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Mike Trout opens up about coronavirus

Happy Friday!

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Yesterday was supposed to be Opening Day across Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, it wasn’t, but luckily there were plenty of past games to be seen across a plethora of different platforms.

Earlier in the morning, Mike Trout caught up with Harold Reynolds on the MLB Network to discuss how he’s handling the coronavirus, and what he’s been up to while on this hiatus from baseball. You can check out the full interview here.

Also, in case you missed it, he also narrated this video about coming together as one to celebrate Opening Day.

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This is probably the coolest thing you’ll see today. Fanatics will be taking the raw materials typically used in the creation of MLB jerseys and instead using them to create masks and hospital gowns. MLB and Fanatics are absorbing all costs associated with the endeavor. Read more about it in the article below.

  • There was some big news in regards to Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association, as they reached a deal. The players have voted on it already. MLB owners are expected to ratify it today. I’m going to do my best and try to attach as much information as I possibly can, because it’s a lot.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan:

In the deal, MLB has the right to shorten the 2020 draft to five rounds, sources tell ESPN. Additionally, it can delay the start of the international signing period to as late as January 2021. MLB also can shorten the 2021 draft to 20 rounds, and push back the 2021-22 international signing period to January 2022 through December 2022, per sources. The most important thing for the players: In the doomsday scenario of no 2020 season, they will get full service time, meaning Mookie Betts, Trevor Bauer, Marcus Stroman, J.T. Realmuto and others will be free agents in November regardless of whether games are played. Along these lines, an important — if a bit wonky — point: Because the season will clearly be shorter, the arbitration rules will be adjusted so players are not penalized for putting up counting stats that don’t stack up to past comparables. Made lots of sense to do it this way.

Hopefully all this helps.