MLB and the MLBPA talked yesterday, but most reports on the day the owners presented a plan for the start of the 2020 season simply noted that the two sides had met and talked a while, noting after it ended that, “... MLB did not make an economic proposal. Discussions expected to continue,” as The Athletic’s Evan Drellich wrote on Twitter.
Apparently the main focus on the first days will be health concerns. So yeah, we’ll have to wait a while longer to see if this ends up with a season or turns into something else...
For now, go read your Nationals links...
MLB's return: Proposed universal DH would greatly benefit Nationals - (NBC Sports Washington)
"They have a glut of players -- led by Howie Kendrick -- who could catch at-bats as a designated hitter."
The greatest home runs in Harrisburg Senators modern history: Nos. 35 to 31 - (Mayflies & Big Flies)
"Welcome to the second in a series of posts ranking the greatest home runs in Harrisburg Senators modern history..."
.@Ken_Rosenthal talks about the MLB's proposal to players— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) May 12, 2020
"In some respects the financial question is tied to health in that the players believe, rightly so, that they're the ones taking the risk." pic.twitter.com/rjLuA18L7m
Nationals' Top 5 right fielders: Camerato's take - (MLB.com)
"Looking at [Vladimir] Guerrero’s 988 appearances as a right fielder, he is the franchise’s headliner across statistical leaderboards."
Can owners, players agree on parameters of 2020 season? - (MASN)
"The only thing the league needs now is approval of the players, and ... oh wait, that’s not nearly as simple as it sounds."
Adam Eaton says 'it'll take more time than we think' for players to get ready for the 2020 MLB season - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton believes that it may take longer than many expect for players to get back into playing shape."
Nationals announce long-awaited ticket refund policy for delayed season - (WaPost)
"The Washington Nationals on Tuesday became the last Major League Baseball team to release details of its ticket refund policy for games affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic."
Nationals announce ticket policy for games affected by coronavirus - (Washington Times)
"The Washington Nationals announced a new ticket policy Tuesday for games affected by the coronavirus, introducing options for refunds and a credit program that would apply to future events."
The 9 greatest games in fantasy baseball history - (ESPN)
"Scherzer's no-hitter on the final weekend of the 2015 campaign, days after his team had been eliminated from postseason contention, probably carried a few of his fantasy teams to league championships."
This week will get ugly for baseball -- and it'll be easy to get pessimistic. Don't. As MLB and the union meet this afternoon, both sides have too much to lose to allow money to blow up the sport's return.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 12, 2020
20 Questions on MLB's return-to-play proposal: https://t.co/TB9DsR8i9J
The Nats' Amazing Run Of First Round Draft Picks - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"Let’s consider the organization’s entire stretch of selections between 2009 and 2012. By that point, the team was enjoying enough success on the field that it punted its ensuing first-rounder through the qualifying offer system."
Like it or not, National League designated hitters limber up - (Yahoo!Sports)
"In a most remarkable October full of huge momentum swings, the pivotal blow that decided last year's World Series was delivered by, yep, the NL DH."
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These Phillies have most to gain (or lose) from shortened 2020 season - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Didi Gregorius sat between Joe Girardi and Zack Wheeler and explained why a top-10 shortstop would finally reach free agency and be willing to sign a one-year contract."
Mets' Robinson Cano busy working out, giving back in Dominican Republic - (NY Post)
"Robinson Cano is checking his phone regularly for a message telling him to return to spring training."
Former Miami Marlins manager Jack McKeon waits out coronavirus - (Miami Herald)
"Jack McKeon, the irascible but lovable manager who guided the Marlins to their 2003 World Series championship after taking over that May, will turn 90 on Nov. 23."
Braves' Top 5 right fielders: Bowman's take - (MLB.com)
"1. Hank Aaron, 1954-74 - Key Fact: Aaron’s 136.3 fWAR (FanGraphs’ WAR Model) ranks fifth among all outfielders in MLB history. The only outfielders with a higher fWAR are Babe Ruth (168.4), Barry Bonds (164.4), Willie Mays (149.9) and Ty Cobb (149.3)."