Detroit Tigers a lock to pick Spencer Torkelson No. 1? Why it's 'not an actual conversation'
DETROIT — Only one true first baseman –– Adrian Gonzalez in 2000 –– has been selected No. 1 overall since the MLB draft began in 1965.Spencer Torkelson is about to become the second, ESPN draft analyst Kiley McDaniel said on a conference call Thursday. He’s 98% sure Detroit Tigers will select the Arizona State first baseman with the top pick June 10.“It’s hard to imagine them not taking him with what’s coming from their camp, people close to that camp,” McDaniel said. “It’s not really an actual conversation unless something really drastic happens that I don’t foresee happening.”This marks the ...
Detroit Free Press
Analysis: Acrimony between MLB players, owners dates back more than 100 years
SAN DIEGO — That millionaires are bickering with billionaires should come as no surprise when it comes to major league baseball.This dispute was brought on by something new, a global pandemic, but there has been no love lost between players and owners for more than 100 years, when players made per season what they now pull now per pitch or at-bat.There are individual examples of the two sides being at odds: Such as when Chicago White Sox owner Charles Comiskey promised his players a bonus for winning the 1919 pennant. Their reward? Flat champagne.We all know how that played out.There are colle...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Will there be a baseball season? Here's where things stand now
ATLANTA — Announcements by the NBA, NHL and MLS of plans to resume their seasons this summer apparently didn’t push MLB to follow suit.Tony Clark, executive director of the MLB Players Association, announced in a statement Thursday night that the union’s executive board and more than 100 “player leaders” met by conference call and “resoundingly rejected” the owners’ proposal of additional pay cuts to start the pandemic-delayed season.Strip away all the spin, and this is where that leaves the question of whether there will be an MLB season this year:— The players are clinging to one part of a d...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Paul Sullivan: Let's just fast forward through the tedious MLB negotiations to the end for the eventual — and obvious — solution
Baseball took its first step to a restart on May 11 when owners gave the go-ahead to begin negotiating with the players’ union on a potential return around the Fourth of July.But a 50-50 revenue sharing split was shot down by players before it was even proposed, and a tiered salary structure taking more money out of the higher-paid players’ pockets also was a non-starter.So here we are in early June, with the NHL and NBA much closer to their restart agreements than MLB, making the fight between baseball owners and the union even more aggravating to shell-shocked fans who just want to sit back ...
MLB broadcasters expected to call 2020 road games from off-site location, source says
Imagine if Roy Halladay’s perfect game in 2010, Cole Hamels’ no-hitter in 2015, or any other road game in modern Phillies history was called by broadcasters who weren’t actually in the ballpark where it happened.Welcome to baseball in the coronavirus age.If there’s a Major League Baseball season in 2020 — the league and Players Association have not yet agreed on compensation for players or finalized health and safety protocols — radio and television announcers have been told to prepare to call road games remotely, using monitors either in a studio or at their team’s home ballpark, a source fam...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
IndyCar's Roger Penske is ready to kick off season — and ownership tenure — at Texas
This is not how Roger Penske envisioned his debut season unfolding when he purchased IndyCar last fall.Penske and the rest of the open-wheel racing circuit were in Florida in mid-March, gearing up for the season-opening race in St. Petersburg. But, before the green flag dropped, that race — and every other sporting event that weekend — had been called off amid the coronavirus pandemic.Then Penske made the difficult decision of postponing the sport’s Super Bowl, the Indianapolis 500, to August, marking the first time the race has been moved out of May.But Penske is ready and excited for his Ind...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
NHL finalizes more details in its return to play plan
The NHL has finalized more details of its return to play plan, further clarifying a 24-team format the league will use if it gets the green light to finish the 2019-20 season later this summer.All four rounds of the playoffs will be a best-of-seven series; only the qualifying round will be a best-of-five.Matchups for each round of the playoffs will be based on seeding, with the highest remaining seed in each conference facing off against the lowest remaining seed and so on.Last week, the NHL officially ended the regular season that was paused March 12 by the coronavirus pandemic and introduced...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Hornets not part of NBA season's restart. Here's what's next for Charlotte's rebuild.
The Charlotte Hornets’ season is over, and they will go nearly nine months between regular-season games.The NBA’s plan to restart its season, approved by owners Thursday, did not include eight of 30 teams, the Hornets among them. Those teams were all more than six games out of eighth place in either conference, the cutoff the league set for the restart, beginning July 31 in suburban Orlando, Fla.The Hornets will go from March 11 until early December without playing a regular-season game. The NBA plans to begin the 2020-21 season Dec. 1, about six weeks later than typical for the NBA schedule.T...
The Charlotte Observer
Mark Bradley: In sports, might we see a September to remember?
For three months, our sports dialogue has — apart from the occasional discussion of Michael Jordan’s cigars and Tom Brady’s pants — centered on the resumption of games. When? Where? How? (Even a bit of “why?”) We’ve crept closer to some answers, but no plan has yet been finalized. MLB once considered staging its 2020 season in Arizona; that proposal was wadded up and tossed in yonder trash can. The NBA and MLS still have plans to play in Disney World. The NHL is said to be eyeing hub cities — one in the East, one in the West — for its restart.The NHL plan is to move straight to its Stanley Cup...
Sam Mellinger: The adults in charge of professional baseball are screwing this up for all of us
The full list of baseball’s mistakes and transgressions is too long to list here, even for a sportswriter who often traffics in long lists.The health and financial consequences of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic have touched all aspects of American life. Baseball isn’t the only business navigating unprecedented challenges, and ongoing nationwide protests against police brutality have put sports in their proper place.But within baseball there’s a growing frustration in the pace and style with which the sport is navigating a possible return in 2020.Some remain optimistic — “I’ll see you at a g...
The Kansas City Star