looked totally baffled at the plate so far this season. Aside from poor Khris Davis -- who is 0 for 15 -- these are the next four if you sorted for the worst batting average in baseball. You might recognize the names.  Christian..." July 30

  • MLB can suspend players guilty of electronically stealing signs. But will they?

    The Score "MLB and the MLBPA have agreed that players who steal signs electronically can be suspended and receive no pay or service time, according to Evan Drellich of The Athletic. The league has reportedly hired an independent security firm to monitor video-room entrances. Additionally,..." July 30

  • Are heavier bullpen workloads the future of pitching?

    The Score "When Major League Baseball announced its return-to-play plan in June, it was a foregone conclusion that relief pitchers would play an outsized role in the unprecedented season ahead, at least at the beginning of the campaign. A truncated, three-week training camp wouldn't provide sufficient..." July 29

  • MLB, Union Reportedly Considering Further Rules Changes

    MLB Trade Rumors "It appears that the recent run of COVID-19 infections within the Marlins organization has prompted further contemplation of rules changes. The MLB Players’ Association has reached out to its members to gauge their sentiment regarding a few potential tweaks, per Britt Ghiroli of The..." July 29

  • Why MLB doesn’t have coronavirus bubble like other sports

    New York Post "A bubble can’t contain Major League Baseball. That’s the reasonable contention that Rob Manfred made Monday to the MLB Network as concerns grew about the league’s viability in the wake of a coronavirus outbreak among the Miami Marlins. Back during the..." July 29

  • Phillies off Friday, will return Saturday with doubleheader vs. Jays

    The Score "The Philadelphia Phillies will not face the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Instead, the two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday and a single game Sunday. The Phillies faced the Miami Marlins in a three-game series at Citizens Bank..." July 29

  • All Phillies' COVID-19 tests negative for second straight day

    TSN "All of the Philadelphia Phillies coronavirus tests came back negative for a second consecutive day, according to a report by Jeff Passan of ESPN. The tests were administered to both players and staff members. " July 29

  • Phillies Add Three To Player Pool

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The Phillies added three players to their 60-man pool Wednesday: shortstop Bryson Stott, right-handed pitcher Adonis Medina and corner infielder/outfielder Austin Listi. All three will report to Lehigh Valley. It makes more players available to the Phillies for intrasquad games at..." July 29

  • MLB Finds No New Positive COVID-19 Tests Outside Marlins Organization

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball has issued a statement about its COVID-19 test results in the wake of the outbreak that has affected the Miami Marlins.  Per the statement, the Marlins are the only organization that has returned positive tests for on-field personnel in over 6,400 tests..." July 28

  • Rob Manfred Can Save the MLB Season With One Simple Move: Triple-Headers

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball is less than a week into its season and they have already hit a little bump in the road. With 17 Miami Marlins (so far) testing positive for COVID-19, MLB has decided to "pause" the team's season, with their series against the Orioles and Nationals scheduled..." July 28

  • Managers concerned MLB season outside bubble isn't possible?

    Yardbarker "It took less than one full week for the 2020 MLB season played amid the COVID-19 pandemic to fall apart. The coronavirus outbreak among members of the Miami Marlins led to both the Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies temporarily shutting down after those two..." July 28

  • MLB postpones all Marlins games through Sunday due to COVID-19 outbreak

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball has postponed all Miami Marlins games through Sunday after an outbreak of COVID-19 amongst the team. Additionally, the Philadelphia Phillies will not return to play until Friday after the team hosted the Marlins over the opening weekend of the..." July 28

  • Baseball on the radio as powerful as ever

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball is being played this season in unprecedented conditions, under circumstances that would have seemed unimaginable as recently as four months ago. And as we’ve seen in recent days, it’s an extremely difficult endeavor. We live in scary times, a fact that is..." July 28

  • No Phillies positive for coronavirus after Marlins series

    ABC7 "No Phillies players or staff have tested positive for the coronavirus despite playing the Marlins in Philadelphia and seeing 17 members of the Miami traveling party test positive, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. A member of the Philadelphia visiting clubhouse..." July 28

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci says Marlins' virus outbreak could endanger MLB season

    NJ "MLB wants to play ball. The coronavirus may say otherwise. Dr. Anthony Fauci, believes the COVID-19 outbreak on the Miami Marlins could spell the end of the 2020 season during an appearance Tuesday on “Good Morning America.”..." July 28

  • Yankees-Phillies game postponed again

    ESPN "Tuesday's game in Philadelphia between the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies has been postponed, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan and multiple reports. The postponement was first reported by the New York Post, which also reported that the Yankees..." July 28

  • Phillies boss John Middleton is OK with Bryce Harper speaking out for J.T. Realmuto

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Saturday's Phillies' victory over the Miami Marlins included an important home run by J.T. Realmuto and more message-sending from his biggest advocate, Bryce Harper. If you dig deep into the video following Realmuto's three-run bomb in the seventh inning you can see Harper..." July 28

  • Rob Manfred: MLB Not Facing 'Nightmare' Scenario

    Bleacher Report "MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the league will carry on with the 2020 season after the Miami Marlins experienced a COVID-19 outbreak.  ESPN's Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers reported at least 13 members of the Miami Marlins have tested positive for..." July 27

  • No talk of canceling MLB season despite Miami coronavirus outbreak

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball postponed two games on Monday after multiple Marlins players and coaches tested positive for the coronavirus, but as of now there are no plans to cancel or postpone more games going forward. The Marlins are undergoing another round of COVID-19 testing on Monday,..." July 27

  • Here's what Rob Manfred said it would take to pause 2020 MLB season over COVID-19 concerns

    CBS Sports "Less than one week into the 2020 Major League Baseball regular season, the league has been forced to postpone two games scheduled for Monday night because of a COVID-19 outbreak among the Miami Marlins that has reportedly entailed more than a dozen positive tests. The..." July 27

  • Coronavirus outbreak postpones Yankees-Phillies game

    247 Sports "There are conflicting reports as to the status of the game. Rosenthal adjusted his original report to say the game is postponed and not cancelled. New York Post insider Joel Sherman reports the game is cancelled. ESPN reports that the game is postponed. The Phillies..." July 27

  • Yankees visit Phillies with coronavirus concerns after Marlins’ COVID-19 ‘outbreak’ in Philadelphia

    NJ "The coronavirus will be front and center Monday when the New York Yankees open a two-game series on the road against the Philadelphia Phillies. The problem? Four members of the Marlins tested positive for COVID-19 while in Philadelphia, and Miami..." July 27

  • Blue Jays move series vs. Phillies to Citizens Bank Park

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays' move to Buffalo will be delayed a little longer. To allow for infrastructure upgrades at Sahlen Field to be completed, the Blue Jays have moved next weekend's scheduled home series against the Philadelphia Phillies to Citizens Bank Park...." July 26

  • Phillie Fanatic tries to pump up cardboard cutouts, distract opposing pitcher

    Larry Brown Sports "Fans are not allowed in MLB ballparks at the moment, but the Philadelphia Phillies mascot is not letting that get him down. During Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins, the Phillie Phanatic went to work trying to pump up all of the cardboard cutouts that were set up behind..." July 26

  • J.T. Realmuto: Mookie Betts' deal a sign teams are 'willing to spend'

    MLB.com "J.T. Realmuto said he could not hear the fans behind Ashburn Alley chanting “Sign J.T.!” after he smashed a three-run homer off the batter’s eye in the seventh inning Saturday at Citizens Bank Park. No word if he noticed the massive “Sign J.T.!”..." July 26

  • Phillies With Hilarious Hand Sanitizer HR Celebration

    Distinct Athlete "Players are going to have to find a way to keep themselves entertained without fans in attendance during the early portion of the 2020 MLB season. We’ve already seen Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo do his part for his teammates. " July 25

  • MLB fans absolutely hated the fake crowd noise during Opening Day

    Sportsnaut "Opening Day for MLB in 2020 is quite a bit different than anything we’ve seen before, as the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered the game. One of the things that you cannot help but notice immediately is, of course, the fact that there are no fans in the stands. Television..." July 25

  • Bryce Harper Shows Up To Opening Day Wearing Phanatic-Themed Suit

    Crossing Broad "You just knew Bryce Harper was going to roll up to Citizens Bank Park today in style. You just knew it. This tweet shows several Phillies players making their way into the stadium earlier this afternoon, but take a look at Harper.  " July 24