2020-06-10 14:00:00 EDT
This is your daily roundup of all the MLB news that will impact the 2020 season. The league is currently still holding negotiations and attempting to agree on an abbreviated schedule, but the timeline to implement a plan is quickly running thin. Let’s take a closer look at today’s MLB news and updates. Get Free MLB Picks and MLB Predictions for every game all season long at Sports Chat Place.
Will There Even Be a 2020 MLB Season? – This is obviously the most pressing question affecting the MLB right now, and by all practical measurements the MLB and the players’ union haven’t made much progress. It’s been a flurry of proposals and counter-proposals; most of the sticking points between the two sides hinge on salary and playoff format, and the amount of potential games that potentially could be played continues to dwindle with each passing day.
The back-and-forth between the MLB and the MLBPA began May 26 with an 82-game proposal from the league, and since then we’ve seen suggestions for 114-game, 48-54 game, 76 games and 89 games. The latest proposal came Tuesday from the union: an 89-game season with full prorated salary. The closest offer the league has made to that was a 76-game season with 75 percent prorated salaries (which was proposed Monday, June 8). In terms of total baseball revenue we’re not talking about much, but considering how the two sides have interacted so far it wouldn’t be surprising to see this proposal-counterproposal process play out a lot longer. Oh, and there’s still the whole matter of an expanded postseason field. When (and if) the two sides can agree on a season length we’ll start hearing more about that.
These negotiations are a fluid situation that changes every day, so we’ll keep you posted in future daily MLB news installments.
Angel Hernandez Eavesdropping Allegations – Here’s an interesting tidbit concerning the most infamous umpire in the MLB. Hernandez is in the news today for allegedly eavesdropping on an MLB investigative call in July of 2019. The call was focused on a 14-minute game delay during a Red Sox/Rays matchup caused by confusion over league rules.
MLB veteran (currently working in the commissioner’s office) Joe Torre claims Hernandez failed to hang up the phone after being interviewed and listened in during the interview of umpire Ed Hickox. Hernandez maintains that his failure to hang up was an innocent mistake, but the optics of the situation won’t help him gain any fans. We’ll keep you posted on any further legal matters or disciplinary action.
2020 MLB Draft – We get a bit of positive MLB news today, as the 2020 Draft is proceeding. It’s not quite the same draft as usual—it’s been shortened from the usual 40 rounds down to just five—but it’ll scratch that baseball itch. Day 1 of the Draft is Wednesday, June 10 beginning at 7 p.m. ET on MLB Network and ESPN, and streaming on the MLB’s official site. Day 2 is Thursday, June 11 at 5 p.m. ET and is available from those same outlets.
The Detroit Tigers get the first selection in the draft this season, followed by Baltimore, Miami, Kansas City, Toronto, Seattle, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Colorado and the Angels to round out the top 10. Due to punishment from the recent and much-publicized sign-stealing scandal, Houston does not get a first- or second-round pick this year, and Boston loses their second-round selection. We’ll take a closer look at some of the notable first-round selections in our daily MLB news installment tomoritem, so be sure to check back.