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Rob Manfred confident MLB can get through playoffs despite virus

NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says he's confident his sport can get through the regular season and postseason without being stopped by the coronavirus, though not every club might play all 60 games and winning percentage could be used to determine playoff teams.

MLB plans 60-game slate, shortest since 1878 as union balks

Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players' association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Norman Chad: Astros did the crime, and they should pay

Simply put – and I realize I am last in on this, but I only write once a week and I also sleep in weekday mornings, mainly to avoid bad news – Major League Baseball should vacate the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series title. I understand there is some Astros fatigue right now, but this sign-stealing saga has generated more reader mail than any issue in recent memory. In fact, if I paid out $1.25 to every Astros-related Ask The Slouch submission, I’d be writing this column at a loss.

MLB mulls live video limits, may rule on Red Sox next week

Major League Baseball intends to impose new limits on what live video is available to teams. And Commissioner Rob Manfred, speaking at baseball’s owners meetings, also hopes to complete his investigation into alleged electronic sign stealing by the Boston Red Sox before spring training camps open next week.

Larry Stone: Baseball could use a little tough love right now

I’ve burned with a passion for baseball my entire life, and I don’t see it waning anytime soon. When I speak of a dire need to tweak what I (and many others) see as highly alarming trends in the sport, it’s out of a sense of love, not disdain.

Commissioner Rob Manfred doesn’t expect protective nets to change in season

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said he does not expect teams to make changes to the protective netting around ballparks during the season, although he expects conversations to continue about whether netting should be extended. Manfred’s comments came less than a week after a young child was struck by a foul ball and hospitalized in Houston. Manfred said structural issues in each individual stadium would make it difficult to mandate changes during the season.

Rob Manfred: Slow free agent market is ‘distributional problem’

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred says it’s not collusion that has slowed the free agent market but just a question of how salaries are distributed among the players. Manfred says owners are spending the same percentage of revenue on salaries. If players want to work with them on finding a different way to spread it around, he’ll listen.