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    Red Sox name 47 players to their player pool

    The second one for me. Investing my emotions into caring about who wins or loses a game seems so silly right now.
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    Red Sox name 47 players to their player pool

    They can still add additional players since they are below the 60-man limit. Seems like a good time to be in rebuild mode. I'd be be very frustrated if a long-awaited window of contention for my team was opening now, or about to close.
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    The sport of baseball is in so much trouble and it's hard to feel optimistic that it will improve in the coming years. Some folks seem to be picking sides but I can't. Ownership deserves the majority of blame in this fiasco in my opinion, as they are certainly in a collective position to have...
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    You're assuming competent leadership at MLB working together with the Player's Association for the joint safety and benefit of all involved. Nothing we've seen over the past three months has given me any hope that common sense will suddenly break out in baseball.
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    New York state has been far more serious in its Covid response than New Hampshire and would undoubtedly be better prepared, if also far more strict. There is also the benefit that they will already be working with the Yankees and Mets on precautions and protocol for both 'spring' training and...
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    I agree, it's starting to look like they may have Mookied it.
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    The union won by getting Manfred to approach Clark hat in hand and have MLB agree to full pro-rated salaries. Rushing to Twitter to bash Manfred for his interpretation of the meeting with Clark is dumb IMO and risks a backlash from the hard-line owners.
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    Full prorated salaries is the only win that Clark and PA care about - getting the owners to cave on this was huge.
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    If they do this and try to impose a 50-game season, I would expect to see many star players opt-out. It will look little better than games with replacement players and will be disastrous.
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    I believe that there is a high likelihood that the bloc of less-lucrative (i.e, less well-run) franchises are using their veto power here. I have to imagine that the Sox, Yankees, Dodgers and others can weather this and would want to come back, and it is probable that they will have to...
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    Judge Orders Unsealing of 2017 MLB Letter to Yankees Regarding Alleged Yankees Sign Stealing

    Martino's January article includes the following: I wonder how much of this story Martino will cover in his book, or will it be treated as less of an offense because the Yankees were smart enough to have stopped when MLB issued its warnings in 2017?
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    MLB 2020: We're Playing, but We Can't Agree on Anything

    Given that the PA has telegraphed its intention to file a grievance, seems like MLB should up the number of games from 48-50 to perhaps 60 games in any imposed schedule - thus increasing the total payout to players as a way to blunt any accusations of not negotiating in good faith.
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    2020 MLB Draft Thread

    I wanted the Sox to hire Chaim Bloom to shake things up. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt until proven wrong, especially given that prospect evaluation is so ridiculously far from an exact science.
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    2020 MLB Draft Thread

    The impact of the pandemic on colleges probably has something to do with Yorke agreeing to a deal. Who knows how much college baseball will be played next spring?
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    Will There Be MLB in 2020?

    Ken Rosenthal is pessimistic: https://theathletic.com/1857108/2020/06/06/rosenthal-a-july-4-return-is-all-but-gone-with-baseball-as-far-from-a-deal-as-ever/ My interest in a 2020 MLB season is all but gone now. This sport is in a spiral to irrelevancy and both parties are too stubborn to...