I thought yesterday would be a busy day with possible draft signings, non-drafted free agent signings and some good news with the MLB negotiations. We got none of that. There were reports that second round pick Jared Jones signed, but as the experts said numerous times throughout the draft, everyone will likely sign this year, so I wouldn’t worry about that. Even the numbers that they sign for don’t really matter because there’s no saving for late round signings this year. The only thing I really want to see is if the Pirates used their entire bonus pool, which would explain why they reached on their last two picks.
We got news on the international bonus pools, which I tried to prep everyone for, but it was still disappointing to see the start of the period pushed back until January 15th. Bonus pool was also announced.
We got some MLB negotiating news, but it was just more nonsense from both sides and now they aren’t 100% sure there will be a season, which Rob Manfred was certain of just days ago. Maybe it’s more negotiating tactics, but whatever it is, it’s getting extremely annoying (it was only very annoying before). Here are some tweets on the situation.
Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark today released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/ibyOqB93WC
— MLBPA Communications (@MLBPA_News) June 15, 2020
There’s lots of complications now in MLB talks — possible grievance, new rules, pay/length of season and yes Covid. You might even say it’s a mess. But top execs contacted were all surprised Manfred mentioned possibility of no season. Said one, “I can’t imagine not having one.”
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 15, 2020
Manfred is said to remain “100 committed” to trying to play a season but is also saying he needs to open dialogue with the union. That they need to get in a room and negotiate, and that many issues are yet to be resolved. https://t.co/IIWzkQJ12P
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 15, 2020
I thought about writing an article on that, but I think this is better
Sooo, today could be a busy day for the same reasons as yesterday. As for the articles that are already scheduled, we have the following:
This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History – Eight former players born on this date, plus a trade of note made 132 years ago.
Game Rewind – Looking at a big game from one of the Pirates all-time greats.
1979 Season Recap – Pirates take on the Dodgers
Also, from yesterday, did you people read this Al Oliver – Amos Otis trade article? Disappointing amount of responses to it. I really had a lot of fun writing that article up and learning more about it. This is some good stuff here explaining the almost trade and how it could have affected things afterwards.
The baseball highlight of my day yesterday was buying a new minor league set for a future Prospects Throwback article and the cost was less than $7 delivered. I have one written up and scheduled for the near future already, plus I have three more sets already in the future article pile, but I was happy to add another.
Hopefully we have more news today than yesterday, but if not, have a great Tuesday.
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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.