Players Reportedly Willing to Mic Up, Play Special Events, Do All-Star Game and Home Run Derby After the Season

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Players Reportedly Willing to Mic Up, Play Special Events, Do All-Star Game and Home Run Derby After the Season

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I’ll admit up front that you can’t share the possibly  “fun” bits without acknowledging that the sides are clearly still miles apart in negotiations, and the availability of those “fun” bits is not going to bridge the gap.

… but, still, it’s mildly neat stuff that is worth mentioning as we take a break from the fighting stuff.

As part of the players’ proposal to the owners on starting the season, the union reportedly included a willingness to do a lot of extra stuff, including getting mic’d up during games, participating in non-ballpark programming, and playing in special postseason/offseason events like a Home Run Derby or All-Star Game. Or even some other events that have yet to be conceived. (Skills competition, let’s go!)

In other words, *IF* there is a season, we may indeed get some of the cool in-season stuff we’ve been hoping for (please figure out a way to do live mics like ESPN did in Spring Training), and we may also get special events after the season, since we might not get them during the season. How freaking fun would it be to have an All-Star Game or Home Run Derby or some other event after the postseason? Like, one or two or three more fun things to enjoy before the offseason arrives? Or, heck, during the offseason.

This is the kind of thing that MLB should have been entertaining as a possibility anyway, if it could be done while respecting the players’ need to rest and recharge. And the players are now signaling a willingness to do it? That’s how you try to find some good in a terrible situation.



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.