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FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, Toronto Blue Jays minor league baseball player Jesus Navarro, left center, wears a mask while he prepares to fly home along with his teammates from the Dominican Republic at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Fla. Unlike the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball that can run on television revenue, it's impossible for some minor sports leagues in North America to go on in empty stadiums and arenas in light of the coronavirus pandemic. These attendance-driven leagues might not play again at all in 2020, putting some teams in danger of surviving at all and potentially changing the landscape of minor league sports in the future. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

At least 16 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor leaguers

May. 29, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — At least 16 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week. The Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, San Diego Padres,...

FILE - In this Tuesday, April 28, 2020, file photo, a darkened Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks of baseball's National League, sits empty. Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday, May 11, 2020, 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, a plan that envisions expanding the designated hitter to the National League for 2020. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

D-backs cut about quarter of staff with layoffs, furloughs

May. 29, 2020 7:30 PM EDT

The Arizona Diamondbacks have laid off or furloughed about one-quarter of the team’s employees because of lost revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. The organization made the moves on Friday. Remaining staff will take pay cuts that average less than 15%, with the team's highest earners losing a bigger...

FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks' Starling Marte follows through on a swing during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the  an Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz. Marte announced on social media that his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack. “Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack,” Marte wrote on Instagram on Monday, May 18, 2020. “It is a moment of indescribable pain. On behalf of my family, I am grateful for the expressions of esteem and solidarity in this difficult time.” (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

D-backs OF Starling Marte says wife dies of heart attack

May. 18, 2020 11:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte announced on social media that his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack. “Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack,” Marte wrote on Instagram on Monday....

Ex-Stanford two-sport star Zach Hoffpauir dies at 26

May. 16, 2020 1:14 AM EDT

Zach Hoffpauir, a two-sport standout at Stanford who earned All-Pac 12 honors as a safety in football and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system, has died at age 26. The University of Northern Colorado, where Hoffpauir was hired in February as an assistant football coach in...

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2019, file photo, Washington Nationals' Howie Kendrick hits a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of Game 7 of the baseball World Series in Houston. To many National League fans, the scribble of “DH” on the lineup card sullies the whole stadium. To lots of American League fans, the sight of a pitcher touching a Louisville Slugger is a total affront to the diamond. No matter, that’s part of the proposal MLB owners are making to the players -- a full-time DH in the National League. This year only. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber up

May. 12, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

Before all the self-proclaimed purists forecasting the destruction of baseball strategy and the very sanctity of the sport as we know it go berserk bemoaning the inclusion of a designated hitter in the National League this season, remember this: In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the...

Security guard LeJuana Evans wears a mask while working a gate at Oracle Park, the San Francisco Giants' baseball ballpark, in San Francisco, March 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Giants, A's, D-backs among MLB teams in coronavirus study

Apr. 14, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks are two of the Major League Baseball teams participating in a study of the coronavirus that will test hundreds of people — including players — from the various clubs for antibodies. Both Arizona and San Francisco confirmed...

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...

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...