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FILE - This March 25, 2020, file photo shows a banner to welcome to fans at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. The Athletics are placing their scouts and a significant number of other front office employees on furlough, suspending pay for minor leaguers and cutting the salaries of other executives as part of a cost-cutting move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A's owner John Fisher announced the moves Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in a rare public statement on what he called a

A's to place scouts on furlough, end minor league pay

May. 26, 2020 11:26 PM EDT

The Oakland Athletics are placing their scouts and a significant number of other front office employees on furlough, suspending pay for minor leaguers and cutting the salaries of other executives as part of a cost-cutting move in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A's owner John Fisher announced the moves Tuesday...

Rays pitching prospect Honeywell has elbow procedure

May. 21, 2020 3:43 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell had a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve and is set to begin strength and mobility exercises. Dodgers head team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the procedure on the 25-year-old right-hander in Los Angeles on...

FILE - In this Oct. 11, 1986, file photo, California Angels' Gary Pettis, left, is caught stealing second base by Boston Red Sox shortstop Spike Owen (5) as umpire Richie Garcia, center, looks on during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Ten years after Garcia was fired by Major League Baseball, he wants to set the record straight: He did not get fired for trying to evaluate his son-in-law, then a minor league umpire. Garcia thinks baseball's top executives just wanted him out. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins, File)

Angry ump: Garcia says he kept quiet to protect son-in-law

May. 19, 2020 2:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Richie Garcia was among baseball’s best-rated and most popular umpires, and like many umps was known for the ones he missed: the Jeffrey Maier call in the playoffs, the pitch to Tino Martinez in the World Series. He lost his job in the failed labor strategy of mass resignations in...

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...

In this photo made from video, writer-director Ron Shelton speaks about the movie

'Bull Durham' became a classic by avoiding clichés

May. 15, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

Ron Shelton, the writer-director of “Bull Durham,” “White Men Can’t Jump” and “Tin Cup,” isn’t a big fan of sports movies. “Sports movies generally, I don’t like, and as a kid growing up and as a young man, I liked them even less,”...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, the Tacoma Defiance, a United Soccer League team based in Tacoma, Wash., play the San Diego Royal in a USL match inside an empty Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Wash. 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. (Joshua Bessex/The News Tribune via AP, File)

Pandemic could change landscape of minor league sports

May. 12, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

As North America’s pro football, basketball, baseball and hockey leagues try to play again in a pandemic, minor league sports face a more treacherous climb to return. While the NFL, NBA or Major League Baseball can run on television revenue, it’s virtually impossible for many minor leagues to...

FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, Major League BaseballCommissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the MLB draft, in Secaucus, N.J. Major League Baseball will cuts its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million. Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke Friday, May 8, 2020, on condition of anonymity because no decision was announced. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

AP source: MLB to cut amateur draft from 40 rounds to 5

May. 9, 2020 1:30 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will cut its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million. Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision...

Rays minor leaguer talks about killings of 3 family members

May. 4, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

DANVILLE, Va. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays minor leaguer Blake Bivens says he learned through social media of the deaths of three family members last summer. Speaking publicly for what is believed to be the first time about the Aug. 28 deaths of wife Emily, 1-year-old son Culle and mother-in-law Joan Bernard,...

FILE - In this March 26, 2020, file photo, Jason Hackedorn looks into Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians baseball team, in Cleveland. With the distinct possibility of pro sports resuming in empty venues, a recent poll suggests a majority of U.S. fans wouldn't feel safe attending games anyway without a coronavirus vaccine.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

The Latest: Michigan emergency room nurse has hole-in-one

May. 1, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ An emergency room nurse who played golf after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reopened courses made a hole-in-one. “I don’t know if I deserved to get this because of what I do. It’s mostly pure luck, but it...

FILE - This is a 1959 file photo showing Baltimore Orioles minor league pitcher Steve Dalkowski posed in Miami, Fla. Dalkowski, a hard-throwing, wild left-hander who inspired the creation of the character Nuke LaLoosh in the movie

Steve Dalkowski, inspiration for 'Bull Durham,' dies at 80

Apr. 24, 2020 6:35 PM EDT

Steve Dalkowski, a hard-throwing, wild left-hander whose minor league career inspired the creation of Nuke LaLoosh in the movie “Bull Durham," has died. He was 80. He died Sunday at the Hospital of Central Connecticut in New Britain. His sister, Patricia Cain, said Friday he had several pre-existing...