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)

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...


June 4, 12:33 PM:

Agent Scott Boras, who was blasted by Trevor Bauer last week for sticking his nose in the labor negotiations, is again weighing in on the situation.

"The NFL and college football -- contact sports -- could be playing in November, let alone December," Boras told The Athletic about Major League Baseball's refusal to play past October. "MLB, a social distancing sport, says it can't play playoffs in November. Apparently the NFL and NCAA medical experts think differently."

The comments from Boras come on the heels of the league's rejection of the 114-game proposal by the players, due in part to MLB not wanting to conduct the postseason largely in November, when a potential resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic could imperil it.

Rosenthal notes that financial considerations could also be "driving" the league's reluctance to have the postseason take place in November, with the league expecting a huge financial windfall due to the television rights for playoff games -- and there being even more money than usual to be made due to the expectation of an additional playoff round.

However, it should also be noted that the other leagues Boras is citing (the NFL and college football) would not be playing their respective postseasons in November, unlike the case with MLB if it agreed to a 114-game season.

June 3, 1:56 PM:

The league has rejected the latest proposal from the players and does not plan to counter, according to multiple reports, including one from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

According to Rosenthal, the league has started talks with owners regarding potentially playing a shorter season without fans in attendance, and is "ready to discuss additional ideas with the union."

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the league is "sitting on" the option of either having a 48-to-54 game season with players receiving their full prorated salaries or a season of roughly 82 games where players take an additional pay cut.

SNY's Andy Martino reported Monday that even if MLB and the MLBPA can't find common ground to start a season, it will likely be played anyway. That idea stems from the March 26 agreement between both sides, which gives commissioner Rob Manfred the ability to unilaterally begin the season -- though the players can file a grievance in that scenario.

Martino reported Wednesday that while the sides remain at odds over pay, they are expected to reach an agreement regarding health and safety protocols.

The latest proposal from the union, which asked for a 114-game season, was always expected to be rejected due to the fact that it would've meant the postseason going into late-November -- with the league wanting the postseason to end roughly a month before that due to the potential of a second wave of the coronavirus. 

June 2, 7:51 PM:

During Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7, Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick dropped some news: MLB won't be playing in November. 

"We don't want to take the risk of putting our players at jeopardy and our game in peril to be playing games beyond the end of October. So our model is and will never be changed that we will not be playing baseball in the month of November or later."

What that means is the MLBPA's counterproposal that had a 114-game schedule won't fly for the owners -- that would've had the season end on Oct. 31, pushing the postseason all through November. So there will need to be a compromise on the number of games, which the league will say is trying to make 50 games, but with pro-rated salaries in its next proposal.

June 1, 9:20 PM:

Even if MLB and the MLBPA can't find common ground to start a season, SNY's Andy Martino is saying that it will likely be played anyway. And it stems from the March 26 agreement between both sides. 

Section II, Article A of that agreement stated "the Office of the Commissioner will construct and provide to the Players Association, as promptly as possible, a proposed 2020 championship season and postseason schedule (or multiple schedule options) using best efforts to play as many games as possible, while taking into account player safety and health, rescheduling needs, competitive considerations, stadium availability, and the economic feasibility of various alternatives."

As Martino put it in his latest article, "construct" and "provide" instead of using "negotiate" basically says the league can start a new schedule from that initial agreement. If that were to in fact happen, players would be pay their pro-rated salaries -- the original agreed upon compensation -- and it would probably be in the 50-game range, which ESPN first reported. 

June 1, 5:20 PM:

In response to the MLBPA's proposal for a 114-game season where players would not make any further salary concessions, the league intends to propose a season potentially as short as 50-to-60 games where the players would be paid the full prorated share of their salaries, reports ESPN's Jeff Passan.

The league had initially proposed an 82-game season where players would take additional pay cuts beyond what was agreed to by the league and union on March 26. That proposal was countered over the weekend by the players when they refused any additional pay cuts and asked for the 114-game season.

SNY's Andy Martino noted that MLB being willing to pay players their full prorated salary -- even in a shorter season -- would be a huge victory for the players and also a win for MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred, who are "who are prioritizing saving the season over a little negotiating win."

June 1, 11:42 AM:

With the league having received a counterproposal from the MLBPA on Sunday that included no further salary reductions, the regular season schedule growing from 82 games to 114 games, expanded playoffs, an opt-out for high risk players, and salary deferrals in the event the postseason is canceled, the owners are holding firm on two things, per Evan Drellich of The Athletic.

The first is that the schedule cannot be as long as 114 games, and the second is the need for further salary concessions by the players.

According to The Athletic, MLB and the MLBPA had a meeting on Sunday after the proposal was submitted.

That the owners are refusing to budge on the need for further salary concessions is no surprise, with the agreement reached between the two sides on March 26 having language that revolved around further pay cuts in the event games are played without fans in attendance.

When it comes to the length of season, extending it to 114 games would almost certainly mean a postseason that takes place largely in November -- when a potential second wave of the coronavirus could imperil it.

May 31, 10:15 PM: 

The MLBPA sent a memo to players earlier this weekend to say it was discussing what a counterproposal to the league's initial 82-game proposal would contain and when it would be sent to MLB. 

Well, according to multiple reports, the MLBPA sent its counterproposal Sunday afternoon. 

The contents contain the following, via multiple reports:

  • A 114-game season, starting June 30 and ending on Oct. 31
  • Players can opt out of the season if they don't want to play
  • Deferrals of salary if there are no playoffs for players making $10 million of more
  • Total $100 million in salary advance during spring training
  • Two years of expanded playoff (matches MLB's proposal as well)

MLB has yet to respond to the counterproposal, but it may not be pleased with no further salary cuts -- the main reason why the MLBPA had a problem with the initial offer.

"No progress" is what one ownership source told MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

May 31, 11:16 AM:

With negotiations between the league and players seemingly at an impasse due in part to economic disagreements, the MLBPA sent a memo to the players earlier this weekend noting that it was weighing the timing and contents of a potential counterproposal to the league, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Per Rosenthal, the memo discussed the league's economic proposal that called for additional salary cuts, saying that it "sought additional paycuts of more than $800M that it contends are necessary to make it economically feasible to play games without fans. ... Importantly, the union still awaits key documents from MLB that would support the dubious financial distress claims the league has made in its attempt to force the additional givebacks from players."

At the heart of the stalemate in negotiations is the players' position that the pay cuts they agreed to on March 26 should be the final pay cuts they receive. The position of the owners and the league is that the March 26 agreement left room to negotiate further pay cuts for players in the event regular season games in 2020 were played without fans in attendance, as the restart plan calls for.

With an agreement still not in sight and the league seeking to begin a second spring training around June 10 and Opening Day around July 1, the two sides are seemingly getting perilously close to a point where those starting dates may not be feasible. 

May 28, 1:47 PM:

Agent Scott Boras, who represents Max Scherzer (who spoke out against the league's recent proposal on Wednesday night) and many other high profile players, has urged his clients to refuse any additional pay cuts, according to an email obtained by the Associated Press.

"Remember, games cannot be played without you," Boras wrote. "Players should not agree to further pay cuts to bail out the owners. Let owners take some of their record revenues and profits from the past several years and pay you the prorated salaries you agreed to accept or let them borrow against the asset values they created from the use of those profits players generated. ... please share this concept with your teammates and fellow players when MLB request further concessions or deferral of salaries."

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer lambasted Boras on Wednesday night when rumors began to circulate that the agent was sticking his nose in negotiations.

"Hearing a LOT of rumors about a certain player agent meddling in MLBPA affairs," Bauer tweeted. "If true - and at this point, these are only rumors - I have one thing to say... Scott Boras, rep your clients however you want to, but keep your damn personal agenda out of union business."

With it now known that Boras is seeking to influence the negotiations, the missive delivered by Scherzer on Wednesday night has lost a bit of its luster. 

Meanwhile, as negotiations continue, the expectation remains that the two sides will reach an agreement, SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier Thursday.

May 28, 11:39 AM:

As the players dig in and prepare a counterproposal to the league that will ask for a longer season schedule and not include any further salary concessions, the players understand they will have to make other concessions -- with deferred payments potentially being among them -- in order to get the shortened season underway, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

With all of the above going on in the background, teams are actively planning spring training camps and working through the logistics of what it will take to televise games, according to Martino, who adds that players are preparing under the assumption that there will be a season.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently gave clearance for local sports teams to train in the state, which gives the Mets and Yankees (who had been expected to return to Florida for spring training) the option of instead having spring training in their home ballparks.

May 27, 11:21 PM:

The latest economic proposal from MLB to the players union on Tuesday was deemed unacceptable, as SNY's Andy Martino reports, and now Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer has spoken out publicly on the situation. 

"After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there's no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions," Scherzer tweeted on Wednesday night. "We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there's no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received.

"I'm glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB's economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information."

Martino has previously reported that the league's top earners would be asked to take roughly a 20-30 percent pay cut under MLB's proposal, with their salaries already being prorated due to the reduced number of games. 

Martino has noted, though, that the latest proposal, and the reaction from players, "did nothing to change the industry expectation that MLB will launch its season in July." 

May 27, 4:40 PM:

After receiving a salary proposal from the league on Tuesday that they deemed unacceptable, MLB players met virtually on Wednesday to discuss the proposal and will continue to do so, reports SNY's Andy Martino.

According to Martino, while the proposal on Tuesday led to some heated reactions from the players, it "did nothing to change the industry expectation that MLB will launch its season in July."

In addition to the issue of player salary, the two sides still need to hash out an agreement regarding the health and safety protocol, with the players believing the 67-page health and safety proposal shared last week by the league needs to be modified.

As far as when negotiations could start to get more serious and gain momentum toward an agreement? That could potentially happen by this weekend.

May 27, 11:17 AM:

The financial proposal the league shared with the players on Tuesday, calling for further reductions in player salary with the biggest hits taken by the biggest earners, was met with scorn.

Still, as negotiations continue, the expectation remains that a deal will get done, as SNY's Andy Martino reported late Tuesday afternoon.

With the goal being for a second spring training to start around June 10 and Opening Day to be around July 1, the clock is ticking.

Players and teams will need time to get all their ducks in a row before a second spring training begins, meaning a deal almost certainly has to be reached before that June 10 date (and perhaps well before it) in order for things to stay on schedule.

According to Jon Heyman, June 1 is the "soft" deadline, with June 5-10 the firmer deadline. As noted above, though, it's fair to wonder about the feasibility of the current timeline for spring training and the season if it takes until June 10 or close to it for a deal to be agreed upon.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today cited June 6 as a potential date the sides would need to reach a deal by in order to start the season by the weekend of July 4.

May 26, 5:58 PM:

Sources tell SNY's Andy Martino that MLB's financial proposal to the union would see the game's top earners taking a roughly-20-30 percent pay cut. Meanwhile, players earning the MLB minimum would still take home nearly all of their prorated salary.

Martino notes that this proposal pokes at the class divide among player salaries, essentially meaning that the highest-paid players are telling the lowest-paid players that they can't have their money. 

"They've just taken the biggest problem in the union, the pay class divide, and flipped it on its head," a veteran role player told Martino. "And now they'll watch as the union tears itself apart as the highest paid fight back on this while the lowest paid say 'whoa whoa whoa, we like this!' The union will try to convince those young, naive players that it's in their interest to stand together, but it isn't."

While Martino notes that days of difficult decisions lie ahead, he maintains that "it remains our expectation, based on months of reporting, that the sides will strike a deal of some kind and begin the season."

May 26, 3:02 PM:

The new financial proposal submitted by the league has been approved by the owners and will now be presented to the players, reports Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

At the heart of that proposal is the plan for how players will be paid, with Nightengale reporting that it revolves around a sliding scale where the highest-paid players would be impacted the most, while players earning less would take much smaller hits. 

SNY's Andy Martino reported Tuesday that the owners and league have had enough talks with the players to believe the latest proposal can lead to quick dialogue, with the sides "apart, but not irresolvable" in negotiations.

Martino added that with talks continuing on Tuesday, there is still no reason to expect anything but an agreement and the eventual beginning of the shortened 2020 MLB season.

May 26, 11:34 AM:

With the league and Players Association resuming talks after the holiday weekend, MLB owners are expected to vote on the league's new financial proposal on Tuesday before presenting it to the union, reports Jon Heyman.

SNY Insider Andy Martino reported this past Thursday that MLB would soon make its first economic proposal to the players, and that an agreement on resuming the season could come soon after.

As far as what that agreement could look like, agents speculated to Martino that it will involve a modest across-the-board pay cut that includes deferrals, with Martino noting that outcome would look better to players than the 50-50 revenue-sharing idea that has been speculated on.

Some players had publicly pushed back on the revenue-sharing idea, and others have come out against any type of second pay cut.

But the expectation has been that in order for the economics to work without fans in attendance (at least at the outset), that a second pay cut would be necessary. The two sides are also working through health and safety protocols.

The target date to begin a second spring training has been June 10 or so, with the target date for Opening Day around July 1. And with players and teams needing lead time to prepare, the league and the players will likely need to get a deal done at some point this week or early next week in order for those target dates to be hit.

May 22, 6:23 PM:

MLB's new economic proposal for the 2020 season will be delivered to the Players Association on Tuesday, sources tell The Athletic's Evan Drellich

May 21, 5:09 PM:

The Players Association issued a formal response to the league on Thursday regarding the 67-page health and safety proposal that had been shared with the players.

Among the topics touched on in the response from the union, per Evan Drellich of The Athletic, were the frequency of testing, protocols in the event of a positive test, protection for high-risk players and their families, and player access to pregame and postgame amenities/therapies in ballparks.

When it comes to the frequency of testing, the initial proposal submitted by the league called for players to be tested once every three days. The players would prefer for the testing to be more frequent.

May 21, 3:14 PM:

The Players Association plans to give its first official response to the league's 67-page health and safety protocol document on Thursday, SNY's Andy Martino confirmed.

The union said in a statement, per ESPN's Jeff Passan:

"The union has spent the past several days carefully reviewing the manual and gathering feedback from its medical experts and players across the league, including a 3 1/2-hour video conference with 100-plus player leaders on Monday night, and we expect to provide our initial feedback to the league today."

May 21, 1:31 PM:

With the clock ticking toward what likely needs to be a resolution over the next 10 days or so if the league wants to remain on track to begin a second spring training around June 10 and have Opening Day around July 1, the next week will be crucial.

SNY's Andy Martino reported Thursday that MLB will likely make its first economic proposal to the players in the next few days, and that an agreement on resuming the season could come soon after.

As far as what that agreement could look like, agents speculated to Martino that it will involve a modest across-the-board pay cut that includes deferrals, with Martino noting that outcome would look better to players than the revenue-sharing idea that has been speculated on.

The position of some players and agent Scott Boras has been that the pay cut players agreed to on March 26 should be the final pay cut. But the position of the owners has been that the agreement reached on March 26 included a stipulation that the two sides could seek further pay cuts for players in the event games are played in ballparks without fans in attendance -- something the owners argue is not economically feasible without further pay cuts.

May 21, 11:48 AM:

With the league and players still in a staring contest over the economics of the potentially shortened 2020 season, it's expected that the league will submit an economic proposal "by early next week," reports Jon Heyman.

In addition to the economic situation -- with there being increasing pressure on the players to accept an additional pay cut, as SNY's Andy Martino reported Tuesday -- there has been reported pushback from the players on the breadth of the health and safety protocols that were proposed by the league in a 67-page document.

Among the health and safety protocols some players are reportedly objecting to, according to Jesse Rogers of ESPN, are restrictions on the use of certain amenities at team facilities and the proposed guidelines for when teams are on the road -- where they would be expected to be basically quarantined in their hotel rooms when not at the ballpark.

May 20, 11:12 AM:

Over 130 players joined in on a conference call Monday night led by the union where the league's comprehensive health and safety proposals were discussed, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported.

According to Sherman, the union is expected to respond to the 67-page health and safety proposal at some point this week.

The proposal, which includes plans and guidelines for coronavirus testing, social-distancing measures, expected player behavior, and more, was submitted to the players last week.

May 19, 6:01 PM:

The league has not yet made an economic proposal to the players, and when it does, it won't necessarily be the revenue-sharing plan that the union considers a non-starter, people with direct knowledge of the process told SNY's Andy Martino.

According to Martino, the expectation remains that the two sides will reach an agreement to play the season and that any agreement will involve a further pay cut for players beyond the one they agreed to on March 26 that involved the players receiving a prorated share of their 2020 salaries.

The position of the players has been that the agreement they made on March 26 is the final salary agreement. But that position has been weakened due in part to a March 26 email that was recently unearthed by the New York Post.

In that email, MLB officials summarized to deputy commissioner Dan Halem a conversation with Players Association deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum and director of analytics and baseball operations Greg Dreyfuss the position of the league that playing in empty stadiums without a further pay cut for players would not work economically.

May 19, 2:40 PM:

As negotiations continue to resume the season amid the coronavirus pandemic, the league recently gave the players two options, reports Jon Heyman.

The first option was to "negotiate a new financial agreement" for the players salary-wise that would be in place if the season resumes without fans in attendance.

The second option was to wait until the point where it's safe to resume games with fans in attendance.

The league, due to what it says would be financial losses incurred during a potentially shortened season without fans in attendance (at least at the outset of the season) has sought to reduce player salaries further from the deal that was reached on March 26.

With it not seeming feasible to wait until it's safe to resume games with fans in attendance to begin the 2020 season, it appears something will have to give at some point soon regarding the salary issue.

May 19, 9:19 AM:

Austin Hedges, a player rep for the San Diego Padres who has been involved in the negotiations between the league and the players, told the San Diego Union Tribune Monday night that he feels the two sides have been "getting stuff done" over the last 48 hours.

"I really do believe we're to a point where a decision will be made. … I feel very confident it's going to happen," Hedges said.

Hedges added that decisions are now being made instead of the two sides contemplating what-ifs, and spoke about the players making monetary sacrifices this season in order to position themselves better in the future.

"We've got to make sacrifices anyways," he said. "Let's make those sacrifices now with the future in mind. Everything we're working for is not to make this year extra special. It's let's get through this year as best we can and cut our losses but make sure 2021 and beyond the league is going to be in great shape."

Hedges said that he believes most players are on board, despite loud opposition from some key players regarding any additional pay cuts for the players.

"I think (most players) are on board," he said. "We want to play and bring home money to our families. … I think it will happen. Especially with what (Gov. Gavin Newsom) said today (about sports returning to California in June), I'm excited."

May 17, 11:36 AM:

In a presentation shared by the league with players regarding projected financial losses during a potentially shortened season, the league said the players' current prorated salaries would contribute toward an average loss of $640,000 per game.

The presentation, a copy of which was obtained by the Associated Press, was called "Economics of Playing Without Fans in Attendance," with the league saying it would lose more money with each additional game played.

Other details contained in the presentation:

  • The Yankees (at $312 million in projected local losses) and Mets (at $214 million in projected local losses) would be two of the three hardest-hit teams under the current 82-game plan. The Dodgers are projected to lose $232 million.
  • MLB broke down 2019 revenue as being 39 percent local gate and other in-park sources, 25 percent central revenue, 22 percent local media, 11 percent sponsorship, and 4 percent other.

The league seeking a further reduction of player salaries beyond the reduction players already took on March 26 has been a major issue as players and the league continue to negotiate toward a potential return, with some players (including Blake Snell and Trevor Bauer) outspoken against another reduction and others (such as Nolan Arenado) taking a more measured approach.

May 16, 12:55 PM:

The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich obtained a copy of the 67-page health and safety document that MLB sent to the Players' Union on Friday night. The extensive document lays out protocols for testing, spring training, facility operations, travel, and on-field operations. 

Some of the notable protocols include:

  • Regular testing for players, managers, coaches, umpires, and a limited number of essential staff members who are in close proximity to the players. All individuals will also have to take daily temperature checks at home before coming into the team facility.
  • Spring training will be limited to 50 players per club, with staggered reporting dates. Clubs are also encouraged to use other local facilities, such as college fields, for split-squad games.
  • Limited groups of essential personnel will be permitted into team facilities. This group includes essential on-field personnel, front office employees, public relations personnel, broadcast crews, law enforcement, EMTs, and others.
  • Player lockers should be six feet apart, and clubs can use unused or outdoor space to construct temporary lockers if necessary. Players will not be permitted to high-five, fist-bump, or engage in any other physical interaction with others at team facilities.
  • Players will not need to wear masks on the field, but they will need to be worn in the dugout, with all players six feet apart, using seats in the stands if necessary. Players will not be permitted to spit or use chewing tobacco or sunflower seeds in restricted areas.
  • Pitchers will have individual baseballs for bullpen sessions. Also, a new baseball will be used any time a ball is put in play or multiple people touch it. 
  • When traveling, players won't officially be quarantined, but they will not be permitted to leave the team hotel without further approval, and only immediate family members will be permitted to visit players. Teams are also encouraged to fly into smaller airports when possible.

ESPN's Jeff Passan notes that MLB will issue 10,000 tests per week, and will also offer free coronavirus tests to all healthcare workers and first responders in MLB cites.

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. 

"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.

"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.

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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.

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Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The Mets will have some big decisions to make after the 2020 season, with Marcus Stroman among those set to hit free agency. Yoenis Cespedes will be coming off the books and the team should have plenty of room to add external free agents and/or take on expensive players via trade.

When it comes to Ramos, whether he is a Met beyond 2020 is fully in the hands of the front office. 

The situation with Ramos

The Mets signed Ramos before the 2019 season to a two-year deal that includes a $10 million option (or $1.5 million buyout) for the 2021 season.

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See how the Mets fared against the Houston Astros in Game 61 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Jacob deGrom is the obvious favorite to win the 2020 NL Cy Young Award, as he searches for his third straight one to join elite company in the record books. But who is his biggest competition? 

Looking at the latest odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, Max Scherzer and Walker Buehler are his biggest competition. So, in the latest edition of What are the Odds?, the BNNY crew breaks down who deGrom needs to worry about the most whenever this season gets underway...

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Last week I hope you all watched the 1986 World Series Game 6 Watch Party on SNY's Facebook page which featured many of my former teammates. It was truly a brilliant idea to put us all together in a discussion forum as the game unfolded from beginning to end. We were told that we could Zoom in and Zoom out at any time if we needed a break. I didn't plan on watching the entire game, which (as Met fans everywhere will recall) took almost four hours to play.  

But I did.

It was so much fun to virtually "see" my old teammates Santana, Ojeda, Teufel, Elster, McDowell, Darryl, Mitchell, etc. It's been years since I've seen, let alone talked with, most of them. But having all of their faces on my computer screen talking together in real-time was one of the most fulfilling moments in my baseball life.  

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Acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Braves before the 2015 trade deadline, Kelly Johnson proved to be a valuable utility player for the Mets, playing all over the diamond and doing whatever was asked of him by manager Terry Collins.

On Wednesday, Johnson joined the BNNY crew to look back at some of the pivotal moments of the 2015 postseason, including Chase Utley's NLDS slide into Ruben Tejada, Matt Harvey staying in for the ninth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, and more.

Tune in to the full episode of Baseball Night in New York: Living Room Edition on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. on SNY.

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred

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Last month, Major League Baseball sent the Players Association a 67-page document proposing health and safety measures for the 2020 season. On May 21, the union responded with suggestions.

While there remain outstanding issues between the league and players on health and safety, people involved in negotiations are highly optimistic that the sides will reach an agreement. This aspect of negotiations has proven less contentious than financial talks, and the players are expected to get much of what they want on health and safety.

An agreement there could help facilitate one on pay. Since MLB signaled its intention on Monday night to launch a shortened season with prorated pay if no new accord is reached, the sides have engaged in limited dialogue, according to sources.

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Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

When the Mets took Jarred Kelenic at No. 6 in the 2018 MLB Draft, they got an 18-year-old, lefty-hitting center fielder with above average tools on both sides of the ball who was widely viewed as the best high school hitter in the draft.

With the Mets set to pick at No. 19 in the 2020 MLB Draft on June 10, Keith Law of The Athletic's latest mock draft has them taking 18-year-old, lefty-hitting center fielder Austin Hendrick, who -- like Kelenic at the time he was drafted -- has above average tools on both sides of the ball.

"Hendrick has only a couple of landing spots, as he's going to be sophomore-eligible if he goes to Mississippi State and may ask for an over-slot bonus, even though scouts didn't see him play this year," Law writes. "The Mets seem to be hoping for a top high school bat to get to them, with college pitching the fallback."

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Jun 17, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Jones catcher Tyler Soderstrom (18) during workouts at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 17, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Jones catcher Tyler Soderstrom (18) during workouts at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Over the last 30 years, the Mets have selected a catcher in the first round of the MLB Draft just once, when they picked Kevin Plawecki at No. 35 overall in 2012.

And the lack of a can't-miss catching prospect in the 2020 MLB Draft might mean that the Mets going for one when they pick at No. 19 is unlikely.

When you look at the Mets' farm system, Francisco Alvarez is a true blue chip catching prospect who profiles as a player who will excel on both sides of the ball. But he likely won't be ready until 2022 at the earliest, and potentially not until 2023.

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Add the Mets to the group of teams that have reopened their spring training facilities for players on a limited basis. 

The state of Florida, like many others, is allowing facilities to open up for sports teams, and the Mets told Newsday's Tim Healey on Tuesday that Clover Park in Port St. Lucie "is available for players who reside locally."

Mets C Wilson Ramos was seen there on Tuesday working out in the gym. 

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See how the Mets fared against the Houston Astros in Game 60 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Regardless of what many said after the fact, pretty much everyone watching Game 5 of the 2015 World Series wanted Matt Harvey to come back out for the ninth inning with the Mets leading, 2-0.

From the fans at Citi Field to the fans at home to the media in the press box, the belief was that Harvey should be given a chance to finish what he started.

When Harvey came running back to the mound after talking Terry Collins out of replacing him, the crowd roared. But things fell apart from there.

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New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (45) (STEVE MITCHELL/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Pedro Martinez (45) (STEVE MITCHELL/AP)

Major League Baseball and the Players Association continue to have back-and-forth negotiations, but the clock is ticking toward the "soft deadline" if the goal is still to resume spring training around June 10. 

Pedro Martinez, the Hall-of-Famer who pitched four seasons with the Mets in the mid-2000s, is hopeful that both sides can find a middle ground on some of their differences, particularly when it comes to figuring out players' pay for a shortened season with no fans, so that the game can offer some solace for the fans at home.

"I'm hoping that both sides stop thinking about their own good to start thinking about the fans," Martinez said during an interview with Mike Tirico on NBC Sports' Lunch Talk Live. "I think this is the perfect time to have their baseball teams out there to have the people try to forget about a little bit what's going on. 

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As protests against police brutality and racial injusitce continue in most major cities in the United States, Mets star Pete Alonso posted on Instagram on Tuesday along with the caption #blackouttuesday -- a hashtag many are using on Tuesday in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

Soon after Alonso's post went up, Instagram user @mattenrique77 responded by saying "All Lives Matter" -- a pathetic retort Alonso would have none of.

"Get out of here with that ignorance," Alonso wrote. "Of course everybody's life matters but we're focusing on the wide spread racism in our country right now. The question is, why does the black lives matter movement bother you enough to have to say all lives matter?"

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Owners from all 30 Major League Baseball teams convened on a conference call Monday, according to sources, and reiterated the desire to begin the season. 

If any owner has gotten to the point where he does not see the value in playing a truncated schedule, he did not express that to his colleagues. Add that to the players' consistent stance that they want to play, and there remains the expectation that the 2020 season will be salvaged. 

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

Let's start with where we expect this negotiation to end: Major League Baseball and the Players Association will reach an agreement to play roughly 70-80 games, and players will accept a small percentage pay cut.

Additionally, the league will offer further financial incentives like removing the qualifying offer and the competitive balance tax this winter, in order to help kick-start free agency during an offseason of financial hardship. The union will offer deferred salaries.

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With this shortened MLB season slowly coming together, Vegas Sportsbooks haven't missed a beat with projecting winning percentages for 2020. 

As we knew, the NL East was going to be a hard-fought division this season -- shortened or not. With the World Series-champion Nationals not even being the NL East division winner last season (that's the Braves) to go along with the Mets and Phillies, it was bound to be good baseball.

Vegas thinks the same thing with their winning percentages this season. So do you think the Mets will go over or under their projected wins? That's the latest topic on What Are The Odds?

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On the eighth anniversary of Johan Santana pitching the first Mets no-hitter, Mike Baxter and Josh Thole recall their roles from that night.

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May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former pitcher Ron Darling is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)
May 28, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets former pitcher Ron Darling is introduced to the crowd during a pregame ceremony honoring the 1986 World Series Championship team prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports (Andy Marlin)

A judge has thrown out former Met Lenny Dykstra's lawsuit against his former teammate Ron Darling for defamation following the release of Darling's autobiography. 

With the lawsuit put to bed, Daring released an official statement on the matter:

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Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Apr 3, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; General view of fans outside Citi Field before a game between the New York Mets and the Atlanta Braves. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice in recent days after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, the Mets released a statement about the situation on Monday:

Queens, NY is one of the most diverse areas in our country. We take pride in our diversity. It is our strength

That is why we denounce all forms of racism and discrimination.

We stand with our state, our city, and community. We hope to be a part of positive change in our society.

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Johan Santana threw the first Mets no-hitter eight years ago today.

After making history, the jubilant Santana addressed his teammates. Watch his full speech above...

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Johan Santana
Johan Santana

It was a night many Mets fans thought they would never see.

On June 1, 2012 at Citi Field in front of 27,069 fans, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history 50 years after the inception of the team.

There had been many near-misses through the years, from Tom Seaver to Rick Reed to Tom Glavine and many in between. But it was Santana -- back on the mound after missing the entire 2011 season due to shoulder surgery -- who did it.

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Mets prospect Matthew Allan (Treated Image by SNY)

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When the Mets selected hard-throwing RHP Matthew Allan in the third round (89th overall) of the 2019 MLB Draft, they got a first-round talent who SNY contributor and former Mets front office member Adam Fisher referred to at the time as the "linchpin" of their draft.

Allan, who turned 19 years old this past April, dropped out of the first round and all the way to the Mets at No. 89 because of signability concerns. But New York walked a bit of a tightrope when giving out its signing bonuses, and were able to get Allan signed under its alloted bonus pool.

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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer adjusts his gloves during batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in New York. Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues. He turns 37 in March and leaves with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File) (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)
FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2015, file photo, New York Mets left fielder Michael Cuddyer adjusts his gloves during batting practice before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field in New York. Cuddyer is ready to retire after playing 15 seasons in the major leagues. He turns 37 in March and leaves with one season left on a two-year, $21 million contract that he signed with the Mets as a free agent. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File) (Kathy Kmonicek/AP)

Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

A few nights ago, Michael Cuddyer sat in bed and forced himself to watch the entire video, all eight minutes and 43 seconds, that showed a white Minneapolis police officer kill a black man, George Floyd. It took him about four minutes to break down crying.

Cuddyer is an icon in Minnesota, having played 11 seasons for the Twins before leaving for Colorado and New York. He is now back with the team as a member of the front office.

"I forced myself to watch it, because I wanted to feel the empathy and I wanted to see the injustice," Cuddyer said in a phone interview on Sunday. "In the middle of it, I started bawling…I'm not afraid to admit it. I literally was in my bed bawling. Tears falling down my face."

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See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 59 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)
Mets 1B Pete Alonso (Noah K. Murray)

With most major cities in the United States protesting police brutality and racial injustice in recent days after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso spoke about the situation on Sunday.

"For the past couple of days, I've struggled to wrap my mind around what's happening," Alonso wrote on Instagram. "I have a voice and I will not remain silent. My heart has been broken over the murder of George Floyd. I will never know what it feels like to be discriminated against because (of) the color of my skin. To anyone who faces this type of discrimination, I will fight for you and be an ally. I will always stand with you. There needs to be justice and change made for the better of humanity. Let words be our sword and unity be our armor. Take care of each other."

Floyd died following his arrest in Minnesota after police officer Derek Chauvin -- who was later arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter -- had his knee on a prone Floyd's neck for roughly nine minutes while Floyd repeatedly said "I can't breathe."

After protests began in and around Minneapolis following the death of Floyd, other protests have taken place in New York City, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, and elsewhere. 

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Here is the Sports Squared crossword puzzle for Sunday, May 31, called Players Who Played for the Mets and Yankees...

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Marcus Stroman (Jim Rassol)
Marcus Stroman (Jim Rassol)

Protests against police brutality and racial injustice after the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor have been taking place in cities across the country.

Many professional athletes, both in New York and other cities, have used their platform to either speak out on or join these protests.

"Racism is engrained [sic] in our society/culture and the world seems incapable of change," tweeted Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman. "To change the world we must begin with ourselves. Truly look in the mirror and identify if you're part of the problem or the solution. Your true colors will always be revealed!"

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See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 58 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)
New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia throws during the eighth inning of Game 1 of the Major League Baseball World Series against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) (Matt Slocum/AP)

The Mets were leading the Kansas City Royals, 4-3, with one out and none on in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. They were about to secure the win, guaranteeing themselves at least a split before returning to Citi Field for Game 3. And then it happened.

A Jeurys Familia quick pitch was turned around by Alex Gordon, who drove it out of the ballpark. Five innings later, the Mets lost. And the series was turned on its head.

Speaking this week on The Metrospective podcast with Tim Britton and Pete McCarthy, former Mets GM Sandy Alderson lamented the Game 1 loss and Familia's quick pitch.

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See how the Mets fared against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 57 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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In a winner-take-all Game 5 of the 2015 NLDS against the Dodgers, Jacob deGrom stepped up in a huge way for the Mets, allowing just two earned runs over six innings of work while striking out seven hitters.

On the latest BNNY: Living Room Edition, the crew discusses how this game helped deGrom take his confidence to the next level and shaped him into the two-time NL Cy Young winner he is today ...

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Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey's time with the Mets was complicated, with off the field moments and his Dark Knight persona at times overshadowing what was his utter dominance on the mound when healthy.

Harvey blew past his innings limit in 2015 in his first season after Tommy John surgery (something former teammate David Wright recently lauded him for), underwent thoracic outlet surgery in 2016, and was never the same.

Speaking this week on The Metrospective Podcast with Tim Britton and Pete McCarthy, former Mets GM Sandy Alderson was asked what led to Harvey's downfall.

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The Mets are among teams that have released minor leaguers on Thursday, per The Score's Robert Murray

The Brewers, Nationals and Mariners were also among known teams that have let go some of its prospects. 

Unfortunately, these cuts shouldn't come as a surprise as the coronavirus pandemic hasn't just been wreaking havoc in Major League Baseball, but in Minor League Baseball as well. 

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Daniel Murphy's 2015 postseason run is something Mets fans will never forget. 

After hitting just 14 home runs in the regular season, Murphy became a legend in the postseason, belting seven home runs in a nine-game span, helping the Mets defeat the Dodgers in five games and then sweep the Chicago Cubs to win the NL pennant. 

On the latest Beyond the Booth Live, SNY's Gary Cohen, Ron Darling, and Keith Hernandez looked back on Murphy's meteoric playoff rise. 

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See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 56 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)
Aug 27, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso (20) runs the bases celebrating his solo home run in the fourth inning setting the Mets all time single season home run record against the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports (Wendell Cruz)

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Mets first baseman Pete Alonso hit 53 homers in 2019 as he shattered the single-season rookie record and led all of the majors. While Alonso is among the favorites to hit the most homers during a shortened 2020 season that could be roughly 82 games, he is not the favorite.

Here are the players with the best odds, per BetMGM:

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In the latest edition of Beyond the Booth, Gary, Keith and Ron play "Rapid Replies," where they say the first word that comes to their mind when they hear another. 

What do think when they hear "Shea?" How about "Citi Field?" Check it out...

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SNY's Gary Cohen, Keith Hernandez and Ron Darling answer questions from fans and also look back at the Mets 2015 postseason run during Beyond the Booth Live, hosted by Steve Gelbs on Thursdays at 4 p.m.

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Following a day of video conferences with other players in leadership positions in the Players Association, Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer held the position that his union would not accept further pay cuts.

"After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there's no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions," Scherzer, a prominent voice in the union, tweeted on Wednesday night.

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Not many MLB players working out in anticipation for whenever the 2020 season gets underway has someone working alongside of them, let alone a teammate. 

Dom Smith and Marcus Stroman have been working out together since the pandemic shut down spring training, and it has given Smith a real good look at what Stroman brings to the rubber every fifth day. 

When his stuff is on, Stroman is one of the hardest pitchers to time and hit with his deceptive delivery techniques that match his array of pitches. On the latest episode of The Cookie Club with J.D. and Dom presented by Insomnia Cookies, Smith discussed what he's been doing with Stroman recently. 

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Custom handshakes between baseball players is basically an art form.

And while there won't be any handshakes if/when the 2020 season begins due to Covid-19 health and safety protocols being put in place, Dominic Smith has come up with some socially distant ways to celebrate, and it's still fun to reminisce about some of the best handshakes from last season. 

On the latest edition of The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, Smith and J.D. Davis discussed not only just how some of these hand shakes develop over time, but also how Davis completely whiffed on sharing a handshake with Smith after one of his biggest home runs of the season. 

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When the 2020 MLB season (hopefully) begins, new health and safety protocols will be in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's not yet clear exactly what the protocols will be, but with high-fives and fist bumps likely to be forbidden, how will walk-off celebrations look?

The Mets made an art form out of walk-offs last season, with the player responsible for the game-winner getting his jersey ripped off. The celebrations also featured players dousing one another with water and food, and Dominic Smith using his scooter to take part while he was recovering from a foot injury.

Asked during the latest Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies what celebrations could look like in 2020, Smith had some ideas in mind.

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See how the Mets fared against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 55 of the virtual season on MLB The Show 20.

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With MLB and the Players Association deep in negotiations for the potential return of the 2020 season -- which could mean a second spring training starting around June 10 -- players are ramping up their preparation.

For J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith, that means things have gotten more intense.

"Right now what I'm doing (is) I'm getting more balls off the machine. Getting ready, swinging a little bit harder, making sure I do some more sprints, some more long distance stuff," Davis said Wednesday during The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies. "Definitely ramping it up here, definitely getting the itch. The month before it was kind of that mystery of when we're gonna start, but now it's becoming a little more clear that it's gonna start here in the next couple of weeks. I have no idea, I don't make those decisions, but I'm excited for that phone call."

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Baseball Night in New York takes a look around the NL to discuss who the best overall position player is in the entire league.

Los Angeles' Cody Bellinger edged out Milwaukee's Christian Yelich in MVP voting last year, and former AL MVP Mookie Betts has now changed leagues as well. So who is the top position player?

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On The Cookie Club presented by Insomnia Cookies, J.D. Davis and Dominic Smith reveal the secrets behind last season's handshakes and new ways to safely celebrate when baseball returns.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

The players want to play. The owners want to earn. A round of calls to sources reveals that everyone is surprisingly calm behind the scenes, and the PR/social media war is mostly kabuki.

For these reasons and more, Tuesday's dust-up did nothing to change the industry expectation that MLB will launch its season in July.

When we did our rounds of asking for reaction on the player/agent side on Tuesday and Wednesday after the owners proposed steep cuts for top earning players, we received a number of virtual shrugs.

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Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Jun 21, 2019; Bradenton, FL, USA; Team Howard outfielder Austin Hendrick (12) at bat during the eighth inning at IMG Academy. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |

In the last 10 years, the Mets have selected an outfielder with their first pick in the first round of the MLB Draft three times.

The picks of Brandon Nimmo (2011) and Michael Conforto (2014) have worked out incredibly well, and they currently make up two thirds of the Mets' expected starting outfield.

The other outfielder the Mets most recently drafted? That would be Jarred Kelenic, who was selected in 2018 and traded to the Seattle Mariners in the deal that brought Edwin Diaz and Robinson Cano to Queens. Regardless of whether Diaz and/or Cano improve in Year 2 in New York, including Kelenic in that deal was unwise. And he is now a consensus top 10 prospect in baseball who will likely be in the majors by 2021.

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Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |

After reading about Major League Baseball's proposal for a sliding scale of pay cuts that penalized the highest earners, one veteran role player had to grudgingly admire what the owners had done.

"They've just taken the biggest problem in the union, the pay class divide, and flipped it on its head," the player said. "And now they'll watch as the union tears itself apart as the highest paid fight back on this while the lowest paid say 'whoa whoa whoa, we like this!' The union will try to convince those young, naive players that it's in their interest to stand together, but it isn't."

Inside any major league clubhouse, there are wealthy players and players making the minimum salary. Last year on the Yankees, to choose a random example, Giancarlo Stanton earned approximately $25.5 million more than Ben Heller.

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