Despite vitriol, MLB owners, locked-out players closing gap
For all the vitriol, Major League Baseball owners and locked-out players have closed the gap in recent weeks and are negotiating on similar frameworks for a new collective bargaining agreement. With the lockout in its 96th day Monday, the sides remained apart to various degrees on three of the most significant items: the luxury tax, pre-arbitration bonus pool and minimum salary. MLB told the union on Monday that Tuesday was the last possible day to reach an agreement that would allow a 162-game schedule, along with full salary and service time, a deadline first reported by The Athletic.news.yahoo.com
Trump chops with Braves fans before Game 4 of World Series
World Series Baseball Former President Donald Trump and his wife Melania perform the tomahawk chop before for Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, in Atlanta. Trump stood beside his wife, Melania, as he chopped away with fans before the game between the Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros from a private suite. Trump released a statement in a mass email to his supporters Saturday about his planned World Series appearance:“Looking forward to being at the World Series in Atlanta tonight. President Joe Biden supported moving the game, though some Braves fans and businesses near Truist Park complained they were being unfairly punished. Trump may have selected Atlanta in hopes of a more positive reception than he received in his last World Series appearance.wftv.com
Yankees, Mets to lift capacity limits for vaccinated fans
Astros Yankees Baseball The Houston Astros play the New York Yankees during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in New York. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement at a news conference on Wednesday with Yankees president Randy Levine and Mets president Sandy Alderson. “Theoretically if you had 100% vaccinated, you could fill the entire stadium with 100% vaccinated,” Cuomo said, “Unvaccinated, it is still the 6-foot social distancing. “If we can encourage more people to get vaccinated by giving away Yankees tickets, we are all in,” the Yankees said in a statement. Cuomo also announced that Broadway theaters will reopen Sept. 14 at 100% capacity and ticket sales could start Thursday.wftv.com
Quick pivots in schedule needed in MLB coronavirus season
Because the Philadelphia had just played the Marlins, the Phillies are sidelined, too, through Friday as a precaution pending the incubation period. That left a void in the schedule of the New York Yankees, who were scheduled for four games against the Phillies this week. Baltimore had been slated to play four games against the Marlins this week, two on the road followed by two at home. New Yorks four games against Philadelphia are being rescheduled for next week, the first two at Yankee Stadium. The hotel had been closed, said Ben Tuliebitz, the Yankees director of team travel and player services.
Yankees president Levine calls for MLB talks to resume
NEW YORK Yankees President Randy Levine called on the players' association to resume negotiations with Major League Baseball to start the pandemic-delayed season. Players insist they get the full prorated salaries called for in the March 26 agreement with MLB. Everyone here wants to get down to business as soon as possible and play games. From what Ive discovered, the holdup is not about the number of games or money at this time," Levine said. He has been and continues to be dedicated to play a 2020 season, said Levine, who was MLB's chief negotiator from 1995-97.