Hello and happy Friday.
On Thursday, the MLB Players Association released a statement reaffirming their stance on potentially returning to play. In it, the Players Association addressed the threat from the league to schedule a 40 or 50-game season at the commissioner’s behest.
Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/jEdgARWhQy— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 5, 2020
Here’s the statement:
After a Thursday conference call of the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) Executive Board and more than 100 Player leaders in total, MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark issued the following statement:
“In this time of unprecedented suffering at home and abroad, Players want nothing more than to get back to work and provide baseball fans with the game we all love. But we cannot do this alone.
Earlier this week, Major League Baseball communicated its intention to schedule a dramatically shortened 2020 season unless Players negotiate salary concessions. The concessions being sought are in addition to billions in Player salary reductions that have already been agreed upon.
This threat came in response to an Association proposal aimed at charting a path forward. Among other things, Players proposed more games, two years of expanded playoffs, salary deferrals in the event of a 2020 playoff cancellation, and the exploration of additional jewel events and broadcast enhancements aimed at creatively bringing our Players to the fans while simultaneously increasing the value of our product. Rather than engage, the league replied it will shorten the season unless Players agree to further salary reductions.
Earlier today we held a conference call of the Association’s Executive Board and several other MLBPA Player leaders. The overwhelming consensus of the Board is that Players are ready to report, ready to get back on the field, and they are willing to do so under unprecedented conditions that could affect the health and safety of not just themselves, but their families as well. The league’s demand for additional concessions was resoundingly rejected.
Important work remains to be done in order to safely resume the season. We stand ready to complete that work and look forward to getting back on the field.”
It seems the two sides remain very far apart.
Did Barry Bonds hit a home run today?
June 5, 2000: Against the Anaheim Angels, Bonds hit a solo home run in the 11th inning off of Shigetoshi Hasegawa. It gave the Giants a 5-4 lead, which was the final score. It was his 24th homer of the year, and his 4th home run in 3 games.
June 5, 2001: Against the San Diego Padres, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 3rd inning off of Wascar Serrano, scoring Jeff Kent. It cut the Giants deficit to 4-3, and they would win 7-6. It was his 31st homer of the year.
June 5, 2002: Against the San Diego Padres, Bonds hit a grand slam in the 3rd inning off of Dennis Tankersley, scoring Ryan Jensen, Tom Goodwin, and Rich Aurilia. It gave the Giants a 4-1 lead, and they would win 12-2. It was his 20th homer of the year.
June 5, 2006: Against the Florida Marlins, Bonds hit a 2-run home run in the 5th inning off of Brian Moehler, scoring Lance Niekro. It gave the Giants an 8-1 lead, and they would win 14-2. It was his 8th homer of the year.
- Video and podcast: Roger Munter talks with Fielding and Ballpark Independent Outcomes creator Matthew Collier about the Giants farm and the upcoming draft (There R Giants)
- Grant Brisbee with his latest OOTP simulation (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Podcast: Grant Brisbee and Andrew Baggarly discuss whether or not there will be baseball in 2020 (The Athletic, free)
- Jessica Kleinschmidt on the origins of the foghorn at Giants games (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Henry Schulman on why the Giants should pay the Minor Leaguers they cut (SF Chronicle)
- Podcast: Hitting coach Justin Viele talks with Alex Pavlovic (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Alex Pavlovic on that conversation with Justin Viele (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Eno Sarris on baseball trying to coach players without the Minor Leagues (The Athletic, subscription required)
- Dalton Johnson lists three hitters the Giants could target with their first round pick (NBC Sports Bay Area)
- Jay Jaffe looks at 2019 through a 50-game window (Fangraphs)
Have a great Friday, everyone.