AP source: MLB players offer 114-game season, no more $ cutsNEW YORK (AP) - Major League Baseball players proposed a 114-game regular season Sunday, up from 82 in management's offer, but no additional pay cuts beyond the one they agreed to in March, a person familiar with the plan told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no details were announced. Opening day in the coronavirus-delayed season would be June 30 and the regular season would end Oct. 31, nearly five weeks after the Sept. 27 conclusion that MLB's proposal stuck to from the season's original schedule. The union offered scheduling flexibility to include more doubleheaders. Players, like MLB, would increase postseason teams from 10 to 14. While management proposed an expanded postseason for 2020 only, the union offered it for this year and next. A player would receive about about 70% of his salary under the union plan. MLB's offer Tuesday included a sliding scale in which those at the $563,500 minimum would get about 47% and those at the top - led by Mike Trout and Gerrit Cole at $36 million - would receive less than 23%. All players would have the right to opt out of the season under the union plan. Those who meet qualifications for high risk or reside with a person who qualifies as high risk would receive salary and major league service. Others who opt out would receive major league service time but no salary. If the postseason is not held because of a second wave of the pandemic, the union plan calls for $100 million of the approximately $2.8 billion in salary to be deferred with interest, payable in November 2021 and November 2022. Only players whose original 2020 salaries were $10 million or more would be subject to having money deferred. The union estimates high-payroll teams would have up to $7 million in payroll...
The Congressional Horseshoe Tournament | US House of Representatives: History, Art & ArchivesOn this date, freshman Representative Fred G. Johnson, a Nebraska Republican, won the title “Champion Horseshoe Pitcher of Congress” by defeating fellow GOP Congressman and Majority Whip Albert H. Vestal of Indiana in the first congressional horseshoe match. The single-elimination tournament, sponsored by the Little Congress Club, was an all-House affair. Several Senators slated to participate failed to show up and were eliminated by default. In the semifinals, Vestal handily defeated Republican Representative Fred D. Letts of Iowa, 22–10; Johnson dispatched Democrat Thomas S. McMillan of South Carolina, a former professional baseball player, 21–10. In the final match, which the Washington Post described as “a one-time rural pastime between two one-time country lads,” Vestal jumped out to a commanding 13–3 lead but Johnson clawed his way back into contention with consecutive, 3-point ringers in the 10th and 11th rounds. After 20 rounds the score was knotted at 20 apiece; then, Johnson scored the game-winning point. The tournament was carried live over the National Broadcasting Company radio network, with Representative Clarence J. McLeod of Michigan and Senator Alben W. Barkley of Kentucky providing play-by-play commentary. For his efforts, Representative Johnson won "a set of silver-plated horseshoes in a leather case." His horseshoe skills, however, failed to impress constituents back home in southwestern Nebraska; in the November 1930 elections, they chose a Democratic challenger to succeed him. The tournament tradition appears to have died out quickly as the economic travails of the Great Depression deepened in subsequent years.