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  • Luxury Tax Status Will Not Reset If 2020 Season Is Cancelled

    Yardbarker "While Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have officially reached a deal on a temporary re-working of the collective bargaining agreement, the details are still filtering out. One key element of the coronavirus alteration is the role of the competitive balance..." March 30

  • Pirates' Jameson Taillon wouldn't want neutral-site World Series

    The Score "Major League Baseball is humoring a bunch of different ideas regarding the 2020 season in light of the coronavirus pandemic, and Pittsburgh Pirates ace Jameson Taillonisn't a big fan of the recent suggestion to play the championship games at a neutral site. "I..." March 30

  • Could cascading effects of COVID-19 impact baseball returning to Montreal?

    Sportsnet "Surely, we are past the point now where we need to throw in a caveat in every sports story, explaining: “I know this doesn’t matter when people are dying, but…” And at our place, at least, we have emerged from a 14-day period of my self-isolation with an understanding..." March 30

  • If 2020 season is cancelled, which teams would be hurt the most?

    Hardball Talk "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred recently expressed his optimistic outlook, saying that he hoped the league would begin “gearing back up” in May. That would put a regular season return potentially at the end of June or at some point in July. He expressed that the league may have to..." March 30

  • MLB managers on how they're helping team, family deal with pandemic

    ESPN "Dealing with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic is not only changing the fabric of Major League Baseball, but it's also redefining the role of major league managers. This global public health crisis has led to a shift in responsibilities in which the title "major league..." March 30

  • Why MLB should consider ties and other extra-inning tweaks in 2020 season

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball has its sights set on playing games in 2020, and if and when games are played, we're probably headed toward a shortened season. And in an effort to get in as many games as possible, the season is sure to be a condensed one. Off days will be more limited, and..." March 30

  • 5 MLB Comeback Stories Sadly Halted Due to Delayed Baseball Season

    12 Up "Spring Training records don't matter one bit when it comes to what a team is going to look like come the regular season, but the eye test can tell you something. Player performances in Spring Training can help guide the outlook on what's to come in the regular season, and even..." March 30

  • 10 Players Switch Agencies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Agent Rafa Nieves’ newly-founded Republik Sports agency will represent several players formerly represented by Nieves at Wasserman.  A video published earlier today on Republik’s official Twitter feed reveals the names of 11 players who will continue to be represented..." March 30

  • What the MLB deal with players means for 2020 season and beyond

    ESPN "Following round-the-clock negotiations since the coronavirus outbreak postponed the beginning of the season, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association struck a deal Friday that outlined how the sport would proceed in the coming months. The players gained certainty that..." March 30

  • Bizarre Rule Says Rob Manfred Can Pick 2021 MLB Draft Order if 2020 Season is Cut Short

    12 Up "This week, Major League Baseball and its players' union came to terms on a series of spending cuts considered necessary to make up for lost revenue caused by postponements and inevitable cancellations of official league activities due to the coronavirus outbreak. Included on this list of..." March 29

  • Five ways MLB can squeeze extra regular season games into the schedule after coronavirus pandemic

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball, like many sports leagues around the world, has been shut down indefinitely because of the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Spring training has been suspended and Opening Day has been pushed back to at least mid May, and that remains subject to..." March 28

  • Agent Scott Boras says MLB draft limits send 'wrong message'

    ESPN "Agent Scott Boras believes the agreement reached between Major League Baseball and the players' union "sends the wrong message" when it comes to possibly shortening the draft and limiting the financial pool for amateur players. Under terms of the agreement, MLB..." March 28

  • Commish for a day: Fixing MLB's major malfunctions

    The Score "Implement universal DH I'm sorry, Dad, but National League baseball is plainly inferior, and it's only a matter of time before MLB tacitly acknowledges that fact and implements the long-overdue universal designated hitter. As a group, pitchers hit .128/.160/.162 in..." March 28

  • Baseball Question of the Day: Who’d you think would be a star but wasn’t?

    Hardball Talk "Today’s question is about those guys we thought would be the next big thing but, for whatever reason, weren’t. The players we thought would be stars but ended up average Joes. Or, perhaps, somewhat less-than-average Joes. In this I’m not looking for the tragic cases..." March 28

  • Latest On MLB Plans For Team Employees

    MLB Trade Rumors "We’ve been learning quite a bit about Major League Baseball’s coronavirus plans involving players, whose relationships with the league are conditioned upon a collective bargaining agreement. But teams also employ quite a few other personnel under rather different terms. It..." March 28

  • Tony Clark: Teams won't pay luxury tax if season is canceled

    The Score "Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark shed some more light on Friday's deal with the league that addresses issues the 2020 season may face due to the coronavirus pandemic. Clark said the luxury tax won't be enforced if the season is..." March 27

  • Extension Talks Halted During Roster Freeze

    The Union Journal "We simply concluded a collection of articles concerning possible extension prospects, with component of the property being that the recurring MLB time out can manage chances for settlements. But that will not be feasible under the regards to the Bob Nightengale of UNITED STATES Today..." March 27

  • MLB Rosters Frozen; Conditions Set For Resumption Of Play

    Yardbarker "As anticipated, an agreement regarding the coronavirus-driven suspension of the 2020 season has resulted in a freezing of MLB rosters, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports on Twitter. A date for the resumption of transactions will be set in the future. As part of their..." March 27

  • MLBPA chief Tony Clark says 'no door is closed' for playing the 2020 All-Star Game after COVID-19 pandemic

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball, like many sports leagues around the world, has been shut down indefinitely because of the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Spring training has been suspended and Opening Day has been pushed back to at least mid-May, and that remains subject to..." March 27

  • MLB Details Criteria for Restarting Season in Agreement with MLBPA

    Bleacher Report "Official details of the agreement between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association that pave the way for a shortened 2020 season to be played if and when the coronavirus pandemic ends have been revealed.  Per ESPN's Jeff Passan, this season..." March 27

  • MLB playoff games could be held at neutral sites

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached an agreement for how to proceed with a season that has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Players and owners settled some potential issues over salaries and service time, with the main..." March 27

  • MLB jerseys to be used to make masks and gowns

    MLB.com "Baseball jersey fabric is going to the front lines of the fight against coronavirus. In an effort to help mitigate the national shortage of personal protective equipment that has become a pressing issue for healthcare workers and emergency personnel battling the COVID-19 outbreak,..." March 27

  • MLB to expand rosters once season starts

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball and its players’ union came to an agreement on Thursday outlining what a shortened 2020 season might look like. It came at the same time that the sport was scheduled to enjoy opening day. By now, it’s well known that MLB joined other professional..." March 27

  • Scott Boras believes MLB’s new agreement will greatly damage future draft classes

    USA Today "Major League Baseball and its players agreed to make the best out of the COVID-19 pandemic, compromising to play the most games possible -- even playing into November -- providing the deadly virus subsides to enable a baseball season. But while their deal on service time and..." March 27

  • MLB, MLBPA reach agreement on service time, pay, draft

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have reached an agreement on a deal pertaining to issues including service time, pay, and the amateur draft. The deal is expected to be ratified by the owners on Friday. A report indicated..." March 26

  • Fanatics shifts production from MLB jerseys to masks and gowns to fight coronaviru

    CNBC "They were supposed to be celebrating Opening Day, but instead Major League Baseball and Fanatics are teaming up for a very different cause: the fight against COVID-19. Sports apparel maker Fanatics’ 360,000 square-foot plant in Easton, Pennsylvania is usually rolling out MLB..." March 26

  • The False Hope of Opening Day Feels Very Real

    The Big Lead "They are stacking the dead in a refrigerated truck outside a Queens hospital where 13 people lost their lives yesterday to the coronavirus. The worst is yet to come. This is a nightmare with an indeterminate end. And New York City, as the canary in the coal mine, is just the..." March 26

  • MLB draft likely to be in July, may be shortened

    ESPN "The Major League Baseball draft is increasingly likely to happen in July, though it could be shortened and include bonus deferrals, sources familiar with the situation told ESPN. Fear of handing out significant signing bonuses amid cash-flow questions prompted a number of owners to..." March 26

  • The pain of no Opening Day

    New York Post "Some things remain unchanged; all along 126th Street, the chop-shop guys still have their eagle eyes tuned to any dent on the bumpers of passing cars. You have a scratch on the door? Like always, they are eager to help, offering up business cards while properly outfitted in uniforms of the day:..." March 26

  • Today was supposed to be Opening Day in the MLB

    SI "Among the sadder sights in a world without baseball will be the barren stretch of asphalt that is Race Street in downtown Cincinnati at midday Thursday. There will be no marching bands, no pickup trucks carrying grand marshal commissioner Rob Manfred, parade ambassador Johnny Bench and Reds..." March 26

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't optimistic about 162-game season

    USA Today "On the eve of what would have been Major League Baseball's opening day, commissioner Rob Manfred indicated that the league is "probably not gonna be able to" play a full, 162-game regular season. "My optimistic outlook is that at some point in May..." March 26

  • Top surgeon defends Tommy John procedures for MLB pitchers amid coronavirus outbreak

    Yardbarker "Many hospitals are postponing surgeries that are considered to be non-life-threatening at this point due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but does that same principle apply to Major League Baseball players? It doesn't seem that way.  A few notable pitchers need to undergo Tommy John..." March 25

  • MLB, union weighing variables for potential restart of season

    ESPN "As Major League Baseball handles the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and tries to determine when -- or even if -- it will begin its season, the league is grappling with a number of key issues that could come to a head over the next few days, sources familiar with the dealings told..." March 25

  • MLBPA pushing for MLB Draft to be held as scheduled

    Larry Brown Sports "As sports continue to be on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, some are looking ahead on the calendar to scheduled events that may or may not take place when they’re expected to. One of them is the MLB Amateur Draft, which is currently scheduled for June 10-12. According..." March 25

  • Scott Boras Has a Wild MLB Schedule Idea Involving World Series on Christmas

    The Big Lead "None of us have any idea when sports are going to start up again, but there's a nearly-unlimited amount of time for conjecture, so let's have at it. Speaking with Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, MLB super agent Scott Boras says that he has given MLB two proposals for..." March 25

  • MLB agrees to full year's service time for players active all season

    The Score "With the 2020 season on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have made significant progress in addressing service-time issues stemming from the disruption. MLB has agreed to grant a full year of service time to players who remain..." March 25

  • If It Lasts Until July, COVID-19 Suspension Could Cost MLB Upwards Of $2.5B In Ticket Losses

    Sportsnaut "Just weeks before Opening Day, MLB suspended the start of the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Still without a timetable for a return, with reports suggesting July is the best-case scenario, MLB reportedly stands to suffer massive financial losses depending on how long..." March 24

  • MLB's best hope for a 2020 season? Players and owners alike have a lot to lose

    USA Today "The first round was unscheduled, and to call it a fight would at this point be off the mark. The matchup is the same, however, and it’s one that never does Major League Baseball and its players any favors with the public. Millionaires vs. Billionaires. As the..." March 24

  • ESPN will run a Home Run Derby marathon on “Opening Day”

    Hardball Talk "Opening Day was supposed to be this Thursday. That’s obviously not happening. But even if there will be no games, ESPN will broadcast something that is, at the very least, baseball-adjacent: a Home Run Derby marathon. " March 24

  • Hoping for a Better Baseball Future

    SI "Remember when the whole world was angry at the Houston Astros for stealing signs? They wanted them to give back their World Series title, their championship rings, their postseason money. One day in spring training, I watched the Astros play in a half-empty ballpark against the..." March 23

  • Liam Hendriks, other players want 162-game MLB season post-coronavirus

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A’s closer Liam Hendriks is keeping tabs on the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) across a number of fronts, Including his current location of Arizona, his permanent home in Florida, and the motherland down under. “A lot of the stores are barren,” Hendriks said..." March 23

  • Bucs players buy 400 pizzas for hospital workers

    MLB.com "Not long after Spring Training was suspended nearly two weeks ago, the Pirates players’ text thread started buzzing with ideas. They wanted to support hospital workers overwhelmed and overworked amid the coronavirus pandemic. They wanted to buoy local businesses that might be..." March 23

  • Now is the time for MLB owners and players to find common ground

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Adam Wainwright was the best Cardinal to ask. The veteran starter has been in the game long enough to get a grasp of its ups and downs. He’s not afraid to speak his mind. He also knows how far and fast his words can carry. It was this combination that turned a..." March 23

  • Mark Shapiro: 4-week camp would likely be needed before start of season

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro acknowledged Sunday that Major League Baseball teams would need another spring training to ramp up for a 2020 season currently being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. "It's hard to imagine we could get ready (faster) than four..." March 22

  • Mariano Rivera does not think short MLB season can crown champion

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball does not know how much of its season will be played due to the coronavirus pandemic, but one Hall of Famer is worried about it being shortened too much. Former New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera does not think the champion of an abbreviated season should be..." March 22

  • 20 classic baseball games to watch in MLB's vault

    The Score "With no baseball for the foreseeable future, Major League Baseball decided to open up its treasure trove of a vault on YouTube and help cure our quarantine blues. The list of available games stretches from the black-and-white era through the end of last season, including the..." March 22

  • Pirates trim major league roster during 'less-certain time'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "In a typical year, the moves the Pirates made Friday might’ve offered a peek at the opening day roster. But this hardly qualifies as a normal year or period of time thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. So, with an unknown restart date and likely with a couple of different things in..." March 21

  • Worst Trades in Yankees History

    12 Up "The New York Yankees are one of MLB's most legendary franchises, hoisting the World Series trophy at the end of 27 different seasons. However, that doesn't mean they've always taken the easy road to get there -- far from it, in fact. Sometimes, New..." March 20

  • Marcus Stroman rallying Team USA for 'dream team' at 2021 WBC is what baseball needs

    USA Today "As most online movements go these days, an Instagram comment — from Ian Kinsler, of all people, complete with a crying face emoji  — served as the catalyst.  The recently retired Kinsler tagged former teammate and San Diego Padres first baseman..." March 20

  • Extension Candidates: NL Central

    MLB Trade Rumors "We don’t really know whether or to what extent extension talks will continue during the coronavirus hiatus. But as I wrote yesterday, it seems reasonable to think they’ll be explored. Some may already have advanced nearly to completion before the global pandemic..." March 19