Latest Tyler Skaggs News

MLB, union agree to testing for opioids after Skaggs' death

Dec. 12, 2019 3:53 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine, but only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline. Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes announced...

MLB's winter meetings turned into the Scott Boras show

Dec. 12, 2019 3:32 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A mostly dreary winter meetings lacking spectacular swaps will be remembered as the Scott Boras show. Baseball's most prominent agent dominated each of the three full days of meetings with a nine-figure contract, deals for Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Anthony Rendon that totaled $814...

Testing, no suspensions for opioids considered likely in MLB

Dec. 4, 2019 4:18 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Players who test positive for opioids would enter treatment and not be suspended under the change to Major League Baseball's drug agreement being negotiated by management and the players' association, according to union head Tony Clark. Talks to add testing for opioids began following the...

Exemptions for ADHD drugs in MLB drop to lowest in decade

Nov. 29, 2019 3:57 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The number of major leaguers allowed to use otherwise-banned drugs to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder dropped to the lowest level since the sport started issuing annual reports in 2008. The results come in a report issued Monday by Thomas Martin, the Independent Program...

Angels’ Trout overcomes injury, tragedy to win 3rd AL MVP

Nov. 14, 2019 9:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It had never been so difficult for Mike Trout to arrive at the ballpark, get his mind and body ready, and perform at the level baseball fans have come to expect. And still, nobody did it better in the American League. Trout overcame injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP award Thursday...

Astros' Joe Smith honors late Tyler Skaggs in World Series

Oct. 28, 2019 3:36 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Houston Astros reliever Joe Smith sports Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 on his hat with pride and grief. Smith was proud to call Skaggs a friend and devastated by the Angels pitcher's death this summer at age 27 from a toxic mix of drugs and alcohol. Now in the World Series and being counted on in...

Maddon's plan for Angels blends analytics, fundamentals

Oct. 24, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joe Maddon was a part of the Los Angeles Angels organization during most of its glory days, including that lone World Series championship in 2002. With many of his past players and future ones in the crowd Thursday, Maddon outlined his vision for trying to bring the Angels back into...

MLB, players' union report positive talks on opioids testing

Oct. 23, 2019 8:01 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Major League Baseball and its players' union are optimistic talks are progressing on testing for opioids following the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. "The dialogue in this has been really positive with the players association, a lot of common ground on addressing the...

Joe Maddon returns to Los Angeles Angels as manager

Oct. 16, 2019 10:41 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Joe Maddon is back under the halo. Maddon agreed to a three-year deal to become the Los Angeles Angels' manager on Wednesday, reuniting the World Series-winning former bench boss of the Chicago Cubs with the organization where he spent the first three decades of his baseball career....