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Christie Brinkley, Chipper & 1 incredible photo shoot

Remembering the weirdest and most fun baseball cards you'll ever see
@michaelsclair
July 9, 2020

You will never see another set of baseball cards like this one. And honestly, we’re lucky this set ever came into existence.

Picking sleeper teams that might make '20 playoffs

@williamfleitch and @mike_petriello
July 7, 2020

Sixteen teams went .500 or better in 2019, which means 14 clubs did not. It's not that unreasonable to expect one of those underwater teams to turn around and make it into the playoffs this year; in fact, given the randomness of a short 60-game season, you might almost expect

Posey elects not to play, citing newborn twins

@mi_guardado
2:07 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants catcher Buster Posey missed the first workout of Summer Camp last Friday for two good reasons: He and his wife, Kristen, were attending the birth of the identical twin girls, Ada and Livvi, that the couple was adopting. Ada and Livvii were born premature at 32

Stanton on BLM movement: 'Now's the time'

@BryanHoch
1:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- The last six weeks have seen barriers crumble to permit difficult, important conversations concerning race relations in the United States, and Giancarlo Stanton is among the numerous Major League players who have embraced this opportunity to speak with honesty. In response to the May 25 killing of

MLB, MLBPA announce COVID-19 test results

11:43 AM EDT

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced Friday the COVID-19 testing results under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, through the end of Thursday, July 9th: COMPLETED INTAKE SCREENING • The total number of positive tests was 66, which was 1.8% of the 3,748

This softball player crushes some majestic dingers

Way back and gone ... on repeat
@michaelsclair
10:54 AM EDT

There's no sight more beautiful to the human eye than watching a dinger soar off into the night, the ball traveling so far it disappears from sight. And when they're smashed on repeat, well, that's a guaranteed way to get your endorphins going. So, you should really thank softball player

When thunder meets lightning: Woodruff K's Yeli

@AdamMcCalvy
1:04 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE -- If Hollywood at some future date decides to put the 2020 Major League Baseball season to film, we’ve got a suggestion for the opening scene. It was Thursday at Miller Park. The Brewers’ best starter and presumptive pick for Opening Day, Brandon Woodruff, faced one of baseball’s best

Gallo cleared to work out after negative test

@Sullivan_Ranger
1:33 PM EDT

ARLINGTON -- Outfielder Joey Gallo has been cleared to begin working out with the Rangers after testing negative for COVID-19, and did so on Friday morning at Globe Life Field. He is hoping to play in the intrasquad game on Saturday, when he is also expected to address the media

MLB announces 2021 regular-season schedule

July 9, 2020

Major League Baseball on Thursday announced its master 2021 Major League regular season schedule, which will begin with all 30 Major League Clubs playing on Thursday, April 1. The 2021 season will mark the fourth consecutive season in which all 30 Clubs are scheduled to play on traditional Opening Day

All-time Top 10 prospects draft: 4 teams - who won?

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
10:51 AM EDT

After previously staging drafts for top-10-overall picks and draftees from the last two decades using their bonuses and a $10 million bonus pool, the MLB Pipeline crew is at it again. This time, we’re choosing among prospects whom we’ve rated among the 10 best in baseball dating back to 2004.

10 potential 'cameos' that could pay off in 2020

@AndrewSimonMLB
July 9, 2020

It’s not uncommon for pending free agents to arrive on a new team in mid- or late-July looking to make a difference down the stretch and into October before cashing in on the Hot Stove. In a way, that will still be happening in 2020. With the start of the

Notes: Arms rule, Deivi's spin makes you drool

@BryanHoch
1:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- The second inning of Thursday’s intrasquad game at Yankee Stadium belonged to Zack Britton, and the veteran left-hander only needed a few minutes to record three outs, pitching around a walk to Clint Frazier. Then he remained in the home dugout, eagerly taking in the rest of

These young stars are in heated position battles

Hoerner, Carlson, Riley in the mix for starting jobs
@RichardJustice
July 9, 2020

Yes, some position battles will be decided in the remaining two weeks of Summer Camp. The Phillies may settle on a center fielder. The Twins will sort through their rotation options and make some decisions. And like always, those judgements will have a certain feel of finality, just the way

Nats receive rings: 'Definitely worth the wait'

@jessicacamerato
July 9, 2020

WASHINGTON -- What’s the best way to show off 23.2 carats of bling? Just ask Nationals manager Dave Martinez. He’s already got it down. Donning the Nationals' World Series gold uniform, a beaming Martinez held up his right hand to the camera to show off their 2019 championship rings. He

Báez's 2020 mindset: play first, contract later

SS spent quarantine hitting against Twins ace Berríos in PR
@MLBastian
July 9, 2020

CHICAGO -- Not everyone has an ace pitcher as their neighbor. Fortunately for Cubs shortstop Javier Báez, he not only had one down the road from him back home in Puerto Rico, but also in his family. While awaiting the return of baseball over the last three months, Báez was

2 key questions for every NL Central team

@williamfleitch
July 9, 2020

Throughout February and March, I spent a disturbingly large percentage of my pre-pandemic hours writing incredibly long division season previews for a season that, as it turned out, would not begin on time. In those previews, I asked (and tried to answer) five big questions about each team in each

Prospects we wanted to see in Futures Game

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
July 9, 2020

In a typical year, fans would have been able to watch some of baseball’s top prospects square off this weekend in the 22nd annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which had been scheduled for Sunday, July 12 at Dodger Stadium. But this isn’t a typical year, and due to the ongoing

Here's why the Rays are made for 2020

@_dadler
July 9, 2020

The Rays are built for the 2020 season. If you have to face the unprecedented, you might as well be the team known for its constant experimentation and innovation, and one built on a seemingly endless chain of valuable, versatile players. Tampa Bay can throw a million different looks at

Rendon unfazed by quick ramp-up to season

Manager Joe Maddon praises third baseman's consistency
@RhettBollinger
July 9, 2020

ANAHEIM -- Following the birth of his second child with his wife, Amanda, in February, Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon joked that he spent most of his time during quarantine changing diapers. Rendon cherished his time with his family with the baseball season pushed back roughly four months, and said

Healthy Verlander unveils revamped delivery

@brianmctaggart
July 9, 2020

HOUSTON -- Even at 37 years old and coming off perhaps his best season, Astros pitcher Justin Verlander is constantly tweaking his mechanics. The goal is to play until he’s 45 years old or even longer. The long layoff caused by the COVID-19 pandemic not only allowed Verlander to heal

'I feel like I'm already there' -- Belli ready to roll

@kengurnick
July 9, 2020

LOS ANGELES -- Reigning National League MVP Cody Bellinger has bad news for opposing pitchers and video-game players. “I feel like I’m already there,” Bellinger said of his readiness for the 2020 season after a three-month pause. “I really got to work on my swing. I feel really good, and

Mets, Yanks to play on 9/11 anniversary in 2021

@AnthonyDiComo
July 9, 2020

NEW YORK -- In what promises to be an emotional night of remembrance, the Mets and Yankees will play at Citi Field on Sept. 11, 2021, on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The game highlights the Mets’ 2021 schedule, which Major League Baseball released Thursday. • 2021

'Dodger uniform was meant' for Mookie

@MikeLupica
July 9, 2020

By the time Spring Training 2020 shut down in the middle of March, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had only gotten eight Cactus League games out of Mookie Betts. After that, because of the coronavirus, Roberts wondered when he would see Betts, the MVP of the American League in 2018 and