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FILE - In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo, The main entrance in front of Chase Field is devoid of activity in Phoenix. Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area this season and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday, April 6, 2020 during a call among five top officials from MLB and the players' association that was led by Commissioner Rob Manfred, people familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Players, managers intrigued by MLB's all-Arizona option

Apr. 7, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

Boston’s Chris Sale, out for the season following Tommy John surgery, thought about the prospect of his teammates sequestered in the Phoenix area for an extended period if Major League Baseball and its players adopt an all-Arizona start to the season. “I don’t know if I could look at my kids...

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Felix Hernandez warms up for a spring training baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Tuesday, March 3, 2020, in Venice, Fla. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Big league vets with minor league deals get up to $50,000

Apr. 3, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — About 370 players who were at big league spring training with minor league contracts will get advance payments of up to $50,000 each from the Major League Baseball Players Association. The money approved Friday by the union’s executive board will be in addition to $400 weekly...

Texas Rangers' Shin-Soo Choo catches a ball during spring training baseball practice Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Surprise, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Rangers vet Choo giving $1K each to 191 Texas minor leaguers

Apr. 1, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

Rangers veteran Shin-Soo Choo is helping out financially strapped minor league players with the season on hold, giving $1,000 each to 191 of them who are in the Texas organization. Choo said Wednesday that he remembers the financial struggles when he was in the minors. The 37-year-old outfielder-designated hitter...

A's minor league manager on ventilator due to coronavirus

Apr. 1, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Athletics minor league manager Webster Garrison is hospitalized in Louisiana and on a ventilator with the coronavirus, according to his fiance. Nikki Trudeaux posted her latest update late Tuesday night on social media. She said the 54-year-old former major leaguer still...

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...

Toronto Blue Jays minor league baseball player Steward Berroa, center, prepares to fly home along with his teammates from the Dominican Republic at the Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Flight schedules for departures and arrivals remain normal during the coronavirus pandemic.(Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

MLB extends support to minor leaguers through May

Mar. 31, 2020 11:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is extending its financial support to minor league players through May while suspending their contracts because of the new coronavirus pandemic. MLB announced March 19 that it was giving minor leaguers $400 weekly allowances through April 8, the day before the minor...

Astrid DeGruchy, left, and Mayu Fielding pose for a picture earlier this month at Pirate City in Bradenton, Fla. DeGruchy is an international scouting assistant. Fielding works as the Pirates' education coordinator.( Jason Mackey/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette via AP)

Women in Pirates organization provide inspiration for others

Mar. 28, 2020 10:47 AM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — By themselves, each has an impressive story. Mayu Fielding started with the Pirates as an administrative assistant in 2007 and quickly moved into her current role as education coordinator, helping foreign players transition to life in America. Kinza Baad graduated from the University of...

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,...

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...

Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins, right, stands next to newly- signed pitcher Shun Yamaguchi as he puts a team shirt on before speaking to the media Wednesday Jan. 15, 2020 in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

7-inning doubleheaders? MLBers open to considering new ideas

Mar. 25, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — If Major League Baseball needs to squeeze more games into a condensed season without exhausting pitching staffs, perhaps this idea could get tossed into play: seven-inning doubleheaders. “Maybe that’s something we have to consider,” Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross...