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10:55 AM ET, May 22, 2020


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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays opening Tropicana Field for light player workouts Monday  —  Activities will be extremely limited, but it's a start as team facilities have been closed to players since March 17.  —  ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays are taking an initial — and small — step toward returning to action …
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Rays, Marlins join Yankees in opening facilities to players for workouts  —  Another sign that baseball's return may be near: Teams are starting to reopen facilities to players.  —  Marlins on the 40-man roster were allowed to use their spring training complex as of Tuesday.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Max Goodman / Sports Illustrated:
Five Yankees Poised to Shine in MLB's Proposed 82-Game Season
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
Jim Salisbury / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Sources: Phillies likely to stay in Philly for Spring Training II  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  If Major League Baseball and the players association can successfully hammer out plans for a half-season, teams would need to come together for Spring Training II.  —  The question is: Where?
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Some MLB players hoping for loosening of restrictions in health proposal  —  Some players are hoping for tweaks to MLB's recent health-protocols proposal as discussions continue about how to safely restart during the coronavirus pandemic.  —  Mostly, players want to know whether some in-stadium …
Jay Jaffe / ESPN:
Every AL team's best player not in the Hall of Fame — and should he get in?  —  While we're stuck amid a spring and summer unfortunately free of both Major League Baseball (so far) and the Hall of Fame's induction weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Hall that so many of us visit …
Discussion: Camden Chat, and Halos Heaven
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets rotation analysis: After ace Jacob deGrom, no sure things  —  During this pandemic-induced baseball hiatus, we examine the Mets position by position.  We already covered first base, second base, shortstop, third base, catcher, centerfield, leftfield and rightfield.  Now, the rotation.
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brent Honeywell Undergoes Ulnar Nerve Procedure  —  The Rays announced Thursday that touted pitching prospect Brent Honeywell Jr. underwent a decompression procedure on his right ulnar nerve yesterday.  He'll start strength and mobility exercises next Monday,'s Juan Toribio tweets.
Mike Bohn / MMA Junkie:
Houston Astros star Carlos Correa ‘would love to cross over into the UFC’  —  Houston Astros star Carlos Correa feels he is the best fit out of any MLB player to step into the octagon for a UFC fight.  —  Will it ever happen?  Unlikely.  However, Correa, who is an avid MMA following …
Bradford Doolittle / ESPN:
Our first-ever Universal DH Power Rankings for all 30 MLB teams  —  Let me get this part out of the way: I don't like the idea of the universal designated hitter.  At the same time, I recognize it as the best option for what will already be a strange season, if we get even that.
Discussion: Halos Heaven
Keith Law / The Athletic:
Redrafting MLB's 2010 class  —  The 2010 draft wasn't supposed to be very good — we were already looking ahead to 2011, which looked epic and turned out to be just that — so it wasn't that surprising to me to look back for this exercise and see that, indeed, the 2010 draft wasn't very good.
Matt Loede / Sports Illustrated:
Where Are They Now - Indians 2016 World Series Game 7 Edition  —  It was a day that most Cleveland Indians fans will never forget, even though some have tried to block it out.  —  After a magical run through two of the supposed American League's best in the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays in 2016 …
Jonathan Mayo /
Mock Draft: College players off the board early  —  As we move closer to the June 10-11 Draft, the hope is that the first-round picture will become more clear.  In some ways, that's true; in some ways, it's not.  —  There aren't players with helium riding up boards because they're dominating …
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