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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals News - MLB has plan for 2020 season; MLBPA has ????s...; Sean Doolittle asks some good ones...

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MLB owners approved a plan for the 2020 season on Monday which they will present to the players’ union at some point today, but there are already/still questions that have to in some way be answered before anyone can start talking about starting baseball back up after they shut it down in mid-March due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

Nationals’ reliever Sean Doolittle asked a lot of the questions that players have about their own safety, and the safety of their families, and the health and safety of everyone involved in getting baseball back in our lives after the announcement of the approved plan and the intention to share it with the players.

[ed. note - “We’re just including the first few tweets here, but it’s worth your time to read the entire thread.”]:

There are also questions about the revenue-sharing ideas included in the plan MLB’s owners approved, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who wrote on Monday that the plan, “... in which player compensation would come from 50 percent of league revenue in 2020 instead of the current salary structure is a non-starter for the Major League Baseball Players Association.”

So, yeah, that could be a problem, but MLB and the MLBPA did work out a deal back in mid-March, so maybe there’s residual good will and a desire to get back to baseball that will win out when/if it’s safe to start playing games again... but seriously when it’s safe(r)...

Anyway, go read your links...

MLB News:

MLB revenue-sharing plan is a non-starter for the Players Association – (The Athletic)
"Citing the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB wants to make a major (if temporary) change to the sport’s economic system, basing salaries only for this season upon the percentage of revenues generated by the sport."

MLB to send coronavirus return proposal to union on Tuesday - (NY Post)
"MLB owners approved Monday a proposal set to be delivered to the Players Association on Tuesday that in the most optimistic scenario would begin spring training in about a month and start the season in the first week of July."

MLB has a plan to bring baseball back. Here’s what has one player concerned - (The Boston Globe)
"Doolittle pointed out some of the areas that still need to be addressed, such as the lack of a vaccine or effective anti-viral treatments, and included several links from reliable outlets to demonstrate the risks, both short-term and long-term, involved with a resumption of the season."

Sean Doolittle says health protections for players, staff are vital for MLB restart proposal - (Washington Times)
"Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle shared his reaction to the news that Major League Baseball owners will make a proposal to the players’ association Tuesday about when and how to start the 2020 season that’s been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic."

An 82-game season? A universal DH? Key takeaways from MLB's 2020 proposal - (ESPN)
"MLB owners approved a proposal that aims to have Major League Baseball back in early July, sources told ESPN. Commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly plans to present the proposal to players Tuesday."

NATS BEAT:

Looking back on Max Scherzer's 20-strikeout game, four years later - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Nothing, however, has been quite as rare and exclusive as what happened on May 11, 2016, four years ago today. That night, at Nationals Park, Max Scherzer became just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to strike out 20 batters in a single game."

Rule of 3 sparked Slowes' memorable G7 call - (MLB.com)
“'We have seen the franchise on the field at its worst. We have seen the team turn it around in 2011 and get a whole lot better,' Slowes said."

How Gerardo Parra's grand slam jolted the 2019 Nationals season - (NBC Sports Washington)
"But, when the Nationals called, he immediately said yes because he knew Davey Martinez."

Keister offers updates on pitchers Cate, Romero and Irvin - (MASN)
"I recently got the perspective of high Single-A Fredericksburg manager Tripp Keister on a few of the pitchers he saw throw during October instructional league workouts and more recently in Nationals spring training."

Mike Rizzo gives a scout’s take on Michael Jordan, baseball player - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo, a Chicago native who views Jordan as his favorite athlete, and spent his formative baseball years as a scout, saw a daunting task before Jordan. He also was impressed Jordan went for it."

'Stay in the fight' with Davey Martinez to beat COVID-19 - (MLB.com)
"Martinez teamed up with BreakingT, a sports merchandise company, to create 'Stay in the fight' face masks. All proceeds from the sales of the masks will go to the humanitarian aid organization Direct Relief."

Tales from the clubhouse: The John McLaren Era - (MASN)
"I didn’t think I was in for an easy day, but I assumed it couldn’t be any crazier than the day that had just been completed. I was wrong. June 24 made June 23 look an afterthought."

Which NL East team would benefit the most from a shortened season? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"In the Nationals’ case, their schedule would consist of games against their NL East rivals as well as the likes of the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles from the AL East."

NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

Kia Tigers' Matt Williams on managing in KBO, why he left A's - (Mercury News)
"His first shot, with the Washington Nationals, resulted in a prestigious award — and a pink slip."

As MLB works on plan to start season, here are the biggest questions the Orioles face - (Baltimore Sun)
"While local television ratings for the Orioles were up last year, according to Forbes, MASN has held fast in limiting in-market streaming for those without cable. That makes the Orioles and the Washington Nationals the only teams who fall under that prohibition for fans in local markets."

Are National League Teams Ready For Instant Introduction Of DH? - (Forbes)
"11. Nationals – After winning the 2019 NL Championship Series MVP award and hitting a tie-breaking homer in Game 7 of the World Series, Howie Kendrick hopes he’ll continue his late-career renaissance by becoming the first regular DH in the history of the Washington Nationals."

This record is now 116 years old - (MLB.com)
"On this day 116 years ago, Young gave up his first base hit in over two weeks, snapping a streak of 24 consecutive hitless innings that, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, remains unchallenged as the Major League record."

MLB revenue-sharing plan is a non-starter for the Players Association – (The Athletic)
"Citing the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, MLB wants to make a major (if temporary) change to the sport’s economic system, basing salaries only for this season upon the percentage of revenues generated by the sport."

MLB to send coronavirus return proposal to union on Tuesday - (NY Post)
"MLB owners approved Monday a proposal set to be delivered to the Players Association on Tuesday that in the most optimistic scenario would begin spring training in about a month and start the season in the first week of July."

NL EAST UPDATES:

Coronavirus Latest: Former Phillies Manager Larry Bowa Urges Fans To ‘Be Patient’ About MLB Safely Beginning Season – (CBS Philly)
"Bowa has been around baseball for a long time but he has never seen anything like this."

Jerry Stiller Sings Take Me Out to the Ball Game - (New York Mets)
"5/7/11: Comedian and Mets fan Jerry Stiller leads the Citi Field faithful in his rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game."

A look back at '08 Marlins infield's HR record - (MLB.com)
"To this day, the '08 Marlins infield of Mike Jacobs (first base), Dan Uggla (second base), Hanley Ramirez (shortstop) and Cantú (third base) remains the only unit to have each starter reach at least 25 home runs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau."

How Coronavirus Impacted Braden Shewmake's First Full Season - (Baseball America)
"Braves prospect Braden Shewmake discusses how the coronavirus pandemic altered his first full season and what steps he is taking to stay ready."