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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Chicago Cubs' Nico Hoerner, left, celebrates with teammate Ian Happ after Happ hit a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis. When the coronavirus pandemic stopped spring training last month, Ian Happ offered Nico Hoerner, Zack Short and Dakota Mekkes a place to stay if they wanted to remain in Arizona. That's how “The Compound” was born. (AP Photo/Scott Kane, File)
May 11, 2020 - 6:16 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Major League Baseball may be weeks away from playing again, but the factory that supplies bats to many of its players resumed production Monday in Kentucky. The Hillerich & Bradsby plant that makes Louisville...
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FILE - In this Thursday, March 26, 2020, file photo, Oriole Park at Camden Yards is closed on what would've been Opening Day in Baltimore, Md. Whenever baseball returns because of the coronavirus pandemic, there's an element that might come into play like never before: the sound of silence. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)
May 11, 2020 - 11:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball owners gave the go-ahead Monday to making a proposal to the players’ union that could lead to the coronavirus-delayed season starting around the Fourth of July weekend in ballparks without fans, a plan that envisioned expanding the designated hitter to the...
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CORRECTS THE SOURCE IN THE CAPTION SIGNOFF TO JAY BHATTACHARYA, NOT MLB - This selfie photo taken by Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor at Stanford University, shows himself in Stanford, Calif., Sunday, May 10, 2020. Just 0.7% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. "It allows us to get a peek of the nation-wide prevalence," said Bhattacharya, one of the study's leaders, said Sunday. (Jay Bhattacharya via AP)
May 11, 2020 - 8:50 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Just 0.7% of Major League Baseball employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus. The small number of positive tests, announced Sunday, was taken as positive news by a sport pushing ahead with plans to start its delayed season. MLB...
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FILE - In this June 9, 2016, file photo, Major League BaseballCommissioner Rob Manfred speaks during the MLB draft, in Secaucus, N.J. Major League Baseball will cuts its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million. Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke Friday, May 8, 2020, on condition of anonymity because no decision was announced. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
May 08, 2020 - 10:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will cut its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million. Clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision...
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This Friday, April 24, 2020, photo, shows Chinatrust Brothers players during a game against Fubon Guardians with no audience at Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Taiwan’s five-team Chinese Professional Baseball League is barring spectators over concerns of spreading the coronavirus in a crowded space. But Taiwan has relatively few cases of COVID-19, so the league decided it was safe to let in players, coaches, cheerleaders, costumed mascots, face mask-wearing batboys and the media. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)
May 08, 2020 - 6:20 am
NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan (AP) — There were fans in the stands for baseball in Taiwan on Friday, albeit spaced far apart as a safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus. Up to 1,000 spectators are now allowed at ballparks in Taiwan, but they are still barred from bringing in food and concession...
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In a photo provided by Hannah Storm, Hannah Storm poses for a photo with her father, Mike Storen, in Los Angeles on Dec. 29, 2015. Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, died Thursday, May 7, 2020. He was 84. Storm said her father died at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from cancer. (Hannah Storm via AP)
May 07, 2020 - 10:28 pm
Mike Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, died Thursday. He was 84. Storm said her father died at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from cancer. Known for his hearty laugh and creative mind, Storen rose...
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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2017 file photo, players challenge for the ball in front of the empty south tribune because of a ban following fan trouble during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and VfL Wolfsburg at Germany's biggest stadium in Dortmund, Germany. Bundesliga will now restart on May 16, 2020 when Dortmund will play the derby against Schalke at home without spectators due to the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)
May 07, 2020 - 6:56 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The head of China’s football association says teams will implement temporary player pay cuts of 30% to 50% to help teams manage losses from the coronavirus outbreak. Chen Xuyuan also told state broadcaster CCTV...
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A TV camera man works near empty seats before the start of a baseball game between Hanwha Eagles and SK Wyverns in Incheon, South Korea, Tuesday, May 5, 2020. Cheerleaders danced beneath rows of empty seats and umpires wore protective masks as a new baseball season began in South Korea. After a weeks-long delay because of the coronavirus pandemic, a hushed atmosphere allowed for sounds like the ball hitting the catcher's mitt and bats smacking the ball for a single or double to echo around the stadium. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
May 05, 2020 - 6:15 am
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The new baseball season began in South Korea on Tuesday with the crack of the bat and the sound of the ball smacking into the catcher’s mitt echoing around empty stadiums. After a weeks-long delay because of the coronavirus pandemic, umpires wore protective masks and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays' Kevin Kiermaier, top left, relaxes in the dugout with teammates in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto. Major League Baseball’s average salary as opening day approached remained virtually flat at around $4.4 million for the fifth straight season, according to a study of contracts by The Associated Press. (Fred Thornhill/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
May 04, 2020 - 11:44 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s average salary ahead of a postponed opening day remained at around $4.4 million for the fifth straight season, according to a study of contracts by The Associated Press. Following an offseason when Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Anthony Rendon and Christian...
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Staff members attend to the horse Face Time Bourbon after Sweden's Bjorn Goop won the Grand Prix d'Amerique trotting race at the Vincennes racetrack, outside Paris, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)
May 04, 2020 - 4:04 pm
The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and his wife, Sarah, are donating $100,000 to United Way for Southeastern Michigan to support its COVID-19 community response fund. “We stand with families feeling the brunt of this...
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