Baseball is back! The MLBPA informed MLB on Tuesday that players will report to a second spring training on July 1 and reached an agreement on health and safety protocols.
There are still a ton of unanswered questions in regards to what the 2020 season will look like but we can expect to have a DH in the National League and perhaps some other rule changes as well. One report suggests that teams must submit a list of up to 60 players (entire 40-man roster plus taxi squad) that will be eligible to play during the season. We still don’t know what the roster rules will be implemented though but those will likely be available soon.
With a deal now in place, the league’s attention must turn towards the pandemic once again as the virus count continues to rise. Four more members of the Phillies organization tested positive on Tuesday. Also, Major League Baseball still has not submitted a required plan to local health officials in Toronto before the Blue Jays will be allowed to play in Toronto.
Atlanta Braves News
It was reported last week, but the Braves made it official on Tuesday announcing that the club has signed all four of its selections from the 2020 MLB Draft as well as six non-drafted prospects.
The Atlanta Braves today announced the club signed all four of its selections from the 2020 First-Year Player Draft, as well as six non-drafted prospects: pic.twitter.com/QIk1zD8yAV— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) June 23, 2020
MLB.com’s Mark Bowman wraps up his position-by-position list of the Braves’ all-time greats with a look back at long-time GM John Schuerholz who is the most successful general manager in team history. Perhaps one day Alex Anthopoulos can nudge his way onto this list.
Tuesday’s flashback traveled back to 2006 where the Braves snapped their longest losing streak since 1987 with an extra inning win over the Devil Rays.
More MLB News
It has been a while since we have been able to exclusively focus on baseball related news items but if you need to catch up, ESPN.com has 60 storylines to keep an eye on for the 2020 season.
Former Braves right-hander Julio Teheran has hired a new agent and will now be represented by Matt Sports Management. He had previously been represented by Wasserman.