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NEW YORK — The players’ association rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed the pace of games. Union head Tony Clark and deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum informed MLB of the decision Thursday during
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Pace-of-game talks between Major League Baseball and the Players Association have stalled, increasing the likelihood that baseball will unilaterally implement new rules in advance of the 2018 season, a source told ESPN on Thursday. Players have expressed concerns about the addition of a 20-second pitch clock — the central component of commissioner Rob Manfred’s pace-of-game
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have hired former starting pitcher Jim Kaat as a special assistant to the organization. The Twins announced Thursday that the 79-year-old Kaat will be involved in various community and business initiatives in Minnesota as well as the Fort Myers area in Florida, where the team’s spring training facility and minor
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PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates‘ rebuilding process will include closer Felipe Rivero. The team has signed the left-handed reliever to a four-year contract that runs through the 2021 season. The deal includes club options for 2022 and 2023. The Pirates have a new deal with closer Felipe Rivero Justin Berl/Getty Images Pittsburgh acquired Rivero in a
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NEW YORK — Adrian Gonzalez vows to have a quiet voice with the New York Mets. A month after the first baseman was released by Atlanta from a contract that guaranteed him $21.5 million this year, Gonzalez finalized a one-year deal with the Mets on Thursday for the $545,000 major league minimum. Bobby Valentine, Gonzalez’s
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Everyone is getting nervous. By everyone, I mean those with a vested interested in the baseball free-agent market. Agents. Teams. Players. Fans. And, yes, writers, too. After all, the bugle sounds for spring training in less than a month, and we’re not accustomed to this much late hot stove drama. The best player in the
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Pirates infielder Josh Harrison, in response to Pittsburgh’s recent trades of Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole, said he also would prefer to be traded if the organization intends to enter a rebuilding phase. The Bucs didn’t bring a parade to Pittsburgh. After dealing their franchise star, expect empty seats at PNC Park this summer —
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