Scott Lauber, Philly Inquirer

Scott Lauber

Philly Inquirer

Philadelphia, PA, United States

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Recent articles by Scott:

Meet pitcher Connor Seabold, the biggest surprise on the Phillies’ training camp roster

Squeezed out of big-league spring training by an abundance of pitching, the 24-year-old right-hander is now a feel-good story amid the uncertainty over trying to launch a season during a pandemic. → Read More

Phillies GM Matt Klentak: ‘Landscape’ has changed since extension talks with J.T. Realmuto began

Also, left fielder Andrew McCutchen is expected to be ready for the start of the delayed 2020 season. → Read More

Phillies don’t expect players to opt out of season, but roster changes, logistical challenges loom

“There’s enough uncertainty with COVID, we wanted to make sure we preserve the ability to adjust," general manager Matt Klentak said. → Read More

Phillies spend big to sign third-round draft pick Casey Martin

The University of Arkansas shortstop received a $1.3 million bonus, almost double the MLB-recommended slot value for the 87th overall pick. → Read More

Phillies, J.T. Realmuto likely to resume extension talks, but baseball’s uncertain economy could complicate a deal

Market conditions figure to be depressed by the coronavirus. Extension talks with the All-Star catcher will reflect baseball's economic climate. → Read More

Tough regional schedule might be ‘reality check’ for Phillies’ playoff ambitions

Four months ago, general manager Matt Klentak called the NL East "the most competitive division in baseball." Two-thirds of the Phillies' games in the coronavirus-shortened season will be played against the NL East. → Read More

Phillies announce three more positive tests in Clearwater COVID-19 outbreak

Spring-training facility was temporarily closed last week after revelations of eight initial positive tests, including five players, most of whom were major leaguers. → Read More

Players reject MLB’s 60-game proposal; Rob Manfred poised to set 2020 schedule

After decisive 33-5 vote by players, commissioner Rob Manfred is expected to talk to the 30 owners to discuss the next step. → Read More

COVID-19 concerns, calendar shaping MLB labor talks for 60-game season

As the Players Association tabled a vote Sunday on MLB's proposal, commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly offered a few concessions to broker a last-minute agreement. → Read More

Phillies sign two draft picks, two more undrafted pitchers

The club still has six weeks before the signing deadline to reach agreements with its top two draft picks. → Read More

MLB to players: 60 games, take it or leave it

Players will seemingly have to choose between accepting MLB's 60-game framework for a season or having commissioner Rob Manfred impose a schedule of between 48 and 60 games. → Read More

Coronavirus outbreak hits Phillies’ training facility in Clearwater

Major League Baseball’s first known coronavirus outbreak has occurred at the Phillies’ spring-training facility in Clearwater, Fla. Five players and three staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. → Read More

MLB players counter with 70-game plan as ‘basis for agreement’ to resume play; owners likely to reject

The difference between the sides' proposals is roughly $251.6 million, or approximately $8.4 million per team. → Read More

Players called Rob Manfred’s bluff. Where does baseball go from here?

If the commissioner declared a 50-game season now while MLB still has a roughly 70-game window to fit in a schedule, it might improve the Players Association's chances of winning a grievance. → Read More

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred ‘not confident’ about 2020 season

Five days after setting the odds of having a baseball season in 2020 at "100 percent," Manfred told ESPN that "there's a real risk" of no season at all. → Read More

Phillies sign three undrafted pitchers, including Ocean City’s Jake McKenna

On the first day that teams were allowed to sign undrafted amateur players, the Phillies landed three pitchers, including 6-foot-7 lefty Jake McKenna from Ocean City High School. → Read More

Players’ union cuts off negotiations with MLB, asks commissioner to impose season

With the owners continuing to ask for secondary financial concessions that the players won’t make, the players are asking for commissioner Rob Manfred to “tell us when and where” the season will begin. → Read More

MLB owners pitch 72-game season, but reduction of prorated salaries remains non-starter for players

MLB's latest proposal reportedly has some elements that should appeal to the players. But the players remain adamant about not reopening a March agreement on prorated salaries. → Read More

Phillies aim for upside with third-round pick of Arkansas shortstop Casey Martin

The 21-year-old was once projected as a first-round pick but saw his stock fall after a shaky sophomore year in 2019. → Read More

If MLB goes through with a 50-game season, would all the best teams make the playoffs?

Three of the last five NL champions -- the 2019 Nationals, 2018 Dodgers, and 2015 Mets -- wouldn't have qualified for the postseason based on their record through the first 50 games in each of those years. → Read More