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  • Mookie Betts, Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper Lead MLB's Best-Selling Jerseys for 2020

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts led all MLB players in jersey sales during the 2020 season in his first year with the team after a trade from the Boston Red Sox.  Betts was followed by the New York Yankees' Aaron Judge and Philadelphia..." September 25

  • MLB made it to the end of its pandemic-ravaged season. Was it worth the toll?

    USA Today "So, that was something. Can we never do it again, please? Major League Baseball’s 60-game season has stumbled into its final weekend dazed but intact, like a wayward outfielder spun around by a fly ball, only to right himself at the last and haul in the ball at the..." September 24

  • How empty ballparks would have changed MLB history -- and could alter games this October

    ESPN "Humans are heat factories. If the average human being produces heat at a rate of 80ish watts, then 19 humans hunched together would radiate as much heat as my 1,500-watt space heater. Humans' surplus heat warms a housing project in Paris, a 13-story office building in..." September 24

  • What Were the Most Memorable Moments of the 2020 Season?

    Bleacher Report "It's MLB mailbag time once again, and this time around, we asked Bleacher Report app users to choose the most memorable moment of the 2020 MLB season. The results were a mix of individual achievements, impressive team performances, COVID-19 issues, a bold challenge to..." September 23

  • Rays made shirt from Kevin Cash’s inflammatory remark towards Yankees

    Larry Brown Sports "The Tampa Bay Rays are definitely not apologizing for antagonizing their AL East division rivals. During a virtual media session on Wednesday, Rays pitcher Charlie Morton showed off a T-shirt that he and some other teammates were wearing. The shirt depicted several horses in a stable...." September 23

  • MLB's strange 2020 season gives players to freedom to shine – and connect with fans like never before

    USA Today "Go ahead, be honest. You didn’t really miss us in the media this year – the reporters and camera crews, banned from the clubhouse during the pandemic, who always manage to turn 32 flavorful quotes into a big scoop of vanilla. Instead,..." September 23

  • MLB Designates Independent Atlantic League As “Partner League”

    Ballpark Digest "The Atlantic League has been designated the first MLB Partner League, extending the independent circuit’s relationship in terms of rules testing into areas like joint marketing and promotional opportunities. Prior to the 2019 season, MLB and the Atlantic..." September 23

  • Rob Manfred: MLB plans to have fans at games during NLCS, World Series

    The Score "Major League Baseball plans to have fans attend games at Globe Life Field in Texas during the National League Championship Series and the World Series, according to commissioner Rob Manfred. "We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas," Manfred told Bob Nightengale of..." September 22

  • MLB's 2021 draft order expected to be based on 2020 standings

    The Score "As the shortened regular season nears its conclusion, it appears the worst teams in baseball have something to look forward to. MLB's 2021 draft order is highly likely to be determined by the results of the 2020 campaign, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan. " September 22

  • 2020-21 MLB Free Agents

    MLB Trade Rumors "The following players are projected to reach free agency after the 2020 MLB season.  Numbers in parentheses represent the age at which the player will play the 2021 season. Catchers Alex Avila (34) Drew Butera (37) Welington Castillo (34) Jason..." September 22

  • Higher-seeded team will receive World Series 'home-field advantage'

    Yardbarker "The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) confirmed on Monday that the highest seed playing in the World Series will serve as the "home team" and receive the final at-bats in Games 1 and 2 and, if necessary, Games 6 and 7.  Per an agreement between the league and..." September 22

  • Arizona Fall League Cancels Season

    Baseball America "In a normal world, the Arizona Fall League would have begun on Thursday. Instead, citing an abundance of caution in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, the league has been officially canceled for 2020. Specifically, MLB did not believe the AFL's traditional facilities—Salt..." September 22

  • The five most important series in final week of 2020 regular season

    CBS Sports "We're now in the final week of the 2020 MLB regular season, and even though time is running out the standings remain wonderfully muddled, especially in the National League. Thanks in part to the expanded 16-team postseason, we've got multiple playoff spots still up for grabs, and bear..." September 21

  • MLB, MLBPA commit $10 million to Players Alliance to promote increased Black participation in baseball

    CBS Sports "MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on Monday announced a $10 million joint commitment to promote and enable increased Black participation in the sport of baseball at all levels. The commitment is being made through the Players Alliance, which comprises more than 100..." September 21

  • Rays Activate Mike Zunino, Option Sean Gilmartin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tampa Bay Rays activated Mike Zunino from the injured list, while optioning Sean Gilmartin to the alternate training site, per Juan Toribio of MLB.com (via Twitter). The 29-year-old Zunino competes for the starting catcher job when healthy, but he’s been..." September 20

  • Crunch time: 7 things to watch in final week

    MLB.com "There are playoff spots on the line, injuries to keep an eye on and home-field advantages up in the air. The Marlins are on the verge of pulling off what would amount to a little bit of a baseball miracle. The Cardinals would be in that conversation as well. The Mariners are still..." September 20

  • Rays place Austin Meadows on 10-day IL

    MSN.com "The Rays announced that they’ve placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 left oblique strain. Tampa Bay selected left-hander Sean Gilmartin and moved fellow southpaw Cody Reed to the 45-day IL in corresponding..." September 18

  • Aaron Judge on Yankees’ chances: ‘We have best team out there’

    New York Post "So much about baseball has changed since March 12, when the first spring training was shut down due to the coronavirus. Empty ballparks. Seven-inning doubleheaders. Designated hitters in the AL and NL. Alternate sites replaced minor league games. Teams forced to quarantine after..." September 18

  • MLB, MLBPA announce two new positive COVID-19 tests over past week

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced Friday that there have been two positive COVID-19 tests across baseball over the last week. Of the 12,381 samples collected and tested through the end of Sept. 17, none of the positive results came from major league..." September 18

  • MLB Players And Mascots Must Band Together to Destroy the Cardboard Cutout Fans

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball's shortened regular season is coming to a close and its extended postseason is fast approaching. When the playoffs arrive, teams will leave their home ballparks and move to regional bubbles, leaving their fans behind. That means the time to destroy the cardboard..." September 18

  • Rays clinch 2nd straight playoff berth

    WFLA.com "The Tampa Bay Rays (33-18) beat the Baltimore Orioles twice on Thursday afternoon, and have now clinched a playoff spot for a consecutive year. This is the Rays sixth postseason appearance but the AL East-leading Rays say their focus this year extends beyond merely..." September 18

  • MLB's New Postseason Plan Could Forever Change Playoff Baseball for the Better

    Bleacher Report "Get ready for a Major League Baseball postseason unlike any that's come before.  We've known since MLB and the MLB Players Association agreed to an expanded playoff field—from 10 to 16 teams—in July that this year's postseason would be..." September 17

  • Permanent 16-team MLB postseason would be catastrophic for players

    The Score "The New York Yankees did nothing at the trade deadline. Mired in a 3-7 slide that had hamstrung their chances of a division title and plainly reeling from the injury absences of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and James Paxton, among others, the Yankees still felt no need for..." September 17

  • MLB to begin 2021 Spring Training exhibition in February

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball’s 2021 Spring Training will begin on Feb. 27 in Florida and Arizona with each of the 30 clubs in action on the first day of exhibition play, officials said on Wednesday. Select exhibition games will be played at MLB ballparks and Spring Training facilities..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball umpire Joe West has never missed a call. Just ask him

    ESPN "White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson was furious with umpire Joe West, as many have been these past 44 years. On this day in 2010, West had called a second balk of the game on Mark Buehrle, and Hawk was so outraged he said on the air, "Joe West should..." September 16

  • Rob Manfred: Expanded playoffs likely to remain beyond 2020

    Washington Post "Major League Baseball and its players’ union reached agreement Tuesday on the format for the expanded, 16-team postseason, which will see the final three rounds played in controlled, neutral-site bubbles in Southern California and Texas and the World Series at the Texas Rangers’ new..." September 16

  • MLB, MLBPA Reportedly Agree to Playoff Plan Featuring Neutral-Site Bubbles

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reportedly reached an agreement to host most of the 2020 playoffs, including the division series, league championship series and World Series, in neutral-site "bubbles." Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the..." September 15

  • MLB postseason format will be true test of pitching depth

    Larry Brown Sports "The MLB has officially announced its plans for the 2020 postseason, and pitching depth will likely be more important than ever in determining which team is crowned World Series champion. Expanding the postseason from 10 to 16 teams means more games, and MLB is accommodating that with..." September 15

  • World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since..." September 15

  • Homers, RBIs, WAR ... conscience? In MLB's difficult 2020 season, who is MVP material?

    Yahoo! Sports "At the end of a two-month season played behind a mask, at a responsible distance and between clouds of spittle, there arrives an opening to contemplate again the concept of value. Baseball value. In 2020. The value of anything, really, in 2020, when a trip to the grocery store is a..." September 15

  • Rob Manfred 'hopeful' for fan attendance during LCS and World Series games

    CBS Sports "Although MLB has yet to finalize reported plans for postseason bubbles in California and Texas, commissioner Rob Manfred is already pondering the idea of fans back in the seats for most meaningful playoff games.  Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans have not been..." September 14

  • 30 emerging players primed for big futures

    MLB.com "For all the talk about how short this season has been, there has been plenty that every team has learned about itself. And one of the key things any team can learn: Who is in this for the long haul? So, today at the Thirty, we take a look at the player on each team whose positive 2020..." September 14

  • MLB is forbidding boozy playoff celebrations

    New York Post "Teams control the alcohol. So that is one area MLB will not worry about as it insists on clinching celebrations that are more restrained, distant and outdoors. The league was still finalizing a memorandum it expects to deliver to clubs and players this week in which it will urge..." September 14

  • Way-Too-Early Predictions for the Top 2021 MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "If it seems a little early to be looking ahead to the 2020-21 Major League Baseball free-agent market, that's because it is. The regular season isn't even over yet. Still, we thought we'd get a head start on predicting which teams will claim the top..." September 14

  • Are the lights at Tropicana Field an issue? Depends on your view

    Tampa Bay Times " Is there something with the lighting at Tropicana Field that’s causing Willy Adames' extended severe struggles at home? Adames suggested that was the case Friday in explaining why he is experimenting with wearing glasses with clear and tinted — though..." September 14

  • After Albert Pujols, who will be the next MLB slugger in the 600-homer club?

    USA Today "Albert Pujols continued his climb up the all-time home run list on Sunday by hitting a two-run blast against the Colorado Rockies for No. 660 in his career. That tied the 40-year-old Los Angeles Angels slugger with Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fifth place in MLB..." September 14

  • Rays lose first baseman Ji-Man Choi for season

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi has a Grade I hamstring strain that will sideline him for at least the rest of the regular season and likely into the playoffs. The Rays are putting Choi on the 10-day injured list and will announce a corresponding move later today. Choi was injured..." September 14

  • 2020 MLB Playoffs: Seeding Predictions and Round-by-Round Picks

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 MLB playoffs will begin Sept. 29. If that feels soon, well, it's because it is.  The final couple of weeks of this abbreviated 60-game slate should bring ample drama as clubs jockey for position in the expanded 16-team postseason field. While we wait for..." September 13

  • Rays Acquire Outfielder Michael Gigliotti From Royals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have acquired speedy outfielder Michael Gigliotti from the Royals to complete a July 21st trade, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). The deal allowed Kansas City to keep control over Rule 5 draft pick Stephen Woods Jr. The Royals have announced the..." September 12

  • Nathan Eovaldi Will Return To Mound Saturday For Red Sox Vs. Rays

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox will get back a key piece to their pitching staff this weekend. Manager Ron Roenicke revealed Nathan Eovaldi will return to the mound Saturday when Boston takes on the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The pitcher has been sidelined since the end of August with a..." September 12

  • Rays' all-lefty lineup a first in MLB history

    MLB.com "The Rays are making baseball history on Friday night. With Tampa Bay set to face the Red Sox and right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs at Tropicana Field, manager Kevin Cash filled his lineup card with nine left-handed batters. This marks the first time in Major League history -- going..." September 11

  • Full Count: Impending free agents not doing themselves any favors

    The Score "The upcoming offseason was always going to be a nightmare for free agents. Reduced revenues in 2020 because of the pandemic are set to precipitate a winter of austerity, with many teams looking to cut costs rather than spend big. Uncertainty over the game's financial future beyond..." September 11

  • Rays Acquire INF Pedro Martinez From Cubs

    Bleacher Nation "When the Cubs acquired (theoretical) lefty masher Jose Martinez from the Rays, the deal was for two players to be named later or cash. Because players not on the 60-man had to be dubbed PTBNLs this year, we knew there was a chance there was at least one legit prospect in the..." September 10

  • MLB, MLBPA close to agreement on neutral sites for playoff bubbles

    Yardbarker "The MLB and MLB Players Association are closing in on an agreement for where the playoffs will be played, with the World Series set to be played at Globe Life Field, a neutral site in Arlington, Texas. Currently, the MLB plans to implement a two-bubble strategy, with separate..." September 10

  • MLB considering two playoff bubbles and neutral-site World Series at Rangers' Globe Life Field

    CBS Sports "At this point, we're close enough to MLB's regular-season finish line to know that the 2020 season -- the 60-game version -- is going to finish. It's going to be one of the craziest things we've ever seen in the sport, and no doubt the most doubleheaders in such a short time..." September 09

  • Who are the hottest rookies right now?

    MLB.com "Another week, another slew of exciting big league callups for top prospects. From MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list alone, we saw the Pirates’ Ke’Bryan Hayes, Miami's Jazz Chisholm, and the Yankees’ Deivi García and Clarke Schmidt make their Major..." September 07

  • Rays' Ryan Yarbrough returning to rotation Tuesday

    Yardbarker "Ryan Yarbrough will return to the Tampa Bay Rays rotation on Tuesday against the Nationals, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Yarbrough doesn’t have the name appeal of many of his rotation mates, but he’s developed into a solid rotation arm for the Rays...." September 07

  • MLB power rankings; New York Yankees slide, Mets climb

    Sportsnaut "The MLB season is speeding by a with the postseason right around the corner and the regular season has been full of surprises. As the final month of the regular season rolls on, the New York Yankees are sliding down the MLB standings and our latest MLB power rankings. Unsurprisingly,..." September 07

  • MLB power play will end Minor League Baseball as we know it

    Sportsnaut "It has been a devastating 2020 calendar year for Minor League Baseball. The season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this cancellation came the loss of jobs throughout the minors — players themselves included. Sadly, this is going to be taken to a whole new..." September 05

  • Way-Too-Early Team-by-Team MLB Free-Agency Predictions Post-2020 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 MLB trade deadline has come and gone. The focus now is on the fast-approaching postseason, with its expanded 16-team format. While we wait for the October excitement to unfold, let's make some way-too-early offseason free-agency predictions. This..." September 04