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Bob Nightengale


Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Recent articles by Bob:

MLB gets serious with protocol measures after COVID-19 outbreaks on Marlins, Cardinals

MLB gets serious with protocols and threatening to suspend players and staff who are in violation, according to a memo obtained by USA TODAY Sports. → Read More

Opinion: Dodgers look invincible with Clayton Kershaw making brilliant season debut

The return of veteran left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who was brilliant Sunday in his season debut, makes the Los Angeles Dodgers even more formidable. → Read More

Astros owner Jim Crane opens up on sign-stealing scandal: 'It weighs on all of us every day'

In the first expansive interview since his team was punished for sign-stealing, Astros owner Jim Crane understands the anger that still exists. → Read More

Astros owner Jim Crane offers advice to Alex Rodriguez on buying Mets

With the Mets up for sale and Alex Rodriguez part of an ownership bid, he reached out to Astros owner Jim Crane for advice. → Read More

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred warns season could shut down if players aren't more careful

The St. Louis Cardinals had two players test positive, further altering MLB's schedule and casting doubt on the 60-game season. → Read More

Opinion: Dodgers lose to Diamondbacks, but Mookie Betts has his coming out party

The Dodgers lost Friday night, but Mookie Betts showed why they traded for him and then gave him the richest contract in baseball history. → Read More

Multiple Cardinals players, staff test positive for COVID-19; Saturday's Brewers game postponed

Multiple players and staff on the Cardinals have tested positive for COVID-19, forcing the postponement of Saturday's game against the Brewers. → Read More

Friday's Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee postponed after St. Louis player tests positive for COVID-19

Friday's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers has been postponed after a member of the Cardinals tested positive. → Read More

'That's dirty baseball': Astros' Dusty Baker hot after benches-clearing incident vs. Dodgers

“We don’t start nothing, but we don’t take nothing, either," Astros manager Dusty Baker said following Tuesday's heated game against the Dodgers. → Read More

Opinion: What if the Marlins were the Yankees? MLB letting Miami be guinea pigs with COVID-19 outbreak

Major League Baseball's 2020 campaign is facing a major obstacle in the form of the Miami Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak. → Read More

Marlins' 2020 season is paused by MLB after COVID-19 outbreak among players, coaches

The Marlins' season was suspended by MLB amid an outbreak of COVID-19 cases that resulted in 15 players and two staff members testing positive. → Read More

Miami Marlins postpone game vs. Baltimore Orioles amid COVID-19 outbreak in clubhouse

The team remains in Philadelphia to continue undergoing testing, with the outbreak spreading throughout the clubhouse to at least 14 people. → Read More

Opinion: MLB season now in jeopardy after COVID-19 outbreak hits Miami Marlins

MLB season is in jeopardy after outbreak of COVID-19 cases on the Miami Marlins has postponed at least two games, including the Yankees vs. Phillies. → Read More

'How weird is this?': From Wrigley Field rooftops, fans – including NASCAR star Kurt Busch – get a unique view

While fans aren't allowed inside the park, the rooftops across from Wrigley Field offer some the chance to watch a live baseball game in person. → Read More

MLB, players agree to expanded 2020 playoffs with 16 teams

Major League Baseball's strange 2020 season will now have 16 teams reach the playoffs instead of 10. → Read More

Nashville's Mookie Betts signs mammoth 12-year extension with Dodgers worth $365 million

The Dodgers have signed All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts to the richest contract in franchise history. → Read More

Jerry Reinsdorf says Michael Jordan had talent to reach the major leagues

"If he had played another year, I really believe he would have made the big leagues," Reinsdorf said of Jordan. → Read More

Opinion: Skipping MLB season for safety of his newborns, Buster Posey makes 'easy' decision, huge sacrifice

After adopting newborn twin girls, the Giants' six-time All-Star catcher announced Friday that he will be sitting out the 2020 MLB season. → Read More

Opinion: Here's hoping MLB is successful in playing out its ambitious 2020 schedule

The 2020 season is scheduled to begin July 23, with most teams playing 60 games in 66 days, assuming COVID-19 issues don't stop play. → Read More

MLB umpires Joe West, Gerry Davis take opposing stances on COVID-shortened 2020 season

As MLB readies for its shortened 2020 campaign, the league's umpires have to make a decision on whether they will participate. → Read More