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  • 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

  • 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

  • Jason Kipnis Tweet About Reaction to Cubs Chant 4 Years After World Series Loss is Everything

    12 Up "Jason Kipnis, a native of Northbrook, joined his hometown team when he signed a deal with the Chicago Cubs after almost a decade of success with the Cleveland Indians. Kipnis might be wearing Cubbie blue, but he bleeds Indians navy, as evidenced by the fact that he still cringes..." 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

  • '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

  • 5 MLB Players Who Would Be Most Screwed by Owners' Salary Cut Model

    12 Up "The return of Major League Baseball was supposed to be a given a few weeks back, once players fel safe enough to return. But here we are at the end of May, and it appears quite possible we won't get baseball until 2021, and that's mostly due to the financial battle between the owners..." May 27

  • How might expanded MLB playoffs look in 2020? 14-team format in 82-game season shows anything is possible

    CBS Sports "So the 2020 MLB season -- whatever it looks like and whenever it gets here -- is almost certainly going to entail an expanded playoffs. It could go a little something like this, based on an idea MLB wants to implement in the coming years:   Seven teams from..." May 27

  • Key takeaways from MLB's initial economic proposal to restart 2020 season

    ESPN "Team owners in Major League Baseball have reportedly made their long-anticipated initial proposal to the MLB Players Association about what the players could make during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season. Working from what details have come out from sources, we look at the key..." May 26

  • Owners Proposed Pay Cuts for Top MLB Players Are Downright Ludicrous

    12 Up "MLB fans have been hanging on every single update that has come out about the owners and the players exchanging plans to play a 2020 season. First came prorated salaries, followed by a proposed revenue split, and the results were players not being happy. The top..." May 26

  • MLBPA very disappointed with MLB's economic proposal

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association is very disappointed with the league's economic proposal, which was sent to them Tuesday, a source told Evan Drellich and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The proposed cuts to player earnings were described as "massive,"..." May 26

  • MLB’s latest proposal could drive wedge in MLBPA constituency

    Hardball Talk "Earlier, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported that MLB ownership including a “sliding scale” salary structure in its proposal to the MLB Players Association as the two sides hash out details in an attempt to salvage a 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. The..." May 26

  • Here Is League’s ‘Goal’ Date To Resume Spring Training

    NESN "Major League Baseball’s 2020 season could be right around the corner… or, is it? Though league executives and players have been at odds about how exactly to being the season, sources tell MLB Network’s Jon Heyman the league’s goal is to begin spring training..." May 26

  • Will There Be A Major League Baseball Season?

    MLB Trade Rumors "Go back to, say, Feb. 26, and a question like the one offered in this poll would have seemed unfathomable. Spring training was in full swing at that point, and there was no sign that a normal regular season wouldn’t happen. Now, because of multiple depressing realities, we’ll get a..." May 26

  • MLB Presenting Economic Plan To MLBPA Today

    USA Today "Major League Baseball owners approved a plan Tuesday that will be sent to the Major League Baseball Players Association in the afternoon, formally opening negotiations on the key economic issues for the season to start by the weekend of July 4. The plan, three persons with..." May 26

  • Should MLB allow trades during 2020 season?

    CBS Sports "For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic forced Major League Baseball to shut its doors two months ago, there appears to be momentum toward launching the 2020 baseball season. MLB and the MLBPA are currently working through several shutdown-related issues, chief among them..." May 26

  • The Indians Continue To Benefit From The Bartolo Colon Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yesterday was Bartolo Colon’s 47th birthday, and I think I join just about every baseball fan in hoping that “Big Sexy” can fulfill his goal of making it back to the majors for one more go-around.  While that extra year would be a nice bonus, Colon has..." May 25

  • Manny Ramirez once called for time with 1 hand ... & hit a HR

    MLB.com "Manny Ramirez was already a superstar by high school. Scouts wrote that the Washington Heights senior had "big-time power" with the ability to hit 400-500 home runs (He'd end up hitting 555). He batted .650 with 14 dingers in just 22 games his final year. His swing was..." May 25

  • Revisiting Forgotten MLB Trade Rumors from the Last 10 Years

    Bleacher Report "While much of MLB's history has been shaped by trades that did happen, we shouldn't underestimate the influence of trades that didn't happen. Heck, there are 10 examples we can think of just from the 2010s alone. This involved digging up trade rumors..." May 25

  • MLB players may be open to deferring 2020 salary payments

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2020 Major League Baseball season remains in serious jeopardy as owners and players try to work out a pay structure, but the players may be open to making one concession that they did not agree to back in March. MLB is set to present players with a new economic proposal this week,..." May 25

  • Vin Scully: MLB return would be 1st sign 'we're on the comeback trail'

    SI "Vin Scully has seen baseball play through World War II under orders from President Roosevelt to serve as a salve for an anxious country. He has seen it return from divisive labor stoppages, including one that wiped out the World Series. He has seen it return from the terrorist attacks of 9/11..." May 25

  • MLB's first Memorial Day without games in 140 years ends history-filled streak of holiday baseball

    CBS Sports "On May 30, 1871, the Boston Red Stockings featuring the Wright brothers, Harry and George, and Al Spalding outlasted 19-year-old Cap Anson and the Rockford Forest Citys by a score of 11-10. That was the lone game on the docket for the fledgling National Association, which would disband after..." May 25

  • June 1 remains a pivotal date in MLB negotiations

    Yardbarker "As talks continue about the possibility of the 2020 season getting underway, “the greatest differences between the players and owners, for now, remain economic,” Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic write (subscription required) in their latest update on the..." May 25

  • MLB, players prepared to move in negotiations with 2020 season on the line

    NBC Sports Chicago "Will there be baseball in 2020? Behind the scenes, both Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are prepared to amend, if slightly, their previously reported stances in their ongoing financial dispute in an effort to come together and open the door..." May 25

  • Pitching staffs facing the most risk in return to play

    Boston Globe "Questions about COVID-19 safety protocols are the most significant but not the sole health concerns that baseball will confront in a potential 2020 season. As an orthopedist who regularly repairs shredded elbows and who serves as the head physician of the Yankees, Chris..." May 25

  • Eric Byrnes Blasts MLB's Public CBA Feud

    TMZ ""I don't give two sh*ts about your collective bargaining agreement and neither does anybody else right now!" That's former MLB star Eric Byrnes going IN on players and owners for their roles in a nasty, public CBA feud ... telling TMZ Sports he..." May 25

  • Chipper Jones Rips Millionare MLB Players 'B****ing' While People Are Out Of Work

    Total Pro Sports "Chipper Jones is losing hope that Major League Baseball will have a 2020 season due to the growing divide between team owners and players. The Atlanta Braves legend then called out everybody involved for their complaints while regular folks are out of work and facing real..." May 24