Major League Baseball has a plan to resume in May, gathering all teams and isolating them in Arizona to minimize coronavirus risk. ESPN Senior MLB Insider Jeff Passan has the story of how that might work, and who's on board. Then, a firsthand look at how baseball has returned to South Korea. Scrimmages there are leading to preseason games slated for later this month. Passan talks to former MLB pitcher Dan Straily, now of the Korean Baseball Organization's Lotte Giants, to detail the precautions his team is taking to keep their season on track amidst the pandemic.
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Major League Baseball and its players are increasingly focused on a plan that could allow them to start the season as early as May in the greater Phoenix area and has the support of high-ranking federal public health officials, sources told ESPN.
Astros ace Justin Verlander says he'll give his weekly paycheck to coronavirus relief efforts during the shutdown.
While scolding the Astros and Red Sox for "shamelessly" breaking baseball's rules concerning sign stealing, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff dismissed a class-action lawsuit against MLB by a group of daily fantasy sports contestants.
Craig Biggio joins Buster to talk about being welcomed into the Baseball Hall of Fame fraternity, the Astros passing over Derek Jeter in the draft, watching his son Cavan hit his first big league home run, why he wasn't scared catching for Nolan Ryan as a young player and being the hit-by-pitch record holder (10:34). Plus, Todd Radom hops on to discuss Justin Turner's extra-innings home run derby idea and Marlins Park, and to administer the weekly quiz (2:15).
Evan Gattis, who was a catcher and DH as the Astros won the World Series in 2017 amid a sign-stealing scandal, said he understands why it's "not ... good enough to say sorry."
The Houston Astros fired one manager after a sign-stealing scandal and hired the other to help the club rebound. Now both managers are finding their respective ways while baseball has been removed from circulation.
Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon joins Buster to discuss rehabbing while social distancing, staying connected with teammates, playing Fortnite, why there are no bad ideas in figuring out how to play games this season and growing up an Astros fan (2:08). Later, Tim Kurkjian hops on to talk about how the suspensions for Jeff Luhnow and A.J. Hinch will end later this year, regardless of whether any games are played, and his his daily baseball fix videos (22:39).
Beer flights. Knife fights. Planes, trains ... and parachutes? These stories would have broken the internet.
Because AJ Hinch's and Jeff Luhnow's suspensions are tied to the end of the 2020 postseason rather than a specific number of games, MLB will view them as having served their discipline this year no matter what, sources told ESPN.
From "The Bird" to "The Hammer" and the original Baby Bomber, we tell the stories of stars who burned bright but flamed out, having a brief time in the spotlight.
Kyle Peterson joins Buster to discuss the major changes to the MLB Draft including the hard decisions college baseball players and coaches have to make in this time of uncertainty, the $20,000 cap on signing bonuses for undrafted players, teams that might look to save money by dumping players and what Kyle would do to help increase interest in baseball (1:40). Later, Sarah Langs hops on to talk about which players might've never made the big leagues under the new draft format and how players on short-term deals are likely to be hurt the most by teams looking to cut payroll (28:20).
From 20-strikeout outings to unforgettable no-nos, we look at the best gem ever thrown by each franchise and try to predict who could top it.
Jimmy Wynn, the 5-foot-9 former Astros slugger in the 1960s and '70s who made three All-Star teams, died Thursday in Houston. He was 78.
Unfortunately there is no action on the field, but we're still sizing up where all 30 teams stand on the day they would have been playing ball.