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LIVE: Back on the field! MLB Network is all over it

@HarriganMLB
12:01 AM EDT

Major League Baseball teams are returning to the field today as training for the 2020 season officially resumes, and MLB Network is covering it all right now with an epic, seven-hour MLB Tonight presented by Camping World. A simulcast is available on MLB.com for the first six hours of the

Here's the most electrifying star at each position

These are the summer blockbusters of ballplayers
@michaelsclair
July 2, 2020

With the baseball season on the way, there are so many things one has to do to prepare -- whether that's setting up a fantasy league or figuring out which brand of hot dogs you want to eat on Opening Day. But the most important is figuring out how to

Injury updates: Judge, Stanton, Quintana, Hicks

July 2, 2020

Here is the latest injury news from around Major League Baseball.

1 future star to watch from the 30 player pools

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB
July 2, 2020

While the main purpose of the 60-man lists that clubs submitted to MLB is to identify players eligible to participate in Major League action, they also include several prospects unlikely to get big league time in 2020. Those youngsters will benefit from a structured development opportunity that will come from

How Jeter inspired a part of 'Hamilton'

5:57 AM EDT

If you're among the millions (tens of millions?) jumping at the chance to see "Hamilton: An American Musical" now that it's available to stream on Disney+, this is surely a noteworthy Independence Day weekend. But even the most die-hard fans might not be aware of the homage to Derek Jeter

Crew goes 'Back to the Future' with spoof

@mattkellyMLB
an hour ago

Baseball is back, and so are the Brewers’ odes to Hollywood. Milwaukee’s film “Crew” released its adaptation of "Back to the Future" on Friday -- the 35th anniverasary of the film -- as the team prepares to open Summer Camp this week. Starring front and center, with a Dr. Emmett

Opening Day lineup, rotation, closer predictions

June 29, 2020

Here’s how each club's lineup and starting rotation is projected to look like in 2020.

Is Hall of Fame in late-blooming deGrom’s future?

@HarriganMLB
July 2, 2020

Mets ace Jacob deGrom has enjoyed a brilliant start to his MLB career and could go down as one of the greatest hurlers of his generation, but his relatively late arrival means his Hall of Fame journey will continue to be an uphill climb, albeit one he may be equipped

Fan created a mini Wrigley in his backyard

Extreme Home Makeover has nothing on this
@michaelsclair
July 2, 2020

With the baseball season on hold and the usual hum of summer delayed, there's not much for a baseball fan to do. That is, unless they're handy with PVC piping and have backyard space to use. While some Wiffle ball fanatics might build a custom strike zone and draw some

How many wins will it take to clinch a spot in 2020?

@AndrewSimonMLB
July 2, 2020

Baseball will look quite a bit different in 2020, in many ways. For one thing, the usual benchmarks are gone. In a typical season, we have a pretty good idea what it means for a team to win 100 games, finish at .500, or lose 100. And we have a

Rojas uniquely qualified for a short season

@MikeLupica
26 minutes ago

Luis Rojas of the Mets is a rookie manager who looks young enough to be a rookie player. He's the son of Felipe Alou and is just 38 years old, which puts him among the youngest managers in the history of New York baseball. Joe Torre was younger when he

Blue Jays set for Summer Camp at home

@KeeganMatheson
July 2, 2020

TORONTO -- The Blue Jays received clearance from the Canadian government Thursday to host their Summer Camp at Rogers Centre, which they hope is the first step toward them playing out of Toronto for the entirety of the 2020 season. This current exemption does not cover the 60-game regular season,

GMs face new set of challenges in 60-game sprint

@feinsand
July 2, 2020

Brian Cashman is in his 23rd season as the Yankees' general manager. James Click's tenure in the same position with the Astros began less than six months ago. Yet as the 2020 season gets set to restart with Summer Camps around the league this weekend, every front-office executive is on

'Whatever it takes' -- Girardi ready for anything

@ToddZolecki
July 2, 2020

PHILADELPHIA -- Joe Girardi thinks this can work. It will be difficult, of course. The Phillies face countless challenges as they begin Summer Camp on Friday at Citizens Bank Park and FDR Park. Those challenges will continue through a season scheduled to begin July 23 or 24, but reduced to

2020 Power Rankings are here. Who's No. 1?

@alysonfooter
July 1, 2020

During a time when life for all of us has changed in immeasurable ways, it sure does feel good to dust off the old laptop and put together the first Power Rankings of 2020 -- an exercise that is sure to delight a few of you, while infuriating the rest.

The best July 4 moments in baseball history

From amazing feats to fireworks, national pastime has seen it all on Independence Day
@castrovince
July 2, 2020

While Summer Camp began for MLB teams this week, Opening Day remains a few weeks off, in a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. And while baseball fans won’t be able to enjoy the usual Independence Day festivities in 2020, America’s pastime and America’s birthday have long been intertwined. In

Quintana (thumb) has surgery; return TBD

Mills poised to fill spot in rotation; Epstein addresses diversity, safety
@MLBastian
July 2, 2020

CHICAGO -- On the eve of the Cubs' first Summer Camp workout at Wrigley Field, the team has endured its first setback. On Thursday, the Cubs announced that left-hander José Quintana underwent a procedure that morning to repair a lacerated digital sensory nerve in his left thumb. The starter is

D-backs land NDSU football commit (source)

@MannyOnMLB
July 2, 2020

The D-backs have reportedly agreed to terms with Dominic Gonnella, an undrafted free agent who is committed to North Dakota State University in the fall, for a $20,000 bonus, according to MLB Pipeline's Jonathan Mayo. The club has not confirmed the deal. Gonnella was a two-sport star at Bloomingdale (Fla.)

Source: Dodgers, Ramos agree to Minors deal

@kengurnick
July 2, 2020

LOS ANGELES -- On the eve of the opening of Summer Camp, the Dodgers on Thursday added a veteran reliever by agreeing to a Minor League deal with right-hander AJ Ramos, according to a baseball source. The club has not confirmed the agreement. The former Marlins All-Star closer, 33, hasn’t

Old but still good, these 9 vets are key in 2020

@RichardJustice
July 1, 2020

We love the kids with all their speed, enthusiasm and absolutely unlimited potential. Their impact on Major League Baseball has never been greater than right now. That doesn’t mean the older players have gone away or that they are of any less value. In fact, it’s some of our favorite

Does Ohtani have game's most unhittable pitch?

@_dadler
July 2, 2020

The Angels made the designation official when they released their 2020 player pool this week. There were the pitchers, the catchers, the infielders, the outfielders, and then, right there in the middle: "Two-Way (1): Shohei Ohtani." Finally, Ohtani is a two-way player again. It's been too long. Because while the

Fulmer '100 percent' after knee, TJ surgeries

@beckjason
July 2, 2020

DETROIT -- The last time Michael Fulmer pitched in a game, James McCann was his catcher and Pete Kozma was at shortstop. The last time he pitched at Comerica Park, Jim Adduci was at first base. A lot can change in 22 months, a stretch that included right knee surgery

30 pitchers who really raked, one for every team

@SlangsOnSports
July 1, 2020

National League teams will use a designated hitter this year, which means that we won’t see many pitchers hit in 2020, if any. While we wait to see if pitchers are back at the plate in 2021 or beyond, here’s a look at the signature hits and hitting performances by

Hicks (Tommy John) won't be ready for opener

Cardinals will evaluate right-hander 'week to week' in Summer Camp
@anne__rogers
July 1, 2020

ST. LOUIS -- One of the big questions surrounding the Cardinals' bullpen during Spring Training was the closer situation. They're still going to be looking for answers, at least to start the 2020 season. On Wednesday, St. Louis manager Mike Shildt said that right-handed closer Jordan Hicks, who is recovering

Bucs sign draftees Mlodzinski, Jones, Garcia

@adamdberry
July 2, 2020

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates finished the process of signing their MLB Draft class on Thursday, officially announcing deals with right-handers Carmen Mlodzinski, Jared Jones and Nick Garcia. Mlodzinksi, the Pirates' Competitive Balance Round A selection, received a $2.05 million bonus, according to MLB.com's Jim Callis. The slot value of the