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Morning Mound Visit: MLB proposes 76-game season with 75 percent prorated pay

Owners try the same paycut in different clothes; baseball must confront its own racism; one player regrets not kneeling with Bruce Maxwell

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Craig Edwards | FanGraphs: On Monday morning, it was reported that MLB had submitted its latest proposal to the MLBPA. This proposal would see a 76-game season with players making 75 percent of prorated salaries and sharing in playoff revenue. It would also eliminate draft pick compensation for free agent signings. Ultimately, it’s not much different from any of MLB’s previous offers; players are still making approximately 33 percent of their original salary. A key difference, as Craig Edwards points out, is that players risk losing much more if the playoffs don’t happen.

Rob Arthur | Baseball Prospectus: As America confronts systemic racism, so too must baseball. The sport that loves to tout the memory of Jackie Robinson still allows racism to pervade its foundation. Scouts, commentators, and baseball game developers still ascribe unwanted attributes to nonwhite players in their evaluations, and coaching opportunities for Black candidates are exceedingly rare.

Joon Lee | ESPN: Bruce Maxwell is the first and only major leaguer to kneel during the national anthem in protest of the disproportionate and unjustified killing of Black people by police. Maxwell reached out to other players to join him, and none did. One of those players, Delino DeShields Jr. has expressed remorse for not taking a knee with Maxwell.