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June 8, 2021

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Brenly to take voluntary leave after comment

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Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Bob Brenly said on Thursday that he will take a voluntary leave of absence from Bally Sports Arizona while he takes sensitivity training following his comment earlier this week about Marcus Stroman, which the New York Mets pitcher said had “racist undertones.” “I want to apologize......

MLB Power Rankings: Who opens June as our No. 1 team?

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We’re already two months into the 2021 MLB season, and the standings are starting to come into focus with teams already 50-plus games into their schedules. What does that mean for our first MLB Power Rankings of June? Well, for starters, there’s plenty of movement at the top, including a......

Stroman irked by ‘racist undertones’ in TV crack

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Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman referred to “racist undertones” in a tweet late Tuesday night after television analyst Bob Brenly made comments about the right-hander’s head covering during New York’s game against the Diamondbacks. Brenly, the former World Series-winning manager who now calls Diamondbacks games for Bally Sports Arizona, made a......

Memorial Day MLB standings check: Surprises, disappointments and who will rule from here

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It’s Memorial Day, which means one extra little thing for MLB fans: You’re now officially free to look at the MLB standings. The old adage among baseball fans is that you should avoid checking the standings until Memorial Day. Allowing two months of the season to play out first gives......

Mets activate Pillar two weeks after HBP in face

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The banged-up New York Mets got much-needed reinforcements on Monday as the team activated three key players from the injured list, including Kevin Pillar, who is returning just two weeks after being hit in the face by a 94 mph fastball. Besides Pillar, the Mets also activated first baseman Pete......

MLB Power Rankings: There’s a new No. 1 team on our list … who is it?

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After a two-week run at the top by the Chicago White Sox, a new team has overtaken the AL Central leaders for the No. 1 spot in our MLB Power Rankings this week. Will the Los Angeles Dodgers regain their place there after looking more like the team we expected......

Callaway suspended by MLB, fired by Angels

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Mickey Callaway has been placed on the ineligible list through the end of the 2022 season following Major League Baseball’s investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct, details of which were originally shared by The Athletic. In a statement that was issued Wednesday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wrote that the investigation......

2021 MLB draft: Mock drafts, rankings, order and analysis

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The 2021 MLB draft is less than two months away, with this year’s event scheduled to be held July 11-13 in conjunction with Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game festivities. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the No. 1 pick, followed by the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles.......

Don’t Worry. The First-Place Mets Are Still the Mets

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Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. Back in November, when Steve Cohen was approved to take over as majority owner of the Mets, I wrote a column pondering what this new ownership......

Tim Tebow scores another top-selling jersey

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2:23 PM ET Jeremy WillisESPN.com Tim Tebow has done it again. Another team, another top-selling jersey. 1 Related On Thursday, Tebow signed a one-year deal to play tight end with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Tebow is currently wearing No. 85. Jersey No. 15, which he wore with the University of Florida......

MLB Power Rankings Week 7: Can anyone catch the White Sox at the top?

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The Chicago White Sox haven’t slowed down one bit since taking over our No. 1 spot in Week 6, but they are hardly the only team playing well heading into this edition of our MLB Power Rankings. How high did strong stretches from the San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and......

Mets’ Pillar bloodied after taking fastball to face

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New York Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar left Monday’s game bloodied after being hit in the face with a pitch from Atlanta Braves reliever Jacob Webb. Mets manager Luis Rojas said after New York’s 3-1 win that Pillar left Truist Field in Atlanta to go to the hospital and undergo a......

Mets OF Kevin Pillar Hit in Face by Pitch, Exits Game

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Michael Shapiro Mets outfielder Kevin Pillar exited New York’s win over the Braves on Monday night after being being struck in the face by a fastball. Pillar was hit with the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning.......

MLB Power Rankings: The Biggest Surprise for Each Team

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Will Laws and Nick Selbe A recurring theme in SI’s power rankings to this juncture is the ongoing struggle to negotiate what we thought about each team heading into the season compared to what the results on the field. At......

MLB Power Rankings: Who passed the Dodgers for our No. 1 spot?

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For the first time during the 2021 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers are not atop our MLB Power Rankings. The defending world champions fell from No. 1 after a prolonged slump in which L.A. has gone just 7-15 and dropped five consecutive series since starting the season with an MLB-best......

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