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Andrew Heaney on the Astros: ‘I hope they feel like sh**’

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This morning I wrote about how Rob Manfred’s handling of the Astros sign-stealing scandal has been inadequate. There can be no better evidence for that than the increasing number of angry reactions from players on other teams who do not feel like the matter is in any way settled.

The latest example, Andrew Heaney of the Los Angeles Angels, who took profane issue with the Astros’ conduct, their reaction in the fallout of it, and who said he expected the Astros to “hide behind the commissioner’s report” rather than take accountability for their actions.

Heaney, speaking to the Angels’ beat writers a little bit ago:

“I’m not going to make excuses for those guys. I know how it is. You get caught up in something. I’m sure they look back now and say ‘oh f*** we really took that overboard.’ But I think somebody in that locker room had to have enough insight to say this is not OK. I haven’t read all the latest s*** to know what everybody’s writing about. I don’t know how much is true. But somebody in that locker room had to say ‘This is f***ed up. We shouldn’t be doing this.’ For nobody to stand up and nobody to say ‘we’re cheating other player,’ that sucks. That’s a sh***y feeling for everybody. I hope they feel like s***

Heaney was then asked about the Astros’ apologies, to the extent any have come forth:

“They sure as s*** need to do more than what they already did. That was terrible. I understand they are going to get their s*** in order and they are going to have their thing to say, and they are going to hide behind the commissioner’s report and whatever, but I don’t think that’s good enough.”

Again: if players and the rest of the league felt like the matter was properly investigated, properly handled, and punishment was properly leveled, I doubt we’d be seeing these sorts of reactions. We’d be seeing a lot more “it is what it is,” and some less-heated verbiage from these guys.

For now, though? Anger and the sense that this is not at all settled seems to be carrying the day.

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.