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Yesterday Manfred continued to trash his own side's case in the future greivance fight...

“The reality is we weren’t going to play more than 60 games no matter how the negotiations with the players went,” said Manfred.

That is what he said, but what he meant was more like, "The reality is we weren’t going to PAY the players more than fully prorated salaries for 60 games, no matter how many games they played."

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jul 3

Piggy backing on the Passan article Alex digested in the Christian Pache thread, I keep seeing inconsistencies regarding pay and service time for players with high-risk family members.  

Passan says:  "Those deemed high-risk cases -- with a preexisting condition that makes them more susceptible to COVID -- can do so and retain their salary and service time. Those who are not high-risk but have a pregnant wife (Mike Trout, Bryce HarperGerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler among them) or an immunocompromised family member can sit, like any other player, but won't get paid or collect service."

But I thought Eugene or someone else said that provisions of the FMLA don't allow for withholding pay or benefits in these situations?  I imagine if one takes the wacky pay situation that Pache will be in (playing for what feels like $500 total over 3 months) and combines that with FMLA protection, that some players will consider claiming that a family member is high risk, or even moving in with grandma.

I continue to be a pessimist regarding us seeing a completed season and playoffs.  Just too much chaos for me to be optimistic!

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Jun 27

Jayson Stark at the Athletic has details about the schedule: 

Teams play 10 games each against the teams in their division. They play six games against their designated interleague rival, and 14 games against the other four teams in their opposite interleague division (East/East, Central/Central, West/West). 

Plus the player at 2b for extra innings is only during the regular season, not during the playoffs.

Plus, position players can pitch at any time, not only blowouts! Good work!

Peter Kreutzer Rotoman
Jun 24

That one, from Eugene, is on my list of 4 basic options before the details: Business as usual, extend all contracts one year, freeze contracts and have 2020 be a one-year redraft, skip playing for 2020.  I can't imagine anyone wants option 4.

Mike Landau ML-
Jun 24

One of my other leagues just had a great idea: Contracts frozen, rosters frozen and reactivated in 2021. Redraft for 2020 with no long term implications. Supplemental draft for minor leaguers can happen to add to 2021 rosters or be deferred doubling the draft in 2021.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jun 24

Here is the rules considerations I sent to my league this morning.  We probably should discuss them here too, because I'm sure I missed some.

We are going to proceed with the season provided the MLB season goes off without a hitch.  We can discuss how much of the season is necessary for us to declare a champion and pay out the winnings.  Another thing to consider is whether we want to reduce the fee/winnings.  We can also discuss a trade deadline that makes sense in light of the MLB deadline pushback.  We also need to discuss rookie eligibility-R contract expiration.  Finally, we need to figure out what to do with players who announce in advance that they are opting out of playing, either because of at-risk health issues (e.g. Carlos Carrasco) or because their wives are pregnant and they don’t want to expose their wives or family members.  It may be best to exclude them so we don’t have a $20 Mike Trout if he decides to sit out to be present for the birth of his child.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Jun 24

Anyone see a date by which players have to commit to playing this season?  I've seen reference to 3 pm Sunday as the deadline for teams to designate their 60-man rosters for this season (26 to 30-man active plus taxi) but am wondering how guys who decide to sit out this season fit into this. 

John Thomas Roll2
Jun 24

A compromise would have been 65 games and the players give up their grievance.

What we have isn't remotely a compromise. The players kicked ass.

Alex Patton Alex
Jun 24

From what I've been reading today, the DH in the NL could still be in play, as could the runner starting at 2B in extra innings for 2020 only.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Jun 23

Eugene I like the tail of your post. Having witnessed lots of negotiations as a news reporter, then later reconstructing the closed door talks by the bigs, this was not a highly unusual occurrence if both sides truly wanted a compromise. Would like to have seen that a few weeks ago, but maybe neither captain could have anticipated  acceptance from his side.

David Molyneaux NeauxBrainers ()
Jun 23