Why did the Rockies summon Ezequiel Tovar and what to expect from the highly rated Shortstop

Ezequiel Tovar, next in a series of short Rockies stops behind Trevor Story and Troy Tulowitzki, introduced globes Thursday under gray skies for the first time at Coors Field. But all he could see was the third deck. “Wonderful, that feels great,” Tovar said of his new home. The Rockies on Thursday called up Triple A’s Tovar for their last 12 games of the season. He’s supposed to dip his toes into the waters of the major tournaments, with an eye on becoming the key short player next season. The…

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With the Cubs continuing to rebuild, Chris Bryant’s year with Rocky didn’t go as planned

CHICAGO – It felt like it happened when Chris Bryant returned to Wrigley Field as a giant last September. Cubs fans were still dealing with a furious Jed Hoyer sell-off ahead of the July trading deadline, which yielded eight trades in 16 days and signaled the end of a golden era on Chicago’s North Side. The Giants represent hopes for another stunning transformation, as it brings together veteran players from the World Championship teams, a progressive coaching staff and an opportunistic approach to a 40-player roster. The Dodgers kept the…

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MLB Competition Commission Approves Pitch Clock and Defensive Shift Limits for 2023

As expected, the Major League Baseball Competition Committee has approved the list of rule changes that will take effect for the 2023 season. Changes include the implementation of a pitch clock, restrictions on defensive shifts and larger rules. Not all of the changes, which were due for a vote on Friday noon ET, were approved unanimously. The players’ union, which includes four of the 11-member Competition Committee, voted against pitch clock and limit shifts. The vote on increasing the size of the bases, from 15 square inches to 18, was…

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Soto scores on debut, new Padres shines in win over Rockies

Juan Soto told reporters Wednesday afternoon that he wishes “good luck to the other shooters” who have to face San Diego. The fresh-faced Padres backed his words on Wednesday night when they won 9-1 over the Colorado Rockies. On his first bet as Padre, Soto walked and later scored with hit after hit. The next hitter, fellow newcomer Brandon Drury, cleared the rules with a Grand Slam on his first show. Soto later recorded his first hit as Padre in the eighth inning on a single. He reached the base…

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Rosenthal: What I’m hearing before the MLB trade deadline

It’s AJ Preller’s world, and the rest of the baseball industry lives in it. Well, this may be an exaggeration. But getting right, Preller is eyeing an astonishing number of trades and seems almost certain to make at least one major move before Tuesday’s 6pm ET trading deadline. Will he be with the national team for the right player Juan Soto? Cubs to hunter Wilson Contreras, left-back Ian Hap, and perhaps even loyalist David Robertson? Athletics for Frankie Montas and perhaps wrestler Sean Murphy or defender Chad Bender, all of…

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Team USA reunited at Futures Game: ‘Possibly the best amateur team ever assembled’

LOS ANGELES — For four potential Futures gamers, part of Saturday was, ironically, about the past. At the National League club, Corbin Carroll, likely of the Diamondbacks, wore a few stalls down from Pete Crow-Armstrong. On the Major League side, Rangers player Jack Litter stood up and answered questions about Yankees player Anthony Volpi, who stood at his own locker sending inquiries about Litter. They all participated in a league that was forged four years ago—although Leiter and Volpe, who were teammates in high school, these ties were even older—when…

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