According to reporting by USA Today’s Bob Nightengale yesterday, MLBPA members balked at MLB’s economic proposal for a potential 2020 season, which they said was, “extremely disappointing,” when they received it on Tuesday. The plan, his sources told Nightengale, would pay major leaguers, “a percentage of their prorated salaries,” if they play baseball this year, with the highest paid players taking the bigger salary cuts:
“The veterans earning the highest salaries would be taking the biggest cuts — as much as 50% from their prorated salaries — while the younger players earning the least amount of money would receive most of their guaranteed prorated salaries. The proposal also includes a scale that would pay players a percentage of their salary at different intervals of the season, through the postseason. It also includes a larger share of postseason money to the players.”
MLBPA members, of course, believe that the agreement with MLB and owners in March guaranteed, as ESPN.com’s Jeff Passan noted, “a full prorated share of their salaries” in a potential 2020 campaign, though Major League Baseball believes that the original deal called for a renegotiation, “if games start without fans in the stands, which they would in early July with a deal.”
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MLBPA 'disappointed' with Major League Baseball's economic proposal for 2020 season, as players speak out. https://t.co/ehr1Z2mDLJ— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) May 27, 2020
Nationals will not lay off full-time business or baseball employees amid coronavirus pandemic - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Washington Nationals decided to use 'partial furloughs' to keep their baseball and business employees at work through the end of their contracts or the calendar year."
MLB return: Things like cold tubs could become hot topic in baseball’s negotiations - (NBC Sports Washington)
"It seems a bit silly in real life. However, these mechanisms, these routines, work as placebos and functional relief for people forced to do something every day."
Potential salary cuts in MLB plan, sources tell @JesseRogersESPN and me:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 26, 2020
Tripp Keister on high Single-A talent - (MASN)
"Single-A Fredericksburg Nationals manager Tripp Keister expects to see more of Canning this season in the Carolina League."
Gerardo Parra 'overwhelmed' by 'Baby Shark' tribute on Nationals World Series ring - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Parra saw the design and posted a heartfelt message on Instagram thanking the organization for honoring him."
Nationals fans get extra gift with World Series ring unveiling - (Washington Times)
"There was a championship moment Sunday night for the Washington Nationals and their fans, a reminder of the gift of the franchise’s 2019 World Series championship, the gift that keeps on giving."
State of the Nats roster: Bullpen - (MASN)
"Team officials are always going to speak optimistically about their roster during spring training. If you can’t be positive in February and March, what hope do you have?"
The MLBPA is very disappointed with MLB’s economic proposal today, source tells me and @Ken_Rosenthal, calling additional cuts proposed “massive." League offered to share more playoff revenue, but on balance, those dollars are small compared to what players give up, PA believes.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 26, 2020
Washington Nationals 2019 World Series rings have a spelling error - (Insider)
"This past season, Washington's team motto — which was coined by manager Dave Martinez — was 'Go 1-0 every day' to signify that the Nationals were simply focused on each game ahead of them."
The best-pitched game of the 21st century: Max Scherzer’s no-hitter vs Mets – (The SIS Blog)
"The best-pitched game of the 21st century falls within our game-tracking window – Max Scherzer’s 17-strikeout, no-walk no-hitter for the Nationals against the Mets on October 3, 2015."
MLB players face spitting ban to stop COVID spread - (Sports Illustrated)
"Nationals reliever Daniel Hudson preemptively mourns the first time he saves a game and he and the catcher begin to run toward one another before remembering."
A Standout's Unusual Path To D.C. - (MLB Trade Rumors)
"Since he made his major league debut in 2015, Trea Turner has established himself as one of the reigning World Series champion Nationals’ most valuable players."
Clarity of what's going on with full-time Nationals employees on the baseball and business-side: Everyone has taken a "partial furlough," meaning a reduction in hours and pay for the remainder of their contracts this year. Explained further ...— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) May 26, 2020
Former Nationals Star Jayson Werth Selling Massive Virginia Estate for $7M - (The Register Citizen)
"Former MLB All-Star Jayson Werth is selling his massive estate in McLean, VA, for $7 million."
Let’s play ball, Nationals — in 2021 - (WaPost)
"If the 2020 season begins, there likely will be constant bickering and reporting of disputes on the topic of player safety and behavior — on and off the field. The baseball played will be overshadowed by the disputes. By the 2021 season, we could well have a vaccine and be back at the game."
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