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Independent American Association Kicks Off Professional Baseball

  • The American Association of Independent Professional Baseball will play a 60-game season with six teams, rather than its normal 12.
  • The independent league has hosted players like Max Scherzer, and its commissioner believes this year will contain the most talented ever.

With no Minor League Baseball in action this summer, the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball will join Major League Baseball as one of the few professional baseball circuits operating in 2020. But that is not the only thing different this season according to commissioner Josh Schaub. The normally 12-team league will only have six teams participating – four with stadiums available – and attendance will vary based on local health guidelines. They will also attempt to fit 60 games […]

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OKC Dodgers

No MiLB

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  • There will officially be no Minor League Baseball in 2020.

There will be no minor league baseball in 2020. MiLB announced yesterday that it was canceling the season after MLB teams said they would not provide affiliated clubs with players. With no games this year, some communities might not have a goodbye tour for their local teams as MiLB had started to work with MLB to realign the minors and eliminate approximately 40 organizations. Minor League Baseball is now in “dire straits,” according to MiLB CEO Pat O’Conner. “It’s north […]

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Nationals Peanuts

Get Your Peanuts!

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  • 8% of MiLB fans and 6% of MLB fans buy peanuts at the ballpark.

Baseball might be on its way back, but 2.3 million pounds of in-shell peanuts won’t be cracked at ballparks this year. Forever linked to the sport in ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame,’ peanuts are one of the top snacks for baseball fans, which farmers eagerly anticipate. Anticipating a season, farmers harvested the peanuts in October, shipping them to roasters. Now those roasters, who already paid the farmers, are trying to figure out what to do with hoards of unused […]

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MLB is Back

Batter Up!

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  • MLB finally sets a start for its season while NHL moves closer choosing to hub cities.

Baseball will finally start next month, as MLB announced yesterday that a 60-game season would begin on July 23 or 24. The MLB Players Association agreed to report to training camps by July 1 and with the league’s health and safety protocols. Little has been leaked about the 76-page safety and testing protocols, but the league reportedly gave in to player requests for greater access to medical and training equipment. The proposed schedule will largely focus on divisional play, with […]

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Swing and a miss

Swing And A Miss

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  • MLB Players reject latest owner proposal, prolonging baseball negoitations.

The MLB Players Association’s executive committee voted 33-5 against the league’s latest 60-game proposal. In a statement, MLB said that “needless to say, we are disappointed by this development.” The teams subsequently unanimously voted to proceed with the 2020 season, and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is now asking players if they could report to camp within seven days and to sign off on health and safety protocols. MLB would then begin the process of producing a schedule, which is expected […]

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Braves Swing

MLB Moves Closer

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  • New MLBPA proposal includes potential for uniform sponsor patches.

Negotiations to get an MLB season underway continued Thursday as the players submitted a 70-game counterproposal to the team owners. The owners had made a 60-game offer Tuesday after it appeared discussions had all but died. The owners’ most recent proposal included a full prorated salary for players – a significant roadblock in previous offers. The new players’ offer includes the 10 additional games, along with expanded playoffs for both 2020 and 2021 – including $50 million in playoff bonuses […]

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Manfred

100% Unsure

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  • A baseball season might not be on its way.

Less than a week after MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was “100% certain” there’d be baseball this summer, he told ESPN’s Mike Greenberg he’s “not confident” there will be a season. “The owners are 100 percent committed to getting baseball back on the field,” he said. “Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that I’m 100 percent certain that’s gonna happen.”  Manfred’s comments came after the MLB Players Association told the league to set a date to return to play, effectively […]

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Coors Field

When and Where

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  • MLBPA rejects latest owner prosposal, tells league to set the season.

Baseball could be on its way soon, but not without further raising tensions between Major League Baseball and its players. The MLB Players Association rejected the latest proposal from team owners for a 2020 season and asked the league to set the schedule – which will likely deepen the ever-growing labor issues. The MLBPA has asked for plans by the close of business today. In a statement, MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark said, “Further dialogue with the league would be […]

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Rob Manfred

Baseball Promises

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  • Despite the gap between MLB and its players, the commissioner is certain baseball will be played.

While it appears Major League Baseball and its players are still far apart on an agreement for the 2020 season, Commissioner Rob Manfred is confident a season will be played. “I can tell you unequivocally we are going to play Major League Baseball this year,” he said during an interview with ESPN. Manfred was speaking before Wednesday’s MLB Draft broadcast, which came a day after the MLB Players Association proposed an 89-game regular season with 100% of prorated salaries. Earlier […]

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Another Offer

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  • MLB owners give players a 76-game proposal, but 48 games seems likelier.

MLB owners provided players with a new proposal Monday after a weekend that left fans wondering if there would be baseball in 2020. The new plan includes a 76-game regular season with up to 16 playoff teams. Players would make approximately 75% of their previously agreed-upon prorated salaries if the postseason is completed.  The new offer comes a week after the owners denied the latest proposal from players. To fit the schedule in, players would need to agree to the […]

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