LA Angels Tuesday News Crash: With a Service Time Deal

Photo Credit: Rex Fregosi

There is really not a whole lot of baseball news today other than the deal reached between MLB and MLBPA concerning issues brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.  A deal is now in place between MLB and the MLBPA that the season, if it happens, will last as long as necessary to complete some semblance of a full season.  There will also be guaranteed service time and salary advances.  See also the detailed ESPN analysis of the deal.

Bleacher Report thinks the Angels will be in the hunt for a wild card berth.  It’s not news. It’s opinion, but it’s a fun opinion.

The luxury tax status will not reset if the 2020 season is cancelled.

Chris Sale had his Tommy John surgery on his birthday Monday.  Is it ethically wrong for pitchers to get TJ right now? Evan Gattis comes up with the tone deaf baseball tweet of the day. 

Today’s COVID-19/Baseball Report

Two Cubs employees have tested positive for COVID-19 and one is hospitalized.  Meanwhile three Japanese baseball players on the Hanshin Tigers have also tested positive for coronavirus. 

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red floyd
Super Member
1 year ago

Just for Designerguy….

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Designerguy
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

The sign says “No Shirt. No Shoes. No Service”. It doesn’t say anything about pants. So there.

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Mia
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Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  red floyd

“No one cared who I was until I took off the pants”

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago

Whoa, way wrong to have elective surgery at this time, just a sign of a pro athlete and a high priced doctor acknowledging that they are indeed special. Surgery gowns and masks are at a premium currently to be used on Coronavirus patients for front line workers. this story is again showing misplaced values. The bed space, equipment, personnel, are being misused. Not enough masks to go around to get to even grocery check out line workers. People should not be exposed at this time so one “I am special” person can have a surgery now instead of in another 2 months with nothing changing for that individual except they return to entertain us 2 months quicker.. This just is flat out wrong. Fuck ’em (March Usage)

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

I could not agree more. It’s a use of supplies and personnel that are desperately needed elsewhere.

If I were a pitcher needing TJ, I don’t think I would voluntarily walk into a hospital right now. The risk of exposure is just too high. It’s just a game.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Dr. Andrews just suspended TJ surgeries for his practice.

Mas_Angeles
Member
1 year ago

Allow me to sit on the fence for this one. I think the key is what we define as elective.

  • If a guy is being told that he’s got limited mileage on his ACL and getting TJ is something he should consider, then yeah — agreed. The guy can ride it out until something does happen.
  • If someone is dealing with a torn ACL like Syndergaard’s apparently was, I think they get a pass from me. My father-in-law’s shoulder surgery was delayed by the VA because, well, the VA healthcare system. He never regained full movement in his shoulder. I can only see something like delaying TJ in Syndergaard’s case to be a career ending thing.

Just my armchair hot take.