Good morning, Athletics Nation!
Another day goes by during the coronavirus pandemic, bringing with it more details on the continued negotiations over a potential 2020 MLB season. There’s nothing of any substance to report today, just the fact that the two sides are still talking, but even that in itself is a positive sign. Considering the impasse that the league and players union seem to be at over financial aspects, it could be argued that their continued discussions on other topics like safety protocols are an encouraging sign — they wouldn’t still be talking at all if they already knew there was no chance of striking an overall deal.
That might seem like reaching for a bright side, and you’re right, it kind of is. But I’ll take what I can get right now. See below for a collection of links and tweets to keep you caught up on all the latest.
In the meantime, let’s take this moment on a slow news day to do some community feedback. How’s it going, y’all? Both in your own lives in general, and in terms of your experience on Athletics Nation. Is there anything we’re doing that you’re really enjoying? Or anything that you don’t like, or would like to see improved on? Anything we’re not doing at all that you think we should be? I’m always open to ideas, feedback, and criticism, and while I have some plans for what I want to do around here, I also want to hear what the community thinks about how I can best serve everyone.
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Best of Twitter:
The process continues
MLBPA has delivered its response to MLB’s health protocols. Includes notes on:— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 21, 2020
• Testing frequency
• Protocols for positive tests
• In-stadium medical personnel
• Protections for high-risk players and family
• Access to pre-, postgame therapies
• Sanitization protocols
... and it sounds vaguely promising?
The MLBPA’s response should represent a step forward in negotiations with the league on striking a broader deal for baseball to return. While there remains a chasm with regards to pay, the shared interest of health and safety should provide groundwork for further discussions.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 21, 2020
Interesting take in the responses to Passan
I’m a Twins employee being paid 13% of my salary to be 100% ready to play baseball at a moment’s notice.— Mitch Horacek (@mhoracek14) May 22, 2020
I’m also locked out of MLB/MLBPA negotiations because MLBPA doesn’t represent minor leaguers. https://t.co/lx5llcj0Y3
Pitchers who rake
This is heavily cherry-picked (Schmidt is a year younger in this comp, and his production level blasts off to HOF-level right after this arbitrary endpoint), but hey, I won’t complain about these two being mentioned in the same sentence.
Keep those spirits up, everybody!