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  • Did Derek Shelton's double switch foreshadow a change in center?

    TribLIVE "The Pittsburgh Pirates are preparing for the impending return of rookie third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes, and manager Derek Shelton made a double switch on Sunday that possibly foreshadowed their future lineup. Shelton sent Kevin Newman to pinch-hit for Dustin Fowler in the sixth..." April 19

  • Every MLB Team's Most Pleasant Surprise Early in 2021

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 MLB season has been underway for a few weeks now, so enough time has passed and enough games have been played to identify some players who are beginning to put together big seasons. Whether it's an emerging young player, a candidate for a breakout season or a..." April 19

  • Challenges continue for MLB as the virus persists

    The Athletic "Right before Opening Day, I was all set to write a mea culpa. Major League Baseball had sailed through spring training with virtually no disruption from COVID-19. So, regarding my position in late January that the league and union should delay the season by one month if they..." April 19

  • MLB Overreactions to 2021 Season Thus Far

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 baseball season is young, but that doesn't mean fans aren't already starting to overreact to small sample sizes, bad performances and bloated ERAs. A few bad starts is all it takes to declare a pitcher done or a hitter a bust. But the reality is that no team..." April 18

  • Top Free Agents Who Can Help Needy MLB Teams

    Bleacher Report "For some players, free agency never ended. Some big names are still looking for employment with the 2021 season underway. These players remain unsigned for any number of reasons, whether it's age, health or a recent decline in production. While it's early in the..." April 16

  • Baseball Hall of Fame president Tim Mead resigns

    Sportsnaut "Tim Mead, president of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, announced his resignation on Friday. He will remain on the job for about another month. He didn’t provide a specific reason for his pending departure. Before assuming the position in Cooperstown,..." April 16

  • 2020 Rule 5 MLB Draft Update

    MLB Trade Rumors "An abnormal number of picks from the 2020 Rule 5 Draft survived Spring Training and made the Opening Day rosters with their new clubs. The Orioles and Marlins both broke camp with a pair of Rule 5 picks on the active roster, while the Pirates opened the season with one Rule 5 pick on the roster..." April 15

  • A handshake from a white teammate signaled Jackie Robinson’s arrival in America’s game

    The Undefeated "The letter from St. Christine School to Mike Shuba’s parents said their son had teased another kid in his kindergarten class for being overweight. When Mike got home, his father, George “Shotgun” Shuba, pointed at the wall above his recliner to the only memento..." April 15

  • How would an extra foot from mound to plate affect MLB's current trends?

    The Score "Major League Baseball will test the most radical potential change to its playing dimensions in more than a century this summer on minor-league fields in small towns like Gastonia, North Carolina; Lexington, Kentucky; and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. MLB announced Wednesday it will partner..." April 15

  • 100+ MLB Players to Donate Pay to Jackie Robinson Foundation

    Bleacher Report "More than 100 MLB players will donate their game-day salaries on Jackie Robinson Day to the Players Alliance's Breaking Barriers campaign, the nonprofit organization announced Wednesday. Led by David Price, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jason Heyward, the donations will help launch the..." April 14

  • MLB to experiment with new DH rule, mound distance during 2021 Atlantic League season

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that it will experiment with a pair of new rules during the 2021 Atlantic League season: a “double-hook” implementation of the designated hitter and moving the pitching rubber back one foot. MLB and the Atlantic League began a partnership back..." April 14

  • The new ball the MLB uses is having bewildering, unexpected impacts on the game

    The Athletic "It seems like every year since we’ve had the ability to measure exactly how the baseball is spinning, flying, and landing, we’ve had revelations about how different the ball is. That isn’t to say that things weren’t a little different this year — because this year,..." April 14

  • Early Gaffes Highlight Must-Fix Gaps in MLB's Replay Review System

    Bleacher Report "There are many good things about Major League Baseball's return, but it hasn't taken long for one of the lesser aspects of the sport to come to the forefront. Yes, replay reviews are also back. And yes, they're still often frustrating. Mind you,..." April 13

  • What is the MLB antitrust exemption? Baseball's century-old golden goose becomes political cudgel

    USA Today "For a century, Major League Baseball’s golden goose has been its antitrust exemption, a gift from Congress and the Supreme Court that allows it to operate, in essence, as a monopoly. On May 29, 2022, the exemption will mark its 100th anniversary – though don’t expect..." April 13

  • 2021 MLB trade deadline moved up a day to July 30

    Yardbarker "This year’s trade deadline will be slightly earlier than usual, with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reporting that it’ll fall on July 30 rather than the customary July 31. Major League Baseball preferred to have the 4 p.m. ET deadline fall on a day where afternoon games..." April 13

  • Real cancel culture isn't moving MLB All-Star Game, it's the erasing of Black lives

    USA Today "After Major League Baseball's All-Star Game was pulled out of Georgia because of the state's voter suppression efforts, the governor, Brian Kemp, declared it was an act of cancel culture. “Cancel culture and partisan actions are coming for your business,” he..." April 13

  • Cracking the MLB superstar code: These 24 players will rule baseball in 2021

    ESPN "When I was a kid, our elementary school used to have these book fairs, run by Scholastic book publishers. The company set up a display in the lobby outside the library, their various books for sale, and each spring I would spend a dollar or two on the latest edition of "All-Pro Baseball..." April 13

  • It is past time for MLB to address its umpiring problem

    Talking Chop "Well, well, well. It looks like Major League Baseball’s umpires are back on their [redacted] once again! This past weekend has seen MLB’s umpires provide multiple embarrassing displays on the field, and I’m not even talking about the regular misses on balls-and-strikes...." April 12

  • Each MLB team's most likely award winner in 2021

    Yardbarker "Whether it be a big debut for a rookie, an inspirational comeback or season for the history books at the plate or on the mound, or shot caller that makes all of the right moves off of it, there is a potential award winner waiting within every franchise. So, who is the most likely award winner..." April 12

  • Updating and ranking the 50 greatest MLB players of all time

    Clutch Points "Top 50 lists are a common thing within the sports world, but it is particularly fascinating in baseball. MLB has been around longer than any other American professional sport. The amount of time the sport has been around makes the amount of players to choose from expansive. These 50 players are..." April 12

  • Fluke or for Real? Breaking Down the Most Stunning MLB Starts to New Season

    Bleacher Report "The old adage goes something like, "Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint."  Indeed, a 162-game season ensures players will go through peaks and valleys, slumps and hitting streaks. Finishing strong is more important for both players and teams; just ask anyone on the..." April 11

  • Breaking Down the Most Stunning MLB Starts to New Season

    Bleacher Report "The old adage goes something like, "Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint."  Indeed, a 162-game season ensures players will go through peaks and valleys, slumps and hitting streaks. Finishing strong is more important for both players and teams; just ask anyone on the..." April 11

  • Ranking the Best Home Run Hitters Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "No matter how Major League Baseball evolves, home runs will remain one of the most entertaining parts of the game. Players can be signed and re-signed solely because of their long-ball power. There simply is no substitute for driving home yourself—and everyone else on..." April 10

  • There Are Still a Lot of “Names” in MLB Free Agency

    Bleacher Nation "Because of the way the Cubs’ offseason played out (we knew there wouldn’t be a ton of spending, we knew there were very specific slots from a very specific tier of free agency that were going to get filled and then that was that), I didn’t pay as much attention to the big..." April 09

  • MLB Trades Teams Should Be Considering ASAP

    Bleacher Report "In an ordinary Major League Baseball season, early April would be a tad too soon for trade speculation. But in 2021, it feels like it's never too early to start considering trades teams might make. There have already been two trades of note, with the New York..." April 09

  • Braves Acquire Edgar Santana From Pirates

    Talking Chop "Sorry, internet yellers....this isn’t the Shane Greene deal that you have been shouting about (that guy must be asking for crazy money to still be unemployed). One would be excused if you thought that the Braves were largely done with moves at least until we get closer to the..." April 09

  • Five teams that could take down the Dodgers this season

    ESPN "The reigning 2020 World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers enter the 2021 season as a favorite to repeat. In fact, the best-case scenario for this year's L.A. squad is downright scary. But that doesn't mean the rest of the league is just going to lie down and watch the Dodgers..." April 09

  • Two decades after Alex Rodriguez's historic 10-year, $252 million deal, big paydays flourish for stars

    USA Today "In the 20 years since the Texas Rangers gave Alex Rodriguez his historic 10-year, $252 million deal, wins and championships have come at a price. USA TODAY Sports has tracked Major League Baseball salaries since 1989 when the Los Angeles Dodgers made Orel Hershiser the..." April 09

  • Sorry, Purists: MLB's New Extra-Inning Rule Is Great and Should Be Here to Stay

    Bleacher Report "There is a certain group of baseball fans that love the traditional aspect of the game. It's America's pastime, it has a human element and it needs to be left alone. There are too many replays, the advanced metrics are clouding the game and the rules were made for a reason and are not..." April 09

  • Ke'Bryan Hayes not catching or swinging, could be out longer than 10 days

    Yahoo! Sports "The left wrist injury that sent Ke'Bryan Hayes to the 10-day injured list has limited the Pittsburgh Pirates rookie third baseman's baseball activities to only throwing and not catching the ball or taking swings. Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday..." April 08

  • Mets' Noah Syndergaard is mad about MLB's blackout restrictions: 'Guess I'll watch the s—ty Pirates'

    Sporting News "MLB may soon feel the wrath of Thor. MLB fans know the pain and torture of having to deal with the league's blackout restrictions. Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard would like you to know he feels your pain. The Mets starter is away from the team, still rehabbing from..." April 08

  • MLB’s Home Run Derby is returning to Coors Field, and the Rockies have some tips for how to put on a show

    The Athletic "Players peppered Vinny Castilla with questions that day at Coors Field, wondering how far the ball might fly. The tall tales of extra-terrestrial home runs in Colorado had already grown to outsized proportions back in 1998, just five years into the Rockies’ existence, as if Paul Bunyan..." April 08

  • 1 Iconic baseball card for every MLB team

    Sports Create "As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, we’ve asked fans (as well as our staff) to submit their all-time favorite baseball cards, and we’ve broken them down by team. We’ll be revealing submissions regularly throughout the season, ranging..." April 08

  • Jonathan India Drilled In Forehead With 94 MPH Fastball, Somehow Okay

    TMZ "Insanely scary moment on the MLB diamond Wednesday ... Reds star rookie Jonathan Indiawas drilled in the forehead by a 94 MPH fastball, but thankfully, he appears to be okay. India was at the dish for his second at-bat of Cincinnati's game against the Pirates ... when..." April 07

  • Rob Manfred’s All-Star Game decision brings backlash, but still may have been the less risky move for the sport

    The Athletic "Three days after Rob Manfred announced he was pulling baseball’s All-Star Game out of Atlanta, the blowback grew in intensity not only from outside the sport, but also from within. Leaders on the left, including former President Barack Obama, have praised Manfred’s..." April 06

  • How Much Damage Did MLB Teams Do to Their Playoff Odds in One Weekend?

    The Ringer "Baseball is a sport made for large numbers. It’s predicated on “We’ll get ’em next time” and occasionally its darker cousin: “Oh, no, not again.” Because MLB teams play almost twice as many games per year as their next closest major-league counterparts,..." April 06

  • 6 MLB Players Primed for 2021 Breakout Seasons

    Bleacher Report "If baseball history is your thing, then Sunday night's matchup between the Los Angeles Angels and the Chicago White Sox was for you. Angels' two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani finally got to pitch and hit in a major league game that was years in the..." April 06

  • Dusty Baker on fans heckling Astros: ‘A sad situation for America’

    NBC Sports Washington "  The Houston Astros have spent the first week of the season experiencing what it’s like to travel to opposing cities and play in front of their fans still upset over their cheating scandal that unfolded prior to the 2020 campaign. After the coronavirus forced MLB..." April 06

  • Mike Scioscia named new Team USA manager

    MLB.com "USA Baseball named Mike Scioscia its manager for the 2021 Professional National Team on Monday. A three-time World Series Champion as both a manager and a player, Scioscia will look to lead Team USA to a berth in the Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. Olympic qualifying will continue..." April 06

  • Each MLB Team's Young Player with the Highest Ceiling

    Bleacher Report "With the 2021 Major League Baseball season underway, all of the game's most exciting players are now on display for all to see. We recommend paying special attention to young guys who haven't broken all the way out yet. And since every team has at least one such guy, we've..." April 06

  • Rockies expected to host 2021 MLB All-Star Game

    Purple Row "According to reports from sources including ESPN’s Buster Olney and Altitude’s Vic Lombardi, the 2021 All-Star Game has a new home. In a huge boon to the city of Denver, Coors Field will play host to July 13th’s Midsummer Classic. Things have been moving very fast..." April 06

  • Pirates acquire RHP Kyle Keller in trade with Angels

    Bucs Dugout "A new face is joining the Pirates crew! According to sources, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired RHP Kyle Keller from the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations. In a corresponding move, the team designated RHP Edgar Santana for..." April 05

  • The 10 Best Trade Chips in MLB Right Now

    Bleacher Report "After getting pushed to August 31 amid last year's shortened season, Major League Baseball's trade deadline is once again slated for July 31 in 2021. Since that date will be here before you know it, now's a good time for a preliminary list of the league's best trade..." April 05

  • Pirates To Place Ke’Bryan Hayes On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Pirates are placing rookie third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes on the 10-day injured list due to left wrist inflammation, Rob Biertempfel of the Athletic and Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette were among those to relay. Infielder Wilmer..." April 04

  • Pirates' Tyler Bashlor: Moved off 40-man roster

    CBS Sports "The Pirates designated Bashlor for assignment Sunday. The transaction clears a spot on the 40-man roster for utility man Wilmer Difo, whose contract was selected from the taxi squad in a corresponding move. " April 04

  • MLB stands up for basic right to vote in pulling All-Star Game from Atlanta

    Sportsnet "The discourse is too easily hijacked in these disquieting culture-war days, distilling complicated issues into a rhetorical jingoism that prevents rational conversation and nuanced arguments. Predictably, Major League Baseball landed in the woke-versus-MAGA fray with its decision..." April 04

  • MLB's extra-innings rule is back in 2021; here's why baseball should use ties instead

    CBS Sports "Of the 13 MLB games that wound up being played on Opening Day, four went to extra frames. This of course meant that the extra innings rule that's been in place since the start of the 2020 season wound up playing an outsized role on one of baseball's signature days on the..." April 04

  • Creating MLB's Division-by-Division Superteams for the 2021 Season

    Bleacher Report "As the 2021 season kicks into gear, we set out to create division-by-division MLB superteams. Let's set the stage with some parameters. The full roster and payroll breakdown for each superteam can be found here. Let's get started. ..." April 03

  • Congressman intends to attack MLB’s antitrust status following All-Star Game removal

    Larry Brown Sports "A South Carolina congressman is planning to attack MLB’s antitrust status following the league’s All-Star Game announcement. MLB announced on Friday that it was moving the 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta. The move is intended to punish the state of Georgia, which..." April 03

  • Atlanta Braves ‘deeply disappointed’ over MLB moving All-Star Game

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB announced on Friday that they are moving this year’s All-Star Game out of Georgia over the state’s new voting laws. The Atlanta Braves are not happy about that outcome. The Braves posted a statement on social media saying they are “deeply..." April 02