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2020 Schedule

BBTN: Anthony Castrovince and Todd Radom go deep on Cleveland changing its name

MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince joins Buster to discuss the Cleveland name change, the history of the name “Indians” for the team, why he favors the Spiders for the new name, the inspiration for his book “A Fan’s Guide to Baseball Analytics” and what he thinks happens with Francisco Lindor this season (5:33). Plus, Todd Radom stops by to talk about the work involved with a team changing its name and creating a new logo (21:46).

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

The Houston Astros announced they have canceled their Summer Camp workouts today due to a delay in receiving COVID-19 test results taken last week.

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Nats, Astros, Cards cancel workouts amid delays

The Nationals, Astros and Cardinals have canceled their workouts scheduled for Monday, citing the safety of their players as both clubs await results of COVID-19 testing from Friday.

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Red Sox, Astros adapt parks for camps, season

The Red Sox and Astros are adapting their stadiums for summer camps and the upcoming season to address health and safety rules to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

ESPN has learned that more than half of all intake testing is almost complete as MLB prepares for preseason workouts to officially resume tomorrow. General information about the results will be released in the next 24-48 hours, but will not have identifying factors in order to protect players' privacy. As previously reported, COVID-19 related information won't be disclosed without players' permission.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Manager Luis Rojas confirms Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will be working remotely. Rojas also said all Mets players have reported to "summer camp" and are currently undergoing the intake and COVID-19 testing process.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

In a statement to ESPN, MLB said it wouldn't disclose COVID-19 related information without an individual's permission. MLB does plan to publish general testing information, for example, number of tests and positive results, but with no player names or identifying characteristics.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

MLB statement to ESPN regarding teams not naming players that test positive for coronavirus: "Because COVID-19 is not considered an employment-related injury, we will respect the privacy of the players who test positive or who are under evaluation, and we will defer to their wishes regarding public updates about their status. Without their voluntary permission, we will not disclose any COVID-19 related information."

The most painful way to get on base (1:40)
As coronavirus spikes in MLB markets, so does scrutiny from health experts (1:38)

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Asked by ESPN Fri. about the impending MLB return to Houston, epidemiologist Carlos del Rio of Atl.'s Emory Univ. Medical School said, "I think Houston should not have anything like that happen." Dr. del Rio said the city is having a Covid-19 emergency that could take months to get under control, so "I realistically don't think you're going to be able to play in Houston."

William Weinbaum ESPN 

Asked by ESPN about Astros owner Jim Crane saying he expects to have fans at games, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security Sr. Scholar Tara Kirk Sell said, "Dangerous. Having fans in stands is for countries that have done the hard work necessary to control the disease." The 2004 Olympic swimming silver medalist said it'll be several weeks or more before current peak levels can change, and that having very few cases and quick ID'ing of cases & contacts is a prerequisite for having fans.


BBTN: Bob Nightengale and Marly Rivera on the fantasy and reality of the 2020 baseball season

Marly Rivera and USA Today's Bob Nightengale join Buster to talk about the fantasy of baseball getting started smoothly and the reality of playing during a pandemic. Rivera talks about why youth may prevail in a short season and shares players' concerns about spikes in coronavirus across the country (3:04). Nightengale says he thinks every game will be treated like the postseason when it comes to pitching decisions and shares his advice for the next time the players and owners get into the negotiating room (16:02).

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

When players report to the second "spring training," they will be required to undergo “intake screenings,” which will include a COVID-19 saliva test and a COVID-19 antibodies blood test. All players will be tested for COVID-19 at least every other day during the season, or more frequently if deemed necessary.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Important MLB deadlines this week: All player transactions that were suspended during the “Transaction Freeze” that was a part of the March agreement will resume tomorrow, Friday, June 26th, at 12pm ET. By 4pm ET on Sunday, June 28th, each club must submit to MLB a list of up to 60 players who will be eligible to play during the 2020 season.

The challenges of MLB's safety protocols (0:43)

Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.24Tied-2nd
Quality Starts0Tied-1st
Batting Average.21630th
On Base Percentage.29728th
Slugging Percentage.35028th