First Pitch: Latest on MLB Negotiations

I expect to hear more with the MLB negotiations today, but I thought I’d catch everyone up on what went on over the weekend, just in case you weren’t following along.

Much of the news over the weekend centered around coronavirus cases in Spring Training camps. The latest news is a bit disheartening for those hoping for a 2020 season, but we will see how it plays out.

Jon Heyman says that more than ten teams have been affected since Spring Training ended and there “were about 40 positive Covid-19 tests last week alone”. Pirates were not among the teams affected.

The actual negotiations were and are still going on, with MLB players intending to vote on the framework/proposal yesterday… (cont’d after tweet)

…but they delayed the voting because of the number of cases mentioned above, which seems to be leading to some changes in the proposal

At this point, it appears that the two sides will either agree on the deal soon or the commissioner will just set the schedule on his own. The bigger deal seems to be whether or not they will be able to play. The first part we will find out about soon, the second part might take some time….maybe.

** We will have at least four articles today, including the one you’re currently reading. If any news comes up (likely with negotiations and possible signings), we will have more. The other scheduled articles for today are as follows:

This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History – Some birthdays, including a pitcher from the first World Series team, plus an interesting signing from long ago.

Prospect Throwback – One of my favorite features because it involves more than just the article itself. I buy an old set of minor league baseball cards for a Pirates affiliate and then show some off while talking about the interesting players and cards in the set. Here’s the last one, which has links to the previous articles. Right after I finished this article a few days back, I bought another old minor league set. I’ve now got four lined up for future articles.

1979 Season Recap – Pirates look to extend their winning streak against the Cubs. I have a good feeling about this team now after a rocky start.

Hope everyone has a happy Monday!




Bob Robertson talking about the 1971 series

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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