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Distance markers on the outfield wall and the foul pole, top left, frame the upper center field concourses at Globe Life Field, the newly-built home of the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, May 20, 2020. The park that was supposed to have its home opener on March 31 against the Los Angeles Angels has yet to see one game played in it this season amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Players call MLB economic proposal `extremely disappointing'

May. 27, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A rookie at the major league minimum would keep about 47% of his original salary this year while multimillionaire stars Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole would lose more than 77% under a sliding-scale proposal by big league teams that players found “extremely disappointing.” Major...

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 1974, file photo, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton (10) poses with coach Bud Grant in an unknown location. Grant was the first coach to reach four Super Bowls. Also the first to lose four Super Bowls. Grant built a powerhouse team over 18 seasons with the Vikings, reaching the playoffs 12 times. But his squads always flopped badly on the biggest stage, losing each of their four title games by double-digit margins. (AP Photo/Ferd Kaufman, File)

Column: Sloan, other coaching greats who were denied a title

May. 23, 2020 11:08 AM EDT

Jerry Sloan was undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in NBA history. Yet there’s one glaring omission on an otherwise stellar resume. A championship. Sloan, who died Friday at age 78, isn’t the only coaching guru lacking a trip to a title. Let’s take a look at the 10 best coaches and...

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2002, file photo, Oakland Athletics manager Art Howe watches over warmup tosses by starting pitcher Tim Hudson during practice for the baseball team' playoff game with the Minnesota Twins, in Oakland, Calif. Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus. The 73-year-old Howe, best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, confirmed to Houston TV station KPRC 2 on Thursday night, May 14, he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Former manager and player Art Howe released from hospital

May. 17, 2020 10:17 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe was released from a Houston hospital Sunday after a stay in intensive care because of the coronavirus. “Relief, back in my own bedroom. It’s just sweet,” the 73-year-old Howe said. “It was a long five days or so....

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2002, file photo, Oakland Athletics manager Art Howe watches over warmup tosses by starting pitcher Tim Hudson during practice for the baseball team' playoff game with the Minnesota Twins, in Oakland, Calif. Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus. The 73-year-old Howe, best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, confirmed to Houston TV station KPRC 2 on Thursday night, May 14, he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Former big league manager, player Howe in ICU with virus

May. 15, 2020 12:27 AM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe is in intensive care in a Houston hospital with the coronavirus. The 73-year-old Howe, best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s, confirmed to Houston TV...

Grounds crew members mow as work continues to keep the Seattle Mariners' field in playing shape as the ballpark goes into its seventh week without baseball played because of the coronavirus outbreak, Monday, May 11, 2020, in Seattle. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Major League Baseball owners have given the go-ahead to making a proposal to the players' union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

AP source: No MLB economic plan in 1st session with players

May. 12, 2020 10:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball did not include an economic proposal during its opening presentation to the players' union on terms to start the coronavirus-delayed season. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker criticized big leaguers for not being willing to cut pay further at a news conference on Tuesday,...

FILE - In this Aug. 10, 1981, file photo, Philadelphia Phillies' Phillies Pete Rose waves to the crowd while standing on first base after breaking the National League's all-time career hitting record in 8th inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/File)

In shortened season, stars still had chance to shine in 1981

May. 5, 2020 11:04 AM EDT

The season began with Fernandomania and ended with a classic World Series matchup between the Dodgers and Yankees. Mike Schmidt slugged his way to a second consecutive MVP, and Nolan Ryan pitched another no-hitter. But perhaps the best way to describe baseball in 1981 is by recounting Pete Rose’s pursuit...

FILE - In this May 4, 2019, file photo, front row from left: Flavien Prat on Country House, Tyler Gaffalione on War of Will, Luis Saez on Maximum Security and John Velazquez on Code of Honor compete in the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. There will be no Run for the Roses on this first Saturday in May. The Kentucky Derby is one of the events that won't be held this week because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

What Would Have Been: Kentucky Derby, wild-card rematches

Apr. 27, 2020 4:29 AM EDT

With the national sports calendar still pretty much on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, following a short reprieve last week thanks to an unusual NFL draft, The Associated Press looks at some of the sporting events that would have taken place the week of April 27 to May 3: RUN FOR THE ROSES: The first...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2019, file photo, then-Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora speaks during the Major League Baseball winter meetings in San Diego. The Boston Red Sox were stripped of their second-round pick in this year’s amateur draft by Major League Baseball for breaking video rules in 2018 and former manager Alex Cora was suspended through the 2020 postseason for his conduct as bench coach with the Houston Astros the previous year. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced his decision Wednesday, April 22, 2020, concluding Red Sox replay system operator J.T. Watkins used in-game video to revise sign sequences provided to players. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Red Sox lose draft pick, Cora banned in sign-stealing scams

Apr. 23, 2020 2:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox escaped severe penalties in Major League Baseball's cheating investigation on Wednesday, with Commissioner Rob Manfred concluding that the 2018 World Series champions' sign-stealing efforts were less egregious than the Astros' when they won it all the previous season....

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 1995, file photo, the Atlanta Braves celebrate after Game 6 of the World Series against the Cleveland Indians in Atlanta. The Braves beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 to win the best-of-seven series. Twenty-five years ago, Atlanta sports finally reached the promised land. With the world in the grips of coronavirus pandemic, it's a welcome respite to remember when the Braves gave the city its first major championship. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke, File)

Glavine, Klesko share fond memories of Braves' 1995 title

Apr. 22, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Tom Glavine still remembers it vividly, that challenge he made to his teammates during the clinching game of the 1995 World Series. Amid a scoreless Game 6 against the Cleveland Indians, Glavine implored the Braves' hitters to score a single run. It was all the team would need, he vowed,...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2020, file photo, Oakland Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers ponders a question during an interview with the media in Oakland, Calif. The Associated Press looks at some of the events that would have been live the week of April 20-26: _ Sign-stealing whistleblower Mike Fiers would have been in Houston with the Oakland A’s for a weekend series. The A's right-hander, who pitched for the 2017 World Series champion Astros, hasn't been back to Minute Maid Park since saying last November that his former team used a camera in center field to steal signs. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

What Would Have Been: MLB's Fiers in Houston, NBA playoffs

Apr. 20, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

While watching more replays of classic games with the national sports calendar on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press looks at some of the events that would have been live the week of April 20-26: MLB: — Sign-stealing whistleblower Mike Fiers would have been in Houston with the...