Hello and happy Saturday! I hope you are having a lovely weekend. As a reminder, our rewatch of the 2014 postseason continues tonight at 6 p.m. PT, with Game 3 of the NLDS.
Now, onto some news. The back and forth between MLB and the Players Association continues. Both sides have moved a little bit in their proposals, but it’s unclear if they’re actually moving towards each other or just shifting in their seats.
According to ESPN, MLB has offered its latest proposal, and while the number of games remains mostly unchanged, they are upping the salary a small amount:
Major League Baseball’s owners are expected to send a new proposal to the players’ union on Friday that includes a 2020 season lasting between 70 and 75 games, sources told ESPN’s Karl Ravech.
The owners’ proposal would include a payment of somewhere between 80% and 85% of the players’ prorated salary, which is a slight increase from the owners’ last offer. This proposal also includes expanded playoffs and a share of the playoff pool for players.
The players will almost surely say no, and we’ll move a step closer to a Rob Manfred-imposed 48-game season. We’re running very shy on time for the owners and players to agree on terms.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
June 13, 1996: Against the Houston Astros, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 8th inning off of Dean Hartgraves, scoring Steve Scarsone. It gave the Giants a 12-8 lead, which was the final score. It was his 18th homer of the year.
June 13, 1997: Against the Texas Rangers, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 5th inning off of Ken Hill. It tied the game 2-2, but the Giants would lose 6-5. It was his 12th homer of the year.
June 13, 2004: Against the Baltimore Orioles, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning off of Sidney Ponson, scoring Michael Tucker. It gave the Giants a 2-1 lead, and they would win 7-3. It was his 18th homer of the year.
- Roger Munter introduces you to the new draft, same as the old draft (There R Giants)
- Podcast: Grant Brisbee and Andrew Baggarly discuss the Patrick Bailey selection (The Athletic, free)
- Kerry Crowley breaks down the Day 2 action (The Mercury News)
- Mark W. Sanchez on how the Giants will sell themselves to undrafted free agents (KNBR)
- Alex Pavlovic on the Giants focusing on Casey Schmitt as a third baseman, but keeping the two-way idea alive (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Andrew Baggarly on how the Giants used a conventional approach in an unconventional draft (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Alex Pavlovic recaps the Day 2 picks (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Steve Berman on how MLB is hurting its TV partners (The Athletic, subscription required)
Have a great weekend!