Players Who Decide Not to Play, ARod Endorsement, the Sweet Sounds of Wrigleyville, and Other Cubs Bullets

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Players Who Decide Not to Play, ARod Endorsement, the Sweet Sounds of Wrigleyville, and Other Cubs Bullets

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The quarantummy is reaching the point where I know I’ve been way too into eating-my-feelings the last two months. It’s kinda bs how much you can pack on in two months, and how re-ditching it is going to take me twice that long.

•   If and however MLB begins play this year, it seems a virtual certainty that at least some players will not be able to play (because of medical conditions) or will choose not to play (for personal/family/health reasons). It might seem obvious what would happen, contractually, in those situations (if you have to sit out because you’re at-risk, you get paid and get service time like you were on the IL; if you choose not to play, that’s fine, but you don’t get paid or get service time) … but actually when you start really digging in, it gets way more complicated:

•   It’s not going to be easy, at all, to draw lines between players who truly cannot be expected to play in this environment and players who are “choosing” not to play. I tend to think all players want to play if they can do so safely, but why would you effectively punish a guy who is trying to protect his family, as opposed to a guy who is, himself, at a higher-risk? What if the first player has a high-risk spouse? Or kid? Or parent they live with? And what about the dramatically different service time implications for different types of players? How do you prevent players or teams from gaming things at a time like this?

•   Yeah, suffice to say, this is another one of those serious issues where the league and the players will have to figure out the best possible approach, but it’s not going to be perfect across the board. Hopefully the default is simply: how can we proceed in the most kind and understanding way. And fans definitely need to give space and care to those players who opt out of playing. Strongly encourage folks to read Stark’s piece.

•   Alex Rodriguez, who reportedly hopes to own a team at some point, comes out in favor of a 50/50 revenue split:

•   For all the reasons we’ve discussed before, a revenue-split looks like either a very bad deal for the players, or at least a very risky deal for the players. At a minimum, I don’t see how you could really even take a position on this in favor of a revenue split until you knew the players would indeed get a deep look at the books, as they’ve requested

•   Try for the rest of your life and you will never be 4% this badass:

•   A 3-D printer for 19% off at Amazon today? Intriguing. #ad

•   Memories:

•   We had Ken Rosenthal on our podcast, which you can hear over at The Athletic, or you can always just subscribe wherever you get your podcasts:

•   Stay tuned for this:

•   The organ played, and for a few brief moments, things seemed as they should be:



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.