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    Sean Penn Details His COVID Wedding to Leila George Here’s what history says happens to U.S. stocks in a close election race and in a predictable one Minor League Baseball changes negotiating teams Major League and Minor League Baseball are still at the bargaining table, but the latter will now seat different representatives. According to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America, the MiLB leadership has named a new slate of negotiators. © Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports Major League and Minor League Baseball are still at the bargaining table, but the latter will now seat different representatives. It’s an interesting gambit with the clock ticking on the existing deal between the sides and plenty of ground left to cover. Indeed, as...
    WALNUT CREEK (CBS SF) — The NBA will be adding a team to its G League in the East Bay suburb of Walnut Creek, according to reports published on social media Monday morning. Writer Shams Charania, who reports for The Athletic and Stadium sports news websites, posted the news on his Twitter account. The NBA G League has decided on a location for its new Pro Pathway team, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium: Walnut Creek, California. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 3, 2020 Charania did not reveal which NBA team the new G League squad would be affiliated with in his post. No other information was available. The G League serves as official minor league basketball organization for the NBA...
    MARYVALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 06: Billy Hamilton #0 of the San Francisco Giants (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) Billy Hamilton is now a New York Met. Billy Hamilton figured to be a speedy addition to the San Francisco Giants, but Gabe Kapler an Co. have traded him away before he even played a game with the big league club. Hamilton has been traded to the New York Mets in exchange for minor league pitcher Jordan Humphreys, as Luis Rojas is looking for an extra jolt in a stagnant lineup.Billy Hamilton will give the Mets a new dose of speed.The Mets won’t be losing a long-term building block in Humphreys. Injuries have limited the promising pitcher to a handful of games...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs signed former Cleveland Indians closer Cody Allen to a minor league deal on Friday. Allen was assigned to the team’s training site in South Bend, Indiana. The Cubs’ bullpen struggled in the first week of the season. Closer Craig Kimbrel walked four batters and allowed two runs in his season debut Monday night. Right-hander Dillon Maples was optioned Thursday after he struggled in his first two appearances. The 31-year-old Allen agreed to a minor league deal with Texas in February, but he was released by the Rangers last week. Allen is 24-31 with a 3.14 ERA and 153 saves in 481 major league appearances over eight big league seasons. He struggled last year, going...
    Nick Madrigal, #92, Chicago White Sox (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) The Chicago White Sox are calling up second baseman Nick Madrigal. The Chicago White Sox have assembled one of the best collections of young stars in the entire league, and the crown jewel of their minor league system, second baseman Nick Madrigal, is getting his first shot in the pros. Per Jeff Passan, the White Sox will call up their top prospect to add a little more spice to the top of their lineup, as Madrigal bosts tremendous bat control and speed. He is expected to make his MLB debut in Kansas City against the Royals. The Chicago White Sox are calling up highly regraded second baseman Nick Madrigal,...
    Coronavirus continues to have an effect on North American sports, including the minor leagues. On Thursday, the American Hockey League announced it would delay the start of the 2020-21 season because of the coronavirus. This comes months after the league ended its season and canceled its playoffs over COVID-19 concerns. “At the recommendation of the AHL’s Return to Play Task Force, the Board of Governors has approved the moving the anticipated start of the 2020-21 regular season to December 4, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis,” the AHL said in a statement. “The AHL will continue to work with its member clubs to monitor developments and local guidelines in all 31 league cities.” The 2019-20 season marked the...
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals signed former All-Star Matt Harvey to a minor league contract. The Royals announced the move before Tuesday night’s game at Detroit. The 31-year-old Harvey has struggled to recapture the form that made him a key member of the New York Mets when they faced Kansas City in the 2015 World Series. Harvey went 3-5 with a 7.09 ERA in 12 starts for the Los Angeles Angels last year. The right-hander made 28 starts the previous season for the Mets and Cincinnati Reds. Harvey was an All-Star in 2013 and helped the Mets to the World Series two years later after returning from Tommy John surgery. He hasn’t had a winning season...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Indians, the Triple A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, said Tuesday it will form a committee to consider changing the team’s longtime name. Team officials issued a two-paragraph statement that said the name is derived from Indiana, which translates to “land of the Indians,” and Indianapolis, which the team said translates to “city of Indians.” “We understand that our team name has not been endorsed by some but trust they understand the historic and respectful context in which it has been used over the years,” the statement read. “We are committed to engage, listen and exchange ideas.” The team has played in Indianapolis since 1902. Team officials said they will gather input from the community....
    Royals sign former Mets’ star Matt Harvey to minor league deal By: Andres Chavez July 28, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesAfter months seeking a new opportunity with a major league team, former New York Mets star Matt Harvey signed a minor league deal with the rebuilding Kansas City Royals. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported last week that a deal between the two parties was close. According to Tuesday’s reports, the pact is worth about a prorated $575,000 if Harvey is in the major leagues, and there are more bonuses to be met, specifically for games started and relief appearances. The Royals will assign...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City If you can’t beat them, join them five years later when they’re not a good ball club.  The Kansas City Royals announced on Tuesday morning that they signed former New York Mets ace Matt Harvey to a minor-league deal, providing another chance for the veteran to re-spark his career.  It was the Royals who defeated the Mets in the 2015 World Series, getting to Harvey in the ninth inning of the decisive Game 5 to overturn a 2-0 Mets lead after manager Terry Collins allowed the righty to go out and try to close out the game. It’s been a long,...
    Moments before the Giants opened their third game of the season against the Dodgers, the club announced it had agreed to terms with catcher Chris Herrmann on a minor league deal. The eight-year major league veteran won’t join the 30-man roster, but he’ll report to the taxi squad and immediately enters the mix as an option behind the plate. Herrmann spent the 2019 season with the Oakland A’s as he appeared in 32 games, hitting .202 with a .553 OPS. Herrmann opted out of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays last week to become a free agent. With Buster Posey electing to sit out the 2020 season, the Giants opened their 60-game schedule with minor league free agents Tyler...
    TORONTO (AP) — The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in a minor league ballpark in Buffalo, New York, this year after being turned down by the Canadian government and blocked from playing in Pittsburgh by the state of Pennsylvania. The Blue Jays' home for the season will be Sahlen Field, where the Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons usually play. The team had been looking for a major league ballpark for its home games after the Canadian government wouldn't allow it to play in Toronto but the search was unsuccessful. Pennsylvania health officials rejected a deal to play in Pittsburgh because of rising COVID-19 cases there. The team also held talks with the Baltimore Orioles about Camden Yards, but the Blue Jays didn't want to...
    When Giants catcher Buster Posey announced he would sit out the 2020 season after adopting identical twin girls with his wife Kristen, many fans expected the Joey Bart era to begin right away. On Opening Night in Los Angeles, minor league free-agent Tyler Heineman’s name was on the lineup card while Bart, the organization’s top prospect, was back in Sacramento at the team’s alternate camp. “If I could say anything, I believe Joey’s going to be back there and going to be back there for a long time on Opening Day,” Heineman said Friday. “But I trust that (Gabe Kapler) and Farhan (Zaidi) and Scott Harris are doing what’s right for his development and for the future of the Giants.”...
    The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in a minor league ballpark in Buffalo, New York, this year after being turned down by the Canadian government and blocked from playing in Pittsburgh by the state of Pennsylvania. The Blue Jays home for the season will be Sahlen Field, where the Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons usually play. The team had been looking for a major league ballpark for its home games after the Canadian government wouldnt allow it to play in Toronto but the search was unsuccessful. Pennsylvania health officials rejected a deal to play in Pittsburgh because of rising COVID-19 cases there. The team also held talks with the Baltimore Orioles about Camden Yards, but the Blue Jays didnt want...
    TORONTO (AP) — The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in a minor league park in Buffalo, New York, this year after being turned down by the Canadian government and blocked to play in Pittsburgh by the state of Pennsylvania. The Blue Jays will play “home games” at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, home of the club’s Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. General manager Ross Atkins had previously said that if team could not find a major league park, Buffalo would be the most likely site for home games. The team sought a major league stadium after the Canadian government declined to allow them to play in Toronto but was unsuccessful. Pennsylvania health officials then rejected a deal to play in Pittsburgh because...
    BUFFALO, New York -- The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in Buffalo, New York, this year amid the pandemic.The Blue Jays said in a statement Friday that the greater part of their home schedule will be played at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, home of the club's Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. General manager Ross Atkins had previously said that if team could not find a major league park, Buffalo would be their most likely site for home games.The team looked for a major league stadium after the Canadian government declined to allow them to play in Toronto but was unsuccessful in securing a site. The state of Pennsylvania nixed a deal to play in Pittsburgh with COVID-19 cases on the...
    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs finalized minor-league deals with infielder Derek Dietrich and outfielder Ryan LaMarre on Friday. Dietrich and LaMarre will report to the team’s camp in South Bend, Indiana. The Cubs also announced left-hander Burl Carraway, the team’s second-round pick in this year’s amateur draft, will join their group of players at their auxiliary site. The 31-year-old Dietrich, who also can play left field, opted out of his contract with Cincinnati and was released on Monday. He hit a career-high 19 homers last year for the Reds, but finished with a .187 batting average in 113 games. LaMarre, 31, has played for five big league teams in five seasons. He hit .217 with two homers in 14...
    Matt Harvey, #33, Los Angeles Angels, (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) The former New York Mets star may have found a new home in MLB. Matt Harvey‘s fall from grace following the 2015 World Series was a sad thing for New York Mets fans to see. Five years later, it appears he has yet another new home. According to MLB insider Jon Heyman, Harvey is closing in on a contract agreement with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday. Yes, the very team that hoisted the Commissioner’s Trophy at his expense. Additionally, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Harvey will report to the Royals’ minor league site to try and make a comeback in the majors. This is...
    How Kate Middleton and Prince William Are Really Getting Prince George Ready to Be King U.S. government taps Pfizer to produce millions of doses of coronavirus vaccine Report: The Pittsburgh Blue Jays is happening The Pittsburgh Blue Jays. Like the sound of it? Better get used to it, because it’s apparently going to happen. That’s the report overnight from reporter Hazel Mae and Kaitlyn McGrath of The Athletic, each of whom cite MLB sources. McGrath says the official announcement could come as soon as today. © Getty Images As previously reported, the Canadian government has prohibited the Toronto Blue Jays from playing their games in the country, citing the risk of travel by players and team staff into Canada...
    Jonathan Oppenheim, Paris Is Burning Editor, Dies at 67 Alvin Ailey dance theater official fired after sexual misconduct allegations Braves sign Matt Adams to a minor league contract The Braves announced on Monday evening that the club signed infielder Matt Adams to a minor league contract. Adams requested and was granted his release from the Mets over the weekend after learning he would not be included on the Mets’ Opening Day roster. © Jim McIsaac/Getty Images Adams, 31, hit a light .143 in exhibition play, but he has been a reliable hitter over parts of eight seasons in the majors. Last year, with the World Series champion Nationals, Adams posted a .741 OPS with 20 homers and 56 RBI...
    Josh Tomlin (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) The Atlanta Braves announced on Saturday afternoon that they will be adding Josh Tomlin and Yonder Alonso to their Major League roster.  As the MLB is slated to start its 2020 season next week, teams have released their rosters and without a minor league season, along with players opting out or testing positive for COVID-19, last minute roster moves have come as no surprise. One was just carried out by the Braves who announced that infielder Yonder Alonso and pitcher Josh Tomlin will be added to squads’ 40-man MLB roster just six days away from their Opening Day game against the Mets in New York City.  Alonso came into this season with the Braves...
    Bracing for more deaths: COVID-19 spike hits Texas nursing homes The recipe tweak that ruined McDonalds fries Report: Jonathan Kuminga, top prospect for 2021 NBA Draft, to earn $500K in NBA minor league Jonathan Kuminga didn’t crack our list of the top 50 players in five years last summer, but he drew consideration and rated as the top prospect in the 2021 high school class. © Jonathan Kuminga Now, he’s fast-tracking his ascent – turning pro by signing with the NBA’s minor league and positioning himself for the 2021 NBA Draft. Shams Charania of The Athletic: Top prospect Jonathan Kuminga’s G League deal is expected to be in the $500,000 range, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Kuminga recently graduated from...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Jake Burger just wanted to play again. Some real competition after a couple of major injuries. He found a spot — practically in his own backyard. Burger is going to play in a local league this summer in his hometown of St. Louis after the Chicago White Sox approved the plan for their first-round pick in the 2017 amateur draft. It’s a chance for the third baseman to get back on the field after he tore his left Achilles tendon twice, sidelining him for each of the previous two seasons. “I want to get some live at-bats,” Burger told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “I think that’s the most important thing for me right now,...
    SAN FRANCISCO — With 10 days remaining until Opening Day, lively intrasquad scrimmages have begun taking place at Oracle Park, providing a handful of the Giants’ top prospects with a rare opportunity to compete against veteran major league players. In Sunday’s game, 18-year-old shortstop Marco Luciano, 20-year-old outfielder Alexander Canario and 21-year-old infielder Will Wilson all contributed to a rally against Giants starter Jeff Samardzija. The chance to sharpen their skills against longtime major leaguers is invaluable for Giants prospects, but it’s a chance only a select few will have this summer. Because MLB summer camps are limited to 60 players per team, more than 100 minor leaguers in each organization are left to work out on their...
    You ask, we reply. The Submit is fielding questions from readers about New York’s greatest professional sports activities groups and getting our beat writers to reply them in a collection of often printed mailbags. In in the present day’s installment: the Yankees. All through his profession, Derek Jeter was by no means the Yankees’ greatest participant [but] will get handled as if he was. Return and look 12 months by 12 months. … He by no means obtained A-Rod kind cash from [Brian] Cashman as a result of he by no means had the numbers. Why is Jeter handled in such rarefied air — longevity? ­ — Joey Scharr What recreation had been you watching? Pickleball? First poll Corridor...
    You ask, we answer. The Post is fielding questions from readers about New York’s biggest pro sports teams and getting our beat writers to answer them in a series of regularly published mailbags. In today’s installment: the Yankees. Throughout his career, Derek Jeter was never the Yankees’ best player [but] gets treated as if he was. Go back and look year by year. … He never got A-Rod type money from [Brian] Cashman because he never had the numbers. Why is Jeter treated in such rarefied air — longevity? ­ — Joey Scharr What game were you watching? Pickleball? First ballot Hall of Famer. Sixth on the all-time hit list (3,465) who won five Gold Glove awards at a premium...
    Florida county has a third of Covid-19 tests come back positive as the US breaks another case record You Are Definitely Not Washing Your Reusable Water Bottle Enough Is minor league soccer right to return with fans this weekend? Landon Donovan is OK with it — for now © Yahoo News Major League Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League are already playing games — minus three teams stricken by COVID-19 — in tightly controlled “bubbles” in Central Florida and Utah, respectively. The NBA has followed MLS to Orlando, where it will resume its 2019-20 season later this month. Major League Baseball will soon begin an abbreviated 60-game slate without fans in attendance. The Big Ten announced...
    Chicago Cubs prospect Adbert Alzolay made some waves on Thursday when he posted a now-deleted tweet about the conditions players at the club’s alternate training site in South Bend, Indiana, according to Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports. The analyst also said the comments from the young pitcher were a bit misleading. On Thursday, Alzolay took to social media to claim that players at the South Bend location were only given $18 per day for meals and that eight dollars were deducted from that amount for “dues.” He added that since players were expected to tip clubhouse attendants there wasn’t much money left to actually buy food. He also said that while there was food provided by the team, the low...
    The 2020 season was supposed to be a celebration for the Fredericksburg Nationals. After 35 years, the team had moved from Woodbridge, Virginia. They built a new ballpark, but unlike in “Field of Dreams,” no one came. The minor league baseball season was canceled. “We’ve been trying to build a new ballpark for more than a decade, and we’ve built a new ballpark,” said Seth Silber, whose family has owned the P-Nats, now FredNats, since 1990. “It is beyond a dream for our family. We just need to be a little bit more patient to have affiliated baseball played on our field.” The Fredericksburg Nationals are the Nats’ Single-A affiliate. The Bowie Baysox have been the Orioles’ Double-A affiliate since...
    Sky Takes Full Ownership of The Great British Bake Off Producer 6 Cities Where the Pandemic Has Made Homes Cheaper From Shuckers to shankers: Minor-league park in Mississippi is now a golf course A minor-league baseball stadium in Mississippi is now a golf course. © Provided by Golfweek MGM Park in Biloxi The ongoing global coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of the 2020 Minor League Baseball season, but in Biloxi, they’re making use of what otherwise would have been an empty baseball diamond. MGM Park is home of the Shuckers, the Class AA affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, and their field of dreams is now a small golf course. According to WLOX-TV, the field serves as a nine-hole...
    The Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins are among Major League Baseball teams that assembled Friday in ballparks nationwide for a three-week “summer camp” to prepare for a 60-day season beginning July 24. But this year will mark the first summer since 1907 that minor league baseball will not be played in Florida. Minor League Baseball announced this week that seasons for 172 teams in six classifications – Triple A, Double A, Advanced A, Low A, Low A (short season) and Rookie League – across 19 different leagues nationwide were canceled. The announcements were followed by layoffs of about 5,000 players and team employees, including those at MiLB’s St. Petersburg office, where more than 50 furloughed employees...
    Illinois towns with minor league baseball teams will be taking a hit this summer. The National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues has canceled the season, citing crowd gathering limitations. “We are a fans-in-the-stands business. We don’t have national TV revenues,” President Pat O’Conner said during a news conference. “There was a conversation at one point: Can we play without fans? That was one of the shortest conversations in the last six months. It just doesn’t make any sense.” O’Conner estimated about 90% of revenue was related to ticket money, concessions, parking and ballpark advertising. There are eight minor league teams in the state, including in Joliet, Peoria, Geneva, and Marion. Cody Moake, the Marion mayor’s chief...
    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Discuss the Painful Fight for Racial Equality Service side of economy roars back in June, ISM shows, but momentum might be hard to sustain Nats cancel workout © APARC Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is seen during spring training baseball practice Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning's team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays. Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn't received its results. Rizzo said it's not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at...
    Who Trump wants in the National Garden of American Heroes Fourth of July barbecue food safety: Grilling your burgers wrong could kill you this Independence Day Minor League Baseball as we know it may be gone Few industries were built to ride out the havoc wreaked by COVID-19. © The Boston Globe One of minor league baseball's many selling points is seeing the MLB players of tomorrow, such as Yoan Moncada when he was with the Greenville Drive in 2015. Minor League Baseball is emphatically not one of those businesses. As baseball fans reckon with no minor league baseball for the first time since 1901, the pandemic has brought the MiLB industry to its knees. “We are in...
    I wasn’t a baseball guy, honestly. My first five years in the business of sportswriting, I mostly covered college sports — heavy college hoops, and then college football, both the University of Arkansas and West Point. That wasn’t a choice I’d made necessarily, it was just how things had shaken out. Then, in the spring of 1994 arrived a gift I never saw coming. I was working for the Middletown Times Herald-Record newspaper in the mid-Hudson Valley, and into our midst dropped dueling gifts: two affiliated baseball teams and two brand-new stadiums. The Hudson Valley Renegades, a Texas Rangers affiliate, were setting up shop in Fishkill, N.Y., just across the river. And the New Jersey Cardinals, with St. Louis as...
    I wasn’t a baseball guy, honestly. My first five years in the business of sportswriting, I mostly covered college sports — heavy college hoops, and then college football, both the University of Arkansas and West Point. That wasn’t a choice I’d made necessarily, it was just how things had shaken out. Then, in the spring of 1994 arrived a gift I never saw coming. I was working for the Middletown Times Herald-Record newspaper in the mid-Hudson Valley, and into our midst dropped dueling gifts: two affiliated baseball teams and two brand-new stadiums. The Hudson Valley Renegades, a Texas Rangers affiliate, were setting up shop in Fishkill, N.Y., just across the river. And the New Jersey Cardinals, with St. Louis as...
    Gone With the Wind vs Song of the South: Why Hollywood Should Confront, Not Erase, a Problematic Past Florida State University clarifies notice to employees requiring outside child care during remote work Dodgers sign AJ Ramos to minor league deal The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported on Thursday evening that the Dodgers signed free agent pitcher AJ Ramos to a minor league contract. He will be added to the Dodgers’ 60-man player pool. © Dylan Buell/Getty Images Ramos, 33, missed all of last season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum. He last pitched in the majors in 2018 with the Mets, when he logged 19 2/3 innings with a 6.41 ERA, 22 strikeouts, and 15 walks. Prior to...
    There were no surprises Tuesday throughout the corners of the Minor League Baseball world — just sadness, disappointment and finally some closure after an announcement came down that seemed to be months in the making. COVID-19 has claimed another summer tradition — Minor League Baseball —  which officially canceled its season Tuesday, a hit to players, minor league teams and communities all across the country. The announcement leaves all of those involved searching for answers as to what comes next. “It’s tough news for everybody, thinking about our minor league affiliates, our coaches, the players, staff, affiliate staff, all those people,” Twins director of player development Alex Hassan said Wednesday. “…You’re trying to process it, you’re trying to...
    NYC Delays Indoor Dining With Virus Cases Soaring Elsewhere Pizza Huts largest U.S. franchisee files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy We found it, the most heartbreaking response to the cancellation of minor league baseball yet © Provided by The Loop Well, the inevitable has inevitabled. On Tuesday, word came down that minor league baseball, long rumored to be cancelled, had been, you guessed it, cancelled. It was a huge blow for many. For the players, who have been kept afloat by crappy ham sandwiches and donations from their major league brethren; for the ballpark staff, who rely on that income summer-in, summer-out; and of course for the fans, especially in the distance between MLB mile markers where a local minor...
    Officially no Minor League Baseball in 2020 By: Nathan Solomon July 1, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesOn Tuesday, Minor League Baseball (MiLB) announced that there will officially not be a 2020 season. Although this was highly speculated and comes to no surprise, it’s disappointing nonetheless. Teams don’t have enough money or resources to successfully complete a shortened season. Minor League teams rely heavily on ticket sales, and a 2020 season would sink most teams. This hurts the development for many prospects. They won’t have any organized way of playing and developing the way they should, especially for players in lower levels. Players in higher...
    Minor League Baseball will not have a season for the first time since 1901 because of the coronavirus pandemic and several teams might not be able to make it to 2021. MiLB president Pat O’Conner told reporters on a conference call Tuesday that it would hard for the organization to predict what’s going to happen next because the future is so murky, according to the Des Moines Register. BASEBALL'S MINOR LEAGUES CANCEL 2020 SEASONS According to Baseball America, O’Conner warned that about half or possibly more than half of minor league baseball teams could sell or fold completely. “It’s north of half (of MiLB teams) who could either have to sell (or go insolvent without government or other help). This...
    Inside Gwen Stefani and Blake Sheltons Dream Wedding Plans Being an unemployed parent is about to get even tougher Minor League Baseball’s 2020 season is officially canceled One week after flipping the lights back on for its 2020 season, Major League Baseball pulled the plug on the minor league season Tuesday. © Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff The Pawtucket Red Sox' last season at McCoy Stadium was canceled. The announcement of the official cancellation of the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic was expected. The impact on the 160-team industry is grim. More than half the teams will not be able to survive without congressional intervention or equity infusions, and the effects could linger for as long as until...
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    There won’t be any Minor League Baseball in 2020. A decision was announced late Tuesday afternoon that the entire minor league slate for 2020 was canceled amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to BaseballinAmerica.com. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) pic.twitter.com/XEDFmfHTmI — Minor League Baseball (@MiLB) June 30, 2020 It looked pretty obvious for awhile that the season wasn’t going to happen, and now it’s official. The MLB is trying to return with a 60-game schedule, but it’s still unclear if that will actually happen or not. According to Yahoo Sports, several MLB teams have already committed to paying their minor league players a $400 weekly stipend. The 2020 minor league baseball season...
    Harvey Weinstein victims were awarded $19 million in compensation fund Thousands of Your Favorite Fast Food Locations Could Close Opinion: Minor League Baseballs canceled 2020 season a cruel blow in grim 2020 sports year For all the sacrifices and deferred dreams the novel coronavirus forced upon the sports world, many are paired with some solace, knowing that there will be a next year. Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Minor League Baseball cancels 2020 season due to COVID-19 Minor League Baseball announced Tuesday it canceled its 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus outbreak, impacting teams in Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto. Major League Baseball told MiLB that it could not supply players to AAA teams because the...
    Minor League Baseball officially canceled its season Tuesday for the first time in the 120-year history of the organization due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, and the announcement could mean some or all of 40 or more teams at the lowest levels could have played their last games. The announcement by MiLB, which was expected by many baseball observers, came in a tweet after Major League Baseball informed its 162 affiliated minor-league clubs it would not provide its developmental players to them this year, necessitating the cancellation of the season. "These are unprecedented times for our country and our organization as this is the first time in our history that weve had a summer without Minor League Baseball...
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have acquired middle infielder Jorge Mateo from the Oakland Athletics in the first trade since baseball resumed after a shutdown of more than three months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Padres will send either a player or cash to the A’s for the 25-year-old Mateo, who will be added to the player pool for the resumption of spring training. The Padres are scheduled to have their first workout Friday at Petco Park. The trade was announced Tuesday. Mateo is a former top prospect with the New York Yankees, who signed him as a non-drafted free agent at 17 out of the Dominican Republic. He is a .267 hitter in eight...
    Professional baseball — the major and minor leagues — was shut down in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The minors will not crank back up in 2020; their season was canceled Tuesday. The effects of the shutdown could be felt for years, in the view of minor league leadership. The president and CEO of Minor League Baseball, Pat O’Conner, told reporters Tuesday that more than half the teams affiliated with MLB could be forced to sell or go out of business without additional financial assistance. He used the phrase “dire straits” to describe the situation. MORE: An insider’s view of the MLB-MiLB dispute “This is the perfect storm. There are many teams that are not liquid, not solvent,” O’Conner said, per Baseball America...
    The pipeline to Major League Baseball has officially been cut off for 2020. In a move that had long been expected, it was announced Tuesday that the Minor League Baseball season has been canceled in the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving thousands of players without a team to play for this summer. The announcement comes on the heels of MLB informing the minor leagues that it would not provide it players this year. “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,” MiLB president and CEO Pat O’Conner said in a statement. “While this is a sad day...
    The Yankees have kept their financial commitments to their minor league players | Mark Brown / . The New York Yankees announced Tuesday that they will continue to pay their organization’s minor league players through July. The down payment has been $ 400 per week per minor league player. Additionally, the Bronx offices have borne medical expenses, when necessary. Although there is no official report, most MLB teams have also vowed to cancel bonuses during the pandemic through July. The Yankees will continue the $ 400 / week stipend for minor league players through July, per a source. The majority of MLB teams have committed to doing so past June 30 as well. – James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) June 30, 2020...
    (CNN)While Major League Baseball will be playing ball this season, Minor League Baseball players will not be suiting up in 2020. MLB has informed Minor League Baseball that its affiliated Minor League teams will not be provided with players in 2020. It is unclear if Minor League Baseball will return in 2021.Baseball is back. MLB says 60-game season will start July 23 or 24Minor League Baseball was founded on Sept. 5, 1901 as the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues."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 Minor League Baseball president and CEO Pat O'Conner. "While this is...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The Minor League Baseball season has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement made Tuesday afternoon means that the Orioles’ affiliates; the Aberdeen IronBirds, Delmarva Shorebirds, Frederick Keys, Bowie Baysox and Norfolk Tides will not be playing ball this season, along with the nearly 160 other minor league teams. Major League Baseball is set to start its season in July.
    Minor League Baseball (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) In a move that’s been expected for some time, the minor league baseball season is cancelled. These are unprecedented times for our country, as we fight a sudden COVID-19 resurgence while attempting to find some semblance of normalcy. While that means a return to Major League Baseball, the MiLB wasn’t as lucky. Hundreds of players are on very low or nonexistent salaries/stipends at a time where resources are scarce, and safety is paramount. On Tuesday, the inevitable was officially announced. A financial disaster for MiLB means teams will be starved for financial help, and some may even fold. An experience that for so many has meant a night at the ballpark in...
    First game for team was scheduled for June 18 The New York-Penn League, which includes the Hudson Valley Renegades, announced on June 12 it was delaying the 2020 season indefinitely because of the COVID-19 shutdown. At the same time, Major League Baseball and the Players Association continue to negotiate an abbreviated season that would begin in July. [Update: On June 30, Major League Baseball canceled the minor league season. An abbreviated, 60-game major league season will open July 23 and 24.] The New York-Penn League, which is Class A, short-season, or the fifth of six levels in baseball’s minor leagues, said it would “continue to monitor” the situation. It canceled the All Star game usually held in late August. The...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no minor-league baseball this season, the MiLB announced on Tuesday afternoon. “Major League Baseball has informed Minor League Baseball that it will not be providing its affiliated Minor League teams with players for the 2020 season,” the league released in a statement. “As a result, there will not be a Minor League Baseball season in 2020.” This will be the first time in 118 years that there will be a summer without minor-league baseball. MiLB, which was originally founded as the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues, began in 1901. “These unprecedented times...
    There was no joy at venerable Municipal Stadium Tuesday. Minor League Baseball announced their would be no season in 2020 for its 160 teams, meaning the San Jose Giants of the California League would not have a season for the first time since the inception of the franchise in 1962. “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 being played,” Minor League President and CEO Pat O’Conner said in a statement. “While this is a sad day for many, this announcement removes the uncertainty regarding the 2020 season and allows our teams to begin planning for an exciting...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Major League Baseball will play a shortened season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The minor leagues will have no such luxury. The 2020 minor league season is set to be officially canceled on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. It’s a long-awaited announcement from MLB that has been months in the making, as the league was waiting to figure out its own 2020 season before officially putting the kibosh on the minor league campaigns. Several minor leaguers will find a spot in the majors when “summer camp” opens this week, and others will be put on taxi squads for the 60-game season set to begin on July 23, but others will lose an important season of development. For 160...
    Minor League Season Won’t Play in 2020 | Gregg Forwerck / . The minor league season will be canceled in 2020 because Major League Baseball did not ensure provision of players to branches during the current year. The official announcement will be made in the next few hours, according to .. 2020 Minor-League Season Will Be Canceled https://t.co/JiZoBI1VEa pic.twitter.com/vwFomHdkzM – MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) June 30, 2020 Now the different organizations will have to put together a plan to return the money from the tickets to the fans who reserve their seats in advance each year. It is known the economic consequences that the coronavirus left in the sports industry, so the world of the minor leagues will...
    New York Mets ink outfielder Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal By: Andres Chavez June 29, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Mets have taken the veteran free agent market by storm since they published their 60-man player pool on Sunday evening. Kidding aside, they have made a few depth signings that will sure come in handy during the shortened calendar and in the event that injuries strike. Earlier on Monday, the Mets announced the return of right-handed jack-of-all-trades pitcher Erasmo Ramirez, who pitched the spring training with them; and deals with pitcher Hunter Strickland and infielder Gordon Beckham. Now, they are...
    NEW YORK (AP) — José Rosario, a member of the Minnesota Twins’ Dominican Summer League roster, has been suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. He is one of four minor league players whose suspensions were announced Sunday by the Commissioner’s office. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez was also suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The 24-year-old right-hander received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. READ MORE: ‘A Few’ Minnesota Twins Players Have Tested Positive For COVID-19, Team Official Says Reza Aleaziz and Juan Idrogo, minor league pitchers for the Los Angeles Dodgers, also received suspensions. Aleaziz was suspended 50 games after...
    The Yankees have set their roster for summer camp, using 58 of the 60 available spots with players set to report to The Bronx on Wednesday. The player pool includes all 39 players on their 40-man roster, plus 19 extras, including infielder Matt Duffy, who signed a minor-league contract with the club earlier on Sunday. Rosters had to be submitted by 4 p.m. Sunday. The Yankees will have to cut down their roster to 30 players by the time the regular season is expected to begin on July 23 for a 60-game schedule. Among the prospects included on the 60-man roster are pitchers Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Clarke Schmidt, Michael King, Alexander Vizcaino and Luis Medina, infielder Kyle Holder...
    The Yankees have set their roster for summer time camp, utilizing 58 of the 60 out there spots with gamers set to report back to The Bronx on Wednesday. The participant pool consists of all 39 gamers on their 40-man roster, plus 19 extras, together with infielder Matt Duffy, who signed a minor-league contract with the membership earlier on Sunday. Rosters needed to be submitted by four p.m. Sunday. The Yankees should reduce down their roster to 30 gamers by the point the common season is anticipated to start on July 23 for a 60-game schedule. Among the many prospects included on the 60-man roster are pitchers Deivi Garcia, Luis Gil, Clarke Schmidt, Michael King, Alexander Vizcaino and Luis...
    NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez was one of four minor leaguers suspended Sunday for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Gutierrez, a 24-year-old right-hander, received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance. José Rosario, a member of the Minnesota Twins’ Dominican Summer League roster, was suspended 50 games following a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Reza Aleaziz and Juan Idrogo, minor league pitchers for the Los Angeles Dodgers, also received suspensions. Aleaziz was suspended 50 games after testing positive for Amphetamine, and Idrogo received a 72-game ban after testing positive for gw501516, a performance-enhancing substance. The suspensions were announced by the Commissioner’s office. Gutierrez went...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday on a trespassing charge. The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. A report by the sheriff’s office said Toles was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move after several warnings by deputies that he had to leave or be arrested. Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge of trespassing property. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday. “We are unable to comment,” team spokesman Joe Jareck said Saturday. Toles never reported...
    New York — The South Korean baseball league opened a file for Lotte Giants catcher Ji Seong-jun Ji Seong-jun is awaiting a final sanction once the investigations are completed. Photo:Han Myung-Gu / . The catcher of the Lotte Giants of the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) Ji Seong-jun, was indefinitely suspended from the team and will be subject to an investigation by the League, after being pointed out for sexual harassment towards a minor, as reported by the South Korean news agency Yonhap. According to the news outlet, 26-year-old Ji Seong-jun would have taken her hand and hugged a woman’s waist against her will, an incident that the League would have confirmed in a meeting...
    States where COVID-19 cases have doubled in last month The abandoned ghost island in paradise What MLBs return means for minor league teams in Iowa Major League Baseball is finally coming back. Click to expand Replay Video UP NEXT Wittenmyer: No one wants to hear about financial plight of MLB owners Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts called financial losses "biblical" across the game. RADIO.COM Ian Happ sees progress in MLB labor negotiations MLB and the players union are negotiating a return-to-play plan for the 2020 season. RADIO.COM MLB COVID-19 Talks: Bob Costas Offers Historical Context of Inherent Distrust Legendary baseball broadcaster Bob Costas provides a historical backdrop for the distrust between MLB owners and...
    The two Los Angeles franchises have plenty of options to train in the area where they are based | Norm Hall / . For training sessions that begin on July 1, MLB teams must designate a venue for the alternative squads (those made up of minor players and guests) to practice. The Dodgers and Angels think of parks that use college baseball teams in California. They prefer the stadiums of their minor league affiliates in the region. The # Dodgers and #Angels are in discussions about using college fields, and not minor-league complexes, for their alternate training sites this year. The Dodgers would use the baseball field at USC for their extra players; the #Angels would use Long Beach...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Up to 15 minor-league baseball teams are suing five-different insurance companies to recover financial losses experienced during the coronavirus pandemic. The lawsuit, which will be held in the US District Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, is being led by Robin Cohen of McKool Smith and Andy Sandler of Mitchell Sandler.  Minor-league owners have continued to pay business interruption policies to remain protected from economic distress that would come with unforeseen circumstances — such as COVID-19 — but those insurers have denied coverage for the 15 teams despite continuing to collect the annual premiums. “A typical commercial insurance policy provides coverage...
    Former Yankees player caught it while practicing at Coors Field | Matthew Stockman / . Phillip Diehl was the prospect pitcher the Yankees traded to the Rockies last year for outfielder Mike Tauchman. This pitcher is part of the Colorado big team and was one of the athletes on the MLB team who is infected with COVID-19. In the 2019 campaign, Diehl left a 7.36 ERA in 7.1 worked episodes. In three minor league seasons with the mules, he had 250 strikeouts in 194.1 innings. Former Yankees prospect Phil Diehl reportedly tests positive for the coronavirus. Best wishes to Phil and everyone around him. https://t.co/5n5o0IYnVh – Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) June 24, 2020 Inside the American League team some of its...
    By JAKE SEINER, AP Sports Writer Fifteen minor league baseball teams have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball announced Monday that it will attempt to play a 60-game regular season, but its minor league clubs — many under threat of losing affiliations amid negotiations with MLB — are unlikely to play until at least 2021. Minor league franchises said in the suit filed Tuesday that even though they continue to pay yearly premiums to insurance providers for business-interruption insurance, they have been denied coverage after Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred indefinitely suspended their seasons in March. Minor league teams are mostly small,...
    Fifteen minor league baseball teams have filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract by insurance providers after being denied claims for business-interruption insurance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball announced Monday that it will attempt to play a 60-game regular season, but its minor league clubs — many under threat of losing affiliations amid negotiations with MLB — are unlikely to play until at least 2021. Minor league franchises said in the suit filed Tuesday that even though they continue to pay yearly premiums to insurance providers for business-interruption insurance, they have been denied coverage after Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred indefinitely suspended their seasons in March. Minor league teams are mostly small, independently owned businesses, and their model...
    Developing prospects without a minor league season, a real challenge for MLB organizations By: Andres Chavez June 22, 2020 ShareTweet0 SharesMLB and the players association are still negotiating for the return of major league baseball in 2020. Whether they can hammer out a deal remains to be seen, but for now, big leaguers are in wait and see mode. The landscape is considerably less optimistic for minor leaguers, though. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the season, just like MLB, was canceled indefinitely, but while an MLB season remains possible, if not likely, MiLB will likely not play any games this year. That means young players in need of live action reps...
    New York Mets: Team will pay minor leaguers their $400 weekly stipend through August By: Andres Chavez June 20, 2020 ShareTweet0 Shares MLB and the Players Association (MLBPA) are still negotiating and inching closer towards a deal to play baseball in 2020, after months of negotiations. The union executive committee will likely vote Sunday on the league’s latest 60-game proposal, and a resolution, for better or worse, is expected to come soon. The odds of seeing the New York Mets take the field this year have gone up in the last few days. The Mets will pay minor leaguers at least through the whole month of August, according to a report from MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The reason...
    Four members of the Yankees organization in Tampa, Fla., have tested positive for the coronavirus, several people with knowledge of the situation told The Post. Two members work at George M. Steinbrenner Field and two have ties to the nearby minor league complex. The members were not identified by name or exact job descriptions, nor was it known when they were tested. The two connected to George M. Steinbrenner Field are non-players and one of the two at the minor league complex is a staff member who hasn’t been around the Yankees’ facility for a while. ALL MLB TEAMS TO CLOSE SPRING TRAINING SITES AMID VIRUS WORRY, SOURCE SAYS The job description of the other person connected to the minor...
    Four members of the Yankees organization in Tampa, Fla., have tested positive for the coronavirus, several people with knowledge of the situation told The Post. Two members work at George M. Steinbrenner Field and two have ties to the nearby minor league complex. The members were not identified by name or exact job descriptions, nor was it known when they were tested. The two connected to George M. Steinbrenner Field are non-players and one of the two at the minor league complex is a staff member who hasn’t been around the Yankees’ facility for a while. The job description of the other person connected to the minor league facility is not known. The Yankees administered tests on Friday in Tampa,...
    Four members of the Yankees organization in Tampa, Fla., have tested positive for the coronavirus, several people with knowledge of the situation told The Post. Two members work at George M. Steinbrenner Field and two have ties to the nearby minor league complex. The members were not identified by name or exact job descriptions, nor was it known when they were tested. The two connected to George M. Steinbrenner Field are non-players and one of the two at the minor league complex is a staff member who hasn’t been around the Yankees’ facility for a while. The job description of the other person connected to the minor league facility is not known. The Yankees administered tests on Friday in Tampa,...
    Being drafted for a second time by the Yankees and a lot higher than the first stab flushed any thought of returning to college out of Austin Wells’ head. The Yankees’ first-round pick in Wednesday night’s draft was asked Thursday on a conference call if the strong possibility of not having minor league games to play in this summer led him to think about a third year at the University of Arizona. “Honestly, the decision was up to where I got drafted and what the program was. I don’t think whether or not there was minor league games was the decision-maker if I was going back to college or not,’’ said Wells, a left-handed hitting catcher who was selected in...
    Remember when the Astros’ illegal sign-stealing scandal felt like a big deal? Man, those were innocent times. One particularly enterprising baseball team tried to capitalize on that fury, and to mix sports metaphors, called an impressive audible when the world suddenly changed. Meet Astro the Grouch, a collectible created by the independent St. Paul Saints that Yankees fans (or Dodgers fans, or anyone else looking for vengeance) can purchase while simultaneously contributing to a great cause. If you’re trying to figure out why an independent team from Minnesota got involved in the Astros’ mess, well, don’t overthink it. You need know only that the Saints’ ownership, the Goldklang Group, features Mike Veeck, the son of legendarily enterprising owner Bill Veeck,...
    Once upon a time, baseball was truly America’s pastime. Make no mistake baseball is still popular, but there are serious questions about the sport’s overall health, at least on a professional level, and not just because of the challenge of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Even before the coronavirus became a life-altering concern, Major League Baseball had put forth a plan to eliminate 40 of its 160 minor league teams. MLB is also dealing with declining attendance at its ballparks. Attendance at MLB games has dropped in eight straight seasons, with a little more than 6.3 million fans lost. Despite losing 6.3 million fans over the last eight seasons, MLB still attracted over 68 million to its games last season....
    MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi has a minor muscle injury and is training separately as a precaution ahead of the restart of the Spanish league next week, Barcelona said Friday. The club said Messi has a right thigh ailment and is “doing specific exercises to avoid unnecessary risks with just eight days” before the team resumes its title defense. Barcelona said Messi “should be able to rejoin his teammates in a few days’ time.” Barcelona visits Mallorca on June 13 in its first match since the league was suspended nearly three months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. Messi had already trained separately on Wednesday. He and the rest of the squad had a rest day on Thursday. Barcelona said...
    The Pensacola Blue Wahoos minor league baseball team, the Class AA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, had an idea that, as the saying goes, came out of left field — and it includes left field and the rest of the team’s ballpark. With no baseball games being played, the Blue Wahoos have decided to use their stadium essentially as a hotel. Admiral Fetterman Field at Blue Wahoos Stadium is listed on Airbnb for guests to rent, and in less than 24 hours, all 33 dates that were offered were sold out. Thank you for the incredible reception and support you’ve given the Blue Wahoos Stadium Airbnb! All of our current available dates are booked, but we’ll be opening more soon....
    The Nationals changed course and told their minor leaguers on Monday they will receive their full weekly stipends of $400 at least through June after Washington reliever Sean Doolittle tweeted that the team’s major league players would cover a planned cut in those payments. Doolittle wrote on Twitter that Nationals major leaguers held a video conference call after The Athletic reported Sunday the club would be releasing more than two dozen minor league players and reducing stipends for players in the minors from $400 to $300 per week. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM A text message sent by the Nationals to players in the minors and forwarded Monday to The Associated Press reads: “Upon further internal discussion, you will receive your full stipend...
    Major League Baseball teams have released hundreds of young players with the minor league season in doubt due to the coronavirus pandemic. Over 200 players were cut Friday and more than 400 have been released over the past month according to transactions posted at MiLB.com. EX-METS MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS RIPS ORGANIZATION, TAKES SUBTLE JAB AT TIM TEBOW UPON RELEASE The start of the minor league season was postponed in March and players were mostly sent home from spring training. While Major League Baseball and the players' association are negotiating terms to play big league ball this summer, it's unlikely there will be minor league games. Minor league players not on 40-man rosters were promised $400 per week through May 31...
    Second in a series on the Yankees’ top prospects. Damon Oppenheimer knew Clarke Schmidt’s stuff while pitching for the University of South Carolina was good enough to take the right-hander with the 16th pick in the 2017 draft. There was something else Schmidt possessed that Oppenheimer understood would get him through the trying times that awaited the pitcher: Tommy John surgery before he pitched a professional game. “His makeup component topped it off. When you take a guy [with that surgery] you better believe what you see,’’ said Oppenheimer, the head of the Yankees’ amateur scouting department. “If a player doesn’t have that component … you are going down a road with a very long process.’’ Schmidt, 24, was invited...
    While several major league teams have released minor league players and the A’s say they will stop paying their non-40-man roster minor leaguers at the end of the month, the Yankees continue to avoid those unfortunate and sad steps. As of Friday, the Yankees continued to pay minor league players $400 per week and hadn’t released any. Both situations are subject to change. With baseball’s landscape seemingly shifting hourly as major league players and owners disagree over how the players will be compensated if a season gets underway in July, situations can — and will — change. Undoubtedly, the number of teams releasing minor leaguers is tied to the likelihood no minor league games will be played this year. Minor...
    The Twins have committed to paying their minor league players through the end of August — which is right around the time their seasons would be ending — a source confirmed Friday. Players will continue to receive a stipend of $400 a week, plus their full benefits. Additionally, the Twins will not be releasing any minor leaguers. That is in contrast to many teams around the league who have been releasing minor leaguers this week as they face the possibility that the minor league season will not be played coupled with deep financial losses as the novel coronavirus keeps the season paused indefinitely. In addition to making a financial commitment to their minor league players, the Twins have...
    NEW YORK (AP) — At least 11 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released. The Philadelphia Phillies also plan to continue allowances through June, but likely at a reduction from the $400 per week rate. The amount is...
    Andrew Church was among the minor league players who the New York Mets released Thursday as part of a wide-ranging amount of cuts throughout the sport. Church posted a lengthy Instagram message on his way out and appeared to rip Tim Tebow in the process. Tebow has spent his entire baseball career in the Mets’ minor league system but apparently was not among those who were cut by the organization. DODGERS' DAVID PRICE WILLING TO LEND HELPING HAND TO MINOR LEAGUERS: REPORT In his statement, Church addressed how he tore his UCL and accused the Mets organization of still continuing to play him and ignoring his requests to see a doctor. “I felt my competitive nature was being taken advantage of....
    Several minor league baseball players were released by their teams Thursday, but Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price is reportedly doing everything he can to help those athletes. Price will pay $1,000 of his own cash to each Dodgers minor leaguer who is not on the organization’s 40-man roster in June, according to baseball journalist Francys Romero. TWINS' MAX KEPLER APOLOGIZES FOR WEARING 'BLUE LIVES MATTER' FACE MASK AFTER COMING UNDER FIRE He is among the players earning a prorated salary due to the coronavirus pandemic. Under normal circumstances, he was going to earn $32 million. The gesture is definitely great in the grand scheme of things, but he may not need to help out the minor leaguers after all....
    Any other May weekend, Trevor Dannegger might’ve been in Hartford or Richmond or Akron on a Double-A diamond, wrangling players, coaches and managers. In a day or so, he could be on a field in northern Missouri — tending peas, corn and melons. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM All across baseball, farm systems are shut down because of the virus outbreak. So for Dannegger, a 24-year-old umpire prospect with a promising trajectory in the minor leagues, this unforeseen break from the Eastern League means more trips to the family farm. “Getting away from the stress,” he said. It also affords more time to sort through the process of filing for unemployment. After working games from California to...
    At least nine major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The Philadelphia Phillies also plan to continue allowances through June, but likely at a reduction from the $400 per week rate. The amount is to...