Latest MLB Spring Training News

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis warms up during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners in Baltimore. Following three straight frustrating seasons that led him to consider retirement, Davis was in the midst of an outstanding spring training when Major League baseball screeched to a halt because of the deadly coronavirus. Now, as he strives to find ways to keep his three daughters amused while confined to his house. Davis remains confident that he's poised to return to the form he displayed in 2015. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

O's slugger Davis expects return to spring form after return

Mar. 31, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Following three straight frustrating seasons that led him to consider retirement, Chris Davis was in the midst of an outstanding spring training when Major League Baseball came to a halt because of the deadly coronavirus. Now, as the slugger strives to find ways to keep his three daughters...

New York Yankees' Gerrit Cole delivers a pitch during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

AP exclusive: MLB vets get $4,775 daily during virus outset

Mar. 31, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Gerrit Cole, Mike Trout and other veteran major leaguers will receive $4,775 per day in advance pay for the first 60 days of the season during the stoppage caused by the new coronavirus, a total of $286,500. That's just 2.5% percent of the $193,548 the New York Yankees pitcher and Los...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 25, 2020, file photo, a man walks in front of a Tokyo Olympics logo at the Tokyo metropolitan government headquarters. The postponement of the Tokyo Games has catapulted the sports organizations that make up the backbone of the U.S. Olympic team into crisis. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, File)

The Latest: US Open tennis site to house temporary hospital

Mar. 30, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The site of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York is going to be used for 350 temporary hospital beds and to prepare food packages during the coronavirus pandemic. U.S. Tennis Association spokesman Chris Widmaier says an...

Chicago Cubs minor league hitting coach Rachel Folden hits infield ground balls at the Cubs spring trainng facility in Mesa, Ariz., Feb. 5, 2020. Folden figured something out early on during her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs — long before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out team activities. None of the players care all that much that one of their coaches is a woman. (John Antonoff/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Tech boom, MLB programs helping women find jobs in baseball

Mar. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Rachel Folden figured something out early on during her first spring training with the Chicago Cubs — long before the coronavirus pandemic wiped out team activities. None of the players care all that much that one of their coaches is a woman. As for the girls she encounters, they...

San Diego Padres players and coaches line up during playing of the national anthem before a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, March 9, 2020, in Peoria, Ariz. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

AP sources: MLBers keep service time in deal; draft may trim

Mar. 27, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Players agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night,...

In this March 11, 2020, photo, Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami throws a ball against Yakult Swallows in a pre-season match in Tokyo. Fujinami became the first professional baseball player in Japan to test positive for the new coronavirus. Fujinami was examined at a hospital on Tuesday, March 24, and Wednesday, March 25, and a doctor recommended he have a PCR test for the new coronavirus. Kyodo News agency reported on Friday, March 27,  that the result was positive.(Kyodo News via AP)

Japanese baseball players test positive for coronavirus

Mar. 27, 2020 1:27 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Three Hanshin Tigers players testing positive for the coronavirus this week isn't making Japanese baseball organizers think twice about starting the professional league season next month. National broadcaster NHK reported Friday that Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two teammates have...

FILE - In this May 17, 1970, file photo, Atlanta Braves' Hank Aaron, center, who became the ninth player in Major League history to get 3,000 hits, kisses a baseball alongside Famer Stan Musial and Braves owner Bill Bartholomay, in Cincinnati. Bartholomay, the former Braves owner who moved the team from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to his daughter, Jamie. He was 91. Bartholomay sold the Braves to Ted Turner in 1976 but remained as chairman of the team's board of directors until 2003, when he assumed an emeritus role. (AP Photo/Gene Smith, File)

Bill Bartholomay, who moved Braves to Atlanta, dies at 91

Mar. 26, 2020 9:31 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Bill Bartholomay, the former baseball owner who moved the Braves from from Milwaukee to Atlanta in 1966 to become Major League Baseball's first team in the South, has died. He was 91. Bartholomay died Wednesday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, according to his daughter, Jamie. Braves Hall...

Texas Rangers' Willie Calhoun fields a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rangers LF Calhoun cleared for workouts after broken jaw

Mar. 26, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Rangers left fielder Willie Calhoun says he has been cleared to resume workouts in his recovery from a broken jaw. Calhoun tweeted Thursday that he was ready to start his daily workouts and baseball activities again. The Texas outfielder had surgery March 9, a day after he was...

FILE - In this March 25, 2019, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks' Steven Souza Jr. walks on new turf at the team's home field before an exhibition baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Phoenix. Baseball's opening day isn't happening in Phoenix or anywhere else on Thursday as planned. The sport is on hold until at least mid-May while the world fights the coronavirus pandemic. If baseball does resume this season, there could be some radical scheduling solutions as MLB tries to squeeze in as many games as possible. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Twinbills? Winter windup? Baseball's 2020 could be creative

Mar. 26, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — It's been another ideal week of March weather in central Arizona, with highs in the 70s and plenty of sunshine. Perfect for an opening day baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves that isn't happening as planned because of the coronavirus pandemic. That reality was...

A woman walks past Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals baseball team, Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo. The start of the regular season, which was set to start on Thursday, is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

MLB ballparks will remain eerily empty on 'opening day'

Mar. 25, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — There will be no hot dogs on the grill, no beer on tap, no vendors in the stands selling peanuts and Cracker Jack. The shiny new stadium deep in the heart of Texas will still be waiting for its first Rangers game. Instead of warming up for his debut with the New York Yankees after...