Baseball is still not there. MLB and the MLBPA’s recent positive back and forth has devolved once again and COVID-19 is still an issue.
All this talk, as many have noted in recent days, of a 2020 MLB season might not amount to anything if it ends up that it still isn’t safe, in terms of the health concerns of players, all the coaches, staff, and everyone who is needed to pull off major league games, even without a single fan in the stands. So, yeah. Enjoy your weekend, we’ll let you know if anything that is actually significant happens. Go read your links...
American sports are now thrusting themselves headlong into the recovery effort. It is not going particularly well. https://t.co/ICqDInam1C— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) June 18, 2020
With no fans at Nationals Park, could drive-in watch parties be a solution? - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The Nationals have five parking lots across Navy Yard, three of which—Lots T, U and W—would be large enough to fit a substantial number of cars."
The Nationals top moments in team history, according to play-by-play announcer Charlie Slowes - (NBC Sports Washington)
"While Slowes believes that may be the next best moment following the World Series, he couldn't stop the trip down memory lane right there."
Manfred; “We’re committed to doing whatever’s necessary to play, hopefully by agreement.” Amplifying that, word from owners seems to be that the second choice if they can’t reach agreement would be for the commissioner to implement the slightly shorter season, not to call it off.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 18, 2020
Progress in latest round of talks, but no deal quite yet - (MASN)
"Is it possible? Is it possible Rob Manfred and Tony Clark are close to a deal and the 2020 season is nearly upon us at ..."
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred's goal was to make a deal during meeting with MLBPA's Tony Clark - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Manfred believed the reason for the meeting was to get a deal done to bring baseball back right then and there, USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale and others reported on Thursday."
Does A Short-Season MLB Champ Deserve An Asterisk? - (FiveThirtyEight)
"A season so truncated — regardless of how many games end up getting played — will be deemed by some to be illegitimate."
If MLB Cancels the 2020 Season, What Happens to Baseball? - (The Ringer)
"But now, in the middle of June, it seems possible that MLB might not have a 2020 season at all."
Rob Manfred and Tony Clark can't even agree on what 'agreement' means.@TBrownYahoo on the latest breakdown in communications between MLB and the MLBPA ➡️https://t.co/eFtUPYiPgF pic.twitter.com/k1z8ADWxPd— Yahoo Sports MLB (@MLByahoosports) June 19, 2020
Report: Brian Klein signs with the Washington Nationals - (KLBK)
"Texas Tech senior infielder Brian Klein will sign as an undrafted free agent with the Washington Nationals, according to Kendall Rogers of D1 Baseball."
Bacus prepared, ready for baseball's return - (qconline.com)
"Whenever the first pitch of the major-league baseball season is thrown, Dakota Bacus expects to be ready to take the mound."
NL EAST UPDATES:
Several key Phillies won't have time to start as slowly as they did in 2019 - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"Last season, Aaron Nola had a 4.63 ERA through 13 starts. It wasn't until his 16th start that he went on an extended stretch of excellence, posting a 3.19 ERA the rest of the way."
Mets' Pete Alonso part of sports' growing vulgarity problem - (NY Post)
"The Mets and MLB seem to have no problem with the team’s traditional marketing slogan, 'Let’s go Mets!' having added a vulgarity. Now, cued by young Pete Alonso, it’s 'LFGM.'"
Commissioner Rob Manfred: "We’re at the same place. We want to play. We want to reach an agreement. ...We're doing everything necessary to find a way to play, hopefully by agreement.''— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) June 18, 2020
Marlins agree with two non-drafted free agents - (MLB.com)
"The organization has reached agreements with Air Force Academy outfielder/pitcher Ashton Easley and Virginia Commonwealth University infielder Brett Norwood as non-drafted free agents."
Braves agree with 1st-rounder Shuster, 2 others - (MLB.com)
"The Braves have signed first-round pick Jared Shuster and two of the three other players they selected in last week’s MLB Draft."