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Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers

The comment below seems a million years ago.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Carlos Correa Houston Astros

Something AndyPro would have said....Good one!

John Hobbs Real-Joker
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Bill Mazeroski Pittsburgh Pirates

Thank-you for that link, MG ... FANTASTIC!

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

The Athletic is indeed fantastic!  And the Mickey Mantle article is stunning.... and stunningly sad. 

G Man DoctorG
Carlos Correa Houston Astros

No members of the Houston Astros have tested positive for COVID-19. They saw the signs coming.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Bucky Dent Kansas City Royals

At 12:30 Pacific Time, the 1978 AL East playoff game is on MLB Network. I remember a few of us camping out in a San Francisco bar (Sutter Street Station for locals) to be sure we had seats to watch the game.

mike fenger mike
Bill Mazeroski Pittsburgh Pirates
Mike Gianella MikeG

Talking about Cabrera's hit in 1992... a few of us witnessed what Maz did in 1960.

Actually, I listened to it on a radio that somebody brought out to soccer practice.

Alex Patton Alex
Doug Drabek Baltimore Orioles

Just enjoyed Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS on MLB for the first time since...1992.

Lots to love about 1992 baseball, like the starting pitcher taking the mound in the 9th at 120 pitches.  Tim McCarver back when he could actually say insightful things sometimes. The absence of Joe Buck.  All the mustaches.  And the giant pile up on Sid Bream as the crowd goes wild after Francisco Cabrera's hit.  Today, everyone would've been standing around waiting for the replay ruling on the tag.

If there ever *was* a hit---no way Francisco Cabrera's even on the roster in 2019, because each team would have 13 relievers.

Mike Landau ML-
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees

I subscribe to The Athletic ... what a value that's been the past ~100 days ... reading Joe Poznanski's articles about the 100 greatest baseball players ... today is about The Mick ... breathtaking ...

Howard Lynch LynchMob

When the Dodgers moved out west I switched to being a Cardinals fan, so the two seasons I would pick would be 1964 and 1967.

If you are looking for a recently published book to read that immerses you completely in someone else's troubles and offers hope, I'd suggest Writers and Artists by Lily King.

Alex Patton Alex

Loving Baseball In The Time of Coronavirus

Too soon I’m fully engaged with E.B. White in his One Man’s Meat, written when he was staring into the abyss, yet was too old to serve while the World around him marched into WWII. Being unable to move to a salt water farm in Maine like E.B., more's the pity, and in lieu of my go-to palliative for all these years past I’ve decided to occasionally play a game of APBA dice baseball at the end of the most trying days. I know. I know. Fiddling while Rome burns. Still, how to lift my spirits?

I was all set to pull the trigger on a used set of all 916 MLB players for the 1980 season, the summer when my first son was born, when I hesitated. I was in short pants the last time I played the board game. Slim chance of making another purchase any time soon and surprisingly there are so many different seasons to choose from. Looks like any and every season is out there. Maybe I should pick the cards that contain the first season I played fantasy baseball or go further back in my memories, some fuzzy, some not so much- Ted Williams bidding adieu in 1960 or Mickey Mantle’s 1956 Triple Crown season or Yastrzemski’s in 1967 or Koufaz striking out 382 in 1965 or Gibson’s subsequent mound lowering domination of the 1968 season? Which season? I’m frozen with indecision. To pick one and only one till June or probably longer. Uhhhhhh. Anyone care to suggest a worthy candidate? And why?

James Morgan jem1776
Aaron Judge New York Yankees
Andres Gimenez New York Mets

There is a trickle of mlb transactions going on. Several teams sending down obvious prospect types and others such as Gimenez.

At first I was surprised, but then I realized that with a quick two to four week spring camp, they are going to want to give innings / work to a smaller group of players.No reason to keep the long shots around.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Aaron Judge New York Yankees

He had an undiagnosed collapsed lung.  Not only did the doctors miss his broken ribs, but they missed a collapsed f'n lung!  Time to get new doctors.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

At a minimum, y'all need to enter Doubt Wars!

Howard Lynch LynchMob

Being able to replace a piece that breaks is as valuable as adding a new piece. Only one keeps you out of the basement, the other raises you up to the top. If duplicated enough times the same year.

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman

To Alex's point:  my winning team scratched $50 in draft profit, plus reserves Shawn Kelley and Brian Goodwin, plus free loot claims Yordan Alvarez, Urshela, and Liam Hendriks, though the last was replacing Treinen, so maybe a wash.

Mike Landau ML-

File this under MiLB news.

Kyle Glaser in Baseball America:

... Major League Baseball officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told BA the league plans to issue league-wide guidelines on minor league pay for the regular season after it finishes negotiations with the Major League Baseball Players Association on issues pertaining to 40-man roster players.

With three weeks remaining before the originally scheduled minor league Opening Day, MLB has time to formulate a plan for paying minor leaguers as long as the regular season is postponed.

In the interim, individual clubs are making the decision if—or how—to compensate their minor leaguers until then. Baseball America contacted all 30 teams on March 16 and asked if they were currently paying their minor leaguers at all.

Twelve teams—the Rays, Mets, Dodgers, Red Sox, Marlins, Padres, Cardinals, Tigers, Yankees, Indians, D-backs and Giants—confirmed to BA or other media outlets they are continuing to pay their minor leaguers their spring training stipends, allowances and/or per diems even as camps have shut down.

The Cubs, Angels and Royals said they were working to determine a plan. The Rangers and White Sox referred comment to MLB. The Braves declined to comment.

The remaining 12 teams did not respond. A minor league player with the Nationals informed BA that they were not receiving any stipend or per diem at this time.

The minimum weekly salary for minor leaguers during the 2020 regular season was scheduled to be $290 at the Rookie, short-season and Class A levels, $350 at Double-A and $502 at Triple-A. Some teams, such as the Blue Jays and Giants, previously announced they would pay their minor leaguers higher salaries.

Whether minor leaguers will receive those amounts, or different amounts, while the regular season is delayed is pending until MLB issues its league-wide guidelines, which are expected in the coming weeks.

Until then, minor leaguers are largely living on the spring training stipends, allowances and/or per diems they are receiving from their teams—if they are receiving them at all.

J.J. Cooper contributed reporting.

Alex Patton Alex

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