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Report: MLBPA submits latest proposal for 2020, league expected to reject

Report: MLBPA submits latest proposal for 2020, league expected to reject

The back and forth between MLB owners and the players union continued on Tuesday, with the latter making their latest proposal for a 2020 season.

According to multiple reports, the union proposed an 89-game schedule that would run from July 10 through Oct. 11, with players making their desired full prorated salaries. An expanded postseason would follow, and part of the proposal includes expanded postseason play in 2021. 

Tuesday's proposal is a decrease from the 114-game season the players recently offered. The owners rejected that due to fears of playing the postseason in November, when a second coronavirus wave is expected to hit.

On Monday, the owners proposed a 76-game season where players would be guaranteed to make 50 percent of their prorated salaries, with the chance to make up to 75 percent.

League owners have suggested it makes more financial sense to not play this season than pay the players full prorated salaries. Thus, they're expected to reject Tuesday's offer, according to USA Today's Bob Nightengale. 

As the two sides continue to squabble over financials, it's becoming increasingly possible the league will mandate a shortened season of around 48-52 games where the players receive their full prorated salaries.

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Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong among Cardinals to test positive for COVID-19

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Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong among Cardinals to test positive for COVID-19

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and shortstop Paul DeJong are of the seven St. Louis players and six staff members who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week.

Six of those players gave St. Louis permission to disclose their names. In addition to Molina and DeJong, the club announced Tuesday pitchers Junior Fernández and Kodi Whitley, first baseman Rangel Ravelo and shortstop Edmundo Sosa tested positive.

The Cardinals released statements from Molina and DeJong:

"I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place," Molina said. "I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates. As I recover, I request that you please respect my privacy and family in my absence from the team."

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"I am disappointed to share that I have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, even though I followed team protocols," DeJong said. "I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life — with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time."

The Cardinals' reportedly have no new positive tests on Tuesday. The tentative plan is for them to resume play against the Cubs this weekend.

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Report: No new COVID-19 cases for St. Louis Cardinals, door open to play Cubs

Report: No new COVID-19 cases for St. Louis Cardinals, door open to play Cubs

Jon Heyman reports that the St. Louis Cardinals had no new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

This comes after 13 members of their traveling party had tested positive through Monday, which put the future of their schedule in jeopardy, including their first series with the Cubs.

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The Cardinals haven’t played since July 29, postponing seven games along the way. The earliest they would be allowed to play is Friday to start their series against the Cubs.

The Cardinals are the second team to face a major outbreak since the outset of MLB’s regular season. The Miami Marlins had 20 people test positive starting on July 24, forcing them to postpone 10 games. In addition, the Phillies had two clubhouse workers test positive for COVID-19 after hosting the Marlins.

There have been no reports of any Cubs or White Sox players testing positive for COVID-19 since the regular season began.

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