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Rob Manfred was forced to make a decision he hated



Rob Manfred was forced to make a decision he hated

The most influential players swarmed most of the weekend to discuss where they stood at MLB’s last offer, including with a few modifications that came Sunday. But all indications are that they still decided not to accept the latest version of the proposed 60-match season.

That will only encourage commissioner Rob Manfred to move more seriously towards pushing the button he wants to avoid: unilaterally implementing one season.

All this, though, plays against the background of the increasing cases of COVID-19 in important baseball countries that have the owner and the player decide what is the next appropriate step. This makes the situation smooth, open to potential efforts that have the potential to reach an agreement or even move some owners to more seriously consider whether to try the season at all.

If Manfred does not exercise unilaterally, as his collective rights are offered on condition that the players get their starting salary, chances are he will impose a schedule on 48-54 matches, although he can put on 60 and see if the fight against COVID -19 allows many games .

As the first reported by ESPN, Manfred on Sunday sent a letter to PA executive director Tony Clark offering to cancel an expanded playoff and universally designated hitter for 2021, above the requirements already displayed in a 60 match package, if this season does not complete the World Series because coronavirus.

Because the owner really wants more entries in the playoffs and joins the universal DH, this feature will give players additional points of leverage – one more apple bite, basically – if the worst case scenario arises. In the event of a COVID cancellation, the union can try to get something else in return for the 2021 additives.

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The union’s executive board, which includes 30 team representatives plus eight members of the executive subcommittee, temporarily suspended the vote on Sunday to further ponder and discuss the potential of this sweetener – the latest PA proposal calls for 70 regular match seasons. However, the council was leaning towards the idea that changes at the last minute did not change their overall opinion about the proposal. The time of formal voting is still unclear until Sunday night.

Sunday’s Manfred’s letter reflects how much he wants to avoid unilateral implementation, for several reasons: 1) That does not include extra playoff games; 2) Without the enthusiasm for cooperation around the return of the game, some players might opt ​​out and basically boycott the season; and 3) This will open the possibility for players to file complaints against the owner for failing to negotiate in good faith, even though the owner can file the same complaint against the players.

As part of his letter to Clark on Sunday, Manfred urged that the 70-match regular season is not feasible given the desire to complete the World Series at the end of October. As the first reported by The Athletic, Manfred pointed out that the change of spring training from the Florida and Arizona sites to home playgrounds, the result of the COVID-19 outbreak in the two states, would further delay the opening of the camp until no earlier than June 29. Allow for three-plus spring training weeks, the commissioner believes, leaving 66 days to play 60 games on September 27, the day MLB wants to end the regular season.

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The players, as part of their desire to play more (which will result in more pay), have expressed a desire to push the regular season calendar until mid-October. However, MLB opposed the idea because of medical concerns that the coronavirus would get worse when the weather was cold, and also the fact that baseball broadcast partners preferred to air the game in October and MLB did not want to oppose the presidential election on November 3. The recent surge of coronavirus not only in Florida and Arizona but also the important baseball state of Texas raises the MLB argument that sports should not push their luck with too many games.

Although their negotiations have been debated, the players and owners have almost agreed to health and safety conditions as well. While the two sides signed on to the radical idea of ​​placing runners on second base in extra rounds and even called in series matches after a number of rounds – all to limit players’ exposure to each other – that understanding would not be enforced through unilateral implementation.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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