Baseball Wiretap

Cubs Don't Expect Wrigley Field Back At Full Capacity To Start 2021

Sep 24, 2020 9:40 PM

The Chicago Cubs are not expecting full capacity at Wrigley Field to begin the 2021 MLB season.

The Cubs laid off approximately 25 percent of their business staff due to the loss of revenue this season and in anticipation of an uncertain 2021.

The Cubs expect to miss out on about 75 percent of their revenue in 2020.

The team is hopeful to get back to full capacity at Wrigley Field later in the 2021 season.

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Turner, MLB Agree To Seven-Year, $3.745 Billion Right Deal

Sep 24, 2020 1:26 PM

The MLB has agreed to a seven-year deal with Turner Sports for nearly $3.745 billion at $535 million per season, representing a 65 percent increase over the previous contract between the two parties.

Turner will try to make their new deal more similar to the one it has with the NBA with a prime-time weeknight game and a new studio show.

“We are not going to replicate ‘Inside The NBA’ because I don’t think it is possible to do that,” Warner Media News & Sports chairman Jeff Zucker said. “That is the premier show in all of sports broadcasting. On the other hand, I did think there was an opportunity to enhance our baseball studio show and that was a priority for me, as well.”

Fox has already locked up the long-term rights to the World Series. ESPN's extension is also being worked upon, though the network prefers less bulk and more premier games.

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Trevor Bauer Believes He Deserves NL Cy Young

Sep 24, 2020 8:03 AM

Trevor Bauer pitched the Cincinnati Reds to a victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, a huge win for the team as regular season winds down.

Bauer allowed one run over eight innings, striking out 12 and walking just one. The Reds entered Thursday's action as the seventh seed in the National League.

When asked if he's done enough to win the NL Cy Young, Bauer said: "I don't know how you could see it any other way."

He leads the NL with a 1.73 ERA and is the only pitcher in the league with 100 strikeouts.

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Terry Francona To Join Indians In Postseason Bubble

Sep 24, 2020 7:59 AM

Terry Francona won't return to the dugout for the Cleveland Indians during the regular season but he will join the club's playoff bubble.

Francona, 61, has missed 42 games because of gastrointestinal surgery and blood-clotting issues.

"It gives Tito an opportunity to be around the team, even if it's not in the dugout," Chris Antonetti said.

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Rays Clinch First AL East Title Since 2010

Sep 24, 2020 7:55 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have locked up their first American League East title since 2010.

The Rays clinched the division title with a 5-3 win over the New York Mets on Wednesday.

Tampa Bay has a payroll of just over $28 million -- more than only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Baltimore Orioles.

"It feels great to win the division, no matter what division you're in," Kevin Kiermaier said. "But especially the American League East -- it's just a different animal."

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MLB Likely To Use 2020 Standings To Determine 2021 Draft Order

Sep 23, 2020 8:24 AM

This year's shortened season has complicated the 2021 Major League Draft.

Each year the draft order is set in reverse order of the previous year's standings. However, the 60-game season allows for Rob Manfred to revise next year's order.

Here is the exact language from the March agreement between MLB and MLBPA on the 2020 season:

"In the event that each Club plays less than 81 regular season games in 2020, the Office of the Commissioner shall have the right, after conferring in good faith with the MLBPA, to modify the Draft order."

According to a report, it is "highly likely" the 2021 draft order will be set using the 2020 standings only.

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Rob Manfred 'Pressing Ahead' With Plan For Fans At NLCS, WS

Sep 23, 2020 8:19 AM

The Major League postseason is less than a week away and Rob Manfred says baseball is pushing forward with plans to host fans at both the NLCS and World Series.

After the best-of-three Wild Card Series in each league, play will shift entirely to bubbles in Southern California and Texas for the LDS, LCS and World Series.

"We are pressing ahead to have fans in Texas," Manfred said. "One of the most important things to our game is the presence of fans. Starting down the path of having fans in stadiums, and in a safe and risk-free environment, is very, very important to our game."

The NLCS and World Series will be played at the brand new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Texas is currently in Phase 3 of its reopening plan, which allows open-air stadiums to admit up to 50 percent capacity.

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Andrelton Simmons Opts Out Of Remainder Of Season

Sep 23, 2020 8:14 AM

Andrelton Simmons has opted out of the remainder of the season with the Los Angeles Angels.

According to sources, the decision stemmed from concerns about COVID-19 and how it might impact members of Simmons' family, particularly with American League teams that are still not mathematically eliminated required to quarantine for potential postseason games beginning Tuesday.

The Angels remain mathematically in the race for the second wild card and second place in the AL West.

In a statement released through his agency, ISE, Simmons said: "I have made the decision to opt out of the remainder of this season. Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association developed an environment and system that empowered players and provided us the opportunity to decide on whether to play or opt out of the season. At this moment, I feel this is the best decision for me and for my family. We don't know what the future holds, but we would like to sincerely thank the Angels organization and Angels fans for welcoming and making us feel at home."

Simmons missed some time because of an ankle sprain earlier this season and batted .297/.346/.356 with no home runs in 127 plate appearances.

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Jose Ramirez's Walk-Off Home Run Sends Indians To Playoffs

Sep 23, 2020 8:09 AM

Jose Ramirez hit a three-run, walk-off home run for the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night to send the club to the postseason.

Ramirez's homer came with two outs in the 10th inning against the Chicago White Sox.

"Once I hit it, I knew it was a home run because I got it right on the barrel," he said. "There was a lot less champagne than usual, but it was still a good celebration."

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Braves Lock Up Third Straight NL East Title

Sep 23, 2020 8:05 AM

The Atlanta Braves defeated the Miami Marlins 11-1 on Tuesday, locking up a third-straight National League East title in the process.

"I think when it's all said and done, this is the most satisfying with all we had to go through this season to get to this point," said Freddie Freeman, who missed the start of the season after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Braves clinched their record 20th division title, one more than the New York Yankees.

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Cubs Clinch Playoff Berth

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Dodgers Clinch NL's Top Seed, 8th Straight Division Title

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Ken Giles Needs Tommy John, Likely Out Through 2021 Season

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Cole Hamels Done For Season After One Start With Braves

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MLB, MLBPA Commit $10M For Black Programs

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Seeding Will Determine 'Home' Team In World Series

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Athletics Clinch First AL West Title Since 2013

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Josh Donaldson: MLB Umps Have 'No Accountability'

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Cubs Pull Kyle Schwarber After Poor Defensive Play

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Man Breaks Into Fenway Park During Red Sox-Yankees Game

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Bryce Harper Leaves Game With Lower Back Stiffness

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Padres Return To Playoffs After 14 Long Years

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Tigers Manager Ron Gardenhire Suddenly Retires

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Justin Verlander Needs Tommy John Surgery

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Rangers Broadcaster C.J. Nitkowski Tests Positive For COVID-19

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Padres-Mariners Series Moved Due To Air-Quality Concerns

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Dodgers' Caleb Ferguson To Have Tommy John Surgery

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White Sox Clinch First Playoff Berth Since 2008

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Jacob deGrom Leaves Start With Hamstring Spasm

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Dodgers First To Clinch; Eighth Straight Playoff Berth

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