Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun reports that outfielder Colby Rasmus asked Orioles manager Buck Showalter for permission to leave the team, with the apparent plan to retire. Showalter granted his request and Rasmus has been placed on the restricted list. The reason for Rasmus’ departure was not given, and Showalter cited the players’ privacy for not divulging it.
It’s not unreasonable to believe, however, that Rasmus simply isn’t enjoying baseball anymore. After all, this is the second time in as many seasons that Rasmus has left his team mid-season, doing so with the Rays last July. That departure was at least somewhat connected to a hip injury that he he suffered early in the season. Whether there is a physical component to this year’s decision is unknown. He may simply be ready to do something else with his life.
Rasmus has played in only 18 games this year, with only six hits in 45 at bats. If this is the end of his career, he finishes with a line of .241/.310/.436 and 166 homers and 491 RBI in 1,092 games with the Cardinals, Blue Jays, Astros, Rays and Orioles, making playoff appearances in 2009 and 2015.
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.