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1:25 PM ET, January 14, 2021


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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Rob Manfred: MLB teams should plan for spring training to start on time, full 162-game season to be played  —  Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred informed clubs Monday that they should be preparing for spring training to start on time in February and to plan on a full 162-game season being played …
Bill Shaikin / Los Angeles Times:
MLB 2021 fan plan: No mandate for vaccines or COVID-19 tests  —  Major League Baseball does not plan to mandate that fans provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result before entering a ballpark this year.  —  In a memo sent to teams Monday and obtained by the Los Angeles Times …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Molina stays ready, waits, says in interview he could retire with ‘head held high’ if no offer fits  —  On his social media platform of choice, Instagram, free agent Yadier Molina shared video Tuesday of him taking batting practice with his brother's team in an otherwise empty ballpark.
Kyle Koster / The Big Lead:
Rey Ordóñez and the Fault in Our Stars  —  When logging onto the Internet (capitalized in assorted style guides back then) required a dial tone, they pumped up to four baseball games into my childhood home for the price of a cable-television package.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Realmuto to Astros unlikely; Hendriks' contract; Padres consider more arms  —  Free-agent catcher J.T. Realmuto is a fit for the Astros, at least from a baseball perspective.  But the quality of the draft picks the team would sacrifice for signing Realmuto, or any other free agent attached …
Kyle Koster / The Big Lead:
Wouldn't Mind Seeing Charlie From Manitowoc Get More Reps in the Green Bay Packers Booth  —  Comedian Charlie Berens put together this joyful bit as a joke because that's what comedians do.  But if you dig past the laughter, there's something extremely endearing about having an Average Joe in the broadcast booth.
The Athletic:
Will a James Harden trade happen soon?  Sources indicate it could  —  When James Harden brought the Houston Rockets' messy melodrama to center stage late Tuesday night, announcing during his 90-second postgame Zoom session that “it's something that I don't think can be fixed,” …
Dan Hajducky / ESPN:
Mickey Mantle baseball card shatters record, sells for $5.2 million  —  A Mickey Mantle baseball card has shattered a 5-month-old record for highest-selling sports card of all time, going for $5.2 million, PWCC Marketplace announced on Thursday.  —  The 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle PSA 9 …
MLB Insiders / ESPN:
One year after the scandal, how do we view the Astros — and what's next for MLB?  —  On Jan. 13, 2020, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred released his findings and announced the Houston Astros' punishment for electronically stealing signs during the team's 2017 World Series run.
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cubs, Cardinals, and NL Central rivals are busy making moves, going nowhere  —  In what has been a whirlwind winter in some corners of Major League Baseball, the Windy City has added a Hall of Fame manager, a needlepoint outfielder, a pitcher with Cardinals ties who has been one of the steadiest starters …
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Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Pitcher Corey Kluber hopes bullpen session shows he's healthy after 2 lost seasons  —  Free agent Corey Kluber is out to prove he's healthy, as the right-hander prepares for a bullpen session in front of major league teams Wednesday in Florida.  —  The two time Cy Young winner has pitched …
Listen to Free Radio:
Joe Judge on Daniel Jones' future: ‘He gives us the confidence to go forward’  —  Is Daniel Jones the future at quarterback the New York Giants?  —  Even after just two years, that's a question that will be asked ad nauseum (as if it hasn't already) until either Jones takes a major step forward …
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