Good morning, Athletics Nation!
The last several days have been significant in our country’s history, and impossible to ignore. Amid nationwide protests over police brutality toward African Americans as a whole, and the May 25 killing of George Floyd in particular, the A’s released a statement on Sunday in support of the black community. Personally, I agree with their response and am happy to see them land on the right side of history, just as they did when they publicly supported Bruce Maxwell’s right to take a knee during the national anthem in 2017.
I closed the comments in that post about the team’s statement, but of course I know the topic will eventually come up, especially since I’m mentioning it again here in another post and even offered my opinion in the previous sentence. If choosing to discuss these highly emotional and sensitive issues on this site, please be respectful and follow our Community Guidelines; the comments section will be monitored extra heavily this week.
In the meantime, it might be quieter than usual around here the rest of the week, as it already has been the last couple days. So far it has felt wildly inappropriate for me to post much about sports. My intention is still to post at least a little bit this week, but it’s also possible I’ll change my mind on that.
Stay safe, my AN family.
Oh, as for the headline of this post, MLB and the players are still arguing over how to split up their millions. See the links in the MLB section for more, but the short version is that the players suggested 114 games, then the league countered at 50 games at full prorated salaries. So, the two sides still aren’t close at all. See the links in the MLB News section, as well as the Twitter section, for more details.
- Hickey: As MLB, Players Figure Out a Schedule, the More Games the Better for the Athletics
- Hickey: Athletics Standing Alone With Decision Against Paying Minor League Stipends
- Hickey: Athletics Offer Support & Donation to Local Groups in Wake of Downtown Oakland Protests
- Hickey: The 1981 MLB Strike Season Was Tough on Most Teams, but Athletics Found Success
- Hickey: There’s No Telling Who Athletics Might Select in the June 10 Draft’s First Round
- Hickey: Rating the Athletics First-Round Draftees Since the 2000 Season
- Hickey: The Day Instant Replay Made its Way into Baseball’s National Consciousness
- Gallegos: A’s Top 5 lefty starters
- Hall: Oakland A’s release statement supporting black community, amid nationwide protests over police brutality
- Hall: Roy Steele, longtime Oakland A’s public address announcer, dies
- Hall: Vote: Best bullpen combo in Oakland A’s history
MLB News & Interest:
- Rosenthal and Drellich: After heated meeting on player pay, MLB threatens 50-game schedule ($$$)
- Byrne (roundup): Latest On MLB, MLBPA
- Rogers: Fewer games? Salary deferrals? Where MLB players and owners could find middle ground on 2020 season
- Sherman: MLB hostility worsens as Rob Manfred’s top aide, Tony Clark trade barbs
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter:
Bottom line of MLB’s proposal
Keep in mind owners didn't move much toward the middle in their new floated proposal, just changed the structure of pay. Their first proposal gave players about 31% of 2020 pay, the new proposal would also be 31%— Travis Sawchik (@Travis_Sawchik) June 2, 2020
Important detail of current talks, regarding health and safety
For the players opting out: those who are considered "high-risk" would receive salary, whereas others would receive service time only.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 1, 2020
Further, players would receive $100 million total advance during the new spring training.
Also: MLBPA proposes two years of playoff expansion.
Here’s what the players want
• Deferral would be ONLY if the postseason is canceled. Would apply to contracts of $10 million above (before being prorated). Payments would be in November 2021 and 2022.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) June 1, 2020
• Either way, players would get additional salary advance during spring training camp of $100 million.
Sean Doolittle and his teammates step up for the little guys when their billionaire boss won’t.
... and the public shame worked!
I'm told by an MLB source that the Lerners have decided that the Nationals will indeed pay minor leaguers the full $400 weekly stipend they were getting before June.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) June 1, 2020
They have decided to take care of the minor leaguers as an organization.
A’s reliever Jake Diekman speaks out on the current protests