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What the MLB deal with players means for 2020 season and beyond

[ad_1] 6:33 PM ETJeff PassanCloseESPNESPN MLB insiderAuthor of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports"Kiley McDanielCloseESPN MLB InsiderESPN MLB Insider Kiley McDaniel covers MLB prospects, the MLB Draft and more, including trades and free agency. Has worked for four MLB teams.Following round-the-clock negotiations since the coronavirus outbreak postponed the beginning of the season, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association struck a deal
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Agent Scott Boras says MLB draft limits send ‘wrong message’

[ad_1] Agent Scott Boras believes the agreement reached between Major League Baseball and the players' union "sends the wrong message" when it comes to possibly shortening the draft and limiting the financial pool for amateur players.Under terms of the agreement, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has the discretion to shorten the 2020 draft from 40 rounds to as few as five rounds, sources told ESPN. And he also has the right
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The best pitching performance ever for all 30 teams

[ad_1] Editor's note: This original version of this story ran on June 27, 2018. As part of ESPN's Strikeout Saturday on March 28, 2020, David Schoenfield updated his evaluations, particularly of who's most likely to beat each team's best-ever pitching performance.On May 4, 2018 Gerrit Cole pitched one of the best games you will ever see. He fired a 16-strikeout shutout against the Diamondbacks, allowing just one hit and one
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MLB, MLBPA agree on stipulations for return of 2020 season

[ad_1] Major League Baseball owners have approved a plan to address salary and service-time issues amid the indefinite delay to the start of the regular season, according to ESPN and multiple reports.The owners completed an agreement reached between MLB and the players' union Thursday night, which came after nearly two weeks of morning-to-night negotiations that involved players, owners, agents, executives, union officials and commissioner's office staff.As part of the agreement,
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No NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL to bet on? These esports offer an alternative

[ad_1] With major sports on hiatus, many bettors are turning to what competitions are still taking place. Among them is esports. Though competitive gaming has boomed with live events in the past several years, its roots are online, with tournaments being organized remotely. In our current reality of social distancing and self-quarantine, many esports leagues and tournaments have rediscovered these roots.Here is a primer on a few games that may
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Noah Syndergaard has Tommy John surgery, expected back in 2021

[ad_1] 10:50 AM ETJeff PassanESPN CloseESPN MLB insiderAuthor of "The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports"New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard underwent successful Tommy John surgery on Thursday, a source tells ESPN.The Mets announced Tuesday that Syndergaard would need the surgery. He is expected to return some time during the 2021 season.Syndergaard, 27, who is one of the hardest-throwing starting pitchers in baseball history
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The best behind-the-scenes MLB moments we ever saw

[ad_1] This was supposed to be opening week, the time when MLB fans everywhere look forward to making a season's worth of memories. Because we won't have games to get excited about for a while, we thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane by reliving some of our favorite baseball moments.In the final installment of our weeklong series focusing on a different baseball theme each
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The best MLB defensive plays we ever saw

[ad_1] This was supposed to be opening week, the time when MLB fans everywhere look forward to making a season's worth of memories. Since we won't have games to get excited about for a while, we thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane by reliving some of our favorite baseball moments.In the fourth installment of our weeklong series focusing on a different baseball theme each
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Sources — MLB, MLBPA agree to deal on stoppage

[ad_1] Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have a deal, sources tell ESPN's Jeff Passan. The players have voted on it already. MLB owners are expected to ratify it Friday.The deal draws a path forward as baseball tries to figure out when it will return from the stoppage because of the coronavirus pandemic.In the deal, MLB has the right to shorten the 2020 draft to five rounds, sources
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Fanatics to make medical gear instead of baseball uniforms

[ad_1] 5:03 PM ETEric WoodyardESPN Major League Baseball players won't be needing their uniforms for a while, so MLB and Fanatics executive chairman Michael Rubin have announced plans to use the fabric instead to make at least 1 million masks and hospital gowns to support health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic."The COVID-19 crisis has compelled our country to be more collaborative, innovative and strategic than ever before," Rubin said