The healthy Marlins are preparing for the unknown as coronavirus keeps baseball on hold
MIAMI — Michael Hill isn’t used to this.It’s early April. Baseball is supposed to be in full swing.Instead, the Miami Marlins’ president of baseball operations has to resort to throwback games, old radio calls and watching his kids play simulated games on their PlayStation if he wants to watch America’s pastime.“I’ve been trying to get my fix any way possible,” Hill said Thursday on a conference call.Major League Baseball postponed its season four weeks ago because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. When it will return and in what format are still unknown. Numerous hypotheticals are being di...
NBA players to receive full April 15 paychecks, but return still uncertain because of coronavirus
NBA players will receive their full paychecks on April 15, a league source confirmed.There had been some uncertainty about whether players would get their full amount during this pay period since they are not playing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Owners are not obligated to pay the full amount because of an emergency clause in the players’ contracts.The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have been negotiating a salary-reduction percentage for upcoming paychecks.On Tuesday, the players association reiterated to agents that owners could withhold 25% of players’ remaining salary...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Arturas Karnisovas reportedly will be Bulls' 3rd head of basketball operations — and 1st outside hire — since 1985
CHICAGO — Arturas Karnisovas has become one of the most coveted and respected executives in the NBA, one several teams — the Bucks, 76ers and Nets included — have attempted to lure away from the Nuggets with no success.The chance to run the Bulls, a job only two men have held since 1985 and one that has not been open since 2003, finally was enough to entice him.The Bulls and Karnisovas were finalizing a deal to make him the franchise’s new executive vice president of basketball operations, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported late Wednesday. Karnisovas will replace John Paxson as the new top bas...
Teddy Greenstein: The Masters would have teed off this morning. Here are 11 vivid memories from the last 11 years at Augusta National.
A boring day at the Masters is like sushi at McDonald’s — it doesn’t exist.I remember thinking, “Not much going today,” during the opening round in 2016. And then Ernie Els — World Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els — six-putted the first green at Augusta National.The place produces memories unlike any other.This would have been Masters week, featuring a Champions Dinner menu selected by Tiger Woods. Instead we’re settling for greatest-hits TV coverage, Kevin Na’s Instagram feed and the promise of a one-of-a-kind fall Masters. Proposed dates: Nov. 12-15.I’ve covered every Masters since 2009. Here ar...
Benjamin Hochman: Managing Cardinals and life during coronavirus, Shildt anticipates 'brightness ahead' for team
How is Mike Shildt managing?Both these uncertain coronavirus times and the St. Louis Cardinals.“Clearly a different way of going about things,” the Cardinals’ manager said by phone. “In a sense, we’re in an offseason, right? We’re in an offseason mode, getting ready for the season to crank up that we’re not sure, you know, when that will happen. And (our nation) is in a crisis. So in that regard, different variables. We’re unsure of when this crisis will be behind us, but I’m confident we’ve got the spirit and the people that will allow that to happen.”Speaking to the skipper, he seemed to hav...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Paul Sullivan: The Bulls might reassign Gar Forman and John Paxson, but GarPax will last forever — just look at Ken Williams and the White Sox
CHICAGO — It’s comforting to know that when the NBA season eventually returns we’ll still have GarPax around to do whatever it is they want to do.The two-headed monster of the Bulls front office, also known by their given names — Gar Forman and John Paxson — have worked together for 18 years, slowly and methodically squandering the reputation of a brand Michael Jordan helped turn into an unparalleled global success story.Since Bulls Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf gave his son, team President Michael Reindorf, the go-ahead to find a new boss to pick up the shattered pieces of the ongoing rebuild, one...
Kristie Ackert: Coronavirus pandemic will have ripple effect on college baseball players for years to come
TAMPA, Fla. — Less than two months ago, Christian Fedko was in Port St. Lucie with his UConn baseball team with everything out in front of him. After a strong summer in the Cape Cod League, the infielder was heading into his most important season for a college baseball player. He was set up perfectly for his junior year with the Huskies and preparing for the 2020 MLB amateur draft.And then everything skidded to an unbelievable halt.The coronavirus pandemic not only shut down the country and professional sports for the present, but it will undoubtedly have a rippling effect going forward on lif...
New York Daily News
Meet the man who's keeping NASCAR and live sports on your TV through the pandemic
Coronavirus is hitting sports hard, but through the many event postponements, whispers of rescheduled dates and fan prayers, the virtual world is kicking into overdrive to fill the gap in live entertainment. iRacing is at the epicenter.The sim racing game, which launched its first eSports series — the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series — in partnership with NASCAR in 2009, was well-positioned to fill the gaps in sports entertainment. Drivers across all levels of NASCAR have access to simulator rigs and the iRacing infrastructure was already in place to quickly launch a virtual series featuring t...
The Charlotte Observer
Mac Engel: The idea of major league sports returning without fans needs to be sent down
FORT WORTH, Texas — Construction has not yet begun at Colonial Country Club for the Charles Schwab Challenge, the UFC will have fights on an island, and now MLB is considering a plan to play games in empty stadiums.It will be like every game is in Oakland.Television is so starved for live sports programming that despite the circumstances the PGA Tour may yet play in Fort Worth next month for the Charles Schwab Challenge. One week, or so, later Arizona could be the home to all of Major League Baseball.According to reports from ESPN and the Associated Press, MLB and the MLB Players Association h...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tigers intend to memorialize Al Kaline how 'a man of his stature should be'
DETROIT — There are no current plans for a public ceremony for Al Kaline’s death, Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila said on Wednesday afternoon.Kaline, who died on Monday at age 85, will be laid to rest in a private ceremony with his family, Avila said.The Tigers will hold a public ceremony, Avila said. That ceremony — which likely will be held at Comerica Park — is impacted by the current coronavirus pandemic, with the state of Michigan in a stay-at-home order and the Centers of Disease Control recommending no public gatherings of more than 50 persons.But, Avila said, “We have a team of...
Detroit Free Press