Coronavirus (COVID-19) MLB Update – June 8th Edition

Coronavirus (COVID-19) MLB Update – June 8th Edition

The NBA and NHL are on track to resume their seasons. Major League Baseball is on track to keep their season on the sidelines. Unlike the NBA and NHL, MLB never started play. Since the shutdown, the league and players have tried to come to an agreement. So far, that hasn’t happened. Check out an updated MLB Odds & News on where Major League Baseball stands in its quest to start the 2020 MLB Season on our Coronavirus (COVID-19) MLB Update.

MLB Update – June 8th Edition

2020 Major League Baseball Season

  • When: TBD
  • Where: Various Venues

2020 World Series Futures

  • New York Yankees +325
  • Los Angeles Dodgers +325
  • Houston Astros +775
  • Atlanta Braves +1500
  • Louis Cardinals +2200
  • Minnesota Twins +1800
  • Washington Nationals +1800
  • New York Mets +2000
  • Philadelphia Phillies +3000
  • A. Angels +2400
  • Boston Red Sox +4500
  • Cleveland Indians +2400
  • Chicago Cubs +2200
  • Tampa Bay Rays +2200
  • Oakland Athletics +2500
  • Cincinnati Reds +2500
  • Milwaukee Brewers +4500
  • Chicago White Sox +2400
  • San Diego Padres +4000
  • Arizona Diamondbacks +6000
  • Texas Rangers +8000
  • Toronto Blue Jays +8000
  • Colorado Rockies +18000
  • Pittsburgh Pirates +30000
  • San Francisco Giants +15000
  • Seattle Mariners +30000
  • Baltimore Orioles +50000
  • Detroit Tigers +50000
  • Kansas City Royals +20000
  • Miami Marlins +50000

Players rejected Major League Baseball’s first plan

Players rejected MLB’s first proposed plan to start the season. The plan’s schedule seemed sound enough.

Players would start an 82-gme schedule in early July after a 21-day spring training. The regular season would end on September 27. That schedule keeps MLB on track for an October to early November World Series.

But the schedule isn’t what drove players to tweets of derision. The problem with the plan wasn’t the schedule, it’s the insistence from major league baseball that players take a massive pay cut. The highest-salaried players would take the biggest pay cuts.

MLB has yet to say if they like the players’ plan

After declining to even discuss Major League Baseball’s proposal, the players’ union came out with their start to the season plan.

The return to play plan is for a 114-game season. The players also want the option to opt-out of a 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns. They also insist on deferred salaries should MLB have to cancel the postseason.

The plan asks for the world, of course. But the players knew that before they proposed it. Their hope is that MLB looks at their proposal and comes up with ideas to incorporate some of the plan into a second proposal.

MLB mulling a different plan to get players to agree to a diamond return

So far, Major League Baseball has done nothing with the players proposal. They haven’t come up with anything concrete on their end.

One thing they did let slip is that they’ve discussed a 50-game schedule that would pay members of the Major League Baseball Players Association their full-prorated salaries. Most don’t expect the owners to sign off on such a proposal.

Baseball is further away from starting than the other leagues. At this point, we can’t say for certain that baseball even happens in 2020.

Let’s hold out hope but we shouldn’t expect either side to come to an agreement any time soon.

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