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Video: Nicholas Castellanos hits another homer, spikes his bat

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Nicholas Castellanos is insanely hot of late. Coming into today’s game against the Brewers he was hitting .352/.386/.685 with nine homers and nine doubles in 26 games since being traded from the Tigers to the Cubs. He’s so hot he has people writing really dumb things about him simply because they’re, apparently, no longer able to find smart words to describe his excellence. It’s quite the thing.

And he shows no signs of slowing down. This afternoon he has gone deep off of Brewers starter Chase Anderson not once, but twice. The first one was a two-run homer in the first inning. The second one was, again, a two-run homer. And his reaction to it was amazing. Wait for the replay of his swing at the 29 second mark:

 

Take that, bat-flippers. We now have a bat-spiker in the big leagues.

Someone send a cop by Madison Bumgarner‘s house for a welfare check. Frankly, I’m concerned he might’ve fainted and hit his head or something.

MLBPA proposes 114-game season, playoff expansion to MLB

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Major League Baseball Players Association has submitted a proposal to the league concerning the 2020 season. The proposal includes a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.

Passan clarifies that among the players who choose to opt out, only those that are considered “high risk” would still receive their salaries. The others would simply receive service time. The union also proposed that the players receive a non-refundable $100 million sum advance during what would essentially be Spring Training 2.

If the regular season were to begin in early July, as has often been mentioned as the target, that would give the league four months to cram in 114 games. There would have to be occasional double-headers, or the players would have to be okay with few off-days. Nothing has been mentioned about division realignment or a geographically-oriented schedule, but those could potentially ease some of the burden.

Last week, the owners made their proposal to the union, suggesting a “sliding scale” salary structure. The union did not like that suggestion. Players were very vocal about it, including on social media as Max Scherzer — one of eight players on the union’s executive subcommittee — made a public statement. The owners will soon respond to the union’s proposal. They almost certainly won’t be happy with many of the details, but the two sides can perhaps find a starting point and bridge the gap. As the calendar turns to June, time is running out for the two sides to hammer out an agreement on what a 2020 season will look like.