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Morning Mound Visit: MLB rejects 114-game season

Negotiations remain stuck; There’s value in treating players well; MLB finally issues a nonspecific statement

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Ken Rosenthal & Evan Drellich | The Athletic $: The MLBPA proposed a 114-game season on Sunday, but on Wednesday, MLB rejected that offer and issued no counterproposal. The league floated the idea of a 50-game season as a last resort and with negotiations extending into June, that seems all the more likely. While MLB failed to reach an agreement for the 2020 season, both the NBA and MLS announced their plans for playing again.

Russell Carleton | Baseball Prospectus $: Last week, many MLB teams cut swaths of minor leaguers while the A’s decided not to pay their farmhands at all. Russell Carleton argues that there’s value in treating minor leaguers well, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because healthier, happier people generally do better work.

Bradford William Davis | New York Daily News: MLB finally submitted their statement regarding the protests of police brutality and the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and so many others. MLB’s statement, like so many others from professional sports teams and leagues, didn’t directly confront that police and white vigilantism were what killed these people. MLB also failed to mention how they would address the issue or “do better.”