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Morning Mound Visit: MLB may allow local governments to decide whether fans can attend games

Texas might be able to cram 20,000 people into a confined space; retired Black players speak their mind; the league is being weird about negotiations

MLB: New York Yankees at Texas Rangers Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Evan Grant | The Dallas Morning News: MLB is reportedly “inclined to allow local and municipal governance” to decide whether fans can attend baseball games. Currently, Texas is the only state that would allow fans at professional sporting events, and they would allow attendance of up to 50 percent. This is, of course, because Texas has done such a great job of containing the coronavirus outbreak.

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Ken Rosenthal and Doug Glanville | The Athletic: Ken Rosenthal and Doug Glanville organized a panel of retired Black baseball players including LaTroy Hawkins, Dontrelle Willis, Ryan Howard, Torii Hunter, and Jimmy Rollins. The seven men spoke of their experiences with the police and systemic racism, and it should be required to listen to what they had to say.

Craig Edwards | FanGraphs: MLB rejected the MLBPA’s proposal for a 114-game season with no counter proposal, so Craig Edwards asked, “What gives?” Whether ownership is just trying to negotiate or deliver an ultimatum, it’s clear that playing baseball isn’t a priority for them.