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  • • Diamondbacks, Robbie Ray Hadn’t Been Discussing Extension
    There won’t be any extension negotiations happening anytime soon around the baseball world, though even prior to the league shutdown, the Diamondbacks and left-hander Robbie Ray weren’t engaging in any talks about a new deal, the Athletic’s Zach Buchanan (subscription required) reports.  Ray is scheduled to be a free agent in the ...
  • • No extension talks between Robbie Ray and Diamondbacks
    There won’t be any extension negotiations happening anytime soon around the baseball world, though even prior to the league shutdown, the Diamondbacks and left-hander Robbie Ray weren’t engaging in any talks about a new deal, the Athletic’s Zach Buchanan reports. Ray is scheduled to be a free agent in the 2020-21 offseason, and he is still set to h...
  • • Details On The MLB/MLBPA 2020 Season Agreement
    Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reached a deal Thursday addressing many of the outstanding questions facing the game in the wake of the coronavirus shutdown, including how the two sides will address a shortened (or perhaps altogether canceled) 2020 season.  The specifics of this agreement still aren’t fully known, due in...
  • • Watch: Joey Gallo gets creative to keep up his hitting
    Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo is getting creative in his attempts to keep his hitting skills sharp. Gallo shared a video on social media Saturday that showed him taking swings into a net indoors. He appeared to be swinging from inside his residence in a high-rise building in Dallas. With players practicing social distancing and not meeting fo...
  • • Victor Robles Joins Newly-Founded Republik Agency
    Word broke earlier this month that agent Rafa Nieves was leaving the Wasserman Agency, and Nieves tweeted yesterday from his personal account that he had finalized his departure.  The next step appears to be his own firm, as Nieves’s Twitter bio identifies himself as the CEO and founder of Republik Sports. As per Jesse Dougherty…...
  • • Aaron Boone shuts down talk of Aaron Judge moving to first base
    Limiting wear and tear on Aaron Judge is a real concern for the New York Yankees, but dramatically altering his spot in the field will not be the way. Appearing this week on ESPN New York’s “The Michael Kay Show,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone shut down the notion of Judge potentially moving from right field to first base. “No, no, no, no,” said Boon...
  • • A's minor-league manager Garrison on ventilator due to COVID-19
  • • Clayton Kershaw has reservations about delayed World Series
    Major League Baseball wants to play as many games as possible when it starts play after the coronavirus pandemic has subsided. That could push the World Series back quite late in the calendar year, and it may not be popular. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw told “Lunchtime with Roggin and Rodney” on AM 570 LA Sports that he thinks a Worl...
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  • • 'What even is that pitch?' An oral history of Kerry Wood's 20-K day
    Wood, Hall of Famer Craig Biggio and others look back to when the Cubs phenom owned the zone and tied the single-game strikeout record....
  • • Breakout Candidate: Willie Calhoun
    Willie Calhoun was up and down between the majors and Triple-A quite a few times between 2017 and the first half of 2019. Last June, he got his long-awaited opportunity to play every day, emerging as the Rangers’ starting left fielder. He made the most of it at the plate, hitting .269/.323/.524 (110 wRC+) with 21 home…...
  • • The best pitching performance ever for all 30 teams
    From 20-strikeout outings to unforgettable no-nos, we look at the best gem ever thrown by each franchise and try to predict who could top it....
  • • Kershaw: World Series in December would be 'a little iffy'
  • • Boras: MLB draft limits send 'wrong message'
    With MLB having discretion to cut the draft to five rounds this year and 20 rounds in '21 -- as well as deferring bonuses through '22 -- agent Scott Boras believes baseball "should keep the status quo" and is sending the wrong message to amateurs....
  • • Boras proposes 'World Series Week' with award gala, season-ticket holders
  • • Aaron Boone shuts down talk of Aaron Judge moving to first base
  • • Evan Gattis takes shot at Mike Fiers for outing Astros as cheaters
    Most Houston Astros players have not gone after Mike Fiers for his role as the whistleblower about their sign-stealing system in 2017, but one former member of the team isn’t being quite as kind. Former Astro Evan Gattis, who was a member of the 2017 team, tweeted an image of a glass with Fiers’ face on it above the phrase “snitches get stitches.” ...
  • • Scott Boras rips special MLB draft rules following COVID-19 outbreak: 'It just sends the wrong message'
    MLB and the MLBPA recently agreed to revised draft rules in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic...
  • • Marlins Option Monte Harrison, Nick Neidert
    The Marlins have optioned a pair of prospects to Triple-A Wichita, per multiple reporters (including Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald). Outfielder Monte Harrison and right-hander Nick Neidert are headed to the Pacific Coast League. Both Harrison, 24, and Neidert, 23, finished last season at the minors’ highest level, but each looked in ne...

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  • • A's minor-league manager Garrison on ventilator due to COVID-19
  • • Watch: 'Big Sexy' Colon hits big, sexy trick shot on the pool table
  • • Kershaw: World Series in December would be 'a little iffy'
  • • Gattis clarifies perceived shot at Fiers: 'I have zero bad feelings' toward him
  • • Boras proposes 'World Series Week' with award gala, season-ticket holders
  • • Commish for a day: Fixing MLB's major malfunctions
  • • Ex-Astros slugger Gattis takes shot at whistleblower Fiers on Twitter
  • • Report: Trump phoned A-Rod to discuss government's response to COVID-19
  • • Tony Clark: Teams won't pay luxury tax if season is canceled
  • • MLB podcast: New league rules, Sale and Thor undergo Tommy John

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Detroit Tigers

  • • Mize lights up mound during first spring BP
    Even if nobody expects to see top Draft pick Casey Mize pitching in Detroit anytime soon, and even if pitchers are normally ahead of hitters at this point in camp, many people simply wanted to see how big league hitters reacted to Mize's stuff on Tuesday, especially the splitter that devastated collegiate opponents....
  • • The Tigers' Spring Training battle to watch
    The next five weeks will see lots of shuffling on Major League rosters. Here are the most intriguing positional battles on each of the 30 MLB clubs....
  • • Bright side: Reasons for optimism for each team
    On this opening week of Spring Training, all 30 Major League teams have one thing in common: optimism. Here's an optimism cheat sheet for each of them....
  • • Beckham dons new Detroit attire
    When the Tigers owned the American League Central in the first half of this decade, Gordon Beckham tried to spoil their dreams. With 10 career home runs against Detroit, he was a nemesis....
  • • Castellanos staying cool during trade rumors
    Sunday marked Nicholas Castellanos' first comments on his trade situation since the end of last season. He was clearly on the trade market then, just as he is now amidst the Tigers' ongoing rebuild....
  • • Candelario antsy for game action at camp
    The trail of red clay led from the batting cages across the street down the sidewalk to the clubhouse doors. It continued inside down the hallway, little clumps every few feet until it stopped near Jeimer Candelario's locker. It was the most telling sign that the Tigers third baseman reported to camp on Saturday. Though the team's first full-squad ...
  • • Tech improving Tigers' camp experience
    This is the new reality of Spring Training. While coaches still spend hours with players every day, trying for that swing or delivery that feels just right, they now have data to complement it -- or for some players, reinforce it. It's the new race among clubs, to get not just the best talent, but also the technology to help get the most out of tha...
  • • Jimenez recharged coming off All-Star year
    As fastball after fastball popped into the catcher's mitt during a bullpen session Friday morning, it was hard to tell Joe Jimenez had taken a break. Now, it's up to the Tigers to help keep his arm strong through the season....
  • • Sources: Tigers win arb case with Fulmer
    The Tigers' first salary-arbitration hearing in 18 years ended with the same result as their last one. An arbitration panel sided with the club in its hearing with right-handed starter Michael Fulmer, sources told MLB.com....
  • • Prospects who should vie for a roster spot
    The 30 prospects below all are getting very long looks this spring with an eye toward breaking camp with the parent club. Even if they start the year in the Minors, they all should get the chance to contribute at some point in the very near future....

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  • • Diamondbacks, Robbie Ray Hadn’t Been Discussing Extension
  • • Details On The MLB/MLBPA 2020 Season Agreement
  • • Victor Robles Joins Newly-Founded Republik Agency
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  • • Optioned Players: 3/28/20
    Today is the last day in which teams can option players to the minors before the MLB roster freeze kicks in. We’ll keep track of the smaller-scale option decisions around the league. The Padres optioned reliever Gerardo Reyes to Triple-A El Paso, the club announced. The righty logged 26 innings in 27 MLB appearances in 2019, his…...
  • • Marlins Option Monte Harrison, Nick Neidert
  • • Breakout Candidate: Willie Calhoun
  • • Latest On MLB Plans For Team Employees
    We’ve been learning quite a bit about Major League Baseball’s coronavirus plans involving players, whose relationships with the league are conditioned upon a collective bargaining agreement. But teams also employ quite a few other personnel under rather different terms. It has not been clear to this point just how the league would handl...
  • • Mets Still Pursuing Sale Efforts
    If you presumed the Mets had suspended their efforts to find a new owner, think again. Per Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic (subscription link), the club’s representatives are continuing to seek purchasers. It’s hard to believe it was less than two months ago that the club broke off its anticipated deal with minority owner Steve…...
  • • Blaine Hardy Undergoes Tommy John Surgery
    Southpaw Blaine Hardy, who was in camp with the Twins on a minor-league deal, will now be sidelined until 2021. He underwent Tommy John surgery last Friday, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. The 33-year-old Hardy has thrown plenty of innings against the Twins over his six seasons with the Tigers. His tenure…...

Cardinals

  • • Reyes faces live hitters for first time since May
    While a crowd gathered around Field 2 to watch Adam Wainwright face Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt in his first session of live batting practice on Tuesday, Alex Reyes, mostly inconspicuously, headed to a mound a few yards away for his most meaningful throws in almost nine months....
  • • The Cards' Spring Training battle to watch
  • • Cards ready to see what Goldschmidt brings
    It may be a new team and a new year, but that's really all that's changed for Paul Goldschmidt....
  • • Shildt excited for first Spring Training at the helm
    Though this was his first day of his first Spring Training as manger of the Cardinals, Mike Shildt said he views it more as a continuous process from the 2018 season rather than a new beginning....
  • • Bright side: Reasons for optimism for each team
  • • Leone ready to make second first impression
    One year after coming into his first Cardinals camp as a dark horse candidate only to leave it as the team's closer, Dominic Leone returned to Jupiter ready for a second first impression....
  • • Around the horn: Closer duties may be split
    This is the final piece of a six-part Around the Horn series in which MLB.com is taking a position-by-position look at the Cardinals' projected starters and backup options heading into the 2019 season. After examining the position players and starting rotation, let's close with the bullpen....
  • • With infield shakeup, Gyorko faces uncertain fit
    With the corner infield spots set and Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong returning to cover the club up the middle, Jedd Gyorko once again profiles as the team's primary utility infielder. His work at all four infield spots this spring will reflect that....
  • • Prospect Cabrera could make splash for Cards
    Acquired by the Cardinals to help supplement their left-handed pitching depth, Genesis Cabrera, with a dazzling first impression, has quickly put himself on the radar as someone who could help the Major League club as soon as this season....
  • • WATCH: Wainwright, Miller put in spring reps
    MLB.com's beat reporters have you covered with the action from every team's training camp. Keep track of the latest highlights of Spring Training right here....

Mets

  • • Versatility can only help Hech's roster chances
    About a week before Adeiny Hechavarria signed with the Mets, he met with general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, assistant GM Allard Baird and manager Mickey Callaway near his Miami home. Over dinner, the four talked about an opportunity in Mets camp, where the team had accumulated scant shortstop depth behind Amed Rosario....
  • • Here are the Mets' 2019 Top 30 Prospects
    While there are 24 homegrown players on the new Mets Top 30 list, it's only fair to wonder how different the list could look a year from now as the front office continues to address its short-term needs....
  • • The Mets' Spring Training battle to watch
  • • No more doubts: Wheeler confident in ability
    Over his last 11 starts of the 2018 season, Zack Wheeler went 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA, challenging Jacob deGrom as the game's best pitcher over that stretch. He not only proved that he could be an effective big leaguer, but shattered the doubts....
  • • Herrera happy to be back with the Mets
    After two and a half years in the Reds organization, Dilson Herrera became a free agent this winter and signed back with the Mets, where he offers the club depth at four different positions. A natural second baseman, Herrera began playing first, third and left field last year in an effort to increase his value....
  • • Bright side: Reasons for optimism for each team
  • • Dowdy hopes velo uptick yields strong 2019
    Now in Port St. Lucie, Kyle Dowdy has a built-in advantage to make the Mets' crowded bullpen: If he doesn't, the team must offer him back to his old organization, the Indians, for $50,000. The Mets also have reason to keep Dowdy around: They consider him a notable part of their rotation depth, alongside Walker Lockett, Hector Santiago and a few oth...
  • • 'I feel like I'm 25': Cano joins Mets at camp
    The list of position players productive at age 36 is small. At 37, even smaller. Beyond that, infinitesimal. So it was worth noting that shortly after Robinson Cano showed up to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie for the first time, he stated: "I feel like I'm 25."...
  • • Tebow makes it clear: 'I'm all in on baseball'
    Those who once dismissed Tim Tebow's transition from NFL quarterback to professional baseball player are officially on notice. Tebow is an outfielder first these days, the evidence plain to see in his slimmed-down body and shortened swing....
  • • WATCH: Tebow arrives, Alonso talks roster shot

Dodgers

  • • Dodgers legend Don Newcombe dies at 92
    Don Newcombe, one of the greatest pitchers in Dodgers history and one of the franchise's final links to Brooklyn and the days of Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella, died Tuesday after a lengthy illness. He was 92....
  • • Verdugo on track for significant playing time
  • • The Dodgers' Spring Training battle to watch
  • • Kershaw impressive throwing first live BP
    Clayton Kershaw on Monday was the first Dodger to throw live batting practice this spring, with opposing batters Russell Martin and Josh Thole issuing rave reviews while Kershaw was typically underwhelmed....
  • • Bright side: Reasons for optimism for each team
  • • Buehler resumes throwing, may have 'pen soon
    Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler resumed playing catch on Sunday, and manager Dave Roberts said his first bullpen session could be on Wednesday....
  • • Back to pitching, Allie eager to show off arm
    Every player chases a dream, the chase tougher for some. Stetson Allie, 27, is in his third incarnation, a pitcher-turned-outfielder-turned pitcher in Dodgers camp as a non-roster invitee with a 101 mph fastball....
  • • 'Special time' for Dodgers' catching depth
    When it comes to prospects, the Dodgers are deeper behind the plate than they've been in decades....
  • • Prospects who should vie for a roster spot
  • • Dodgers not rushing Urias' road to recovery
    The first round of bullpen sessions concluded for the Dodgers on Thursday, and the early leader for maximum buzz was Julio Urias. The left-hander was dazzling in his session, but at this point he has an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster....

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  • • Dominican showcase helping prospects along
    The gap that separates the pros from the amateurs this week at the Mets' academy is about 10 yards wide. It's lined with 15-foot palm trees and manicured hedges with an orange sidewalk running through the middle of it....
  • • The defining stories, players of the decade
    Every baseball decade has its own flavor, a way to establish it as a clearly delineated period of time, an era with its own distinct personality. We had the rough-and-tumble 1970s, with its off-field drama, its Bronx-Is-Burning real-life parallels of chaos, its seemingly endless amount of body hair. The '80s were the speed decade; Astroturf, Whitey...
  • • Crew brass 'making a statement' with overhauls
    Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio missed last week's ribbon-cutting at American Family Fields of Phoenix because of an illness, so Tuesday afforded his first look at what $65 million and 500,000 man hours can build in 9 1/2 months....
  • • How Manny's mega-deal impacts Bryce, others
    Bryce Harper's future remains the primary topic around the game, but there are some other high-profile free agents still looking for deals. With Manny Machado off the board, the uncertainty surrounding the remaining stars should begin to sort itself out before too long....
  • • Bauer addresses controversial tell-all story
    All publicity is good publicity, according to Trevor Bauer....
  • • Giants in no hurry to look for Bochy's successor
    Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi knows he will eventually have to start compiling a list of potential candidates to succeed Bruce Bochy as manager, but the upcoming search isn't currently at the forefront of his mind....
  • • Tomas getting work in at first base
    As the D-backs went through fielding drills Tuesday, Yasmany Tomas spent his time at first base rather than in the outfield....
  • • Seager slimmer, eager for fresh start in '19
    While general manager Jerry Dipoto went about his Mariners makeover this offseason, Kyle Seager underwent a personal transformation of his own back home in North Carolina....
  • • Estrada optimistic for bounce-back year
    Health isn't the only reason to believe in a bounce-back season for Marco Estrada. Playing within the confines of the pitcher-friendly Coliseum is a big plus for him as well....
  • • Smith embracing challenge of critical season
    The flocks follow Peter Alonso everywhere he goes, snapping pictures, pining for sound bites, wondering whether he will make the team. Far more anonymous in the early days of camp has been Dominic Smith, spending the past two mornings swinging on a quieter back field....

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  • • Sources: Jason Varitek interviewed for Seattle Mariners' managerial job
  • • Ryno, Sarge and Doctor K: A look back at Mets-Cubs in '84
  • • Tigers' Norris says he kept pitching with cancerous growth
  • • LEADING OFF: Mets-Cubs at Wrigley in NLCS; KC-Jays in ALCS
  • • Cueto struggles, Royals fall short in 11-8 loss to Blue Jays
  • • Red Sox' success vs. Blue Jays in September shouldn't be overlooked
  • • Mystery of Cueto deepens
  • • Johnny Cueto not looking like Red Sox' would-be ace
  • • The Latest: Tulo ejected, Jays hit 3 HRs and build big lead
  • • Red Sox will consider Johnny Cueto, but mystery remains after ALCS performance

Red Sox

  • • Bogaerts, Betts weigh in on Machado's deal
    As the Red Sox were finishing out their Spring Training workout on Tuesday, the news started to circulate that Manny Machado had reached agreement on a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres....
  • • Pedro, Sale wowed by E-Rod's BP outing
    Eduardo Rodriguez threw a pitch in the bullpen on Tuesday morning that was so on point, it prompted ace Chris Sale to laugh...
  • • The Sox's Spring Training battle to watch
  • • Instead of turning page, Red Sox rolling along
    As the Red Sox had a ceremonial start of sorts to their World Series title defense with Monday's first full-squad workout, there were no doors closing or pages turned. The way manager Alex Cora looks at it, why would you want to separate yourself from something that was so special?...
  • • Werner: Kimbrel 'extremely unlikely' to rejoin Sox
    The Red Sox still haven't named a closer. Craig Kimbrel still hasn't found a home on the free-agent market. However, Red Sox chairman Tom Werner suggests not to read too much into those two independent factors....
  • • Here are the Red Sox's 2019 Top 30 Prospects
    Though the Red Sox have been in win-now mode at the big league level, they have begun to replenish their Minor League talent via the Draft and the international mark....
  • • Bright side: Reasons for optimism for each team
  • • Celtics coach Stevens visits Cora, Red Sox
    As Red Sox manager Alex Cora got ready to do his daily press briefing after Sunday's workout, he saw from a distance that the media was preoccupied with another prominent Boston coach....
  • • Wright to be full-time reliever for Red Sox in '19
    You no longer need to call knuckleballer Steven Wright a swingman. Red Sox manager Alex Cora envisions a defined role for the veteran righty in 2019, and it will consist of him flummoxing hitters in the mid-to-late innings....
  • • Pending free agent Bogaerts open to extension
    Xander Bogaerts has been under the employ of the franchise since Aug. 23, 2009, when he signed as an international free agent out of Aruba at the age of 16. He went from a boy to a man with the Red Sox, and from a prospect to a star who will soon collect his second World Series ring. It's hard for him to picture putting on another uniform....

Braves

  • • Markakis enjoys reaping rewards of dedication
    Braves manager Brian Snitker joked that he could almost detect a smile as he shared a phone conversation with Nick Markakis after the stoic outfielder re-signed with the club in January. Snitker and others actually saw that smile on Tuesday morning, when Markakis reported to Spring Training to begin his fifth season with the Braves and attempt to p...
  • • Newcomb's value depends highly on '19 growth
    Sean Newcomb entered last June as an All-Star candidate and exited the regular season wondering if he had done enough to earn a spot on Atlanta's postseason roster. The inconsistent nature of his first full Major League season enhances the difficulty of projecting how valuable he might be to the Braves from both an immediate and long-term perspecti...
  • • The Braves' Spring Training battle to watch
  • • Inciarte's key to success in 2019? Consistency
    It could be argued that Ender Inciarte stands as the X-factor in regard to the Braves' bid to defend last year's National League East crown and experience a successful postseason....
  • • After grief and injury, Gohara sets the bar high
    Having seen what Luiz Gohara had done upon his introduction to the big leagues the previous September, Freddie Freeman told Alex Anthopoulos the big left-hander might immediately became an All-Star. Instead, it became a year of awakening for the young hurler, who remains fueled by last year's disappointments....
  • • Bright side: Reasons for optimism for each team
  • • Minter wants to be Braves' high-leverage option
    As Braves manager Brian Snitker evaluates who might serve as his closer, A.J. Minter has made it clear he wants to be the guy who is consistently called upon to handle high-leverage threats that develop in late innings....
  • • McCann excited to rejoin hometown Braves
    Brian McCann still laughs about what transpired as he learned the Braves were calling him up to the Majors during the 2005 season. He remembers being summoned to Brian Snitker's room, where he found the then Double-A manager eating pizza while wearing nothing more than his underwear....
  • • Folty Flash Sale: 26 percent off tickets
    Spring Training has arrived, as Braves pitchers and catchers returned to Florida in this annual rite of spring. Green grass, blue skies and baseball are on the horizon, so celebrate with an amazing deal! This weekend only, the Braves are giving you the Folty Flash Sale! In honor of ace pitcher Mike Foltynewicz, save 26 percent on all single-game se...
  • • Braves open camp with eyes on the prize
    As the Braves open camp, they'll provide a glimpse of how much they have progressed since claiming an unexpected division crown last year. Freddie Freeman, Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies will once again be in a lineup that has been enriched by the addition of Josh Donaldson, the former American League MVP Award winner who thus far arguably ranks...

NCAA DI Men's Baseball

  • • College World Series 2020 schedule
    The 2020 College World Series has been canceled, part of the NCAA's response to the coronavirus....
  • • College baseball: Georgia Southern sweeps No. 3 Georgia for the first time since 2015
    Georgia Southern baseball completed the sweep of No. 3 Georgia on Wednesday evening, defeating the Bulldogs 6-1 inside J.I. Clements Stadium....
  • • College baseball: Mississippi State sweeps No. 4 Texas Tech, hands Red Raiders first consecutive losses in 37 games
    Timely hitting helped the No. 17 Mississippi State baseball program sweep No. 4 Texas Tech in front of 6,029 fans at MGM Park in Biloxi, Mississippi....
  • • College baseball: Georgia Southern shocks No. 3 Georgia for Rodney Hennon's 800th career victory
    Georgia Southern baseball's head coach Rodney Hennon earned his 800th career victory with a 1-0 victory over No. 3 Georgia at SRP Park....
  • • College baseball: Florida State upsets No. 1 Florida to give Gators first loss this season
    No. 16 Florida State (11-5) handed No. 1 Florida (16-1) its first loss of the season Tuesday, topping the Gators 2-0 in the final match-up at McKethan Stadium....
  • • College baseball rankings: Clemson, Virginia, UC Santa Barbara enter top 25
    Florida remained unbeaten to keep its No. 1 rankings and no top 25 team moved up more than three spots. But Clemson, Virginia and UC Santa Barbara all joined the latest D1baseball.com rankings....
  • • UCLA baseball hangs on 3-2, knocking off defending champion Vanderbilt
    UCLA baseball built a decisive 3-0 lead over Vanderbilt with runs in third and fourth innings. The Commodores got within a run, but the Bruins' pitching closed the door to pick up a win over the defending national champions....
  • • Vanderbilt vs. UCLA and 9 more DI college baseball series you won't want to miss this weekend
    No. 2 Vanderbilt and No. 22 TCU head to Los Angeles, California for a weekend tournament with host No. 6 UCLA in an action-packed weekend of DI college baseball. Here's the matchups we can't wait to see....
  • • Baylor baseball wins Shriners College Classic with upset of No. 6 Arkansas
    Baylor baseball completed the weekend sweep at the Shriners Hospitals for Children College Classic with a 3-2 victory over No. 6 Arkansas on Sunday evening at Minute Maid Park, winning the tournament crown....
  • • College baseball rankings: NC State, Ole Miss, Arizona State enter top 10; Florida remains No. 1
    The latest D1Baseball Top 25 Rankings are rather chalky at the top with the top five unchanged. But three new teams entered the top 10 — NC State, Ole Miss and Arizona State. Check out the full rankings here....

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  • • Boras: MLB draft limits send 'wrong message'
  • • Joy Kurkjian's birthday, and how she almost cost her son a homer
    Joy Kurkjian turns 96 years old. She went to every game her sons played. She almost turned one of her kid's homers into a double....
  • • 'What even is that pitch?' An oral history of Kerry Wood's 20-K day
  • • The best pitching performance ever for all 30 teams
  • • What the MLB deal with players means for 2020 season and beyond
    From salaries to resuming play, and its impact on the draft and the minors, answering how the agreement will shape the game's future....
  • • MLB, union agree on stipulations for return
    The season won't start until experts agree games would not pose a health risk and travel restrictions and bans on mass gatherings are lifted, though the idea of playing in empty stadiums can be revisited, sources told ESPN....
  • • Fantasy Insights: Rays hope all the pieces fit
    Eric Karabell's thoughts on the Tampa Bay Rays' fantasy outlook for 2020....
  • • Source: Syndergaard TJ surgery a success
    Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard had Tommy John surgery on Thursday and is expected to return some time in the 2021 season, a source told ESPN's Jeff Passan....
  • • Fantasy baseball: How to mock draft like a pro
    Whether you're new to fantasy baseball or a grizzled veteran, mock drafting today can make the difference between winning and losing. Here's how to make the most of each mock....
  • • Tim Kurkjian's baseball fix: At 49, straight from prison, Pete Rose could still hit
    Pete Rose bet on baseball. He also went to prison for tax evasion. The day he got out, he went directly to the batting cage....

Baseball tweets today

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    Crushes my soul to hear this. https://t.co/QfQhScsGAP @Curt Schilling
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    Let's just have the question end with "...single dime". https://t.co/aFU3NGnzCA @Curt Schilling
  • See kids? Even graduating from a
    See kids? Even graduating from a "prestigious" school can't stop you from being an idiot. https://t.co/aSIxNq1To9 @Curt Schilling
  • Saw Pedro's 17K 1H vs NYY, saw RJ punch out 20, saw Clemens punch out 20, I still think this was the most dominatin… https://t.co/magWAUBP0s @Curt Schilling
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  • If you want to laugh a little check this out. These days we all could use it!
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    Please join my buddies @AndyBellin and @HankAzaria to help #GetTheMasksBack. This is one of many ways we can all p… https://t.co/CvCiInSwgP @Mark Teixeira

Top baseball news from the last seven days

  • • Mets' Syndergaard to have Tommy John surgery
    New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery this week, the team announced Tuesday....
  • • Legendary Astros outfielder Jimmy Wynn dies at age 78
    Wynn was a part of the Astros front office and played for the club for 11 years...
  • • Coronavirus Protective Masks to Be Made From M.L.B. Uniform Material
    The deal will send masks to health professionals in the Northeast with the distinctive pinstripes of the Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies....
  • • Noah Syndergaard To Undergo Tommy John Surgery
    2:58pm: The Mets have formally announced that Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday. He’ll be out until at least April of 2021. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen offered the following statement, via press release: After experiencing discomfort in his elbow before Spring Training was suspended due to the pandemic, Noah and o...
  • • Report: MLB players willing to play doubleheaders to make up for lost games
  • • Boras proposes 162-game season with World Series on Christmas
  • • Ex-Astros star Wynn, 3-time All-Star, dies at 78
    Jimmy Wynn, the 5-foot-9 former Astros slugger in the 1960s and '70s who made three All-Star teams, died Thursday in Houston. He was 78....
  • • Manfred pledges to weave baseball into recovery
    MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, speaking on the eve of what would've been Opening Day, said he's hopeful baseball can begin preparing for a season at some point in May but will work with experts before determining its exact return....
  • • Fanatics moving from baseball to medical gear
    MLB and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin have announced plans to use the fabric instead to make at least one million masks and hospital gowns to support healthcare workers during this coronavirus crisis....
  • • It’s Opening Day. Baseball Is Closed.
    Instead of red, white and blue bunting and crowds flooding ballparks, we have players holed up in homes and endless questions about when baseball will return. When it does, it will be more important than ever....

The New York Times

  • • Future Players Take a Big Hit as M.L.B. Navigates a Crisis
    The baseball draft could be drastically reduced in a deal cut with the players’ union to address complications of the game’s suspension....
  • • M.L.B. and Players’ Union Lay Out Framework to Navigate Suspended Season
    The deal addresses issues including players’ service time and free agency, and how to handle the postseason in case a shortened season can be played....
  • • Jimmy Wynn, ‘Toy Cannon’ Known for His Home Runs, Dies at 78
    Just 5-foot-9 but packed with power, he was a mainstay of the Houston Astros’ lineup for 11 years in the 1960s and ’70s and a three-time All-Star....
  • • Coronavirus Protective Masks to Be Made From M.L.B. Uniform Material
  • • Baseball Season Opens With a Dash of Imagination
    Complaints of baseball’s slow pace yielded to the universal wish that this game would last forever....
  • • It’s Opening Day. Baseball Is Closed.
  • • How the Yankees’ Minor Leaguers Spent 2 Weeks in Quarantine
    A positive coronavirus test for a teammate meant every Yankees minor leaguer had to spend two weeks isolated in Florida. They got creative to keep busy and stay in shape....
  • • Mets’ Noah Syndergaard Will Have Tommy John Surgery
    Syndergaard is expected to be out until midway through 2021 as he recovers from the operation....
  • • Minor Leaguers Lack a Safety Net. A Plan Is Hatched to Champion Their Cause
    Players in the farm system have long been vulnerable because they lack a union, and the coronavirus pandemic has only complicated things for them. A nonprofit is aiming to change things....

cbssports.com

  • • Evan Gattis, a member of the 2017 Astros, provides explanation for his apparent insult to Mike Fiers
    'I have zero bad feelings towards Fiers,' Gattis said afterwards...
  • • Scott Boras rips special MLB draft rules following COVID-19 outbreak: 'It just sends the wrong message'
  • • 2020 MLB divisional odds, NL Central predictions, best bets: Proven computer model fading Reds
    SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated the entire 2020 MLB schedule 10,000 times....
  • • Five ways MLB can squeeze extra regular season games into the schedule after coronavirus pandemic
    No All-Star break? Regular season games in October? It should all be on the table...
  • • 2020 MLB divisional odds, AL East predictions, best bets: Proven computer model fading Rays
    SportsLine's advanced computer model simulated the entire 2020 MLB schedule 10,000 times....
  • • MLBPA chief Tony Clark says 'no door is closed' for playing the 2020 All-Star Game after COVID-19 pandemic
    The All-Star Game could be canceled entirely...
  • • Samson: Mookie Betts could wind up a free agent without ever playing a game with the Dodgers
    David Samson discussed the issue of service time if the 2020 season is canceled...
  • • 2020 MLB Draft will move to July and the league will reduce the number of rounds, report says
    It appears the 2020 MLB Draft will still happen, just not as normally scheduled or formatted...
  • • Former Pirates prospect and 'Million Dollar Arm' pitcher Rinku Singh makes NXT debut
    From the baseball minor leagues to the WWE minor leagues...
  • • Vin Scully shares heartfelt message with Dodgers, MLB fans amid coronavirus outbreak
    Scully is eagerly awaiting Opening Day like many baseball fans are...

yardbarker.com

  • • No extension talks between Robbie Ray and Diamondbacks
  • • Watch: Joey Gallo gets creative to keep up his hitting
  • • Victor Robles Joins Newly-Founded Republik Agency
    Word broke earlier this month that agent Rafa Nieves was leaving the Wasserman Agency, and Nieves tweeted yesterday from his personal account that he had finalized his departure.  The next step appears to be his own firm, as Nieves’s Twitter bio identifies himself as the CEO and founder of Republik Sports. As per Jesse Dougherty of the Washington P...
  • • Aaron Boone shuts down talk of Aaron Judge moving to first base
  • • Clayton Kershaw has reservations about delayed World Series
  • • Bartolo Colon hits insane pool trick shot
    In these times of grave uncertainty, who better than Bartolo Colon to show us the way with grace and excellence … on the pool table that is. The former Cy Young winner posted a video to Instagram on Saturday of his latest exploits. Colon was playing billiards and pulled off an insane trick shot with which he potted four balls into four different po...
  • • Evan Gattis takes shot at Mike Fiers for outing Astros as cheaters
  • • Non-player MLB personnel will keep their jobs through April?
    We’ve been learning quite a bit about Major League Baseball’s coronavirus plans involving players, whose relationships with the league are conditioned upon a collective bargaining agreement. But teams also employ quite a few other personnel under rather different terms. It has not been clear to this point just how the league would handle non-unifor...
  • • MLB unlikely to have All-Star Game in 2020?
    The Midsummer Classic could be one of the unfortunate casualties of a shortened MLB season. Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported on Friday that having an All-Star Game in 2020 is unlikely but has not been ruled out. He also added that both the league and the players are willing to play up until Thanksgiving, if necessary, in order to play a...
  • • Mets still pursuing sale efforts
    If you presumed the Mets had suspended their efforts to find a new owner, think again. Per Daniel Kaplan of The Athletic (subscription link), the club’s representatives are continuing to seek purchasers. It’s hard to believe it was less than two months ago that the club broke off its anticipated deal with minority owner Steve Cohen. Under that arra...

Yankees

  • • Judge learning 'a couple of secrets' via Stanton
    Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton combined to mash 57 home runs in their first year as teammates, and the Yankees' power-hitting duo is continuing to enjoy a relationship that extends past each of their at-bats....
  • • Lifting off: Healthy Judge puts foes on notice
    Aaron Judge's megawatt smile was on display at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by glimpses of his light-tower power. Any discomfort in his right wrist has long been extinguished, which has the Yankees dreaming of another big-time season from their slugging right fielder....
  • • Yankees content to move on without Machado
    On Dec. 19, the Yankees entertained Manny Machado for 90 minutes at Yankee Stadium, then continued to discuss a potential future together over dinner on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It was to be the closest that Machado would come to playing for the Yankees, who had been widely believed to be his preferred destination....
  • • The Yankees' Spring Training battle to watch
  • • Stanton stands to benefit from AL comfortability
    Asked for the biggest takeaway of his first season in Yankees pinstripes, Giancarlo Stanton offered a not-so-veiled swipe at his former employer, noting how his new expectation is to keep the Yankee Stadium lights burning throughout the month of October....
  • • Here are the Yankees' 2019 Top 30 Prospects
    While the Yankees' farm system isn't as overflowing with big league-ready talent as it has been recently, they do have an impressive stockpile of high-ceiling/high-risk youngsters....
  • • Bright side: Reasons for optimism for each team
  • • Boone on Judge: 'He's good to go'
    Watching Aaron Judge pummel batting-practice fastballs at the Yankees' Minor League complex this week, two words came to Aaron Boone's mind: "Plus power."...
  • • Sports world congratulates CC on retirement
    Veteran left-hander CC Sabathia formally announced his retirement on Saturday, prompting former teammates and big stars from around the sports world to pipe up with statements of congratulations. Here's a compilation of the well wishes....
  • • Farquhar takes inspiring first step at camp
    His inspirational recovery from a brain hemorrhage complete, Danny Farquhar intends to continue beating the odds this year, aiming to return to a big league mound as a member of the Yankees' bullpen....

Giants

  • • Humble Bochy to get well-deserved victory lap
    Bruce Bochy announced on Monday that his 25th season as a manager -- his 13th in an absurdly successful run with the Giants -- would be his last. In making the announcement, Bochy is going to give all of us the opportunity to say thanks during a 2019 season that will be something of a victory lap whether he likes it or not....
  • • Giants see Bochy as lock for Hall of Fame
    Bruce Bochy isn't sure what his next step will be after he retires from managing the Giants at the end of the season, but it's safe to assume that a trip to Cooperstown is in his near future....
  • • The Giants' Spring Training battle to watch
  • • Maybin brings revamped swing to Giants
    Heading into his 13th year in the Majors, Cameron Maybin brings a fresh approach at the plate and a revamped swing as he looks to carve out playing time in the Giants' outfield....
  • • Bright side: Reasons for optimism for each team
  • • Sandoval eager to do it all for Giants
    Shortly after reporting to Giants camp this week, Pablo Sandoval met with manager Bruce Bochy and reiterated his desire to help the club in whatever way he can....
  • • Prospects who should vie for a roster spot
  • • Parra's addition provides veteran OF presence
    The Giants have expressed a desire to add multiple veteran outfielders throughout the offseason, and they made their first notable acquisition earlier this week after signing Gerardo Parra to a Minor League contract....
  • • Cueto nearing milestone in Tommy John rehab
    The road back from Tommy John surgery is often long and tedious, but Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto has a notable milestone approaching....
  • • Projected 2019 lineups, rotations for every team
    Spring Training is here, so now is a good time to project what each club's Opening Day lineup and rotation would look like if the season began today. Of course, rosters are still fluid at this point, but with help from all 30 MLB.com beat writers, here's a roundup of how they might turn out....

Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB, sometimes ML) is the only first-class professional baseball tournament in North America. Founded in 1903, it has two main groups, the National League and the American League. Both main groups are divided into three groups, the East Division, the Central Division and the West Division. There are 29 US and one Canadian teams in the Major League. The rules of the tournament are laid down in the Major League Baseball Constitution.


The course of the championship

The tournament consists of two parts, the first part is the regular season, followed by the three-section playoffs (post-season or playoff), which ends with the final called World Series in early November.


Regular season

Teams begin preparing for the championship in February in training camps in Florida and Arizona in particular. The regular season starts at the end of March or beginning of April and lasts until the end of September or beginning of October. During this period, each team plays 162 games, approx. half within the group, over one-third within the league, and the remain ones with other league teams in interleague matches.


Post-Season (Playoff)

At the end of the regular season, 8 teams will advance to the post-season, the playoffs: the group winners (3-3 teams) and the team with the most points in each league, this is the wildcard position. The eight teams will play against each other in three stages. They will remain in the league for the first two rounds and the American and National League champions will only play against each other in the World Series.


World Series

The World Series final match is played in late October or early November, with the American League and the National League winner. Teams play a maximum of seven games but do not play any further matches after four wins.


All-Star Match

In the middle of the season, in early July, there is a three-day break in the championship and that is the time for the All-Star match. Defensive players are selected for the All-Star team based on votes from supporters. Some pitchers are selected by the team manager, some by Major League players.


The teams

In Major League - as in other American professional sports - the same teams participate from year to year. The worst performing teams are not being downgraded at the end of the year like in football. In baseball, there is a minor league (Minor League Baseball), but the teams here belong to Major League clubs and rather have a role in junior education.


Major League Baseball

American League

East
Baltimore Orioles
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays
Toronto Blue Jays

Central
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins

West
Houston Astros
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners
Texas Rangers

National League

East
Atlanta Braves
Miami Marlins
New York Mets
Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals

Central
Chicago Cubs
Cincinnati Reds
Milwaukee Brewers
Pittsburgh Pirates
St. Louis Cardinals

West
Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies
Los Angeles Dodgers
San Diego Padres
San Francisco Giants

Team Names

Contrary to European tradition, in American professional sports, clubs choose a standard structured name. The name consists of two parts, the first is the geographical location (usually the name of the city) and the second is the club name. In the 20th century, team names were invented by team owners. However, on several occasions fans have ignored the new name invented by management and continue to use the old name. Such a name change attempt was the renaming of „Boston Braves” to „Boston Bees” or „Philadelphia Blue Jays” to „Philadelphia Phillies”. No new names were left.


Team Jerseys

Major League Baseball rules require all players of a team to play in the same uniform. Each team has two types of jerseys, one for home games and one for away games. The national jersey is usually white and the foreign jersey is gray and both uniforms are decorated with team colors and emblems. On the home team's white jersey you usually find the name of the team for example Mets from the New York Mets, while the gray jersey of the away team includes the city or state where the guest team came from, e.g. Texas form Texas Rangers. Of course, there are exceptions, such as the Philadelphia Phillies in the gray jersey for away matches, uses Phillies instead of the Philadelphia. The jerseys of different colors were introduced because at that time for the away team it was difficult to arrange washing, so they chose a color on what dirt was less visible. From the 1990s, clubs wanted to sell more jerseys, so they introduced more kinds of jerseys. So nowadays teams also have special 'Sunday jerseys' or training jerseys as well.