Players Work Out at Dodger Stadium, David Price Donates to Minor Leaguers

After another week when it seemed promising that Major League Basbeall owners and players association would finally work all their issues out, we still are not any closer to knowing if baseball will actually happens this season.

If the league were to resume somewhere around the Fourth of July, the clock is nearing midnight for baseball to get its act together. June is starting on Monday, and teams will need at least two if not three weeks of a second spring training to be ready to play again. Maybe, finally forced up against a hard deadline, they will make their decision one way or another.

States are starting to open up, and some players have started working out together at Dodger Stadium. Chris Taylor was on “Live from the Sunset Strip”, a live Instagram show with pitcher Ross Stripling, and talked about who had been taking advantage of being close to Dodger Stadium while quarantining.

“I’m good. I mean, I guess as good as I can be. We can finally get into the stadium the last couple weeks, so that’s been good. … It’s been me, Seager, Barnes, J.T., DJ (Peters), Kenley, Woody and Scotty. They basically let two to three guys come in at a time and we get like two hours.”

Enrique Hernandez, Cody Bellinger, and Julio Urías have been working out at Camelback Ranch. Urias, Alex Wood, Scott Alexander, and Kenley Jansen have all taken advantage of being able to pitch off the mound ahead of a possible start to the season.

In other news, hundreds of minor league players were released from their teams, and hundreds more will be released in the coming week. While there are always players released in this way, this is especially devastating to players who will not be able to realize their dream of playing in the big leagues. There will most likely not be any minor league games this season with the pandemic wreaking havoc on the league. Major league rosters will be expanded if there is baseball, adding to the difficulty of fielding minor league teams.

There is no word of which Dodger minor leaguers were released, if any. The Dodgers organization has pledged to continue to pay their minor leaguers through the end of June. Each will be given a weekly stipend of $400.

In an incredible act of generosity, pitcher David Price is going to donate $1000 of his own money to all players within the Dodgers farm system not currently on the 40-man roster. Reportedly, Price did not want this to be publicized, but a minor leaguer leaked it. For someone who has not pitched a meaningful game yet for his new team, it just goes to show what a class act the Dodgers acquired in the trade with the Boston Red Sox that also included Mookie Betts.

 

Will MLB’s Proposed Restrictions Change the Way Baseball Is Played for Good?

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Another week and we’re not really any closer to knowing if we’re going to see Dodgers baseball this season. On Thursday, the MLBPA delivered its proposal to MLB and word came Friday that MLB will return with its concerns and any possible changes on Tuesday.

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Dodgers Opinions: Thoughts on the Owners vs. Players & Short Season Ramifications

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I had really hoped that by the time my turn to write for this fine little blog again had rolled around, there would actually be something more concrete about the season to discuss. After all, the MLB had said it was sending their proposal to the players’ union early in the week. But there hasn’t been too much chatter about that yet, except for the whole fighting over money thing.

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Latest on Resumption of Major League Baseball

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In the week since we’ve last spoken, baseball, perhaps, has inched closer to possibly having a season.

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Dodgers Opinions: Baseball in July, New Rules & Other Thoughts

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As we approach the second full month without baseball, we know that MLB is doing all it can to figure out how to have some actual baseball action this year. Some crazy ideas have been broached in respect to this, both on the location and in-game aspects.

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Dodgers Thoughts: Time Off, 2017 & When Baseball Returns

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These days, we have more time on our hands than usual. I have been spending some of it watching old Dodgers games on TV, which recently there have been quite a few. Mostly they have centered around games played on Jackie Robinson Day, with Vin Scully narrating and the Dodgers winning. Even though it’s a minor substitute for what we’re currently missing, it does somewhat scratch the baseball itch.

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Finding Positives Without Baseball

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Hello, TBPC universe. It’s been awhile since we’ve talked, Dodgers Baseball or otherwise. As we all know, nothing is the same, and nothing will ever be the same again, I’m afraid.

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Dodgers Thoughts: Missing Opening Day

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There is a sense of sadness over the world Thursday, and not just from the Coronavirus. That’s not to downplay the worldwide pandemic, because nothing at this point in time is more important or worthy of our thoughts and actions. (Stay home!)

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A Review of D.B. Firstman’s ‘Hall of Name’

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Today, in the Time Before Coronavirus, we would have been eagerly awaiting the start of baseball in just one short week! Instead, we are left to wonder just when and if we will see any live action from the Dodgers and the other 29 teams that encompass Major League Baseball.

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Dodgers News: MLB Suspends Spring Training, Delays Start of Regular Season

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In a move many fans feared might happen, today Major League Baseball announced that Spring Training has been halted, and that the start of the season has been moved back at least two weeks to April 8th while worries about the coronavirus abound.

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