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Cleveland Indians announce 2020 Summer Camp Roster

The Indians’ are preparing for the 2020 baseball season with a roster of questions.

Teams had until 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 28 to submit their 60-man player pool that they will carry them throughout the 60-game season. The Tribe has 55 players. They can add up to five more players later. Once Cleveland reaches 60, those players cannot be replaced due to injury or illness; however, anyone placed on the 60-day injured list would not count against the total.

The 55 players in the player pool are a mixture of Major League talent and top prospects, including four catchers, 12 infielders, 11 outfielders and 28 pitchers. All of the players on the 40-man are in Cleveland’s player pool, except for Emmanuel Clase, who was suspended for the 2020 season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Like most teams, The Tribe will have two camp sites over the next few weeks, including Progressive Field and Classic Park, the home of the Indians’ Class A affiliate in Lake County. The majority of the players competing for a spot on the 30-man roster will work out at Progressive Field.


Catchers (4): Roberto Pérez, Sandy León, Beau Taylor, Bo Naylor.

Infielders (12): Christian Arroyo, Yu Chang, Mike Freeman, César Hernández, Francisco Lindor, José Ramírez, Carlos Santana, Aaron Bracho, Bobby Bradley, Ernie Clement, Tyler Freeman, Nolan Jones.

Outfielders (11): Greg Allen, Jake Bauers, Delino DeShields, Daniel Johnson, Jordan Luplow, Oscar Mercado, Tyler Naquin, Franmil Reyes, Domingo Santana, Bradley Zimmer, George Valera.

Starting pitchers (15): Logan Allen, Shane Bieber, Carlos Carrasco, Aaron Civale, Mike Clevinger, Scott Moss, Zach Plesac, Adam Plutko, Jefry Rodriguez, Daniel Espino, Ethan Hankins, Sam Hentges, Triston McKenzie, Jean Carlos Mejía, Eli Morgan.

Relief pitchers (13): Adam Cimber, Anthony Gose, Brad Hand, Cam Hill, James Hoyt, James Karinchak, Dominic Leone, Phil Maton, Oliver Pérez, Nick Wittgren, Hunter Wood, Kyle Nelson, Nick Sandlin.





Cincinnati Reds 2020 Summer Training Camp Roster

Great American Ball Park (35)

Pitchers (19): Trevor Bauer, Matt Bowman, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, Amir Garrett, Sonny Gray, Raisel Iglesias, Nate Jones, Joel Kuhnel, Michael Lorenzen, Tyler Mahle, Wade Miley, Cody Reed, Sal Romano, Justin Shafer, Lucas Sims, Robert Stephenson, Pedro Strop, Tyler Thornberg

Catchers (3): Tucker Barnhart, Curt Casali, Kyle Farmer

Infielders (7): Alex Blandino, Matt Davidson, Freddy Galvis, Mike Moustakas, Eugenio Suárez, Josh VanMeter, Joey Votto

Outfielders (6): Shogo Akiyama, Nick Castellanos, Phillip Ervin, Mark Payton, Nick Senzel, Jesse Winker

Prasco Park (22)

Pitchers (11): R.J. Alaniz, Tejay Antone, Jesse Biddle, David Carpenter, José De León, Ryan Hendrix, Nick Lodolo, Alex Powers, Brooks Raley, Tony Santillan, Josh D. Smith

Catchers (2): Francisco Peña, Tyler Stephenson

Infielders (4): Christian Colón, Jose Garcia, Jonathan India, Alfredo Rodriguez

Outfielders (5): Aristides Aquino, Stuart Fairchild, Travis Jankowski, Boog Powell, Scott Schebler

Reds Notes:

There are four players who participated in Spring Training at Goodyear, Ariz., who won’t be part of the 60-man player pool, most notably Ohio native Derek Dietrich, who was signed to a Minor League deal in February. Dietrich remains under contract and with the organization.

“That doesn’t mean we can’t bring him in at a later date,” Reds general manager Nick Krall said. “We wanted to leave some roster flexibility.”





Houston Astros to use University of Houston Baseball facilities


Don Sanders Field at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park on-campus at the University of Houston in Houston, Texas 2014 photo By Brian Reading - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https

Don Sanders Field at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park & new Player Development Center to be utilized

June 29, 2020

HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Astros will use the baseball facilities at the University of Houston as an alternate workout site once players return to the field this week, General Manager James Click announced.

The Astros will utilize both Minute Maid Park and the University of Houston location in an effort to socially distance its players and staff. Workout times will be staggered as well.

At the University of Houston, Don Sanders Field at Darryl and Lori Schroeder Park, as well as the new Houston Baseball Player Development Center will be utilized by approximately 30 players during workouts. The development center is brand new, and includes indoor batting cages, pitching mounds, an agility field and weight room. The Astros are scheduled to utilize the facility from approximately July 2-24.

“The University of Houston has one of the finest college baseball facilities in the country,” Click said. “Our Major League staff was extremely impressed by it. We’re fortunate to have the UH campus in such close proximity to Minute Maid Park and to have a facility which will allow us to continue to focus on our top priority – the safety of our players and staff – while also providing our players every advantage as they get ready to compete for a championship in 2020. I would like to thank Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman, Deputy AD David Tagliarino, and Coach Todd Whitting for accommodating us. We are very excited to call UH our 2020 alternate spring training home.”

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MLB introduces new, unique features, rule changes for 2020 Season

June 29, 2020

First Workouts of 2020 Summer Camp presented by Camping World to Be Held Friday


Major League Baseball announced on Monday, some of the unique features that will be a part of the 2020 regular season, including health and safety protocols that will impact play on the field as well as revised operating procedures away from it. Summer Camp presented by Camping World begins on Wednesday, July 1st, the mandatory reporting date. All Players and Club staff will be required to go through medical testing and screening processes before entering Club facilities. Full baseball activities and first workouts will be allowed on Friday, July 3rd and each Club’s Opening Day will be held on either Thursday, July 23rd or Friday, July 24th. A sampling of the modifications for the 2020 season, which are documented in the comprehensive Operations Manual that has been distributed to the 30 Major League Clubs, includes:

On-Field Rules

  • National League games will include the use of the designated hitter for the first time in history.
  • An extra-innings rule will begin each extra inning with a runner on second base.
  • The batter (or a substitute for the batter) who leads off an inning shall continue to be the batter who would lead off the inning in the absence of this extra-innings rule.
  • The runner placed on second base at the start of each half-inning shall be the player (or a substitute for such player) in the batting order immediately preceding that half-inning’s leadoff hitter. By way of example, if the number five hitter in the batting order is due to lead off the tenth inning, the number four player in the batting order (or a pinchrunner for such player) shall begin the inning on second base. However, if the player in the batting order immediately preceding that half-inning’s leadoff hitter is the pitcher, the runner placed on second base at the start of that half-inning may be the player preceding the pitcher in the batting order. Any runner or batter removed from the game for a substitute shall be ineligible to return to the game, as is the case in all circumstances under the OBR.
  • For purposes of calculating earned runs, the runner who begins an inning on second base pursuant to this rule shall be deemed to be a runner who has reached second base because of a fielding error, but no error shall be charged to the opposing team or to any player.
  • As previously announced, the new three-batter minimum rule will require the starting or any relief pitcher to pitch to a minimum of three batters, including the batter then at bat (or any substitute batter), until such batters are put out or reach base, or until the offensive team is put out, unless the substitute pitcher sustains injury or illness.
  • Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in OBR 4.03(c) or MLR 2(b)(2), any player may appear as a pitcher at any point during the game (_i.e._, no extra inning requirements or six-run rule, as were once planned for 2020). However, all players eligible to participate in the game, regardless of position, must be included on that game’s lineup card.
  • Prohibitions against unsportsmanlike conduct will be strictly enforced to prevent unnecessary physical contact and support physical distancing between individuals on the playing field. In this respect, players and managers should maintain physical distancing from all umpires and opposing players on the playing field whenever possible. Players or managers who leave their positions to argue with umpires, come within six feet of an umpire or opposing player or manager for the purpose of argument, or engage in altercations on the field are subject to immediate ejection and discipline, including fines and suspensions.

Procedures for Health and Safety

  • Each Club must submit a written COVID-19 Action Plan for approval by MLB.
  • Spitting is prohibited (including but not limited to, saliva, sunflower seeds or peanut shells, or tobacco) at all times in Club facilities (including on the field). Chewing gum is permitted.
  • Pitchers may carry a small wet rag in their back pocket to be used for moisture in lieu of licking their fingers.
  • Clubs must provide expanded dugout and bullpen space at their ballparks.
  • Players, umpires, and other on-field personnel should practice physical distancing to the extent possible within the limitations of competition and the fundamentals of baseball. Examples of ways in which physical distancing can be incorporated without disrupting the basics of the game include:
  • When the ball is out of play, fielders are encouraged to retreat several steps away from the baserunner.
  • If the batter is in the batter’s box and the catcher needs to stand to relay signs to the infielders, the catcher can step onto the grass towards the mound to give the signs before assuming his position behind home plate.
  • First and Third Base Coaches should remain in or behind the Coach’s Box and shall not approach a baserunner, fielder or umpire on-field.
  • Players on opposite teams should not socialize, fraternize, or come within six feet of each other before the game, during warm-ups, in between innings, or after the game.
  • There will be no pre-game exchange of lineup cards. Instead, each Club will input their lineup card into a mobile application provided by MLB.


  • Clubs may schedule up to three exhibition games before the end of Summer Camp. Clubs may consider scheduling games against their opening opponent in the days leading up to Opening Day. There is no limit on the number of intrasquad games permitted.
  • A regionally-based schedule will feature each Club playing 40 divisional games and 20 Interleague games against the corresponding geographical division.

Revised Procedures for Transactions

  • All player transactions that had been suspended resumed this past Friday.
  • Yesterday, each Club submitted a list of up to 60 players who will be eligible to participate in Major League games during the 2020 championship season (“Club Player Pool”).
  • Roster rules include:
  • By 12:00 p.m. (ET) on the first date of the revised 2020 regular season, each Club must submit to MLB an Opening Day Active Roster with a maximum of 30 players, and a minimum of 25.
  • The maximum Active Roster limit shall be reduced from 30 to 28 on the 15th day of the regular season.
  • The maximum Active Roster limit shall be reduced from 28 to 26 on the 29th day of the championship season for the remainder of the championship season and postseason. There shall be no expanded rosters in September.
  • The limitations on the number of pitchers on the Active Roster otherwise required by MLR 2(b)(2) shall not apply.
  • In the event that a doubleheader takes place while the Active Roster limit is 26, both Clubs may use an additional player.
  • A Club is permitted to carry up to three additional Taxi Squad players from its Club Player Pool on all road trips with the Major League team. If the Club elects to carry three additional players, at least one must be a player whose designated position prior to the season is catcher. Players on the Taxi Squad are permitted to workout with the Major League Club but are not permitted to be in uniform and in the dugout during games. Upon the conclusion of each road trip, players on the Taxi Squad will return to the Alternate Training Site.
  • August 31st will be the 2020 trade deadline and September 15th will be the 2020 Postseason eligibility deadline.
  • Standard Injured List placements will be for either 10 days or 45 days, with the latter replacing 60. A COVID-19 Related Injured List will allow for placements that will not require a confirmed positive test for COVID-19. A player may be placed on the COVID-19 Related IL based on a positive test for COVID-19, confirmed exposure to COVID-19, or if a player exhibits symptoms requiring self-isolation for further assessment.




Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo issues Statement of non-participating players


Ryan Zimmerman 2009 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Joe Ross delivering to the plate 2015 photo By David on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https

June 29, 2020

“Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross have decided not to participate in the 2020 season for the personal health and safety of themselves and their loved ones. We are one hundred percent supportive of their decision to not play this year. We will miss their presence in the clubhouse and their contributions on the field.”



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