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  • Playoff Chances for Each MLB Team at 2021 Season's Quarter Mark

    Bleacher Report "Numerous MLB fanbases can take solace in the idea this season is a return to "it's a marathon, not a sprint." If this were another shortened 60-game season, some teams would be two-thirds of the way through it. But there's still a long way to go...." May 16

  • 6 MLB legends who wound up in unexpected uniforms during career twilights

    The Score "If the sight of Albert Pujols in Dodger Blue seems bizarre to you, you're not alone. But he's far from the first MLB legend to wind up on a different team in the waning days of a sterling career. Here are six players from the last 25 years who spent a year or two wearing a..." May 16

  • Here is one quick fix for each MLB team

    MLB.com "The season is not so far along that, no matter where your team is, there isn’t a chance to recover. With that in mind, let’s look at a quick fix for every team in baseball -- a way to help one of their deficiencies so far, or at least aid the team over the next few months...." May 16

  • Ranking the Players Most Likely to Pass Mike Trout as MLB's Top Dog

    Bleacher Report "Mike Trout is the best baseball player on the planet. The 29-year-old has been one of the game's elite since exploding on to the scene with 10.5 WAR during his rookie season in 2012. He is having arguably the best season of his career right now as..." May 15

  • MLBPA Files Grievance Against MLB

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against the league, claiming that MLB did not negotiate in good faith to play as many games as possible in the shortened 2020 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports. The MLBPA grievance seeks as much as $500MM,..." May 15

  • 3-4 Teams Interested in Veteran Albert Pujols After Angels Release

    Bleacher Report "If Albert Pujols wants to continue his playing career, there are reportedly multiple teams interested in signing the 10-time All-Star. Per Robert Murray of FanSided, three to four clubs are in the mix for Pujols after he was designated for assignment by the Los Angeles..." May 14

  • Bold Predictions Between Now and the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The summer brings separation to baseball. MLB's contenders separate themselves from the rest of the pack, and the great players separate themselves from the good ones as the heat of the division races mimic the heat outside. Summer also means the trade deadline. It's more..." May 14

  • MLB announces three players tested positive for COVID-19 in past week

    Sportsnet "MLB and the MLBPA announced Friday that there have been 10 positive COVID-19 results, three players and seven staff, among 10,629 tests in the past week. The results amount to a positivity rate of 0.09 per cent. " May 14

  • Union’s $500 million grievance against MLB gives both sides new forms of leverage in CBA talks

    The Athletic "With a little more than six months before the expiration of baseball’s collective bargaining agreement, negotiations have a new but not unexpected wrinkle: a grievance worth roughly half a billion dollars. About two weeks ago, the Major League Baseball Players Association filed..." May 14

  • Is it time for MLB to eliminate the dropped-third-strike rule?

    CBS Sports "The 2021 MLB regular season is now six weeks old and I think we've all settled into the daily grind that is marathon regular season baseball. The 60-game sprint was fun in its own way last year given the circumstances. Give me the full 162-game experience every day of the week..." May 14

  • Todd Frazier hits the open market

    NJ "Todd Frazier is a free man. Last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates designated Frazier for assignment. Read More- May 14

  • Why the MLBPA has remained quiet on the Georgia voting rights law

    The Athletic "On May 3, nine U.S sports unions released a joint statement expressing their opposition to legislative efforts in certain states to restrict the right to vote. The Major League Baseball Players Association was not one of those unions. Nor did the MLBPA comment publicly when..." May 14

  • MLB base stealers have never been more successful, and here’s why

    The Athletic "Austin Slater drew a leadoff walk in the first inning. And the game was afoot. Padres left-hander Blake Snell threw a pickoff attempt to first base. Slater raced back. Another pickoff throw. Another retreat. A third time. It wasn’t a charm. When Snell..." May 14

  • MLB, ESPN agree to 7-year extension through 2028

    The Athletic "Major League Baseball and ESPN have agreed to a seven-year contract extension that will show 30 regular-season games in addition to wild-card games, the network announced Thursday. The deal will include 25 weeks of Sunday Night Baseball, the MLB Little League Classic, Opening Night..." May 13

  • MLBPA reportedly seeking $500 million from MLB over 60-game season

    Yahoo! Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association is still frustrated over playing a 60-game season in 2020. The MLBPA reportedly filed a grievance against the league seeking $500 million in damages, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The grievance argues the league..." May 13

  • MLB Pitchers' Historically Awful Hitting Should Seal the Fate of a Universal DH

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball will hopefully never have another season like the one it did in 2020, but at least it offered an exciting glimpse of what baseball will look like when the designated hitter is universal. Sans pitchers hitting for themselves, last year saw National League clubs..." May 13

  • Minor League Baseball Owner Speaks on Keeping Staff Intact Amid Pandemic

    Complex "On May 4, the Iowa Cubs held their season opener in Principal Park, ending a 604-day hiatus due to COVID-19 pandemic. While the game ended in a 3-0 loss to the Indianapolis Indians, the Triple-A affiliate of the MLB’s Chicago Cubs still had to feel like..." May 13

  • One-time All-Star righty Chris Tillman attempting MLB comeback

    Yardbarker "Former longtime Orioles starter Chris Tillman is making a comeback attempt, reports Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic. Tillman has been working with Dave Wallace, his former pitching coach in Baltimore, at Cressey Sports Performance in Florida since February, Wallace tells..." May 13

  • MLB Baseball Cap Tiers: From the Yankees to the Nationals — the Iconic, Good, Just OK and Bad hats

    The Athletic "Baseball is perhaps the last bastion in sports for the fashion-averse. With their press-conference podiums, the NFL and NBA have occasionally transformed into something of a post-game fashion show for those who choose to participate. Even the NHL is getting into the act. Baseball? There..." May 13

  • Jose Bautista enjoying bat flips not being 'so taboo' anymore

    The Score "Once the standard-bearer for bat flips, Jose Bautista is certainly enjoying the current brand of Major League Baseball. "The game has changed in a lot of ways, but one of the best ways is how celebrations are not so taboo and people are allowed to enjoy them," he..." May 12

  • If Rockies deal Trevor Story, these clubs are best fits

    MLB.com "With so much of the league bunched together in the standings -- only six of the 30 clubs were more than four games out of first place entering play on Tuesday -- there’s a lot that will happen between now and the end of July before we get a true sense of who will be buyers and sellers at..." May 12

  • Previewing 2021-22 MLB Opt-Out Clauses & Player Options

    MLB Trade Rumors "Next year’s free-agent class is a legitimately star-studded group even when focusing only on true free agents who’ll hit the market due to service time or an expiring contract. But the class has the potential to become even stronger depending on the play of this year’s..." May 12

  • Ranking the 10 Biggest Disappointments in MLB Thus Far

    Bleacher Report "Nearly one quarter of the 2021 MLB season is done, and there has been plenty of good and bad. Some of the bad has been quite glaring. Let's take a look at the 10 biggest disappointments in baseball this year. The list will include everything from players to teams and..." May 12

  • Iconic MLB first basemen are an endangered species

    The Score "For so long, first base was where teams parked their top sluggers. Historically, it's been the best hitting position on the field, often with a dedicated player to fill the corner spot. But as the careers of some likely Hall of Fame players near an end, and as the nature of the position and..." May 12

  • MLB pitchers are throwing harder than ever with less command, as a disturbing trend emerges

    The Athletic "Think about this: In 345 career games, Braves right fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. has been hit by 22 pitches. In 3,298 career games, nearly 10 times as many, Braves Hall of Famer Hank Aaron was hit by only 32. Think about this as well: While the season is less than six..." May 11

  • Rangers Place Kohei Arihara on Injured List

    MLB.com "Rangers pitcher Kohei Arihara has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a contusion on his right middle finger. Outfielder Eli White was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock and was available for Sunday's series finale against the Mariners. Arihara was scratched from..." May 10

  • Predicting The Big MLB Names Who Will Be Up For Grabs

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 MLB trade deadline might be over two months away, but it's never too soon to start projecting some of the names that could be on the block come July. From stars to guys on one-year deals and a number of veteran arms, numerous players have improved their trade..." May 10

  • Inside the MLB's mental health crisis

    SI "Ryan Buchter, 34, has spent almost half his life pitching in professional baseball. In those 15 years, Buchter has been traded four times, released three times, changed organizations 10 times, pitched for teams in 22 cities and only once spent a full season in the majors without being demoted..." May 10

  • These 30 MLB players still need to get it going

    MLB.com "There are certain players you think you’re going to be able to count on, for every team. They’re the givens, the ones you don’t worry about while you’re worrying about all sorts of other things. But the thing about the givens is, well, nothing is a given. Sometimes your..." May 10

  • Texas Rangers claim Jack Kruger on waivers from Angels

    Lone Star Ball "The Texas Rangers claimed catcher Jack Kruger on waivers from the Anaheim Angels, the team announced today. To open up a spot on the 40 man roster for Kruger, the Rangers moved Kyle Cody from the 10 day injured list to the 60 day injured list. Read..." May 10

  • 5 current MLB stars who struggled in the Minors

    MLB.com "One of the most exciting aspects of having Minor League Baseball back is watching the players we all expect to be our next great superstars. Other exciting aspects include: strange regional foods, dizzy bat races among lucky fans, the works. The point is, when we scour the Minor..." May 10

  • Here are MLB's top Mother's Day moments

    MLB.com "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

  • Rangers Activate Khris Davis, Option Eli White

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers activated Khris Davis from the injured list today, the team announced. Eli White was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to create the open roster spot. A Grade 2 left quad strain has kept Davis from making his Rangers’ debut after hitting .213..." 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

  • Angels Acquire Drew Butera From Rangers For Cash Considerations

    MSN.com "The Rangers have traded catcher Drew Butera to the Angels for cash considerations, Texas announced. This will be Butera’s second tour of duty with the Angels. To make room, the Angels designated Jack Kruger for assignment, per Bill Shaikin of the L.A...." 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

  • 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

  • Rangers Place Brock Holt On 10-Day IL, Select Andy Ibanez

    NBC DFW "The Texas Rangers put infielder Brock Holt on the 10-day injured list Tuesday with a right hamstring strain and selected the contract of Andy Ibanez from Triple-A Round Rock. To make room for Ibanez on the 40-man roster, Texas moved catcher Sam Huff to the 60-day injured list. Holt..." May 05

  • MLB stars who could be dealt (surprises included)

    MLB.com "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

  • 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

  • Kohei Arihara (callus) to miss start; Hyeon-Jong Yang to step in

    MLB.com "When Kohei Arihara makes his next start is uncertain after the righty received an injection on Saturday for soreness in the tissue under the skin as he deals with a callus on his right middle finger. The treatment did relieve pain in the finger for Arihara, but Rangers..." May 03

  • 2021 Minors promos to look forward to

    MLB.com "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

  • Rangers manager Chris Woodward ejected following controversial calls

    Larry Brown Sports "Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was ejected during Sunday’s game against the Red Sox for arguing balls and strikes, but his frustration likely stemmed more from a controversial call earlier in the contest. With the Rangers trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning,..." May 02