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Sean Doolittle has some thoughts about MLB’s proposal to restart season

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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle is one of baseball’s truly good guys. He and his wife Eireann Dolan have been involved with numerous philanthropic efforts and Doolittle even earned a nomination for the Roberto Clemente Award in 2016 when he was with the Athletics. They have supported Operation Finally Home, which is a nonprofit that provides “custom-built, mortgage-free” homes to members of the military and their widows. They also supported San Francisco’s veterans charity Swords to Plowshares, which “provides needs assessment and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance” to veterans.

In 2015, Doolittle and Dolan hosted Syrian refugee families for Thanksgiving amid a turbulent time concerning Syrian refugees and U.S. foreign policy. The pair continued to speak out in support of refugees, including in 2017. Doolittle and Dolan also supported LGBT people in 2015, buying enough tickets to fill the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum on LGBT night. That was in response to critics who vowed to sell their tickets in protest. Last year, Doolittle was recognized for his advocacy of union workers who serve food at MLB stadiums.

This is all to say that Doolittle is a thoughtful guy who puts his money where his mouth is. He doesn’t just shoot from the hip.

Today, we learned that MLB ownership has agreed on a proposal it intends to present to the MLB Players Association on Tuesday regarding the 2020 regular season. The proposal will include details about the schedule, location of games, as well as worker pay. Ahead of that proposal, Doolittle offered his thoughts on the matter in a thread on Twitter. He provides links to many resources, validating his concerns. It’s worth reading and considering.

We haven’t heard from many players about the risks they face if they were to resume playing. Doolittle has taken it upon himself to speak up. Hopefully, union reps take his concerns into account before hearing MLB’s proposal tomorrow.

Luis Severino ‘progressing well’ after Tommy John surgery

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In late February, Yankees starter Luis Severino was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He underwent Tommy John surgery and has spent the past three months rehabbing. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, Severino says he has been “progressing well” and “making steady progress” in his recovery.

Severino has been working out at George M. Steinbrenner Field — home to the Yankees’ Single-A team as well as spring training — while baseball has been shut down due to coronavirus. He has been doing arm, bike, and dumbbell exercises as recommended by team trainers.

The 26-year-old made only three starts last year before being sidelined, allowing a pair of runs on six hits and six walks with 17 strikeouts over 12 innings. In 2018, Severino was an All-Star, going 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and a 220/46 K/BB ratio over 191 1/3 innings. That prompted the Yankees to sign him to a four-year, $40 million extension in February last year.