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Which MLB team put together the best season ever? Vote on it in our Best Ever bracket series.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 30, 2020, 5:27 am
Two Chicago Cubs employees who attended an annual training session at Wrigley Field on March 8 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. One was hospitalized and the other was recovering at home, spokesman Julian Green said Sunday. The Cubs said in the email to staff they ”reached out to both associates to offer our support.” They also urged employees to monitor their health closely and follow guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 29, 2020, 11:58 pm
There’s not much to like on the Detroit Tigers for 2020. Andy Behrens delivers his fantasy preview for the AL Central team.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 29, 2020, 3:58 pm
Rachel Folden figured something out early on during her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs – long before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out team activities. ”I’ve had quite a few people reach out that their daughters are like glued to the television watching baseball now or their daughters know that there’s some sort of way that they can get into baseball, they don’t have to pick softball,” Folden said. Major League Baseball is pushing the same message.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 29, 2020, 3:18 pm
“Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught in Between” examines the lives forever changed by the building of Dodger Stadium.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 29, 2020, 3:00 pm
TBA – Opening day, active rosters reduced to 26 players.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 29, 2020, 1:51 pm
Former Angels and Cardinals standout Jim Edmonds announces on social media he’s in the hospital and undergoing testing for the coronavirus.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 28, 2020, 8:14 pm
The Dodgers’ Hideo Nomo, with a quirky windup and devastating forkball, pioneered Japanese players coming to the U.S. by quickly becoming an All-Star.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 28, 2020, 7:56 pm
If the final pitch of the 2020 baseball season comes closer to Christmas than Halloween, that’s fine with the players. Major League Baseball owners ratified a 17-page agreement with the union on Friday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with players willing to extend the season as long as needed to cover as close to a full schedule as possible. The deal provides for $170 million in salary advances and guarantees service time to players even if no games are played.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 28, 2020, 7:23 pm
There must be no government restrictions on mass gatherings or travel restrictions throughout the U.S. and Canada, provided the commissioner will consider ”appropriate substitute neutral sites where economically feasible.” The commissioner must determine, after consulting with the union and medical experts, ”that it does not pose an unreasonable health and safety risk to players, staff or spectators to stage games in front of fans in each of the 30 clubs’ home ballparks.” MLB and the union will discuss the economic feasibility of playing games at neutral sites or without fans. The commissioner has the right to suspend or cancel games after the start of the season if government restrictions or travel conditions change. The sides will discuss ”the possibility of playing a reasonable number of regular season games beyond the initially scheduled end of the regular season” and ”reasonable changes to the roster rules to protect the health and safety of players at the beginning of the season.” Initial discussions are to end by April 10.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 28, 2020, 7:22 pm
Players agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. Player salaries this year are expected to total roughly $4 billion. Management was given the right to cut the amateur draft in both 2020 and 2021, and to freeze the values of signing bonus money at 2019 levels.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 28, 2020, 7:21 pm
If possible, Major League Baseball should start the season with the All-Star game at Dodger Stadium to give to give fans the chance to embrace the sport again.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:00 pm
Scott Pianowski previews the Baltimore Orioles for fantasy baseball — a team that’s hard to mine for value.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 28, 2020, 3:58 pm
After striking a deal with MLB on compensation framework for a shortened season, union chief Tony Clark expressed openness to many possibilities.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 2:40 am
MLB, MLBPA reach tentative agreement regarding several potentially shortened-season issues.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 27, 2020, 9:34 pm
Chicago Cubs first baseman and World Series champion Anthony Rizzo discusses how he’s giving back to hospitals and health care workers on the front lines.
Author: ABC News Videos
Posted: March 27, 2020, 3:16 pm
Mallex Smith will be taken in most drafts, but Dalton Del Don says you’ll be hard-pressed to find real value beyond the perennial base-stealer in Seattle.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 27, 2020, 2:29 pm
Three Hanshin Tigers players testing positive for the coronavirus this week isn’t making Japanese baseball organizers think twice about starting the professional league season next month. National broadcaster NHK reported Friday that Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two teammates have become the first professional baseball players in Japan to test positive amid the coronavirus pandemic that is shutting down sports around the world. Unlike Japan’s professional soccer league which has canceled all games, Japanese baseball has been playing exhibition games with no spectators.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 27, 2020, 5:27 am
To help fight COVID-19, Drew and Brittany Brees pledge to donate $5 million to provide over 10,000 meals a day in the state of Louisiana, the NBA may cut the salaries of some of its highest paid executives by 20% including that of Commissioner Adam Silver, we celebrate what was supposed to be the start of the MLB season with game simulations in “Fauxpening Day 2020” and we check in on some of baseball’s biggest stars in The Rona Diaries: MLB Edition.
Author: Yahoo Sports Videos
Posted: March 27, 2020, 4:03 am
A look at how some MLB players and fans spent what was supposed to be opening day.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 27, 2020, 3:02 am
There was no crack of the bat, no footlong hot dogs, no umpire’s cry of “Play ball!” as opening day came and went for Major League Baseball with games indefinitely postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 27, 2020, 2:35 am
Players agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. Player salaries this year are expected to total roughly $4 billion. Management was given the right to cut the amateur draft in both 2020 and 2021, and to freeze the values of signing bonus money at 2019 levels.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 27, 2020, 2:28 am
Jimmy Wynn, the diminutive Houston slugger whose monster shots in the 1960s and ’70s earned him the popular nickname “The Toy Cannon,” has died. The Astros said the three-time All-Star outfielder died Thursday in Houston, but did not provide further details. Just 5-foot-9, Wynn was packed with power.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 27, 2020, 2:06 am
Bill Bartholomay, the former baseball owner who moved the Braves from from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966 to become Major League Baseball’s first team in the South, has died. Bartholomay died Wednesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to his daughter, Jamie. Braves Hall of Famer Hank Aaron said on his Twitter account Bartholomay ”was the greatest owner I ever had the pleasure to play for.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 27, 2020, 1:31 am
Dave Roberts hunkered down with his wife and two children rather than managing the Dodgers against the Giants in an opening day game Thursday. It was strange.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 27, 2020, 12:55 am
There was something missing at Dodger Stadium on a day that was suppose to be Opening day in MLB.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 27, 2020, 12:08 am
Rangers left fielder Willie Calhoun says he has been cleared to resume workouts in his recovery from a broken jaw. “Willie being healthy is going to help us a lot,” manager Chris Woodward said earlier this week.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 26, 2020, 10:24 pm
Mike Trout hit two home runs off Zack Greinke and scored four times to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 9-6 on opening day. The results came via computer simulations, which the New York-based company will continue to run daily while the real thing is on hiatus. “People miss baseball, us included,” said Adam Richman, whose father created Strat-O-Matic as an 11-year-old in 1948.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 26, 2020, 9:47 pm
The Houston Astros do not believe a Los Angeles judge will give them a fair trial.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 26, 2020, 9:43 pm
MLB is doing a good thing for those fighting to help patients affected by coronavirus.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 26, 2020, 8:35 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Right-hander Michael Kopech was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte by the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 26, 2020, 8:08 pm
Except for workouts in Albert Pujols’ home gym and throwing at a youth field, Mike Trout is home with his pregnant wife, Jessica, due to the coronavirus.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 26, 2020, 7:48 pm
The Houston Astros say they can’t get a “fair and impartial trial” before Judge Malcolm Mackey and request another one to hear Mike Bolsinger’s suit.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 26, 2020, 6:59 pm
The Texans really liked David Johnson, apparently.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 26, 2020, 6:07 pm
From rankings to position previews to strategy, check out our one-stop shop to get you ready for 2020 fantasy baseball drafts.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 26, 2020, 5:29 pm
With Yahoo Fantasy Baseball here for the 2020 season, our analysts reveal their Top-300 draft rankings.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 26, 2020, 5:22 pm
From John Tesh to Peyton Manning to the Miracle on Ice, here are some of the best sports videos on the Internet.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 26, 2020, 5:03 pm
Trevor Story has reached the pinnacle of middle infielders. Scott Pianowski prices Story and the rest of the shortstops and second basemen for 2020 drafts.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 26, 2020, 4:59 pm
In honor of what would have been opening day, we begin our countdown of how MLB’s 30 teams rank in terms of fantasy assets. At No. 30, our snapshot of the rebuilding Giants.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 26, 2020, 2:54 pm
The morning dawned bright and sunny over Kauffman Stadium, just to the east of downtown Kansas City. This was supposed to be the first opening day for the Kansas City Royals under new owner John Sherman, the fulfillment of a lifelong ambition for the local businessman. ”We wish that we were playing baseball today,” Sherman told The Associated Press in an email, ”but we are rightly prioritizing other things for the greater good.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 26, 2020, 2:41 pm
Angels outfielder Mike Trout might not get to be a face of baseball Thursday, but he does get to be a voice of baseball.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 26, 2020, 12:32 pm
Superstar acquisition Mookie Betts could leave the Dodgers without ever playing a game for them if the season is canceled because of the coronavirus crisis.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 26, 2020, 12:30 pm
Former MLB pitcher Dan Haren will auction 24 bobbleheads to help feed the hungry during the coronavirus pandemic.
Author: Yahoo Sports
Posted: March 26, 2020, 2:12 am
Mookie Betts and all the players set to be free agents after the 2020 season would still get that chance if there is no baseball this year, part of a broad deal being negotiated by the commissioner’s office and the players’ association. Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman, George Springer, JT Realmuto also would be eligible for free agency, even if the season is canceled. Betts, the 2018 AL MVP, was acquired by the Dodgers from Boston last month for outfielder Alex Verdugo and two prospects.
Author: The Associated Press
Posted: March 26, 2020, 1:04 am
Dodgers legend Tom Lasorda is disappointed opening day has been postponed, but he’s certain the country will beat the the coronavirus outbreak.
Author: LA Times
Posted: March 26, 2020, 12:31 am

Two Chicago Cubs employees who attended an annual training session at Wrigley Field on March 8 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
Posted: March 30, 2020, 1:00 am
How good was Cy Young? Well, the award is named after him. But maybe you didn’t know that Ted Kluszewski cut off the sleeves of his uniform or Rusty Staub was such a good cook he took pots and pans on road trips.
Posted: March 29, 2020, 1:30 pm
The timing of the talented righty’s surgery combined with the looming economic hit that teams will face illustrates the muddied waters ahead.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 11:13 pm
With MLB having discretion to cut the draft to five rounds this year and 20 rounds in 2021 — as well as deferring bonuses through 2022 — agent Scott Boras believes baseball “should keep the status quo” and is sending the wrong message to amateurs.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 2:26 pm
From salaries to resuming play, and its impact on the draft and the minors, answering how the agreement will shape the game’s future.
Posted: March 28, 2020, 12:50 am
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.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 6:56 pm
Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard had Tommy John surgery on Thursday and is expected to return sometime in the 2021 season, a source told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 3:50 pm
The improbable story of Jim Morris’ trip to the majors made for quite a movie, but there are others who were old-timers when they first made it to The Show.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 3:35 am
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.
Posted: March 27, 2020, 2:04 am
We sure could use a ballgame to take our minds off all that’s going on these days. But with that impossible, here are some fulfilling alternatives.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 10:08 pm
MLB and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin have announced plans to use baseball jersey fabric to make at least 1 million masks and hospital gowns to support health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 10:03 pm
The 23-year-old right-hander missed last season after having Tommy John surgery in September 2018, but he hit triple digits during spring training this year.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 8:57 pm
The Cubs star offers advice about staying active and helping others during these trying circumstances.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 12:39 pm
Unfortunately there is no action in the field, but we’re still sizing up where all 30 teams stand on the day they would have been playing ball.
Posted: March 26, 2020, 12:38 pm
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.
Posted: March 18, 2020, 7:53 pm
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.
Posted: June 21, 2018, 3:25 pm
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.
Posted: May 6, 2018, 2:30 pm

Twenty-eight different contract extensions were signed between teams and players between February-April 2019, and the Yankees were one of the many clubs that joined in on this rush.  Aaron Hicks was a season away from free agency at the time, though the outfielder chose to forego the open market in favor of a contract that…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 30, 2020, 4:38 am
Agent Rafa Nieves’ newly-founded Republik Sports agency will represent several players formerly represented by Nieves at Wasserman.  A video published earlier today on Republik’s official Twitter feed reveals the names of 11 players who will continue to be represented by Nieves at this new firm. We already heard last night that Nationals outfielder Victor Robles…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 30, 2020, 2:45 am
Even with the baseball world shut down, MLB Trade Rumors is still covering any breaking news and also exploring some other topics.  Here’s the roundup of the week’s original content from the MLBTR staff…. Jeff Todd profiled different topics every weekday on MLBTR’s YouTube series, with this week’s entries covering the agreement between players and…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 30, 2020, 12:32 am
It’s not always fair to judge baseball operations leaders for free agent signings.  In many cases, the biggest contracts are negotiated to varying extents by ownership.  The same can hold true of major extensions.  It’s just tough to know from the outside. There’s obviously involvement from above in trade scenarios as well.  But, when it…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 29, 2020, 11:06 pm
Two unnamed Cubs gameday employees have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, according to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times. One of those employees is recovering at home; the other is receiving hospital treatment, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago. The two staff members tested positive on March 23 and 24, just more than…
Author: George Miller
Posted: March 29, 2020, 9:56 pm
Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Eloy Jiménez’s MLB debut. With that in mind, it’s an interesting time to look back at the blockbuster crosstown deal that brought the 23-year-old slugger to the South Side. Jiménez wasn’t the headlining name of that July 2017 swap. That was José Quintana, with good reason. The southpaw had emerged as one of…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: March 29, 2020, 3:51 pm
Some items from around the game… Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller spoke to Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about several topics, including the recent agreement between the league and players’ union about the 2020 season, how Miller is handling the shutdown, and the rather mysterious arm problem that sidelined Miller earlier this month.  “There…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 29, 2020, 12:41 pm
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 2020-21 offseason, and…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 29, 2020, 4:44 am
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 part…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 29, 2020, 3:30 am
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…
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 29, 2020, 2:14 am
Click here to read the transcript of tonight’s live baseball chat.
Author: Mark Polishuk
Posted: March 29, 2020, 1:01 am
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…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: March 28, 2020, 5:15 pm
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 need of a bit more…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: March 28, 2020, 4:42 pm
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…
Author: Anthony Franco
Posted: March 28, 2020, 2:26 pm
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-uniformed employees.…
Author: Jeff Todd
Posted: March 28, 2020, 4:11 am