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  • Yankees' Aroldis Chapman Diagnosed with COVID-19

    Bleacher Report "New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced Saturday that closer Aroldis Chapman tested positive for COVID-19. According to James Wagner of the New York Times, Boone said Chapman is experiencing "mild symptoms." Wagner wrote Chapman..." July 11

  • MLB players have been wearing masks on the field – and that could extend into actual games

    USA Today "As Cody Bellinger waited out Major League Baseball’s coronavirus-driven shutdown in his native Arizona, he saw the evolution of facial coverings firsthand. Arizona moved quickly through its reopening phases, complete with images of packed bars and patios over Memorial Day..." July 11

  • Inside the minds of the Yankees’ now and future AL East rival

    New York Post "This 2020 Major League Baseball season, should it actually launch, will feature fewer games, less travel and quite possibly zero fans. More Yankees-Rays games, tho (as the kids spell it). Or at least a higher percentage of them. That would be good for baseball and, at best..." July 11

  • 71 MLB players and 12 staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 since June 27

    The Comeback "Ahead of Major League Baseball’s planned July 23 start of its season, MLB teams have been doing training camps at their stadiums (following the shutdowns of their Florida and Arizona training camps amidst surges in those states), and they’ve been conducting both..." July 10

  • Which teams benefit most from shortened season

    The Score "During the customary 162-game marathon that Major League Baseball teams endure, there are very few avenues for bad teams to sustain enough good luck to squeeze into the incredibly exclusive postseason. However, in a 60-game sprint, the possibilities are a lot wilder. Of course, the..." July 10

  • One (weird) week down, two to go: MLB's 'mad dash' to opening day

    USA Today "There were opt-outs, failed tests, missing delivery trucks, angry emails, cancelled workouts, terse statements, retirements, World Series ring deliveries, and two seasons worth of schedules released 72 hours apart. “It seems like every day we’ve seen something we’ve..." July 09

  • MLB Umpires Association Disavows Joe West's Comments on Coronavirus

    The Big Lead "Joe West has been spouting off about COVID-19 and regurgitating unfounded talking points over the last few days. On Thursday, the Major League Baseball Umpires Association distanced itself from the veteran umpire's comments without mentioning him by name. West has now claimed he..." July 09

  • Dominican-based MLBers not tested for COVID-19 before flight

    The Score "Major League Baseball didn't test any of its players for COVID-19 before they flew from the Dominican Republic to Miami, according to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post. Many of the players on board the two charter flights later tested positive for the virus. Some of them..." July 09

  • MLB announces 2021 regular-season schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball on Thursday announced its master 2021 Major League regular season schedule, which will begin with all 30 Major League Clubs playing on Thursday, April 1. The 2021 season will mark the fourth consecutive season in which all 30 Clubs are scheduled to play on traditional..." July 09

  • Discipline in a pandemic might be the ultimate competitive advantage in MLB

    ESPN "Major League Baseball's plan to play through a public health crisis is outlined in a handbook that encompasses more than 100 pages, every single one of which emphasizes the notion that professional baseball in 2020 will be unlike anything anybody has ever experienced. Players are..." July 09

  • MLB Blackouts Will Continue as Baseball Strives for Goal of Limiting Viewership

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball is well-known for its annoying blackout policy and they have no intention of doing anything differently in a pandemic-shortened season. Buster Olney reported that even though fans will not be allowed in the stands, MLB will still black out local games on..." July 09

  • New extra innings rule will not create a sacrifice bunt-fest

    Hardball Talk "Last month we learned that Major League Baseball will be implementing a new extra innings rule aimed at reducing the length of games: each extra inning will start with the batting team placing a runner on second base. The runner, which will be the player who made the final out of the..." July 09

  • Yankees’ Clint Frazier dealing with foot issue

    NJ "This early into the spring training reboot, the Yankees have no reason to push anybody. So, they’re being extra cautious with outfielder Clint Frazier and catcher Kyle Higashioka. Frazier has been dealing with “a little foot issue”..." July 08

  • MLB's Intake Testing for Coronavirus Produced 66 Positive Results

    Bleacher Report "The MLBPA reportedly informed players Tuesday that the intake round of COVID-19 testing returned 66 positive results, split between 58 players and eight staff members, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN.   A total of 3,740 tests were conducted...." July 08

  • What is a 100-win club in MLB's shortened season?

    Yahoo! Sports "Holding a shortened MLB season in the middle of a global pandemic is going to present challenges. More than any other sport, baseball is a grind. Over the course of a 162-game season, the best teams usually rise to the top. But over a 60-game stretch, anything can..." July 08

  • Nashville Stars could be MLB's next team, first Black-owned club

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball might get a little more diverse...provided a specific team can be added in Nashville.  Music City Baseball LLC is trying to acquire a team, either through expansion or relocation, in Nashville. According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the team..." July 08

  • CC Sabathia jokes about ‘comeback’ after looking incredibly fit at Yankees camp

    Larry Brown Sports "CC Sabathia is looking as fit as ever. The New York Yankees shared a few photos of Sabathia at the team’s summer camp Tuesday, and the former ace looks incredible. " July 08

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci more optimistic about MLB resuming than the NFL

    Sportsnaut "The Truncated 2020 MLB season is slated to get going on July 23 with a doubleheader that will feature the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Whether the season actually gets going remains to be seen. But things are not..." July 08

  • Gerrit Cole Forced to End Relationship With Beloved Baseball, Immediately Gives Up Dinger

    The Big Lead "The New York Yankees paid a king's ransom for Gerrit Cole and are hoping to get the best of him in, like, 12 regular-season starts this year. The dominating righthander was on point during the Yanks' intrasquad game on Tuesday. Except for the part where he allowed an opposite-field home..." July 08

  • Aaron Judge Says He’ll Be Ready For Opening Day

    The Union Journal "Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge seems to be a full go as Summer Camp opens. He told reporters including James Wagner of the New York Times (Twitter link) that he’s ready for action and preparing for Opening Day. Judge’s health likely would’ve been a large..." July 07

  • Pete Alonso, Aaron Judge remind us that it’s OK to dream

    New York Post "His first day back at the office a few days ago, Pete Alonso stepped out of the dugout at Citi Field, took a look around, walked over to first base. It had been a while. He put his hand to the ground to feel the dirt. “I wanted to make sure it was real,” Alonso..." July 07

  • Fans call for MLB to cancel season

    Sportsnaut "The San Francisco Giants announced they are suspending workouts pending the results of COVID-19 tests conducted last weekend. This news comes on the heels of multiple teams having to take the same action on Monday as MLB’s attempt at starting the 2020 season continues..." July 07

  • Yankees-Mets to play on 20th anniversary of 9/11 terrorist attacks

    CBS New York "Major League Baseball just released its official schedule for this year’s shortened 60-game season on Monday. But, it appears that isn’t the only work the league has been doing on this front. According to new reports, the league has scheduled the Mets and Yankees to face each other..." July 07

  • Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton Calls Hitting Tanaka with Liner a 'Terrible Moment'

    Bleacher Report "New York Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton reflected on the scary moment from Saturday's simulated game when he hit a liner that struck pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in the head. Speaking to The Athletic's Lindsey Adler, Stanton called it "a terrible..." July 07

  • MLB Must Be Transparent About COVID-19 Testing

    SI "Seven days into MLB’s restart, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen has not reported to camp. Neither has A’s righty Mike Fiers. Neither has Phillies utilityman Christian Bethancourt. Their teams will not tell us why, or when they’ll be back in uniform. They could be suffering from..." July 07

  • Joe West is not opting out of the 2020 season

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic spoke to everyone’s favorite umpire, Joe West. He reports that even though West is considered high-risk for COVID-19, and even though he has the right to opt-out with full pay because of it, West is not opting out of the 2020 season. West, who is 67..." July 07

  • Details On Potential 2-Team Nashville League

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a typical MLB season, many former big leaguers are kicking around in the upper minors and independent leagues, ready to grab an opportunity when one arises. In a 2020 campaign that won’t feature any minor-league play, that won’t quite be the case. While many players will be..." July 07

  • Alex Rodriguez wants baseball to be more like the Kardashians

    New York Post "Alex Rodriguez believes MLB can learn a thing or two from Kim Kardashian and her famous family. During a recent appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” the former Yankees slugger and potential Mets buyer suggested how additional exposure can help..." July 07

  • Yankees are battle-proven for craziness of 2020 MLB season

    New York Post "Remember the glorious old days when the most a baseball player had to worry about was an ankle sprain, a knee strain, a hamstring pull, a ligament tear, an oblique tweak? Remember, in other words, the glorious Yankees spring and summer of 2019? Every week brought a fresh wave of..." July 07

  • Eight most intriguing series on 2020 MLB schedule

    CBS Sports "The 2020 MLB schedule has arrived. Major League Baseball revealed the 60-game schedule Monday night during a live MLB Network broadcast. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced MLB to play a shortened season -- 60 games will be tied for the shortest MLB season ever with the 1877..." July 06

  • MLB teams react to 2020 schedule release

    Sportsnaut "The baseball world waited months for the 2020 MLB schedule to begin with Opening Day. After a lengthy delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB teams celebrated the release of the 2020 schedule on Monday. " July 06

  • MLB's 60-game schedule for 2020 unveiled

    MLB.com "The 2019 postseason ended with the Nationals lifting the first World Series championship trophy in franchise history. On July 23, the 2020 regular season will begin with Washington starting its title defense. The 2020 schedule, which Major League Baseball unveiled live on MLB Network..." July 06

  • Dave Dombrowski joins group looking to bring MLB team to Nashville

    Sportsnet "Former Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox executive Dave Dombrowski has joined Music City Baseball LLC, a group that is looking to bring a major league team to Nashville. Dombrowski is joining a group that also includes three-time World Series champion Dave Stewart..." July 06

  • MLB, MLBPA Seeking Additional Medical Lab Site For COVID Testing

    MLB Trade Rumors "COVID-19 test results haven’t come in at an acceptable rate for several Major League Baseball teams early in Summer Camp. The slow process has negatively affected the Athletics, Angels, Astros and Nationals, though MLB expressed confidence Monday that it..." July 06

  • MLB Issues Statement On Testing Delays

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a statement regarding the delays in COVID-19 testing that have hamstrung the efforts of several teams to prepare for the season. The league acknowledged the issue but says it expects to iron things out moving forward. While several teams are..." July 06

  • Baseball is Having Real Difficulty Getting Out of the Batter's Box

    The Big Lead "We're mere hours from Major League Baseball trotting out the big guns for a made-for-television schedule release in which each team will be tasked with times and dates for 60 games to be played by the end of summer. But it doesn't take the most observant person on planet to..." July 06

  • Some MLB players reporting teams ‘not adhering closely’ to COVID-19 protocol

    Sportsnaut "As MLB attempts to get its 2020 season off the ground, things aren’t exactly going swell. Now, we’re hearing more bad news on this front. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Monday morning that “Some players are reporting privately their teams are not adhering closely..." July 06

  • Phillies’ Andrew McCutchen says Yankees' hair policy 'takes away from our individualism'

    USA Today "Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen is not a fan of the New York Yankees' hair policy that requires players to keep a clean look. "I definitely do think it takes away from our individualism as players and as people," McCutchen said Sunday of the..." July 06

  • How should history view the outcomes of MLB’s shortened 2020 season?

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball is preparing to embark on a season unlike any other. The game is going to look different, and there may not be fans in the stands for many, if not all teams. The biggest change is probably the most fundamental one: all 30 teams will play just 60 regular season games, a..." July 06

  • Several Teams Experiencing Testing Delays

    MLB Trade Rumors "While most teams are already hosting full workouts and beginning to schedule intrasquad games at “summer camp,” multiple clubs are still experiencing delays in their COVID-19 test results that are preventing them from taking the field just yet. The Athletics are in a particularly..." July 06

  • Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka’s scary injury latest blow in scary time

    New York Post "There’s an empty ballpark and then there’s a silent ballpark, and if you found yourself at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon, you witnessed the painful difference. When Masahiro Tanaka took a Giancarlo Stanton line drive to the right side of his head, barely a half..." July 05

  • Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka diagnosed with mild concussion

    CBS Sports "Masahiro Tanaka was diagnosed with a mild concussion after being struck in the head by a line drive during batting practice Saturday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. " July 05

  • To play or not to play: MLB players face tough decisions amid coronavirus surge

    USA Today " It was a gut-wrenching decision, one that weighed on Los Angeles Dodgers starter David Price for months, finding a balance between health concerns for his young family and the responsibility to his new teammates and fanbase. Price couldn’t bear the thought of contracting..." July 05

  • 5 Underrated Things We're Looking Forward to for MLB Restart

    12 Up "Sports aficionados based in the states will soon have the luxury of witnessing the long-awaited resumptions of its most prominent leagues that, of course, have been on hiatus in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Major League Baseball will be the first to return and will thereby give fans their..." July 05

  • 5 MLB pitchers who could post a sub-2.00 ERA this season

    Larry Brown Sports "A 60-game season changes a lot about Major League Baseball. One of the numerous changes will include player statistics looking a lot different in 2020. Anyone who approaches 20 home runs or 40 RBIs will be having a very impressive season at the plate. Where the basic counting stats will look..." July 05

  • Ex-Yankee Phil Hughes jokes about Cleveland Indians’ next nickname

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are evaluating their team nickname, and Phil Hughes has a suggestion for them. Hughes, who is now retired, pitched 12 seasons in the majors. He spent his first seven seasons with the New York Yankees and was a rookie for them in 2007. The Yankees lost in the ALDS..." July 05

  • Masahiro Tanaka Issues Health Update After Being Released From Hospital

    NESN "Remarkably (and relatively), Masahiro Tanaka is all right. The New York Yankees pitcher was released from a hospital Saturday evening hours after getting hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive. Tanaka, who walked off the Yankee Stadium field under his own power, was placed..." July 05

  • Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres critical of YES coverage of Masahiro Tanaka injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Two New York Yankees players think YES Network was insensitive in how they broadcast Masahiro Tanaka’s scary injury on Saturday. Tanaka was struck in the head by a line drive during Saturday’s simulated game. The workout was being broadcast live on YES, the..." July 04

  • Giancarlo Stanton Had A Heartbreaking Reaction To Hitting Masahiro Tanaka With Line Drive

    Total Pro Sports "On Saturday afternoon, the New York Yankees took to the field for a scrimmage ahead of the restart of the 2020 MLB season and tragedy struck the Bronx Bombers. During the game, Masahiro Tanaka faced off against Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton and it ended bad for the pitcher as..." July 04

  • DJ LeMahieu, Luis Cessa Test Positive For COVID-19

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa have both tested positive for the coronavirus, manager Aaron Boone told reporters (including ESPN’s Marly Rivera).  Cessa has mild symptoms, while LeMahieu is asymptomatic.  Neither..." July 04