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Major League Baseball's fumbling attempt to salvage its season amid a pandemic - the difficulty of which settled in almost as soon as the season got underway - is something other sports leagues and businesses around the country are almost certainly keeping a close and wary eye on. When the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the sports world in March, the NBA and NHL had already completed most of ...

PHILADELPHIA - Rob Manfred sat in an MLB Network studio Monday night - with 13 members of the Miami Marlins' traveling party infected by COVID-19 and holed up in a Rittenhouse Square hotel, but no recent positive tests involving any of the other 29 teams - and stated with confidence that the situation didn't represent a "nightmare" scenario for Major League Baseball. The commissioner was ...

Baseball is in danger of inadvertently affixing a scarlet "C" to players and teams affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. It starts at the top with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who lumped all players together when he told ESPN they "need to be better" in following the health and safety protocols issued by the league. That came one day after reportedly threatening to shut down the sport and ...

MLB knew it was taking a risk by declining to restart its season in a bubble environment with two or three hub cities, as the NBA is doing in Orlando and the NHL is doing in Toronto and Edmonton. The plan was considered too unwieldy, many players didn't want to be apart from their families for months, and the summer heat in Arizona, Florida and Texas was considered too oppressive to play ...

Oakland Athletics closer Liam Hendriks was beginning to warm to the Houston Astros last July, his conversations with them at the All-Star Game in Cleveland humanizing several players whose on-field theatrics had irritated him in the past. But his burgeoning respect for a team that averaged nearly 104 victories and won two American League pennants and one World Series title in the past three ...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Fraught as it is while we remain engulfed in a pandemic that has killed more than 500,000 people and is surging locally, another adventure in reopening began Wednesday, the official reporting date for Major League Baseball's "summer camps." At least for the moment, it's a milestone in a bizarre time marked both by the great pause from the COVID-19 coronavirus and the great ...

In an expected move, MLB effectively canceled the 2020 minor league season Tuesday, informing Minor League Baseball they would not send players to their affiliates. "These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that we've had a summer without Minor League Baseball played," said MiLB president Pat O'Conner in a statement. O'Conner ...

Ryan Zimmerman has been a fixture in the Washington Nationals lineup and clubhouse since the franchise moved from Montreal in 2005, and he was a key reserve on a team that beat the Houston Astros in a thrilling seven-game World Series last October. But if Major League Baseball is able to launch a pandemic-shortened 60-game season in late July, the Nationals will defend their title without the ...

With players now reporting to their teams' home cities in preparation for resuming spring training and preparing for the season, Major League Baseball has released rule changes along with on-field and off-field health and safety protocols as it tries to operate during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The official report date for the three-week spring training, which MLB is calling "Summer ...

Unable to forge an agreement between owners and players on compensation, Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred exercised his authority Monday to impose a pandemic-shortened regular season expected to be 60 games without fans in stadiums. Manfred's mandate was issued after nearly three months of contentious negotiations spurred by the owners' demands for players to take additional pay ...

It was COVID-19 that plunged Major League Baseball into this self-destructive labor fight with the Players Association. And if the sides ever agree on a plan for a shortened season, it will be COVID-19 that threatens to wipe it all out. Now, it appears commissioner Rob Manfred is turning to a COVID-19 spike to make one last appeal to the players for an agreement. Faced with whether or not to ...

In what could be a final effort to launch a 2020 major league season, owners Wednesday presented their first proposal that includes full prorated salaries for players. If the two sides can reach agreement on the number of games played this season, including an expanded postseason, the major hurdles in negotiations would appear to have been resolved, and an agreement could be in place shortly. ...

At first, it was a matter of pay. Before long, it became a matter of principle. Now, it might be a matter of time. It couldn't be much clearer that Major League Baseball and the Players Association won't reach an agreement on a pandemic-shortened season without fans unless the owners finally give in on paying the players 100% of their per-game salaries, especially given the parties' contrary ...

A little more than an hour before the 2020 Major League Baseball Draft began on Wednesday night, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made appearance on MLB Network and ESPN and said what baseball fans wanted to hear. "We're going to play baseball in 2020," Manfred said. "100 percent." Exactly what that will look like - how many games, how much players will be paid, how the playoffs will look - will ...

No plan. Are we surprised? No, not at all. MLB is at odds over the same thing at which MLB is forever at odds - money. The owners want the players to accept less; the players want the owners to pay more. Song as old as rhyme, tale as old as time. For the hundred thousandth time: Baseball is the silliest of all sports. Even by baseball's standards, it finds itself in an awful place. It would be ...

The full list of baseball's mistakes and transgressions is too long to list here, even for a sportswriter who often traffics in long lists. The health and financial consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have touched all aspects of American life. Baseball isn't the only business navigating unprecedented challenges, and ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality have put ...

For weeks now, major league players have insisted on prorated salaries for any games played this year. After players shot down the first two concepts owners suggested to change the salary structure, owners appeared ready Monday to concede on prorated salaries by shortening the season so radically that player payout would barely change from what the owners last offered. On the day after the ...

Five days after major league owners asked Mike Trout to play for about $8 million this season, the players union replied with a proposal under which Trout would play for about $25 million. The union's counterproposal, delivered to owners Sunday afternoon, calls for a 114-game season that would start June 30 and end Oct. 31, followed by a 14-team postseason. The proposal envisions more ...

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