So, after a lot of hemming and hawing, along with some observation of other league re-opening plans, the MLB Owners have a plan to start the MLB season.
It’s not a good one.
The Owner-approved plan now goes to the MLBPA, the union representing the players, for consideration. It is more than likely to be shot down and sent back for a multitude of reasons. But first, let’s look at the bullet points of the proposal.
- 82-game regional schedule
- Universal DH
- 30-man active rosters with a 20-player taxi squad
- 14 team postseason with games played in home cities in October
- 50/50 revenue split for players and owners
First off, let’s get this out of the way. Congratulations Rob Manfred, you shoe-horned the DH into the National League during a global pandemic. Nice work, buddy! Joking aside, this is the least of everyone’s worries here. Give the older players a bat and take away their gloves, who cares, they might catch Covid-19 and not play anyway.
It’s the revenue sharing and the health-risks involved where this plan breaks down.
I’m not even going to go into much detail on this because MLBPA Executive Director Tony Clark already laid out the union’s response:
“A system that restricts player pay based on revenues is a salary cap, period. This is not the first salary cap proposal our union has received. It probably won’t be the last.
“That the league is trying to take advantage of a global health crisis to get what they’ve failed to achieve in the past — and to anonymously negotiate through the media for the last several days — suggests they know exactly how this will be received.
“None of this is beneficial to the process of finding a way for us to safely get back on the field and resume the 2020 season — which continues to be our sole focus.”
That’s all you really need to know about this because Tony Clark is right. The owners are asking the players to go into this season on an even financial playing field, without putting their lives on the line. This is absolutely absurd.
To think that baseball is coming back anytime soon, or that we’re close to a re-opening plan is like saying Bartolo Colon is gonna hit 30 home runs this year. It’s a pipe dream, and there’s no way it’s happening.
Our writing team also weighed in with their thoughts:
“This is such a pie in the sky proposal. It’s never gonna happen.”
“The whole premise of a taxi squad is absurd and the players should never agree to it. ‘We know we’re exposing you to a greater risk of injury so we’re gonna have your replacements always on Ready-5. Because you are expendable.”
“Yeah… No thanks, no thanks.”
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