Major League Baseball team owners have voted unanimously to proceed with a regular season. The decision was made under the terms set out in an agreement made between the league and the players union in March. Players will receive prorated pay based on their full salaries. Commissioner Rob Manfred will decide how many games will be played. Reports say that he favors the 60-game schedule that was rejected by the union in a vote yesterday. Play is expected to begin July 24th, if players can report to training camps within the next week, and the union agrees to the COVID-19 protocols the league has developed. Despite an announcement over the weekend temporarily closing MLB spring training locations, it’s anticipated that some teams, including the Detroit Tigers, will use those facilities to prepare.
Troy Weaver was officially introduced yesterday as the new general manager of the Detroit Pistons…
Weaver joins the team after 12 years in the front office of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Pistons owner Tom Gores acknowledged that the job is about more than just basketball right now…
Weaver confirmed that established stars Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose are anticipated to be a part of the team’s rebuild.
The Finlandia University women’s hockey team has added another player. Devin Cronk-Smith is from Mosinee, Wisconsin, and earned three letters while playing for the Central Wisconsin Storm co-op team.
In Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball League play last night…
• McGann’s/Northern Auto defeated Downtowner Two 23-4. Downtowner then lost to Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics 19-2. Logan Rastello and Phil Milbrath each had four hits for Auto Pro, and Mike Turunen homered.
• Koppers lost to Coca Cola/Monte Carlo 25-13, then defeated Bucko’s/Labatts 19-1.
The Copper Country Twilight Baseball League begins its schedule tonight…
• Dean Kangas-State Farm will play REL-Mohawk Technology at the Hancock Driving Park.
• Garnet Garage will face Superior National Bank-Stanton at the Stanton field.
In Copper Country Horseshoe League competition last evening…
• Dreamland One downed Dreamland Two 7-2.
• Calumet One got past Rocky’s Bar 6-3.
• Loading Zone edged Ahmeek Fire Department 5-4.
• L and L defeated Harter’s Party Store 6-3.
• Drift Inn outscored Calumet Electronics 8-1.
• Bucko’s Party Store shaded 41 Lumber 5-4.
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