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MLB umpires union distances itself from Joe West’s opinion on coronavirus

[ad_1] In the aftermath of comments made by veteran umpire Joe West, the Major League Baseball Umpires Association on Thursday issued a statement saying that "recent public comments" do not reflect its stance regarding the coronavirus pandemic."Our nation, and the world, has suffered greatly from this deadly virus," said the union's statement, which did not mention West by name. "In the midst of continued suffering, umpires are attempting to do
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From hurricanes to coronavirus, three Puerto Rican athletes share their stories of what the island has faced

[ad_1] It's like Puerto Rico can't catch a break.First, in September 2017, came a borderline Category 5 hurricane, one of the most powerful ever to hit Puerto Rico and the mainland United States. Hurricane Maria caused an estimated $90 billion in damages and killed more than 2,900 people in Puerto Rico. Just as the island was starting to recover from the destruction left in the wake of the hurricane, in
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Discipline in a pandemic might be the ultimate competitive advantage in MLB

[ad_1] Major League Baseball's plan to play through a public health crisis is outlined in a handbook that encompasses more than 100 pages, every single one of which emphasizes the notion that professional baseball in 2020 will be unlike anything anybody has ever experienced. Players are advised to wear sandals in the shower and close airplane toilet lids before flushing and open windows on buses. Spitting and high-fiving are disallowed,
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Max Muncy cites Dodgers’ new center-field backdrop for HBP injury

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- Max Muncy didn't react quickly enough to a pitch running in on him during Sunday's scrimmage from Dodger Stadium and suffered an injury because of it."I couldn't really see the ball," Muncy said. "I'm trying to adjust to some of the changes out there. It came up and in on me and hit me in the finger."The reason: a center-field batter's eye, the visual backdrop for
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Max Muncy cites Dodgers’ new center-field backdrop for HBP injury

[ad_1] LOS ANGELES -- Max Muncy didn't react quickly enough to a pitch running in on him during Sunday's scrimmage from Dodger Stadium and suffered an injury because of it."I couldn't really see the ball," Muncy said. "I'm trying to adjust to some of the changes out there. It came up and in on me and hit me in the finger."The reason: a center-field batter's eye, the visual backdrop for
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The exile of Oakland A’s Bruce Maxwell and the birth of MLB’s Black player movement

[ad_1] To find Bruce Maxwell's America, you first have to leave it, as he did, by crossing over into another country, into an exile both self-imposed and voluntary. It is to journey 165 miles southwest of the U.S. border at Laredo, Texas, into the Mexican city of Monclova, and look back at the most important intersection of his life: Sept, 23, 2017, when the Oakland Athletics catcher told his manager,
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Five things MLB can do right now to confront systemic racism

[ad_1] Major League Baseball is scrambling to get the 2020 season off the ground, with considerable concerns about travel, safety and logistics during the coronavirus pandemic. Also hovering over the game is the question of how it will face a new sensibility about race in America.Being neutral is no longer an option. The sport can set the tone if it can shift from words in a statement to taking on
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‘Wow, it’s kind of over’

[ad_1] Despite a global pandemic and a contentious labor fight, Major League Baseball is, in fact, on track to return this year, in one form or another. But baseball's reach is far greater than its highest level.Countless other people -- in high schools and throughout college campuses, from youth teams and travel ball to the minor leagues, in a multitude of roles at every level -- have suddenly been left
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‘Efficient’ Gerrit Cole K’s 6, allows 1 hit in 5 innings of Yanks’ scrimmage

[ad_1] 10:17 PM ETMarly RiveraESPN Writer CloseMarly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com.Gerrit Cole once again showed a glimpse of what New York Yankees fans can expect this season out of their $324 million ace.In his first intrasquad scrimmage Tuesday night, Cole threw five innings of one-hit ball, which required only 67 pitches (43 for strikes), with six strikeouts and two walks.Cole started off needing only four pitches