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  • MLB, union talks remain tense as significant gulf remains to salvage 2020 season

    USA Today "As the days peel off the calendar toward an unofficial but implied deadline to salvage a 2020 season, the gulf between Major League Baseball and the Players' Association appears as many as 74 games wide. Tuesday morning, some two days after its offer of a 114-game season, the..." June 02

  • Lenny Dykstra Says Dale Murphy’s Son is A Antifa Member After Being Shot In Eye With Rubber Bullet At Protests

    Total Pro Sports "Former Major League Baseball player Dale Murphy revealed over the weekend that his son, Tyson, “was shot in the eye with a rubber bullet while peacefully protesting for justice for George Floyd” Saturday night in Denver, but the eye was saved by protective goggles. The..." June 02

  • Why a shorter season and salary deferrals could help save the 2020 MLB season

    ESPN "Is all of the recent acrimony between MLB players and owners real or the byproduct of the early stages of the 2020 season's negotiations playing out in the public spotlight? When recently asked that question, one baseball official's reply was, "Yes." Yes, as..." June 02

  • Dennis Eckersley expects MLB, union to 'split the difference' on 2020 season

    NESN "Major League Baseball and the MLBPA are continuing negotiations for a potential 2020 season. Players reportedly were upset with the league’s recent sliding scale economic plan, and the MLBPA has responded with a plan for the season of their own. The MLBPA’s proposal..." June 02

  • MLB hostility worsens as Rob Manfred’s top aide, Tony Clark trade barbs

    New York Post "MLB and the players association have now swapped financial proposals with each expressing distaste for the opposing plan. And while that keeps the sides far away from an agreement to restart the game, they do continue to heighten a war of words. The players association, represented by..." June 02

  • Scott Boras to pay minor-league clients' full expected salaries

    Hardball Talk "Across the league, scores of minor leaguers have been released in recent days. Already overworked and underpaid, these players are now left without any kind of reliable income during a pandemic, and during a time of civil unrest. " June 02

  • Players agree to MLB's radical realignment proposal

    The Score "Major League Baseball's owners and players are locked in combative negotiations, but it appears they're on the same page regarding temporary realignment. As part of its counteroffer to the league, the players' union agreed to MLB's proposal to abandon the traditional..." June 01

  • MLB could offer to remove tax, qualifying offer in negotiations

    The Score "Major League Baseball is preparing to offer some additional financial incentives in order to reach an agreement on a 2020 season. The league will consider removing the luxury tax and qualifying offer in order to help spur this winter's free-agent market coming off a shortened..." June 01

  • Who's hurt the most in an abbreviated season?

    USA Today "There’s just one guarantee as Major League Baseball aims to wedge an 80-plus game schedule and expanded playoffs into a pandemic-driven four-month window: Roughly half the season is gone forever. Some franchises have pointed to 2020 for several years as the moment their plans..." June 01

  • Most MLB players would refuse to play less than half a season

    Larry Brown Sports "It does not sound like Major League Baseball’s short season proposal is going to be enough to satisfy players. According to Brendan Kuty of NJ.com, most MLB players — including several stars — would not be interested in playing less than half a season, which would..." June 01

  • MLB to Propose Shorter Season With Full Prorated Salaries

    SI "Major League Baseball will propose a shorter season in 2020, with players receiving their full prorated salaries, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. MLB's plan will include a regular season consisting of roughly 50 games, per Passan. The 2020 season would return at..." June 01

  • MLB owners will make final call on whether baseball is played in 2020

    Sportsnet "It has been embarrassing watching how the debate surrounding Major League Baseball’s return to play seems to have settled on how it’s all up to the players, either as a subtle under-current from much of the chattering classes or from former players such as Mark Teixeira, a union..." June 01

  • MLB’s potential disaster isn’t about players’ greed

    New York Post "I think the players have a responsibility to help find a financial solution that allows major league baseball to be played this year. For the long-term damage to reputation and revenue without games will make the 2020 salary dispute feel like fighting for a drop of water and ending up with an..." June 01

  • Dale Murphy’s son hit in eye by rubber bullet during protest

    Fox News Sports "Former MLB star Dale Murphy said Sunday his son, Shawn, was hit by a rubber bullet during George Floyd protests in Denver. Murphy, who won two National League MVP awards as a member of the Atlanta Braves, tweeted a picture of his son bleeding below the left eye. Murphy..." June 01

  • It's not just the 2020 season at stake, but the future of MLB

    ESPN "Many of the folks inside baseball but outside of the Zoom labor negotiations assume that, eventually, cooler heads will prevail in the talks between the owners and the players' union. Because they have to -- right? Because the alternative -- no attempted restart of baseball in..." June 01

  • MLBPA Makes 2020 Season Counter-Proposal To League

    SI "The MLB Players Association submitted its proposal to the league on Sunday, according to Jeff Passan.  In its plan, the union proposes a 114-game season that would commence June 30 and end on Oct. 31. Per Passan, players want three weeks to train, allow time for travel --..." June 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Deal Not Expected By June 1

    MLB Trade Rumors "There has been “no evidence of progress” in the discussions between MLB and the MLBPA as the two sides negotiate the economic provisions of a potential 2020 season, reports Jon Heyman of MLB Network. As such, there’s no reason to believe the parties will reach an..." May 31

  • MLB still optimistic about getting deal done with players?

    Larry Brown Sports "There can be no Major League Baseball season in 2020 without an agreement between team owners and the MLB Players Association, and the two sides do not appear to be close to a deal. However, it sounds like neither has come close to giving up on playing this year. Jon Heyman of MLB..." May 31

  • Group of MLB owners ‘perfectly willing’ to cancel 2020 season

    Clutch Points "The NBA is making strides toward a potential return. In Europe, professional soccer leagues have already restarted, with more to come. But the 2020 MLB season remains in serious jeopardy. Buster Olney of ESPN reports some MLB owners are “perfectly willing” to..." May 31

  • The Worst Pitching Outings by MLB Position Players

    Bleacher Report "One of the most impressive things about professional athletes is how easy they make their jobs look. That's certainly true for MLB pitchers. Despite periodic hiccups, they hurl baseballs past big league hitters with speed and precision. The degree of difficulty becomes especially..." May 31

  • Which Glove-First Shortstop Would You Rather Have?

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a piece from MASN last week, Roch Kubatko said this of the Orioles’ search for a veteran shortstop: “The Orioles chose [Jose] Iglesias over Adeiny Hechavarría in their winter search for a glove-first shortstop.” Kubatko linked the Orioles the Hechevarria..." May 30

  • Los Angeles Pro Sports Teams Give City Blueprint For How Games Can Return

    Sportsnaut "It’s not yet known when professional sports will return to Southern California. The NBA and NHL are in the midst of plans that would resume their seasons in bubble cities. At least with the NHL, Los Angeles is being considered as one of the host..." May 30

  • Former Braves Pitcher Adrian Devine Surprised With Special Garden While in His 'Final Days'

    12 Up "During a period where the country is categorically divided amid protests, this piece of news really couldn't come at a better time. A community in Gwinnett County, Ga. made an awesome gesture to former Atlanta Braves pitcher Adrian Devine after his latest cancer diagnosis...." May 30

  • At least 16 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor-leaguers

    Sportsnet "At least 16 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guarantying those players $400 per week. The Houston Astros, Miami Marlins, Minnesota..." May 30

  • MLBPA preparing 'outlandish' proposal

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players' Association is planning to bring forward a counterproposal to MLB for the 2020 season that will include several unique wrinkles, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. However, it's described as "outlandish" by Passan, who adds..." May 30

  • MLB faces chemistry test in hands-free 2020 season: 'Hardship brings people together'

    USA Today "If they can pull it off, Major League Baseball’s 2020 season will be an audacious experiment in the oddest of labs – and we’re not just talking about massive stadiums where the only fans may be of the virtual or cardboard variety. Other tests will come in clubhouses..." May 29

  • Complete Lack of MLBPA Counter-Proposal This Week Does Not Bode Well for July 4 Return

    12 Up "The latest news surrounding the 2020 MLB season has all been bad: the players were not happy at all with the most recent proposal sent over by owners (rightfully so), and planned to rage and regroup this week. The players were expected to make a counter-proposal..." May 29

  • If Baseball Isn't Back in 2020, the Blame Starts With the Owners

    Complex "The people that fuck with baseball around these parts—and by these parts I mean the Complex universe—aren’t exactly plentiful. And frankly, you don’t need a PhD to get why basketball and football are way more popular these days than the national pastime. But for those of..." May 29

  • Latest On Teams’ Plans For Minor League Pay

    MLB Trade Rumors "3:14pm: The Astros will also pay their minor leaguers through August, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle tweets. The Red Sox will do the same, Julian McWilliams and Alex Speier of the Boston Globe write. The Reds will pay theirs through Sept. 7, the end of the..." May 29

  • Reasoning behind Scott Boras’ rallying cry to MLB players

    New York Post "With Major League Baseball veering toward a Titanic-like disaster, Scott Boras, trying to rally the playing universe, invoked a Leonardo DiCaprio line from the epic film about the ill-fated cruise liner: “This is horse[bleep]. Don’t you believe it...." May 29

  • Why the current MLB, MLBPA negotiations could be a prelude to labor strife when the CBA expires in 2021

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball and the players' union, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), are presently negotiating the parameters of what a 2020 season will look like, should such a thing be realized.  A number of essential issues must be agreed upon before..." May 29

  • MLB teams are releasing hundreds of minor leaguers; here are three factors that led to massive cuts

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's rosters may be frozen due to the novel coronavirus delaying the season, but that isn't stopping organizations from trimming their ranks on the minor-league side. Beginning this week and extending through next week, teams are collectively expected to release..." May 29

  • Which 15 Players Should The Braves Protect In An Expansion Draft?

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a few weeks, we’ll be running a two-team mock expansion draft here at MLBTR – just for the fun of it!  Currently, we’re creating 15-player protected lists for each of the existing 30 teams.  You can catch up on the rules for player..." May 28

  • The MLB negotiations are enough to make a fan cry uncle, and maybe that’s the point

    Boston "I’m not sure what’s worse: That they really, genuinely don’t want to play baseball this season, or that even seeing through their caterwauling, I really, genuinely don’t care whether they do. Not the players of Major League Baseball. The owners and executives..." May 28

  • Baseball may never fully recover if it loses season this way

    New York Post "This? This is different. We of a certain age still bear the scars of past labor wars, all sports. The World Series was called off in 1994. The entire NHL season of 2004-05 was canceled, every inch of it, as if the calendar were simply wiped clean. The official NFL record..." May 28

  • MLB teams cut hundreds of minor leaguers

    The Score "Shortly after the coronavirus pandemic postponed the beginning of the 2020 season, Major League Baseball teams agreed to pay minor leaguers $400 per week through May 31. Now, with that date approaching, many teams are releasing large numbers of minor leaguers in order to cut..." May 28

  • Some MLB Owners Want to Cancel 2020 Season Over Financial Concerns

    The Big Lead "After several weeks of quite public negotiations, MLB and the MLBPA appear to have reached another obstacle in the road toward play ball. The league sent over a proposal to the players that would result in a very significant salary reduction for everyone, especially the highest-paid..." May 28

  • Scott Boras tells his baseball clients to stand firm against the owners: ‘Games cannot be played without you’

    New York Daily News "No players, no baseball. That was the message agent Scott Boras delivered to his clients. “Remember, games cannot be played without you," Boras, who represents 71 players on current big-league rosters, wrote in an email to his clients which was obtained by the Associated..." May 28

  • The 2008 Top 10: Four Teams Passed On Potential Hall Of Famer

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twelve years after the 2008 amateur draft, one top 10 pick ranks far above the rest… 1.) Tim Beckham, SS, Rays: Taking Beckham at No. 1 has long looked like one of the most regrettable moves in Rays history. Beckham was only a .247/.299/.421 hitter with 2.5..." May 28

  • Are talks to start the 2020 MLB season already dead?

    Distinct Athlete "The 2020 Major League Baseball season remains very much up in the air. It’s not as much about the ongoing pandemic in the United States as it is about the almighty dollar. MLB owners sent a financial proposal to the players just recently. To say the players were not too happy..." May 28

  • Current MLB, MLBPA negotiations could be a prelude to labor strife in 2021

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball and the players' union, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA), are presently negotiating the parameters of what a 2020 season will look like, should such a thing be realized.  A number of essential issues must be agreed upon before..." May 28

  • MLBPA intends to propose longer 2020 schedule, full prorated salaries

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association is preparing its rebuttal. After receiving MLB's economic proposal Tuesday, the union plans to send its response by the end of the week, sources told ESPN's Jeff Passan. Part of the union's proposal is expected..." May 28

  • Ranking current MLB managers based on their playing careers

    The Score "A stellar playing career doesn't guarantee success as a manager. Consider Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Fame second baseman who finished 40 games below .500 in less than three seasons leading the Phillies. Hall of Fame skipper Joe McCarthy, meanwhile, won 2,125 games and nine pennants as a..." May 28

  • How three MLB players fixed their defensive issues

    CBS Sports "Thanks to Statcast and other player tracking systems, we better understand defense now more than at any other point in baseball history. That doesn't mean we know everything, of course. Competing defensive metrics can tell us different things about the same player, and the eye test still..." May 28

  • Is MLB's proposal the first step to playing ball in 2020?

    ESPN "Even after a quarter century of labor peace, baseball remains the sport most like the story about the scorpion and the frog. All the years of distrust, of relations frayed and aspersions cast and motives questioned, of the very things that make the relationship between Major League Baseball and..." May 27

  • Good, Bad and Strange Ideas for MLB to Experiment with During Fanless Games

    Bleacher Report "Assuming we have a 2020 MLB season, it will be different in a host of ways. The most striking is likely to be the absence of fans at games and the sight of players plying their trade in largely empty stadiums. While the biggest hurdles to playing ball are about safety and..." May 27

  • MLBPA Expected To Counter League’s Economic Proposal In The Coming Days

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball presented its long-awaited economic plan to the Players Association yesterday, and the union’s reaction was predictable: extreme disappointment. As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan and Jesse Rogers, the sliding scale proposed to players would see..." May 27

  • MLB Players Still Hold All the Power Because the Owners Stand to Lose a Lot More Money With No Season

    12 Up "Baseball fans were likely left feeling discouraged following Tuesday's meeting between owners and players, which concluded with another cheap offer from the former. However, there's hope to be had in the fact that owners stand to lose A LOT more money -- close to $4 billion, to be..." May 27

  • Former Braves catcher Biff Pocoroba dies at 66

    ESPN "Former Atlanta Braves catcher Biff Pocoroba, an All-Star selection in 1978, has died at the age of 66, the team announced Wednesday. No cause of death has been announced. " May 27

  • 'I’m Still Gonna Spit': MLB Players Face A New Reality

    SI "Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon read through MLB’s proposed health and safety regulations last week and immediately began planning a trip to the hardware store. In an attempt to prevent the spread of the virus, the league’s 67-page memo, which players..." May 27