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ESPN’s Doris Burke opens up about COVID-19 struggle, NBA’s resumption concerns

  ESPN’s Doris Burke opens up about COVID-19 struggle, NBA’s resumption concerns When asked about the challenges the NBA will face as it attempts to mount a comeback next month, Burke didn’t mince words.“The thing that I felt the most was fatigue and headache,” Burke said about having coronavirus. “So for a good stretch of the first two weeks of that, I was just thinking I had a bad flu, because my symptoms were not aligning with what was being told were the main symptoms — the shortness of breath, the pressure on the chest — I didn’t have those scary symptoms. So for a good stretch of time, I didn’t think I had it. But then I finally decided to get tested.

Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association are still trying to salvage the 2020 season, and the league appears to have extended an olive branch to the union on Sunday.

Rob Manfred holding a sign: MLB has extended an olive branch to the players in an attempt to get a deal done for the 2020 season. © Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports MLB has extended an olive branch to the players in an attempt to get a deal done for the 2020 season.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred sent a letter to the MLBPA on Sunday offering to nix the expanded playoff field and universal designated hitter for next season if a full campaign cannot be played in 2020. Players had been set to vote on Sunday on whether to accept a 60-game season, so the offer might be an attempt to sweeten the pot.

2020 minor league baseball season canceled

  2020 minor league baseball season canceled Minor League Baseball’s effort to defend its member teams was greatly imperiled by the global pandemic. Public attention, for good reason, has been elsewhere, and minor league teams have experienced a more or less complete halt to revenue. A resumption of play might have helped. There were times when it seemed plausible, but any hope dissipated over recent weeks. Even as MLB and its players haggled over the terms for a big league resumption, a ramp-up of virus transmission in many parts of the United States served to increase the already great logistical challenges to a MiLB season.We’ll see how the broader picture turns out.

Part of the latest proposal from MLB was for two years of expanded playoffs. Another stipulation was that players agree that they will not file a grievance against the league. Early indications have been that MLBPA leaders will shoot that down, as they believe the two years of expanded playoffs and grievance stipulation are worth more than a 60-game season with prorated salaries.

Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy details COVID-19 bout

  Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy details COVID-19 bout While Hottovy is no longer positive for the virus, he says he is still not fully back to himself. He’s through the worst of it, which required some time in the hospital.One important member of the Cubs organization won’t be anxiously awaiting the results of his test. Pitching coach Tommy Hottovy has already endured a bout with COVID-19, he tells 670 The Score’s Mully and Haugh (h/t Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, via Twitter).

A number of changes could be in order for the shortened season in 2020. While neither side has shown a willingness to blink, MLB’s updated proposal on Sunday could be a step in the right direction.

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