Hello folks! Sadly, baseball appears no closer to returning after yesterday, in which both MLB and MLBPA voiced their disdain over the other side’s demands. Hopefully we see some movement soon. Here’s what all you need to know today.
In Mariners news...
- This is great news.
Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto has sent a letter to minor league players in the system saying the organization would continue to pay them through the remainder of the 2020 season.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 28, 2020
- Corey Brock at The Athletic talked about M’s prospect Austin Shenton’s workout regimen, which went viral. ($)
- A very sad day for so many. I’m sure we’ll know exactly who in due time.
But like many teams have done as well, Seattle also released a large group of minor league players today. No exact number was given, but likely more than 30 players.— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 28, 2020
Around the league...
- Max Scherzer joined the league of players speaking out against MLB’s latest proposal for the resumption of baseball. But as someone who holds a position of leadership among the Players’ Association, Scherzer’s comment is given a lot more weight.
- It’s not necessarily a counter offer, but negotiations will continue.
The Major League Baseball Players Association plans to send a proposal with economic terms to MLB by the end of the week, sources familiar with the discussion told ESPN. As @Max_Scherzer tweeted, the players do not plan to make any salary concessions.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 28, 2020
- I remember the days when Gio Gonzalez was a discount ace in the sport.
I played the What If game with the career of Gio González, who is on his third stint with the White Sox, but has yet to throw a pitch for them in a big league game https://t.co/OBHgRqFl8Y— James Fegan (@JRFegan) May 27, 2020
- Again, this is going to get really ugly in legal terms.
Players around the league have mentioned trying to find ways to qualify for unemployment assistance. Technically speaking, minor leaguers are still under contract and thus “employed,” regardless of some not being paid beyond May making them ineligible for unemployment.— emilycwaldon (@EmilyCWaldon) May 27, 2020
- If you’re ready for a heavy, but extremely well-written story, check out John Barr, Mike Farrell, and Brian Rivera’s article on ESPN about Roy Halladay and addiction.
- I also wonder if the universal DH is a done deal in baseball permanently.
While MLB and players are eons apart on $, one piece of good news is there seems to be general agreement on universal DH for 2020. Appears to be a fait accompli. MLB seeks to decrease injury risk of pitchers hitting, esp w/extra interleague games coming with a geographic schedule— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 27, 2020