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Costas on baseball's return: 'I'll believe it when I see it'

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Bob Costas has covered Major League Baseball at the network television level for 40 years, watching the sport go through labor strife, the steroids era and the current transformation of the game from traditional strategy to defensive shifts, a "swing for the fences" mentality and meandering play.

Now, with MLB players and owners feuding over ...Read more

Angels commit to paying minor league players through June

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Like most teams in Major League Baseball, the Angels will pay their minor leaguers at least through the end of June, said two people familiar with the team's decision.

The Angels will decide whether to continue disbursing the $400 weekly stipends beyond the end of the month at a later date. The determination might depend on ...Read more

Detroit Tigers a lock to pick Spencer Torkelson No. 1? Why it's 'not an actual conversation'

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DETROIT -- Only one true first baseman –– Adrian Gonzalez in 2000 –– has been selected No. 1 overall since the MLB draft began in 1965.

Spencer Torkelson is about to become the second, ESPN draft analyst Kiley McDaniel said on a conference call Thursday. He's 98% sure Detroit Tigers will select the Arizona State first baseman with the ...Read more

Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna reportedly suffers injury in domestic dispute

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves outfielder Marcell Ozuna suffered a facial injury after his wife, Genesis, hit him with a soap dish, according to multiple reports.

Genesis Ozuna was arrested after a two-week investigation and charged with domestic battery, Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640 in Miami first reported. Ozuna's injury was described as a "small...Read more

Analysis: Acrimony between MLB players, owners dates back more than 100 years

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SAN DIEGO -- That millionaires are bickering with billionaires should come as no surprise when it comes to major league baseball.

This dispute was brought on by something new, a global pandemic, but there has been no love lost between players and owners for more than 100 years, when players made per season what they now pull now per pitch or at...Read more

Will there be a baseball season? Here's where things stand now

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ATLANTA -- Announcements by the NBA, NHL and MLS of plans to resume their seasons this summer apparently didn't push MLB to follow suit.

Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Players Association, announced in a statement Thursday night that the union's executive board and more than 100 "player leaders" met by conference call and "...Read more

MLB broadcasters expected to call 2020 road games from off-site location, source says

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Imagine if Roy Halladay's perfect game in 2010, Cole Hamels' no-hitter in 2015, or any other road game in modern Phillies history was called by broadcasters who weren't actually in the ballpark where it happened.

Welcome to baseball in the coronavirus age.

If there's a Major League Baseball season in 2020 -- the league and Players Association ...Read more

Pirates pitcher Chris Archer will miss 2020 season after surgery

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This was supposed to be the year for Chris Archer.

After plenty of struggles since the July 2018 trade that brought Archer to Pittsburgh, the right-handed starter seemingly had a new lease on life. He arrived at spring training with his dreadlocks sheared. New pitching coach Oscar Marin was supposed to unlock Archer's potential, while the 31-...Read more

Baseball owners reject players' 114-game proposal, paving way for possible implementation of 50-game mini-season

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For weeks, it seemed as if negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Players Association over the economics of a pandemic-shortened season were operating on separate tracks without regard for the issue that mattered most to the other side.

Now, it appears there might not be further negotiations at all.

MLB rejected the union's ...Read more

Blown Detroit Tigers call still haunts Jim Joyce, but he has learned to forgive himself

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Two days before his life changed, Jim Joyce woke up and had coffee with his mom.

He knows exactly what he did that day, May 31, 2010, when he arrived in his hometown of Toledo, staying with his mom in advance of a three-game series between the Detroit Tigers and Indians at Comerica Park. His father, James Joyce, who worked in the U.S. Army Air ...Read more

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