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6:25 AM ET, February 19, 2021

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Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
'I know how I'm going to be judged': Tony La Russa welcomes the scrutiny in return as White Sox manager  —  PHOENIX - Tony La Russa is sitting outside a golf resort, wearing a New England Patriots cap and talking about the sensation searing through his body that he hasn't felt since, well …
Medium:
TIM TEBOW ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT  —  The New York Mets today announced that outfielder Tim Tebow is retiring from professional baseball.  —  “It has been a pleasure to have Tim in our organization as he's been a consummate professional during his four years with the Mets,” said Team President Sandy Alderson.
Shi Davidi / Sportsnet.ca:
Blue Jays set to open 2021 season playing home games in Dunedin  —  TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays, displaced once again by pandemic border restrictions, will open the 2021 season at their spring home in Dunedin, Fla., the club announced Thursday morning.
Associated Press:
Six-game series among changes to minor leagues  —  NEW YORK — Baseball's minor leagues will shift to regionalized six-game series with a common off day in a move that cuts scheduled travel mileage by 28-56% and reduces expenses in their first season of operations under Major League Baseball.
Eric Longenhagen / FanGraphs Baseball:
2021 Top 100 Prospects  — Picks to Click: Who We Expect to Make the 2022 Top 100  — Which Kinds of Prospects Were Most Affected by the Year Off?  — Prospect Limbo: The Best of the 2021 Post-Prospects  — ZiPS 2021 Top 100 Prospects  — How Will Teams Approach This Year's Draft?
Mike Singer / Denver Post:
Nuggets expecting G League team for start of next season, sources say  —  After years of unsuccessful attempts, the Denver Nuggets are finally expecting to get a G League team at the start of next season, league sources told The Denver Post.  —  The partnership, which isn't official …
Discussion: Hoops Rumors and Denver Stiffs
Nick Piecoro / Arizona Republic:
Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner hopeful normal spring leads to better results  —  When Diamondbacks left-hander Madison Bumgarner thinks back to the way he handled last year — from the sudden end of spring training through the quarantine period and into the start of summer camp — there is one thing he would change.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Pitching depth is going to be critical to Yankees, other MLB teams a year after 60-game pandemic season  —  TAMPA — Wednesday the Yankees pitchers and catchers will report to Tampa, take their physicals and get ready for their first official workout of 2021 spring training.
Discussion: Pinstripe Alley
 
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