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  • Major League Baseball Saturates Social Media with Black Lives Matter Posts

    07/09/2020 1:44:18 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 09 2020 | WARNER TODD HUSTON
    Major League Baseball’s social media accounts has gone full woke with dozens of Black Lives Matter posts from the league and players alike. Pro baseball escaped from much of the anthem kneeling controversies in 2016 and 2017 by steering clear of wokeness for the most part. But that seems to be coming to an end if the league’s Twitter account is any indication of where baseball is headed. MLB’s Twitter feed is filled with paeans to Black Lives Matter that have been given the MLB endorsement with official posts and re-tweets.
  • Cleveland Indians to consider name change

    07/03/2020 8:16:23 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 83 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07 03 2020 | Tal Axelrod
    The Cleveland Indians said Friday it will consider changing its name amid civil unrest over systemic racism and police brutality. “We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality,” the team said in a statement Friday. “Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community. “We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues. The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization...
  • Baseball's favorite holiday is here. Happy Bobby Bonilla Day!

    07/02/2020 5:03:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 1, 2020 | Mike Oz
    There hasn’t been much good news in baseball lately. Or sports, for that matter. Which is why we bring you news worth celebrating on this very special day. Today is baseball’s favorite holiday — Bobby Bonilla Day! You see, every year on July 1, Bonilla gets a check for $1,193,248.20 from the New York Mets for doing absolutely nothing. Even though he’s 57, hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2001 and hasn’t played for the Mets since 1999, that money comes. He’ll get the check every July 1 until 2036. It’s beautiful, something we all should be so lucky...
  • Rockies’ Ian Desmond opts out of season, addresses MLB’s social injustice

    06/30/2020 8:28:31 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 50 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 30, 2020 | Joseph Staszewski
    “In clubhouses we’ve got racist, sexist, homophobic jokes or flat-out problems,” Desmond wrote. “We’ve got cheating. We’ve got a minority issue from the top down. One African American GM. Two African American managers. Less than 8% Black players. No Black majority team owners.”
  • MLB Officially Locks in Shortened Season

    06/23/2020 6:43:33 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    TV Line ^ | June 23, 2020 | Matt Webb Mitovich
    Play ball! Major League Baseball has settled on a plan for a 60-game season that will begin around July 24, according to ESPN. Following months of back-and-forth negotiations with the players’ union, the league’s owners voted to approve a 60-game schedule for the 2020 season on Monday. The players’ union agreed to the league’s terms on Tuesday night, tweeting: “All remaining issues have been resolved and Players are reporting to training camps.” Camps are set to open July 1. MLB in March cancelled spring training for this year, due to the coronavirus pandemic. “This action is being taken in the...
  • Phillies Close Spring Training Facilities After COVID-19 Outbreak Among Players, Staff

    06/19/2020 11:16:51 AM PDT · by Libloather · 26 replies
    NESN ^ | 6/19/20 | Mike Cole
    Just as it seemed baseball might - and a big emphasis on the “might” - be nearing some sort of a deal to start the 2020 season, the sport got a reminder of the difficulties it faces in trying to start a season during a pandemic. The Philadelphia Phillies on Friday closed their spring training complex after five players and three staff members tested positive for COVID-19 in Clearwater, Fla. NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Jim Salisbury was the first to report the news. Those numbers could increase soon, as the club also noted 20 players (both major and minor leaguers) and...
  • Baseball Is Wasting A Golden Moment During The Great Lockdown of 2020

    06/17/2020 8:04:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 17, 2020 | BenWeingarten
    Short-sighted negotiations between Major League Baseball owners and players are sabotaging the chance for a renaissance that the game desperately needs.Each passing day without Major League Baseball stands as a stain on America’s national pastime and represents a sad failure to capitalize on a golden opportunity for the game and the country. Today, we should be distracted from our work, glued to our televisions, computers, or smartphones watching otherwise meaningless spring training games with greater interest than ever before, in anticipation of the return to normalcy of the daily drama of baseball.At a minimum, our ailing nation could use the...
  • Joey Votto says white privilege made him 'complicit' in George Floyd's death in op-ed

    06/08/2020 4:20:50 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 7, 2020 | Jack Baer
    Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto has done some soul-searching in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in police custody, and he didn’t like what he saw in himself when first told of the video. For that, Votto blamed his privilege and pledged to do better in an op-ed titled “My awakening” published by the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday.
  • Report: Chances of 2020 MLB Season Happening 'Pretty Close to Zero'

    05/28/2020 6:06:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Bleacher Report ^ | 5/28/20 | Rob Goldberg
    At least one player thinks there won't be a 2020 MLB season as players and owners dispute over money. Jon Heyman of MLB Network discussed a recent call between the league and the players association Thursday on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria (via Ryan Hannable of WEEI), relaying a message from someone involved. "The call was last night. I was getting texts. I got a text from a player—and I think they are going to get a deal, I think they are going to work it out. I can't believe they are going to blow it up over economics. But, from...
  • Reopening Sports: ‘Real Sports’ Bryant Gumbel On “Greed” Fueled Pro Leagues Wanting To Start Up Amidst COVID-19 Realities & Second Wave Worries

    05/26/2020 6:27:53 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 18 replies
    Deadline ^ | May 26, 2020 | Dominic Patten
    “Any quick history lesson about how owners in sports have acted over time, how they’ve interacted with communities and governments and public coffers and everything else will tell you that greed dictates basically whatever they try to do,” Bryant Gumbel bluntly says of the motivation behind leagues like the NFL, NBA, MLB and the NHL to get their players back in action from the coronavirus lockdown of the past two months. “I think they view athletes as commodities to get them to an end,” the host of HBO’s Real Sports added. Never one to play it safe over the 25-seasons...
  • New MLB rules: shower at home, don’t spit, Mr Met stay away

    05/17/2020 2:13:10 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | May 16, 2020 | By RONALD BLUM
    NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball will look somewhat like high school ball this year under protocols to deal with the new coronavirus, with showers at ballparks discouraged and players possibly arriving in uniform, like they did when they were teenagers. Team personnel will be banned from eating at restaurants on road trips. The traditional exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, along with high-fives, fist bumps, and bat boys and girls, according to a 67-page draft of Major League Baseball’s proposed 2020 Operations Manual. Spitting is prohibited along with water jugs and the use of saunas, steam rooms, pools...
  • Rays ace Blake Snell says he refuses to play for reduced MLB salary...

    05/17/2020 1:11:14 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 29 replies
    ESPN.COM ^ | May 14, 2020 | ESPN News Service
    Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell says he will not play this season for a reduced salary, especially because the risk of contracting the coronavirus is "just not worth it." Snell voiced his opposition to Major League Baseball's reported proposal of a 50-50 revenue split with the players for a coronavirus-shortened season in a video posted to social media Wednesday. "Y'all gotta understand, man, for me to go -- for me to take a pay cut is not happening, because the risk is through the roof," Snell said while answering questions on his Twitch channel. "It's a shorter season, less...
  • CNN’s Cooper: Criticism of Thunberg Town Hall Appearance Based on ‘Made Up’ Info – Trump Jr. ‘Just Wants His Dad to Love Him’

    05/15/2020 11:02:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 68 replies ^ | 5/15/2020 | Ian Hatchett
    During CNN’s coronavirus town hall on Thursday, host Anderson Cooper reacted to the criticisms the network received for booking Greta Thunberg for its coronavirus town hall by stating they were critiques based on “made up” information and were part of “a cycle of phony outrage.” Cooper also said that one critic, Donald Trump Jr., is “attacking CNN and a 17-year-old Swede” because he “just wants his dad to love him or notice him in a way that’s not mocking him.” Cooper began by showing the initial ad for the program that CNN ran, which was later updated to include MLB...
  • The Natural: MLB Legend Recalls His 27-Strikeout Game

    05/12/2020 3:52:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies ^ | May 12, 2020 | Salena Zito
    BELLE VERNON, Pennsylvania -- As Ron Necciai recalls, the first two batters both went down in strikes. The third guy got lucky -- sort of. The ball got away from the catcher, who quickly got the batter out at first. It was May 13, 1952, a cold, damp Tuesday night for 1,100 people at Shaw Stadium in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Necciai was pitching for the Bristol Twins, a Pittsburgh Pirate-affiliated Appalachian League farm team, against the Welch Miners. The gangly 19-year-old from Gallatin, Pennsylvania, had no idea he would not leave the mound again that night. Nor...
  • MLB owners approve plan to start coronavirus-delayed 2020 season: report

    05/11/2020 1:18:09 PM PDT · by DFG · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/11/2020 | Ryan Gaydos
    Major League Baseball owners reportedly approved a plan that could start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July in ballparks without fans. Spring training could start in early-to-mid June and the National League would use a designated hitter during the 2020 season, according to multiple reports. Each team would play an 82-game regular season with most teams playing games in their own divisions and interleague not going past regional matchups such as AL East vs. NL East, AL Central vs. NL Central and AL West vs. NL West. The postseason would expand to 14 teams by doubling the number...
  • Former baseball star Darryl Strawberry goes to bat for Trump

    05/07/2020 10:48:23 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 20 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 07 2020 | Paul Steinhauser
    One-time Major League Baseball star Darryl Strawberry is stepping to the plate for President Trump’s reelection. Strawberry – who gained fame in the 1980s as the slugger who helped the New York Mets win a World Series – is one of the three guests taking part Thursday night in a Trump campaign live webcast titled "Faith in America: Black Voices for Trump" that’s being hosted by senior adviser Katrina Pierson. The baseball legend – who later in his career played for the crosstown rival New York Yankees as they won three championships in the mid to late 1990s – has...
  • MLB Rumors: Here’s League’s Current ‘Preferred Plan’ For 2020 Season

    05/04/2020 3:01:00 PM PDT · by Mozilla · 33 replies
    NESN ^ | Mon, May 4, 2020 | by Logan Mullen
    As Major League Baseball grows increasingly optimistic there will be a 2020 season in some capacity, more and more ideas of what exactly a campaign would look like appear to be taking shape. For well over a month now, the league reportedly has been kicking around all sorts of ideas — from playing all games in Arizona to hosting seasons at spring training facilities. And that’s just a sampling of the reported ideas from recent weeks. But in a story published Saturday by the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin, MLB does have a “preferred plan” in mind. The preferred plan...
  • Reports: League officials speak with White House task force

    04/29/2020 2:56:04 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/29/20
    Top medical officials from major U.S. sports leagues and entities spoke on a Tuesday conference call with White House Coronavirus Task Force members, according to USA Today Sports and ESPN. The purpose of the discussion reportedly was a look at how sports might fit into President Donald Trump’s plan to restart the economy when the COVID-19 pandemic eases. Per ESPN, the call included representatives of Major League Baseball, the NFL, the NBA, the WNBA, the NHL, the PGA Tour, the LPGA Tour, the NCAA, the College Football Playoff (CFP), the National Women’s Soccer League, NASCAR, the PGA of America, the...
  • U.S. TV Average Ad Spending To Sink 25% In The First 6 Months Of 2020: eMarketer

    04/21/2020 9:04:08 AM PDT · by abb · 13 replies
    Media Post ^ | April 20, 2020 | Wayne Friedman
    New estimates forecast that U.S. TV advertising spending will decline sharply -- between 22.3% and 29.3% -- for the first half of 2020, according to eMarketer, mostly due to the lack of sports TV programming. For the first six months of the year, the research company estimates a roughly 25% drop in average total TV advertising -- broadcast, cable, syndication, and local -- to between $23.95 billion and $26.30 billion, from January through June. These declines are due to the disruption caused by COVID-19. Previous estimates from eMarketer, released on March 6, forecast a 2% increase for the full 2020...
  • Stanford University Doctor explains how coronavirus researchers teamed up with MLB for 10,000-person antibody study

    04/19/2020 9:29:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | 04/17/2020 | by R.J. Anderson & Dayn Perry
    Major League Baseball will have about 10,000 employees partake in a vast and unique study on the viability of COVID-19 antibody testing, multiple league sources confirmed to CBS Sports. The study, which will not affect any timeline for a potential start of the 2020 MLB regular season, will include participants from 27 of the league's 30 teams and help determine whether test subjects have been infected with COVID-19 even if they never presented symptoms. The tests, which were distributed at each participating team's ballpark, were available on a voluntary basis. The team's medical personnel had to know an individual was...