Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo using conference calls to raise spirits

Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo using conference calls to raise spirits

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Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo came up with a curveball to spice up the regular video conferences he has been holding with his Toronto coaches while baseball is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap "We're having so many Zoom conference calls and stuff, I changed it up a bit and we even did a 'happy hour' conference call so we can have fun with it," Montoyo said Thursday. Montoyo's chat session led to another idea: a conference call exclusively for Blue Jays players to check in on each other and keep their spirits lifted during the shutdown. The first such call is expected to happen before the end of the week "We had great momentum going into the season," Montoyo said of his young…
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Japan’s baseball league delayed again, no date set for start

Japan’s baseball league delayed again, no date set for start

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Nippon Professional Baseball's season openers will not take place in May due to the coronavirus pandemic, with no firm date set for the start. Representatives of the 12 teams decided Friday to also scrap interleague play. The removal of 18 interleague games from each team's calendar would make for a 125-game regular season.nfl nike jerseys cheap Although no specific date had been set to start the season, the representatives agreed in an online meeting to not start before the end of May. The interleague games between the Central and Pacific leagues have started in May since the format was established in 2005. "It was clear that we were going to have to reduce the number of games," said Shosaku Yokota of the Orix Buffaloes. "We decided that in such a…
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Ex-Cardinal Mark Hamilton finishes medical school, set to fight virus

Ex-Cardinal Mark Hamilton finishes medical school, set to fight virus

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If he wanted, Mark Hamilton could show off his World Series ring at work. But the fill-in first baseman for the 2011 champion St. Louis Cardinals prefers to keep that prize safe at home. "The surgical scrub tub, not the most conducive place to wear it," Hamilton said. On Friday, under an accelerated schedule prompted by dire circumstances, the former big leaguer is set to graduate a month early from medical school on Long Island.nfl jerseys nike cheap Next stop for the rookie doc, the first-hand fight against the coronavirus pandemic in one of the world's hardest-hit areas. "I could get the call tomorrow, that it's time to go in," Hamilton said this week. "I have had an incredible journey to becoming a doctor over the last four years, and…
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Players, managers intrigued by MLB’s all-Arizona option

Players, managers intrigued by MLB’s all-Arizona option

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Boston's Chris Sale, out for the season following Tommy John surgery, thought about the prospect of his teammates sequestered in the Phoenix area for an extended period if Major League Baseball and its players adopt an all-Arizona start to the season. "I don't know if I could look at my kids just through a screen for four or five months. Same thing goes with my wife," the pitcher said Tuesday. "That's a long time. But people have done it in harsh scenarios, I guess. I think there's a lot of figuring out to do." A plan dictating that all 30 teams play games with no fans at stadiums in the Phoenix area, including the Arizona Diamondbacks' Chase Field, 10 spring training facilities and perhaps other nearby fields, has emerged above…
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Dodgers trainer to stream workouts for fans at home during pandemic

Dodgers trainer to stream workouts for fans at home during pandemic

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Twice a week, beginning Friday morning, Brandon McDaniel, the Los Angeles Dodgers' director of player performance, will stream 30-minute workouts through the team's social media outlets for everyone to partake. He wants to help fans stay in shape while they're stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic. He wants to help them keep a level head. "Psychologically, fitness is huge right now," McDaniel said. "To be locked in a house, or wherever you might be, being fit and having the ability to exercise and release some endorphins and get some hormones going is really good for your mental health right now."nfl nike jersey cheap McDaniel's episodes will air every Monday and Friday at 8 a.m. PT until the 2020 season resumes, appearing on the Dodgers' YouTube, Facebook and Twitter pages.…
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AJ Hinch, Jeff Luhnow suspensions fulfilled in 2020 even if MLB season canceled

AJ Hinch, Jeff Luhnow suspensions fulfilled in 2020 even if MLB season canceled

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Former Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and ex-Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow will fulfill their one-season suspensions for the team's sign-stealing scandal even if no baseball is played in 2020, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney on Thursday.nfl nike jerseys cheap Hinch and Luhnow were given the one-year bans and subsequently fired in January following an investigation by Major League Baseball that confirmed the Astros had cheated by using a camera-based sign-stealing system during the regular season and playoffs of their World Series-winning 2017 season and during part of the 2018 regular season. According to the wording from commissioner Rob Manfred's decision, both punishments end "following the completion of the 2020 World Series." Sources told Olney that, because the suspensions are tied to the end of the 2020 postseason rather than…
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Giancarlo Stanton (calf) would be in Yankees’ lineup if games were being played, Aaron Boone says

Giancarlo Stanton (calf) would be in Yankees’ lineup if games were being played, Aaron Boone says

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Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton has made steady progress with his strained right calf injury this month, New York manager Aaron Boone said Monday.cheap nfl jerseys nike In an interview on the YES Network, Boone spoke about Stanton's road back from a Grade 1 strain, diagnosed last month, saying, "If we were ready to start spring training games, he'd be ready to go." Stanton played in just 18 games last season due to a number of injuries, and he batted .288 with three home runs in 59 at-bats. He hit 38 homers in his first season with the Yankees in 2018, one year after going deep a career-high 59 times with the Marlins in 2017.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap "G's doing great," Boone said. "He's been hitting now for a few…
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Cubs’ Rachel Folden is swinging away at stigma that ‘women can’t coach baseball’

Cubs’ Rachel Folden is swinging away at stigma that ‘women can’t coach baseball’

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Several days later at practice, Folden's softball coach, Shonda Stanton, made an announcement. She was issuing team punishments, she said; several players had committed infractions. A few of Folden's teammates were chastised because their grades had fallen below the team standard. But not Folden -- in her case, Stanton had received a stern note from Folden's computing professor, who was displeased that Folden's statistical deep dive had overridden her attention to spreadsheet builds. "My coach loves to tell people how the only thing she had to punish me for in four years was looking up statistics during class," Folden says, laughing. "I've always been a data nerd."nike nfl jerseys cheap She has expertly incorporated that love of number-crunching into her career, first as a pro player for the Chicago Bandits…
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Blue Jays president says 4 weeks of spring training needed before season

Blue Jays president says 4 weeks of spring training needed before season

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With no sign of when training camps can resume, Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro says he thinks Major League Baseball would need at least a month of workouts and exhibition games before regular-season play can begin. Opening Day has been postponed until at least mid-May because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Knowing that so many players are not even having any access to throwing at all or hitting at all, but most importantly just throwing, and probably limited access to just training and exercise, it's hard to imagine we could get ready in less than four weeks," Shapiro said in a teleconference with Toronto reporters.cheap nfl jerseys china nike "I do think that we're, by and large, waiting for some sort of flattening of the curve and recognition that we have…
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Yankees’ Aaron Judge says rib improving, also had collapsed lung

Yankees’ Aaron Judge says rib improving, also had collapsed lung

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New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge told reporters Friday that his fractured rib is improving, and he also disclosed that he suffered a partially collapsed lung. Two weeks ago, manager Aaron Boone said a fractured rib revealed by a CT scan was why Judge had been suffering tightness in his shoulder and pectoral area, thus significantly limiting his baseball activities since early February. The Yankees never divulged the pneumothorax, commonly called a collapsed lung. Judge said a scheduled CT scan Friday showed the pneumothorax had fully healed and that had been slight progress in the healing of the rib. Judge said he would have another test in a few weeks "and go from there." With the season delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Judge likely will have time to heal…
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