Well, it’s Friday again. And we still don’t know when (or if) the baseball season will begin. I’d claim to be surprised by this development, but at this point, nothing surprises me.
Yet I’ll admit I’m still optimistic a deal will get done soon. Maybe in the next 48 hours? I know the difference between the 60 games the owners are offering and the 70 games the players are asking for is larger than it appears at first glance. It reportedly works out to a total of $250 million in increased pay for the players, and that’s not nothing. But the two sides have made it this far. Don’t you think they’d rather take that final step and settle on something between 64-66 games than leave commissioner Rob Manfred to dictate a 50-game season and prompt the MLB Players Association to file a grievance? Maybe I’m naive, but a deal is far more beneficial to everyone than the alternative.
Anyway, we’ll spend our Friday morning exactly how we’ve been spending the last several Friday mornings: taking your questions about the 2020 season, the Nationals, the McGwire-Sosa home run chase of 1998, the 1995 Northwestern football team - whatever you’re interested in talking about. I can’t promise satisfactory answers for everything, but I’ll do my best.
As always, submit your questions in the comments section below, then check back for answers throughout the morning.