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12:19 AM ET Associated Press SEOUL, South Korea — With new cases of the coronavirus falling in South Korea, the country’s baseball league is targeting an early May restart with teams ready to play preseason exhibition games as early as April 21. On Wednesday, the country recorded 53 new infections, the third consecutive day that
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12:15 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Major League Baseball and its players are increasingly focused on a plan that could allow them to start the season as early as May and has the support of high-ranking federal public
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3:41 PM ET Associated Press Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander says he will donate his weekly paycheck during the coronavirus shutdown to organizations that are helping with relief efforts. Verlander and wife Kate Upton made the announcement Saturday in an Instagram post. The couple said it would pick an organization each week and highlight its
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3:13 PM ET Major League Baseball teams can contact amateur prospects using electronic communication and gather data and video on players, but they remain barred from attending in-person activities and holding tryouts as they prepare for the 2020 draft and international signing period, according to a memo obtained by ESPN. The memo, sent to teams
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8:00 AM ET You love baseball. Tim Kurkjian loves baseball. So while we await its return, every day we’ll provide you with a story or two tied to this date in baseball history. ON THIS DATE IN 1988, an Opening Day trend started. Three home runs by one player in a game used to be
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10:21 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper and New York Mets pitcher Steven Matz are the latest baseball players to make donations to coronavirus relief efforts. Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving $500,000 to Direct Relief and Three Square in his hometown of Las Vegas and to Philabundance
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5:18 PM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — About 370 players who were at big league spring training with minor league contracts will get advance payments of up to $50,000 each from the Major League Baseball Players Association. The money approved Friday by the union’s executive board will be in addition to $400 weekly allowances
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3:12 PM ET A federal judge in New York has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought against Major League Baseball by a group of daily fantasy sports contestants, who claimed to have been harmed by the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox sign-stealing scandals. In a 32-page opinion issued Friday, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff lambasted
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10:56 AM ET Evan Gattis, who won a World Series ring with the Houston Astros in 2017, said the team and its players “obviously cheated baseball and cheated fans” with the sign-stealing scandal that has rocked the sport. “Everybody wants to be the best player in the f—ing world, man,” Gattis, who has since retired,
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3:29 AM ET Associated Press TOKYO — The Japanese professional baseball and soccer seasons will be further delayed as the country grapples with the outbreak of the coronavirus. Japanese professional baseball had aimed to open its season on April 24 after previously pushing it back from March 20. After a meeting Friday of a joint
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1:09 PM ET TAMPA, Fla. — The eagle has landed. For fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, that would be new quarterback Tom Brady, who will be leasing Derek Jeter’s waterfront mansion on Davis Islands, according to the Tampa Bay Times. The stone home, which belongs to the former New York Yankees star and current
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12:57 AM ET LOS ANGELES — Twice a week, beginning Friday morning, Brandon McDaniel, the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ director of player performance, will stream 30-minute workouts through the team’s social media outlets for everyone to partake. He wants to help fans stay in shape while they’re stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. He wants
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