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The Daily Chop: The wait goes on

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The wait for the return of Major League Baseball continues but a new battle could be on the horizon. After a couple of days of optimism that the league and the Players Association might be able to find common ground, that came to a screeching halt. The league informed the union Friday that it will not make a counter-offer to the union’s 70-game proposal according to a report by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Evan Drellich. The league will instead meet with owners this weekend to discuss their options moving forward and could try to implement a shorter 50-game season instead.

It is a shame that both sides couldn’t meet somewhere in the middle on a 65-game season before shutting down talks but that doesn’t seem to be a possibility at this point.

Lost in the negotiations of the last couple of weeks is the reminder that the Covid-19 pandemic is still going and that positive tests are on the rise. This hit particularly close to home for Major League Baseball on Friday as five players and three staff members for the Philadelphia Phillies tested positive. The Phillies, Blue Jays and Giants have all shut down their spring training facilities again.

Friday’s news has the league thinking once again about a “Bubble” approach to the 2020 season according to Jared Diamond and Ben Cohen of the Wall Street Journal. The league had previously considered playing in a centralized location such as Arizona or Florida but later scrapped those plans. With numbers on the rise again, they may be forced to revisit those ideas more seriously.

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