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When is MLB back? Union presents another proposal as negotiations continue to drag

When is MLB back? Union presents another proposal as negotiations continue to drag

Thursday brought another round of not-there-yet negotiations between Major League Baseball and its white-knuckled players’ union.

The MLBPA turned back to the league with a new proposal for 70 games this season, according to multiple reports. Other parameters of the new proposal destined not to be accepted by the other side, as are follows, according to multiple reports:

-- 70 games total
-- Full prorated salaries
-- The season would run from July 19-Sept. 30
-- Universal DH
-- Mutual waiver of grievance
-- 50-50 split of new postseason revenues in 2021
-- Salary forgiveness for higher-paid players
-- Advertisements on uniforms in 2020/2021
-- Health-related opt-outs
-- Mutual funding of $10 million for social justice initiatives
-- Possible neutral site/quarantine adjustments if needed for the postseason

It’s June 18. The date guarantees the season -- whatever form it takes -- will be shorter than the gap between negotiated agreements (March 26-?). Both sides wasted May. They are slogging through June. They may still play in July.

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This, like prior proposals, is closer. It’s also not there yet. The owners will want to cut the amount of games and slide some other parts of this multi-pronged math equation. They will be pleased about expanded postseason, possible advertising slots, the cooperation of players for in-game enhancements.

They remain irked there was no deal --  according to the players’ association -- following a 60-game proposal earlier in the week. That framework was established by a face-to-face meeting between Commissioner Rob Manfred and MLBPA executive director Tony Clark. Why they waited until mid-June to talk in person is unclear and rightly derided. Manfred came away thinking a deal was imminent. The MLBPA immediately said it was not. So, Thursday’s counter-proposal was created. None of this will make the owners happy or more malleable. Minutes after the proposal was reported, backlash from the owners began.

Which leaves baseball close to the same space it was in three months ago. No deal is just that, no matter how close the sides are.

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Unauthorized drone over Target Field forces delay of Twins-Pirates game

Unauthorized drone over Target Field forces delay of Twins-Pirates game

Well, this is a new one.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Minnesota Twins were in the top of the fifth Tuesday afternoon when the umpires called everyone off the field. An unauthorized drone had flown above the outfield at Target Field, forcing the umpire crew to declare a safety hazard until the drone flew away.

The delay lasted about five minutes.

Whether it was a fan trying to get a coveted view of the game or Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer messing with his division rivals, the game was put on hold while players attempted to throw baseballs up at it and knock it down. Eventually, the miniature aircraft left the stadium and play resumed.

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Juan Soto activated, but not in the Nationals' lineup vs. Mets

Juan Soto activated, but not in the Nationals' lineup vs. Mets

Juan Soto is not in the lineup. Yet.

He was reinstated from the COVID injured list to the active roster Tuesday. That’s a step. But, Soto is not in the Tuesday night lineup against the New York Mets and left-hander Steven Matz.

“He’s getting there,” Davey Martinez said. “I just want to make sure that we keep him healthy. We got him back and want to keep him healthy. He’s going to hit [Tuesday], he’s going to take some more ground balls in the field. Run a little bit more today. We’ll see where he’s at.

“I talked to him [Monday] night and he really felt like he could probably use another day or two. Said his legs felt a little heavy. His arm was a little sore. He tried to ramp it up -- we gave him the last four days, he’s probably got about 20 at-bats. In that respect he doesn’t feel that bad. But I want to make sure, like I said, we keep him healthy. We just got him back. He missed a lot of time. So we just want to make sure when he’s here now, he’s here to help us every day.”

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Martinez had to remind Soto the designated hitter is now an option in the National League. Which means the Nationals could start him in that spot or use it to give him a break.

Andrew Stevenson was optioned to the alternate training site to make room for Soto on the roster. Josh Harrison is playing left field in Soto’s place Tuesday.

Reliever Wander Suero was also activated Tuesday and is available if need be.

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