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  • Minor League Baseball Changes Negotiating Teams

    Baseball America "A long, winding and contentious negotiation between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball took another surprising and dramatic turn on Monday, Aug. 3.   " August 04

  • Pirates Select Yacksel Rios

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have selected the contract of righty Yacksel Rios. Fellow right-hander Michael Feliz was moved to the 45-man injured list. Rios was outrighted off of the 40-man roster in late June.  " August 03

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Ex-Porn Star Mary Carey Got Ready For Pirates Home Opener By Showing Boobs At Hardware Store

    Total Pro Sports "PNC Park, like all baseball stadiums around the country, was closed to fans amid the coronavirus pandemic. The visiting Milwaukee Brewers made it worse by rallying for a 6-5 win over the Pirates in 11 innings Monday night. Before that game, however, former porn star Mary Carey showed..." 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

  • 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

  • Pirates Activate Gregory Polanco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates have activated outfielder Gregory Polanco from the injured list. To create space, the team optioned Jason Martin to the team’s alternate training site. Polanco had been sidelined by COVID-19. " July 27

  • 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

  • Pirates' Derek Holland ejected for arguing with umpire from stands

    USA Today "To paraphrase legendary broadcaster Vin Scully: in the year of the improbable, the ridiculous has happened.  Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Derek Holland was ejected from Sunday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals — while he was sitting in the..." July 26

  • 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

  • 'That's 2020 in a nutshell': Inside the road of uncertainty MLB traveled to bring baseball back

    ESPN " THEY PLAYED BASEBALL here Thursday. The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals hosted the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. The attendance was 0. Max Scherzer, the Nationals' ace, faced off against Gerrit Cole, the Yankees' shiny..." July 24

  • 'People are really scared': Some fans brave pandemic and DC storm to celebrate MLB season start

    USA Today "When the Washington Nationals won the franchise's first World Series title last October, fans imagined being inside Nationals Park on Opening Day to watch the championship pennant raised into the sky. Present circumstances obviously prevented that from being reality Thursday,..." July 24

  • MLB Should Take Down The Netting and Stop Protecting Fake Fans

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball should take down all the protective netting around the field that is meant to protect fans from foul balls. WIthout fans, it's pointless, plus if a player hits a foul ball, he could decapitate one of the cardboard fans and that would be amazing. One of the..." July 24

  • MLB broadcast aesthetics haven’t been lacking without fans

    Hardball Talk "Only once prior to this season did we experience a baseball game played without fans: in April 2015, when the Orioles hosted the White Sox at Camden Yards amid protests following the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. You can watch that game in its..." July 24

  • MLB Playoff Field Expands To 16 Teams For 2020 Season

    SI "Just hours before the start of the 2020 regular season, the Major League Baseball Players Association approved an agreement with MLB to expand its postseason this year, the league announced Thursday. The expansion will increase the postseason from 10 teams to 16..." July 23

  • Pirates finalize 30-man roster for Opening Day by adding infielder, 2 pitchers

    TribLIVE "Now that the Pittsburgh Pirates have finalized their 30-man roster, Derek Shelton is ready to fill out his Opening Day lineup for the first time as a major-league manager Friday at the St. Louis Cardinals. It won’t be the memento Shelton waited two decades for, starting in the..." July 23

  • One Anonymous Player Told Jeff Passan 'Horny Dudes on the Road' Will Bring Down the MLB Season

    The Big Lead "The Major League Baseball season will finally begin tonight. Jeff Passan talked to a number of baseball people to try and figure out what the season might look like. The truth is, we won't know until we get there, but until then, let's just bask in the optimism around the..." July 23

  • Fox will put virtual fans in the stands for its broadcasts

    Variety "When Major League Baseball kicks off its 2020 season, fans won’t be allowed to sit in many of the ballparks. Viewers who watch any of four games broadcast over Fox or Fox Sports 1 this Saturday may not notice. The Fox Corporation-owned outlet intends to fill..." July 23

  • Let’s hope MLB can pull off this bizarre season

    New York Post "The season begins with an immunologist throwing out the ceremonial first pitch — and that immunologist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is one of the most famous people in the country. The season begins with many players, including Aroldis Chapman, AL Rookie of the Year Yordan..." July 23

  • Baseball is back. Let's hope nothing horrible happens

    The Score "Freddie Freeman was praying for his life earlier this month. Beset by a fever that spiked at 104.5 degrees, the 30-year-old first baseman feared the worst, that he could become a statistic, another life lost to a yet-to-be-contained pandemic that's already claimed more than..." July 23

  • MLB, MLBPA reengaging on expanding playoffs for 2020

    The Score "Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are reportedly reengaging on potentially expanding the postseason for the shortened 2020 campaign, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. There seems to be optimism for postseason expansion, Heyman adds. The hope was to increase the number of..." July 22

  • MLB offering players social messaging patches for Opening Day

    The Score "MLB is offering players the choice of adding social messages to their jerseys for Opening Day, sources told Howard Bryant of ESPN. One patch will reportedly say "United for Change," while the other will state "BLM."  Philadelphia Phillies..." July 22

  • Blue Jays denied permission to play at PNC Park

    TSN "The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Wednesday it will not allow the Toronto Blue Jays to play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh this season. "To add travelers to this region for any reason, including for professional sports events, risks residents, visitors and members of..." July 22

  • MLB could allow fans at games during season if conditions improve

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball season will begin without fans in the stands, but if the circumstances of the pandemic change, the league is open to adapting. In a conference call with Sen. Patrick Toomey (R-Pa.), MLB senior vice president Patrick Houlihan said the league is open to..." July 22

  • MLB is ready to play. Whether it should is a question with no easy answers.

    USA Today "It is good that they will try to play. (I think). While challenging, it is possible to contest a Major League Baseball season ethically and relatively safely amid a pandemic. (Maybe). Baseball will be a balm for the masses, a welcome diversion from a..." July 22

  • How Blue Jays players could be impacted by temporary PNC Park move

    Sportsnet "Just two days from the start of the regular season, the Toronto Blue Jays appear to have finally found a temporary home. Now the club is expected to share PNC Park for 2020, a development that punctuates just how bizarre this season will be. While the Pittsburgh..." July 22