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Tue May 2623:12Players call MLB economic proposal `extremely disappointing'Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie at the major league minimum would keep about 47% of his original salary this year while multimillionaire stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would lose more than 77% under a sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely disappointing.”Major League Baseball made the proposal to the players' union on Tuesday during a digital meeting rather than the 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved for their negotiators on May 11, several people familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because details were not announced.In addition to its reaction on the economics, the union said “the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols” aimed at starting the pandemic-delayed season around the Fourth of July. The sides have been grappling with how to aim for an opening day originally scheduled for March 26 but pushed back because of the new coronavirus. “We made a... [More]
Tue May 2622:32Players call MLB economic proposal `extremely disappointing'Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie at the major league minimum would make a higher percentage of his salary than multimillionaire stars like Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole under a six-tier, sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely disappointing.”Major League Baseball made the proposal to the players' union on Tuesday during a digital meeting rather than the 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved for their negotiators on May 11, two people familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the details were not announced.In addition, the union said “the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols” aimed at starting the pandemic-delayed season around the Fourth of July. The sides have been grappling with how to aim for an opening day originally scheduled for March 26 but pushed back because of the new coronavirus. “We made a proposal to the union that is completely consistent w... [More]
Tue May 2621:42Players call MLB economic proposal `extremely disappointing'Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie at the major league minimum would make a higher percentage of his salary than multimillionaire stars like Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole under a six-tier, sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely disappointing.”Major League Baseball made the proposal to the players' union on Tuesday during a digital meeting rather than the 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved for their negotiators on May 11, two people familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the details were not announced.In addition, the union said “the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols” aimed at starting the pandemic-delayed season around the Fourth of July.“We made a proposal to the union that is completely consistent with the economic realities facing our sport,” MLB said in a statement. “We look forward to a responsive proposal from the MLBPA.”The revenue-s... [More]
Tue May 2618:52Players call MLB economic proposal `extremely disappointing'Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie at the major league minimum would make a higher percentage of his salary than multimillionaire stars like Mike Trout or Gerrit Cole under a sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely disappointing.”Major League Baseball made the proposal to the players' union on Tuesday during a digital meeting rather than the 50-50 revenue-sharing plan that owners initially approved for their negotiators on May 11, two people familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the details were not announced.In addition, the union said “the sides also remain far apart on health and safety protocols” aimed at starting the pandemic-delayed season around the Fourth of July.“We made a proposal to the union that is completely consistent with the economic realities facing our sport,” MLB said in a statement. “We look forward to a responsive proposal from the MLBPA.”The revenue-sharing pla... [More]
Mon May 2523:42Ex-Pirates infielder Kang banned 1 year by Korean leagueJung Ho Kang3BPiratesFree Agent
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Korean Baseball Organization has suspended ex-Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang for a year and ordered him to perform 300 hours of community service over a series drunk driving cases.League organizers issued a statement saying the suspension will come into effect when Kang signs a contract with a club. The KBO said Kang earlier this month submitted an inquiry about a return to the South Korean baseball league and a letter of apology.The 33-year-old Kang didn’t attend Monday’s disciplinary committee meeting. Kang signed with Pittsburgh in January 2015, becoming the first position player to jump directly from the KBO to the majors. He made a splash as a rookie, finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting after hitting 15 home runs. His season ended abruptly that September when he broke his leg after getting taken out at second base by Chris Coghlan of the Chicago Cubs.Kang returned in 2016 and hit 21 home runs before his career went into a tai... [More]
Mon May 2520:42Ex-Pirates infielder Kang banned 1 year by Korean leagueJung Ho Kang3BPiratesFree Agent
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Korean Baseball Organization has suspended ex-Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang for a year and ordered him to perform 300 hours of community service over a series drunk driving cases.South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Monday the suspension for Kang, who last week filed to be reinstated from the league’s “voluntarily retired” list, will come into effect when he joins a KBO team. The ban will delay his anticipated return to the Korean league.Yonhap said the 33-year-old Kang was in the United States and did not attend Monday’s KBO disciplinary committee hearing, where he was represented by his lawyer, Kim Sun-woong.Kang signed with Pittsburgh in January 2015, becoming the first position player to jump directly from the Korean Baseball Organization to the majors. He made a splash as a rookie, finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting after hitting 15 home runs. His season ended abruptly that September when he broke his leg after g... [More]
Mon May 2520:12Ex-Pirates infielder Kang banned 1 year by Korean leagueJung Ho Kang3BPiratesFree Agent
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Korean Baseball Organization has suspended ex-Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang for a year and ordered him to perform 300 hours of community service over a series drunk driving cases.South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Monday the suspension for Kang, who last week filed to be reinstated from the league’s “voluntarily retired” list, will come into effect when he joins a KBO team. The ban will delay his anticipated return to the Korean league.Yonhap said the 33-year-old Kang was in the United States and did not attend Monday’s KBO disciplinary committee hearing, where he was represented by his lawyer, Kim Sun-woong.Kang signed with Pittsburgh in January 2015, becoming the first position player to jump directly from the Korean Baseball Organization to the majors. He made a splash as a rookie, finishing third in Rookie of the Year voting after hitting 15 home runs. His season ended abruptly that September when he broke his leg after g... [More]
Mon May 2509:51This Date in BaseballCarlos MartínezRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
May 261916 — Benny Kauff of the Giants was picked off first base three times by Boston’s Lefty Tyler. The miscues didn’t hurt as New York won its 14th consecutive road victory beating the Braves, 12-1.1925 — In Detroit’s 8-1 win over the Chicago White Sox, Ty Cobb became the first to collect 1,000 career extra-base hits. He finished his career with 1,139.1929 — Pinch-hitters Pat Crawford of the Giants and Les Bell of the Boston Braves hit grand slams in New York’s 15-9 victory.1930 — Joe Sewell of the Cleveland Indians, who fanned only three times in 353 at-bats during the season, was struck out twice in the same game by Pat Caraway of the White Sox.1933 — Philadelphia’s Chuck Klein hit for cycle in a 5-4 14-inning loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Dizzy Dean went the distance for St. Louis. Klein went 4-for-6, drove in two runs and scored twice. Klein homered in the top of the 13th to give the Phillies a 4-3 lead. The Cardinals got a run in the 13th to tie it and wo... [More]
Mon May 2502:21Now 47, Colón still hoping to pitch again in major leaguesNoah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Bartolo Colón refuses to entertain the idea of retirement.It doesn’t matter that he didn’t pitch in 2019 and that on Sunday he turned 47.He craves one more shot in the majors.“I’m not retired. That’s not in my mind,” Colón told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “I’m still hoping of reaching my goal of pitching 46 innings. I’ll sign with the first team who wants me.”Why 46?That’s the number of innings that will propel him to pass Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most by a Dominican pitcher.In his last big league season, with the Texas Rangers in 2018, Colón managed to reach 3,461 2/3 innings. He is 247-188 in 565 games -- 552 as a starter since his debut with Cleveland in 1997.Marichal managed to pitch 3,507 innings in 471 games over 16 years.Colón is aware that time is against him.“I know this is not a sport for the old, it’s for the young,” Colon said. “I keep training. Even though I’m not playing right now, I tried to ... [More]
Sun May 2411:51This Date in BaseballJosh HamiltonFree Agent
Victor MartínezDHTigersFree Agent
May 251906 — Jesse Tannehill’s 3-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox snapped a 20-game losing streak — 19 at home — for the Boston Red Sox.1935 — Babe Ruth, winding up his career with the Boston Braves, hit three homers and a single at Pittsburgh, but the Pirates won 11-7. Ruth connected once off Red Lucas and twice off Guy Bush.1941 — Boston’s Ted Williams raised his batting average over .400 for the first time during the season. Williams finished the season batting. 406.1951 — Willie Mays, a highly touted rookie for the Giants, went 0-for-5 in his debut against the Philadelphia Phillies.1982 — Ferguson Jenkins became the seventh pitcher to strike out 3,000 batters in the Chicago Cubs’ 2-1 loss at San Diego. Jenkins reached the milestone by striking out Garry Templeton in the third inning.2002 — Shawn Green of the Los Angeles Dodgers homered twice in a 10-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, setting a major league record with seven homers in his last three games... [More]
Wed May 1311:15This Date in BaseballBryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
May 141913 — Washington’s Walter Johnson gave up a run in the fourth inning against the St. Louis Browns to end his streak of 56 scoreless innings. The Senators won 10-5.1914 — Jim Scott of the Chicago White Sox pitched nine innings of no-hit ball against the Washington Senators, but lost 1-0 after giving up two hits in the 10th inning.1920 — Walter Johnson of the Washington Senators recorded his 300th victory with a 9-8 win over the Detroit Tigers.1927 — Chicago pitcher Guy Bush went the distance for the Cubs in a 7-2 18-inning win over Boston. Charlie Robertson of the Braves almost matched the feat, leaving with one out in the 18th.1950 — Pittsburgh first baseman Johnny Hopp hit two home runs and four singles in six at-bats, leading the Pirates to a 16-9 victory over the Cubs in the second game of a doubleheader at Chicago.1965 — Carl Yastrzemski of Boston hit for the cycle and added another home run for five RBIs in a 12-8 10-inning loss to the Detroit Tigers.1967 — ... [More]
Tue May 1211:35Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber upMatt Adams1B/PHNationalsFree Agent
Sandy AlcantaraSPMarlinsFree Agent
Ryan BraunLF/PHBrewersFree Agent
Jay Bruce1B/LF/PH/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1B/DHTigersFree Agent
Nick CastellanosRFCubsFree Agent
Starlin Castro2B/3BMarlinsFree Agent
Bartolo ColónSPRangersFree Agent
Kevin Cron1B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Ian Desmond1B/CF/LF/PHRockiesFree Agent
Corey DickersonLFMarlinsFree Agent
Adam DuvallLF/PHBravesFree Agent
Sonny GraySPRedsFree Agent
Howie Kendrick1B/2B/LF/PHNationalsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
J.D. MartinezDH/LF/RFRed SoxFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/DH/PHPhilliesFree Agent
Daniel Murphy1B/2B/PHRockiesFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PHAngelsFree Agent
Chris PaddackSPPadresFree Agent
Hunter PenceDH/LF/PHRangersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFIndiansFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
Dominic Smith1B/LF/PHMetsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Eric Thames1B/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
Christian Walker1B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/LF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this:In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the pivotal blow that decided last year’s World Series was delivered by, yep, the NL DH.OK, that clang resonating off the right field foul screen at Minute Maid Park — courtesy of Howie Kendrick’s home run in Game 7 for the visiting Washington Nationals — probably won’t drown out the wailing of longtime National League fans over the plan to play this virus-delayed season with a (gasp!) DH in both circuits.And it certainly won’t quell the debate that’s raged since April 6, 1973, when Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees stepped to the plate at Fenway Park as Major League Baseball’s first DH (and drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Tiant).To many NL fans, the simple scribble... [More]
Tue May 1210:35This Date in BaseballAlex Bregman3B/SSAstrosFree Agent
Greg Garcia2B/3B/PHPadresFree Agent
Adam LaRocheFree Agent
Joey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
May 131911 — Detroit’s Ty Cobb hit his first grand slam. After six innings, the Tigers led the Red Sox, 10-1. Boston came back to win the game 13-11 in 10 innings.1911 — The New York Giants scored a major league record 10 runs before the St. Louis Cardinals retired the first batter in the first inning. Fred Merkle drove in six of the Giants’ 13 runs in the first en route to a 19-5 rout. Rube Marquard of the Giants entered the game in the second inning and set a record for relievers with 14 strikeouts in his eight-inning appearance.1923 — Joe Sewell of the Cleveland Indians struck out twice in one game for the first time in his career. Washington Senator rookie Wally Warmoth was the pitcher. In a 14-year career, Sewell had only one other multiple strikeout game.1942 — Boston’s Jim Tobin became the only pitcher in modern history to hit three home runs in one game. Tobin led the Braves to a 6-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. His fourth at-bat was a fly ball caught against the fe... [More]
Tue May 1209:45Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber upMatt Adams1B/PHNationalsFree Agent
Sandy AlcantaraSPMarlinsFree Agent
Ryan BraunLF/PHBrewersFree Agent
Jay Bruce1B/LF/PH/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1B/DHTigersFree Agent
Nick CastellanosRFCubsFree Agent
Starlin Castro2B/3BMarlinsFree Agent
Bartolo ColónSPRangersFree Agent
Kevin Cron1B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Ian Desmond1B/CF/LF/PHRockiesFree Agent
Corey DickersonLFMarlinsFree Agent
Adam DuvallLF/PHBravesFree Agent
Sonny GraySPRedsFree Agent
Howie Kendrick1B/2B/LF/PHNationalsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
J.D. MartinezDH/LF/RFRed SoxFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/DH/PHPhilliesFree Agent
Daniel Murphy1B/2B/PHRockiesFree Agent
Chris PaddackSPPadresFree Agent
Hunter PenceDH/LF/PHRangersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFIndiansFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
Dominic Smith1B/LF/PHMetsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Eric Thames1B/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
Christian Walker1B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/LF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this:In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the pivotal blow that decided last year’s World Series was delivered by, yep, the NL DH.OK, that clang resonating off the right field foul screen at Minute Maid Park — courtesy of Howie Kendrick’s home run in Game 7 for the visiting Washington Nationals — probably won’t drown out the wailing of longtime National League fans over the plan to play this virus-delayed season with a (gasp!) DH in both circuits.And it certainly won’t quell the debate that’s raged since April 6, 1973, when Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees stepped to the plate at Fenway Park as Major League Baseball’s first DH (and drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Tiant).To many NL fans, the scribble of “... [More]
Tue May 1203:35Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber upMatt Adams1B/PHNationalsFree Agent
Sandy AlcantaraSPMarlinsFree Agent
Ryan BraunLF/PHBrewersFree Agent
Jay Bruce1B/LF/PH/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1B/DHTigersFree Agent
Nick CastellanosRFCubsFree Agent
Starlin Castro2B/3BMarlinsFree Agent
Bartolo ColónSPRangersFree Agent
Kevin Cron1B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Ian Desmond1B/CF/LF/PHRockiesFree Agent
Corey DickersonLFMarlinsFree Agent
Adam DuvallLF/PHBravesFree Agent
Sonny GraySPRedsFree Agent
Howie Kendrick1B/2B/LF/PHNationalsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
J.D. MartinezDH/LF/RFRed SoxFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/DH/PHPhilliesFree Agent
Daniel Murphy1B/2B/PHRockiesFree Agent
Chris PaddackSPPadresFree Agent
Hunter PenceDH/LF/PHRangersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFIndiansFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
Dominic Smith1B/LF/PHMetsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Eric Thames1B/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
Christian Walker1B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/LF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this:In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the pivotal blow that decided last year’s World Series was delivered by, yep, the NL DH.OK, that clang resonating off the right field foul screen at Minute Maid Park — courtesy of Howie Kendrick’s home run in Game 7 for the visiting Washington Nationals — probably won’t drown out the wailing of longtime National League fans over the plan to play this virus-delayed season with a (gasp!) DH in both circuits.And it certainly won’t quell the debate that’s raged since April 6, 1973, when Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees stepped to the plate at Fenway Park as Major League Baseball’s first DH (and drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Tiant).To many NL fans, the scribble of “... [More]
Tue May 1202:25Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber upMatt Adams1B/PHNationalsFree Agent
Sandy AlcantaraSPMarlinsFree Agent
Ryan BraunLF/PHBrewersFree Agent
Jay Bruce1B/LF/PH/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1B/DHTigersFree Agent
Nick CastellanosRFCubsFree Agent
Starlin Castro2B/3BMarlinsFree Agent
Bartolo ColónSPRangersFree Agent
Kevin Cron1B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Ian Desmond1B/CF/LF/PHRockiesFree Agent
Corey DickersonLFMarlinsFree Agent
Adam DuvallLF/PHBravesFree Agent
Sonny GraySPRedsFree Agent
Howie Kendrick1B/2B/LF/PHNationalsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
J.D. MartinezDH/LF/RFRed SoxFree Agent
Logan Morrison1B/DH/PHPhilliesFree Agent
Daniel Murphy1B/2B/PHRockiesFree Agent
Chris PaddackSPPadresFree Agent
Hunter PenceDH/LF/PHRangersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFIndiansFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
Dominic Smith1B/LF/PHMetsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Eric Thames1B/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
Christian Walker1B/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/LF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this:In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the pivotal blow that decided last year’s World Series was delivered by, yep, the NL DH.OK, that clang resonating off the right field foul screen at Minute Maid Park — courtesy of Howie Kendrick’s home run in Game 7 for the visiting Washington Nationals — probably won’t drown out the wailing of longtime National League fans over the plan to play this virus-delayed season (gasp!) with a DH in both circuits.And it certainly won’t quell the debate that’s raged since April 6, 1973, when Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees stepped to the plate at Fenway Park as Major League Baseball’s first DH (and drew a bases-loaded walk from Luis Tiant).To many NL fans, the scribble of “... [More]
Mon May 1119:14AP source: MLB owners OK plan that could lead to July startSean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFIndiansFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.Spring training could start in early to mid-June, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the plan were not announced.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players' association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball. Players withstood a 7 1/2-month strike in 1994-95 to fight off such a plan.“If you do anything that resembles a cap, that smells like a cap, you've given too much,” said Dave Stewart, a four-time 20-game winner... [More]
Mon May 1118:44Column: Punch away, but at least baseball has a planSean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Everybody has a plan, Mike Tyson liked to say, until they get hit in the face.Major League Baseball signaled on Monday that it’s ready to let the pummeling begin.A plan to open an abbreviated season over the Fourth of July weekend isn’t exactly set in stone, and whether it actually happens is far from guaranteed. Still, just setting a starting date has to make fans everywhere excited about the prospects of baseball taking its traditional place alongside fireworks and hot dogs on America’s birthday.The plan is not complete, and it’s not perfect. There are so many moving parts that it could all fall apart and leave fans with nothing but late-night Korean baseball on the holiday weekend.But if there was ever a time to wave the flag and cheer the possible return for the boys of summer this summer, it’s now.An 82-game season that would have seemed awfully weird just a few months ago looks just fine now. So do expanded playoffs, with 14 teams making it into the postseason.And even ... [More]
Mon May 1117:04AP source: MLB owners OK plan that could lead to July startSean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFIndiansFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.Spring training could start in early to mid-June, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the plan were not announced.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players' association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.“Bear with me, but it feels like we’ve zoomed past the most important aspect of any MLB restart plan: health protections for players, families, staff, stadium workers and the workforce it would require to resume... [More]
Mon May 1115:44AP source: MLB owners approve plan to start season in JulyYasiel PuigRFIndiansFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020.Spring training would start in early to mid-June, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the plan were not announced.MLB officials are slated to make a presentation to the union on Tuesday. An agreement with the players' association is needed, and talks are expected to be difficult — especially over a proposal for a revenue split that would be unprecedented for baseball.Each team would play about 82 regular-season games: against opponents in its own division plus interleague matchups limited to AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West. Postseason play ... [More]
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