Current New York guidelines would prohibit fans from attending pro sports events

[ad_1] 2:31 PM ETMarcel Louis-JacquesESPN The State of New York released guidelines for professional sports competition Wednesday that contained several mandatory and recommended practices for physical distancing, hygiene and workplace activity -- including the prohibition of fans at games or outside the venue.The six-page guideline included dozens of mandates for professional sports teams in the state as it enters Phase 4 of its reopening during the coronavirus pandemic. Under current
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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 since 1995Jesse RogersCloseESPN Staff WriterJesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers MLB for'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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It’s Bobby Bonilla Day! Why Mets pay him $1.19 million today and every July 1

[ad_1] The calendar has turned to July 1, and that means one thing: It's time for Mets fans everywhere to wish each other a Happy Bobby Bonilla Day! Why? On Wednesday, 57-year-old Bobby Bonilla will collect a check for $1,193,248.20 from the New York Mets, as he has and will every July 1 from 2011 through 2035.Because of baseball's salary structure, Bonilla's annual payday is often more than some of
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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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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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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
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Yankees, Mets to train in New York if MLB resumes

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- The Yankees and Mets would train in New York if Major League Baseball and its players try to start the coronavirus-delayed season.Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Saturday, and the teams confirmed the plan. Cuomo said he would like to stop by to see them training."I think New York now is especially attractive, compared to the other states, because we have such a low transmission rate,
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New York Mets pick 2-time cancer survivor Eric Orze in MLB draft

[ad_1] NEW YORK -- Eric Orze has already stared down much tougher challenges than the professional hitters he could soon be facing.Twice.As baseball's amateur draft was winding down, a feel-good story surfaced in the final round Thursday night when the New York Mets selected Orze -- a two-time cancer survivor.The 22-year-old pitcher from the University of New Orleans missed part of the 2018 season and all of 2019 to recover