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Major League Baseball to make a financial proposal to players on Tuesday

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Evan Drellich of The Athletic reports that that Major League Baseball “plans to deliver a new economics proposal to the Players Association on Tuesday.” The proposal would, of course, relate to how the business of baseball would proceed if there is, in fact, a 2020 season.

As we wrote yesterday, due to copious leaks and what has seemed like a P.R. campaign on the part of Major League Baseball, there has been a widespread assumption on the part of fans and many members of the press that the league has already asked the players to make concessions that might include a 50/50 revenue share as opposed to salaries. But no, the league has yet to put anything down in an actual proposal. We’ll find out what the league is seeking when that changes on Tuesday. For the players part, they have already signaled that if the proposal does include a revenue split that it’s a non-starter.

Beyond the dollars and cents of it all, the two parties seem to be working toward an agreement on the health and safety side of the return-to-play initiative, but there is still work to be done there as well. What we do know is that Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training around early-to-mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July.

Joe Kelly’s suspension reduced to 5 games on appeal

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.

Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.

The players association said Wednesday night it was dismayed by the length of the ban.

“While we understand the concerns raised by the league with respect to a bench-clearing incident during this challenging season, we’re disappointed by the decision,” the union said. “It was an unfair result for Joe Kelly given the cases presented.”

The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty that was first reported by Barstool Sports.

Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.

After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.

Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.

Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.

The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.