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May

14
Rays ace Blake Snell says he refuses to play for reduced MLB salary

Tampa Bay Rays star Blake Snell alleged he would not be playing this season for a reduced salary, particularly because the risk of getting coronavirus “is not worth it.” Snell protested Major League Baseball’s 50-50 revenue split with players for a season shortened by coronavirus in a video posted on social media on Wednesday. “You all have to understand, man, that I’m leaving – that I’m going to drop a salary, that’s not the case, because the risk goes through the roof,” said Snell when answering questions on his Twitch channel. “It’s a shorter season, less pay. “No, I must […]

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May

11
MLB shortens 2020 draft from 40 to 5 rounds

Major League Baseball will cut its 2020 draft to five rounds, as owners looking to save costs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic pushed for fewer rounds over the objection of front-office officials, sources told ESPN. The plan, which has been relayed to scouting directors, will let teams to sign an unlimited number of undrafted players for $20,000. The draft is expected to start June 10. An agreement between MLB and the MLB Players Association in March allowed the league to reduce the draft from its typical 40 rounds to as few as five. The agreement allows teams to delay signing […]

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May

05
Rays’ Blake Snell wins inaugural MLB The Show Players League

The ‘MLB The Show’ Players League ended Sunday with Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell claiming the championship. Snell swept Chicago White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito in three games to win the inaugural title, capping off an impressive postseason run. Over the three-round playoff Snell went 7-1 with a 30-13 run differential.   With the MLB season delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league-hosted a video-game tournament that kept baseball-hungry fans entertained. The tournament saw representatives from all 30 teams compete versus one another in a 29-game virtual season. Fans watched the players’ three-inning games through streaming platforms in addition […]

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April

23
MLB suspends Alex Cora for conduct with Astros

On Wednesday, commissioner Rob Manfred released his report detailing MLB’s investigation into the 2018 Red Sox. The Red Sox were said to have illegally stolen signs that season — a World Series championship season — and Manfred’s report affirmed those suspicions. Video replay operator J.T. Watkins was found to have used video to illegally steal signs in real time. “I find that J.T. Watkins, the Red Sox video replay system operator, on at least some occasions during the 2018 regular season, utilized the game feeds in the replay room, in violation of MLB regulations, to revise sign sequence information that […]

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April

10
Mark Reynolds says he’s retiring after 13 year career

Slugger Mark Reynolds is retiring after hitting 298 homers over 13 campaigns with eight teams. The 36-year-old made the announcement Thursday on SiriusXM Radio. When the free agent was asked whether he still was pursuing a new team, Reynolds said he has “moved beyond that, I’ve retired.” He added that he’s enjoying spending time with his family and it was time for him “to find something else to do.” Reynolds was a prime example of the rise of all-or-nothing masher. His best years came with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He hit .260 in 2009 and set a career high with 44 […]

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April

08
Players, Managers considering option of MLB’s all-Arizona idea

Boston’s Chris Sale, out for the season following Tommy John surgery, thought about the prospect of his teammates sequestering in the Phoenix area for an extended period if Major League Baseball and its players adopt an all-Arizona start to the campaign. “I don’t know if I could look at my kids just through a screen for four or five months. Same thing goes with my wife,” the pitcher stated Tuesday. “That’s a long time. But people have done it in harsh scenarios, I guess. I think there’s a lot of figuring out to do.” Putting all 30 teams in the […]

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April

03
Dodgers’ Justin Turner proposes HR derby to end extra-inning games

Justin Turner has an idea on how to rid baseball of endless extra-inning games.  The Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman said he wants to push MLB to decide extra-inning games via home run derby. “This is my opportunity to push for a home run derby in extra innings,” Turner told Access Sportsnet Dodgers. “Instead of playing 17 innings, you get one extra inning, you play the 10th inning, and [if] no one scores, then you go to a home run derby. You take each team’s three best hitters and you give them all five outs, and see who hits the […]

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April

02
AJ Hinch, Jeff Luhnow suspension fulfilled in 2020 even if MLB season canceled

Even if the 2020 MLB season is shortened or canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it reportedly wouldn’t affect the suspension status of former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow. Both Hinch and Luhnow were suspended for one year by MLB because of their roles in the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. And according to ESPN’s Buster Olney, sources have reported that they will get credit for serving their one-year suspensions even if the 2020 season doesn’t happen. Shortly after MLB announced their suspensions, Hinch and Luhnow were fired by the Astros. If Olney’s report is accurate, it […]

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March

20
Red Sox’s Chris Sale to undergo Tommy John surgery

The elbow issue that has dogged Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale since last season has led to the worst case scenario. On Thursday the Red Sox announced Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery. He will miss the entire 2020 season and likely the start of the 2021 season as well. No surgery date has been announced. “Needless to say, this is a tough thing for Chris and a tough thing for all of us here with the Red Sox,” chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom told reporters, including the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier. Sale, 31 next week, was limited to […]

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March

16
Nationals release reliever Hunter Strickland

Major League Baseball, like many sports leagues around the world, has been shut down indefinitely due to the growing threat that is the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Spring Training has been suspended and Opening Day will be pushed back at least two weeks, though that remains subject to change. On Friday, MLB and the MLBPA informed teams that players have three options during the shutdown: stay at their team’s spring training facility, return to their offseason homes, or return to their team’s home city. MLB and the MLBPA are still working through the logistics of the shutdown, including a potential roster […]

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