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Phoenix, AZ, United States

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Recent articles by Bob:

MLB traditionalists won't like it, but designated hitter will come to NL. They better get used to it

While many MLB players, GMs are advocates for universal designated hitter, traditionalists hate it. But it will come to the NL, so they better adapt. → Read More

MLB owners sending latest plan to MLBPA that includes sliding pay scale for players

MLB owners have approved a new plan to resume baseball that includes a sliding pay scale for players that will next be sent to the MLBPA for review. → Read More

Retired agent Barry Axelrod has a solution if MLB, union can't agree on economic proposal

Former baseball agent Barry Axelrod has a solution if MLB and players union can't settle their differences over the economic proposal. → Read More

Baseball could be a whole new game

Get ready, because if a Major League Baseball season is played this summer, it will look like nothing we’ve ever seen in the sport’s history. → Read More

'No sunflower seeds?' Will MLB's 67-page safety and health protocol keep players safe?

Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong is optimistic the season will start in July but is unsure if all of the rules proposed by MLB are necessary. → Read More

Owners, players face difficult talks on starting MLB season

The owners say having no fans at games drastically affects the game’s economics. → Read More

'It’s time to get together and do a good thing for our country': MLB's return to play plans remain contentious

MLB, scorned by players and agents at the concept of a revenue-sharing plan, maintained Thursday it is not reneging on its original agreement. → Read More

MLB safety protocols: Must finish postseason before second wave of COVID-19 hits nation

MLB prepares for a potential season with the aim of finishing it in November before the US could be subjected to another coronavirus lockdown. → Read More

Commentary: MLB players are prepared to play 2020 season ... but on one condition

The biggest concern he hears from his players, agent Scott Boras says, is not for their safety and welfare but their rights. The players trust that MLB will have plenty of testing and safety measures but, considering they are taking the health risk, believe it’s unfair to ask them to assume any further financial hits. → Read More

Opinion: MLB players are prepared to play 2020 season ... but on one condition

Agent Scott Boras says players are prepared to play and willing to squeeze in as many as 124 regular-season games. But they want prorated salaries. → Read More

MLB owners will vote on plan to share revenue with players

This would be the first time in history that MLB clubs would be willing to share their revenue with players, although it’s common in other sports. → Read More

MLB owners approve historic revenue-sharing plan amid coronavirus pandemic

MLB owners approved a revenue-sharing agreement that could help bring baseball back in July, but the proposal is expected to be rejected by players. → Read More

Amid coronavirus pandemic, MLB owners will vote on historic revenue-sharing plan

Major League Baseball owners are set to vote on an historic revenue-sharing agreement that could help bring baseball back by early July. → Read More

MLB umpires' salaries to be cut 30%, but they will still be paid through May

MLB umpires hardly thrilled with deal that cuts salaries 30% but considered it appropriate in light of the pandemic. They will keep health benefits. → Read More

MLB might use home ballparks to complete spring training

The move would be driven by an interest in saving time and money, with training camps expected to last three weeks before the start of the truncated regular season. → Read More

Opinion: If there's baseball in 2020, 'there will be no asterisk' for the World Series champion

MLB managers are getting revved up at the possibility of playing this year, even if the season is shortened and the rules drastically different. → Read More

Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony postponed until 2021

Derek Jeter, Larry Walker and Class of 2020 will be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown in July 2021, along with that year's class. → Read More

Cooperstown grapples with baseball’s pause

The streets in the quaint village are empty, the charming stores and restaurants are shuttered, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum remains closed.This was supposed to be the most glorious and most profitable summer in the history of Cooperstown. This is where Yankees legendary shortstop Derek Jeter was scheduled to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, highlighting an illustrious class… → Read More

MLB expects to use home ballparks for spring training if plans to play season proceed

Major League Baseball and its teams are looking to save time and money by holding a three-week spring training at home stadiums. → Read More

MLB discussing plan to start season in late June

Teams could play in home stadiums in realigned league. → Read More