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Mets Morning News: “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”

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Meet the Mets

Pete Alonso has been brainstorming some ways to celebrate walk-offs in a more socially distant way than the jersey tearing we experienced in 2019.

Mike Vaccaro of the New York Post put together a list of ten players who made the most of their time as Mets and across town in pinstripes.

On Friday’s episode of The Cookie Club, both Dominic Smith and J.D. Davis expressed support for putting a runner on second base to start extra innings.

Around the National League East

In a shortened season, the Nationalsbullpen would be the reigning champions’ Achilles heel, writes Matt Weyrich of NBC Sports Washington.

The Phillies picked a shortstop in the second round of Thursday’s draft, meaning they now have a parcel of shortstop prospects in their system. “I don’t believe any organization can have too many quality shortstops,” said scouting director Brian Barber said. “And athletes who are able to play shortstop are generally able to play other positions, as well. Opportunities will be plentiful for everyone.”

Talking Chop graded the Braves’ 2020 draft class.

“We didn’t plow into this draft thinking, ‘We’re gonna take all pitching,’ “ said Marlins amateur scouting director D.J. Svihlik to the South Florida Sun Sentinel of their draft strategy. “I can give you, maybe at another time, there were very specific position players we like. Some of them slipped through the cracks. This is just the way the board landed.”

Around Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball’s latest proposal—of a 72-game season in which players would earn 70% of their prorated pay and 80% if the playoffs were played in full—was rejected by the MLB Players’ Association.

The union will not make a counteroffer and it appears negotiations between the two sides are effectively over. “As a result, it unfortunately appears that further dialogue with the league would be futile. It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where,” MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark wrote in a statement released Saturday night.

Union negotiator Bruce Meyer wrote in a letter to deputy commissioner Dan Halem, ““We demand you inform us of your plans by close of business on Monday, June 15.”

MLB released its own statement, saying in part, “We are disappointed that the MLBPA has chosen not to negotiate in good faith over resumption of play after MLB has made three successive proposals that would provide players, clubs and our fans with an amicable resolution to a very difficult situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

We learned late last night that Major League Baseball also will not make a counteroffer, meaning that it is now up to Rob Manfred to decide the shape the 2020 season will take.

That shape will depend on how many games the owners are willing to pay in which the players receive their full prorated salaries. Previously considered a last resort, a season of 48-54 games is now looking increasingly likely. Players would then be obligated to report to camp, though players considered high-risk could opt out. And the players could counter by not allowing the expanded playoffs MLB is seeking, along with other countermeasures.

This also opens up the possibility that both sides will file a grievance, which would not impact play, but serve as yet another reminder of the rancor that remains between the two sides.

In what he calls the “Jeff Lunhow mindset as applied to labor negotiations,” Buster Olney of ESPN writes, “owners keep making these absurdly incremental offers at a time when the broader international context calls for decisive and bold action” and that this greed is “tearing baseball apart.”

Amidst all of this, MLB and Turner Sports reached a billion-dollar agreement to broadcast the playoffs—an indication that the game is not struggling financially as much as ownership groups would have you believe.

Yesterday was also a big day on the sign-stealing scandal front, as a federal judge said on Friday that he would unseal a letter that supposedly reveals that the Yankees took part in a “more serious, sign-stealing scheme” than MLB revealed publicly.

“There is no justification for public disclosure of the letter,” Jonathan Schiller, a lawyer representing the Yankees, said in a statement to The Athletic. “The plaintiff has no case anymore, and the court held that what MLB wrote in confidence was irrelevant to the court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s case. Under established law, this supports the Yankees’ right to confidentiality required by the Commissioner of Baseball.” An anonymous Yankees official said to The Athletic: “We’re not doing this to cover up some smoking gun.”

The Yankees and Major League Baseball have until Monday to release a “minimally redacted version of the letter,” and the Yankees are expected to file an emergency appeal.

While the Astros and their fans are looking the Yankees to get a comeuppance akin to what the Astros have faced, Joel Sherman of the New York Post warns, “History won’t recognize the comparison. Whatever reputational injury that’s coming the Yankees’ way, it’ll feel like a paper cut to what hit Minute Maid Park.”

This Date in Mets History

Duke Snider hit his 400th home run at the Polo Grounds on this date in 1963.