Good morning, Athletics Nation!
The latest news in the sports world comes out of Arizona, where the governor announced that major pro sports could resume in the state on May 16, which is this-coming Saturday. Any games played would have to be without fans in attendance.
This is especially interesting news given that Arizona is one of the primary locations mentioned in past plans by the league and players union. Those one/two/three-state concepts aren’t currently under consideration anymore, but it’s nice to know that one of the more potentially useful locations will be available if and when it comes time to start playing again.
Before it comes time to figure where to play, though, MLB still has other major hurdles to jump through. One is the safety of the whole operation, with lots of players and personnel needing to be in various levels of contact or at least proximity. Will they be able to get tests, and personal protective equipment, etc.? What happens if someone tests positive? The league sent a safety proposal to the union this week for feedback and approval.
The other is money. The owners want to cut player salaries to make up for the lack of fans in attendance, but it sounds like that’s not something the players are ready to accept. Both sides seem to be digging in their heels, so hopefully they can come to an agreement so that salary disputes aren’t the reason we don’t have baseball later this summer.
The two sides will continue negotiating today. Stay tuned to find out more!
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Best of Twitter:
Sounds like a big step!
BREAKING: Major League Sports can resume after May 15 in Arizona.— Anne Ryman (@anneryman) May 12, 2020
MLB’s position is that it will lose more money if they play games without fans and pay prorated salaries than if they don’t play at all. Thus, owners are saying they will not pay pro-rated salaries.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 13, 2020
A lot of people on here love defending sports team owners.— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) May 12, 2020
There are a lot of possible reasons for that, some of them very ugly. But one of them is that people can’t count to a billion and have no clue how much money these dudes have. It’s really difficult to conceptualize
Only a 6-tweet thread this time
Some people telling me to stay home if I don't want to play. We're asking these questions BECAUSE we want to play. We want to restart the season again. We also want everyone it would require to resume a baseball season to be as safe as possible. https://t.co/bvUPVspYjZ— Obi-Sean Kenobi Doolittle (@whatwouldDOOdo) May 12, 2020
More importantly, would they still have traded Harden for a then-unknown Josh Donaldson in 2008?
Idle thought: How much different would the A's have been from 2005-2010 if Rich Harden and Bobby Crosby had stayed healthy?— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) May 12, 2020
But if we’re using at-bats instead of plate appearances, than Jose only even reached 500 five times, and 600 three times, so ...
Just do the math I averaged 1hr per 15 at bats..600 plate appearances per year..600 × 20 years is 12000 plate appearances decided by 15 is 800 home runs.. I was blackballed out of the game at 36 years old and missed two years because of injuries do the math— Jose Canseco (@JoseCanseco) May 12, 2020