With Major League Baseball and the Players Association at odds over an economic plan for the 2020 regular season, “DodgerHeads” host Jeff Spiegel and DodgerBlue.com managing editor Matthew Moreno dove into the various scenarios at hand and implications for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The MLBPA balked at the proposal from MLB for a sliding scale of salary cuts, arguing players have already agreed to reduced compensation by way of a March 26 agreement that called for prorated salaries.
Moreno remains increasingly concerned over the prospect of a 2020 season coming to fruition, while Spiegel’s opinion has not changed much — though he admittedly was skeptical from the beginning.
Spiegel and Moreno also discussed the fate of Minor League players, many of whom are facing a reality of being released. Some teams have already begun that process, while others — the Dodgers included — committed to paying Minor League players into June.
Beyond the unfortunate outcome for countless Minor Leaguers, there is also the aspect of a team like the Dodgers perhaps being impacted more than others. The Dodgers organization has developed one of the best farm systems in baseball, and possibly trimming from that crop of young talent could be felt a handful of years down the line.
Conversely, Spiegel raised the point of the Dodgers potentially also benefitting from teams releasing Minor Leaguers, because of their history in spotting talent.
To conclude the show on a lighter note, Spiegel and Moreno each shared three players or moments in Dodgers history they would select for a docuseries akin to ESPN’s “The Last Dance” that highlighted Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls completing a second three-peat.
Also, the latest information on all the happenings at Dodger Stadium this week. On Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti officially opened the largest coronavirus testing location in the state. The press conference included a lighthearted moment as Garcetti alluded to the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal when introducing Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten.
Then on Thursday, the Dodgers, L.A. Dodgers Foundation and Salvation Army combined to distribute food boxes filled with non-perishable items, hygiene products and more, to 2,000 families selected from local non-profit organizations.
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