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Phillies, Bryce Harper express support for black community in response to George Floyd's killing

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Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis, the Phillies and star Bryce Harper weighed in separately on the issue of systemic racism in the United States.

In a late-night Instagram post Monday, Harper shared a photo of himself on one knee in front of a black child before a game at Citizens Bank Park last ...Read more

Miami Marlins preparing for the 'unknown' that will follow shortened 2020 MLB Draft

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DJ Svihlik and the Miami Marlins have their draft board set up and a general game plan ready for next week's shortened 2020 MLB Draft.

Miami has six selections in the two-day, five-round, 160-pick draft that takes place on June 10 and 11. It was condensed from its usual 40-round format due to the coronavirus pandemic that has kept the MLB ...Read more

Pete Ricketts, the governor of Nebraska and former Chicago Cubs co-owner, apologizes for 'you people' comment during a meeting with black community leaders

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Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, a former co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, apologized for referring to black people as "you people" during a meeting with community leaders in Omaha.

Ricketts' comment was relayed in a video posted on Facebook by Pastor Jarrod Parker of St. Mark Baptist Church, who called Ricketts a "racist" and asked for the comment to...Read more

MLB owners float idea of playing fewer games while agreeing to pay prorated salaries

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For weeks now, major league players have insisted on prorated salaries for any games played this year. After players shot down the first two concepts owners suggested to change the salary structure, owners appeared ready Monday to concede on prorated salaries by shortening the season so radically that player payout would barely change from what ...Read more

Detroit Tigers to continue paying minor leaguers, haven't made cuts

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The Detroit Tigers will indefinitely pay minor league players a weekly $400 stipend to offset any coronavirus pandemic cancellations and have yet to make individual cuts, a team spokesperson told the Free Press on Monday night.

The weekly stipend has no end date at this time, the spokesperson said.

Minor league clubs make most of their money ...Read more

Pirates President Travis Williams on MLB's return: 'Reasonable minds will prevail'

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Pirates President Travis Williams believes PNC Park will host Major League Baseball games this summer.

Speaking Monday on a Pittsburgh Technology Council webcast, Williams explained his reasoning while discussing a few different topics relative to the Pirates and business of baseball.

"I'm confident just because I think reasonable minds will ...Read more

MLB players union pitches 114-game season, but makes no movement on pay

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Five days after major league owners asked Mike Trout to play for about $8 million this season, the players union replied with a proposal under which Trout would play for about $25 million.

The union's counterproposal, delivered to owners Sunday afternoon, calls for a 114-game season that would start June 30 and end Oct. 31, followed by a 14-...Read more

L.A. pro teams band together to inform county supervisors how games can resume

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LOS ANGELES -- With the state poised to authorize the resumption of major sporting events, the teams and venues within Los Angeles County banded together Friday to tell county supervisors precisely how those events could be held safely.

If the county is satisfied with those plans, games without fans could take place as soon as teams are ready ...Read more

Royals won't lay off or furlough baseball operations employees despite MLB uncertainty

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With unemployment nationwide reaching historic levels and the professional sports landscape at a relative standstill, Kansas City Royals ownership and management have taken steps to avoid layoffs and furloughs amid Major League Baseball's uncertain future.

Royals general manager Dayton Moore confirmed an ESPN report Friday ...Read more

Twins won't cut minor league players, will pay them through August

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MINNEAPOLIS -- As several teams across Major League Baseball are deciding to stop paying their minor leaguers -- and in many cases releasing them -- the Twins have made a commitment to theirs.

A team source confirmed Friday that the Twins have pledged to continue $400 weekly stipends and to provide full benefits to all of their minor leaguers ...Read more

David Price pledges to donate $1,000 to each Dodgers minor league player in June

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LOS ANGELES -- This week, the Dodgers committed to continue paying a $400 weekly stipend -- the equivalent of a spring training per diem -- to each of their minor league players through June, falling in line with most of their competitors across the major leagues to sustain some relief to the lowest-paid portion of affiliated baseball's ...Read more

Shortened MLB draft will create a roster logjam for college teams

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LOS ANGELES -- Their sport won't return to action until next February, but repercussions from the coronavirus crisis already have college baseball coaches bracing for a potentially seismic impact.

Usually, college baseball serves as a river connecting the amateur and professional ranks, ferrying players to MLB clubs in a strong and steady ...Read more

Shortened MLB draft will create a roster logjam for college teams

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LOS ANGELES -- Their sport won't return to action until next February, but repercussions from the coronavirus crisis already have college baseball coaches bracing for a potentially seismic effect.

Usually, college baseball serves as a river connecting the amateur and professional ranks, ferrying players to MLB clubs in a strong and steady ...Read more

Orioles extend $400 weekly stipend for minor league players through June

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles will continue paying their minor league players a $400 weekly stipend through at least June 30, a source confirmed Thursday.

Baltimore joins a number of organizations that have ensured pay for minor league players beyond the original set date of May 31. As of Thursday, the Oakland Athletics are the only team that will ...Read more

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