June 2021 - Baseball Wiretap

MLB Relaxes COVID Restrictions For Vaccinated Players

Jun 18, 2021 9:45 AM

Fully vaccinated players and staff no longer have to wear masks in dugouts, bullpens and clubhouses under the latest change to Major League Baseball's coronavirus protocols.

In addition, fully vaccinated players and staff may eat in restaurants without restrictions and attend sporting events as spectators at venues with government approved safety protocols, the league said in a memo this week.

Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated players and staff still must wear masks, but it will not be considered a violation to remove or pull down the mask to briefly eat or drink, before entering or leaving a shower or at the direction of the medical or training staff.

Associated Press

Tags: Misc Rumor

Zac Gallen Calls Out MLB Executive Over Foreign Substance Ban

Jun 18, 2021 9:56 AM

Zac Gallen, who returned to the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday after a stint on the injured list, took a shot at Major League Baseball executive Michael Hill while speaking with the media on Wednesday.

Hill spent close to two decades in the Miami Marlins' front office before becoming MLB's senior vice president of on-field operations prior to this season.

"He was in charge of an organization that was definitely at one point saying, 'Hey, you're going to need these things to help you,'" Gallen said, without saying Hill's name. "... You can read between the lines."

Hill responded to Gallen's comments shortly thereafter.

"It is predictable that a player represented by a particular agent would make false accusations about me given my current role and the agent's obvious desire to distract people from the current issues surrounding the use of foreign substances. The assertions, however, are completely false," Hill said.

Gallen is a Scott Boras client and earlier this week Boras called out MLB for abolishing non-rosin foreign substances. "(To) completely abolish gripping agents (other than rosin) creates a major issue as all MLB pitchers were taught (by their respective MLB teams) control of the baseball with the use of gripping substances," Boras wrote.

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

Yankees Trade Mike Ford To Rays For $100K

Jun 18, 2021 9:49 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Mike Ford from the New York Yankees in exchange for $100,000 and a player to be named later.

Ford was designated for assignment Saturday.

The 28-year-old had a strong rookie season with the Yankees in 2019, hitting .259 with 12 homers and 25 RBI in 143 at-bats over 50 games.

Associated Press

Tags: New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Diamondbacks Set Record With 23rd Straight Road Loss

Jun 18, 2021 9:41 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks made dubious history, setting a modern-era Major League record with their 23rd straight road loss, losing to the San Francisco Giants 10-3 on Thursday.

"It's nothing we're proud of," Torey Lovullo said. "It's been an extended period of time. It weighs on you. It's heavy."

The Diamondbacks have lost 14 in a row overall and 28 of their past 30, falling to 20-50 for the worst record in baseball.

"I lay in bed at night thinking about different things," Lovullo revealed. "Sometimes I'm up until 3, 4 o'clock in the morning trying to put the pieces of this puzzle together in my own head. It's tough. It's very challenging."


Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

Dodgers Shut Out For First Time Since 2019

Jun 17, 2021 9:05 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers fell 2-0 to the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday night, marking the first time they've been shut out in a game since 2019.

They hadn't been blanked since Sept. 14, 2019, against the New York Mets, a span of 139 games.

L.A. entered action on Thursday at 41-27, two games back of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

Juan Toribio/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

Gerrit Cole Struggles With Grip, Tells MLB 'Just Talk To Us'

Jun 17, 2021 9:01 AM

Gerrit Cole called out Major League Baseball in its attempt to regulate foreign substances after struggling to keep a firm hold of the baseball during his start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.

"It's so hard to grip the ball," a frustrated Cole said. "For Pete's sake, it's part of the reason why almost every player on the field has had something, regardless if they're a pitcher or not, to help them control the ball."

This was Cole's first start since Major League Baseball sent a memorandum detailing enhanced enforcement of Official Baseball Rules 3.01 and 6.02(c) and (d), which prohibit applying foreign substances to baseballs. Those foreign substances are frequently used to doctor baseballs for increased spin rates.

Cole added: "We are aligned in a lot of areas with the commissioner's office on this. ... Please, just talk to us, please just work with us. I know you have the hammer here. But we've been living in a gray area for so long. I would just hate to see players get hurt. I would hate to see balls start flying at people's head. I had a really tough time gripping the baseball tonight, especially early when it was windy. I don't really care to be inflammatory here, so I am just going to leave it at that."

Marly Rivera/ESPN

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Jacob deGrom Confident Latest Injury 'Is Nothing'

Jun 17, 2021 8:54 AM

Jacob deGrom will get an MRI on his right shoulder on Thursday after leaving Wednesday's start against the visiting Chicago Cubs because of soreness.

"I felt good warming up, felt really good in the first and second innings, then there in the third my shoulder was sore," deGrom said. "This is getting old. I want to be out there competing instead of coming out of these games with these little [things]."

deGrom, 32, struck out eight of the nine batters he faced over three innings, and he drove in a run with an RBI single in the second inning.

"I think it's three separate issues," deGrom said of his injuries this season. "I think the lat was something to do with the swing. The elbow I didn't think too much of ... I was pretty confident that that was nothing. And I'm pretty confident that this is nothing. We did some tests and ruled out anything serious."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Injury

Diamondbacks Tie Record With 22nd Straight Road Loss

Jun 17, 2021 8:53 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks lost 13-7 to the host San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on Wednesday night.

The Diamondbacks have now lost 22 consecutive road games, tying the 1963 New York Mets and the 1943 Philadelphia Athletics for the longest road losing streak since 1900.

Overall, Arizona has lost 13 in a row, 27 of their past 29 and 36 of their past 41.

They were 15-3 on May 2.

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Open To Home Run Derby

Jun 16, 2021 9:03 AM

Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. appears interested in participating in this year's Home Run Derby.

Guerrero said on Tuesday that he hasn't made a final decision, but that he's leaning toward saying yes if the league asks him to partake.

In 2019, Guerrero set records for the most home runs in a single round (29) and in a single Derby (91), but he lost in the finals to Pete Alonso.

He entered Tuesday hitting .346/.451/.697 (211 OPS+) with 22 home runs.

R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays, All-Star, Misc Rumor

MLB Will Start Suspending Players For Substances On June 21

Jun 16, 2021 8:59 AM

Major League Baseball's crackdown on foreign substances will ramp up on June 21.

"In recognition that the existing on-field enforcement process has not deterred an increasing number of violations, MLB has issued new guidance to Major and Minor League Umpires to serve as a uniform standard for the consistent application of the rules," a press release read, "including regular checks of all pitchers regardless of whether an opposing Club's manager makes a request."

All substances will be punished the same. Pitchers caught using foreign substances, whether Spider Tack, pine tar or a sunscreen mixture, will receive a 10-game suspension.

Matt Snyder & R.J. Anderson/CBS Sports

Tags: Misc Rumor

Tyler Glasnow Blames MLB Crackdown For UCL Injury

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Alex Cora Speaks To Red Sox Pitchers About Rule Changes

Joon Lee/ESPN

GM: Braves Can Add Payroll At Trade Deadline

Jeff Schultz/The Athletic

Shane Bieber Lands On 10-Day IL With Shoulder Injury


Joe Maddon OK If Shohei Ohtani Chooses To Hit, Pitch In ASG

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Sources: MLB Players Caught With Foreign Substances To Face 10-Day Ban

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Blue Jays Set Record With Eight Home Runs At Fenway Park

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Reds Prospect Hunter Greene Headed For Triple-A

Mark Sheldon/MLB

Aaron Boone: Yankees 'Need To Step It Up'


Sources: MLB Finalizing Foreign Substance Memo

Buster Olney/ESPN

Anthony Rizzo Waiting For More 'Data' On COVID-19 Vaccine

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Judge Rejects Lawsuit To Return ASG To Georgia

Associated Press

Diamondbacks Fire Coaches; GM Backs Torey Lovullo

Associated Press

White Sox Place Nick Madrigal On 60-Day IL

Associated Press

Diamondbacks Lose 19th Straight Road Game, Longest Slide Since 1985

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Moved To Sept. 8


Pete Alonso: MLB 'Manipulates' Baseball Based On Free Agency

Joon Lee/ESPN

David Ortiz Has Surgery Related To 2019 Shooting

Enrique Rojas/ESPN

Padres 'Particularly Interested' In Trade For Joey Gallo

Dennis Lin/The Athletic

Rangers Designate Khris Davis For Assignment