Agent Scott Boras is pleased with MLB service time deal — draft changes aside — and maintains hope for Kris Bryant's future with Cubs
CHICAGO — Scott Boras often questions the motives of MLB ownership groups and their perceived unwillingness to compensate or pursue his baseball clients.But the agent was pleased that Major League Baseball reached an agreement with the players association — with one exception — that would institute new rules if the 2020 season is shortened or canceled.“Between the parties, with the exception of one treatment in the draft area, this was very mutually understood,” Boras told the “Waddle and Silvy” show Friday on ESPN-AM 1000. “And I don’t think there’s any benefit or detriment that anybody wante...
Kevin Acee: How Padres, other teams will be affected by deal between MLB players, owners
SAN DIEGO — The Padres will have paid Garrett Richards a little more than $7 million to rehab his elbow and pitch 8 2/3 innings over two seasons.Fernando Tatis Jr. will have played 84 games and have two seasons of service time.Those are just a couple of the peculiar ramifications for the Padres and other teams should the 2020 season be wiped out due to the novel coronavirus.Most significantly, a deal struck Thursday between Major League Baseball’s owners and players guarantees service time for 2020 equivalent to what a player earned in 2019 in the event MLB is unable to play a shortened season...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Mets say Noah Syndergaard's Tommy John surgery went as expected
NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard’s Tommy John surgery on his torn right ulnar collateral ligament went as expected on Thursday, according to a Mets official.The right-hander will begin his long road to recovery — which includes an extensive rehab that is expected to take anywhere from 12-15 months. Syndergaard will miss the 2020 season and return to the mound, at the earliest, in April 2021.Mets medical director, Dr. David Altchek, performed the surgery at the newly opened Hospital for Special Surgery in West Palm Beach, Fla.Syndergaard, 27, tore his UCL before spring training was suspended earlier...
New York Daily News
Tom Krasovic: Sports talk radio adjusts to life without sports
SAN DIEGO — Alpine is dark when Judson Richards wakes up. It’s still dark when his work day begins at 6 a.m. While his pregnant wife and his mother slumber elsewhere in the rural home, Richards settles behind a microphone to start his shift.What he’s after is light, and not necessarily the daylight that creeps up the Cuyamaca Mountains to the east.Sports are supposed to be light, not heavy. Can they still be, when there’s a viral pandemic on the loose, when the games have been scrapped, because there’s so much real life happening?Talking about sports is what Richards, 39, does each day. The fo...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Baseball: 3 Tigers players now positive with coronavirus: source
A day after Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami tested positive for the novel coronavirus, two teammates he was known to have dined with also were confirmed as infected, a source with knowledge of the matter said Friday.On Thursday, Fujinami became the first professional baseball player in Japan to receive a positive test. After identifying those that he came into close contact with between March 11 and March 25, two players came forward saying they had symptoms.Fujinami, a 25-year-old right-hander, had reported losing his sense of smell a few days earlier, although he exhibited no other ...
Cubs series in London against the Cardinals reportedly is canceled because of the coronavirus
Major League Baseball has made no formal announcement regarding the status of the London Series, but an England-based newspaper reported Thursday that the two-game series between the Cubs and Cardinals has been canceled.The Sun reported that organizers canceled the series, scheduled for June 13-14 at London Stadium, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The report said the teams and event organizers were exploring the possibility of playing the series later in the season.The London Marathon, scheduled for April 26, was moved to Oct. 4. The Wimbledon Championship remains on schedule for June...
Michael Cunningham: Braves' bountiful farm system could be at its peak
Former Braves general manager Frank Wren botched some big free-agent deals before he was fired in September 2014, but he did plant the seeds for a good farm system. Successors John Hart and John Coppolella kept growing the farm before a rules-breaking scandal cleared out the front office. Current general manager Alex Anthopoulos protected those prospects in trades as the Braves won back-to-back NL East titles.The core of the team includes young stars Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Mike Soroka. The next wave of top Braves prospects features right-hander Ian Anderson and outfielders Cristian Pac...
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Patrick Reusse: Colorful Pedro Ramos got Twins franchise started right by smoking Yankees in 1961 opener
We’ve always loved lists in the sports business, and more so in the ESPN era. We can argue endlessly over Mount Rushmores. And the Michael-or-LeBron argument is so stale that, when asked for an opinion on basketball’s GOAT, the answer is, “Earl Manigault.”Look it up.Here’s another list to discuss, but it only goes one deep. Greatest Day in Minnesota Sports History: April 11, 1961.That’s the day that the left side of the front page of the Minneapolis Morning Tribune carried the headline: “We’re Major Leaguers Today.”And then came the wonder of that grand day:Twins 6, Yankees 0, under the hallow...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Commissioner outlines hope for baseball season starting sooner than later
An announcement is expected soon regarding short-term compensation and other matters surrounding the suspended baseball season.Opening day was to be Thursday, and in a statement sent out via social media and signed by the Padres’ principal owners, the team said it will provide lunch for UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank employees. The statement also said “God Bless America” will play at Petco Park at 1:10 p.m., which was the scheduled time for first pitch, “as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you during this time of crisis.”Players are expected to get an adva...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Before Opening Day was pushed back, these San Francisco Giants learned it doesn't always go as planned
A new era of Giants baseball was supposed to begin Thursday at Dodger Stadium.After 13 seasons managing the club, Bruce Bochy stepped away and Gabe Kapler was hired to lead the next generation of Giants. After four seasons in Madison Bumgarner’s shadow, Johnny Cueto was supposed to fill the role of staff ace and take the ball on Opening Day.Hunter Pence was supposed to make his triumphant return to his old club, Buster Posey was supposed to become the seventh player in franchise history to make 10 Opening Day starts at the same position and Alyssa Nakken was supposed to debut as the first fema...
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