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MLB Commissioner suspends two minor leaguers for violating drug policies











The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball that two Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Toronto Blue Jays Minor League right-handed pitcher Joel Espinal, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League, has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Espinal is effective immediately.

Cleveland Indians Minor League right-handed pitcher Domingo Jimenez, who is currently on the roster of the Single-A Lake County Captains of the Midwest League, has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension of Jimenez is effective immediately.


MLB announces 2018 Draft details



Day one on Monday, June 4th to feature top 78 selections live from Studio 42 at MLB Network and simulcast on


Major League Baseball will hold day one of the 2018 MLB Draft on Monday, June 4th at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey. This year’s Draft will begin live on MLB Network and at 7:00 p.m. (ET). Prior to the start of the Draft, MLB Network will air a Draft preview show, also simulcast on, at 6:00 p.m. (ET).

The selection order of the Draft is determined by the reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season. For just the second time in team history, the Detroit Tigers will have the first overall selection of the Draft. Previously, Detroit drafted right-handed pitcher Matt Anderson with the top overall selection in 1997.

The Tampa Bay Rays (16th, 31st, 32nd, 56th, 71st) and the Kansas City Royals (18th, 33rd, 34th, 40th, 58th) each have a Major League-best five selections within the first 78 picks during the first day of the Draft. The Chicago Cubs (24th, 62nd, 77th, 78th) and the Cleveland Indians (29th, 35th, 41st, 67th) will each make four selections on the Draft’s opening day.

The Draft will once again feature Competitive Balance Rounds, which were originally agreed upon as a part of the 2012-2016 Basic Agreement between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association, and restructured as part of the 2017-2021 Basic Agreement. The Competitive Balance Rounds give Clubs with the lowest revenues and in the smallest markets an additional draft pick each year. Eight teams were awarded CB Round A picks, and six teams were given CB Round B picks. The groups of teams in each of the CB Rounds will alternate each year through 2021. Additionally, the Draft will include free agent compensation picks, which were also restructured as part of the 2017-2021 Basic Agreement. Compensation picks in 2018 include picks 31 through 35, immediately following the first round, and picks 75 through 78, which follow CB Round B.

The Draft will have 40 rounds, and a Club may pass on its selection in any round and not forfeit its right to participate in other rounds. The 2018 Draft will span three days, as it has since 2009. For day one on June 4th, Round 1 and Competitive Balance Round A will air exclusively on MLB Network and Beginning with the first pick in Round 2 and continuing through overall pick number 78, the Draft will air live exclusively on

The intervals between selections during round one will last four minutes, followed by one-minute intervals between selections for the remainder of day one. The Draft will resume at 1:00 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, June 5th, when selections will be made for rounds 3-10, with one minute intervals between selections. Day three of the Draft on Wednesday, June 6th will begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET), featuring picks in rounds 11-40, with no time delay between selections.

Beginning with the Draft preview show on Monday, June 4th at 6:00 p.m. ET, MLB Network’s Greg Amsinger, Peter Gammons, Dan O’Dowd, Harold Reynolds and’s Jonathan Mayo will anchor live coverage featuring news, analysis, interviews with Club front office personnel and representatives, footage from Club draft rooms, and features and interviews with prospects and newly drafted players. Coverage will also include contributions from MLB Network analysts including Hall of Famers Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Jim Thome, plus Sean Casey, Ron Darling, Ryan Dempster, Mark DeRosa, Cliff Floyd, Joe Girardi, Al Leiter, Mike Lowell, Carlos Peña, Dan Plesac, and Bill Ripken, as well as Jim Callis of and Carlos Collazo of Baseball America.

Fans can visit for exclusive live programming of the Draft’s final two days with a live draft show at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on June 5th, also taking place at MLB Network’s studios, followed by a live pick-by-pick stream and draft and scouting expert commentary from Mayo, Callis and former Major League general manager Jim Duquette. On the site, fans also can follow every pick with It Draft Tracker, a live interactive application that includes a searchable database of more than 1,500 draft-eligible players with statistics, scouting reports and video highlights. On Twitter, the official Draft Twitter account, @MLBDraft, will provide up-to-the-moment updates and commentary using the official Draft hashtag, #MLBDraft, while @MLBDraftTracker will tweet all picks as they are made.

Each of the 30 Major League Clubs will be represented at the Draft by one of its former players and/or a member of its front office. Last year’s representatives included Hall of Famer George Brett, legendary manager Jim Leyland and 1976 National League Cy Young Award winner Randy Jones, amongst others. The Club representatives who will attend the 2018 Draft will be announced in the weeks ahead, as well as information on MLB’s annual Draft Luncheon for media members. In addition to the Club representatives, four players chosen in the first round of the Draft last year were in attendance. Amateur players will again be invited to this year’s festivities.


MLB statement on Sports Betting Ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court



Major League Baseball issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling regarding sports betting made by the Supreme Court of the United States:

“Today’s decision by the United States Supreme Court will have profound effects on Major League Baseball. As each state considers whether to allow sports betting, we will continue to seek the proper protections for our sport, in partnership with other professional sports. Our most important priority is protecting the integrity of our games. We will continue to support legislation that creates air-tight coordination and partnerships between the state, the casino operators and the governing bodies in sports toward that goal.”


Former MLB pitcher Chris Young hired by Commissioner Manfred as VP for on-field operations, initiatives & strategy




Chris Young pitching for Royals in 2016 By Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https

Longtime Major League pitcher will work with MLB’s baseball operations and umpiring departments on range of issues


Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced today that Major League Baseball has appointed longtime Major League pitcher Chris Young as Vice President, On-Field Operations, Initiatives & Strategy. Young will begin in the new capacity, under the direction of MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre and reporting to Senior Vice President, On-Field Operations Peter Woodfork.

Young will work with MLB’s Baseball Operations and Umpiring Operations Departments on issues affecting play on the field, including the application of playing rules and regulations, on-field standards and discipline, pace of play and other special projects. Among his duties will be ensuring that ballpark and field alterations meet MLB standards; working on MLB’s pace of play and game presentation initiatives; advising on on-field disciplinary issues; assisting with negotiations with umpires, players and Minor League Baseball; participating in issues regarding player safety, on-field equipment and wearable technology; and having a role in official scoring reviews submitted to MLB.

Commissioner Manfred said: “We are pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Young, who brings invaluable perspective to a number of areas that are significant to our game. His unique background and experience as a player will make Chris an asset to a wide variety of initiatives going forward.”

Young said: “I am excited to continue my career in Major League Baseball in a new capacity. I look forward to working in the Baseball Operations Department and contributing to the advancement of the game. I will forever cherish the wonderful memories playing a game I love and I’m extremely grateful for the friendships of so many former teammates, coaches, staff members, front office executives, media members and many others with whom I have worked.”

Young, who will turn 39 later this month, recently concluded a 13-year Major League career with the Texas Rangers (2004-05), the San Diego Padres (2006-10), the New York Mets (2011-12), the Seattle Mariners (2014) and the Kansas City Royals (2015-17). He participated in 2018 Spring Training with the Padres. The 6’10″ right-hander posted a career 79-67 record with a 3.95 ERA. With the Padres, the Dallas native was a key part of the starting rotation in the Club’s National League West-winning 2006 season, and he followed up by being named an NL All-Star in 2007, when he went 9-8 with a 3.12 ERA. In 2015, Young helped the Royals capture the World Series Championship with 15.2 innings pitched throughout the Postseason, including three innings of hitless relief and the win in their 14-inning victory over the Mets in Game One of the Fall Classic.

Young received a degree in politics from Princeton University in 2002. At Princeton, Young became the Ivy League’s first male athlete to earn Player of the Year honors in two different sports — baseball and basketball — and he wrote his senior thesis on the impact of the life of Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson on racial stereotypes.


MLB branches into London with Red Sox-Yankees Series in 2019



London Stadium at night 2015 photo By EtienneSoumoy - Own work, Copyrighted free use, https


MLB London Series will feature American League East rivals on June 29-30, 2019 at London Stadium; two-game set will mark MLB’s first games ever played in Europe, with agreement to return in 2020


The Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will play an historic two-game series in London in 2019, marking the sport’s first games ever played in Europe, in the MLB London Series, Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the Mayor of London jointly announced recently.

The 2019 series will be played on June 29-30 at London Stadium, the site of the 2012 Olympic Games, which will take on a baseball configuration for the event. The estimated capacity of London Stadium for the series will be 55,000. The United Kingdom will follow other international venues that have hosted regular season Major League games, joining Mexico, Japan, Puerto Rico and Australia. The parties have agreed to a two-year deal that will include another series in London in 2020, with participating teams to be announced, and other initiatives that will aim to establish a footprint in the city.

Fans can stay up to date on all news regarding the 2019 MLB London Series by following @MLBLondonSeries on Instagram and Facebook and can pre-register for MLB London Series tickets at:

The announcement of a two-year commitment to play games in London was made today in the capital by Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr.; Tim Slavin, Chief of Business Affairs and Senior Counsel, Business for the MLBPA; the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; Boston Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry; and New York Yankees Managing General Partner/Co-Chairperson Hal Steinbrenner and General Partner/Vice Chairperson Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal.

Commissioner Manfred said: “Major League Baseball is excited to be bringing one of the most storied rivalries in sports to the passionate fans of London. In our ongoing efforts to grow baseball, there is nothing as impactful as bringing live games and our talented players to fans. This is our most significant endeavor ever in Europe and we look forward to showcasing Major League Baseball in one of the world’s great cities.”

Tony Clark, Executive Director of the MLBPA, said: “Some of the most talented and dynamic players in the world will be playing in these games. They are excited about the chance to meet new fans, and showcase the game they love. They are aware they’ll be a part of history, but they also know these games count. So fans can expect intense competition during what will surely be a great few days in London.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have secured this historic agreement for Major League Baseball to come to London in 2019 and 2020. All the hard work has paid off. There is no better way to start the London Series and the first Major League Baseball fixture in Europe than a clash between two heavyweights of international sport — the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. This is a major coup demonstrating, once again, that London is the sporting capital of the world and I am excited about a new partnership with MLB and the long term future of this sport in our great city.”

Boston Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry said: “For several years the Red Sox and Yankees have discussed playing in London as the first-ever Major League Baseball regular season game in Europe. It’s also the first time the Red Sox and Yankees have played one another outside of New York or Boston. There were significant challenges that had to be overcome. We could not be happier that Commissioner Manfred has been able to make this a reality. This series will surely be the most significant international event to date for Major League ball. I can’t wait to hear someone shout ‘play ball’ at London Stadium.”

New York Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said: “To have the opportunity to participate in this historic baseball endeavor and showcase our game in London is something our entire organization is thrilled to be a part of. Bringing these storied teams together for British fans — who have such a profound appreciation for sports at the highest level — only adds to the unique allure of one of the world’s greatest sporting rivalries. We expect an exciting and intense pair of games and appreciate the significance of representing our sport in such a meaningful way.”

Graham Gilmore, CEO of London Stadium 185, said: “As a venue, we are immensely proud to be hosting MLB’s London Series at London Stadium in 2019. London Stadium has a track record of successfully delivering major global events, moving from Premier League Football and both international and domestic showpiece rugby fixtures to hosting some of the biggest names in music. We look forward to welcoming MLB, teams and fans to London Stadium for the first year of what we hope to be a fruitful, long term partnership.”



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