MLB plans 60-game schedule, shortest since 1878, as union balks

Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative return to the field amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Mariners ball shagger shares life lessons beyond the diamond

SEATTLE -- Every Spring, baseball takes over Arizona."We're going to be here about five weeks and then it's like the circus left town," says Ed Sproull, a long-time baseball fan who enjoys Mariners Spring Training every year.Fans flock to the desert, eager for an autograph, a photo and a taste of the big leagues."Seeing it this close up really gave me a different appreciation for the amount of work that they have to do," says Sproull.Thanks to a 'Ball Shaggers' program the Mariners implemented in 2016, some lucky fans actually find themselves on the field with their favorite players."We come out here and shag fly balls.

Mariners announce Ichiro will throw first pitch at season opener in Seattle

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Longtime Mariners star Ichiro Suzuki will throw out the first ball in the regular-season opener March 26 at home against Texas.The 10-time All-Star outfielder, 46 has been shagging flyballs and pitching batting practice in spring training as a special assistant/instructor.Ichiro started the Mariners’ first two games last year when they opened in Japan, then retired as a player.