Analysis: Returning to normal before the Texas herd has immunity
2 MLB players test positive for COVID-19 in past week
(AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter, File)NEW YORK – Two major league players and two staff members were positive for COVID-19 during the past week among 13,978 tests, a 0.03% positive rate. The positive tests were among 11 of the 30 teams. Including intake testing upon arrival at spring training, there have been 33 positive tests — 25 players, eight staff — among 78,227 tests, a positive rate of 0.04%. The positive tests were among 18 teams. All players on 40-man rosters and players with minor league contracts invited to big league training camps are screened.
MLB executive, ex-pitcher Young joins hometown Rangers as GM
ARLINGTON, Texas – The Texas Rangers hired Chris Young as executive vice president and general manager Friday, bringing the Major League Baseball executive home to work under president of baseball operations Jon Daniels, the club's GM since 2005. The return to Texas comes after Young interviewed for the GM opening with the New York Mets, who recently abandoned an effort to hire a president of baseball operations to focus on the GM search. Young was the senior vice president in charge of on-field operations and the umpires with MLB. He worked closely with the Rangers on baseball issues related to construction of Globe Life Field, which opened this past season. “Chris Young’s background and experiences will be a huge asset to our baseball operations group," Daniels said.
The Latest: González holds Rays, LA up 4-2 entering 9th
___9:15 p.m.Max Muncy launched a no-doubt homer into the right-field seats, and the Los Angeles Dodgers lead the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 through five innings. It was the first homer of the World Series for Muncy and lifted his batting average to .412. Big right-hander Tyler Glasnow started for the Rays, a rematch of Game 1 when Kershaw and the Dodgers won 8-3. The roof is closed for Game 5, and might not open again during this World Series. It is the second time in the World Series that the retractable roof at the new $1.2 billion stadium is closed for a game.
World Series Notebook: Rays enjoying playing with fans again
Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)ARLINGTON, Texas – After winning the Division Series and AL Championship Series in San Diego, the Tampa Bay Rays played before fans in the World Series opener for the first time since spring training. It’s feels like it’s like hanging on top of you and it’s got all the World Series logos. If they win the World Series, the Dodgers would have 13 wins there this season — and the maximum number of games there is 20. It will be after the first scheduled day off in the middle of a postseason series in this pandemic-altered season.
Kershaw, LA stars shine, Dodgers top Rays 8-3 in WS opener
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw warms up before Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)ARLINGTON, Texas – Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Mookie Betts — the Los Angeles Dodgers stars all shined. “Constantly keep putting that in your brain: tomorrow, win tomorrow, win tomorrow, win tomorrow. Eight of the last 10 teams to win Game 1 went on the title, all except the 2016 Indians and 2017 Dodgers. ”Betts became the first to hit a home run, steal two bases and score twice in a Series game.
Few fans, masked umps, muted celebrations for World Series
Buzz figures to be dampened, with attendance down to about 11,000 in the smallest crowd for a Series game since roughly 1909. The Rays arrived in Dallas on Monday after playing the AL Division Series and AL Championship Series at empty Petco Park in San Diego. I’m super thankful for that.”Kershaw, a 32-year-old left-hander with three Cy Young Awards and an MVP trophy, is 175-76 in the regular season but 11-12 in the postseason, including 1-2 in the World Series. “Just being able to be a normal person again.”This will be the first World Series entirely at one ballpark since 1944 between the Cardinals and Browns at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis — and the fourth overall. “They didn’t make it to the World Series on accident,” Dodgers star Mookie Betts said.
LEADING OFF: Fans back as Braves, Dodgers open NLCS in Texas
The Los Angeles Dodgers work out in Globe Life Field before the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Oct 11, 2020. They will be allowed into Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, when the Dodgers and Braves meet in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series. Morton again faces his former team when he starts Game 2 of the AL Championship Series at Petco Park. Then in the World Series, McCullers started Game 7 and Morton wound up with the win. OPENING UPWalker Bueher, troublesome finger blister and all, starts the opener for the Dodgers when they play Atlanta in the NL Championship Series at Arlington, Texas.
Fans to be allowed at World Series, NLCS in Arlington, Texas
NEW YORK – Fans can take themselves out to the ball game for the first time this season during the NL Championship Series and World Series at new Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The World Series is being played at a neutral site for the first time in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The NLCS is scheduled on seven straight days from Oct. 12-18 and the World Series from Oct. 20-28, with traditional off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 5 and 6, if the Series goes that far. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all will be being played at neutral sites because of the coronavirus .pandemic. MLB played the entire regular season without fans and also the first round of the playoffs with no fans.
Fans to be allowed at World Series, NLCS in Arlington, Texas
The Houston Astros play against the Texas Rangers in the fourth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020. The World Series is being played at a neutral site for the first time in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Division Series, League Championship Series and World Series all will be played at neutral sites because of the coronavirus pandemic. “That’s why, frankly, I’m excited about having the Division Series and League Championship and World Series here in our stadium. Gates for the LCS and World Series likely will open 90 minutes to two hours before first pitch.
LEADING OFF: Bigger playoffs, new Texas park, Dbacks' MadBum
The setting sun shines through the windows of Globe Life Field during the third inning of a baseball game between the Texas Rangers and the Colorado Rockies Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. The first round will be a best-of-three series and the pairings will be 1 vs. 8, 2-7, 3-6 and 4-5. BRAND NEW HOMEThe Texas Rangers officially open Globe Life Field, their new $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. Bumgarner signed an $85 million, five-year deal with the D-backs during the offseason after spending 11 years in San Francisco. Roberts said Kershaw might be able to return as early as the team's series against the Diamondbacks that begins July 30.
Texas Rangers confirm several COVID-19 cases among staff, reports say
SAN ANTONIO Several front-office employees for the Texas Rangers baseball team have tested positive for COVID-19, leaving some staff terrified, according to reports. No players, coaches or operations personnel have tested positive for the virus, according to ESPN and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In a statement, the Texas Rangers said health and safety are a top priority, and certain protocols are in place for employees. RELATED: Texas Rangers new stadium is complete, but Twitter users arent pleasedThe employees tested positive as workers headed back to Globe Life Field, the clubs new stadium. According to ESPN, the organization told employees that working from home was not an option, with exceptions for some.
Texas Rangers new stadium is complete, but Twitter users arent pleased
ARLINGTON, Texas Globe Life Field is officially ready to house the Texas Rangers, but many fans are taking to Twitter, claiming they are unhappy with the final results. The estimated $1.1 billion stadium was scheduled to open for the 2020 baseball season, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team posted a video to Twitter on Tuesday, showing the completed exterior. However, many Twitter users responded to the post comparing the new facility to a grill, a Costco warehouse, a storage container and more. RELATED: Baseballs back: MLB sets 60-game sked, opens July 23, 24The games will take place in empty ballparks and the league said this will be the shortest season since 1878, the AP reports.