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Morning Mound Visit: MLB submitted yet another proposal

A deal is closer maybe; Baseball has kept Black players from becoming catchers; ZiPS for NPB

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Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich | The Athletic $: Wednesday gave us yet another roller coaster of negotiations regarding the 2020 MLB season. Jon Heyman tweeted that after Rob Manfred and Tony Clark met face-to-face, the league and the player’s union were close to a deal to get the season underway. That turned out not to be the case. The league reportedly offered 60 games at full prorata and expanded playoffs under the condition that the union waived any right to file a grievance. 60 games at full prorata isn’t worth much more than the previous offer, so the union is holding out for more games.

Matt Trueblood | Baseball Prospectus: Black players are woefully underrepresented at the catcher position. That’s symptomatic of implicit biases, and it prevents Black players from both entering the league and advancing once their careers are over.

Dan Szymborski | FanGraphs: MLB still doesn’t have a deal for a season, but Nippon Professional Baseball’s Opening Day is just around the corner. NPB’s season gets underway on Friday, so Dan Szymborski ran the ZiPS projections for the league’s projected standings.