The world’s dumbest game of chicken continues this week with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred saying that he’s no longer confident that a 2020 season will take place.
Some players took to Twitter rip the commish to shreds, while others posted useless platitudes like “tell us when and where.” Others, like Trevor Bauer, unleashed the social media flamethrower in another lengthy rant.
“When commissioner Rob Manfred said on ESPN Monday night that he was “not confident” that the 2020 MLB season will happen, he was trying to restart negotiations with the Players’ Association by injecting urgency into them. He remains hopeful that talks will resume, according to sources.
On the other side, several player agents believed on Tuesday morning that the parties would speak again, and ultimately reach an agreement that included full prorated play for players and an expanded postseason.
There does, however, remain a human element in this process that creates potential volatility. According to two industry sources, there are currently six owners who do not want to play this year (the Athletic reported that the number is eight). A few other owners are unhappy with Manfred’s handling of negotiations, according to sources, though their exact complaint is unclear.
Still other owners have pointed their ire not at Manfred, but at agent Scott Boras, who they see as unduly influential to the union’s firm stance on receiving full prorated pay. That allegation has long followed Boras — but whether it’s true or not, it has been a bee in the owners’ bonnet in recent weeks.”
“There are currently six owners who do not want to play this year (the Athletic reported that the number is eight).”
Do these guys even like baseball?
What they’re doing is rigging a gatling gun, pointing it to the ground, and then firing it directly into their feet, over and over and over again, to the point where nobody even cares anymore.
Current status of MLB “labor talks” –