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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian says “I don’t like any of the new rules” in MLB’s unusual 2020 season

Kurkjian says that he doesn’t like any of MLB’s new rules but concedes that they’re necessary during what he calls “the world’s strangest season.”

NattyBoh Posted: August 26, 2020 at 02:26 PM | 49 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, rule changes, tim kurkjian

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Cardinals’ coronavirus outbreak grows with four more positives, further imperiling MLB season

Major League Baseball’s hopes of salvaging its 2020 season amid a pandemic took another ominous turn Saturday, when the St. Louis Cardinals received word of additional positive tests for coronavirus, requiring the postponement of a second Cardinals-Brewers game in Milwaukee and deepening the level of pessimism around the sport that the season can go on.
The Cardinals, who reported two positive tests Friday, reportedly saw another four positives on Saturday, one of which was a player. For the second straight day, that night’s Cardinals-Brewers game was called off — the 16th game of this MLB season to be postponed — though at this point, a scheduled doubleheader for Sunday is still on.
The Cardinals’ outbreak is one of two that have arisen in the past week, casting doubt on the sport’s ability to contain the virus and safely navigate a 60-game regular season. The Miami Marlins have seen 18 players and two coaches test positive in the past week, putting their season on hiatus until at least Monday. News of the Cardinals’ latest positive tests was first reported Saturday by former big league third baseman Trevor Plouffe, who is now the co-host of a podcast.
Both outbreaks occurred during road trips, with the Cardinals’ believed to have originated in Minneapolis, where they played against the Minnesota Twins before continuing on to Milwaukee. The Cardinals are likely to remain in self-isolation at their Milwaukee hotel, where they are undergoing daily coronavirus testing and contact tracing.

majorflaw Posted: August 02, 2020 at 07:55 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, cardinals

Monday, July 06, 2020

Nats’ Ryan Zimmerman, Joe Ross among first MLB players to opt out of 2020 season

“Veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and starting pitcher Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals were among the first major leaguers to opt out of the 2020 season because of concerns about the novel coronavirus — although with players due to begin reporting for mandatory virus testing this week ahead of Friday’s opening of “summer camps,” they almost certainly will not be the last. . . .

““After a great deal of thought and given my family circumstances — three young children, including a newborn, and a mother at high risk — I have decided not to participate in the 2020 season,” Zimmerman, 35, said in a statement Monday. “… I cannot speak for anyone else, but given the unusual nature of the season, this is the best decision for my family, and I truly appreciate the [Nationals’] understanding and support.” . . .

“Zimmerman’s $2 million salary for 2020 was due to be prorated to $740,740 for the 60-game season under the terms of the March agreement between MLB and the players’ union over salaries.“

majorflaw Posted: July 06, 2020 at 06:23 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

Monday, June 29, 2020

Inside MLB’s 2020 season plan to play through a pandemic—and where it could go wrong

While the processes in place to handle individual positive cases are dutiful and will be reinforced with even more specificity by each team, the language regarding the actions the sport would take with a deluge of cases is general and vague.
...
The general wording offers Manfred a wide berth—which makes sense because as commissioner he already wields the best-interests-of-baseball clause. The players, skeptical after months of negotiations had turned ugly, were reticent about rubber-stamping Manfred’s unilateral ability to cancel a season when doing so would immediately end their ability to get paid.

Mayor Blomberg Posted: June 29, 2020 at 09:34 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, covid-19,

Sunday, June 21, 2020

MLB’s latest move, Phillies’ coronavirus outbreak leave 2020 season on the brink

“On what might have been the bleakest day of an exceedingly bleak spring for Major League Baseball, the owners effectively halted negotiations with the players’ union over the economic terms of the 2020 season — and that didn’t even constitute the worst news on a day that also saw the novel coronavirus pandemic assert its ultimate dominion over the entire endeavor.
While the afternoon hours Friday were consumed with the sobering news that five players and three staff members of the Philadelphia Phillies at the team’s spring training headquarters in Clearwater, Fla., had tested positive for the coronavirus — leading to the closing of the team’s facilities and an expansion of testing and contact tracing for other personnel on site — the evening brought a statement from the union that signaled the endgame had arrived for the bitter, months-long negotiation over the 2020 schedule.
What we’re left with: The last resort for MLB to salvage a 2020 season would be to impose a 50-game, late-summer mini-season and hope even that can be pulled off amid a worsening public-health crisis that already has shown up across big league organizations.”

majorflaw Posted: June 21, 2020 at 12:22 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Don’t let MLB owners cry poor. They can afford to do what’s right for baseball.

“ It’s time for a basic lesson in baseball arithmetic and the incredible, shameless greed of major league owners. The bosses are — again — on the verge of bashing their sport to maximize their profits in an industry that pours vast increases in wealth on them each year as they whine.
The difference between Major League Baseball’s last rejected offer to its players for a return to play and the cost in salaries to have a reasonable 81-game season at full pay per game is about $600 million, or about $20 million per team.
MLB acts as if absorbing such a cost — for the sake of the game, for the sake of fans and (as we’ll see) out of basic fairness — is a pandemic-induced, sport-threatening catastrophe that must be avoided.
That’s a lie. A huge, mind-boggling lie.
Here’s why: The average MLB team has increased in value by more than $1 billion in just the past six years, from $811 million to $1.852 billion. That’s according to Statista 2020, but all estimates are similar.
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What the devil is $20 million per team when the average team has been increasing in value by $173.5 million per year?”

majorflaw Posted: June 16, 2020 at 12:04 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

MLB union cuts off talks as hopes for an agreement reach an apparent end

“ A long, contentious negotiation between Major League Baseball and its players’ union over the economic terms of the 2020 season — marked by media leaks, recriminations and progress that was incremental at best — reached its apparent and inevitable endgame Saturday. With no deal, it appears the sport is headed toward a late-summer mini-season of around 50 games, assuming the novel coronavirus pandemic permits even that.
In a statement Saturday night, MLB Players Association executive director Tony Clark indicated the players were rejecting the proposal MLB made Friday for a 72-game season, for which players would have been guaranteed 70 percent of their prorated salaries, and would make no counterproposal. In fact, Clark said, the players were done negotiating — period.
“Further dialogue with the league would be futile,” Clark said in the statement. “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.””

majorflaw Posted: June 16, 2020 at 12:04 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Arizona Sports: D-backs owner Ken Kendrick: MLB has it wrong on revenue sharing

“Why is it that we are the only sport that doesn’t have revenue sharing? All of the other major sports have revenue sharing….....What would be happening right now — think about it — if this situation would have evolved and we had been in a revenue-sharing model? We would be acting as partners to get back together and get back on the field. The very lack of a revenue-sharing model puts us in an adversarial position when we really ought to be partners and advancing the game and building the revenues because all would win in those circumstances…...Our (players) union leadership takes the position that’s a non-starter,” Kendrick added. “We wouldn’t even be in a discussion right now if we had revenue sharing. It’s sad.”

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Jack Sommers Posted: June 10, 2020 at 10:18 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, cba, mlb, mlbpa, revenue sharing

Friday, June 05, 2020

MLB formally rejects union proposal, leaving 2020 season in doubt

“ Major League Baseball on Wednesday formally rejected the proposal of its players’ union for a 114-game regular season in 2020 and has no plans to offer a counterproposal, leaving the sport in a tenuous position as it attempts to salvage a season amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. . . .
The apparent deadlock over the past couple of days has left the sport’s chances of getting on the field this year at their bleakest. Baseball hoped to have an agreement this week, reopen spring training camps in mid-June and celebrate Opening Day around July 4. Although the deadline could be pushed to next week, the lack of momentum toward a deal is at least as daunting an enemy as the calendar. . . .
From a practical standpoint, the union as a whole, not to mention individual players, would have to decide it is worth their while to play in 2020, with all the attendant health risks, for what amounts to less than a third of their normal pay. Would a $30 million pitcher risk his health — both in regards to the coronavirus and the toll on his arm from a sped-up spring training — to make roughly 10 starts? Would a player making the major league minimum want to risk his future free agency?
Even as other major American sports leagues take significant steps toward starting or restarting their seasons, baseball seems no closer to taking the field than it did March 26, which was to have been its original Opening Day. And in some ways, it seems even further away.“

majorflaw Posted: June 05, 2020 at 12:20 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Nationals’ Max Scherzer signals union’s rejection of MLB’s proposed salary cuts

“ The Major League Baseball Players Association plans to reject the league’s proposed salary cuts — and will suggest a longer regular season — when it makes a counterproposal, as the sport reaches a critical juncture in its efforts to start the 2020 season amid a global pandemic.
In a social media post late Wednesday night, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer, a member of the union’s executive subcommittee, wrote that players had “no reason to engage with MLB” over pay cuts, and challenged the league to open its books if it wants to justify that proposal.
“There’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received,” Scherzer wrote. “I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.
Scherzer’s post came after two players meetings, the first with the eight-member executive subcommittee and the second with a larger group of about 150 players. A source familiar with the union’s position said Scherzer accurately portrayed the players’ sentiment.“

majorflaw Posted: May 30, 2020 at 09:38 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season

Monday, May 11, 2020

JMLB 2020 season threatened by compensation, DH rule possible

Joel Sherman’s take.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:28 AM | 64 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, mlbpa

Bowden: How each National League team would fare with a universal DH for 2020 – The Athletic

Team by team looks, starting with the D’Backs.

Arizona Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks have good competition at first base with Christian Walker coming off his best year after slashing .259/.348/.476 with 29 home runs and 73 RBIs that led to a 3.0 WAR and 111 OPS+. Jake Lamb is finally healthy and the left-handed hitter is looking to get back to his 2016-17 form where he averaged 29.5 home runs and 98 runs batted in. However, add the DH rule and suddenly both players have spots in the D-Backs’ lineup and the lineup gets lengthened instantly with better left-right hitting balance.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:26 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, pay site

Will issue of players’ salaries cancel MLB season? | Newsday

As for the debate over a revised salary structure, the genesis of that can be found in the March 26 agreement struck between MLB and the Players Association, which granted a full year’s credit of service time — even if the season is canceled — and a $170 million advance on salaries through the end of May. The latter was critical because of the fact that players’ contracts were suspended once President Trump declared a national emergency.

The agreement also called for players to be paid on a prorated basis depending on the number of games played once the season did resume. Given that MLB’s current proposal calls for roughly 81 games, for example, that would mean a player signed to a $10 million deal for this season would earn $5 million.

At issue, however, is the accompanying clause that states: “The office of the commissioner and players association will discuss in good faith the economic feasibility of playing games in the absence of spectators or at appropriate substitute neutral sites.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 11, 2020 at 09:24 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: 2020 season, mlbpa

 

 

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