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9:20 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 …
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.
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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.
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?
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Brewers submit plan for ballpark occupancy  —  MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich lunched with Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio last week in Los Angeles and asked his boss at least four times whether there would be fans in the stands on Opening Day.  The Brewers took a significant step this week toward providing Yelich an answer.
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.
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.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: San Diego Padres, Fernando Tatis Jr. agree on 14-year, $340 million deal  —  Fernando Tatis Jr., the emerging face of baseball, agreed to a 14-year, $340 million contract extension with the San Diego Padres on Wednesday, securing one of the largest guarantees in American sports history …
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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