After Turning Down $440 Million, Juan Soto Just Wants to Play

Juan Soto is 23 and is already one of the game’s best players. After extension talks broke down, he could be on his way out of town. Until then, he wants to concentrate on baseball.

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Plane Carrying Army Parachutists Briefly Alarms Capitol

After the Capitol was evacuated, Nancy Pelosi lashed out at the F.A.A. for its “apparent failure to notify Capitol Police of the preplanned flyover.”

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Mets Can’t Win ’Em All, but Signs Point to Winning a Lot

The team lost for the first time in four games this season amid encouraging signs that it could contend for its first postseason spot since 2016.

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Mets Give Their Fans a Thumbs-Down During Win

Showing off their sensitivity, Francisco Lindor, Javier Baez and Kevin Pillar celebrated a win by making thumbs-down gestures at the fans who had previously booed them.

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Four Shot Outside Nationals Stadium in Washington

Fans poured out of the stadium in a scene of fear and confusion and a game between the Nationals and the Padres was halted in the sixth inning.

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MLB Opening Day 2021: Baseball Is Almost Way, Way Back

The crowds were still limited because of the coronavirus, but opening day of 2021 looked very different from the stark scenes at parks last summer.

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2021 MLB Season Preview: Team-by-Team Capsules

Reasons for optimism and pessimism abound. Catch up with where each team stands ahead of opening day.

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Trea Turner of the Washington Nationals Has Speed to Spare

Washington’s shortstop is the game’s fastest everyday player. He’s so valuable that protecting his body outweighs a 1980s baserunning revival.

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Dr. Fauci Cautiously Optimistic for a Complete 2021 MLB Season

With spring training looming, the infectious disease expert — and Washington Nationals fan — weighs in on his optimism for the baseball season and whether he’d feel safe at a game.

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Sports Helped Shape Biden. But Expect a Quieter Fan in the White House.

Playing football in high school helped the president-elect overcome a stutter. And while he is known to be a sports fan, he has not displayed a taste for inserting politics in sports.

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What Live Sports Are Missing Without Fans in the Stadiums

While live sports are back, spectators are not in most cases. We asked readers what they were missing as fans in the stands.

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Trump Announced, Then Canceled, a Yankees Pitch. Both Came as a Surprise.

The president’s announcement that he would pitch at Yankee Stadium on Aug. 15 startled the team’s officials, who had not scheduled such an event.

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Juan Soto’s Positive Test Casts Shadow on Yankees-Nationals Opener

Hours before the opening game of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-delayed season, one of Washington’s top young stars tested positive for the coronavirus, underscoring the precariousness of the campaign.

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Facing a Season of Uncertainty, Max Scherzer Is Still Tinkering

“I don’t come to the park for all the other hoopla; I come to the park because I want to win another World Series with my teammates,” Scherzer said days before opening the 2020 season.

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Ryan Zimmerman and 2 Others Opt Out of M.L.B. Season

Zimmerman, a pillar of the Nationals’ World Series-winning team, will skip the season, citing personal and family safety. Joe Ross of the Nationals and Mike Leake of the Diamondbacks also opted out.

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Gerardo Parra Hopes ‘Baby Shark’ Magic Can Bring a Title in Japan, Too

“It brings energy, and we need that to help make a championship team here,” Parra, the former Nationals player, said of the children’s song that was the soundtrack to the team’s World Series run.

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As Baseball Squabbles Over Money, It Risks a ‘Disastrous’ Outcome

M.L.B. and the players’ union are at risk of turning a potential opportunity into “a gigantic negative,” Bob Costas said. Time is running low to avoid that fate.

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Fauci, Leading Fight Against Coronavirus, Misses Baseball, Too

A devoted Yankees fan fell in love with the Washington Nationals. But Dr. Anthony S. Fauci concedes it’s going to be a while before he goes to another game.

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