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In this April 1, 2020, photo, AP correspondent Dan Sewell in Cincinnati plays in a tournament at home using the Strat-O-Matic baseball board game while self-isolating due to the coronavirus outbreak. With no real baseball being played, fans are getting their fixes with conference call chats, trivia contests and fantasy games. (AP Photo/Dan Sewell)

VIRUS DIARY: Fantasy baseball, when real ball is the fantasy

Apr. 2, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — "People ask me what I do in winter when there is no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” — Rogers Hornsby (1896-1963), baseball Hall of Famer ___ Updating my brackets, I looked forward to a dream second-round game: the 1919...

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...

BC-BBO--This Date in Baseball

Mar. 24, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

March 27 1973 — Minnesota pitcher Jim Perry became the first player to use the "10 and 5 rule" when he OK'd his own trade to the Detroit Tigers for minor league pitcher Dan Fife and cash. 1986 — Major League Baseball's Rules Committee voted to change the designated hitter rule for the World Series...

A puddle in an empty parking lot reflects a closed Goodyear Ballpark, home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds baseball teams, Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. Major League Baseball has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because if the coronavirus outbreak. MLB is also delaying the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Indians paying minor leaguers stipends, shut spring complex

Mar. 19, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — With no end to the coronavirus shutdown in sight and no certainty about baseball's return this season, the Cleveland Indians will continue to pay minor league players their weekly stipends to help offset any “hardship” during the hiatus. The team also is closing its...

Grounds crew members pull a tarp toward the infield to cover it in anticipation of coming rain after a spring training baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Mariners latest club to shut down spring training operations

Mar. 19, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have shut down their spring training facility in Arizona because of the virus and told their players to view the coming weeks as though they’re in offseason mode. Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said on a conference call Thursday that the club decided to...

A closed Goodyear Ballpark, spring training home of the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds baseball teams, is empty Thursday, March 12, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. Major League Baseball has suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because if the coronavirus outbreak. MLB is also delaying the start of its regular season by at least two weeks. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Reds' employee in Arizona tests positive for coronavirus

Mar. 18, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — An employee who works year-round at the Reds spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, but no Cincinnati players have been diagnosed with the illness. The employee was in contact with Reds staff and players from Feb. 29 to March 14 and is...

The Wells Fargo Center, home of the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team and the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team, is seen nearly empty, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Philadelphia. All games at the Center have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The Latest: Big South Conference cancels all spring sports

Mar. 18, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic's effect on sports around the world (all times local): 5:30 p.m. The Big South Conference became the latest to announce it is canceling all spring athletic activities due to the coronavirus pandemic. The conference said its chief executive officers and athletic directors...

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Monday, March 2, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Reds' Trevor Bauer organizing 'sandlot' game in Arizona

Mar. 14, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer says he is organizing a “sandlot” baseball game. He also is trying to raise $1 million for Major League Baseball game-day staff who could be affected by the league's decision to delay the regular season at least two weeks because of the...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Craig Breslow delivers against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning in a baseball game in Cleveland. Breslow was named the director of pitching for the Cubs in October 2019. Directors of pitching and hitting are becoming more across the majors as teams try to make the most of their significant investment in analytics.(AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

Directors of hitting, pitching becoming more common

Mar. 12, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago Cubs had data. Lots of data. On velocity, pitch shaping and mechanics. Swing path, bat speed and launch trajectory. Numbers on numbers on numbers. They also had a problem. The pipeline from research and development to their players and coaches wasn't working as well as they...

Cleveland Indians right fielder Domingo Santana, right, chases down a double hit by Los Angeles Dodgers' Tyler White as Indians center fielder Delino DeShields, left, watches during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

With athletic family all around, DeShields fits into Indians

Mar. 8, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Dad, the elder Delino DeShields, is working less than 100 yards away, behind a fence dividing Cleveland's training complex from the Cincinnati Reds facility. Sister Diamond DeShields is just a phone call away. Together, they help Delino DeShields strive to meet his latest challenge:...