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FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen speaks during a media availability during the Major League Baseball general managers annual meetings, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Baseball’s bubble-free environment is an anomaly as the sports world tries to come back amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Hazen says he'll be constantly reminding everyone in his organization about the delicacy of the current situation. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Bubble-free life means MLB players, coaches must be careful

Jun. 25, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball's bubble-free environment is an anomaly as the sports world tries to come back amid the coronavirus pandemic. Instead of bringing a group of teams to Disney World (like the NBA and MLS) or concentrating on a few hub cities (like the current NHL plan), Major League Baseball has 30...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Randy Dobnak (68) delivers against the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of an American League Division Series baseball game,  in New York. Finally, major leaguers are on track to resume this virus-abbreviated 2020 season. The hiatus has provided a welcomed dose of extra family time for many, but the unprecedented idling this spring and summer for players used to being on the diamond daily has predictably created a collective antsy feeling around the game. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Antsy big leaguers embrace impending end of extra down time

Jun. 25, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

Randy Dobnak had finished making his morning omelette one day last week when his wife, Aerial, asked the Minnesota Twins pitcher to keep the eggs out so she could make a sandwich. For the base she used a hot dog bun, an ingredient so bewildering to her husband that he took it as the latest sign that baseball's...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020, file photo, Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred answers questions at a press conference during baseball owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. Manfred tells The Associated Press that the commissioner's office, teams and the players' association

Baseball scrambles back into action amid lingering concerns

Jun. 24, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

Ron Gardenhire and Dusty Baker are a little uneasy. Jim Crane hopes his Houston Astros can play in front of fans at some point. As baseball scrambles to start an abbreviated season, the prevailing mood is one of nervous excitement. “Is it a risk? Absolutely,” said Gardenhire, the 62-year-old manager...