After MLB Proposal, League and Players Remain Far Apart

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

As North American sports both major and minor slowly move towards a return to play, baseball appears to be bringing up the rear.

Tuesday MLB sent a proposal to the players union with parameters for a shortened season, which was not well received. Not at all.

Here’s Jeff Passan at ESPN:

Players immediately bristled at the proposal, which includes an 82-game schedule that would begin in early July after a 21-day spring training, sources familiar with the plan said. Teams would play three exhibition games in the final week before starting a regular season that would finish Sept. 27.

The MLB Players Association said in a statement to ESPN’s Enrique Rojas: “The proposal involves massive additional pay cuts and the union is extremely disappointed. We’re also far apart on health & safety protocols.”

The union is expected to reject the plan and counter in the coming days with a proposal that could include a longer season, according to sources.

It’s a scaled salary proposal, and reporters noted that a player making $35 million in 2020 would make about $7.8 million instead. A player earning $10 million would get about $3 million and players making $1 million would earn about $430,000 instead.

That still seems like a lot of money to you and me, and it is, comparatively, but players are obviously annoyed because they’d be accepting a pay cut of more than 50% after originally agreeing to the prorated number with the league back in March. Owners then came back around and asked for more due to a projected loss of revenue with gate heavily factored in.

Really what we have here is the average MLB fan forced to take a side in a dispute between billionaires and millionaires, which feels a little… dirty, I guess, for lack of a better word. It’s hard to feel bad for either side when the average American is just trying to stay afloat and pay the bills during a global pandemic, which is why you keep seeing words and phrases like “greedy” and “tone deaf” thrown around on Twitter. Beyond that, you look at the how other sports are handling their return to play, and it feels like the hockey and basketball players unions have a better working relationship with their respective leagues, while MLB and its players remain relatively far apart.

Marcus Stroman tweeted this Tuesday:

Woof. That would be horrendous. Baseball would look quite bad if the season was scrapped while other sports were able to come to agreements to play after the pandemic. You can’t accept a self-inflicted wound when some markets are already struggling to hold interest in younger fans, who are watching basketball and football and other sports in 2020.

MLB wants to have a second round of Spring Training in June, so they’ve got a little bit of wiggle room here in working out a deal with the players union.

Fingers crossed.

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28 Responses

  1. The ones that are far apart are the snowflake lemming pis-ants like Kevin and Kyle and their incessant support of
    a failing political party like the democrats and their constant need to protest because they are *BORED*.

    The continue to display only democrat positive biased articles and REFUSE
    REFUSE to tell the much better and thoughout republican side.

    I guess they think taking it up the A$$ from uncle joe is a lot better than a pay increase
    and lower taxes that POTUS Sir Donald Trump is giving us now. Plus he’s getting rid of the
    undesirables.

  2. Who cares? And if all these greedy fucks don’t want to play, fine…and when they come back don’t fucking buy tickets..

  3. Kevin did you shake when you say Mike’s melt down yesterday? I mean you avoided posting that article because the woman is a registered donkey and exposes your party for what they actually are.

  4. Why didn’t the owners due their fucking due diligence on the gate receipt?
    They fucked this up and now they want more?

    Fuck em all.
    I hope they complain and there is no season.
    Baseball is only wasted time until football starts….IF it starts.

    Take 4 years off and maybe you’ll know how ted williams felt.
    And he was better than any of your greedy mother fuckers!

  5. Will there be any repercussions for Mike Miss after yesterday’s physical & verbal explosion?

    1. PAY RAISE

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      fucking #^$%

  6. The owners should just say, here are the terms – play ball or go home – and they should bring in replacement players for players that decides to not play. Simple as that. I believe fans will be less turned off by replacement players, than continually trying to hold their nose (and their stomach contents in) by trying to root for the overpaid crybabies still in the game. Bro, stay home and don’t “risk your life” – you’ll be safe and we’ll see a warrior in your place instead of a pampered pussy.

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