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MLB, MLBPA issuse update on COVID-19 Testing



Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the latest COVID-19 testing results under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, through the end of Thursday, July 23rd:


Covered Individuals are now in Monitoring Testing. To date, the results of Monitoring Testing are as follows:

• The number of monitoring samples collected and tested in the past week was 10,939.

• 6 of these 10,939 samples, which is 0.05%, have been new positives.

• 4 positives were players and 2 were staff members.

• The total number of monitoring samples collected and tested has been 28,888.

• 29 of these 28,888 samples, which is 0.1%, have been new positives.

• 22 of the 29 positives have been players and 7 have been staff members.

• 17 different Clubs have had a Covered Individual test positive during Monitoring Testing.


Combining the totals of previously completed Intake Screening and ongoing Monitoring Testing, the results are as follows:

• The total number of new positive tests is 99, which is 0.3% of the 32,640 samples since the beginning of Intake Screening on June 27th.

• Among the 99 positives, 84 have been players and 15 have been staff members.

• 28 different Clubs have had a Covered Individual test positive in Intake Screening or during Monitoring Testing.




291 Internationally-born players on 2020 MLB Opening Day Rosters

28.1% of players born outside the U.S., spanning 20 countries and territories; Dubón first-ever player from Honduras on Opening Day roster; record total of 109 players from the Dominican Republic


A record total of 291 players represented 20 different countries and territories outside of the 50 United States on 2020 Opening Day rosters and inactive lists, Major League Baseball announced on July 24. The record total, eclipsing the 259 internationally-born players in 2017, comes with an increased player pool due to expanded 30-man active rosters.

The 288 players born outside the U.S. (28.4%) come from a record-high pool of 1,026 players (896 active 30-man roster players and 130 Major League players on injured, restricted or bereavement lists) on July 24th rosters. Opening Day and inactive list players represented 20 countries and territories by birthplace, tied with 2019 for the second-highest total behind only the record 21 countries and territories represented in 2018.

As it has each year since MLB began releasing this annual data in 1995, the Dominican Republic again leads the Major Leagues with a record 109 players born outside the United States. This marks the second consecutive season that the Dominican Republic has eclipsed the 100-mark, the only two times in history that any foreign country or territory has exceeded 100 players on Opening Day rosters.

Venezuela ranks second with 75 players, while Cuba places third with 22 players. Rounding out the totals are Puerto Rico (20, its highest total since 20 in 2011); Canada (9, its highest total since nine in 2015); Japan (9); Mexico (9); Colombia (7, a record-high, eclipsing the five in 2018); Panama (5, its highest since having seven in 2012); Curaçao (4); South Korea (4); Australia (3); Nicaragua (2); Taiwan (2); Aruba (1); Brazil (1); Germany (1); Honduras (1); Lithuania (1); and the Netherlands (1). San Francisco’s Mauricio Dubón, a native of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, is the first Honduras-born player to appear on an Opening Day roster in Major League history.

The Houston Astros and Minnesota Twins have the most internationally-born players with a total of 15 on each roster. They are followed by the Chicago White Sox (13), Miami Marlins (13), New York Yankees (13) and Cleveland Indians (12). The Yankees have players from eight different countries and territories outside the U.S., marking the most in the Majors. They are followed by the St. Louis Cardinals (7), Atlanta Braves (6), Boston Red Sox (6), Astros (6), Twins (6), Tampa Bay Rays (6) and Toronto Blue Jays (6).

For the 2020 season, MLB will work with 131 international media partners to broadcast games in 15 languages across 220 countries and territories.




MLB, MLBPA agree to expand Postseason Playoffs for 2020


New Best-of-Three Wild Card Round, Exclusively on ESPN and TBS, Will Precede Division Series


Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) jointly announced last week that the 2020 Postseason will expand to 16 teams, beginning with eight best-of-three Wild Card Series preceding the Division Series. All of the new Postseason games will be exclusively televised by ESPN and TBS. Major League Clubs unanimously approved the expansion of the Postseason via conference call this afternoon, and the Major League Players also have approved the new system.

Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said: “We are excited to announce the expansion of the 2020 Postseason. This season will be a sprint to a new format that will allow more fans to experience playoff baseball. We look forward to a memorable Postseason concluding a year like no other and appreciate the continued partnership and enthusiasm of ESPN and TBS.”

Tony Clark, the Executive Director of the MLBPA, said: “The opportunity to add playoff games in this already-abbreviated season makes sense for fans, the league and Players. We hope it will result in highly competitive pennant races as well as exciting additional playoff games to the benefit of the industry and all involved heading into next year.”

The higher seeds in the Wild Card Series will host all three games, which will be scheduled for Tuesday, September 29th through Friday, October 2nd. The entire 2020 Postseason schedule will be announced in the weeks ahead.





Cincinnati Reds 2020 Opening Week Highlights


_Friday, July 24 – Reds vs. Detroit Tigers, 6:10 p.m. – 144_**_th_** Opening Day in Cincinnati

• Probable Starting Pitchers: RHP Sonny Gray vs LHP Matthew Boyd

• TV: FOX Sports Ohio and Local12 WKRC TV CBS (Thom Brennaman, Chris Welsh & Jim Day)

• Radio: 700WLW and stations on the Reds Radio Network (Jeff Brantley & Tommy Thrall)

• Pregame ceremonies to start at approx. 5:45 p.m.:

– Virtual first pitch featuring Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

– Virtual game ball delivery from the Findlay Market Parade Association

– National Anthem from The Mistics

– Ceremonies recognizing and honoring the Black Lives Matter movement, The Players Alliance and Frontline Heroes

• God Bless America: Air Force TSGT (ret.) Felita LaRock will sing God Bless America during the 7th inning stretch (previously recorded)

• Watch & Win Sweepstakes: Fans can tune into FOX Sports Ohio for the 2020 Reds Home Opener Watch and Win Sweepstakes. Go to and enter the code word revealed during the broadcast by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, July 27. One lucky fan will win a prize package valued at over $1,200 that includes four tickets to the 2021 Opening Day game, a Joey Votto signed baseball and more. Must be 21 to play. Official rules at

• Virtual Watch Parties: Fans are encouraged to wear their favorite Reds gear and share photos and videos on social media with the hashtag #RedsOpeningDay for everyone to enjoy.

Saturday, July 25 – Reds vs. Detroit Tigers, 5:10 p.m. – Kids Opening Day presented by Frisch’s Big Boy

• Probable Starting Pitchers: RHP Luis Castillo vs TBD

• TV: FOX Sports Ohio (Thom Brennaman, Chris Welsh & Jim Day)

• Radio: 700WLW and stations on the Reds Radio Network (Jeff Brantley & Tommy Thrall)

• Kids Opening Day caps at Frisch’s: Kids will receive a FREE Kids Opening Day Reds cap at participating Frisch’s Big Boy locations on Saturday, July 25, while supplies last.

• Kids Opening Day activities: Although the usual Kids Opening Day festivities are unable to take place at the ballpark this year, please join the Reds to salute this special day as you follow the team from home. Kids can find special Kids Opening Day and Reds-themed activities and games such as trivia, word search, puzzles and more on

• Kids Opening Day at the HOF: Children 12 and under are always admitted free to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, courtesy of the H.C.S. Foundation. Kids can spin the “Wheel of Fame” for prizes with a $5 contribution to the Reds Hall of Fame plus there will be merchandise specials just for kids.

• National Anthem: 10-year-old Bella Kreft will perform the National Anthem (previously recorded)

Sunday, July 26 – Reds vs. Detroit Tigers, 1:10 p.m.

• Probable Starting Pitchers: RHP Trevor Bauer vs TBD

• TV: FOX Sports Ohio (Thom Brennaman, Chris Welsh & Jim Day)

• Radio: 700WLW and stations on the Reds Radio Network (Jeff Brantley & Tommy Thrall)

• National Anthem & God Bless America: Marlana VanHoose will sing both the National Anthem and God Bless America (previously recorded)

2020 Ticketing Information

All tickets for originally scheduled Reds 2020 regular season home games are NO LONGER VAILD. Fans who purchased tickets directly from the Reds or for originally scheduled Reds 2020 regular season home games should visit for options and more information. If fans are permitted to attend games at any point this season, tickets will be sold for those games at a later date.

Reds Community Fund

• Split the Pot: Fans at home can play in the Reds Community Fund’s “Split the Pot” fundraisers during each home and road series this season. One fan will win 50 percent of each jackpot, which will be live for all the games in that series. Visit for official rules and to purchase tickets. Fans must be 18 years or older and in the state of Ohio at the time of purchase to enter.

• LaRosas’s Strikeouts for the RCF: Whenever the Reds pitching staff strikes out 11 or more opposing batters for all games this season, Larosa’s will donate $1,000 to the Reds Community Fund.

• Reds Authentics: The Reds Authentics program will be collecting foul balls and home run balls from the Reds 2020 60-game season to auction those items at a later date benefiting the Reds Community Fund. Game-used bases, lineup cards and other items will be collected throughout the season in conjunction with MLB’s Authentication Program guidelines. The proceeds from all the auctions benefit the Reds Community Fund and the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy. Details at

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore

• Updated Hours: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will be open daily during the Reds 60-game season from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with adjusted closing times on game days:

– Evening Games: 10 a.m. to time of first pitch

– Day Games: 10 a.m. to two hours after end of game

• Riverfront Stadium Site Tours: The Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is hosting new 90-minute walking tours that take guests back in time to when Riverfront Stadium was the home of the Reds. The tour winds through what is now The Banks district and visits the actual locations of Riverfront Stadium landmarks. More information at

• Glenn Braggs Bobblehead: Fans can receive a free Glenn Braggs bobblehead with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore on Saturdays and Sundays in July, while supplies last.

Read more: Cincinnati Reds


Indians owner Paul Dolan gives update on team nickname discussions

CLEVELAND, OH — Indians Owner Paul Dolan issued a statement on July 23 as a follow up to the organization’s initial statement on July 3 about determining the best path forward with regard to the team name.

“As we approach Opening Day, I wanted to provide an update regarding our team name and our plan moving forward. In our July 3rd statement, we shared a commitment to listening and learning from our community, and we appreciate the passionate response over the past several weeks.

Paul Dolan (file photo)

Earlier this week, I had a candid and productive meeting with Terry and our players, where they expressed their desire to help our organization in this process. Our players care about the organization and feel strongly about social justice and racial equality. I support their interest in using their platform to unite our city and our nation through their actions.

As I explained to our players, I am invested in engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to help determine the best path forward with regard to our team name. In the coming weeks, we will engage Native American leaders to better understand their perspectives, meet with local civic leaders, and continue to listen to the perceptions of our players, fans, partners and employees. We feel a real sense of urgency to discuss these perspectives with key stakeholders while also taking the time needed to ensure those conversations are inclusive and meaningful.

We will continue to share periodic updates as we make progress. In the meantime, we are excited for our team to return to the field to continue our pursuit of a World Series Championship.”

Read more: Cleveland Indians


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