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Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

LOVERRO: Manfred, MLB face minefield of problems

The commissioner of Major League Baseball, the former right-hand man to predecessor Bud Selig, is facing a trifecta of major challenges in the coming months — the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, minor league contraction and labor unrest for the first time in nearly 20 years.

US military academy athletes can now delay service, go pro

- Associated Press

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has opened the door for athletes at the nation’s military academies to play professional sports after they graduate, and delay their active-duty service.

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42 teams targeted to be dropped from current minor leagues

- Associated Press

The 42 minor league teams identified by Major League Baseball as targets to be dropped from their current circuits in an initial proposal for a revised Professional Baseball Agreement that would start in 2021. Current major league affiliation in parentheses:

Manfred says has broad authority for Astros discipline

- Associated Press

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred hopes the investigation into sign stealing by the Houston Astros will be complete by next season and says he has authority to impose discipline beyond the loss of amateur draft picks.

In this undated photo released by the Polk County Sheriff's Office, Alberto Escartin Ramos is shown. Authorities in Florida say the man is facing a felony charge for punching an umpire over a disputed call after a Little League game. (Polk County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Sheriff: Man punched youth league umpire over disputed call

Associated Press

In a story Nov. 18 about a youth baseball umpire being punched, The Associated Press, citing a sheriff’s office news release, incorrectly identified the victim as a “Little League umpire.” The victim works for a local youth baseball league, not the Pennsylvania-based nonprofit organization Little League Baseball.

Japan starting pitcher Shun Yamaguchi delivers a pitch against South Korea in the first inning of their Premier12 baseball tournament final game at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Toru Takahashi)

Japanese pitcher Yamaguchi to pursue career in MLB

Associated Press

Pitcher Shun Yamaguchi, who led Japan’s Central League in wins, strikeouts and winning percentage this season, says he wants to move to Major League Baseball through the posting system.

FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2019, file photo, Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter smiles as he speaks during a news conference in Miami. Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot, announced Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, and is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Derek Jeter among 18 newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

Associated Press

Derek Jeter is among 18 newcomers on the 2020 Hall of Fame ballot. He is likely to be an overwhelming choice to join former New York Yankees teammate Mariano Rivera in Cooperstown after the reliever last year became the first unanimous pick by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.