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Predicting numbers needed to be a '20 stats leader

@AndrewSimonMLB
July 4, 2020

There are certain individual benchmarks that have become shorthand for successful seasons. Even as the playing environment fluctuates over time, marks such as a .300 batting average, 30 homers and 100 RBIs continue to resonate when discussing hitters. The same is true of 20 wins, a sub-3.00 ERA or 200

Tanaka out of hospital after liner strikes head

@BryanHoch
July 4, 2020

NEW YORK -- Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was treated and released from a local hospital on Saturday after being struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton, a frightening scene that cast a somber tone over the first formal workout of Summer Camp at

With LA's support, Price will not play in 2020

@kengurnick
July 4, 2020

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers starting pitcher David Price has decided not to play this season due to risks presented by the coronavirus pandemic, citing "the best interest of my health and my family’s health.” Price, 34, tweeted his decision Saturday.

6 players looking to bounce back in 2020

@williamfleitch
July 4, 2020

We’re all grateful that Major League Baseball is going to play games in 2020. (I really can’t keep watching birds fly around my backyard and pretending to myself that they’re racing.) No matter what’s going on throughout the planet, the world is always better with baseball than without it. But

Félix Hernández electing not to play in '20 (source)

@mlbbowman
July 4, 2020

ATLANTA -- Félix Hernández posted a picture of himself wearing a mask when he arrived at Truist Park on Friday for the start of the Braves’ Summer Camp. By Saturday night, Hernández had decided he will not play this season because of COVID-19 concerns. A Major League source confirmed Hernández

Céspedes impresses: 'He looks like a monster'

Cabrera open to playing 1B for Mets; Lugo's role undefined
@AnthonyDiComo
July 4, 2020

NEW YORK -- Count Michael Conforto among those impressed by Yoenis Céspedes' form during the early days of Summer Camp. “He looks like a monster,” Conforto said Saturday, a day after working out alongside Céspedes at Citi Field. “He looks like he’s motivated. He looks like he’s in shape. I’ve

Posey leaves door open to not playing in 2020

@mi_guardado
July 4, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO -- The signs of troubling times are everywhere for Buster Posey. On his drive into San Francisco, he looked around and saw everyone wearing masks. He sported a mask at Oracle Park on Saturday afternoon while practicing blocking drills in the new bullpens out in right-center field. After

Freeman, Smith among 4 Braves to test positive

@mlbbowman
July 4, 2020

ATLANTA -- Freddie Freeman and Will Smith were among the four Braves players who have tested positive for COVID-19. Having received consent from each player on Saturday, Braves manager Brian Snitker announced Freeman, Smith, Touki Toussaint and Pete Kozma had tested positive. Smith and Toussaint have been asymptomatic, but Freeman

No. 1 overall pick Torkelson puts on show in BP

@beckjason
July 4, 2020

DETROIT -- Spencer Torkelson put on a show for the Fourth of July. Only the Tigers had the chance to see it. The buzz had been building during the day about Torkelson taking batting practice on Saturday afternoon, less than four weeks after the Tigers made him the first overall

Bell finds voice 'to promote good in this world'

Bucs' unassuming 1B shining light on array of social justice issues
@adamdberry
July 4, 2020

PITTSBURGH – Last year, Josh Bell earned his place in the spotlight with an All-Star season and grew more comfortable with his status as the Pirates’ face of the franchise. Now more than ever, Bell is using that platform to shine a light on issues of systemic racism and social

LeMahieu, Cessa test positive for COVID-19

@BryanHoch
July 4, 2020

NEW YORK -- Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa are self-isolating at their respective homes after testing positive for COVID-19, manager Aaron Boone said on Saturday. Both players granted permission for the team to release their information. Boone said that Cessa is exhibiting “very mild symptoms” and that

Ohtani ready to 'rock and roll' as dual threat

@RhettBollinger
July 4, 2020

ANAHEIM -- As Angels manager Joe Maddon put it, two-way star Shohei Ohtani is ready to “rock and roll,” as he’s healthy and cleared to pitch and serve as designated hitter this season. Ohtani, who is coming off Tommy John and left knee surgeries, would’ve had to wait until mid-May

5 teams that are now World Series contenders

@williamfleitch
July 3, 2020

No sane general manager would ever build a team to thrive over a 60-game stretch. Imagine trying to explain that to a gaggle of reporters: "Sure, we ended up losing 102 games, but after 60 games, we were smack in the middle of playoff contention. We couldn’t have anticipated what

Miguel Sanó tests positive for COVID-19

Baldelli, Cruz address Twins; Odorizzi, Thorpe among pitchers to throw live BP
@dohyoungpark
July 4, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Sanó was among the four players in the Twins' 60-man player pool who tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of Summer Camp, Minnesota announced on Saturday. He joins Willians Astudillo and Minor League players Edwar Colina and Nick Gordon in being sidelined with the virus as camp gets

Nats' new third baseman? Their No. 1 prospect

@jessicacamerato
July 4, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Turns out, the question of who will start on the hot corner for the Nationals doesn’t have to wait until the end of Summer Camp to be answered. “We’re definitely looking at Carter Kieboom to play third base for us,” manager Dave Martinez said on Day 2 of

These batting stances are truly unforgettable

@castrovince
July 3, 2020

Many baseball fans have a favorite stance. Certain batting stances entice us -- with either efficacy or eccentricity -- to the point of emulation (though nobody emulates quite so well as the one and only Gar Ryness, aka “Batting Stance Guy”). When @MLBVault recently asked whose stance we imitated the

Heyward embraces his role amid social unrest

'This is new for us to be able to speak up, and it's not easy'
@MLBastian
July 4, 2020

CHICAGO -- Jason Heyward does not want the conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement to dissipate. The Cubs outfielder has embraced his role as a voice within the baseball community, and he had a message for his teammates when the group convened at Wrigley Field this weekend. "I let

Jiménez keeping spirits high for Summer Camp

@scottmerkin
July 4, 2020

CHICAGO -- The social distancing and coronavirus pandemic protocol set forth in great detail by Major League Baseball doesn’t exactly fit with Eloy Jiménez's high-wattage, hands-on personality. Take the White Sox left fielder’s Zoom call Saturday as an example of his upbeat demeanor already in mid-season form despite it being

Scherzer talks COVID-19 testing, rules, fans

@jessicacamerato
July 4, 2020

WASHINGTON -- Max Scherzer has walked into Nationals Park hundreds of times. But his first trip of the season was different than the previous five years. “It felt weird coming in,” Scherzer said Saturday. “It feels like an eternity since we were at Spring Training. So much has happened in

Better than you remember: Gary Gaetti

@williamfleitch
July 4, 2020

While we’re waiting for the 2020 season to begin, we are making do. So once a week, inspired by the late Deadspin’s “Let’s Remember Some Guys” series, we will take a look at one player in baseball history, why he was great, why he mattered, why we should hang on

Hicks (Tommy John) targeting Yankees' opener

OF feeling good during workouts; Montgomery throws sim game
@BryanHoch
July 4, 2020

NEW YORK -- Aaron Hicks may prove to be the first position player to undergo Tommy John surgery and return without missing a regular-season game, as Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole joked this week. That improbable scenario remains in play for the switch-hitting outfielder, who has hit all the necessary checkpoints

Fourth at Wrigley? Yu duels Hendricks

@MLBastian
July 4, 2020

CHICAGO -- Kyle Schwarber arrived to Saturday's workout at Wrigley Field wearing a blue shirt with "Freedom" across his chest to go with his signature American flag shorts. Baseball and the Fourth of July have gone hand in hand for generations, but the celebration looked much different this year. Rather

Getting DH at-bats 'very appealing' to Braun

@AdamMcCalvy
July 4, 2020

MILWAUKEE -- Will Ryan Braun be the Brewers' designated hitter in 2020? Well, he will be a designated hitter for the Brewers in 2020. But odds are, he won't be the only one. "There will not be a starting DH," manager Craig Counsell said. "For our team, you'll see Ryan

Indians weigh 'best path forward' for team name

@MandyBell02
July 3, 2020

CLEVELAND -- Over the past month, protests across the country in response to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have opened the eyes of many to police brutality, but also to the social injustice and inequality all people of color in America experience. The Indians are ready to show

Story talks racial injustice, vows to push change

@harding_at_mlb
July 4, 2020

DENVER -- Not playing baseball while a virus raged uncontrolled and Americans protested the death of George Floyd gave Rockies shortstop Trevor Story the feeling that he was just a baseball player. Yet, he was raised to be more. On Saturday, after the first day of Rockies Summer Camp, Story