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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

Christie Brinkley, Chipper & 1 incredible photo shoot

Remembering the weirdest and most fun baseball cards you'll ever see
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.

Buster Posey elects not to play in 2020

21 minutes ago

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants catcher Buster Posey announced Friday that he has elected not to play this year due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. Posey, the 2012 National League Most Valuable Player, reported to Summer Camp on Saturday and was a full participant in workouts over the weekend, but

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
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

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

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

These young stars are in heated position battles

Hoerner, Carlson, Riley in the mix for starting jobs
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

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

Nats receive rings: 'Definitely worth the wait'

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
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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

Bregman robbed by ... Astros' bullpen catcher?!

July 9, 2020

HOUSTON -- Look at him. He can play center field. Longtime Astros bullpen catcher Javier Bracamonte made the play of the day during Thursday’s Summer Camp instrasquad game at Minute Maid Park, running down a hard-hit fly ball off the bat of All-Star third baseman Alex Bregman in right-center field

Bo goes deep, shares confidence in Blue Jays

Shortstop homers in intrasquad game, believes team will compete in '20
July 9, 2020

TORONTO -- Bo Bichette is good, and he knows it. As this young Blue Jays team continues to adopt that same confidence, the 22-year-old shortstop is setting his sights high for the upcoming 60-game regular season. A shorter season should improve Toronto's odds of making a postseason run ahead of

For Chapman, 'every game' will feel like playoffs

July 9, 2020

OAKLAND -- While other A’s players provided a glimpse of their workouts through social media during the baseball shutdown, Matt Chapman kept a low profile. But that doesn’t mean he wasn’t working. Instead of coming home to California following the sudden end to Spring Training in March, Chapman decided to

To bunt, or not? How to handle new rule in extras

July 8, 2020

There's a divisive new rule coming to Major League Baseball in 2020, and it's not the designated hitter being added to the National League. (Well, it's not just that.) No, the new rule that's really going to stir up some controversy is that in extra innings, a "designated runner" will