Philadelphia Phillies All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto lost his arbitration case against the club and will make $10 million in 2020, according to multiple reports. Realmuto had requested $12.4 million. Realmuto made the National League All-Star team for the second straight season.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 11:07 pm
Giancarlo Stanton’s intimidating presence was missing from the middle of the Yankees’ lineup for a big chunk of 2019 because of an injury-filled season. Spring training game action begins in Arizona on Friday with a meeting between the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals while the other 28 teams play their first exhibition games in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues on Saturday. Most veterans will be eased into games and their stats won’t be particularly important as they tinker with batting stances, pitch repertoires and gradually build toward the first regular-season games on March 26.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 6:31 pm
Miami Marlins first baseman Jesus Aguilar and Houston Astros infielder Aledmys Diaz were among three players to win their arbitration cases Wednesday. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Brian Goodwin was also victorious, bringing the number of players to succeed in having their salary demands for 2020 met to four. The teams have won six arbitration cases thus far.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 4:12 am
New York Yankees star Giancarlo Stanton said he would have hit more than 80 home runs in 2017 if he knew signs like the Houston Astros. The MLB has been engulfed by a sign-stealing scandal involving the Astros, who were found to have stolen sings of opposition teams en route to winning the 2017 World Series, as well as for part of the 2018 season. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch were subsequently fired by Houston in January after they were initially suspended for the entire 2020 campaign by the league, while the Boston Red Sox dismissed manager Alex Cora.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 1:14 am
The Tampa Bay Rays are offering fans a win-win-win-win proposition. Trying to draw bigger crowds to barren Tropicana Field, the Rays came up with a crowd-pleasing ticket plan Wednesday. The ”Win Pack” lets a fan pick any four regular-season Rays game to attend for a total of $99.
Posted: February 20, 2020, 12:54 am
Giancarlo Stanton thought about the prospect of knowing what pitches were coming via illegal sign stealing and realized how he could have used it to his advantage. “If I knew what was coming in ’17, I probably would have hit 80-plus home runs,” Stanton told reporters Wednesday at the New York Yankees spring training base in Tampa, Fla. Stanton hit a major-league best 59 homers in 2017 when he was named National League MVP while playing for the Miami Marlins — the most home runs in the major leagues since 2001.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 8:24 pm
Christian Yelich was driven last year by a desire to improve on the performance that earned him the NL MVP award in 2018. He won his second straight NL batting title and finished second to the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger in the MVP vote, his season cut short when he fouled a pitch from Miami’s Elieser Hernandez off his right kneecap on Sept. breaking it.
Posted: February 19, 2020, 7:37 pm