The Yankees will retire Andy Pettitte’s number 46

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It was reported yesterday that the New York Yankees will retire Andy Pettitte’s number 46 and give him a plaque in Monument Park. The source of the report: Pettitte’s son Josh tweeted it:

It was later confirmed by several reporters. Pettitte’s number will be the 18th retired by the Yankees. At some point they’ll have to start giving out pinstriped jerseys with, like, hashtags and @ symbols on them. Or maybe they can go with decimals or something. If you get traded to the Yankees, here is your best course of action:

Pettitte pitched for 18 years in the bigs, 15 of which in New York. With the Yankees he complied a record of 219-127 with a 3.94 ERA and 2,020 strikeouts in 2,796.1 innings. He was a three-time All-Star and, of course, helped the Bombers to five World Series titles.

Players’ offer reportedly not going over well with owners

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Last night it was reported that the Players Union had made an offer to Major League Baseball and the owners regarding plans for a 2020 season. The offer, which was in part counteroffer to the owners’ previous offer, part new proposals of its own, involved a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, a playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season over health concerns, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

How’s that sitting with the owners? Not great, folks.

Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that the owners want a shorter schedule than the 114 games the players proposed, likely because they want to increase the odds that they can get to a postseason before a potential second wave COVID-19 outbreak occurs, as many experts expect it will. The owners also, not surprisingly, still want salary reductions, which the players have not addressed due to their contention that the matter was settled. Drellich says that the players’ offer “hasn’t been rejected yet but that’s inevitable.”

Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger is more blunt:

The sides are, as Drellich notes, still talking. It would appear, however, that the owners tack of negotiating through the media is continuing on as well.