MLB’s latest proposal to MLBPA
Considering what’s at stake, this has a chance to be the most important week for baseball in more than a quarter century. MLB is expected to deliver its long-awaited financial proposal today, and the fallout from it could be the difference between baseball or no baseball in 2020. pic.twitter.com/1wnsm2w8yp— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 26, 2020
This is really gonna go down to the wire, isn’t it? For Major League Baseball to avoid games in the frigid cold and complete a long enough schedule to be considered “legitimate” without disrupting their 2021 plans, there needs to be an agreement on the 2020 season ASAP. However, MLB owners and the players’ association remain divided on the key issues.
Owners sent their first economic proposal to the MLBPA Tuesday afternoon. It ditches the previously rumored possibility of revenue sharing, but was still met with disappointment per multiple reports. Previously, it had been agreed that players would receive pro-rated salaries (roughly half of the usual amount in this 82-game format). Owners backtracked on that when it became apparent that gate revenue from fan attendance would be non-existent for most/all of the season.
“We made a proposal to the union that is completely consistent with the economic realities facing our sport,” MLB said in a statement.
The proposal disproportionately impacts the richest major leaguers, but Jeff Passan of ESPN clarifies that all players will take pay cuts in addition to having their salaries pro-rated.
Seen another way: 82-game prorated salaries vs. MLB's proposal— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 26, 2020
If some version of this eventually passes, the Marlins will have a higher payroll relative to the rest of the league than they would’ve under normal circumstances.
FATP on prospects
It’s rare that a podcast conversation between only two people approaches an hour-and-a-half of run time, but this one is well worth the listening commitment. Fish On The Farm’s Alex Carver joined Peter Pratt on Fish Across the Pond to discuss dozens of Marlins prospects, ranging from the most familiar faces to unheralded teenagers.
Alex goes in depth on Sixto Sánchez, Jazz Chisholm, Kameron Misner, Víctor Víctor Mesa, Peyton Burdick and Luis Palacios (just to name a handful). He also advises Marlins fans to monitor recent late-round draftees Peyton Culbertson and Troy Johnston.
Consider subscribing to FATP on your preferred pod provider so that you’ll be the first to get additional episodes that are expected to be posted in the coming days.
A first-of-its-kind event, PitchCon begins Thursday at noon ET and continues through Sunday night. The online baseball conference will stream for free on Pitcher List’s Twitter and Twitch accounts, featuring dozens of experts with fantasy, scouting, media and analytical backgrounds.
They are also fundraising for Feeding America. The more support that the campaign receives, the more cool prizes will be distributed.
1997 vs. 2003
Manny Navarro and Andre Fernandez of The Athletic (subscription required) vividly describe their simulated best-of-seven matchup between the 1997 and 2003 Marlins. I can tell you that the ‘03 team came out on top (WS MVP Juan Pierre!), but you’ll have to read for yourself to learn about the controversial mid-series situation that flipped the momentum.
- In case you missed it, tickets are on sale for the Miami Marlins Foundation 50/50 raffle. Proceeds benefit the Home Plate Meals Relief Fund. Enter for as little as $5! Winner to be drawn on Jun. 2.
- The Marlins have a new job posting up for a security officer who will be based at their player development facility in Jupiter.
- Here’s an enlightening one-hour chat between Marlins radio broadcaster Glenn Geffner and FOX Sports Florida’s Kelly Saco.
- Friday marks the 10th anniversary of Roy Halladay’s perfect game. Former Marlins Fredi González, Brett Hayes and Wes Helms share their memories of it with Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer in this oral history.
- Mike Kurkland of RotoFanatic recommends Brian Anderson as a “roster stabilizer” for your fantasy team in 2020.
- Fish Stripes Marlins Hall of Famer José Fernández tops Joe Frisaro’s list of best right-handed pitchers in franchise history.
- Bowling Green State University announced earlier this month that they planned to close down their baseball program. But Jon Berti and other alumni have teamed up to fundraise on the school’s behalf.
- Old friend Justin Nicolino—who’s now pitching in Taiwan for the Rakuten Monkeys—joins the Bat Flips & Nerds podcast to reflect on his career.
- Jorge Alfaro has dyed his hair (again):