The latest update in the will they or won’t they saga of MLB and the MLBPA’s negotiations on a potential 2020 season comes from the players’ side, with MLBPA’s Executive Director Tony Clark writing on Thursday night that the league is asking for further salary concessions that players are unwilling to consider.
“The league’s demands for additional concessions was resoundingly rejected,” Clark wrote after talking to the players, adding that more work still needs to be done, and the players are ready to do that work and get back on the field.”
In other words, the ball is in MLB’s court, or to avoid mixed sports metaphors, the ball is on their fiel— it’s their turn to pitch—they need to step to the plat—, it’s, uh... Go read your, uh links or whatever:
Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/jEdgARWhQy— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 5, 2020
What it will take for MLB to return in 2020 - (NBC Sports Washington)
"If Max Scherzer licks his fingers on the mound, is he thrown out? Is a ball called? If someone accidentally high-fives a teammate, what then?"
Nationals' "simple" approach in Dominican has paid major dividends - (MASN)
"The Nationals are careful and diligent with these prospects, making sure all the paperwork is in order and the kid passes his physical examinations."
Mike Rizzo: ‘I am horrified by the murder of George Floyd’ - (NBC Sports Washington)
"Rizzo made a statement, first provided to the Washington Post, separate from the team’s statement Tuesday."
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo does not have social media. But the events of recent days/weeks compelled him to make a statement. pic.twitter.com/RPMxUnnhpJ— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) June 4, 2020
Rizzo issues statement on George Floyd's death - (MLB.com)
"Nationals general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo issued a statement on Thursday afternoon regarding the death of George Floyd..."
Set a deadline, and you might actually get a deal at last - (MASN)
"Well, guess what? It’s June 4. Twelve weeks have passed, and the two sides don’t appear to be anywhere close to striking a deal, now putting the 2020 season in serious jeopardy."
MLB rumors: Scott Boras tears into Rob Manfred, owners for short-season talk - (nj.com)
"On Thursday, Scott Boras, the biggest player agent in baseball, tore into Major League Baseball for its short-season talk."
Local coaches look to get summer baseball league going - (Delaware State News)
"Much of Tripp Keister’s life has centered around baseball. So it’s hardly surprising that the longtime coach is missing the game right now."
Nationals managing principal owner Mark Lerner sent a letter to employees this afternoon, a copy of which is below. It's too bad some of these thoughts -- combined with those Mike Rizzo made in an earlier statement -- weren't reflected in the Nationals' initial statement. pic.twitter.com/hletMPYD0T— Barry Svrluga (@barrysvrluga) June 4, 2020
Minor League Purge Claims Another Former Wolfpack Player - (SI.com)
"Left-handed pitcher Ryan Williamson joined previous purge casualties Preston Palmeiro and Will Gilbert when he received his pink slip from the World Series champion Washington Nationals on Wednesday."
If there’s no baseball season, blame the owners, not the players – (The Athletic)
"Let’s be clear about something: If there’s not a baseball season, this is on the billionaires, not the millionaires, and I realize this is a very special sandbox they’re fighting in."
World Central Kitchen Has Cooked Close to 500,000 Meals at Nats Park During COVID-19 - (Washington City Paper)
"In the 10 weeks since WCK partnered with the Nationals, the organization has produced about 440,000 meals."
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MLB: David Cone offers solution to save baseball season - (NY Post)
"David Cone knows firsthand how the clock can strike 12 on a baseball season and strike it out."
Where does Daniel Murphy's 2015 postseason rank among all-time great individual runs? - (SNY)
"During the Mets' run to the 2015 World Series, Daniel Murphy went on an improbable power streak, blasting a combined seven home runs during the NLDS and NLCS."
Even the Marlins could contend for playoffs in 50-game MLB season - (Fish Stripes)
"The window to play in 2020 is closing. Recent history suggests that the players will make concessions to salvage something from this year..."
Braves Extension Candidates: Max Fried - (Talking Chop)
"While on the surface Fried’s stats (17-6. 4.02 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 3.76 FIP) may not jump off the page as the production of a future ace, a deeper looks shows that plenty of potential certainly exists."