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10:10 AM ET, July 1, 2020

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Baseball America:
The 2020 Minor League Season Is Canceled.  So What Happens Next?  —  What was long expected will be made official today: There will be no Minor League Baseball in 2020.  —  According to multiple sources, Minor League Baseball is expected to officially announce this afternoon that the season …
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Kyle Glaser / Baseball America:
How Each MLB Team Plans To Pay Minor Leaguers In 2020  —  As July 1 approaches, teams once again face a decision whether to continue paying their minor league players.  —  MLB instructed all 30 teams to pay their minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31 after the minor league season was postponed …
John Hickey / Sports Illustrated:
Catching On: Athletics Offer Fans Chance to be Part of the Scene as Cardboard Cutouts  —  It's going to be possible to “catch” a foul ball at the Coliseum this year without actually being at the Coliseum.  —  Under current plans being dictated by the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus …
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Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Virtual fans get foul balls too: A's have the first great idea for watching sports during pandemic  —  By subscribing, you are agreeing to Yahoo's  —  The unthinkable is about to become Major League Baseball's reality.  On July 23, the 2020 regular season will open with no fans in the ballpark.
Discussion: Athletics Nation and Yahoo! Sports
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
‘He really needs help’: Family seeks help for Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles, who is homeless and hospitalized  —  It was a disturbing picture, a police mug shot, spattered across the internet last weekend, revealing a troubled man with a vacant, soulless look.
Kevin.K / Sports Illustrated:
Focus on the South Side  —  The past few weeks have seen a great awakening in the United States.  African-Americans have been aware, and have been trying to make everyone else aware, of the systematic racism in this country, with particular focus on police brutality.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Ian Desmond Opts Out Of 2020 Season  —  Rockies outfielder Ian Desmond will opt out of playing in the 2020 MLB season.  He provided a thoughtful explanation of his decisionmaking process in an announcement on Instagram.  —  Desmond explains that “the COVID-19 pandemic has made this baseball season …
Joon Lee / ESPN:
Inside the rise of MLB's Ivy League culture: Stunning numbers and a question of what's next  —  AT A TIME when industries across America are facing a racial reckoning following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the rising support of the Black Lives Matter movement …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Cashman: Yankees “Optimistic” Judge Will Be Ready For Opening Day  —  After months of uncertainty surrounding the status of Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, general manager Brian Cashman said on a conference call today that the team is optimistic he'll be ready for the rescheduled Opening Day …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Tigers Agree To Terms With Spencer Torkelson  —  The Tigers have agreed to terms with top overall draft choice Spencer Torkelson, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com (Twitter link).  He's set to receive a hefty $8,416,300 bonus.  —  While he only topped the 1-1 draft slot allocation by a nominal amount …
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Orioles Sign Heston Kjerstad  —  The Orioles have signed second overall draft pick Heston Kjerstad, per a team announcement.  The University of Arkansas product will receive a $5.2MM bonus, per MLB.com's Jim Callis (Twitter link).  —  Kjerstad was expected to go near the top of the draft, but not with the second selection.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
KBO Preparing For Return Of Fans  —  JULY 1: The return of live fans will have to wait at least a bit longer, per Yoo (via Twitter).  Governmental approval still hasn't been issued, though it still seems likely to come before long — except, perhaps, in the Kia Tigers' home city of Gwangju …
 
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Jim Salisbury / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
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