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MLB has now made a counteroffer involving a 76 game season plus further pay cuts to the players. Specifically, the pay proposed is 75% of the normal prorated pay for a 76 game season. Expect this to be rejected by the MLBPA. Bob Nightengale says that players who opt out because of risk would still get paid and still get service time. MLB also offers a 16 team playoff format that appears to be traditional bracket playoffs, e.g. with the number 8 seed in each league being matched up with the number 1 seed in its league etc.
In their ongoing discrimination lawsuit, MLB now claims Angel Hernandez eavesdropped on a confidential telephone call it had with umpire Ed Hickox during an investigation into a 20 minute delay of a game between the Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays at which Hernandez was acting crew chief.
Matt Harvey is receiving interest from at least one team in the KBO. Apparently, the Mets don’t want him back. They are playing in front of stuffed animals now in the KBO. No masks. No social distancing. At least the sex dolls tried to stay safe.
And Now For The Angels News
The Angels are going to pay their minor league players at least through June. The Angels picked Jo Adell with their last number 10 pick overall. Cross your fingers about this number 10 pick. The Angels appear to have made a statement in response to the Black Lives Matter protests, although they did not mention any of the recent victims by name. At least they said something.