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Mark P
6:55
Good evening all, it's time for another chat!  Let's get to some questions....
sandy alderson
6:57
whats the percentage  this season begins?
Mark P
6:58
This is purely my opinion, but I'd say maybe 55-45 in favor of a season taking place.  There are still a ton of health and financial considerations to work out, though the preference on both the players' and ownership sides is to get onto the field in some fashion
Ken
6:58
Do you think the Dodgers bring back Justin Turner for 2020? 1 year 10 million?
Mark P
6:59
A reunion is definitely possible.  A $10MM contract represents a paycut from Turner's current AAV, though that wouldn't be surprising if free agent dollars are reduced in general this offseason.
Tigers Fan
7:00
Half a season. Cron and Schoop in the lineup. Miggy is healthy, apparently. Stable of young pitchers makes debuts cause there’s nowhere else to put them. Expanded postseason. Tigers for World Series?
Mark P
7:01
In a shortened season, technically anything could happen.  I could see a Detroit team catching people by surprise, but playoff contention still seems like a big stretch
Guest
7:01
Odds on the Reds resigning Trevor Bauer and Nick C,
Mark P
7:02
Like I said, the free agent market is going to be more uncertain than ever before, so I doubt Castellanos opts out.  There's a shot Bauer remains, since if he sticks to his plan of looking for high-AAV one-year contracts, the Reds might bite since they're still in win-now mode.
Perfect ??????
7:03
Your thoughts on Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce asking that MLB recognize his game as a perfect game in the record books?    Considering it was the last out—and with Ernie Shore being awarded a perfect game after he replaced Babe Ruth and went clean after a runner reached base—how about giving a guy a deserved break??????
Mark P
7:05
To be clear, Shore's remarkable game is not in the books as a perfect game --- it's just a combined no-hitter between Ruth and Shore.

And as much as Galarraga got robbed in that game, I don't think baseball wants to go down the rabbit hole of changing past results.  If anything, Galarraga might be more famous for the "imperfect game" than he would have been if he'd actually gotten a perfecto.
N
7:05
What day is it?
Mark P
7:06
Sunday!
Mike C
7:07
do you think the players should take a bigger paycut to get back on field ?
Crash
7:07
Will players take less than their pro-rated salaries?
Mark P
7:08
The idea of deferred money seems pretty reasonable in my view.  But in terms of cutting more salary, players are already taking a 50 percent hit in the event of an 82-game season.
Nick Senzel
7:09
Any chance I become an All-Star second baseman with the Red Sox and I become Pedroia 2.0 ?
Mark P
7:09
Except for the minor issue that Senzel plays for Cincinnati and not Boston.....sure?
Teddy
7:11
Are we going to continue to see the death of the long contract? Seems like the Miguel Cabrera and Pujols deals changed the game and now teams like The dodgers Astro’s etc refuse to go long term
Mark P
7:12
Over even the last two years, we've seen a lot of extensions or signings that have been for seven-plus seasons.  Those count as "long" contracts in my books.
Teams will still be happy to hand out long-term deals, but probably not to guys like Pujols or Miggy who were already in their early 30's
Chris
7:14
As much as it pains me to say, I am starting to think its best for them to punt on the 2020 season.  Too much risk to people's health, too high a likelihood its gonna have to be shut down soon after restarting.
Mark P
7:15
This is the biggest unanswered question: what MLB will do if there's a coronavirus outbreak within one team's clubhouse, or (even worse) over multiple teams.
STL Hawkeye
7:16
What do people project as the ‘regular season’ size for the rosters?
Mark P
7:17
I believe the current plan is a 30-player roster
Guest
7:17
Of the three posdible divisions which one if any stands out. That midwest division is going to be a great division
Mark P
7:18
All three proposed "super-divisions" (10 West teams, 10 East teams, 10 Central teams) really add an interesting wrinkle to this potential season.  That East division is going to be an absolute brawl.
Al
7:19
Does eliminating MILB teams hurt the Dodgers and Yankees the most?
Mark P
7:20
I'd say the bigger impact is on the smaller-market teams.  Obviously every team relies on young talent, but the smaller-payroll clubs have an even bigger need for such cost-controlled players.  So, the wider the prospect pool, the bigger the chances of finding a hidden gem.
Mark Belanger
7:20
What is the best seat you ever had at a baseball game?
Mark P
7:22
I've sat virtually right behind home plate on a couple of occasions, thanks to friends with season tickets, and the bargain-basement prices of tickets at the old Olympic Stadium in the Expos' final days.
Hmmm....
7:22
does the largest contract this upcoming offseason get over 200 million?
Mark P
7:23
I can see a team still making that big an investment in a proven superstar like Betts.  The guys at the very top of the market will still score healthy contracts, if maybe only 80-90% of what they would have landed in a non-pandemic world.

But the big squeeze will be on second-tier free agents and lower
Bobby Cox
7:24
Braves are poised for a deep run, maybe 2 championships. Your thoughts
Mark P
7:25
Not out of the question, but winning just one World Series is a huge achievement.
Why?
7:27
I don’t understand why players agreed to take prorated salaries... their contracts are guaranteed...they get paid the entire amount even if they are injured or released...why did player’s union agree to this at all? Seems like Tony Clark got steam rolled by ownership again???
Mark P
7:29
The league technically has the right to void all contracts in the event of catastrophe, and a worldwide pandemic certainly qualifies.  While MLB wouldn't have gone to that nuclear option unless necessary, the players also aren't unreasonable --- demanding full contracts in the event of a reduced season isn't a great ask from either a logical or a public relations standpoint
KB
7:29
The Universal DH is here to stay.
Mark P
7:30
Wouldn't be surprised.
Ryan
7:30
Do you eat your Mac and Cheese with a fork or a spoon?
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