Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13-14. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum sent to MLB employees on Wednesday.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 7:01 pm
A New York judge Friday essentially issued a three-word, time-honored ruling to fantasy sports bettors: “You’re outta here! The bettors had sued the Houston Astros, the Boston Red Sox and Major League Baseball, arguing they were duped in what U.S. District Court Judge Jed Rakoff called “the by-now infamous sign-stealing scandal. Rakoff dismissed the suit, ruling that the argument was so flawed the bettors should not be allowed another chance to make a better argument.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 5:58 pm
A U.S. judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit seeking to hold Major League Baseball, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox liable to DraftKings fantasy baseball bettors for the sport’s sign-stealing scandal. Although both teams “shamelessly” used electronic devices to steal signs, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan said statements by the teams and baseball commissioner Rob Manfred about the sport’s integrity did not make them liable to DraftKings participants who wagered on tainted games. The world heavyweight title fight between Briton Anthony Joshua and the IBF’s mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev of Bulgaria originally scheduled for June 20 has been postponed, promoters Matchroom Boxing said on Friday.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 4:57 pm
Obviously, the Red Sox home opener did not take place. And, ironically, that home opener would not have taken place anyway as, appropriately enough, rain and cold dominated yesterday’s local weather. If the world’s landscape was not being altered by the dangerous coronavirus and the weather had cooperated, what would yesterday’s Red Sox home opener have looked like?
Posted: April 3, 2020, 4:52 pm
Instead he and the Red Sox waited, took their time and elected to have the surgery during a pandemic with the rest of the world shutting down around them. Did anyone die because Sale flew west and had surgery? Probably not.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 10:55 am
Sotomayor’s appearance with other fans wearing “Judges Robes” also occurred nearly 22 1/2 years after she prevented baseball from taking a dubious step of starting the 1995 season with replacement players by issuing a preliminary injunction against Major League Baseball in the case of Silverman vs. MLB Player Relations Committee by that ruled in favor of the players and ended the 232-day strike and ordered the sport to resume while negotiations resumed.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 9:00 am
What a way to end a “bridge year. The Red Sox entered the 2013 seasons with minimal expectations. Being in Boston, they obviously were expected to do well, but few would’ve been upset if a team loaded with veterans on short-term, prove-it contracts came up short of the ultimate prize.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 5:00 am
New England Patriots According to the Journal, Kraft agreed to pay $2 million towards the supplies, which amounted to half of the total cost. That doesn’t include the costs of navigating a tangle of logistical red tape to get the plane to China, fuel, and other travel costs involved with international flights. The Krafts and the two major pro franchises they own, the Patriots and the New England Revolution, have also been doing other work across the state.
Posted: April 3, 2020, 12:41 am
The deal struck by Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association on Friday was a complicated one. Owners secured short-term financial security while players protected their long-term interests, and the Red Sox are one of 30 franchises left considering how it will affect them specifically. The coronavirus pandemic has forever altered the nation’s sporting landscape, and baseball is anything but immune.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 8:23 pm
One thing is always true about Red Sox fans: They show up. Even while ratings slip and interest clearly fluctuates heavily from year to year, Fenway Park is always at, or close to, capacity. People care.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 8:17 pm
Chris Sale underwent Tommy John surgery this week, putting him on track to return to Boston as early as midway through next season. That’s the second year of the $145 extension he signed prior to the 2019 season, a deal that, barring any opt-outs or Dodger bailouts, will keep Sale in Boston until 2025. There some people who no longer think the extension was a good idea, or didn’t ever think it was a good idea, and these fans and analysts are having their moments in the sun, so to speak.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 6:33 pm
But MLB suspended its season indefinitely last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. If the MLB season eventually restarts, it reportedly likely will happen with no fans in the stands. The Red Sox would have opened a six-game homestand with three games against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 4:37 pm
Starter Xander Bogaerts The last couple of positions we looked at in this series had a little bit of ambiguity at the top spot on the depth chart with platoons getting in the way. That is clearly not the case here at shortstop. Xander Bogaerts is the guy here, and he is arguably the best player on the team.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 2:30 pm
Major League Baseball, which already postponed the start of its 2020 season because of the coronavirus outbreak, said on Wednesday it has decided to cancel its planned return to London in June. The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals, who make up one of the National League’s most storied rivalries, were scheduled to play a two-game series from June 13-14 at the London Stadium, home of English Premier League soccer club West Ham United.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 9:59 am
The Red Sox would go 86 years without a title and the Yankees would win 4 with Babe. But here’s what is worse: they traded the best baseball player for 100 grand and a loan because the owner of the Red Sox wanted to finance musicals! What did Charlotte get for him?
Posted: April 2, 2020, 7:00 am
Thursday, which was supposed to mark the Boston Red Sox’s 2020 home opener, is one of those more difficult days for New England sports fans. For now, all we can do is sit and wait and hope for the triumphant return of baseball and the rest of the sports we hold so dearly to our hearts. And while we wait, we’re able to look back and reminisce about the good old days when we could go outside and celebrate sports with complete strangers.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 5:00 am
But we’ve gained a little more clarity regarding MLB’s luxury tax situation in recent days, and it’s now apparent the Red Sox would benefit from there being a 2020 season, even if it’s a condensed campaign in which Boston falters. The Boston Globe’s Alex Speier reported this week the competitive balance tax (CBT) would not reset if there’s no 2020 season. Therefore, Boston’s plans theoretically could get pushed back a year in that scenario.
Posted: April 2, 2020, 5:00 am
The series — which was set for mid June — isn’t going to happen.
Posted: April 1, 2020, 3:15 pm
TOKYO (AP) — – The Tokyo Olympics will open next year in the same time slot scheduled for this year’s games. Tokyo organizers said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 – almost exactly one year after the games were due to start. Last week, the IOC and Japanese organizers postponed the Olympics until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 6:14 am
Red Sox starter Chris Sale had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on Monday, his 31st birthday, waiting 11 days after doctors said he needed the operation because of difficulty in scheduling during the coronavirus pandemic. Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said the team worked with doctors to make sure the procedure didn’t burden an already-stressed healthcare system. “Under normal circumstances we might have been able to have it happen a little bit sooner,” Bloom said on a conference call with reporters.
Posted: March 31, 2020, 12:15 am
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Posted: March 30, 2020, 5:27 am