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  • 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

  • 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

  • Trevor Bauer wanted Tim Anderson to flip bat after blasting HR against him

    The Score "An AL MVP candidate went toe-to-toe with an NL Cy Young favorite on Saturday and won. Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson demolished Cincinnati Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer with a solo home run to dead center, briefly admired his handiwork,..." September 20

  • Reds star Trevor Bauer trolls Astros with epic trash can cleats

    Sportsnaut "The entire Houston Astros cheating scandal that dominated the news cycleduring the spring isn’t really on the front burner right now.  Instead, it’s all about the truncated 60-game regular season being completed and what promises to be a playoff format unlike..." September 20

  • Tyler Thornburg Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Reds right-hander Tyler Thornburg underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this week, Bobby Nightengale of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports (Twitter link).  Thornburg was placed on the 10-day injured list with an elbow sprain eight days ago and then shifted to the 45-day IL last..." September 19

  • Trevor Bauer On Free Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "Reds right-hander Trevor Bauer was already the top pitcher on MLBTR’s Free Agent Power Rankings back in February — well before the league shut down for several months, giving way to what felt like interminable negotiations between the league and MLBPA on a way to safely..." September 19

  • 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

  • Cy Young rankings: Shane Bieber fever rules AL, Jacob deGrom eyeing three-peat

    The Score "Welcome to the second edition of theScore's 2020 Major League Baseball Cy Young Award rankings, in which we pick the top five pitchers from each league. American League 5. Hyun-Jin Ryu, Blue Jays The Blue Jays received exactly what they hoped for from Ryu after..." 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

  • 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

  • Blue Jays trade pitcher Justin Miller to Reds for international cap space

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have traded right-handed pitcher Justin Miller to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for international cap space. Miller had been at the Blue Jays’ alternate training site in Rochester, N.Y., after spending the previous two seasons with the..." September 16

  • Reds Select R.J. Alaniz, Designate Nick Williams

    Redleg Nation "The Cincinnati Reds have made a few roster moves today before the third game of their series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last night saw right-handed reliever and eraser of the best mustache in Major League Baseball, José De León, exit the game with a groin injury in game two of..." 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

  • Reds' Sonny Gray placed on injured list as Cincinnati's postseason odds grow longer

    CBS Sports "With two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Cincinnati Reds are a longshot to reach the playoffs. They entered Sunday with an 18.7 percent chance at playing into October, according to SportsLine's forecast. That number might be an overstatement, too, after the Reds..." September 14

  • Reds Activate Nick Senzel, Transfer Tyler Thornburg To 45-Day IL

    Redleg Nation "The Cincinnati Reds have activated outfielder Nick Senzel for today’s double header against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The announcement, however, is a bit strange in that the move has been announced as Senzel being selected as the 29th player for today’s double header. Today..." September 14

  • 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

  • Reds’ Matt Bowman To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    Yardbarker "Reds right-hander Matt Bowman will undergo Tommy John surgery later this week, manager David Bell announced to reporters Monday afternoon (Twitter link via C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic). Given the timing of the procedure, he’ll likely miss the entirety of the 2021..." 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

  • Reds Place Sonny Gray On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have placed right-hander Sonny Gray on the 10-day injured list with a right mid-back strain, the team announced. Sal Romano has been selected to the roster in his stead. The IL placement is retroactive to Friday. Gray has continued to shine in his second..." September 13

  • Trevor Bauer on chasing Cy: 'I'm a top-tier pitcher' "Even if it came during a shortened 2020 season, Reds starting pitcher Trevor Bauer still covets the chance to win a National League Cy Young Award. Bauer entered Sunday second in the NL to Jacob deGrom in ERA, fifth in strikeouts, first in WHIP, second in opponents’ batting..." 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

  • Ranking the 9 clubs chasing a playoff spot "The potential postseason field -- not the seeding, but the teams involved -- has been static since the conclusion of play on Labor Day. In the context of a 60-game season with a 16-team playoff pool, that’s an eternity. Rays, A’s, White Sox, Twins, Indians, Blue Jays,..." September 12

  • Reds Outright Matt Davidson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds have outrighted infielder Matt Davidson, the team announced. Davidson accepted the assignment and will remain part of the organization. Meanwhile, the club placed right-hander Tyler Thornburg on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow sprain and recalled..." 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

  • 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

  • Reds' Trevor Bauer: Cubs continued to chirp after I shoved it up their ass

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Trevor Bauer wanted another matchup against National League Cy Young contender Yu Darvish after the two squared off against each other a couple of weeks ago. He admires Darvish and he likes the challenge of battling the hottest pitcher in the league. “It demands excellence,..." 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

  • Can You Believe That Was the First Time Thom Brennaman Used That Word?

    The Big Lead "Mark Fischer of the New York Post put together a thoughtful piece on Thom Brennaman's quest for forgiveness and if it's something that should be afforded to him. It's worth reading as these situations are far more human and nuanced than online forums are able to..." September 08

  • Suspended Reds broadcaster seeking forgiveness from LGBTQ community

    The Score "Suspended Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Thom Brennaman has been meeting with members of the LGBTQ community after uttering an anti-gay slur during a live broadcast in mid-August. Brennaman, who was unaware his mic was hot when he uttered the slur, acknowledged he's trying..." September 08

  • Reds' Matt Davidson designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Matt Davidson was designated for assignment by the Reds on Tuesday. Davidson filled a part-time role for the Reds this season but didn't do much with his opportunities, hitting just .163/.234/.395 in 47 plate appearances. " September 08

  • Reds Release Boog Powell, Alex Powers

    Reds Minor Leagues "The Cincinnati Reds announced this afternoon that they have released right-handed reliever Alex Powers and outfielder Boog Powell. Both players were in the 60-man player pool and at the alternate site at Prasco Park. The organization’s player pool roster is now at 57. Alex..." September 08

  • Who are the hottest rookies right now? "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

  • 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

  • Pedro Strop has signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs

    Bleed Cubbie Blue "Last week, when the Reds designated Pedro Strop for assignment, I wrote that the Cubs should reacquire him. That has apparently happened, according to a report out of the Dominican Republic: This is an excellent move. " September 04

  • 'He had us believing:' Former Mets teammates explain how Tom Seaver changed the franchise

    USA Today "The legend began on a spring day in Florida more than 50 years ago. The Mets were still a laughingstock in baseball then. Five straight losing seasons had soured their reputation. Another last-place finish was on the way. The franchise had little hope, but it had Tom Seaver...." September 03

  • How 10 big offseason acquisitions are faring "Of all the things in this world that feel like they happened decades ago but actually went down just a few months ago -- and there are a lot of things like that -- Major League Baseball’s 2019 Hot Stove is very much one of them. Remember how fevered the rush was when all those big..." September 03

  • Mariners claim OF Phil Ervin off waivers from Reds

    Lookout Landing "You know what Jerry Dipoto loves? A former first-round pick. This time it’s 28-year-old outfielder Phil Ervin, claimed off waivers from the Reds. Ervin, a first-round pick back in 2013, is out of options, and the Reds are out of roster space, and the Mariners—as we expect..." September 03

  • 10 MLB stars that could be on the move this winter

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed Monday afternoon, with Mike Clevinger serving as the biggest name to change teams. Clubs will now be unable to make external additions through the rest of the 2020 MLB season, but that doesn't mean that the speculation..." September 03