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Triple-headers and robot umpires. Would MLB’s reported restart plan work?

With the coronavirus pandemic grinding the global sports world to a halt, Major League Baseball is exploring ways to start the season as early as MayAccording to multiple reports this week, the season would start in May with teams traveling to play eac…

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My favourite game: Cubs v Indians, World Series 2016, Game 7

The Cubs had gone 108 years without winning the World Series and I was in a bar in Pasadena when they ended the droughtIn 1989 a scriptwriter called Bob Gale needed to sort out a plot twist for Back to the Future Part II, the one where Marty McFly ends…

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Ex-Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis: ‘We obviously cheated baseball’

Former Astros catcher comes clean on sign-stealing scandalGattis joins Toronto’s Ken Giles in airing guilty conscienceEvan Gattis fought to win a World Series ring with the Houston Astros and got one in 2017. Looking back, it feels like he lost. Gattis…

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For the love of the game: Life as a minor leaguer on $8,000 a year

Players in the big leagues make millions of dollars but it can be a financial struggle for players further down the ladder. And that was before Covid-19By the end of January, John O’Reilly was chomping at the bit to get to spring training. Like most mi…

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Major League Baseball and players’ union agree on terms for return of 2020 season

Players agree to deal addressing salary and service-time issuesOpening day has been pushed back to mid-May at the earliestPlayers agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because …

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‘Everything went to hell’: stadium workers on the US sports shutdown

When leagues across America shut down due to the Covid-19 outbreak, stadium workers found themselves struggling. Here are three of their storiesMike Dougherty (St Paul, Minnesota): “I have been a food and beverage vendor since 1989 when I started at th…

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Finances will be shattered by sports suspensions. But it won’t be the stars who suffer

Most of North America’s major leagues have shuttered during the Covid-19 outbreak. The effects will be particularly hard on stadium workersOn the surface, the Wednesday afternoon matinee between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles back in April…

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Finances will be shattered by sports suspensions. But it won’t be the stars who suffer

Most of North America’s major leagues have shuttered during the Covid-19 outbreak. The effects will be particularly hard on stadium workersOn the surface, the Wednesday afternoon matinee between the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles back in April…

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MLS suspends season as coronavirus outbreak hits US sporting calendar

League suspends season for 30 days over Covid-19 outbreakDavid Beckham’s Inter Miami had been due for home openerNBA season had already announced suspension of seasonUncertainty remains over NHL and MLB seasonsDavid Beckham will have to wait for his ne…

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NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS ban non-essential personnel from locker rooms

Move by major US leagues is a reaction to coronavirus outbreakDecision means journalists will be banned from locker roomsThe NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel, including media, in res…

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MLS to become bigger than baseball? Why the need for comparison?

Figures around the league like to make glorious predictions of the future. But the competition is successful enough in its own rightEvery so often, Major League Soccer likes to beat its chest. Great strides have been made over the past 25 years and tho…

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For teams to meet expectations it needs more than a bumper year for mosquitos | Greg Wood

Football remains resistant to the increase in scoring in other sports, with even penalties becoming harder to convertSomething strange happened in Major League Baseball last year. Batters on the 30 teams started hitting home runs at an unprecedented ra…

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Astros’ Reddick tells of death threats to his children over cheating scandal

Houston stole signs from opponents in World Series seasonHow the Astros went from champions to a shamed shamblesOn the day Houston outfielder Josh Reddick said he and other players have received death threats in the wake of the team’s sign-stealing sca…

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Should Astros players fear for their safety after the cheating scandal?

The league has declined to punish the Houston’s players for their role in the sign-stealing scheme. Opposing players could take the matter in their own handsThe Houston Astros have been punished, but has justice truly been served? That’s the big questi…

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‘They need a beating’: Player anger grows over Astros cheating scandal

No Houston players were punished over sign stealingHow the Astros went from champions to a shamed shamblesThe wave of anger against the Houston Astros over their cheating scandal shows no signs of receding as the new Major League Baseball season approa…

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Players turn on MLB over Houston Astros cheating scandal

Justin Turner says MLB commissioner has mishandled caseMike Trout says Houston players should have been punishedThe fallout from the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal has continued with two prominent players attacking MLB’s handling of the case.MLB comm…

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War of words over Astros cheating scandal now involves partial tattoo

Verbal sparring continues in wake of sign-stealing scandalHouston’s Correa says some critics ‘don’t know the facts’Correa: Altuve didn’t remove shirt due to unfinished tattooThe verbal sparring between the Houston Astros and others around the majors ov…

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Astros owner: our cheating did not impact games … but maybe it did

Jim Crane appears to contradict own statement on scandalTwo Astros’ stars express their contrition for sign-stealingHouston Astros players Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve said on Thursday the team is sorry for the sign-stealing scheme that led to the firi…

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Astros owner: our cheating did not impact games … but maybe it did

Jim Crane appears to contradict own statement on scandalTwo Astros’ stars express their contrition for sign-stealingHouston Astros players Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve said on Thursday the team is sorry for the sign-stealing scheme that led to the firi…

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Will mindbending proposed changes to MLB’s playoffs change the game?

Major League Baseball may restructure its playoffs to add teams and primetime drama. The changes would pit purists against progressivesThe NBA is toying with an in-season tournament, while the NFL devises deals with its players to add a 17th regular-se…