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7:04 AM ET On June 10, the evening of the 56th MLB first-year player draft, some happy amateur baseball star — probably Arizona State first baseman Spencer Torkelson — will become the 55th player to be picked first overall. Yes, there have been more drafts than players picked first. We’ll get to that. Assuming he
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2:54 PM ET ESPN News Services Major League Baseball has rejected the players’ offer for a 114-game regular season with no additional salary cuts and told the union it did not plan to make a counterproposal, sources confirmed to ESPN. Players made their proposal Sunday, up from an 82-game regular season in management’s offer last
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10:26 AM ET Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Chris Archer underwent surgery Tuesday to address thoracic outlet syndrome and will not pitch again until 2021. The Pirates announced Wednesday that Archer had the operation after “consulting with several leading vascular and orthopedic surgeons in recent weeks.” The surgery was performed in St. Louis by Dr. Robert Thompson.
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6:05 PM ET Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts pushed back on the perception that baseball teams are cash cows, telling ESPN on Tuesday that yearly revenues are mostly put right back into the team. “Here’s something I hope baseball fans understand,” Ricketts said. “Most baseball owners don’t take money out of their team. They raise
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4:25 PM ET When Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson saw that teammate Lucas Giolito posted a message supporting the Black Lives Matter movement late last week — and in doing so became one of the first white major league players to speak publicly about the death of George Floyd — he didn’t even blink
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7:00 AM ET It’s just about a week from MLB draft day, and that means the picture on how this year’s prospects stack up is really starting to come into focus. Below you’ll find my ranking of the top 150 players for the shortened five-round MLB draft starting June 10. This is not a prediction
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5:27 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” Unable to yet reach a return-to-play agreement, Major League Baseball has discussed playing a shorter schedule in which it would pay members of the MLB Players Association their full prorated salaries, sources
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10:53 AM ET ESPN News Services A judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra’s defamation and libel lawsuit against Ron Darling, ruling the former New York Mets outfielder’s “reputation for unsportsmanlike conduct and bigotry is already so tarnished that it cannot be further injured.” New York Supreme Court Judge Robert D. Kalish dismissed Dystra’s lawsuit on Friday.
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7:35 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 2011, The Blue Jays hit three consecutive triples. The full “On this date …” archive Eric Thames, Rajai
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11:18 PM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” The Major League Baseball Players Association delivered a return-to-play proposal to MLB on Sunday that includes a 114-game season, deferred salaries in the event of a canceled postseason and the option for
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7:43 PM ET Associated Press The Arizona Diamondbacks have laid off or furloughed about one-quarter of the team’s employees because of lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization made the moves on Friday. Remaining staff will take pay cuts that average less than 15%, with the team’s highest earners losing a bigger percentage
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11:39 AM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball’s shortened amateur draft will remain at the MLB Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, for the first round on June 10. MLB shortened the selections to five rounds and 160 picks in response to the new coronavirus pandemic, by far the fewest since the
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May 27, 2020 Playing baseball is hard. Drafting baseball players might be even harder. To call the MLB draft a crapshoot isn’t exactly accurate because scouts and front offices actually do a really good job. It’s just that invariably there are going to be a lot of misses along the way. What follows is a
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