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  • Latest On Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox received “really good news” regarding Rodriguez on Friday, Roenicke told Ian Browne of and other reporters. Rodriguez has been cleared to start walking again in a couple of weeks, and the Red Sox are hopeful he’ll be able to have a..." September 25

  • JD Martinez reveals current stance on exercising opt-out clause

    Larry Brown Sports "Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez seems to have made up his mind on whether he will opt out of his contract after the 2020 season. Martinez said Friday that he does not intend to opt out, but did not shut the door completely on doing so. Martinez’s stance makes..." September 25

  • 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

  • Red Sox hopeful that Chris Sale, Eduardo Rodriguez will return in 2021 "The Red Sox have gone all season without their two best starters, left-handers Chris Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez, because of health problems. Thanks in part to their absences, the Red Sox have gone a horrible 22-34 – the second-worst record in the American League. However,..." September 24

  • Mookie Betts: Trade from Red Sox came down to Dodgers, Padres

    The Score "It seems Mookie Betts was destined to get traded to California, but the Los Angeles Dodgers weren't the only team vying to acquire the All-Star outfielder from the Boston Red Sox in February. "It went down to (the San Diego Padres) and..." September 24

  • Jackie Bradley Jr.’s Wife Posts Tribute For What Could Be Last Game At Fenway

    NESN "As the Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles in their last home series of the 2020 season, it also may be Jackie Bradley Jr.’s last game at Fenway Park. The center fielder has spent all eight years of his career in Boston, where he also became a husband and a father, but..." September 24

  • 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

  • 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

  • Rafael Devers Trails Only Ted Williams, Nomar Garciaparra On Impressive List

    NESN "It may have taken Rafael Devers a bit to get his feet under him this season, but the Boston Red Sox third baseman has put together a late-season surge, especially at the plate. Devers has 58 hits on the season including 15 doubles, one triple and 11 homerooms. " 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

  • 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

  • Red Sox-Yankees delayed by intruder at Fenway Park

    The Score "Can 2020 get any weirder? Sunday's game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees was delayed during the eighth inning after an intruder somehow found his way into Fenway Park. " September 20

  • Crunch time: 7 things to watch in final week "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

  • Ron Roenicke Offers Update On Alex Verdugo

    NESN "Alex Verdugo left Boston’s 6-5 loss in the bottom of the third inning with what the team called hamstring tightness. And even though this is a lost season for the Sox, it certainly didn’t make it any better to lose arguably its best player. But..." September 19

  • Red Sox legend David Ortiz says he tested positive for COVID-19: 'Man, this is no joke'

    CBS Sports "The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees renewed their historic rivalry Friday night with the first of three games at Fenway Park (GameTracker). Red Sox legend David Ortiz appeared on the NESN television broadcast and revealed he recently tested positive for..." September 19

  • Boston Red Sox not planning ‘long rebuilding process,’ Tom Werner says: ‘We’re going to be back next year'

    Mass Live "Red Sox chairman Tom Werner expects the team to be competitive in 2021 and is not anticipating a years-long rebuilding process, he said Friday on NESN’s Gameday Live. “We are intensely competitive,” Werner said. “I want to say to our fans that we’re not..." September 19

  • Red Sox’s Eduardo Rodriguez Had Good Medical Update, Back In Miami

    NESN "Eduardo Rodriguez appears to be progressing nicely. The Boston Red Sox pitcher is dealing with myocarditis as a result of contracting COVID-19. Rodriguez was shut down in July, but is expected to return in 2021. Manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday he was hopeful the..." September 18

  • Red Sox acquire Jacob Wallace to complete Kevin Pillar trade

    Over The Monster "Among the trades the Red Sox made leading up to the trade deadline, Boston sent outfielder Kevin Pillar to the Rockies in exchange for a player to be named later. As we covered at the time, PTBNL’s this season were not really analogous to those in the past,..." 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

  • Red Sox won’t promote Nick Pivetta in time to make him eligible for free agency in 2023

    Boston Globe "On Wednesday afternoon in Pawtucket, Nick Pivetta delivered his most impressive outing since the Red Sox acquired him from the Phillies. In six simulated innings, he gave up three runs — two on a mammoth homer by Josh Ockimey to center, one on an inside-the-park..." September 17

  • 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

  • Red Sox CBO Chaim Bloom addresses non-competitive product, keeping prospects in Pawtucket

    Boston Herald "If there was any doubt before Tuesday that the Red Sox aren’t trying their hardest to win games this year, Tanner Houck’s sparkling debut would be Exhibit A. Call it tanking. Call it rebuilding. Call it what you want, the Red Sox are not using their most competitive 26..." 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

  • These Stats Show Just How Impressive Bobby Dalbec Has Been For Red Sox

    NESN "Bobby Dalbec has been impressive for the Red Sox since being recalled from Boston’s alternate site, to say the least. The 25-year-old smashed six home runs, including a round-tripper in five straight games, to etch his name in Major League Baseball history, and has been racking..." September 15

  • Here are 4 things to know about Red Sox prospect Tanner Houck

    Boston "The Red Sox have another promising prospect making his big league debut this season. Pitcher Tanner Houck will make his first MLB start when he takes the mound for the Red Sox against the Marlins on Tuesday. The 24-year-old is ranked as the 10th-best prospect in the Red..." September 15

  • Red Sox Release Jonathan Lucroy

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have released catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Chris Cotillo of tweets. He had been part of their 60-man player pool. Lucroy, whom the Red Sox signed to a minor league contract over the winter, made one appearance for the team earlier this..." 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 "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

  • 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

  • Red Sox To Promote Tanner Houck

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox are planning to promote pitching prospect Tanner Houck to make his MLB debut on Tuesday against the Marlins, per various reporters (including Jen McCaffrey of the Athletic). Ian Browne of first reported that a Houck call-up was likely. He will need to be..." September 13

  • 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

  • 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

  • Red Sox Select Domingo Tapia

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have selected right-hander Domingo Tapia’s contract, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe tweets. They also placed southpaw Josh Taylor on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Sept. 8, with left shoulder tendinitis and shifted righty Colten..." 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