The second re-scheduling development arrived in the form of MLB's apparent plan to start its season — and continue there for who knows how long — in Arizona next month with every team playing games in spectator-free ballparks, most of them minor-league ones. The teams would be kept in a sort of quarantine at hotels. This plan, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported, "has the support of high-ranking federal public health officials who believe the league can safely operate amid the coronavirus pandemic."
The Phillies, on the other hand, have not been in the playoffs since 2011, the franchise's last season with a winning record. Wheeler was signed to pair with Aaron Nola as stars at the front of the Philadelphia rotation, and last spring there was an expectation that the Phillies would work to re-sign catcher J.T. Realmuto.
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David Schoenfield: Instead of a trade, I'm going with two landmark free-agent signings: Dave Winfield's 10-year, $23 million contract with the New York Yankees at the 1980 meetings and Kevin Brown's seven-year, $105 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1998. Both deals rocked the sport and led to the inevitable cries that baseball was broken. Both were star players, but not necessarily the best in the game, and Brown was 34 years old. Just a year before Winfield's contract, Nolan Ryan had become the sport's first million dollar-a-year man, signing a four-year, $4.5 million contract with the Houston Astros. Yankees owner George Steinbrenner blew that away. Eighteen years later, Brown crossed baseball's version of the 4-minute mile with the first $100 million deal (skipping past $14 million in annual salary to reach $15 million). The deal enraged front offices around the game. "There is no appropriate comment," commissioner Bud Selig said. Brown lasted five seasons with the Dodgers -- and they never made the playoffs.
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The years after retirement were often difficult. In 1979, his Pennsylvania home burned to the ground, though his wife and three kids escaped unharmed. And in 1991, his 27-year-old daughter, Terri, was murdered in Largo, Maryland.
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The memo, obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday night, says that repeated or flagrant violators of the protocols could be banned from participating in the 2020 season and postseason.
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Meaning: Just because the calendar now says Masters Week will be Nov. 9-15 doesn’t mean that’s what will happen. Apologies for repeating myself, but we’re all dealing in unknowns, the greatest being: When will it be safe again?
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"This is the greatest honor of my entire career and probably will be when I lay my head down to rest for the final time," Wainwright said during a conference call. "It doesn't have me stopping anything now. These players are going to hear more from me. I'm going to be in their ear: 'Hey, let's do this. Let's do that. Let's go here. Let's go there even more now.'"