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Roberto Clemente Award nominees announced

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The Roberto Clemente Award goes to the Major Leaguer who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team.” Yadier Molina won the award last year. This year’s nominees were just announced, and they are listed below.

September 18 will be Roberto Clemente Day, and all the home teams will honor their nominees. Visiting teams will do it for their guys on their next home stand.

The league-wide winner of the Roberto Clemente Award will be announced during the World Series. He will be selected by a panel that includes MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, representatives from the national networks which broadcast baseball, MLB.com and Clemente’s widow, Vera Clemente. There is also a fan vote component, the winner of which receives one vote among those cast by the blue ribbon panel.  You can vote here from tomorrow through Sunday, September 29.

The nominees:

Arizona DiamondbacksEduardo Escobar

Atlanta BravesCharlie Culberson

Baltimore OriolesChris Davis

Boston Red SoxBrock Holt

Chicago CubsJon Lester

Chicago White SoxTim Anderson

Cincinnati RedsMichael Lorenzen

Cleveland IndiansCarlos Carrasco

Colorado RockiesIan Desmond

Detroit TigersMiguel Cabrera

Houston AstrosAlex Bregman

Kansas City RoyalsAlex Gordon

Los Angeles AngelsAndrew Heaney

Los Angeles DodgersKenley Jansen

Miami Marlins – Martín Prado

Milwaukee BrewersChase Anderson

Minnesota TwinsKyle Gibson

New York MetsSteven Matz

New York YankeesCC Sabathia

Oakland AthleticsLiam Hendriks

Philadelphia PhilliesRhys Hoskins

Pittsburgh PiratesTrevor Williams

San Diego PadresHunter Renfroe

San Francisco GiantsPablo Sandoval

Seattle MarinersDee Gordon

St. Louis CardinalsAdam Wainwright

Tampa Bay RaysKevin Kiermaier

Texas RangersElvis Andrus

Toronto Blue JaysRandal Grichuk

Washington NationalsAnthony Rendon

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.