With a strikeout of Eddie Rosario to end the fourth inning on Wednesday afternoon, Justin Verlander registered his 2,000th career strikeout. He is the 76th member of the 2,000 strikeout club and only the second Tiger with the credential along with Mickey Lolich. Among active pitchers, Verlander trails only CC Sabathia (2,595), Felix Hernandez (2,184), Jake Peavy (2,141), and John Lackey (2,012).
Verlander finished the afternoon going 7 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on six hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts in the Tigers’ 6-3 victory over the Twins. It’s his second double-digit strikeout performance of the season. Verlander still has a high ERA at 4.58 but has a solid 60/20 K/BB ratio in 57 innings.
The Twins might’ve been just the medicine the Tigers needed. They swept the Twins at Comerica Park, improving to 19-21. Manager Brad Ausmus has reportedly been on the hot seat, but if his team can start winning, Ausmus might buy himself some more time.
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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.
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.