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Saturday, May 23, 2020

MLB, players’ union are working to salvage season, and the next two weeks are critical

“ A two-tiered negotiation unlike any in the roughly 150-year history of Major League Baseball or the 54-year history of the MLB Players Association proceeds this weekend on parallel tracks, with nothing less than the fate of the 2020 season at stake. The issues: how to play baseball during a global pandemic and how to divvy up a shrinking pile of money.
Both carry immense challenges — in the case of the former, how to maintain the spirit of the game and some semblance of personal freedoms while keeping everyone healthy; in the case of the latter, how to overcome deep philosophical differences and distrust built up over half a century of contentious coexistence.
And time is running out.
On the other side of Memorial Day, baseball will reach what should been the two-month mark of a six-month, 162-game regular season. Instead, amid the novel coronavirus crisis, it is working desperately to launch a condensed, fan-less, 82-game season that would start around July 4, preceded by a roughly three-week “spring training 2.0” beginning in mid-June. . . .

That leaves the first week of June as the rough deadline for when an agreement must be reached between MLB and the players’ union. And it makes the coming week a pivotal one if there is to be baseball in 2020.“

majorflaw Posted: May 23, 2020 at 07:30 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mayor Blomberg Posted: May 23, 2020 at 12:25 PM (#5953113)
Asked how confident he was that the sides would reach agreement on the health and safety protocols, Suter said: “If you’d have asked me that at this time last week, I would have said I’m a ‘definitely.’ But now I’m a ‘maybe.’ ”
   2. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: May 26, 2020 at 01:35 PM (#5953577)
A two-tiered negotiation unlike any in the roughly 150-year history of Major League Baseball or the 54-year history of the MLB Players Association proceeds this weekend on parallel tracks


Reminds me of this...
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: May 26, 2020 at 01:43 PM (#5953580)
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts was just on CNBC.

mostly yada yada yada, but when asked other leagues picking one or few sites for all games, he said, "We want to play in our own ballparks."

only one owner, but that's the one thing he was emphatic about.
   4. Greg Pope Posted: May 26, 2020 at 03:13 PM (#5953613)
Cubs owner Tom Ricketts was just on CNBC..."We want to play in our own ballparks."

They're talking about Northeast Illinois moving to Phase 3 at the end of May. I don't know when Phase 4 would start, but I don't think you could pull off a baseball game under Phase 4.

I don't see the state allowing the team to play in Wrigley. Of course, they're not truly enforcing any of the restrictions.
   5. Stevey Posted: May 26, 2020 at 11:35 PM (#5953731)
only one owner, but that's the one thing he was emphatic about.


Ricketts owns a non-trivial amount of property around Wrigleyville. Of course he doesnt want to play games in Arizona.

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