MLB, players reportedly far apart after first financial proposal for shortened season

first_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter The latest offer, according to multiple reports, would not tie salaries to revenue, but instead have players accept reductions right off the bat. Rather than have all salaries cut by a flat percentage, the higher paid players would take bigger cuts, according to reports.According to an ESPN report, players at the top of the pay scale would see their salaries cut by about 56 percent, while those at the bottom would be cut only about 8 percent. Those cuts would be in addition to the salary already lost simply by half the games already being lost.For example, Mike Trout was set to make $36 million in 2020. His full pro-rated salary for half a season would be about $18 million, but under the owner’s proposal it would be about $8 million.“We made a proposal to the union that is completely consistent with the economic realities facing our sport,” MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said. “We look forward to a responsive proposal from the MLBPA.”In March, the sides agreed to a deal that would pay players a small percentage of their salaries in April and May, regardless of whether games were played, in exchange for players still receiving service time in 2020. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That deal also called for players to be paid a pro-rated portion of their full salaries based on the number of games played.In an 82-game season, as has been proposed, all players would then make roughly half of their full salaries.While players believe that agreement settled the issue of salaries, owners contend that agreement was contingent on games being played with fans in attendance.As it now appears a foregone conclusion that the season would at least begin in empty ballparks, thereby slashing the teams’ revenue, owners are seeking further reductions in salaries.Owners have contended that if they paid players their full salaries, even on a per-game basis, for games without fans, they would lose more money by playing than by not playing. If no games are played, owners would lose TV revenue but pay nothing in player salaries for the rest of the year.Although the financial agreement seems to be the largest hurdle for the sport to resume, the two sides also must agree on the safety protocols that would allow players to return to action during the coronavirus pandemic.A 67-page document detailing the testing, social distancing and cleaning procedures was sent from owners to the players earlier this month.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Major League Baseball officials submitted their first formal proposal to the players regarding the financial terms of the sport’s return to action on Tuesday, leaving the union disappointed, according to multiple reports.Several outlets reported that the union leadership was unhappy with the owners’ proposal that players accept reduced salaries, with the highest paid players taking the biggest hits.The sides likely have about a week to 10 days to iron out their differences if they are to reach an agreement in time to start the season around July 4, the date in the plan the owners had presented two weeks ago.Owners initially floated the idea that players’ salaries would be capped at a predetermined percentage of the revenue, but players balked at that idea before it ever became a formal offer. Angels manager Joe Maddon questions defensive metrics that rate Mike Trout poorly last_img read more

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As we get closer to a time where home electronics are embedded with IoT technology whether we like it or not, the issue of cyber security continues to be the white, hot glaring, elephant in the room.See also: Discover the top home security systems of 2017While security should be present from first design and embedded through various iterations of hardware and software, the reality is that there’s a lot of devices that are either created with inherent security flaws or fail to be adequated updated as time and technology moves on.A recent survey by Canonical Ubuntu of 2000 consumers regarding firmware updates of connected devices revealed that:Only 31% of consumers that own connected devices perform updates as soon as they become available.A further 40% of consumers have never consciously performed updates on their devicesNearly one in ten (8%) didn’t even know what firmware was48% of consumers are unaware that connected devices in their home could be used to conduct a cyber attack37% believe they are not “sufficiently aware” of the risks that connected devices poseDojo by BullGuard has created a solution with a difference. (The Israeli start-up Dojo Labs was acquired by security firm BullGuard in 2016.) I spoke to Yossi Atias, General Manager of IoT Security of BullGuard, to learn more during last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.He showed me their digital security device which consists of a sleekly designed ‘pebble’ that is easy to set up and free to move about the home, and a dock that resides with the household router.Rings of light on the Dojo pebble illuminate red, yellow or green when activity is detected on the user’s network. An app allows users to interact with the Dojo pebble via a simple, intuitive messaging interface that prompts them to allow or block network activity and informs them of potential cyber threats.How Dojo worksThe Dojo by BullGuard device monitors the home network 24/7 against cyber threats through enterprise-class intrusion detection and prevention to identify and block real time attacks, a smart firewall, and encrypted web access to smart devices. 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With the average consumer, no one assumes responsibility, not the service provider or the device vendor.Instead of trying to make everyone a cyber security expert we provide this as a service. We of course, want people to be educated and aware but in reality, security isn’t at the forefront of most consumers minds.  You won’t even find any security related information when you buy a device so how could you compare different products? Consumer electronics traditionally launch a model and want to shift as many units as possible and then the company will discard it and move onto the new one. There’s no service model behind each device so expecting a consumer to keep track of all the software updates is not realistic. Our system is totally agnostic. We assume that the security is bad from the beginning. That’s always our assumption.”Recently honored with the prestigious Good Design award in the safety and security category, Dojo by BullGuard will begin shipping in April this year and will retail for $199, including 12-months of service. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img Follow the Puck Tags:#BullGuard#Connected Devices#Dojo by BullGuard#home security#malware#Mirai#security Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

MLB honors school shooting victims with special caps

first_img“You can’t put it into words,” he said, fighting back tears. “I think it’s great what Major League Baseball is doing to show support for our community and our school. It’s been a rough week and just being out here … (gives me) a sense of freedom.”Teams had the option of wearing he caps, which are black with “SD” in block letters, during the games or only during warmups. Both the Astros and Nationals wore them during Friday’s game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMLB ordered more than 2,500 of the caps from New Era, league spokesman Steven Arrocho said. Many teams will have players sign them, and they will be auctioned to benefit the victims and families affected by the shooting.Stoneman Douglas, which won a state title in 2016, counts several baseball players as alumni, led by Cubs star Anthony Rizzo. He left camp in Arizona to return to Parkland the day after the shooting, gave an emotional speech at a candlelight vigil and later visited victims in the hospital. He wasn’t in the lineup for Chicago’s game on Friday, but wore the hat bearing his high school’s initials while working out. Read Next FBI probe docs list range of payments to top college basketball players Marlins players and staff wore maroon shirts that read “MSDSTRONG,” and CEO Derek Jeter mingled with the teams and posed for selfies with some players. The revered former New York Yankees shortstop drew on his experience in dealing with 9/11, telling players that they can help the community heal.“When I was in New York playing after September 11, obviously you’ll never forget what happened, but at least for those three hours we gave people something they could cheer for,” Jeter said. “We appreciated that and we sort of took that and ran with it as an organization. I think a lot of times professional sports teams, sports teams in general, can help distract people, so to speak.”Before the first pitch, the Marlins and Cardinals observed 17 seconds of silence in memory of the victims. Douglas players and coaches watched from seats behind home plate.“In Parkland, there’s not a lot of smiles,” said Dustin Brian, Connor’s father and a former Douglas assistant coach. “That’s why I think this is so cool, getting them away from the community.”At the New York Yankees’ opener against Detroit, both teams lined up along the foul lines for a moment of silence before the game. A flickering candle was shown on the left-field video board.“You know a community is hurting right now,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Baseball sometimes can play a part in helping with the healing process.”Back at Astros camp, Hinch said he hopes wearing the caps would let those affected by the shooting know that they’re thinking about them.“The only thing we can do is bring some recognition and offer our support,” Hinch said. “I think around baseball we have heavy hearts that we even have to do this because of the tragedy that happened. For us to wear their hats, for us to tell them that we’re on their side is our way to kind of galvanize everybody, get everybody together in one setting and let them know they’re not alone.”Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, has been jailed on 17 counts of murder, and authorities said he has confessed to the shooting.“We’re not going to let one individual define who we are,” Fitz-Gerald said. “That’s it. That’s the bottom line … our responsibility is to be strong for our community. And our baseball program has a long tradition of success and we owe it to the students, we owe it to the community to represent them and give them something to be proud about.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Both Fitz-Gerald and his son Hunter, a junior, were on campus during the shooting, in which 14 students and three teachers were slain. The elder Fitz-Gerald wore a crisp white shirt that was adorned with the words “Douglas Strong” as he chatted with Astros manager A.J. Hinch and several other players and coaches during morning workouts. He and Hunter accompanied Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow on the field before the game to hoist the World Series trophy.Down the road in Jupiter, Florida, the rest of the Stoneman Douglas baseball team as well as the school’s softball team were guests of the Marlins before their game against the St. Louis Cardinals.“It’s helping us feel better and it shows that we are one big family,” Douglas center fielder Ryan Shinko said. “It’s not just us.”Douglas pitcher Connor Brian, a senior who will play baseball at Middle Tennessee State next season, had the names of all 17 victims written on the bill of his cap.“It just gives me a remembrance when I’m pitching to do it for them,” Brian said.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Washington Nationals pitcher Tim Collins wears the cap of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Eagles baseball team before the start of an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Houston Astros Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. Players around the league are wearing the caps to remember the victims of a shooting at the school last week. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School baseball coach Todd Fitz-Gerald and his sons were guests of the Houston Astros for their spring opener against the Washington Nationals on Friday as Major League Baseball honored victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by having its teams wear caps with the school’s initials.Fitz-Gerald said it was a “relief” to get back to the sport he loves and to stop thinking, at least for a moment, about the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that left 17 people dead and more than a dozen others wounded.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more