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Padres to promote minor league home run leader Franmil Reyes

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As is often the case, the Padres have one of the worst offenses in baseball. As has not always been the case historically, they seem pretty interested in fixing it and have a guy who could maybe just help with that waiting in the wings. Today they’ll call that guy up.

His name is Franmil Reyes, and he’s currently leading all of the minor leagues in homers with 14. His overall batting line at Triple-A El Paso: .346/.440/.748. He’s 6’5″ and he’s only 22. Yes, it’s the Pacific Coast League, and no, Reyes has not been ranked highly or, in some cases, ranked at all on the major prospect lists, so what he’s doing so far could be a fluke, but he definitely sounds like a guy who’ll be fun to see try to keep it up. It’s certainly not like the Padres have so many quality hitters that it makes any sense to block him.

They made room on the 40-man roster for Reyes yesterday by designating Chase Headley for assignment. They’ll make a move on the 25-roster today to put Reyes on the big club. He’s expected to start against the Rockies tonight.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.