Dodgers aren’t devaluing World Series title in coronavirus-shortened season

For three months, as Major League Baseball’s owners and the players’ union snapped public jabs at each other, an uncomfortable reality was again exposed. MLB, above all, is a business, the same as other major professional sports leagues. And before a 2020 season was staged, figuring out how to divide billions of dollars was a […]

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Baseball’s minor leagues officially cancel 2020 seasons

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Baseball’s minor leagues canceled their seasons on Tuesday after Major League Baseball decided not to provide any players to its affiliated teams amid the coronavirus pandemic. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, the minor league governing body, made the long-expected announcement. The Professional Baseball Agreement between the majors and […]

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This day in sports: Giants slugger Willie McCovey hits 500th home run

Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants joined one of baseball’s elite groups on this date in 1978 when he hit his 500th home run in the first game of a doubleheader against the Braves at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. McCovey, who was in his 20th big league season, connected against left-hander Jamie Easterly in the […]

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MLB players will report to training camps by July 1 to prepare for 60-game season

Players signed off on Major League Baseball’s health and safety protocols and agreed to report to training camps at their home stadiums by July 1 in preparation for a pandemic-shortened regular season of 60 games. “All remaining issues have been resolved and players are reporting to training camps,” the MLB Players Assn tweeted early Tuesday […]

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Players Reject 60-Game Plan, Leaving Manfred to Determine M.L.B. Season

Nearly three months of rancorous negotiations between Major League Baseball’s players and the owners of its 30 teams landed on Monday in the same place they started: without an agreement on how to play the season. The players’ union overwhelmingly rejected M.L.B.’s proposal for a 60-game season at full prorated salaries on Monday, essentially daring […]

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Dodgers sign first-round draft pick Bobby Miller

Major League Baseball’s short-term outlook remains unclear, but the Dodgers continued addressing their long-term prospects Friday by signing first-round pick Bobby Miller. Miller, a right-handed pitcher out of Louisville, agreed to a $2.2 million signing bonus, according to a person with knowledge of this situation. The total is well under his slot value of $2,424,600 […]

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M.L.B.’s Restart Encounters an Obstacle It Can’t Negotiate With

Major League Baseball’s players and team owners have spent this week trying to finalize tense negotiations on the structure of a possible 2020 season. But on Friday, the ominous backdrop of those talks — the coronavirus pandemic — showed just how little the sides really control. The Philadelphia Phillies and the Toronto Blue Jays closed […]

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says MLB should consider not playing into October

How long should baseball’s short season extend? The players say November. The owners say October. But, if the sole factor is minimizing risk for the novel coronavirus, Dr. Anthony Fauci said the major leagues would be wise to wrap up the postseason in September. “If the question is time, I would try to keep it […]

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New MLB proposal still doesn’t include prorated salaries for players

Andrew McCutchen is one of baseball’s finest ambassadors, a five-time All-Star and former most valuable player. In an era when some stars shrug off marketing requests, McCutchen proudly played for the United States in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. On Friday, McCutchen posted a video on social media, comparing baseball’s tedious negotiations to resume play […]

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Voting update for Baseball’s Golden Greats: The I-5 Series

On Monday, we told you about baseball’s Golden Greats: The I-5 Series, a best-of-seven series pitting the best players born or raised in Southern California against the best players born or raised in Northern California. We are partnering with the SF Chronicle, and readers from both papers will decide the rosters. After two days of […]

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Hernández: MLB willing to let players shoulder the blame if season doesn’t start

Baseball’s proposal is a non-starter and not just because the players’ union is against anything that resembles a salary cap. The owners have never opened their books to the players and they aren’t expected to start now. In that case, how can they expect the players to accept a 50-50 split of revenues instead of […]

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The when and how of MLB’s plan to have a 2020 season | Get Up

Jeff Passan joins Mike Greenberg to discuss the when and how of Major League Baseball’s plan to conduct the 2020 MLB season. #GetUp #MLB ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔️ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: […]

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Is the Red Sox’ punishment from the MLB justified? | SportsCenter

Jeff Passan reacts to the punishment dealt to the Boston Red Sox following Major League Baseball’s investigation into the Red Sox stealing signs. ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔️ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: http://es.pn/YouTubeTV […]

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Dustin Pedroia’s Red Sox future sounds even more ominous

Don’t count on Dustin Pedroia making a miraculous return once baseball’s coronavirus-induced suspension finally ends. The Red Sox great, whose left knee has ailed him since Manny Machado famously slid into it with his spikes in 2017, isn’t “at a point where he’s thinking to be ready to come back and join us,” interim manager […]

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Michael Wilbon is bothered by MLB’s idea to play in Florida and Arizona | Pardon the Interruption

Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser discuss Major League Baseball’s idea to play games in Florida and Arizona without fans, with the winner of each league meeting in the World Series. ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN […]

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Yankees are MLB’s most valuable franchise and it’s not even close

Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are baseball’s most valuable franchise at $5 billion, up 9 percent over last year and 47 percent more than the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at $3.4 billion. The Yankees are second among all sports in Forbes’ evaluations to the Dallas Cowboys, listed at $5.5 billion in the last […]

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MLB’s coronavirus relief plan hung up on service time

Major League Baseball’s commissioner’s office announced a deal Thursday to provide financial relief to minor leaguers by giving them a lump sum commensurate to what their spring training allowances would have been through April 8, the day before the minor league season was to begin. MLB’s plan was not to work out a package for […]

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Scott Boras: MLB players already in best ‘isolation’ situation

Scott Boras, baseball’s most renowned player representative, argued that major leaguers would be best served staying and working out at teams’ spring training sites rather than traveling home. In a phone conversation, Boras said: “I’m not advising anyone to do any particular thing. I am letting them know what has occurred the last month.” What […]

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MLB Opening Day could be delayed until May – Jeff Passan | Get Up

Jeff Passan explains the factors that went into Major League Baseball’s decision to delay Opening Day by at least two weeks, adding that the season will realistically be postponed until May 2020 at the earliest. #GetUp #MLB ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe […]

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Will MLB postpone the season or play without fans over coronavirus concerns? | Get Up

Buster Olney and Jeff Passan share the latest on Major League Baseball’s plans amid concerns surrounding the coronavirus. #GetUp #MLB ✔️Subscribe to ESPN+ https://plus.espn.com/ ✔️ Get the ESPN App: http://www.espn.com/espn/apps/espn ✔️Subscribe to ESPN on YouTube: http://es.pn/SUBSCRIBEtoYOUTUBE ✔️ Subscribe to NBA on ESPN on YouTube: http://bit.ly/SUBSCRIBEtoNBAonESPN ✔️ Watch ESPN on YouTube TV: http://es.pn/YouTubeTV ESPN on Social […]

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