Morning Breath

Good grief, you guys are verbose. Just for the sake of refreshing things, here's a new thread. Some random questions you can ignore, below...
  1. If (IF!) the Cubs ever built a new ballpark, what should it look like?
  2. If you could change the MLB or Chicago Cubs uniform in one way, what would it be?
  3. The dumbest rule in the game is...
  4. Who is the most entertaining player (intentionally, or otherwise) in MLB?
  5. The best book on baseball I've read is...
  6. Is this six-game winning streak the start of a great second half for the Cubs?
  7. For the hell of it - do you think you can jack the number of posts on the thread below this one (the game 77 thread) to 500, by the end of today? (without any bush-league tricks, but actual substantive posts?)

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And he's not just a random internet guru. He's also a doctor.

do you think you can jack the number of posts on the thread below this one to 500, by the end of today Of course... if some ridiculous writer had not written a new post! :) And in the "it never hurts to ask" category... anyone know of any affordable places to rent for a vacation next week? My wife and I were going to go to a cabin in Eagle River, WI, but plans fell through. So now we are scrambling...

"Of course… if some ridiculous writer had not written a new post! :)" Bah! That's what makes it a CHALLENGE! :)

Crain's piece on John Canning possibly bidding for the Cubs. No details. http://chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id...

1. If (IF!) the Cubs ever built a new ballpark, what should it look like? They should keep the same design (manual scoreboard, ivy, etc), however modernize the bathrooms, concourses and all other amenities to the 21st century and increase the foul area size. 2. If you could change the MLB or Chicago Cubs uniform in one way, what would it be? Bring back the stirrups! 3. The dumbest rule in the game is… DH 4. Who is the most entertaining player (intentionally, or otherwise) in MLB? Our boy Soriano, especially recently with all the assists 5. The best book on baseball I’ve read is… Glory of Their Times hands down 6. Is this six-game winning streak the start of a great second half for the Cubs? God, I hope so 7. For the hell of it - do you think you can jack the number of posts on the thread below this one to 500, by the end of today? (without any bush-league tricks, but actual substantive posts?) Good god Trans, I think I speak for most loyal readers of this blog when I say I think I could do without a crap article like this one. This blog should talk about DS9 or at least the conclusion of the Stargate SG-1 series. Speculate about seeing Amanda Tapping naked. Plain and simple. It’s not like there was no sci-fi action over the past few days or we have a dearth of sci-fi news to ponder. Makes me question the writer’s motives, to be frank...sorry I had a brief MDOG moment there...

Tom C - HAHAHAHA. that said, when I meant "below this one" I meant the previous game thread. I will go clarify that, now.... hehee. Great effort!

Okay... I will try to answer the questions. Or should I answer the questions in the other thread in order to arbitrarily boost the comment numbers? 1. If (IF!) the Cubs ever built a new ballpark, what should it look like? If it looked anything near as nice as PetCo I would be elated. And keep the Wrigley scoreboard. And easy access off of the El. And the ivy. And the organ. And add advertising for TCR. 2. If you could change the MLB or Chicago Cubs uniform in one way, what would it be? Have every Cubs hat be like one of those reggae hats, with the fake dreads coming out the back. 3. The dumbest rule in the game is… How wins are determined for pitchers. 4. Who is the most entertaining player (intentionally, or otherwise) in MLB? Hmmm... Soriano is a good option. Ichiro is a good option. Barry Bonds is a good option. But I would have to go with Godenot. Who can be more entertaining to watch the the incarnation of God in Wrigley Field?!?! 5. The best book on baseball I’ve read is… Just to piss certain people off, I would have to say Moneyball! 6. Is this six-game winning streak the start of a great second half for the Cubs? Well... being that the Cubs are playing some really bad teams right after they play Milwaukee, I would probably say no. Because since when do the Cubs beat bad teams? 7. For the hell of it - do you think you can jack the number of posts on the thread below this one to 500, by the end of today? (without any bush-league tricks, but actual substantive posts?) I too am thoroughly disappointed that this thread is not about baseball. You should be embarrassed. And I normally enjoy your writing, but this wasn't even funny.

John Canning is looking like the new owner. He's a friend of Bud the Dud Selig, so that speaks volumes as to his chances. The franchise is going to fetch $900 million easy. Canning is a private equity guy at Madison Dearborn Partners, one of the nation's preeminent firms in that regard. He and his partners make their money via doing precisely what Sam Zell is doing with the Tribune Company. They either buy a company out right, or buy a majority stake. Then they insert their own stealth management team and eventually parcel off the pieces to the highest bidder. I have no idea the level of interest Canning really has in baseball. Is he a diehard Cub fan who is buying the team as a hobby and wants to win no matter what? Or is he intent to simply milk the cash cow that is the Chicago Cubs, ala precisely what the Tribune Company has done for years?

Dave - to answer your question: I have no idea any more. I was just trying to create an open thread! ~sob~

He’s a friend of Bud the Dud Selig, so that speaks volumes as to his chances. Not sure it matters... The Trib company is a publicly held company, which means that they are required to take the highest bidder. They cannot sell to a someone who bids less simply because Selig likes him/her.

Wrigley Field is past due for a major renovation. As in a $300-500 million type of renovation. I love the joint as much as the next guy, but truth be told it is a dump in too many respects. Now whether John Canning or a new owner will care, I have no idea. After all it's not like the place is half empty. Quite the opposite, ticket prices keep zooming upward and the place is packed to the rafters for virtually every home game. Wrigley Field has become a "hot spot" for the frat boys and sorority girls of Chicago, in addition to deep pocket business people out on a jaunt or with clients. It really is sad in many ways. The crowd at Wrigley used to be true diehard Cub fans and regular Joes who knew a great deal about baseball. Today, half the crowd doesn't even realize there is a baseball game taking place on the diamond. And the asshole quotient has zoomed up into the stratosphere. I guy to around 10 games per year, and quite frankly I have become disgusted with a lot of the crowd. Granted, there is a lot of "eye candy," even for us happily married middle aged guys.

Your mom is verbose. Just sayin... 1. I refuse to accept this as a possible scenario. 2. BRING BACK THE BLUE ALTERNATE 3. If a guy gets get caught in a rundown by the pitcher before a pitch is delivered, and he ends up safe at second, it's a SB on the catcher even though he never touched the baseball. 4. Manny should be the hands down choice. 5. I still think Eight Men Out is a classic. 6. Great is a relative term. Great by Cub standards, perhaps. 7. I'll do what I can, doc. I'll drop a "Barrett's great, Fontenot's a god, trade Z, Pie iz teh suxx0rz" post in the thread below.

I have no idea any more. Hehe... I think I confused Trans. Or made him said. Is making Trans cry kinda' like making baby Jesus cry? Or should I say it is like making Godenot cry?

Your mom is verbose. Just sayin… Wait... are we talking about Trans' mom? Or Johann's?

If (IF!) the Cubs ever built a new ballpark, what should it look like? PNC is my favorite park, but that concept doesn't really work at Wrigley. I guess I would hope it would integrate some of the classic elements of Wrigley along with 24th-century amenities. The screens going into the backs of the chairs at the new A's park sound cool as hell - something like this where you can watch instant replays, flip to other MLB games, order food and beverages, vote on in-game promotions and trivia, buy Fontenot jerseys, etc., would rock. If you could change the MLB or Chicago Cubs uniform in one way, what would it be? Blue and white is too overdone. A color scheme that no other team (at least MLB team if not North American pro team) has. The dumbest rule in the game is… DH was a good choice. Who is the most entertaining player (intentionally, or otherwise) in MLB? Vlad. Watching that guy play is pure joy. The best book on baseball I’ve read is… Still waiting to find it. How about "99 Ways to Die: A History of Gaffes and Follies," chronicling exactly how this year has failed to deliver, loss by loss, bonehead play by dumb move, each and every year? Is this six-game winning streak the start of a great second half for the Cubs? I expect more ups and downs like we've seen. This time is too talented to not put together good stretches here and there, but no we won't play .700 ball until October. For the hell of it - do you think you can jack the number of posts on the thread below this one (the game 77 thread) to 500, by the end of today? (without any bush-league tricks, but actual substantive posts?) Ask you-know-who. And my own question I'd like to add to Dr. Trans' list: If you could cherry-pick any player in baseball to join this year for the purposes of helping us win the Series in 2007, who would it be? I know the adage about pitching, but I'll take Jose Reyes. Our lineup would be downright frightening to NL teams.

ZHL - I almost put that cherry-pick question in the original list, and yeah, reyes is a great choice. oh, and "I guess I would hope it would integrate some of the classic elements of Wrigley along with 24th-century amenities" You must be hell-bent on seeing Wrigley last a long time, or else are convinced that the Tribune has a time-travel device, and will be bringing back treasures from the future.

The second one. =) I just meant, make it original, unique, progressive, exciting and visionary. If they built a Great American Ballpark-type stadium I'd kill a fool.

1. If (IF!) the Cubs ever built a new ballpark, No... stop right there. :) 2. If you could change the uniform... I'd use some kind of retro uniform. Like from 1908: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/articles/unif... 3. The dumbest rule in the game is... The DH. The pitcher is part of the team, he should hit.

dave: Hmmm… Soriano is a good option. Ichiro is a good option. Barry Bonds is a good option. I have to admit, it was really fun watching Ichiro at work.

Dave- You have travel suggestions in last thread.

I think the most entertaining part of the game is watching the sharp defensive plays. I remember watching Nomar turn an amazing double-play at Wrigley.

If you could change the MLB or Chicago Cubs uniform in one way, what would it be? I would definitely spell the players names backwards...

HA! Brilliant Harry tribute! Or if you did upside-down, Lee could switch his number to 337 like Spaceman tried to.

I know it's been talked about in other places but the new owner should leave the bleachers and rip everything else down. Build a modern grandstand with more amenities west of the park where they've talked about building the garage. Huge restrooms could be built under the concourse saving more room for people to actually walk. I love Wrigley Field but there's nothing special about the stands and upperdeck. I wouldn't want the renovation to look too modern from the field, just underneath the stands. I would also leave the walls and on-field bullpens intact.

To answer at least one of my questions: For me, what makes Wrigley "Wrigley" is four things - the outfield wall, the scoreboard, the role of the wind off michigan, and the location of the warm-up mounds The warm-up mounds will almost certainly be moved, if (IF) we ever build a new stadium. It's a player safety issue - neither the union, nor the owners paying the salaries, are going to want that obstacle course there But the OF wall - bricks and ivy, with the two wells, the relatively long distance down the line and short power alleys, needs to be preserved. So does the scoreboard. disassemble and reassemble it piece by piece, if need be. Finally, the park needs to continue to have two personalities, depending on the wind... Am I basically suggesting that they just rebuild Wrigley? Not sure....

It’s a player safety issue - neither the union, nor the owners paying the salaries, are going to want that obstacle course there Hmm... but the hill in Houston is okay?

ZHL said: And my own question I’d like to add to Dr. Trans’ list: If you could cherry-pick any player in baseball to join this year for the purposes of helping us win the Series in 2007, who would it be? VLAD...

The neighborhood is the best part of wrigley. I don't see how they could tear down the park and rebuild on the same site? Not saying it couldn't be done. Just seems like a whole lot of extra expense.

and the dumbest thing in baseball (at least today) is no freaking cub game

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I'm trying hard to get the previous thread up to 500 comments!!!! And any player? It would have to be Johann Santana. Reyes, Vlad, and A-Rod would be nice. But a dominating starter is more valuable come playoff time than any of those three.

dave, you are probably correct about santana and the value of a stud starter, however watching VLAD everday in right field would be so awesome.

oh.. no question henry. i lived in Los Angeles for 8 years, and loved getting the opportunity to watch Vlad for the last couple.

The emphasis as far as Wrigley goes should be on preservation and restoration rather than replacement/renovation. Wrigley is the last, most pure, baseball cathedral around, and it would be absolutely tragic to see it replaced by some souless Miller Park clone. Gut the bathrooms, update the plumbing/electric/etc., correct any structural degradation -- all that would be great, even if it meant playing in the Cell for a year. But don't rip the thing down. And personally, I think the Cubs (and the Red Sox, for that matter) should lobby the MLB for an extra cut of the profit sharing to help cover the costs of maintaining their classic stadiums. They're helping preserve baseball tradition as much for their own fans as they are for baseball fans as a whole. Every time I go to Wrigley I run into fans of other teams who are at the game just to experience Wrigley.

I like Miller Park. A lot.

I like Miller Park too. I also like Costco, but that doesn't mean I want every grocery store I walk into to look like Costco.

1. Round-ish. 2. Bring back the blue. 3. DH, clearly. 4. Zambie barreling around the bases faster than his feet can take him is entertainment gold. 5. I guess Kinsella's "Iowa Baseball Confederacy" cause it involves the Cubs. Or Bo Jackson's biography that I read a as a kid. 6. Great? Maybe. Good? I think so. 7. I'm sure ST can do it single-handedly.

Speaking of entertaining... did anyone catch Prince Fielder yesterday flying into Loretta's leg at 2b? It was hilarious.

tv screens in the backs of seats? great on a airplane, but its a retarded idea for a ballpark. if you want to watch tv, stay home and watch tv.

If (IF!) the Cubs ever built a new ballpark, what should it look like? One of Wrigley Field's problems is that the place is just too small. I don't necssarily mean seating capacity, I mean the concourses and facilities are too small. If (actually when) they replace WF, I'm not sure how they could build a 21st century ballpark at Clark and Addison, especially given that the owners will undoubtedly want all sorts of revenue generating bells and whistles. So for starters, the new park should be more spacious. I'd keep the brick walls and the ivy. I'd eschew forced quirkiness like the hill and the flagpole at the juicebox. The new park wouldn't be perfectly symmetrical, but I don't share some people's fondness for footprints that look like abstract art. Ads would be okay, but I'd insist that the ads had a retro look, and not just be some generic corporate logos. Finally, I'm sure I'm in the minority here, but I don't really share the popular fetish for mechanical scoreboards. I'd get a modern video board, but I'd keep an old fashioned organ instead of blasting pop music over the PA system. If you could change the MLB or Chicago Cubs uniform in one way, what would it be? The alternate uni would be a retro version, maybe from 1945, or possibly even 1908, complete with baggy pants. The White Sox did this a few years ago, and it was cooler than most teams' regular unis. I'm amazed nobody does this now. The dumbest rule in the game is… Of course, it goes without saying that the DH is the work of satan. Other than that, one of my pet peeves is that when the closer comes in in the top half of the ninth, blows the lead but finishes the inning, and his team comes back to win in the bottom of the ninth, he gets credit for a win. Who is the most entertaining player (intentionally, or otherwise) in MLB? Carlos Zambrano The best book on baseball I’ve read is… Bunts by George Will Is this six-game winning streak the start of a great second half for the Cubs? I think they will be a very good team in the second half. I don't know if it will be enough to catch the Brewers, who I think will continue to be very good themselves.

"For the hell of it - do you think you can jack the number of posts on the thread below this one (the game 77 thread) to 500, by the end of today? (without any bush-league tricks, but actual substantive posts?)" Actual substantive posts? You do realize that this is The Cub Reporter, right?

Chad - hey, a guy can dream, can't he? :)

Miller Park? BLECH! Not cause its the Brewers. A freaking DOME? F THAT!!!!! F THAT IN THE A!!!! The model of a modern looking baseball field that I would like the CUbs to copy is Pac Bell/Monster/Cingular/AT&T park in San Francisco. Hands down an terrific place to watch a game. Old world charm with all the modern conveniences.

1. Wrigley Field with bigger bathrooms. 2. Everyone has to wear eye shadow with team colors. 3. I hate all the error rules. 4. Ichiro completely. Great hitter, great stealer, great defender, great arm and awesome quotes. 5. Moneyball. Then Ryne Sandberg's book. 6. Not if Marquis and Lilly continue falling off. 7. Only if we can discuss Barrett. 8. The one player I want is Ichiro. And Dave, that momma joke was uncalled for. We can only make jokes about your momma here.

Dumbest rule in the game? The fact that batters can't appeal check swing calls, only catchers/pitchers can. Either way it's an appeal of the home plate ump's call (or non-call), so the batter should be able to appeal. Also, I'd like someone to explain to me why the ball is tossed out of play after a pitch in the dirt, but after a sharp grounder on the infield dirt, the ball goes right back to the pitcher for the next batter. These are important issues to settle in life.

I have no idea the level of interest Canning really has in baseball. Is he a diehard Cub fan who is buying the team as a hobby and wants to win no matter what? Just responding to Silent Towel's query regarding Canning's intentions. While I certainly can't speak for the guy, I do know the Canning family and rest assured the guy is as passionate and desperate a Cub fan as anyone here. He is a baseball nut, having owned stakes in the Brewers (as reported) and several minor league teams. He's also been a Cubs season-ticket holder for many years. As far as I know, his dream gig is to run the Cubs. How that untimately translates into wins and losses, I have no clue, but owning the team is not merely a bloodless extension of his company's brand or portfolio. Nor is it a calculated mechanism or hobby/plaything to feed his ego. I believe he wants to own the team so that he can position it to win a championship or two. And his main reason would be the same as our reason -- he's a Cub fan.

Ooh another rule I hate. The winner of the allstar game having homefield WS advantage. This is ludicrous. If they're going to do something LIKE this, then it should be the overall winner of interleague games...you know, games that actually matter to the players.

1. If (IF!) the Cubs ever built a new ballpark, what should it look like? It tough to say. As much as we all love Wrigley, any rehabbed or new stadium will not be the same, so trying to keep all the Wrigley characteristics is probably a waste of time. If its a new park, make it all new, make it nice, but keep the sport of baseball front and center, and not money, food, or other distractions. 2. If you could change the MLB or Chicago Cubs uniform in one way, what would it be? Allow an "untucked" look. To be used by all players on a team, not just whoever feels like untucking, and with a shirt designed especially for it. 3. The dumbest rule in the game is… DH 4. Who is the most entertaining player (intentionally, or otherwise) in MLB? Sammy 5. The best book on baseball I’ve read is… Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract 6. Is this six-game winning streak the start of a great second half for the Cubs? yes, dammit.

If (IF!) the Cubs ever built a new ballpark, what should it look like? PNC Park. If you could change the MLB or Chicago Cubs uniform in one way, what would it be? I like it the way it is. The dumbest rule in the game is… Fielder's indifference. Who is the most entertaining player (intentionally, or otherwise) in MLB? Ichiro. The best book on baseball I’ve read is… Moneyball, by Michael Lewis. Is this six-game winning streak the start of a great second half for the Cubs? Of course. For the hell of it - do you think you can jack the number of posts on the thread below this one (the game 77 thread) to 500, by the end of today? (without any bush-league tricks, but actual substantive posts?) Obviously.

433: "Dumbest rule in the game? The fact that batters can’t appeal check swing calls, only catchers/pitchers can. Either way it’s an appeal of the home plate ump’s call (or non-call), so the batter should be able to appeal." Home plate ump's decision is final. Only he can permit an appeal. The catcher and pitcher can only request it.

Chad -- that's exactly my point, only the catcher and pitcher are allowed to request an appeal. The batter should be able to request one too.

If (IF!) the Cubs ever built a new ballpark, what should it look like? Everyone loves Wrigley. The worst business move would be tearing it down. I think there is plenty of space for them to improve Wrigley. 1) Replace all the lousy cheap 19" TV under the upper deck with 60" Flat screen panels. I just can not understand why TV maker LG advertises on those POS. 2) Rebuild the teams and visitors clubhouses under the field. They are going to tear up the field over the winter anyway. The current area can be converted to a restaurant and bathrooms. When you can not build up, build down. In fact build a bar under the field. Make it look like a Vegas Sports Book with stadium seating and a dozen or more TV showing live action feed of the game.

As far as entertaining players go...anyone remember watching Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams pitch? I know he's not an active player now, but man he was fun to watch.

I'd love for them to somehow close Waveland between Sheffield and the fire house. That'd give a little more room to maneuver.

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  • Arizona Phil 1 day 10 hours ago (view)

    In addition to 40 players signed to 2020 MLB contracts, after releasing 22 minor leaguers this week the Cubs now have 279 players signed to 2020 minor league contracts (plus one minor leaguer on the Restricted List), for a total of 320 players in the organization (181 pitchers, 30 catchers, 60 infielders, and 49 outfielders).   

     

  • JustSayin' 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Years of over-drafting pitching shown here.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 1 day 21 hours ago (view)

    Some of the players cut I am not too surprised by. Some of them I think are definitely victims of the minor league pay thing and being squeezed out.

    That said, I am very surprised they gave up already on Riley McCauley and Niels Stone.

     

  • Hagsag 1 day 23 hours ago (view)

    Baseball America is showing a big group of players that have been released.

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 12 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 

     

  • JustSayin' 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.

     

  • crunch 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.

     

  • crunch 6 days 15 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.

     

  • crunch 6 days 21 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in june...it may happen in late may...it might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...

     

  • JustSayin' 1 week 14 min ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca

     

  • crunch 1 week 21 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought MLB.tv

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...

     

  • bradsbeard 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 

     

  • Hagsag 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.

     

  • Arizona Phil 1 week 1 day ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   

     

  • jdrnym 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.

     

  • crunch 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."

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