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MLBPA to delay voting on MLB proposal until receiving more health protocol info

MLBPA to delay voting on MLB proposal until receiving more health protocol info

The MLB players union will hold off voting on the league’s latest return-to-play proposal for several days until gathering more information on MLB’s health and safety protocols, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

MLB proposed a 60-game schedule earlier this week, which the players countered with a 70-game plan. The league rejected that on Friday, leaving the players to accept the 60-game proposal or reject and allow commissioner Rob Manfred to mandate a schedule.

The 60-game proposal would include expanded postseason in 2020 and 2021, along with the union waiving their right to file a grievance against the league. However, the union is holding off voting after players from four clubs tested positive for the coronavirus, including five Phillies players in Clearwater, Fla. 

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MLB closed all spring training facilities on Friday, and all clubs have now decided to host spring training at their home ballparks. The number of coronavirus cases is on the rise in six states home to 13 teams, including Arizona and Florida — the league’s two spring training hubs.

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Cubs Talk Podcast: How can the Cubs fix their closing problem?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: How can the Cubs fix their closing problem?

The Cubs are 10-2 but they still have a glaring issue that needs to be addressed in order to make a significant run to the playoffs: the closer.

David Kaplan is joined by NBCS Chicago Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer as they discuss ways and options the Cubs can address their closing situation. Later on, they discuss if Theo Epstein took a shot at Joe Maddon and how the Cubs are leading the charge in baseball for safety protocols.

(1:20) - Should José Quintana be the closer?

(7:05) - Are the Cubs as good as their record?

(13:00) - Debate on the three-batter rule for pitching changes

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(17:00) - Cubs are among one of the safest teams in the MLB

(22:00) - Did Theo Epstein take a shot at Joe Maddon?

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Why Cubs’ Alec Mills became first pitcher to hit since MLB added universal DH

Why Cubs’ Alec Mills became first pitcher to hit since MLB added universal DH

Thursday’s Cubs-Royals game was one-sided, with Kansas City taking an early lead and never looking back in a 13-2 victory. Despite the loss, the Cubs made some history in the ninth inning.

Cubs pitcher Alec Mills became the first hurler to have a plate appearance since Major League Baseball implemented a universal DH. 

“I told him to look intimidating and I think he did,” Cubs manager David Ross said with a smile after the game.

The Cubs forfeited the DH in their lineup in the seventh inning, when they moved Victor Caratini (Thursday’s starting DH) to first base and Ian Happ from first to right field among several innings worth of moves that emptied their bench.

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With the DH gone, reliever Dan Winkler entered the lineup in the seventh in place of Cubs right fielder Jason Heyward, a move Ross said postgame was to get Heyward off his feet. When that spot came up in the ninth, Ross sent Mills to the plate. He struck out looking, as Ross asked him not to swing.

“Alec was fine with going up there. I asked him not to swing,” Ross said. “Every part of my being knows that’s probably the wrong thing to do, is take the competitiveness out of a player. He’s been pitching so well for us; I don’t want anything dumb to happen in that type of game.”

Reds two-way player Michael Lorenzen is the only pitcher credited with entering a game on offense this season. He pinch ran on July 26.

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