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Marty’s musings: talk, talk, talk...

As owners stall, the calendar continues to turn.

Fenway Park During Coronavirus Pandemic Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Welcome to ‘Marty’s Musings’, my weekly column of numbers summarizing the happenings in the baseball world. I am your guide for taking an analytic look at the news and notes throughout the game, and highlighting this week’s key pitching matchups.

We’re nearing the end of June, and there is still no agreement on a 2020 season. Making matters that much more difficult, multiple MLB players were diagnosed with COVID last week. Things are not looking good.

News & Notes

60 - Game proposal for the 2020 season is sitting out there, awaiting MLBPA approval. The two sides remain as far apart as they’ve been throughout this entire process, and it’s becoming clear that owners are getting their wish for as short a regular season as possible as the process continues to stall.

30 - Teams will play with a designated hitter in 2020 (season pending) and in 2021. It’s possible this will be the norm, should MLB come back to normal any time soon.

40+ - Players and staff members across multiple organizations, who have tested positive for COVID. The public list includes people in the Phillies’ and Blue Jays’ organizations, but those are only the teams who have publicly confirmed the cases.

1 - Million dollars donation provided by the MLBPA to minor league players. The union has done little for their future union members and players who round out MiLB, but the million bucks wil at least help in these unprecedented times.

??? - Days until Opening Day.

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Steven Martano is an Editor at Beyond the Box Score, a Contributing Prospect Writer for the Colorado Rockies at Purple Row, and a contributing writer for The Hardball Times. You can follow him on Twitter at @SMartano