Here is the latest MLB news from the past couple of weeks:NOVEMBER 29The Philadelphia Phillies will be forced to search for a new catcher, preferably one who comes at a much lower price than two-time All-Star J.T. Realmuto. According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, Phillies owner John Middleton revealed last week that the franchise isn't in a position to re-sign Realmuto, or any big-name free agents, due to coronavirus-related losses totaling nearly $2 billion. Read more here.Additionally, The Philadelphia Phillies laid off 80 employees on Wednesday, reducing their front-office workforce by 20 percent, reports Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Read more here.NOVEMBER 12MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says that the league plans to have fans at games next season, at least in places where government officials will allow them to. Manfred acknowledged that the ballparks would not be at full capacity, as the increased likelihood of an outbreak makes that far too unsafe for the foreseeable future. He did say he hoped "to get people accustomed to the idea that you can go to these live events with appropriate protocols, pods of people, social distancing, masks, and do it safely." Read more here.NOVEMBER 10Dodgers manager Dave Roberts admitted the team "could've all done things differently and done better" in handling Justin Turner being allowed to celebrate the Dodgers' World Series win despite testing positive for COVID. Read more here.NOVEMBER 8Justin Turner returning for the team's on-field championship celebration without a mask after Game 6 might have been more of a problem than the league believed it to be. Nine people within the Dodgers organization have now tested positive for COVID-19, L.A. County health officials said Saturday, according to Minyvonne Burke of NBC News. Read more here.NOVEMBER 7Despite the antagonistic tone of the negotiations that spilled so frequently into the public square last winter, executive director of the MLBPA Tony Clark is hopeful that the sequel this winter will strike a more amicable (and private) tone, per The Athletic’s Evan Drellich. Clark said, "There are lines that can be drawn between what happened this year and what may have happened historically. But I continue to remain optimistic that as a result of that experience, we have an opportunity and take advantage of the opportunity." Read more here.NOVEMBER 6MLB utilized a universal designated hitter during the shortened 2020 regular season. That is a rule that might remain for the future. ESPN’s Jeff Passan wrote that the MLB players want a universal DH. MLB owners would like to have expanded playoffs moving forward like they had this year. They might try to get the players to agree to expanded playoffs in exchange for the universal DH, but the players would be less willing to have that. Read more here.MLB determined on Friday that Dodgers 3B Justin Turner will receive no discipline for violating COVID-19 protocols in the World Series clincher. Turner was removed from the Game 6 clincher after testing positive for the coronavirus, but he still returned to the field to celebrate with his teammates following their 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He was captured in photos without a mask and in close proximity to his Dodgers teammates. Read more here.NOVEMBER 1MLB commissioner Rob Manfred liked hosting the World Series at a neutral site so much that he’s willing to consider it for the future. Manfred said that there are many reasons a neutral site World Series could be beneficial for the teams involved. He did admit, however, that depriving home fans of seeing their teams in the World Series was a significant drawback. Read more here.OCTOBER 31Twins owner Jim Pohlad said recently that the revenue losses due to the pandemic in 2020 won’t be the impetus for payroll decision-making in 2021, per Phil Miller of the Star Tribune. Pohlad does admit to the uncertainty facing next season, especially concerning future fan attendance. Pohlad refers to an “uncertainty discount” in discussing the planning for next season, but what that means in practical terms is yet to be determined. Read more here.OCTOBER 30Given the uncertainty associated with COVID-19, however, MLB is considering a staggered start to 2021 spring training for minor-league players. If MLB were to adopt a staggered reporting system, higher-level players (likely those at Triple-A or in the majors) would be the only group to report to spring training at its typical start date. Lower-level players would report to spring camps only after the higher-level players have dispersed to start their regular seasons (MLB’s Opening Day is currently scheduled for April 1), thus minimizing human contact. Read more here.MLB confirmed on Friday that the owners meetings scheduled for Nov. 17-19 in Arlington and winter meetings scheduled for Dec. 7-10 in Dallas have been canceled because of the health crisis. Instead, those events will be "conducted remotely as necessary," according to the league. Read more here.OCTOBER 29The Los Angeles Dodgers have been advised to quarantine for 14 days by the Los Angeles County Health Department after Justin Turner was pulled from Game 6 of the World Series due to returning a positive COVID-19 test. The department said anyone "who has been a close contact of a person who has tested positive for the virus for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period must quarantine for 14 days." The majority of the Dodgers team, including coaches, fall under this umbrella after Turner violated MLB health and safety protocols and returned to the field to celebrate the World Series victory following the confirmation of his positive test on Tuesday. Read more here.OCTOBER 28Typically, a team celebrating a championship is a joyous event, but the Dodgers now find themselves steeped in controversy due to third baseman Justin Turner joining the team on the field for the postgame hugging and frolicking despite having tested positive for COVID-19. Turner had tested positive on Monday and was then tested again on Tuesday to confirm, but the team had not received the results in time for the game, so he was finally pulled in the eighth inning. Turner was taken into an examination room and told he had to be in isolation, but he ignored those instructions and headed to the field after the Dodgers sealed their World Series win over the Tampa Bay Rays. Read more here.Major League Baseball is investigating Justin Turner for celebrating on the field after the Los Angeles Dodgers won the World Series. In a statement issued Wednesday, the league made clear that Turner ignored orders to refrain from going on the field. MLB promised a “full investigation” and admonished Turner for putting “everyone he came in contact with at risk.” Read more here.Despite Turner's positive test, all Dodgers players tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday and were allowed to travel on the team plane back to Los Angeles, per USA Today's Bob Nightengale. Read more here.OCTOBER 27Talk of revenue losses throughout the sport has been prominent since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but commissioner Rob Manfred put some more concrete numbers on the concept this week. In an interview with Barry M. Bloom for Sportico, Manfred said that the league’s 30 teams have amassed a collective $8.3 billion in debt and will post anywhere from $2.8 to $3.0 billion in combined operational losses. Read more here.OCTOBER 21Commissioner Rob Manfred made it clear that he and the owners of teams around the league would like to keep an expanded postseason format and the extra-inning tiebreaker rule going forward. When it comes to the extra-innings rule, Manfred believes the players liked it. The league placed a runner at second base to begin each extra inning to promote run-scoring and avoid lengthy contests. "I think the players like it," Manfred said. "I think it's really good from a safety and health perspective that keeps us from putting players in situations where they're out there too long or in positions they're not used to playing." Read more here.OCTOBER 2In a joint statement released on Friday, MLB and the MLB Players Association announced that the league has gone 33 consecutive days and counting without a single player testing positive for the coronavirus. Two of the 15,024 samples collected over the past week were positive for the virus. Both of those cases were staff members from the same club. MLB added that players have tested negative for COVID-19 over 41 of the previous 42 days. Read more here.OCTOBER 1The bus driver who drove the Tennessee Titans to their game versus the Minnesota Vikings last weekend also drove the Houston Astros to their playoff series against the Minnesota Twins. The Titans are in the middle of a coronavirus outbreak that caused the NFL to postpone Sunday's game between Tennessee and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 30Major League Baseball is planning to allow up to 11,500 fans to attend the National League Championship Series and World Series held at Globe Life Field, home of the Texas Rangers. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 29According to The Wall Street Journal, Major League Baseball and its teams lost an estimated $3 billion in revenue due to not being able to play games with fans in attendance. Commissioner Rob Manfred told the WSJ that playing next season without fans in attendance would be “economically devastating.” Read more here.SEPTEMBER 28Trevor Bauer took aim at MLB and suggested that the league is not allowing the families of players on designated road teams to attend playoff games. MLB hasn’t announced anything specific policy-wise on this. Players will be allowed to bring their families into the bubble, but the league had not clarified any rules about them attending games. Bauer seems to have been told that home players will have families attending games, but visiting families will not. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 26The Blue Jays played a majority of their home games this season at Sahlen Field after the Canadian government denied them permission to play in Toronto. There's currently no indication where the Blue Jays will play the 2021 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it appears that Rob Manfred is adamant about having the team play at home next year, saying MLB "will do everything humanly possible to convince the government that the Blue Jays should play in Toronto next year." Read more here.SEPTEMBER 25The Chicago Cubs became one of the first teams to reportedly acknowledge that the coronavirus pandemic is likely to continue to negatively impact fan attendance next year. The Cubs understand that it is unlikely Wrigley Field will be at full capacity at any point during the 2021 MLB season, sources tell Jesse Rogers of ESPN. The realization is said to be based on “advice from medical experts, as well as restrictions because of local ordinances,” Rogers writes. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 23The Phillies signed Greg Bird to a minor league contract Sept. 15, but the first baseman tested positive for the coronavirus upon physical entry after that, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Consequently, the Phillies did not place Bird on their 40-man playoff roster. Fortunately, though, none of the Phillies at the team’s alternate site were exposed to Bird. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 22ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan reports that teams’ 2020 records are “highly likely” to be used to determine the order of the 2021 draft selection. Read more here.Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that, pending approval by the appropriate authorities, the plan is to allow some fans to attend games at the NLCS and World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. Read more here.Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons has begun his offseason early. With Los Angeles on the brink of elimination from playoff contention, the club announced on Tuesday that the 31-year-old has opted out of the remainder of the regular season that finishes this Sunday. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 21The Associated Press (h/t ESPN) confirmed on Monday that the highest seed playing in the World Series will serve as the "home team" and receive the final at-bats in Games 1 and 2 and, if necessary, Games 6 and 7. Per an agreement between the league and MLB Players Association, this year's World Series will occur at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, the home ballpark of the Texas Rangers, to limit travel between clubs amid the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.As recently as June, the concept of an expanded Arizona Fall League was under consideration by Major League Baseball. But MLB has now decided to cancel the AFL’s 2020 season, Josh Norris of Baseball America reports. The AFL is the latest baseball league to fall victim to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 16Speaking at an online event hosted by Hofstra University this week, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he hopes to make the expanded postseason format permanent, adding that he believes the opposition to the universal DH is waning and stating that the extra-inning rule has been received better than he anticipated. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 12Brewers closer Josh Hader is encountering some unique challenges with the 2020 campaign even though it is 102 games shorter than a typical season. Hader opened up about his struggles to find a rhythm in the shortened season. Specifically, the All-Star lefty alluded to having difficulty adjusting to the stop-and-start nature of the last several months. Read more here.SEPTEMBER 3Yoan Moncada says he is still experiencing some struggles since battling COVID-19 earlier this summer: "Definitely my body doesn’t feel the same after the virus." Read more here.SEPTEMBER 2The 2021 MLB Draft will be pushed from June to July 11-13 and take place in conjunction with next year’s All-Star festivities in Atlanta, reports ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel. The length of next year’s draft still is not set in stone, but it will be longer than this year’s heavily truncated five-round event. Read more here.All-time great New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver has died at the age of 75. The Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Wednesday that Seaver died peacefully in his sleep due to complications from both Lewy body dementia and COVID-19. Read more here.AUGUST 28According to J.J. Cooper of Baseball America, MLB proposed a “Baseball Cup” that would involve a combination of all MLB and MiLB teams, where 150 teams would compete in a single-elimination tournament, with clubs from Class A theoretically facing MLB squads. Read more here.AUGUST 11Liberty Media revealed, via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Tim Tucker, that the Braves’ revenue plummeted 95% compared to the same quarter in 2019. The club generated $208 million in revenue from April through June in 2019. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, that number dropped to $11 million this year. Read more here.AUGUST 10According to SNY’s Andy Martino, MLB executives are now polling teams about canceling the in-person winter meetings and making the event virtual this year. The 2020 winter meetings are currently set to take place in Dallas from Dec. 6-10, but many around the league aren’t entirely comfortable with the situation. Instead, executives would prefer to conduct their business virtually, negotiating with agents and other teams from the comfort of their homes. Read more here.JULY 29Lou Schwechheimer, owner of the Miami Marlins' Triple-A affiliate Wichita Wind Surge, died on Wednesday from complications caused by COVID-19. Schwechheimer was 62 years old. Read more here.