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Petitti leaves MLB after 12 years for video, esports company

Aug. 10, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Petitti is leaving Major League Baseball after 12 years to become president of sports and entertainment for the video game and esports company Activision Blizzard Inc. on Aug. 17. Petitti was one of two deputy commissioners under baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, in charge of business...

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

AP study: MLB average salary under $1.3M; Scherzer tops list

Aug. 10, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s eye-popping salaries took an astonishing dive during the coronavirus pandemic to their lowest level in nearly a quarter-century, according to a study by The Associated Press. Washington pitcher Max Scherzer topped the shortened season’s list at $17.8...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2006, file photo,a Joe DiMaggio 1947 MVP Award plaque is displayed at a news conference in New York. The plaque features the name and image of Kenesaw Mountain Landis. A group of House Democrats called Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, for the name of former baseball commissioner Landis to be pulled off future Most Valuable Player plaques. (AP Photo/Jennifer Szymaszek, File)

Congressional group wants Landis name pulled from MVP plaque

Aug. 4, 2020 9:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A group of House Democrats called Tuesday for the name of former baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis to be pulled off future Most Valuable Player plaques, an idea endorsed by several players who have won the award. U.S. Reps. Gil Cisneros of California and Cedric Richmond of...

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer throws to a Detroit Tigers batter during the first inning of the second baseball game of a doubleheader in Detroit, Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

MLB looks to shorter doubleheaders to ease scheduling chaos

Aug. 3, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

The Detroit Tigers and Cincinnati Reds were the first teams to try out baseball’s new time-saving measure — a doubleheader with seven-inning games. They ended up having a long day anyway after the opener was delayed for more than two hours because of rain. It’s been that kind of season so far...

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, left, speaks with fans as he arrives at Nationals Park for the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals opening day baseball game, Thursday, July 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Manfred confident MLB can get through playoffs despite virus

Aug. 2, 2020 1:57 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every club might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams. During an interview...

FILE - In this Friday, July 31, 2020, file photo, fan cutouts sit in seats behind home plate at Miller Park after it was announced that the baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and Cardinals in Milwaukee, was postponed after two Cardinals employees tested positive for the coronavirus. One more player and three staff members with the Cardinals have tested positive for the coronavirus, leading to the postponement of their game on Saturday against the Brewers, according to a person familiar with the situation. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Another postponement rattles MLB; Brewers' Cain opts out

Aug. 1, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

The coronavirus forced baseball's 17th postponement in 10 days on Saturday, prompting at least two more players to opt out and casting doubt the league can complete a truncated 2020 season. A Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee was postponed for the second straight day after one more player and several staff...

FILE - In this March 2, 2020, file photo, Miami Marlins' Isan Diaz bats during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Washington Nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Marlins received no new positive results in their latest round of coronavirus testing, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday, but second baseman Isan Diaz decided to opt out of the season. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

No new positives for Marlins, Phils; 2B Isan Diaz opts out

Aug. 1, 2020 11:03 AM EDT

The Miami Marlins received no new positive results in their latest round of coronavirus testing, a person familiar with the situation said Saturday, but second baseman Isan Diaz opted out of the season. The Philadelphia Phillies, meanwhile, said Saturday they had no new positives from tests a day before. Players...

Fan cutouts are seen behind home plate at Miller Park after it was announced that the Milwaukee Brewers home opener was postponed after two St. Louis Cardinals employees tested positive for the coronavirus, Friday, July 31, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

LEADING OFF: Cards, Brews try again after virus postponement

Aug. 1, 2020 2:21 AM EDT

A look at what’s happening around the majors today: WHO’S PLAYING? The Cardinals will see if they can begin their series at Milwaukee after St. Louis became the latest team to get shut down by the coronavirus. The Brewers’ home opener was postponed Friday because two Cardinals players tested...

Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Archie Bradley, left and catcher Stephen Vogt celebrate the 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

6 teams idle: Manfred, union talk as MLB grapples with virus

Jul. 31, 2020 8:51 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — With six teams idled Friday by the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport's coronavirus protocols. Manfred and Clark talked about what needs to be done to finish the season, a person...

An empty Ashburn Alley faces seats at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, July 27, 2020, in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Phillies' game against the New York Yankees on Monday was postponed after several members of the Miami Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Quick pivots in schedule needed in MLB coronavirus season

Jul. 29, 2020 7:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Forget about printing a 2020 baseball schedule. Cyberspace is needed for all the backspaces and deletes. After Major League Baseball discarded the 162-game schedule due to the pandemic, the revised 60-game slate was intact for just four days due to positive COVID-19 tests among the Miami...