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MLB, players reach deal addressing key issues

@feinsand
March 27, 2020

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have finalized a deal that addresses both salary and service-time issues, among others, as the entire sport continues to wait out the coronavirus pandemic. With no start date set for the 2020 season, the two sides had been negotiating for the past

A letter from the Commissioner to baseball fans

March 26, 2020

Dear Baseball Fans, Opening Day holds an important place in our hearts. It signifies the arrival of spring, the promise of new beginnings, the return of following your favorite team on a long journey filled with twists and turns, and the hope that your team will put together a magical

Watch the Rays' epic Game 162 in 2011

@juanctoribio
March 26, 2020

On Thursday, Major League Baseball presented “Opening Day at Home” -- a full slate of 30 games broadcast nationally across various platforms including networks, digital streaming and social media, creating a full-day event on what would have been Opening Day. The experience was intended to invite fans to feel a

Rays trim roster, option seven players to Minors

@juanctoribio
March 26, 2020

Though baseball is on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rays became the latest team to trim their Spring Training roster, optioning seven players to the Minor Leagues on Thursday. Randy Arozarena, Anthony Banda, Michael Brosseau, Nate Lowe, Brendan McKay, Brian O'Grady and Trevor Richards were all optioned by

Each team's WAR leader over the past 50 years

@williamfleitch
1:03 AM EDT

As we wait for games to be played again, it is perfectly natural to look backwards for a bit. If we can’t have baseball now, we can appreciate the baseball we had. After all: What we watched then turned out to be history. So, today, we thought we would, in

Watch these classic MLB games on YouTube

March 19, 2020

In difficult times like these, we often look to sports for an escape, which is part of the reason why the lack of live games right now is so frustrating for many. To help fill the void, here’s a complete guide to how you can watch any number of classic

Hot take: 5 best catchers in Rays history

@juanctoribio
March 23, 2020

No one loves a good debate quite like baseball fans, and with that in mind, we asked each of our beat reporters to rank the top five players by position in the history of their franchise, based on their career while playing for that club. These rankings are for fun

Most hyped catching prospects of the century

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
March 25, 2020

Our beat reporters have begun ranking the five best players in each franchise's history at each position, starting with catchers. To complement that coverage, each week we'll identify each organization's top prospect at that position during the MLB.com era, which began in 2001. Four players double as both their club's

Opening of regular season to be pushed back

@feinsand
March 16, 2020

Major League Baseball announced Monday that the start of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back even further following Sunday’s recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The CDC has urged a nationwide halt of any gatherings in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Opening Day, which was originally

Watch every 2018 and '19 game free on MLB.TV

March 20, 2020

There's no live baseball for the time being, but you can now experience the last two years of Major League action on MLB.TV for free. The MLB.TV archives of the 2018 and '19 seasons are open and accessible for all, which means more than 4,800 games are available to stream

Cash gives update on Rays' response to delay

@juanctoribio
March 20, 2020

If things had gone as planned, Rays manager Kevin Cash would be thinking about lineup combinations right now. Opening Day would be less than a week away and the Rays would be playing their last spring home game before breaking camp and heading back to St. Petersburg. But with the

9 rising stars who should be household names

@RichardJustice
March 21, 2020

To watch Matt Chapman play third base is to appreciate -- if you didn’t already -- the beauty of great defense. “Breathtaking,” says A’s manager Bob Melvin. Chapman makes extraordinary plays look routine. He does it so often that even his teammates lose perspective of his greatness. Because Chapman plays

MLB pledges funds to support Minor Leaguers

March 19, 2020

Since last week, Major League Baseball has been engaged in a variety of discussions with stakeholders to identify ways to blunt the wide-ranging impact of the national emergency resulting from the global coronavirus pandemic. As those conversations continue, MLB is announcing today a league-wide initiative that will create a level

Here is each team's active WAR leader

@williamfleitch
March 22, 2020

Here’s a fun trivia question: What players have been with their current teams, and only their current teams, for longer than 10 years? The answer: 12, according to MLB.com’s Matt Kelly. That’s an incredibly low number. It’s just a shifting, different game. But you’re still watching history every time you

MLB clubs pledge $30M for ballpark employees

@castrovince
March 17, 2020

The coronavirus outbreak has created uncertainty over when the Major League season will start, and that causes economic uncertainty for thousands of seasonal ballpark employees whose paychecks depend on games being played. MLB’s 30 teams are stepping to the plate to help those employees, with every team donating $1 million

How season delay impacts AL East clubs

@IanMBrowne
March 19, 2020

The indefinite delay of Major League Baseball due to the coronavirus pandemic has left teams with much more time for evaluation than originally planned. In the American League East, the uncertainty of when the games will begin has unique implications for each team. Here is a look. Blue Jays Toronto’s

Where Rays' key position battles stand now

@juanctoribio
March 17, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- For the most part, general manager Erik Neander and manager Kevin Cash have a pretty good idea of who will be on the 26-man roster whenever baseball resumes. But like every team, the Rays still have some decisions at the end of the roster. While the regular

MLB, MLBPA give $1M to help feed the hungry 

Contribution aims to offset food insecurity issues amid COVID-19 pandemic
@castrovince
March 16, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has created a threat of a different sort: Hunger. With public schools closing across the country and people isolating themselves at home, those in need have increased difficulty getting food. As announced on Monday, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have teamed up to help

Available now: Play R.B.I. Baseball 20 today

@HarriganMLB
March 17, 2020

R.B.I. Baseball 20 is now available on Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch and Steam and is coming soon on iOS and Android. This year's launch includes a sweepstakes offering fans a chance to win a bat signed by the R.B.I. Baseball 20 cover star, Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich. Head to

Breaking down MLB's top 10 rotations for 2020

Hot aces dot our list of elite starting staffs
@castrovince
March 18, 2020

As the 2010s evolved, we saw the role of the starting pitcher whittled down to a shell of what it once was. The complete game became an endangered species, bullpens were prioritized and the opener strategy was introduced. It made you wonder if we were steamrolling toward a situation in

3 takeaways from Rays' Spring Training

Pitching looks strong; Tsutsugo fits right in; roster looks deep
@juanctoribio
March 16, 2020

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays entered Spring Training with hopes of challenging the Yankees for the American League East crown and making another run at the postseason. While the spring came to an abrupt stop on Thursday due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Rays showed signs of being a team

1 prospect on each team who impressed in ST

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB and @JonathanMayo
March 17, 2020

One constant of every Spring Training is that young players get the chance to show what they can do on a bigger stage. Every spring, prospects are given the chance, whether they have an opportunity to make an Opening Day roster or simply make an impression on the big league

Dreaming of the All-Star on every team 

@williamfleitch
March 15, 2020

We know things seem dark right now. Baseball has been delayed, and everyone’s just trying to stay safe. But know that we will make it through this. And once we do, it will be summer before you know it, and we will all be looking at beautiful, sunny Los Angeles,