Blue Jays shift Vladimir Guerrero Jr. across diamond to first base

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The Toronto Blue Jays are shifting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. across the diamond, moving the slugger to first base from third.

Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo said Guerrero feels comfortable at first and the team has Travis Shaw ready to play third. Montoyo also said Guerrero will see time as a designated hitter. He didn’t rule out that he will play some third in the future.

“This is more about Vladdy and giving him a chance to succeed in a short season,” Montoyo said.

Guerrero hit .272 with 15 home runs and 69 RBIs in 123 games as a rookie, delivering a series of big swings en route to the finals of the All-Star Home Run Derby. 

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Chicago White Sox Pitcher Michael Kopech Opts Out of 2020 Season

NBC Chicago

Michael Kopech, one of baseball's top pitching prospects, has decided to "not participate in the 2020 season," White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn said Friday in a statement.

“Michael Kopech has informed us of his decision to not participate in the 2020 season," Hahn said. "We recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech was excused from team activities last Friday, and Hahn said at the time he didn't have a timeline for the pitcher's return.

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Theo Epstein admits minor leaguers are underpaid after prospect’s wage complaint

The Score

Chicago Cubs prospect Adbert Alzolay recently complained via Twitter about the payment for members of the taxi squad during MLB's shortened season, and while the tweets have been deleted, team president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Friday that he agrees with the pitcher.

"The fact still remains that minor-league players are underpaid," Epstein told reporters, according to 670 The Score's Chris Emma. "It's not an ideal situation for them. But on top of what's being provided from the meal money and the salaries, two meals a day at the ballpark, and the housing, there's also a full staff of people that are putting themselves in harm's way to really make sure the players are well taken care of – their health, their safety, and also their comfort. And that staff has really done a phenomenal job of taking care of the players."

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Dominican-based MLBers not tested for COVID-19 before flight

The Score

Major League Baseball didn't test any of its players for COVID-19 before they flew from the Dominican Republic to Miami, according to Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post.

Many of the players on board the two charter flights later tested positive for the virus. Some of them were asymptomatic at the time of the flight but then tested positive during intake screening with their respective teams, the league confirmed to Dougherty.

Over 160 people – including players and team staff members – boarded the charter flights from the Dominican to Miami on July 1.

"Testing 160 asymptomatic players in the Dominican Republic would have diverted substantial resources away from the Dominican health care system, where the availability of laboratory equipment is scarce, and would have required an exception to the country's criteria for testing, which was not something we were prepared to do," MLB said in a statement.

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Ron Roenicke, Nathan Eovaldi Praised Jason Varitek For Umpire Performance


Jason Varitek found himself in a similar position Thursday — behind the plate at Fenway Park.

Varitek served as the home-plate umpire as the Boston Red Sox held their first intrasquad game of the MLB’s Summer Camp. The former Red Sox captain, now a special assistant, called balls and strikes while wearing the traditional umpire blue.

Varitek’s performance even gathered some praise from Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke and pitcher Nathan Eovaldi, who pitched four innings during the scrimmage.


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MLB’s Intake Testing for Coronavirus Produced 66 Positive Results

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The MLBPA reportedly informed players Tuesday that the intake round of COVID-19 testing returned 66 positive results, split between 58 players and eight staff members, according to Marly Rivera of ESPN.  

A total of 3,740 tests were conducted. The second phase of testing—the "monitoring phase"—has begun, with the opening round of saliva tests coming back with 10 positive results (eight among players) from 2,111 tests. 

However, the testing protocols haven't gone completely smoothly since being implemented. The Washington Nationals, Houston Astros, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants were all forced to cancel workouts after they didn't receive test results back in time to safely proceed. 

Rivera reported that three other teams also altered their workout schedules for similar reasons. 

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Bids for Mets to be submitted by Thursday, sale price could be $2 billion


New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon is doing his best to sell the MLB team before the end of the calendar year. We’ve read about some big-name individuals looking to put groups together to buy the National League franchise. 

That has obviously included the power couple of Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez. We now have some more information on this, courtesy of Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

Bids for the Mets are expected to be submitted by Thursday, sale price could be $2 billion

That’s at least five groups looking to bid on the Mets. What’s most interesting here is that Forbes’ latest team valuation projections have the organization worth $2.4 billion. It seems that the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic downturn has played a role in this.

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Angels will avoid crowds and bars, wear masks in public during season

The Score

With COVID-19 numbers rising across baseball, the Los Angeles Angels are doing their part to try to flatten the curve.

Angels players agreed to not visit bars or restaurants during the shortened 2020 season, and they'll also do their best to avoid large gatherings, pitcher Andrew Heaney revealed Wednesday, according to Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic.

Heaney added that all Angels players will wear masks when they're not at home, in their car, or at the ballpark.

The Angels' home city of Anaheim is in Orange County, an area of California that's experiencing a rapid spike in COVID-19 cases. 

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Minor league team Durham Bulls selling awesome shirt that perfectly sums up 2020


The year 2020 has been absolutely brutal. From the Australian wildfires that devastated that nation to the stunning death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter to the COVID-19 pandemic that has disrupted all our lives, and massive social justice protests across America, it’s been an absolute doozy.

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Braves discussing Tomahawk Chop, won’t change team name

The Score

The Atlanta Braves are engaged in ongoing discussions regarding the use of the Tomahawk Chop, sources told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Atlanta is not currently considering changing the Braves moniker, Rosenthal adds, which was kept during the franchise's relocation from Milwaukee.

The news comes while the Cleveland Indians and Washington Redskins both consider name and logo changes due to the racist depictions of Native Americans.

The Tomahawk Chop is a fan celebration that involves chanting while swinging your arm like an ax.

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