The collective bargaining agreement that ended Major League Baseball’s 99-day lockout includes a new policy affecting players who are not vaccinated for COVID-19, sources say. A veteran player and an MLB executive tell SportsCenter 5’s Duke Castiglione that unvaccinated players are not be allowed to play in Canada and, under the new CBA, the unvaccinated players will not be paid or earn service time for those games. Other changes in the deal include allowing teams to have advertising on uniforms and helmets for the first time which could lead to a pitch clock and limits on defensive shifts in 2023.The agreement calls for the luxury tax threshold to rise from $210 million last year to $230 million this season and gradually to $242 million in 2026, a loosening for the biggest spenders such as the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers and Red Sox.The minimum salary rises from $570,500 to about $700,000 this … Read More
Veteran right-hander Max Scherzer got off to a picture-perfect start in his Dodgers debut Wednesday night.
Scherzer took the mound for Los Angeles for the first time on Wednesday since the Dodgers acquired him from the Nationals last Friday. He was brilliant. The 37-year-old went seven full innings, allowed just five hits and two earned runs and struck out 10 batters against a very good Houston Astros lineup. The Dodgers got a 7-5 win in the process.
The best part of Scherzer’s performance was his success against Jose Altuve, who’s become one of baseball’s biggest villains. He struck out the 31-year-old each of the three times he faced him. Dodgers fans gave Scherzer a well-deserved standing ovation following his impressive performance.
“You live for this,” Scherzer said after the game, via ESPN.com. “You live to pitch in front of 50,000 people going nuts.”
The New York Yankees put their fans through the ringer this weekend. What looked like a historic win for the franchise turned into an absolutely crushing loss to their hated rival, the Boston Red Sox.
In the final game of a four-game series at Fenway Park, Yankees starting pitcher Domingo German looked absolutely incredible to start. Through seven innings, he allowed just two base runners, one on a walk in the third, and another reached safely on a passed ball after striking out in the seventh.
German was in striking distance of the second no-hitter of the year for the franchise, and the first Yankees no-hitter against the Red Sox since Dave Righetti in 1983. New York finds itself well back of Boston in the AL East race this year, but a win like that seemed like a possible turning point for the team
The conclusion of the MLB All-Star festivities last night saw the Toronto Blue Jays slugging first-baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a massive home-run, the 200th total in the All-Star game. The blast, along with an RBI groundout was enough for the Dominican native to be named MVP of the contest.
During the middle of the game, there was a pause for the many people who have had the difficult battle with cancer. The segment saw everyone in the stands, including the All-Star’s holding up signs with a loved ones name on it, as they Stand Up To Cancer. In a heartfelt moment for many, the eventual MVP’s card was flashed on screen.
His card was dedicated to former Notre Dame star and All-Star teammate Trey Mancini. Guerrero Jr. wasn’t the only one either, as Baltimore teammate Cedric Mullins did the