Latest on negotiations for 2020 MLB season: Nolan Arenado says players want to play ‘as long as it’s fair’

Latest on negotiations for 2020 MLB season: Nolan Arenado says players want to play 'as long as it's fair' 1

With owners giving approval on May 11 to Major League Baseball’s proposal to begin the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, negotiations are now ongoing between the league and Players Association.

The goal is to begin a second spring training of sorts around June 10 and for Opening Day to be around July 1, meaning the league and players have a finite amount of time to reach an agreement.

Here’s the latest…


May 15, 1:05 PM:

In a wide-ranging conversation with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado touched on recent comments made by Blake Snell and explained the current stance of the players.

“The public should know that we want to play baseball,” Arenado said. “As long as it’s right, as long as it’s fair, we want to be out there. We want to go play. The misconception is that players don’t want to play if it’s not perfectly set up. That’s not the case. We understand nothing is going to be perfect this year.”

Arenado, who told Rosenthal that he’s not personally concerned about returning to play, said he understood where Snell was coming from but also sees the other side of things.

“We’re baseball players, right? We make great money. Regardless if we don’t make the money we want, we’re still making great money,” Arenado explained. “A lot of people in this world are struggling a lot harder than us. Some people might see him as a complainer. Some people might agree with his views. At the end of the day, he made some points I agree with. But he also made some points where it’s just going to be too hard to get everyone on our side.”

May 14, 9:29 PM:

During an interview with CNN, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred outlined the league’s coronavirus testing plan and also expressed his optimism for reaching a deal with the MLBPA. 

“All of our players would be tested multiple times a week” for coronavirus, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred says on the efforts to bring baseball back. “That testing would be supplemented less frequently by antibody testing as well.”#CNNTownHallhttps://t.co/zU95g1FwYr pic.twitter.com/J1MKyc5AJ0

– Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) May 15, 2020

“I think it’s hopeful that we will have some Major League Baseball this summer,” Manfred said. “We are making plans about playing in empty stadiums, but as I’ve said before, all of those plans are dependent on what the public health situation is and us reaching a conclusion that will be safe for our players and other employees to come back to work.”

As for reaching a deal with the players on reduced salaries for the season, Manfred said he’s very optimistic a deal can be reached.

“Me, personally, I have great confidence that we’ll reach an agreement with the Players Association,” said Manfred. “Both that it’s safe to come back to work and to work out the economic issues that need to be resolved.”

Manfred confirmed that the league will use a facility in Utah to test players multiple times per week, with results available in 24 hours. If a player is experiencing symptoms, instant testing will be available. 

If a player tests positive, he will be immediately quarantined until he tests negative twice, and any other player who came in contact with that player would receive instant testing. 

Manfred was also asked about players potentially declining to play due to safety concerns.

“We hope that we will be able to convince the vast majority of our players that it’s safe to return to work,” Manfred said. “… At the end of the day, however, if there are players with either health conditions or just their own personal doubts, we would never force them or try to force them to come back to work. They can wait until they feel they’re ready to come.”

May 14, 1:57 PM:

MLB has partnered with a Utah lab in order to provide coronavirus testing to players and support staff, in addition to “thousands more in the general public,” reports Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated, who says the testing plan was presented by the league to the Players Association on Tuesday.

The lab, The Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory, will turn its current lab (which currently performs testing for performance enhancing drugs) into a coronavirus testing facility.

Any return by MLB this season has been expected to include a coronavirus testing element, but there had been questions surrounding the ethics of potentially using thousands of tests on players during a time when many in the general public are still unable to get tested. It’s fair to believe the above agreement would allay some of those concerns. 

May 14, 9:24 AM:

As MLB and the Players Association continue to negotiate, one prominent agent told SNY’s Andy Martino that there’s “no question” some players will sit out the 2020 season due to concerns over contracting coronavirus and/or passing it to a family member.

As Martino wrote Thursday, those players will look at the possibility of taking a further pay cut from an already prorated salary and conclude the risk is not worth the reward.

Tampa Bay Rays ace Blake Snell expressed his hesitance on Wednesday night.

“I gotta get my money,” Snell said on his Twitch channel. “I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay? And that’s just the way it is for me. Like, I’m sorry you guys think differently, but the risk is way the hell higher and the amount of money I’m making is way lower, why would I think about doing that? Like you know, I’m just, I’m sorry.”

Snell then texted Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times to explain further.

“I mean, honestly, it’s just scary to risk my life to get COVID-19 as well as not knowing and spreading it to others. I just want everyone to be healthy and get back to our normal lives ’cause I know I miss mine!”

May 13, 11:19 AM:

The league’s proposal to implement a universal designated hitter for the 2020 season is expected to be “easily approved” by the players, reports Jon Heyman.

One of the teams that could benefit the most from the potential use of the DH? The Mets, with Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Davis, Robinson Cano, and Dominic Smith among those who could be beneficiaries of the extra hitter in the lineup.

When it comes to Cespedes, who has missed the majority of the last two seasons due to lower-body injuries, he could be the Met best-suited to DH.

May 13, 9:31 AM:

With the league and Players Association speaking Tuesday about the restart proposal (with the league not yet formally proposing its economic idea), the league will soon be sharing an 80-page document with the union “outlining potential health and safety protocols,” reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic

According to Rosenthal, the document will cover topics including testing protocols and what could happen if a player or other essential employee tests positive for coronavirus.

SNY’s Andy Martino reported earlier this week that the sport would not necessarily need to shut down if a player tested positive.

May 12, 8:57 AM:

The “sentiment of several of the game’s most prominent agents” is that a softer tone should be used during the negotiations — not a tone similar to ones used by prominent player agent Scott Boras and MLBPA chief Tony Clark.

“He does not speak for all of us,” one prominent agent told SNY’s Andy Martino regarding Boras’ aggressive public stance.

May 11, 8:26 PM

Scott Boras has called for the players to reject the league’s initial proposal.

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“The players I represent are unified in that they reached an agreement and they sacrificed anywhere from 30 to 40 percent of their salaries so that the games could amicably continue,” Boras told Sports Illustrated’s Stephanie Apstein. “The owners represented during that negotiation that they could operate without fans in the ballpark. Based on that, we reached an agreement and there will not be a renegotiation of that agreement.”

May 11, 3:50 PM

When it comes to what would happen if a player tests positive for coronavirus after the season resumes, a league executive told SNY’s Andy Martino that the sport would not necessarily need to shut down.

The scenario laid out by the executive:

The player who tests positive would be isolated, with the entire team receiving immediate coronavirus tests. At that point, any players found to have the virus would also be isolated and replaced by a member of the team’s large taxi squad (which could consist of roughly 20 players). Players who do not test positive would continue to play.

May 11, 2:21 PM

With the proposal agreed to by the owners, the next step — as SNY’s Andy Martino reported earlier Monday — will be that proposal being brought to the MLB Players Association on Tuesday.

During the call between the league and the players on Tuesday, it is expected that the players will be asked to take additional pay cuts beyond the already agreed-upon cuts that they took in March.

Video: Why do the 1986 New York Mets mean so much today?


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Gary Cohen, SNY.tv

Here’s a Q&A with SNY play-by-play announcer Gary Cohen with his thoughts on a universal DH, MLB players potentially sitting out this season, the 1986 Mets and more…


1. It seems more likely that there will be a universal DH this season. How do you envision the Mets taking advantage of a DH?

As much as it pains me to see any encroachment of the DH into the National League, the current truth for the Mets is that they are uniquely poised to take advantage, should this become a reality this season.

The Mets have multiple options for using the DH to their advantage, starting with Yoenis Cespedes. Watching Cespedes this spring, it was clear that Yo’s bat was still an asset. The question was whether he could hold up to the rigors of playing the field. With the DH, that would no longer be an issue.


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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

As Major League Baseball and the Players Association continue to negotiate the league’s proposal for the resumption of the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic, commissioner Rob Manfred discussed many of the league’s proposed protocols at length on Thursday night.

Manfred, during an appearance on CNN with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, confirmed that the league had partnered with a Utah-based lab on a coronavirus testing effort, and detailed many other potential measures the league could put in place.

“I have great confidence that we’ll reach an agreement with the Players Association, both that it’s safe to come back to work and to work out the economic issues that need to be resolved,” Manfred said


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Since SNY is now showing the 1986 National League Championship Series, as well as the 1986 World Series, I’m going to share a little-known story involving an in-game phone call with my brother during Game 6 in Houston.

As you may recall, left-hander Bob Knepper took a 3-0 lead into the ninth, giving up only two hits and one walk through eight innings. Up to that point Knepper had been masterful, retiring the first seven batters in a row until Santana singled in the third inning. After walking Mookie Wilson, Knepper retired 14 in a row, accruing four consecutive 1-2-3 innings, until Tim Teufel‘s single with one out in the eighth.  

Knepper had a sidearm delivery that enabled him to throw a hard sinker, and he also had a big sweeping curve at various speeds. The more he took something off that pitch, the more it broke. He also had a hard cutter, which he needed to use against right-handed hitters. In his younger days with the Giants he was a hard thrower, but with age he sacrificed power for terrific control and movement. He was no longer overpowering, but Knepper still threw hard enough, and his fastball had great movement, running in on lefties and sinking away from righties. He was particularly tough on left-handed hitters. Even though my career average against him is .330, I never relished facing him. I knew I had my work cut out for me whenever he toed the slab.


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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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May 2, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; General view of New York Mets helmet in the dugout before a game against the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
(Brett Davis)

Former Mets manager Art Howe is in intensive care battling coronavirus. 

“Want to send best wishes on behalf of our entire organization to former @Mets manager Art Howe who is in a Houston hospital battling COVID-19,” tweeted longtime Mets PR guru Jay Horwitz. “Never have met a nicer man.”

Howe also managed the Athletics for seven seasons and the Houston Astros for five years.


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SNY’s Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions from fans and also discuss some of MLB’s reported plans for the 2020 season during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.



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On Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, Mets hitting coach Chili Davis joins the crew. Among the topics discussed with Davis is how slugger Pete Alonso can improve upon his breakout 53-homer rookie season.

Tune in to the full episode on SNY at 7 p.m. …


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A general view at Mets spring training
A general view at Mets spring training

Josh Wolf, the Mets’ second-round pick (53rd overall) in the 2019 MLB Draft, is a 19-year-old power right-hander who is among the top 10 prospects in New York’s system.

After being drafted, Wolf got his first taste of professional ball with the Rookie level (Gulf Coast League) Mets, posting a 3.38 ERA and 1.25 WHIP while allowing nine hits, striking out 12, and walking one in 8.0 innings over five starts as his innings were being managed.

Along with fellow 2019 draftee Matthew Allan, Wolf — who features a fastball that has reached as high as 97 mph and an above average curve — is already one of the most highly-regarded pitching prospects in the Mets’ system. 


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Aug 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; A general view of the MLB logo with Colorado Rockies batting gear on it during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Colorado Rockies won 12-9. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)
Aug 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; A general view of the MLB logo with Colorado Rockies batting gear on it during the game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Colorado Rockies won 12-9. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Heitman)

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Initial talks between Major League Baseball and the Players Association on Tuesday did not include a specific proposal for how to handle players who do not want to participate this year because of health and safety concerns, according to people briefed on the talks.

According to several agents, this will be an extremely important part of negotiations to resume play. Earlier on Thursday, SNY reported that some players are expected to sit out the season because of health risks and underlying conditions that impact either them or their family members.

Will those players be allowed to sit without pay — but also without penalty from their employers? How will their service time be calculated?


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Baseball glove, bat and ball (Treated Image by SNY)

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We’ve spent days in the weeds of the economic argument between Major League Baseball and the Players Association, trying our best to dissect and translate issues like revenue sharing and contract language.

That’s all necessary. But sometimes a conversation with a person who is out of those weeds can serve to reframe the big picture of an issue.

On Thursday I was a guest on National Public Radio’s The Takeaway, which as you likely know is… quieter than anything Chris Carlin has ever done. At the end of a 10-minute conversation about specifics, host Shumita Basu asked a simple question: Who benefits from baseball’s return?


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Baseball players are known to be a superstitious group. Whether it’s a lucky bat or a favorite undershirt (or even underwear), when players find something that’s working for them, they tend to stick with it. And if something’s not working, they stay away from it.

Pete Alonso is no exception. 

Appearing as a guest on the latest edition of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies with Dom Smith and J.D. Davis, Alonso explained that he went through a bit of a slump following the All-Star Game. 


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Mets first baseman Pete Alonso had a record-breaking rookie season in 2019, smashing 53 home runs to break Aaron Judge‘s single-season rookie record.

Alonso, who said he pressed for a week after hitting No. 51, explained Wednesday on The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies that it was hard to balance his home run chase against what was a Mets playoff chase in August and most of September.

“I think it really set in after I hit number 40 in Kansas City, where it’s like — I’m gonna say it — ‘holy sh-t, I’ve got a chance at this.’ But I can’t try and do it, because we’re in a playoff run. if there’s a guy on second (base), I gotta try and get a base hit and move him over. I can’t just try and hit homers. I gotta be a good hitter first.


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On The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith welcome Pete Alonso to the show, with Pete revealing some behind the scenes stories from the Mets clubhouse.


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On Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, Ron Darling explains his own personal wild ride for the ending of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series. 

Tune in to the full episode on SNY at 7 p.m. …


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The Mets have the No. 19 overall pick in the first round of the 2020 MLB Draft, expected to take place in a virtual format on June 10.

Since taking Matt Harvey in the first round of the 2010 draft, the Mets have selected a pitcher with their first round selection just twice in the last nine drafts — Justin Dunn in 2016 and David Peterson in 2017.

New York also added two high-end arms during the 2019 draft when it nabbed Josh Wolf in the second round and took advantage in the third round, selecting Matthew Allan after he dropped out of the first round due to signability concerns.


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See how the Mets fared against the Diamondbacks in Game 43 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.


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Feb 28, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano (24) warms-up before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

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Mets second baseman Robinson Cano has been in his native Dominican Republic during the coronavirus pandemic, staying ready for what he hopes will be the resumption of the 2020 season.

“I’m just hoping every morning that I just wake up, that I might get a text from Luis Rojas or Brodie (Van Wagenen) that says, ‘okay, this is the day that we’re gonna show up in Florida or New York to go back to spring training,'” Cano said Tuesday during a conversation that was shared by the Mets.

The league and players are now engaged in dialogue regarding the proposal for what would be a shortened (potentially 82-game) season, and Cano and his teammates have been preparing and staying in shape.


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See how the Mets fared against the Diamondbacks in Game 42 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.


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On Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, Bob Ojeda stops by to share his memories of the unforgettable Mets comeback win in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the Boston Red Sox.


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In the latest edition of Time Machine Tuesday, we flash back to just last season when Pete Alonso delivered one of his best post-game interviews at Citi Field — and ignited the trend of #LFGM…


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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Forty years of mistrust. That’s how one high-powered agent put it on Monday night when describing the dynamic between Major League Baseball and the Players Association.

But that agent went on to make the point that this time can and should be an exception. The sides have never negotiated during a pandemic, or against the backdrop of tens of thousands of American deaths.


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MLB The Show 20
MLB The Show 20

See how the Mets fared against the Diamondbacks in Game 41 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.


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Apr 3, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Sports agent Scott Boras watches batting practice during a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Apr 3, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Sports agent Scott Boras watches batting practice during a MLB baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Cleveland Indians at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

It’s simple for baseball’s most prominent agent Scott Boras: the owners and players reached an agreement back in March that said salaries would be reduced and the teams would be able to function without fans being in the stands. 

But the proposal that was agreed upon on Monday between MLB and the owners will have the latter telling players they will not be getting their salaries, but instead a 50-50 revenue split for about an 80-game season. 

Boras says his clients are strongly against it, and he will be telling the MLBPA not to let the proposal go through. 


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Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey (33) walks off the field after the final out of the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)
Apr 24, 2018; St. Louis, MO, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Matt Harvey (33) walks off the field after the final out of the fifth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports (Jeff Curry)

Former Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was back on the mound last Thursday as he continued to stay in game shape with the MLB season paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, recently opened up on what could be next for him.

The 31-year-old free agent, who tried out with the Blue Jays during the offseason, is hoping to find a landing spot.

“I hope somebody gives me a shot,” Harvey told Dan Martin of the New York Post. “I feel like I have many more years in me.”


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No matter the conversation, day of the week or anything else for that matter, the 1986 Mets can be brought up at any time by fans. But why is that still the case 34 years later? 

That’s the latest topic of discussion for the Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition  crew, as Andy Martino, Steve Gelbs, Anthony Recker and Doug Williams break it all down…


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MLB (Treated Image by SNY)

With MLB owners giving approval Monday to a proposal for the resumption of the 2020 season that will be brought to the players on Tuesday, there are a number of huge questions that remain as the league attempts to start up again amid the coronavirus pandemic.

More important than any other question is how the league will protect the health of its players and any other employee essential to the season.

When it comes to what would happen if a player tests positive for coronavirus after the season resumes, a league executive told SNY’s Andy Martino that the sport would not necessarily need to shut down.


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Outside view of Citi Field. (Treated Image by SNY)

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Earlier on Monday, we wrote about the likely steps that MLB and the Players’ Association will take in the coming days, weeks and months to attempt a return.

The most dramatic element of the process evolved over the past two weeks, when the league turned away from the type of semi-quarantine situation that Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials tentatively approved (the “Arizona plan”), and toward the goal of playing in home ballparks.

As expected, the league is now asking the union to consider a proposal for regional travel in an approximately 80-game schedule.


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Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

With the league and owners scheduled to speak on Monday regarding the proposal for the shortened 2020 MLB season and that proposal expected to be taken to the players on Tuesday, we could soon get some clarity on how and when MLB will resume amid the coronavirus pandemic.

While there are still roadblocks and there could be some discord between the league and players between now and the resumption of spring training, the proposal to be discussed this week calls for the regular season to start around July 1.

The shortened season is expected to look very different, with it being roughly 80 games long, teams playing without fans in attendance, expanded playoffs, expanded rosters, and more wrinkles. One of those other wrinkles — a rather large one — is a universal DH, which multiple reports indicate will likely be implemented.


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Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)
Mar 26, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; A general view of Citi Field. The season opener between the Washington Nationals and the New York Mets has been postponed due the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports (Vincent Carchietta)

During a call Monday between Major League Baseball and team owners, the league’s proposal for the resumption of the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic was approved, according to multiple reports.

The next step, as SNY’s Andy Martino reported earlier Monday, will be that proposal being brought to the MLB Players Association on Tuesday.

During the call between the league and the players on Tuesday, it is expected that the players will be asked to take additional pay cuts beyond the already agreed-upon cuts that they took in March.


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On this episode of The Cookie Club Crumbs presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dom Smith reveal which of their Mets teammates they’d most like and least like to be with in quarantine.


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Among the many players the Mets took in last year’s MLB Draft were promising pitchers Matthew Allan and Josh Wolf.

Allan is arguably the best pitching prospect in the Mets’ system and Wolf has plenty of upside himself. Along with David Peterson, they could potentially combine to become the next wave of starting pitchers in the Mets’ rotations of the future.


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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

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Very little in life is certain, especially these days. But after months of speaking to people involved in Major League Baseball’s efforts to return, we feel we can predict a series of events.

Ready? Here’s how it will all play out:


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In the study that had 5,603 MLB employees tested for COVID-19 antibodies, Stanford Dr. Jay Bhattacharya found that 60 cases were positive. And though that is a 0.7 percent positive rate, the two New York teams in the Mets and Yankees were among the highest positive cases.

According to The Athletic, it was the Angels employees who had the highest rate in this test that is the largest of its kind to date. However, the Mets and Yankees followed, though Bhattacharya said the rates recorded were lower than counties in which they play. 

“I was expecting a larger number of people to test positive,” he said. “These numbers indicate these numbers haven’t spread very far. But at the same time, we have had a zero percent mortality rate.”


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Mets’ Edwin Diaz, Pete Alonso and Yoenis Cespedes (Treated Image by SNY)

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There are still many potential roadblocks ahead and an air of uncertainty about the 2020 MLB season due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the blueprint for what it could look like has reportedly come together.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the league will have a call with the owners on Monday. And if the proposal the league has outlined for the 2020 season gets approval from the owners, it will be presented to the players on Tuesday.

The bullets:


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MLB The Show

It’s Mother’s Day in the virtual Mets season, and they are taking on the Cardinals in Game 40 with pink bats and all. See how they fared on MLB The Show 20


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On this Mother’s Day, Dom Smith and J.D. Davis want to wish everyone a Happy Mother’s Day, and explain what makes their moms so special.

“I’m thankful for my mother because she taught me to fight and persevere, to (overcome) a ton of obstacles, and I feel like she shaped me into the man I am today,” Smith said.

Davis added about his mom: “You have the biggest heart and I can’t imagine life with you.”


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Ron Darling, SNY.tv

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom, Luciana Mikina Aikala Darling.  

My childhood was unique in many ways and my mom played an integral part in my athletic development. She was an amazing athlete and her favorite sports were volleyball and softball. Raised in Hawaii before Title IX, my mom really started playing organized sports when the family moved to Massachusetts. She was a cornerstone third baseman with a championship softball team where she always seemed to go 4-for-4 and had a shotgun for an arm. In fact for most of my childhood you could always have a “proper catch” and throw as hard as you wanted.  

I know it was tough for her moving from Hawaii to New England and taking care of four boys but she did it with aplomb. I am now self-quarantined with her in Florida and because of some health issues she is in harm’s way during this pandemic. The silver lining is that many people my age never get to know their parents as they get older but this time has been priceless. 


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Major League Baseball has been paused since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and while nothing is official yet, it sounds like the league is making plans for a best-case scenario in which spring training would resume in June and the regular season would begin in July. 

According to a report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the league is planning to present a proposal to the Players Association as early as this week regarding what it would look like if spring training were to resume in June. 

SNY’s Andy Martino reported last week that MLB and the players could come to an agreement before the end of May regarding what the plan to restart looks like, and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Wednesday that the league remains “confident” there will be a season in 2020.


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Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)
Sep 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) hits a home run during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports (Gregory Fisher)

Saturday would have marked the Mets’ 39th game of the regular season, an afternoon affair in St. Louis against the Cardinals.

But due to the coronavirus pandemic, no MLB team has played a regular season game to this point, leaving fans eagerly awaiting any news about when the 2020 season could potentially start.

But fans aren’t the only ones wishing to see baseball return to action. Players are in the same boat. 


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See how the Mets fared against the Cardinals in St. Louis in Game 39 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20


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Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)
Feb 16, 2020; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard warms-up during a workout at spring training. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports (Jim Rassol)

Noah Syndergaard has plenty of incentive to get healthy and back on the mound as quickly as possible, and the rehabbing Mets right-hander views it as a “competition.”

Syndergaard, who underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of March, spoke to youth baseball players on a Zoom chat about his recovery and what he’s been up to at home in Florida during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

“I think this is the best time to [rehab] considering there is no baseball right now, but I fully intend to be ready for next Opening Day, but doing it in a smart way,” Syndergaard said, according to the Post. “The rehab is 12-15 months and I see that as a competition.”


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See how the Mets fared against the Cardinals in St. Louis in Game 38 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20


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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred at MLB's 2016 first-year player in draft (Credit: Associated Press)
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred at MLB’s 2016 first-year player in draft (Credit: Associated Press)

The 2020 MLB amateur draft will still be held in June, but it will be just five rounds, according to multiple reports, the shortest in pro baseball history.

As outlined by Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich of The Athletic, five rounds was the shortest possible draft allowed under the March agreement the league and players came to regarding a shortened MLB season.

And while there previously had been a thought that the draft would be at least 10 rounds, it will now be just five, with teams then being able to sign an unlimited number of undrafted players for a maximum bonus of $20,000.


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I’ve had all week to look over my movie choices from last week, and there are so many great films that I missed.  

Since we are all hunkered down in our homes, I’ve decided to mention some more movies that I love for your viewing delight. 


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R.A. Dickey had one of the more remarkable seasons in baseball history in 2012, winning the Cy Young Award after reinventing himself as a knuckleballer earlier in his career. Johan Santana, on the other hand, delivered an unforgettable moment that same season, pitching the first no-hitter in franchise history.

But which feat was more surprising?

On Friday’s Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, the crew answers that question.

Catch the full episode on SNY at 7 p.m.


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Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Jul 18, 2019; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) pitches against the Houston Astros in the third inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

Matt Harvey, who is continuing to stay in game shape with the 2020 MLB season paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, was back on the mound on Thursday.

Harvey, throwing indoors, posted to his Instagram…


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Mets reliever Edwin Diaz, who has been preparing for the 2020 MLB season while at home in Puerto Rico, continued to get ready on Thursday, throwing to live batters.

Diaz flashed a fastball that reached 97 mph and a slider at 91 mph.

Click below to watch… 


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Bartolo Colon played for 11 different teams during his 21-year MLB career, but Mets fans will always look back at his time in Flushing fondly.

In three seasons with the team, Colon pitched to a 3.90 ERA, helped the Mets reach the World Series in 2015, and was an All-Star with the Mets in 2016. But his teammates loved him for who he was in the clubhouse in addition to who he was on the mound. 

On Thursday’s Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition, Anthony Recker explains what it was like to be Colon’s teammate, while Steve Gelbs talks about covering a player like Colon from a media standpoint.

Catch the full episode on SNY at 7 p.m.


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Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez
Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez

After negotiations with potential investment partners “failed to materialize,” Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez are no longer interested in exploring the idea of buying the Mets, reports Thornton McEnery of the New York Post.

According to McEnery, Rodriguez and Lopez’s efforts hit a roadbloack when talks with Quogue Capital founder Wayne Rothbaum — a potential investor they were interested in having join their group — went south due in part to his desire to “exert more control” over the team than Rodriguez and Lopez were comfortable with.

Rothbaum, who bid on the Marlins three years ago before they were sold to a group including Derek Jeter, had reportedly submitted an application to Major League Baseball, saying that his preference would be to serve as an investor in the team and not the controlling partner. 


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