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Max Scherzer: 'No reason to engage' in talks over more pay cuts

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On the day after major league owners asked players to take an additional pay cut this season because of baseball's coronavirus-induced economic hardship, Max Scherzer threw this brushback pitch at the owners: put up or shut up.

Scherzer, a member of the executive board of the players' union, posted on social media Wednesday night that the ...Read more

Padres to pay minor leaguers through August

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres will continue to pay their minor leaguers through the end of August, the Union-Tribune has confirmed.

The Athletic first reported the team would extend the $400-a-week pay through that date, which is just a week shy of when the minor league regular season is scheduled to end. All play in the minors has been suspended but...Read more

'Like a paid therapist': Baseball agents' role broadens during time of uncertainty

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LOS ANGELES -- Sixty-seven pages of safety protocols sat on a desk in Andy Mota's South Florida home a week ago. The document, crafted by Major League Baseball to explain in extreme detail how the league can avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus during a potential abbreviated season, required careful reading.

Yet Mota couldn't help letting ...Read more

How can pitchers avoid 'spike' in Tommy John surgeries when baseball returns?

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Ron Wolforth has written five books on pitching, while his Texas Baseball Ranch has gained notoriety for blending technology with a non-traditional approach to increase pitchers' velocity and performance. Since 2003, 64 Wolforth clients have been drafted.

Dr. Chris Ahmad is an orthopedic surgeon at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University ...Read more

MLB's economic proposal includes sliding scale for salary cuts

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After major league players made clear they had no interest in participating in a revenue-sharing plan for an abbreviated 2020 season, owners Tuesday proposed that players instead accept a sliding scale of pay cuts.

While all players would be expected to take less than a prorated salary, the players with the highest salaries would lose the ...Read more

Players disappointed over 'massive' cuts proposed by MLB's sliding-scale salary plan

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With time growing short to coalesce around a plan to start the 2020 season by the Fourth of July, Major League Baseball made a financial proposal Tuesday that seemingly threatened to divide the Players Association across salary lines.

Unsurprisingly, the union expressed strong disappointment over what one source described as "massive" ...Read more

Dodgers cut employees' pay up to 35% to avoid furloughs and layoffs

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers on Tuesday informed full-time employees that the organization will implement a tiered system of pay cuts starting June 1 to avoid furloughs and layoffs as the organization proceeds without generating its usual revenue during the coronavirus pandemic, according to three people with knowledge of the situation.

Every ...Read more

Next up for executive producer of 'The Last Dance'? A documentary — and labor of love — on baseball great Dick Allen.

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CHICAGO -- How do you follow up "The Last Dance," the 10-part series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls that broke every ESPN documentary record?

One of executive producer Mike Tollin's next projects has him swinging for the fences with a labor of love, a documentary on White Sox great and Hall of Fame hopeful Dick Allen.

"I was a rookie ...Read more

Former Pirate Jung-Ho Kang likely to return to Korea Baseball Organization after year suspension

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PITTSBURGH -- The path is clear for former Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang to return to the Korea Baseball Organization, although it will take some time.

The KBO recently made a decision on Kang's eligibility after he filed for reinstatement from the "voluntarily retired" list last Thursday.

With three DUIs on his record, Kang was potentially ...Read more

As MLB tries to save 2020, minor-league teams across the country might be out at home

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As the 30 MLB team owners and the players union bicker over how to divvy up the revenue in a potential 2020 season, at least they are projecting to have some cash hitting the books.

Ticket revenue and concessions accounted for 30-40% of the $10.7 billion MLB made last season, and teams won't have that this season. But revenue of local TV ...Read more

Will there be an MLB season? Here's what the players and owners must resolve

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Scott Boras sounded a bit hoarse when he picked up the phone Sunday. He'd been talking with players all weekend, strategizing the next two weeks that could determine whether there is a baseball season in 2020.

Those weren't the only conversations he's had recently. His agency's Twitter account, for eight years used to offer condolences and ...Read more

Chester Farrow, longtime Oakland A's scorekeeper, dies from cancer

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Chester Farrow, longtime scoreboard operator for the Oakland A's and an East Bay teacher and concert promoter, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer.

He was 77.

The Pittsburg native began keeping score for the A's in 1969, which was the club's second year in Oakland, after the team relocated from Kansas City.

"Nineteen people tried out ...Read more

Tony Gwynn batting eighth? Great lineups can lead to great debates.

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LOS ANGELES -- The lineups Dave Roberts and Gabe Kapler constructed for the upcoming battle of all-time greats between Southern California and Northern California -- the Golden Greats: I-5 Series -- and unveiled in a Zoom call Tuesday are stacked.

Coming up with them was not easy. Both managers did their homework. They studied the numbers -- ...Read more

Cubs reliever Jeremy Jeffress — with his food truck — delivers 70 meals to hospital workers in Phoenix

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CHICAGO -- Like every other fan, Chicago Cubs reliever Jeremy Jeffress is crossing his fingers and hoping for an agreement between Major League Baseball and the players union to restart the season in July.

But if baseball strikes out, he knows the ramifications could be far-reaching.

"It's going to impact, the game, the city, a lot of stuff," ...Read more

Here's how much California stands to make from fan-free MLB games

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LOS ANGELES -- On May 11, the day major league owners approved a plan to start the season in early July, California Gov. Gavin Newsom declined to endorse the proposal.

"We'll see where we will be in July," Newsom said that day.

On May 18, Newsom said baseball and other pro sports would be invited to play within California "in that first week ...Read more

Unusual times will make for an unusual MLB draft for Dodgers, other clubs

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LOS ANGELES -- In Billy Gasparino's estimation, the talent pool for Major League Baseball's upcoming draft is the deepest in at least five years. The Los Angeles Dodgers' director of amateur scouting believes the crops of college pitchers and high school hitters are particularly strong. The people in his corner of the world are salivating.

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Limiting MLB draft to five rounds should benefit colleges

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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego County is annually among the nation's biggest hotbeds for amateur baseball talent, with dozens of players selected each year in the MLB draft.

Expect the number of local players to be counted on one hand with MLB's plan to scale back next month's draft from 40 to five rounds.

One result of this development is that both ...Read more

Felix Hernandez aims for 200 wins, 3,000 strikeouts before retirement

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ATLANTA -- Felix Hernandez is aspiring to play a few more seasons, if his recent comments are any indication.

In an interview with "The Bob, Dave and Moore Show" on 710 ESPN Seattle, Hernandez laid out his late-career hopes: 200 wins and 3,000 strikeouts.

"I'm going to go year-by-year," Hernandez said Tuesday. "Because my goal is to get to 200...Read more

Chicago Cubs are cutting salaries for non-playing employees, from manager David Ross on down

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Two months into the shutdown of the 2020 season, the Cubs have instituted pay cuts throughout the organization, a source said Wednesday.

Employees in the baseball operations and business operations departments and those with uniform employee contracts (UECs) -- which includes manager David Ross and his coaches, scouts, minor-league managers ...Read more

Oakland A's skip Coliseum rent payment

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics have refused to pay $1.2 million required under contract to use the Coliseum, the head of the stadium authority confirmed Tuesday.

A's executives told Coliseum Authority Interim Executive Director Henry Gardner they had "no ability to pay" the annual payment, due April 1. An attorney for the A's, however...Read more