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Sloan Park in Mesa. MLB argued that minor leaguers shouldn’t be paid for time spent playing at training facilities, considering them to be amusement or recreational establishments in an attempt to apply the 'amusement exemption' to the players' state law labor claims.

Major League Baseball will pay big in a sprawling class action over whether minor leaguers qualify as year-round employees, after a federal judge repudiated the league's contention that they're seasonal workers, and separately liable for violating Arizona’s record-keeping law. Read more»

Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday that the league is 'prepared' to take back the television rights to 14 MLB teams if Diamond Sports Group fails to pay per their contractual obligations.

Major League Baseball is prepared to take back the television rights to 14 teams if Diamond Sports Group, the parent company of the 19 regional Bally Sports Networks, files for bankruptcy after failing to make a $140 million interest payment on its nearly $9 million debt. Read more»

One of Major League Baseball’s priority is to make the game more attractive to Black youth at a time when only 7% of MLB players are Black.

Baseball has come a long way since Jackie Robinson etched his name in the game’s history books, but the feeling of being the odd one out still remains as only 7% of major league players are Black — but the next generation of minority players hope to increase that number. Read more»

MLB research shows that fans wanted more extra-base hits. Washington Nationals prospect Drew Millas would surely want that as well.

For baseball fans who want to get a glimpse of what rule changes in the major leagues will look like next season, they need to look no further than the Arizona Fall League. Read more»

Eloy was once dubbed as cotton city, and Frontier Street used to be the busiest street in town. Since the introduction of Interstate-10 that runs parallel, the traffic slowed and the town’s main hub of attraction wilted.

Home to just under 16,000 residents and mostly known for world-class skydiving and copious amounts of dust, Eloy sits along Interstate 10 midway between Phoenix and Tucson - but a rich history can be found deeper in the city off Exit 208. Read more»

Tony Armas, who played for several teams including Boston and Oakland takes a swing in Desert Sun Stadium during its spring training heyday in Yuma.

It is hard to imagine a time when spring training wasn’t part of MLB and the sports narrative in Arizona - the 2018 Cactus League season generated $373 million and 6,439 annual jobs - and in the modern age, it's about both the players and fan experience. Read more»

Giants pitcher Alex Wood said the recent lockout of players by MLB owners 'is really just the beginning' of resolving issues between the two sides as Opening Day approaches.

During baseball’s longest winter in 27 years, Commissioner Rob Manfred and Tony Clark, head of the MLB Players Association, served as the unwanted faces of the game - and while that collective bargaining battle has ended, the labor war could wage on. Read more»

Sloan Park in Mesa sat empty during the last few weeks during what was supposed to be spring training. Negotiations related to Major League Baseball’s finally reached a happy conclusion.

Reports of a new collective bargaining agreement after players voted to accept MLB’s latest offer for a new labor deal - paving the way to end a 99-day lockout and salvage a 162-game regular season - have left baseball fans giddy, but the lengthy haggling hasn’t been without casualties. Read more»

The Milwaukee Brewers’ American Family Fields of Phoenix remains closed while the lockout continues. Failed negotiations mean spring training will be delayed even longer.

In what will be a hit to the Arizona economy and baseball fans throughout the state, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association could not come to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement by the league’s imposed deadline, delaying the start of the season. Read more»

Baseball’s stoppage means it is unlikely exhibition games will start as scheduled on Feb. 26 and ballparks include Salt River Fields could remain empty. Opening Day on March 31 could also be delayed.

The arrival of spring in Arizona typically means one thing - baseball is here. But even as the weather warms up to 80 degrees and the sun shines more brightly, a frozen winter carries as a work stoppage has delayed the start of the 2022 season’s spring training. Read more»

Baseball players enjoy the experience of competing and bonding with other teams, but the challenge of finding affordable housing has long been an issue for minor leagues who come to the Valley .

The news that MLB will provide housing to an estimated 90% of eligible minor league players, including those participating in extended spring training and the Arizona Complex League, was well received by advocates who have worked to change how minor leaguers are treated. Read more»

Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall turned to Nona Lee, his executive vice president and chief legal officer, when he wanted to improve organizational diversity and have someone who could enhance the lives of those who have faced social injustice, racism, sexism, homophobia or any form of discrimination.

Nona Lee, executive vice president and chief legal officer to Arizona Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall, leads a business and community initiative to improve organizational diversity while improving the lives of those who have been disadvantaged by any form of discrimination. Read more»

Victoria Ruelas prepares to field a ball during a Little League game in 1989.

Playing baseball is a beloved tradition across the Southwes, but at a young age, girls are steered toward softball, which has been deemed acceptable for women - and despite more than 30 years of barrier breakers, gender barriers still exist at the highest level of youth baseball. Read more»

The proposed state budget includes $30 million for a new fund that would help attract major events in Arizona, and an as-yet undetermined chunk of that cash will help cover the costs for the state to host the mother of all major events: the Super Bowl. Read more»

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey speaks about the coronavirus pandemic at a news conference July 9, 2020.

Gov. Doug Ducey said business community opposition to a pair of election bills that critics allege will suppress voters won’t affect his decision on whether to sign the legislation if it reaches his desk. Greater Phoenix Leadership, a business and civic organization, issued a statement last week urging lawmakers to reject legislation that it said is voter suppression. Read more»

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