Marcus Stroman gets a six-game suspension

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Yesterday there was a report that Marcus Stroman wouldn’t get a suspension for throwing at Caleb Joseph’s head the other night. Thank goodness that report was wrong. Or, at the very least, thank goodness MLB changed its mind if that initial report did reflect the league’s thinking at the time:

Pitcher Marcus Stroman of the Toronto Blue Jays has received a six-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch in the head area of Caleb Joseph of the Baltimore Orioles in the bottom of the sixth inning of the Monday, September 15th game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Joe Garagiola, Jr., Senior Vice President of Standards & Operations for Major League Baseball, made the announcement.

Stroman’s suspension had been scheduled to begin tonight, when the Blue Jays are to continue their series at Baltimore. However, he has elected to appeal. Thus, his suspension will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

There’s no place for headhunting in Major League Baseball. Glad to see Major League Baseball agrees.

Max Scherzer: ‘There’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions’

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MLBPA player representative Max Scherzer sent out a short statement late Wednesday night regarding the ongoing negotiations between the owners and the union. On Tuesday, ownership proposed a “sliding scale” salary structure on top of the prorated pay cuts the players already agreed to back in March. The union rejected the proposal, with many worrying that it would drive a wedge in the union’s constituency.

Scherzer is one of eight players on the MLBPA executive subcommittee along with Andrew Miller, Daniel Murphy, Elvis Andrus, Cory Gearrin, Chris Iannetta, James Paxton, and Collin McHugh.

Scherzer’s statement:

After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players there’s no reason to engage with MLB in any further compensation reductions. We have previously negotiated a pay cut in the version of prorated salaries, and there’s no justification to accept a 2nd pay cut based upon the current information the union has received. I’m glad to hear other players voicing the same viewpoint and believe MLB’s economic strategy would completely change if all documentation were to become public information.

Indeed, aside from the Braves, every other teams’ books are closed, so there has been no way to fact-check any of the owners’ claims. Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts, for example, recently said that 70 percent of the Cubs’ revenues come from “gameday operations” (ticket sales, concessions, etc.). But it went unsubstantiated because the Cubs’ books are closed. The league has only acknowledged some of the union’s many requests for documentation. Without supporting evidence, Ricketts’ claim, like countless others from team executives, can only be taken as an attempt to manipulate public sentiment.

Early Thursday morning, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the MLBPA plans to offer a counter-proposal to MLB in which the union would suggest a season of more than 100 games and fully guaranteed prorated salaries. It seems like the two sides are quite far apart, so it may take longer than expected for them to reach an agreement.