Well, there have been, according to reports, 40 positive tests for coronavirus among players and staff around baseball in the last week, while Major League Baseball and the MLBPA find new ways to drag things out as they continue to attempt agree on a start date, a number of games, and more that will allow them to play a 2020 campaign, though it looks like COVID-19 might have the final say on whether there is any competitive baseball played this year. It doesn’t look great.
Will they finally agree on how to do things right before the virus makes a decision for them?
Go read your links...
2020 MLB Draft:
Nationals sign first-round draft pick Cade Cavalli - (WaPost)
“Cavalli joins shortstop Sammy Infante, catcher Brady Lindsly and pitcher Mitchell Parker as players who have signed with the Nationals after being drafted last week.”
Nats agree to terms with 1st-rounder Cavalli - (MLB.com)
"A smiling Cade Cavalli donned a Nationals jersey with the No. 1 to commemorate his first-round selection in the 2020 MLB Draft."
Nats agree to terms with third-round pick Holden Powell - (MASN)
“The Nationals agreed to terms with third-round pick Holden Powell late Friday afternoon, a team source confirmed to MASNSports.com.”
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sent a letter to MLBPA executive director Tony Clark today offering to cancel expanded playoffs and universal DH for 2021 if a full season isn’t played in 2020, sources tell ESPN. Players are concerned about giving up leverage of playoffs for naught.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 21, 2020
The proposed 2021 olive branch may be the last and best chance MLB and MLBPA have to strike a deal. Players had planned on voting today whether to accept a 60-game season or allow Manfred to impose a season of his desired length, sources tell me and @JesseRogersESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 21, 2020
2020 MLB Campaign:
Time for final decision on 2020 season has come - (MASN)
"After months of waiting followed by weeks of squabbling, the time has probably come for a final decision on the 2020 season."
AP source: MLB closes spring training sites close amid coronavirus worry - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The facilities will undergo a deep cleaning and disinfecting. No one will be permitted back inside without a negative test for the virus."
MLBPA to delay vote on MLB's proposal as it gathers more info on health protocols - (NBC Sports Washington)
"The MLB Players Association will delay its decision on MLB's latest proposal for the 2020 season as players seek more information about health protocols, USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale reports."
Looking back at the incredible moment Juan Soto and his father shared after the NL Wild Card win - (NBC Sports Washington)
"In honor of Father's Day, it's only right to revisit one of the best-shared baseball moments between a father and son, involving Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and his father Juan Jose Soto."
Rob Manfred reaches out, players abort meeting, progress unclear – (The Athletic)
"At 2:30 on Sunday afternoon, commissioner Rob Manfred sent a hastily composed email to Major League Baseball Players Association executive director Tony Clark addressing a concern the players had raised in recent days."
MLB players consider owners' 60-game proposal with unwelcome third party interrupting talks — the virus | St. Louis Cardinals - (stltoday.com)
"While Major League Baseball and its players roil headlines with their negotiations on the season and irritate traditionalists with the invitation of the DH to the National League and carnival twists to extra innings, both sides were reminded this weekend of the obvious..."
Father's Day memories: One for each team - (MLB.com)
"Nationals: Adams homers twice after catch with dad - June 16, 2019 - Matt Adams played catch with his father, Jamie, at Nationals Park before game time."
In letter to Tony Clark today, Rob Manfred said, “I really believe we are fighting over an impossibility on games.” Says given need to relocated teams from Florida, earliest players could report is June 29, leaving 66 days to play 60 games.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 21, 2020
NL EAST UPDATES:
The inside story of Chase Utley's famous 2008 Phillies World Series parade speech - (NBC Sports Philadelphia)
"This one is about Chase Utley's famous speech at the 2008 World Series parade and includes a story Pat Burrell has been waiting for years to share."
4 memorable Mets Father's Day moments, including Brandon Nimmo's go-ahead homer - (SNY)
"So let's take a look at some recent, memorable Father's Day games for the Mets, starting with a game down in Arizona against the Diamondbacks..."
Untouchable Marlins pitching records from José Fernández, Kevin Brown - (Fish Stripes)
"Single-season marks set by José Fernández, Kevin Brown, Dontrelle Willis, and A.J. Burnett won’t be in danger anytime soon."
Braves sign pitcher Bryce Elder, completing 2020 draft class - (AJC.com)
"The Braves signed Texas righty Bryce Elder, whom they selected in the fifth round of last week’s draft, to complete their 2020 draft class."