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Major League Baseball arrives after pandemic pause

Major League Baseball arrives after pandemic pause

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July 23 (UPI) -- The 2020 Major League Baseball season finally will get underway Thursday when the Washington Nationals host the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Dodgers host the San Francisco Giants. "We can almost taste it," Yankees star Aaron Judge said Tuesday. "It has been a long journey to get to opening day. I know our team is ready. Advertisement "I'm just excited to get back on the field and play the game that I love. I hope to bring some positivity into the world, with a lot of negativity going on." Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will serve as the venue for the first game of the abbreviated season, which was reduced from 162 to 60 games because of the coronavirus pandemic. The MLB season had been slated to start March 26, but all major professional sports leagues were ...
Fearful minor-leaguers crave union, voice amid baseball shutdown

Fearful minor-leaguers crave union, voice amid baseball shutdown

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June 8 (UPI) -- Hundreds of Minor League Baseball players have been released during the pandemic's suspension of play -- or had their poverty-level pay cut -- with many afraid to speak out because they have no union representation. "They know they can be released anytime for any reason," Minnesota Twins prospect Mitch Horacek said in a recent interview. "That brings up so many problems. It's really hard to speak truth to power because you could be done and that's the end of your career, so you have to weigh the consequences." Advertisement Those who lost their jobs also lost health insurance during the coronavirus crisis. With families to support, some can no longer justify pursuing a lifelong dream to play baseball and have moved into other careers.MLB teams agreed to pay MiLB players $ ...
‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson baseball card from 1910 sells for $492K at auction

‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson baseball card from 1910 sells for $492K at auction

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May 8 (UPI) -- A "Shoeless" Joe Jackson baseball card from 1910 sold at auction for $ 492,000 this week. The card is from a set called T210 Old Mill, which featured minor league players from around the country. The item depicts Jackson during his stint with the Double-A New Orleans Pelicans. Heritage Auctions said the bidding for the rare card ended Thursday night. The winning bidder's identity wasn't revealed. "After 110 years in the same North Carolina family, we were glad to help find it a proud new owner," Chris Ivy, Heritage's director of sports auctions, told ESPN on Friday. Ben Foster and his father, Hayes, sold the card after discovering it in a metal lunch pail in an unfinished room in the back of his law office more than a decade ago, according to ESPN. The cards that were fou...