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Labor Dispute News
The Players Association has apparently had it with the negotiations and said to just go ahead and schedule a season. Tell them when and where to show up. They’ve washed their hands of the matter. They’ve called your bluff, MLB. Just schedule a season already! At least one voice says the impasse could easily be solved, but I think it’s a little late at this point. The two sides could argue about safety protocols for a few more weeks. At that point, why bother having a season? Right on cue, Rob Manfred says he is now not 100% sure there will be baseball in 2020. He is attempting to get the MLBPA to waive its right to a grievance hearing. If only the fans could file a grievance.
Angels Draft News
The Angels have already signed 3rd round pick David Calabrese (for $744,000) and are likely to sign 4th rounder Werner Blakely for $900,000. They have also come to terms with 5th round pick Adam Seminaris. He signed for a below slot bonus of $140,000.
General Baseball News
MLB authorized a resumption of scouting activities, almost just in time. A judge has ordered a letter from Rob Manfred to the New York Yankees about a cheating investigation be opened to the public. The Yankees and MLB both oppose this; each for their own reasons. The Yankees are appealing the order. A team official claims there is no smoking gun. Christian Hackenberg is the latest NFL train wreck who is going to try to make it in professional baseball.