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FILE - Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, in this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, file photo. Bryant is among roughly 125 players who entered Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, eligible to exchange salary arbitration figures with their teams. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)

Lindor, Bryant, Bellinger, Seager get big-money deals

Lindor, Bryant, Bellinger, Seager get big-money deals

FILE - Chicago Cubs' Kris Bryant runs the bases after hitting a solo home run in the sixth inning during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland, in this Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, file photo. Bryant is among roughly 125 players who entered Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, eligible to exchange salary arbitration figures with their teams. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda celebrates after the Dodgers beat the Montreal Expos for the National League title in Montreal, in this Monday, Oct. 19, 1981, file photo. Tommy Lasorda, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles and later became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his 71 years with the franchise, has died. He was 93. The Dodgers said Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, that he had a heart attack at his home in Fullerton, California. (AP Photo/Grimshaw, File)

Lasorda, fiery Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, dies at 93

Lasorda, fiery Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, dies at 93

FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda celebrates after the Dodgers beat the Montreal Expos for the National League title in Montreal, in this Monday, Oct. 19, 1981, file photo. Tommy Lasorda, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who guided the Los Angeles Dodgers to two World Series titles and later became an ambassador for the sport he loved during his 71 years with the franchise, has died. He was 93. The Dodgers said Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, that he had a heart attack at his home in Fullerton, California. (AP Photo/Grimshaw, File)
FILE - Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor singles off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians have agreed to trade four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)

Mega deal: Indians trade star Lindor, Carrasco to Mets

Mega deal: Indians trade star Lindor, Carrasco to Mets

FILE - Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor singles off Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Matthew Boyd during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians have agreed to trade four-time All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the New York Mets, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 6 of the baseball World Series, in Arlington, Texas. The San Diego Padres finalized their acquisition of ace left-hander Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, sending four prospects in exchange for the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Padres finalize deal acquiring ace Blake Snell from Rays

Padres finalize deal acquiring ace Blake Snell from Rays

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning in Game 6 of the baseball World Series, in Arlington, Texas. The San Diego Padres finalized their acquisition of ace left-hander Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, sending four prospects in exchange for the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
Toronto Blue Jays closing pitcher A.J. Cole and manager Charlie Montoyo celebrate a win over the Philadelphia Phillies following the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

Jays’ Montoyo says free agents asking about Toronto status

Jays’ Montoyo says free agents asking about Toronto status

Toronto Blue Jays closing pitcher A.J. Cole and manager Charlie Montoyo celebrate a win over the Philadelphia Phillies following the second game of a baseball doubleheader, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)
Baseball fans stand at the window for ticket refunds outside Hammond Stadium, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla., after Major League Baseball suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak. Big league managers say that Major League Baseball has instructed them to prepare for spring training to start on time in mid-February despite uncertainty around the coronavirus. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, that officials from the commissioner's office had a meeting with managers Tuesday an expressed optimism about opening spring camps as scheduled. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

MLB tells managers to expect on-time spring training start

MLB tells managers to expect on-time spring training start

Baseball fans stand at the window for ticket refunds outside Hammond Stadium, Monday, March 16, 2020, in Fort Myers, Fla., after Major League Baseball suspended the rest of its spring training game schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak. Big league managers say that Major League Baseball has instructed them to prepare for spring training to start on time in mid-February despite uncertainty around the coronavirus. Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, that officials from the commissioner's office had a meeting with managers Tuesday an expressed optimism about opening spring camps as scheduled. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
A Chief Wahoo logo is shown on a baseball at the Cleveland Indians team shop, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Cleveland. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Tony Dejak

Indigenous activist pleased to hear Cleveland’s baseball team planning name change

Indigenous activist pleased to hear Cleveland’s baseball team planning name change

A Chief Wahoo logo is shown on a baseball at the Cleveland Indians team shop, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Cleveland. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP Photo/Tony Dejak
Mark Shapiro, president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays leaves a meeting session during MLB baseball owners meetings, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Shapiro says he is optimistic the Major League Baseball club can play at home next season, but adds there are too many variables in play to plan for that. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-John Raoux

Shapiro hopes Blue Jays can play at home next season, but team eyeing contingencies

Shapiro hopes Blue Jays can play at home next season, but team eyeing contingencies

Mark Shapiro, president and CEO of the Toronto Blue Jays leaves a meeting session during MLB baseball owners meetings, Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, in Orlando, Fla. Shapiro says he is optimistic the Major League Baseball club can play at home next season, but adds there are too many variables in play to plan for that. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-John Raoux
FILE - In this February 2020 file photo, Cleveland Indians' Shane Bieber poses for a photo during baseball spring training in Goodyear, Ariz. Bieber won the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, Nov. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

Cleveland’s Bieber, Cincinnati’s Bauer win Cy Young Awards

Cleveland’s Bieber, Cincinnati’s Bauer win Cy Young Awards

FILE - In this February 2020 file photo, Cleveland Indians' Shane Bieber poses for a photo during baseball spring training in Goodyear, Ariz. Bieber won the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, Nov. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)
FILE - In this 2020 file photo, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly poses for a photo. Mattingly won the NL Manager of the Year award on Tuesday night. Mattingly guided the Marlins to their first playoff appearance since 2003 despite dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that paused their season and ravaged the roster. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Kevin Cash, Don Mattingly win Manager of the Year awards

Kevin Cash, Don Mattingly win Manager of the Year awards

FILE - In this 2020 file photo, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly poses for a photo. Mattingly won the NL Manager of the Year award on Tuesday night. Mattingly guided the Marlins to their first playoff appearance since 2003 despite dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak that paused their season and ravaged the roster. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Arenado, Gordon each win 8th Gold Glove; Betts gets 5th

Arenado, Gordon each win 8th Gold Glove; Betts gets 5th

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts, right, hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning in Game 6 of the baseball World Series in Arlington, Texas. New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is going for his third consecutive NL Cy Young Award, and Dodgers' Mookie Betts could become the second player to win the MVP award in each league. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Mookie Betts, Jacob deGrom in the mix for historic NL awards

Mookie Betts, Jacob deGrom in the mix for historic NL awards

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts, right, hits a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning in Game 6 of the baseball World Series in Arlington, Texas. New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom is going for his third consecutive NL Cy Young Award, and Dodgers' Mookie Betts could become the second player to win the MVP award in each league. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes celebrates the final out by Tampa Bay Rays’ Willy Adames to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

World Series TV ratings average drops 32% below previous low

An average of 12,627,000 viewers

  • Oct 29, 2020
Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes celebrates the final out by Tampa Bay Rays’ Willy Adames to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Fitting finale: Dodgers win title, Turner tests positive

Turner returns to the diamond about an hour after the game

  • Oct 28, 2020
Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 3-1 to win the baseball World Series in Game 6 Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts celebrates after a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning in Game 6 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Best Betts: Dodgers win first World Series title since 1988

Best Betts: Dodgers win first World Series title since 1988

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts celebrates after a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning in Game 6 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game 3 of the baseball World Series Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Buehler leads Dodgers over Rays 6-2 for 2-1 Series lead

Buehler leads Dodgers over Rays 6-2 for 2-1 Series lead

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler throws against the Tampa Bay Rays during the first inning in Game 3 of the baseball World Series Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe rounds the bases after a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin during the first inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Lowe homers twice, Rays hold off Dodgers 6-4 to even Series

Lowe homers twice, Rays hold off Dodgers 6-4 to even Series

Tampa Bay Rays' Brandon Lowe rounds the bases after a home run off Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin during the first inning in Game 2 of the baseball World Series Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw warms up before Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Kershaw, LA stars shine, Dodgers top Rays 8-3 in WS opener

Kershaw, LA stars shine, Dodgers top Rays 8-3 in WS opener

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw warms up before Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
The Los Angeles Dodgers line up during during the national anthem and a fly over before Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Pandemic World Series draws smallest crowd in over century

Pandemic World Series draws smallest crowd in over century

The Los Angeles Dodgers line up during during the national anthem and a fly over before Game 1 of the baseball World Series against the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Members of the Los Angeles Dodgers stand during the national anthem before Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Most of the seats of a new $1.2 billion, 40,518-capacity will be empty among the smallest crowd to view a World Series game in more than a century. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Few fans, masked umps, muted celebrations for World Series

Few fans, masked umps, muted celebrations for World Series

Members of the Los Angeles Dodgers stand during the national anthem before Game 7 of a baseball National League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. Most of the seats of a new $1.2 billion, 40,518-capacity will be empty among the smallest crowd to view a World Series game in more than a century. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)