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

  • 13 potential landing spots for Chicago Cub's Kris Bryant "Reports of Kris Bryant’s demise have proven premature. The 2016 National League MVP is playing like, well, an MVP again here in 2021. He’s healthy, he’s adjusted to the high fastball and he boasts a fantastic .306/.391/.658 slash and entered Friday with a career-best..." 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

  • 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

  • Mike Matheny: I was 'flat wrong' to argue with Angel Hernandez over balk call

    The Score "It turns out that, sometimes, Angel Hernandez is correct. That's what Kansas City Royals manager Mike Matheny is willing to concede after being ejected during Wednesday night's contest against the Cleveland Indians while arguing a balk call from the veteran umpire..." May 06

  • 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

  • Royals' Brady Singer goes nuts on Angel Hernandez after balk, gets ejected

    The Score "Umpire Angel Hernandez was at the center of controversy once again Wednesday night during the game between the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians. After calling a balk on Royals starter Brady Singer, the right-hander took issue with the umpire's ruling as..." May 06

  • MLB stars who could be dealt (surprises included) "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

  • Umpire Angel Hernandez admits he 'basically guessed' on controversial call in Cleveland-Royals game

    Kansas City Star "The Kansas City Royals jumped out to a three-run lead before the Cleveland Indians rallied to score the final seven of the game on Tuesday night. However, the play that led to the game’s second run caused raised eyebrows, on-field confusion, a harsh assessment of umpiring crew..." 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

  • Royals Sign Alcides Escobar

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals turned back the clock Tuesday, announcing that they’ve agreed to terms with veteran shortstop Alcides Escobar on a minor league deal. Escobar, the Royals’ everyday shortstop for their 2014-15 World Series teams, will head to Triple-A Omaha to begin the..." May 04

  • 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

  • AL Central teams might have to lean on untested rookies

    USA Today "Throughout the course of a season, just about every major league team will find itself needing an inexperienced player to learn on the job and produce like a veteran. That's already happening in several MLB cities this year - either by choice or by necessity.  It just so..." May 04

  • Royals happy they rewarded Danny Duffy's loyalty "For the past few years, Danny Duffy’s name has routinely surfaced in trade rumors, both in the offseason and in the weeks approaching the Trade Deadline. Why wouldn’t it? Duffy was among the highest-paid players on a rebuilding Royals team that had seen much of its..." 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

  • Kansas City Royals call up top pitching prospect Daniel Lynch to make debut start

    Kansas City Star "The Kansas City Royals will hand the ball to top pitching prospect Daniel Lynch to make his major-league debut on Monday night against the division rival Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium. The club announced Lynch will be called up and start the first game of the..." May 03

  • 2021 Minors promos to look forward to "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

  • Royals Recall Kris Bubic, Place Kyle Zimmer On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "Before this afternoon’s game with the Twins, the Royals announced they’ve recalled left-hander Kris Bubic and righty Jake Newberry from the alternate training site. Reliever Kyle Zimmer has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a left trapezius..." May 01

  • Ranking the Top 10 MLB Stars at Each Position 1 Month into the 2021 Season

    Bleacher Report "Who are MLB's 10 best players at each position one month into the 2021 season? That's the simple question we set out to answer, and it required casting aside preconceived notions and long-term projections. That means established stars such as Francisco Lindor,..." May 01

  • Four MLB teams hit vaccination rate threshold for relaxed COVID-19 protocols

    The Athletic "Four MLB clubs have 85 percent or more of their Tier 1 personnel (players and staff with direct contact to players) fully vaccinated, allowing for the relaxation of certain health and safety protocols for those individuals, the league and Players' Association announced on..." April 30

  • Building an Elite MLB Starting Lineup, Rotation Using Trevor Bauer's $40M Salary

    Bleacher Report "It's hard to put $40 million into perspective. That's how much the Los Angeles Dodgers owe reigning National League Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer in the first season of a three-year, $102 million contract, making him the highest-paid player in baseball in 2021. If..." April 30

  • Nine MLB teams hit 85% vaccine threshold

    TSN "MLB and the MLBPA announced Friday that five more clubs have reached the threshold of 85 per cent of their Tier 1 individuals receiving their second COVID-19 vaccine doses, bringing the total to nine teams across the league. This means those five teams will be allowed a..." April 30

  • Which 2021 MLB Slow-Starters Deserve the Panic Alarm?

    Bleacher Report "With the first month of the 2021 Major League Baseball season just about in the books, there are all sorts of good things to say about early standouts like Mike Trout, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Jacob deGrom. Much more perplexing, however, are guys who were expected to play starring roles..." April 30

  • Is Yermín Mercedes the newest late-blooming star? "While some players find success at a young age, others take years to reach their potential, grinding away until something finally clicks. Take White Sox designated hitter Yermín Mercedes, for example. After playing eight Minor League seasons with three organizations..." April 30

  • Michael Taylor gave Jacob Stallings a boost on this home run

    Larry Brown Sports "Jacob Stallings on Wednesday hit his first home run of the season, and he got a boost from his opponents. Stallings was batting in the bottom of the fourth with his Pittsburgh Pirates trailing 6-2 to the Kansas City Royals. He sent a Mike Minor pitch to left-center that was close to..." April 29

  • Rob Manfred On CBA, Vaccinations, All-Star Game

    MLB Trade Rumors "With Major League Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement set to expire Dec. 1, the league and the MLBPA held their first set of talks on a new deal last week. The two sides still have several months to work out an agreement, but considering how contentious their relationship..." April 28

  • Pudge Rodriguez explains how MLB would be 'more fun'

    CBS Sports "David Samson sat down on his podcast, Nothing Personal with David Samson, this week to discuss a variety of topics with Hall of Fame catcher Ivan 'Pudge' Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who helped lead the Marlins to their 2003 World Series title, shared his thoughts on the..." April 28

  • Rob Manfred Says MLB Will Consider Expansion Fees Around $2.2B for New Teams

    Bleacher Report "If Major League Baseball looks to expand from its current group of 30 teams, commissioner Rob Manfred has an expansion fee in mind for a new franchise. Speaking at SporticoLive's online discussion on Tuesday (via the Associated Press), Manfred estimated that..." April 27

  • 70% of MLB personnel at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19

    Yardbarker "Before the start of the regular season, MLB informed clubs that it could relax certain COVID-19 health and safety protocols for teams that have at least 85% of their Tier 1 traveling party members vaccinated against the coronavirus.  On Tuesday, commissioner Rob Manfred..." April 27

  • Royals Sign Mike Shawaryn To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have signed right-hander Mike Shawaryn to a minor league contract, per a team announcement. He’ll presumably head to Triple-A once their season begins next week. Shawaryn, 26, ranked among the top prospects in the Red Sox’ system from 2017-19 but was..." April 27

  • Home run derby to replace extra innings in Pioneer League

    ESPN "While Major League Baseball has been experimenting with extra-inning rule changes in recent years, the Pioneer League -- an independent league designated as an MLB Partner League -- is taking things a step further. On Tuesday, the league announced that it will implement a..." April 27

  • The Unsung Building Block for Every MLB Team’s Future

    Bleacher Report "It is usually pretty easy to spot franchise players on MLB rosters. The San Diego Padres made shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. their centerpiece by signing him to a 14-year extension. The New York Mets did the same by extending their own shortstop, Francisco Lindor. There are..." April 26

  • Brad Brach: Elects free agency

    CBS Sports "Brach cleared waivers and elected free agency Monday. Brach was designated for assignment Saturday, and he'll choose to become a free agent rather than accepting an outright assignment.  " April 26

  • Royals guy Patrick Mahomes loves White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech

    Clutch Points "Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes enjoys watching a baseball game and is- unsurprisingly- a fan of the Kansas City Royals. However, Mahomes couldn’t help himself by giving props to Chicago White Sox pitcher Michael Kopech who was absolutely dealing to..." April 25

  • Here's the best player over 30 on every MLB team "The strangest thing about watching baseball your whole life is how quickly you become older than all the players. Trust me, kids: You might be the same age as some top MLB players right now, but that’s going to be over with before you know it. It leads to some very..." April 25

  • Royals Place Greg Holland On IL, Select Brad Brach

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have placed right-hander Greg Holland on the injured list and selected the contract of righty Brad Brach, per a team announcement. The club didn’t provide a reason for Holland’s IL placement. Holland was largely a great reliever with the Royals..." April 24

  • Ranking Top Landing Spots for Nationals Ace Max Scherzer Amid Trade Rumors

    Bleacher Report "Maybe this will be the year that the Washington Nationals trade Max Scherzer. Of course, Scherzer was previously seen as a possible trade target during the Nats' slow start to the 2019 season. Instead, the three-time Cy Young Award winner stuck around and..." April 24

  • Ranking the Top 25 MLB Players of the Upcoming 2021-22 Free-Agent Class

    Bleacher Report "A few big names have already left the 2020-21 MLB free-agent class. Francisco Lindor signed a 10-year, $341 million extension with the New York Mets at the start of the season, removing arguably the highest-profile player—if not the No. 1 talent—from the upcoming..." April 24

  • Rocky Mountains at center of '21 MLB ASG logo "MLB and the Rockies revealed the logo for the 2021 All-Star Game in a pregame presentation on Friday, and Rockies players wore a purple star that celebrates Colorado’s iconic landscape on their jersey sleeve and on cap patches for Friday night’s game against the Phillies at Coors..." April 23

  • MLB announces small increase in new positive COVID-19 test results

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball experienced a small increase in positive COVID-19 test results among personnel for the second straight week.  Per ESPN's Buster Olney, MLB and the MLB Players Association announced on Friday that three players and five staff members tested positive..." April 23

  • 5 Early Predictions for the 2021 MLB Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 MLB trade deadline is still months away, but fans and scouts alike are already eyeing up the potential trade market in an attempt to see how their teams can improve their fortunes. The trade deadline is July 30, so there is plenty of time. May and June trades aren't..." April 23

  • Max Scherzer ‘open’ to a potential trade, here's 3 landing spots

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer continues to defy Father Time, still performing as one of the best pitchers in MLB in his age-36 season. As the future Hall of Famer nears the end of his legendary career, with the Nationals sliding down the MLB standings, trade chatter is already..." April 23

  • Initial MLB Draft League rosters underwhelm longtime scouts

    The Athletic "It’s clear Major League Baseball is trying to create more interest and buzz around the amateur draft, and one of the biggest changes to a sport that took over and limited its minor-league affiliates is the newly created Draft League, which kicks off its inaugural 68-game schedule next..." April 23

  • What would change if MLB lost its antitrust exemption?

    The Athletic "What might actually change in baseball if Congress or the Supreme Court took away Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption? Congressional Republicans recently announced legislation to remove baseball’s special status among professional sports leagues, the protection it..." April 23

  • Is MLB's experimental 'double hook' rule a good idea?

    CBS Sports "The 2021 MLB regular season is now three weeks old and all the pomp and circumstance of Opening Day and home openers and all that has come and gone. The daily grind that is the 162-game season is setting in and folks, let me tell you, I couldn't be happier. Throughout the season..." April 22