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MLB temporarily prohibits scouting activity

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Earlier today, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Major League Baseball has temporarily prohibited all scouting activity, both domestic and international. That means no tryouts, no amateur games, no showcases, no workouts, no in-home or in-person visits, and no remote scouting.

Along with the many other changes MLB has made amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, temporarily halting all scouting activity is the right call. Not doing so would incentivize teams to put their scouts and other employees, as well as the people they would interact with, at risk unnecessarily. This directive makes it so no team can get a leg up on the others.

As we mentioned yesterday, there is the possibility that the 2020 amateur draft is cancelled, though some have called the idea “farfetched.” The suspension of scouting activity means, at the very least, that teams will have less information to go off of if and when the draft happens.

Donaldson ejected for kicking dirt on plate after home run

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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.

Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.

With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.

Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.

Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.

Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.

“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”