Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Newsletter Excerpt, February 2, 2021 -- "Negotiations and Love Songs"

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"No, what MLB offered the players was playoff expansion in a Trojan horse. The league wants to make the playoff expansion it got in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season a permanent part of the baseball landscape. Remember, a year ago, before SARS-CoV-2 changed our lives, there were leaks of proposals that would expand the playoffs to seven teams in each league. MLB loves large playoffs."