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Justin Turner suggests a home run derby to decide games tied after 10 innings
Justin Turner suggests a home run derby to decide games tied after 10 innings

Justin Turner has an idea to help limit the toll on players during a shortened season: a home run derby to decide a winner when a game is tied after 10 innings.

Angels release $14-million Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin after 5 poor seasons
Angels release $14-million Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin after 5 poor seasons

Slick-fielding infielder Roberto Baldoquin cost the Angels $14 million to sign out of Cuba in 2015, but he was released recently because his bat didn't develop.

This Day in Transaction History: Astros deal Curt Schilling to Phillies
This Day in Transaction History: Astros deal Curt Schilling to Phillies

On this day in 1992, the Phillies and Astros combined for one of the most lopsided deals in MLB history, swapping Jason Grimsley and Curt Schilling.

What impressed Giants GM Scott Harris most this year in spring training
What impressed Giants GM Scott Harris most this year in spring training

Giants GM couldn't wait for Opening Day after watching his team in spring training.

Baseball Question of the Day: What
Baseball Question of the Day: What's your favorite baseball movie?

Baseball may be a religion full of magic, cosmic truth, and the fundamental ontological riddles of our time, but it's also a job.

Dodgers head trainer Brandon McDaniel to stream workouts for fans twice a week
Dodgers head trainer Brandon McDaniel to stream workouts for fans twice a week

Among the challenges during the COVID-19 crisis is staying fit. Dodgers athletic trainer Brandon McDaniel is offering help by streaming workouts twice a week.

Five A
Five A's takeaways in week of MLB simulation, including red-hot start

No A.J. Puk? Chad Pinder starting at second base?

Giants Mailbag: What future holds for young pitchers, top prospect
Giants Mailbag: What future holds for young pitchers, top prospect

Does Pavlovic have a Brian Wilson story?

Remembering the roller coaster of emotions that was Bryce Harper
Remembering the roller coaster of emotions that was Bryce Harper's return to DC

One year after Bryce Harper played his first game in a Nationals uniform, it's surreal to look back on just how crazy that game was.

Today in Baseball History: A lie about how baseball was invented is born
Today in Baseball History: A lie about how baseball was invented is born

This is Abner Doubleday. He did not invent baseball.

Ed Farmer, White Sox broadcaster, former pitcher, dies at 70
Ed Farmer, White Sox broadcaster, former pitcher, dies at 70

Ed Farmer, an All-Star reliever who spent nearly three decades as a radio broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox, has died. The White Sox said he died Wednesday night in Los Angeles following complications from an illness. A native of Evergreen Park, Illinois, and a graduate of St. Rita High on Chicago's South Side, Farmer was 30-43 with a 4.30 ERA and 75 saves while pitching for eight teams over 11 seasons.

Former Angels outfielder Jim Edmonds feeling better after coronavirus diagnosis
Former Angels outfielder Jim Edmonds feeling better after coronavirus diagnosis

Former Angels and St. Louis Cardinals standout Jim Edmonds was hospitalized after testing positive for the coronavirus, but he says he is feeling better.

A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow suspensions end in 2020 thanks to MLB wording of punishment
A.J. Hinch, Jeff Luhnow suspensions end in 2020 thanks to MLB wording of punishment

Former Houston Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch reportedly will fulfill their suspensions even if no games are played this season.

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TBA - Opening day, active rosters reduced to 26 players.

VIRUS DIARY: Fantasy baseball, when real ball is the fantasy

Updating my brackets, I looked forward to a dream second-round game: the 1919 Chicago White Sox against the 1976 Cincinnati Reds. The two greatest players ever banned because of betting scandals, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Pete Rose, on the same field! Instead of cleaning out the basement as planned two weeks ago in our self-isolating home, I returned upstairs carrying a box of Strat-O-Matic cards and drew up a March Madness baseball tournament with the best teams of all time.

White Sox broadcaster Ed Farmer dies
White Sox broadcaster Ed Farmer dies

2020 was poised to be Farmer's 29th calling White Sox games

From baseball to stem cells, White Sox voice Ed Farmer had a story for everyone
From baseball to stem cells, White Sox voice Ed Farmer had a story for everyone

The former pitcher and longtime White Sox voice, who passed away on Wednesday, always had a tale to tell.

White Sox pitcher and radio broadcaster Ed Farmer passes away
White Sox pitcher and radio broadcaster Ed Farmer passes away

Former White Sox pitcher and longtime radio broadcaster Ed Farmer passed away on Wednesday.

Hinch, Luhnow, will be eligible in 2021 even if there are no games in 2020
Hinch, Luhnow, will be eligible in 2021 even if there are no games in 2020

Could these two be back in the game . . . without ever having missed a game?

How we would have been breaking down Phillies
How we would have been breaking down Phillies' home opening series vs. Brewers

The weather's usually terrible for the home opener and we get a day like this! Here's how we should have been sizing up the Phillies' first series at home. By Michael Barkann

The day John Kruk rolled out of a radiation treatment and electrified Philadelphia
The day John Kruk rolled out of a radiation treatment and electrified Philadelphia

All these years later, the hair on the back of my neck still stands up when I think about John Kruk and the Phillies' 1994 home opener. By Jim Salisbury

After six years, the Dodgers
After six years, the Dodgers' channel will be widely available in LA. What happened?

Old-fashioned horse trading helped bring AT&T; and Charter to resolve long-standing differences that blacked out Dodgers games in most parts of L.A.

White Sox 2005 Rewind: The time A.J. and Marte saved the day
White Sox 2005 Rewind: The time A.J. and Marte saved the day

We're watching the 2005 season along with White Sox fans. What'd we notice? A.J. Pierzynski and Damaso Marte teamed up for an awesome game-saving play in Kansas City.

What A
What A's Chad Pinder recalls watching Sean Manaea no-hitter from outfield

"You don't say a word, you don't put it out there, you kind of let it be what it is, and I can remember that last out kind of being like a sigh of relief like 'All right, he did it.'"

Call to arms: Compressed schedule could mean more pitchers

When and if opening day comes around this year, New York Yankees pitching coach Matt Blake anticipates a brimming bullpen. Major League Baseball and the players' association have talked about a compressed schedule to get in as many games as possible. Active rosters were to expand from 25 to 26 from opening day through Aug. 31 in exchange for the limit dropping from 40 to 28 from Sept. 1 on.

Orioles
Orioles' Chris Davis on the future of MLB 2020 season

Chris Davis doesn't want to play a game without fans again.

Giants broadcasters recall Madison Bumgarner-Clayton Kershaw battles
Giants broadcasters recall Madison Bumgarner-Clayton Kershaw battles

"And you knew it was probably going to be a one-run, two-run, low-scoring game until the eighth or ninth inning."

Rangers vet Choo giving $1K each to 191 Texas minor leaguers
Rangers vet Choo giving $1K each to 191 Texas minor leaguers

Rangers veteran Shin-Soo Choo is helping out financially strapped minor league players with the season on hold, giving $1,000 each to 191 of them who are in the Texas organization. Choo said Wednesday that he remembers the financial struggles when he was in the minors. The 37-year-old outfielder-designated hitter hopes the gifts will help ease those worries for the current minor leaguers, most he has never met, allowing them to stay focused on their baseball careers instead of having to figure out ways to make money.

NBC Sports Chicago to simulate White Sox games with MLB: The Show
NBC Sports Chicago to simulate White Sox games with MLB: The Show

NBC Sports Chicago will simulate White Sox games on MLB: The Show featuring commentary from Jason Benetti and Chuck Garfien.

Fast or furious? Rush to play in 2020 not worth the risk for Cubs, MLB
Fast or furious? Rush to play in 2020 not worth the risk for Cubs, MLB

Fear of players contracting COVID-19, especially those with underlying health conditions, exemplifies the risk MLB faces in rushing the start of the 2020 season.

Rumor: MLB execs discussing 100-game season that would begin July 1
Rumor: MLB execs discussing 100-game season that would begin July 1

According to a rumor, MLB executives are discussing a scenario in which a 100-game regular season would begin on July 1 and end on October 15.

Column: Dodgers TV blackout is over. But for Kershaw
Column: Dodgers TV blackout is over. But for Kershaw's peak and Scully's finale, you had to be there, L.A.

After six years of the Dodgers willingly allowing more than half of Los Angeles to sit in the dark, Spectrum Networks has reached a deal to end the blackout.

The Treasury Department says in reversal that Americans on Social Security don
The Treasury Department says in reversal that Americans on Social Security don't need to file a tax return to get $1,200 stimulus check

The reversal comes after the IRS instructed seniors and disabled Americans to file a "simple" tax return, provoking extensive backlash.

Patrick Corbin starts #QuarantineCuts challenge, getting fans to post videos of wives cutting their hair
Patrick Corbin starts #QuarantineCuts challenge, getting fans to post videos of wives cutting their hair

With barber shops closed due to coronavirus, Nationals starter Patrick Corbin is encouraging fans to stay at home and participate in a new challenge he calls quarantine cuts.

Looking back at the Giants who have taken Clayton Kershaw deep
Looking back at the Giants who have taken Clayton Kershaw deep

The matchups between Clayton Kershaw and the Giants have been, with very few exceptions, comically one-sided. Kershaw was supposed to make his 50th career appearance against the rival on Opening Day and he's coming up on two full season's worth of innings -- 342 1/3 so far -- thrown against the Giants, who have done a lot of work to bolster that Hall of Fame resume. Kershaw has a 1.74 ERA and 0.86 WHIP in those 49 appearances, 47 of which have been starts, and has allowed Giants hitters to put up an OPS of just .512.

Best pranks in Philly sports history
Best pranks in Philly sports history

Do you remember when Charles Barkley and Rick Mahorn messed with Manute Bol or when John Kruk and Ed Wade got Chase Utley after his first big league it?

Dodgers TV network reaches deal to show games in LA area
Dodgers TV network reaches deal to show games in LA area

Whenever the baseball season begins, Los Angeles Dodgers fans who subscribe to DirecTV and its subsidiaries will have access to the team's regional sports network after a deal ended a nearly seven-year stalemate. Spectrum Networks said it began delivering Spectrum SportsNet LA to AT&T video subscribers on Wednesday, the same day the deal was announced. The agreement means AT&T TV, DirecTV, U-verse TV and AT&T Now customers in Southern California, Las Vegas and Hawaii will gain access to Dodgers games.

Shin-Soo Choo to give $1,000 to each Rangers minor leaguer
Shin-Soo Choo to give $1,000 to each Rangers minor leaguer

It is a $190,000 commitment overall

Fun facts about Cubs
Fun facts about Cubs' Kyle Hendricks' nickname and golf game

Kyle Hendricks is the Cubs' most steady starter and signed a contract extension through 2025 last March. Here are a few things to know about him.

Dodgers games to be available to a lot more cable subscribers soon
Dodgers games to be available to a lot more cable subscribers soon

Baseball's most high-profile carriage rights problem is now way less of a problem than it had been

Dodgers TV blackout ends: Spectrum deal puts SportsNet LA on AT&T platforms
Dodgers TV blackout ends: Spectrum deal puts SportsNet LA on AT&T platforms

Spectrum reached an agreement to carry SportsNet LA, the Dodgers' television home, on AT&T; video platforms, including DirecTV, AT&T; TV and U-Verse TV.

One Brazilian minister shines as coronavirus clobbers Bolsonaro
One Brazilian minister shines as coronavirus clobbers Bolsonaro

As criticism has grown over President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, many Brazilians are turning to another voice for guidance and reassurance. Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta has emerged from relative obscurity with technocratic daily briefings presenting the latest science, stressing the need for social distancing measures and earning praise from across the political spectrum. The contrast with Bolsonaro - a right-wing populist who has attacked governors for lockdowns that are causing job losses and played down the threat of what he calls "a little flu" - has been striking.

Cubs-Cardinals series in London in June canceled by MLB

Major League Baseball has canceled a two-game series in London between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. The teams had been scheduled to play at Olympic Stadium on June 13-14. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement in a memorandum sent to MLB employees on Wednesday.

The London Series is officially cancelled
The London Series is officially cancelled

This is not a surprise, but it is now official

Today in Baseball History: Umpire John McSherry dies after collapsing on the field
Today in Baseball History: Umpire John McSherry dies after collapsing on the field

Opening Day, 1996, at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati ended in tragedy after just seven pitches.

Rick Renteria has a laugh at Cubs
Rick Renteria has a laugh at Cubs' expense in census PSA

Rick Renteria has always expressed gratitude toward his former employer for giving him his first big league managerial job. But even the South Side skipper had to chuckle at the Cubs' expense in a new PSA.

Column: Remembering Sidd Finch, the Mets prospect who seemed almost too good to be true
Column: Remembering Sidd Finch, the Mets prospect who seemed almost too good to be true

Thirty-five years ago, George Plimpton profiled a can't-miss pitching prospect for the Mets, who threw 168 mph and was a great April Fool's Day prank.

For the love of the game: Life as a minor leaguer on $8,000 a year
For the love of the game: Life as a minor leaguer on $8,000 a year

Players in the big leagues make millions of dollars but it can be a financial struggle for players further down the ladder. And that was before Covid-19By the end of January, John O'Reilly was champing at the bit to get to spring training. Like most minor leaguers, the 24-year-old pitcher, newly assigned to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, viewed baseball's preseason as a mecca of opportunity. Sure, O'Reilly who played last season in Double-A, minor league baseball's second-highest level, wasn't expecting to make it to the majors and become the Pirates' opening day starter. But with a decent showing perhaps he could inch his way up minor league baseball's arduous, low-salaried...

Remember That Guy: White Sox reliever Neal Cotts
Remember That Guy: White Sox reliever Neal Cotts

Neal Cotts was one of the stars of the 2005 White Sox bullpen, the top lefty in Ozzie Guillen's relief corps.

Cubs Sweet 16 bracket challenge: Ranking top position players since 2000
Cubs Sweet 16 bracket challenge: Ranking top position players since 2000

Jeff Nelson, Tim Stebbins and Nate Poppen discuss and rank the best Cubs position players since 2000.


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