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FILE - In this July 19, 2010, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks' Mark Reynolds watches his three-run home run against the New York Mets during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Phoenix. Reynolds is retiring after hitting 298 homers over 13 seasons with eight teams. The 36-year-old made the announcement Thursday, April 9, 2020, on SiriusXM Radio. When the free agent was asked whether he still was pursuing a new team, Reynolds said he's “moved beyond that, I've retired.” He added that he's enjoying spending time with his family and it was time for him “to find something else to do.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Slugger Mark Reynolds says he's retiring after 13-year run

Apr. 9, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Slugger Mark Reynolds is retiring after hitting 298 homers over 13 seasons with eight teams. The 36-year-old made the announcement Thursday on SiriusXM Radio. When the free agent was asked whether he still was pursuing a new team, Reynolds said he's “moved beyond that, I've...

FILE - In this March 28, 2019, file photo, a large flag is unfurled during the national anthem before an opening day baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium in New York. Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are baseball’s most valuable franchise at $5 billion, up 9% over last year and 47% more than the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at $3.4 billion.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Yanks most valuable in MLB at $5 billion, Forbes estimates

Apr. 9, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Forbes estimates the New York Yankees are baseball’s most valuable franchise at $5 billion, up 9% over last year and 47% more than the No. 2 Los Angeles Dodgers at $3.4 billion. The Yankees are second among all sports in Forbes’ evaluations to the Dallas Cowboys, listed at...

Traffic is extremely light in front of Chase Field, Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Phoenix. The Arizona Diamondbacks would have hosted the Atlanta Braves in their season-opening baseball game Thursday, but the start of the MLB regular season is indefinitely on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

AP sources: MLB, union discuss playing all games in Arizona

Apr. 7, 2020 10:49 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area this season and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The sides held a telephone call to talk about paths forward for a season delayed by the coronavirus...

A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)

The Latest: Union player tests positive, first in MLS

Apr. 1, 2020 8:58 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: A player for the Philadelphia Union has tested positive for coronavirus. It is Major League Soccer’s first player case of the virus that has caused the suspension of the season. The Union did not identify the player. He...

FILE - In this July 13, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers fans celebrate a solo home run by Cody Bellinger during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston. Whenever the baseball season begins, Los Angeles Dodgers fans who subscribe to DirecTV and its subsidiaries will have access to the team's regional sports network after a deal ended a nearly seven-year stalemate. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Dodgers TV network reaches deal to show games in LA area

Apr. 1, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whenever the baseball season begins, Los Angeles Dodgers fans who subscribe to DirecTV and its subsidiaries will have access to the team's regional sports network after a deal ended a nearly seven-year stalemate. Spectrum Networks said it began delivering Spectrum SportsNet LA to...

Workers wearing protective gears disinfect as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. The Korea Baseball Organization has postponed the start of new season to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Masks on the field? Ahmed ready if games can be played

Mar. 31, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

In order to get back on the baseball field, Nick Ahmed is willing to play as a masked man. The two-time Gold Glove shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks said he's seen some pictures of recent baseball games in Asia where players have worn protective masks to shield themselves from the spread of the coronavirus....

FILE - In this 1972 file photo, Houston Astros' Jimmy Wynn, top, is greeted at the plate after a home run in a baseball game in Houston. Wynn, the slugger who earned his nickname of “The Toy Cannon” during his days with the Astros in the 1960s and '70s, has died. Wynn was 78. The Astros said he died on Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Houston, but did not provide further details. (Blair Pittman/Houston Chronicle via AP)

Former Astros star Jimmy 'The Toy Cannon' Wynn dies at 78

Mar. 31, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

Jimmy Wynn, the diminutive Houston slugger whose monster shots in the 1960s and '70s earned him the popular nickname “The Toy Cannon," has died. He was 78. The Astros said the three-time All-Star outfielder died Thursday in Houston, but did not provide further details. Just 5-foot-9, Wynn was packed with...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, file photo, a man walks in front of a Tokyo Olympics logo at the Tokyo metropolitan government headquarters. The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of the U.S. Olympic team into crisis. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

The Latest: US Open tennis site to house temporary hospital

Mar. 30, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food packages during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says an...

FILE - In this Saturday, March 7, 2020, file photo, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) talks with guard Donovan Mitchell, left, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, in Detroit. Both players have tested positive for the coronavirus.  Gobert's test result forced the NBA to suspend the season. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson, File)

The Latest: AP source: Salary reductions for top NBA execs

Mar. 26, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Top NBA executives are having their base salaries reduced by 20% for the foreseeable future, a person with knowledge of the details said. The reductions affect the roughly 100 highest-earning executives, as the NBA joins the NHL...

FILE - In this April 7, 1969, file photo, President Richard Nixon and Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, center-left, join Washington Senators manager Ted Williams, left, in a round of laughter before the chief executive tossed out the first ball in an opening day baseball game at RFK Stadium in Washington. (AP Photo/File)

Opening day memories: From Seaver to Scully, Ted to the Ted

Mar. 25, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

No game today. On what was supposed to be opening day all around the majors, ballparks will be shut Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic. So while we wait and hope for baseball this year, some present and past sports writers for The Associated Press reflect on their favorite opening day memories, on and...