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Everything you need to know as MLB’s 2020 season restart begins

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETDavid SchoenfieldCloseESPN Senior WriterSenior writer of SweetSpot baseball blog Former deputy editor of Page 2 Been with ESPN.com since 1995Jesse RogersCloseESPN Staff WriterJesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for ESPN.com.It's here. Finally. Spring training 2.0. Or make that summer camp. Or is it summer training? In any case, Major League Baseball begins its strange 2020 odyssey on Wednesday in the strangest of ways
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Rockies GM supports Ian Desmond’s decision to skip 2020 season

[ad_1] DENVER -- Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said he supports Ian Desmond's decision to sit out the 2020 season to focus on his young family and help rejuvenate youth baseball in his hometown in Florida.Bridich said he had a pair of recent conversations with the 34-year-old outfielder, who announced his decision in a lengthy and heartfelt Instagram post Monday night.Desmond wrote that the "COVID-19 pandemic has made this
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Rockies’ Ian Desmond opting out of playing in 2020, citing high risk amid pandemic

[ad_1] Ian Desmond will opt of playing this season, the Colorado Rockies outfielder announced Monday."The COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season one that is a risk I am not comfortable taking," he wrote at the end of a lengthy post on Instagram that touched on race and opportunities for youth baseball players.Desmond, who was born in Sarasota, Florida, wrote that he's not "leaving baseball behind for the year. I'll
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MLB prospects to watch on each team’s 60-man pool

[ad_1] With Major League Baseball scheduled to open camps for "spring training 2.0" in the coming days, teams had to submit their initial 60-man player pools Sunday. Players still can be added with many teams listing fewer than 60 names, but this at least gives us a glimpse of whom we'll see when the players finally hit the diamond.Many of the game's top prospects, Rays phenom Wander Franco chief among
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MLB predictions — Who will thrive, struggle in 60-game season?

[ad_1] 7:00 AM ETMLB InsidersESPN With the final hurdles cleared for a 2020 MLB season, the likes of which we've never seen before, we asked ESPN's baseball writers, reporters and editors for their best guesses as to what we'll witness during this abbreviated campaign.What teams and players are best suited for the shortened season? And who will struggle? Which is the team to beat? And who will be the 60-game
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Reports — Rockies star Charlie Blackmon tests positive for coronavirus

[ad_1] All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon of the Colorado Rockies has become the first Major League Baseball player known to have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to reports.A source confirmed Blackmon's test result to The Associated Press. The Denver Post had first reported Blackmon's condition, saying Tuesday that three Rockies players had tested positive, which was confirmed by ESPN's Jeff Passan.Of the three players who tested positive last week, two
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How many wins to reach the playoffs? A .400 hitter? How wild a 60-game MLB season could really get

[ad_1] Jun 23, 2020MLB InsidersESPN With a 60-game schedule on tap for Major League Baseball in 2020, we now know we're getting a season, but one whose brevity could yield some surprising outcomes in the standings and in the record book. With that in mind, we asked three of ESPN's MLB experts -- Bradford Doolittle, David Schoenfield and Sam Miller -- what the shortened schedule will mean for the playoff
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Three Colorado Rockies players test positive, report says

[ad_1] Three Colorado Rockies players have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to The Denver Post.Two players were asymptomatic and one showed symptoms, according to the newspaper, which reported that the positive tests came last week.This month, several Rockies players have been taking live at-bats at Coors Field, according to The Post.The news comes as the Major League Baseball Players Association and the league ironed out the final details on
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Baseball’s top 60 storylines for a 60-game MLB season

[ad_1] It appears that there is going to be a baseball season after all, one of 60 games, following a month of ugly public negotiations between the players and owners over how to navigate through the money of the shortened season. In the words of Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer, "COVID-19 already presented a lose-lose-lose situation and we've somehow found a way to make it worse."Anyway, we can at least briefly