The Yankees plated 20 runs in Sunday’s win against the Braves to complete a three-game series sweep at Turner Field. It’s the second time in just over a month that the Yankees have scored 20 in a game, as they racked up 21 runs on July 28 against the Rangers.
Three Yankees hit home runs, including second baseman Stephen Drew, who finished 4-for-4 with four RBI. Chase Headley homered as one of his three hits in a four-RBI afternoon as well.
Following Sunday’s win, the Yankees are 72-57, sitting just 1.5 games behind the Blue Jays for first place in the AL East. They’re four games up on the Rangers for the first AL Wild Card slot.
The Braves, meanwhile, fall to 54-76. They’ve lost five games in a row and 12 of their last 13. The division-rival Phillies and Marlins are tied for the worst record in baseball at 52-79, but the Braves are only 2.5 games behind in the quest for the #1 overall draft pick next year.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Major League Baseball has rejected the MLBPA’s proposal for a 114-game season and said it would not send a counter offer. The league said it has started talks with owners “about playing a shorter season without fans, and that it is ready to discuss additional ideas with the union.”
This should be understood as a game of chicken.
The background here is that the the owners are pretty much locked into the idea of paying players a prorated share of their regular salaries based on number of games played. The players, meanwhile, are pretty much locked in to the idea that the owners can set the length of the season that is played. Each side is trying to leverage their power in this regard.
The players proposed a probably unworkable number of games — 114 — as a means of setting the bidding high on a schedule that will work out well for them financially. Say, a settled agreement at about 80 games or so. The owners were rumored to be considering a counteroffer of a low number of games — say, 50 — as a means of still getting a significant pay cut from the players even if they’re being paid prorata. What Rosenthal is now reporting is that they won’t even counter with that.
Which is to say that the owners are trying to get the players to come off of their prorated salary rights under the threat of a very short schedule that would end up paying them very little. They won’t formally offer that short schedule, however, likely because (a) they believe that the threat of uncertain action is more formidable; and (b) they don’t want to be in the position of publicly demanding fewer baseball games, which doesn’t look very good to fans. They’d rather be in the position of saying “welp, the players wouldn’t talk to us about money so we have no choice, they forced us into 50 games.”
In other news, the NBA seems very close to getting its season resumed.