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.

 

MLB Owners Present New Salary Plan to Players Union

Tuesday marked the day of another step forward in the realization of an abbreviated 2020 Major League Baseball season.

Seemingly, financial compensation is the only thing holding up the actualization of when players will eventually take the field.

Last week, several governors of the country’s largest states showed willingness to host professional sports within their municipalities, as most states are finally backing off on stay at home requirements. A 67-page health and safety plan drafted by the MLB has still yet to be approved by the players union, although many pundits feel it is not much more than a formality.

On Tuesday, the owners approved a proposal that will be sent to the union for consideration, according to reports. Although the original intent of the owners was to put a 50/50 revenue sharing plan in place—which was indirectly rejected by the union several weeks ago—the owners now are believed to have asked the players to sign off on a “sliding scale of compensation” that would trim the salaries of the players.

Apparently, the players who make the most money will be the most affected.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports was among the first to share the news of the proposal. Jon Heyman of MLB Network indicated not long after that representatives from the owners and the union were set to meet later on Tuesday to discuss the new plan.

Nightengale evidently based his report on information from three people with knowledge of the proposal who preferred to remain anonymous.

Per Nightengale’s report, “the proposal includes a sliding scale of compensation, guaranteeing players a percentage of their salary during different intervals of the season, while also including a larger share of postseason money. The players earning the highest salaries would be taking the biggest cuts, while those earning the least amount of money would receive most of their guaranteed salaries, with the union determining the exact percentage splits.”

If both sides agree on this new proposal, the deal would result in the players taking an additional pay cut based on no fans in attendance for an 82-game season, after already agreeing to be paid on a pro-rated basis that reduces their pay by almost 50%.

It is widely believed that an agreement will eventually happen, but it is speculated that there will indeed be some type of pushback from the union, creating the need for further negotiations.

Nightengale stated that while there’s no “hard deadline” for the negotiations to be resolved, the two sides would likely need to reach an agreement within the next week or so if the season can begin during the first week of July.

 

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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State Governors Signal Approvals for Live Sporting Events

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Just like we said in Sunday’s column, “outlooks on the COVID-19 pandemic sometimes change daily, causing bursts of optimism one day and spurts of pessimism the next.”

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Too Many Uncertainties Still Linger Around a Potential 2020 MLB Season

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For what has felt like months now, we have seemingly been hearing an entirely new proposal almost every week about how the 2020 Major League Baseball season may ultimately be structured.

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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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Safety Issues Aside, Players and Owners Still Have Differences About 2020 Season

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For a quick moment on Monday, there appeared to be some progress towards making the 2020 Major League Baseball season a reality.

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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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Rob Manfred Still Hopeful for Baseball in 2020

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While the chances of an actual baseball season seem to be grim with each passing day, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred still remains optimistic that some type of campaign will be orchestrated this year.

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