Report: MLB is moving the amateur draft from June to July

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There’s no official announcement yet, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that “NCAA coaches and MLB officials met Monday” and came away with a “general agreement” to move the draft from mid-June to July 1.

In doing so the signing deadline for draft picks would be July 15, which leaves just two weeks for decisions to be made and negotiations to take place.

The move to July 1 would be made at least in part to allow players participating in the College World Series to finish their seasons before the draft. It’s unclear how the delayed draft date would impact the start of rookie-ball seasons for minor leaguers.

Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing from the stands

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NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.

Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.

Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.

Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.

“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.

The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.