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This is definitely not the news I wanted to wake up to this morning. The exact implications are unknown at this time as the guidelines, part
of the joint task force recommendations, haven't as of yet been made

Tim McLeod tlmcleod

I'm excited for the MLB draft.

Here's an article on a super-high upside kid. 17yo with huge upside.

Hard to imagine giving kids like him top $$$ due to lack of scouting, but he will go top 40 and could go top 15. And his arm is amazing!

Kent Ostby Seadogs

So by accounts I read, if Mookie Betts' or Mike Trout's 67 year old mother lives in their home, or one of their kids is diabetic, then they are entitled to receive their full prorated salary without playing, right?

The player proposal also strikes me as ridiculous. Am I misreading it? See:

"Players who are considered “high risk” candidates for COVID-19 would be able to opt out of playing this season while still receiving their entire prorated salaries.  Joel Sherman of the New York Post adds that the “high risk” designation also extends to players who have spouses, children, or other live-in family members with pre-existing health conditions."

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Ken Rosenthal quotes Gene Orza as saying Manfred (and the owners) have wanted to play more than 82 games all along; Manfred's game is to get the players to ask for something the owners already want to give and have it seem like a concession.

If that's true, it means the owners themselves don't believe their basic argument that they are going to lose money -- not even break even -- with each regular season game that is played.

For me, the most dismaying thing in the players' proposal is this: 

The union also offered to endorse an expanded playoff system for this year and next, viewing it as a win for both fans and teams in addition to players.

For this fan, that is not a win.

Alex Patton Alex

My understanding from the Athletic article, is that players who have health conditions that put them at risk to COVID-19 would receive pay and service time.  This makes sense in light of the ADA reasonable accommodation requirements.  Imagine Trey Mancini, receiving cancer treatment being told that he won't be paid, even though he would have been paid on the Injured List under normal circumstances.  Or David Dahl who has compromised immunity do to the removal of his spleen from a prior baseball related injury.  Or Carlos Carrasco who had cancer treatment last season.  For those who elect not to play without being at high risk, the PA proposed service time by no pay, which falls in line with the FMLA.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

Interesting counter offer from the players. They put the word "differ" into their offer which the owners will likely seize upon. The most interesting part of the proposal is the note about players being able to skip the season because of Covid. Do those players get paid?

Kent Ostby Seadogs

I spoke with Dan Bernstein on Chicago 670 The Score again today about the status of negotiations between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association. It starts at marker 1, approximately 18 minutes.

670 The Score

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

The players can and will tell them to go jump.  Too bad about the 2020 season.  I'd better brush up on my Korean teams.

Mike Landau ML-

Can you picture the excitement in the owners' zoom room when someone proposed making Mike Trout play this year for $5,748,577 instead of the $19,065,843 he would get in the agreement that both sides signed on March 26?

Hot damn! I'll vote for that!

Alex Patton Alex

Sheryl followed up today with a article about the difficulties related to organizing minor league players.  unionizing-the-minor-leagues

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed