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Mariners trade veteran SP Taijuan Walker to Blue Jays for player to be named later

The Blue Jays have grabbed the first notable starting pitcher of deadline season, acquiring righty Taijuan Walker from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later. Both clubs have announced the trade. The player heading back to Seattle, per The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link), is someone not currently in Toronto’s 60-man …

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MLB considering playing postseason, World Series in a bubble?

Major League Baseball has already experienced two COVID-19 outbreaks just a few weeks into the 2020 MLB season. After seeing the success the NBA and NHL have had with a bubble, MLB could now look to follow the formula for the postseason and World Series. The NBA and NHL have been rewarded for using a …

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Winners and losers from MLB Opening Night

It wasn’t exactly what we expected during Opening Night of the MLB season. Washington Nationals starter Max Scherzer struggled in a rain-shortened 4-1 loss to the New York Yankees. In Southern California, an under-the-radar infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers made the biggest impact in a win over the San Francisco Giants. Meanwhile, the Giants’ …

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MLB players who were most helped and hurt by the delayed start of the 2020 season

MLB finally resumes in July with summer camp after being abruptly halted in mid-March due to the COVID-19 epidemic.The following players were helped or hurt most by the delay in the season. Roy Dabner / USA Today Sports Images Braun looked like he’d have his playing time slashed with the addition of Avisail Garcia. That …

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Sports Are Returning. Virus Cases Are Rising. How Many Is Too Many?

It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. The return of major sports in the United States from their coronavirus-caused breaks was supposed to coincide with flattened curves and reduced concerns about infection and death rates and hospitalizations. Instead, cases are skyrocketing, and concerns are rising with them. The worry is perhaps most profound in Florida, …

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Latest MLB proposal includes further expansion of playoff field

The new proposal sent this on Monday morning from Major League Baseball to the Players Association in many ways boils down to a repackaging of previous, similar offers, but it does come with at least one particularly notable change, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). The league asked for 2020 postseason …

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2020 MLB Amateur Draft will be held remotely

The shortened 2020 MLB,will be held remotely, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports (Twitter thread). It’s not a particularly surprising development but is nevertheless yet another departure from the norm. Per Passan, teams won’t be permitted to have draft rooms. Each club’s head of baseball operations will be on camera during the draft, without audio, as was …

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Disadvantage, Yankees? Winners, losers if MLB plays shortened season

If Major League Baseball resumes in 2020, it’s going to look a lot different than usual. Last week, MLB floated ideas about drastic changes to the schedule and roster rules. Let’s evaluate what those potential changes mean and which teams would be helped, or hurt, the most by various scenarios. 140 games or fewer Any …

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Carlos Correa: Quarantining players away from families ‘will never happen’

Like many fans and individuals within Major League Baseball, Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is eager for the 2020 season to begin as quickly as possible. However, he also poured cold water over what’s been deemed the most likely scenario for a campaign during the coronavirus pandemic. As Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and MLB …

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Which MLB pitchers could be affected the most by robot umpires?

The future of baseball is filled with uncertainty these days, but there is one thing we do know about the future of the sport: Robot umpires are coming! Just ask Jayson Stark of the Athletic, who wrote back in January, “MLB is moving purposefully toward the world of electronic strike zones. And now that even the …

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The awkward tenure and uncertain future of steady Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson

Any guesses as to which Dodgers player has hit the most total dingers since the start of the 2015 season? That’d be outfielder Joc Pederson, with a tally of 123. Sure, he has since been bypassed in more recent seasons by younger slugger Cody Bellinger and the suddenly emergent Max Muncy. And several other excellent …

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Baseball league restarts in Taiwan with robot, mannequin ‘fans’

After enduring a monthlong coronavirus lockout, the Chinese Professional Baseball League has resumed play without fans in stadiums. However, the league did fill the stands in a rather creative way. Robot and mannequin fans comprised the crowd, and they were all dressed up in favor of the Rakuten Monkeys. Some of the mannequins even held …

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MLB considering realignment for 2020 season, eliminating AL, NL

Major League Baseball may be in for an overhaul for the 2020 season. League officials have discussed the possibility of eliminating the American and National League for the 2020 campaign and resorting to realigning the divisions for a shortened season, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. This proposal is one of many being discussed by …

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April 10 in sports history: Wild thing! Who caught J.R.?

1953: In the NBA Finals, the Lakers — the version that played in Minneapolis — defeated the Knicks, 91-84, in New York for their fifth championship in six seasons. “The magnificence of the Laker triumph, adroitly engineered by the superb bench jockeying of Johnny Kundla, and amply demonstrating the devastating power of the whole club, left …

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Aaron Judge at tight end? 20 MLB players with NFL potential

The days of two-sport stars in the professional ranks — remember Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders? — may be a thing of the past. But what if they weren’t? Here are 20 MLB players with NFL potential. Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire At  6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Mondesi might be a little undersized to take the pounding …

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A player we’ll miss most from every team during MLB hiatus

With MLB on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, fans are stuck anxiously awaiting word when opening day will take place. Until then, here’s one player we’ll miss most from every team. 1 of 31 30 players we’ll miss most during MLB’s hiatus Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports With MLB on hold because of the coronavirus …

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