Ken Rosenthal has details of the owners' plan for baseball's return

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Brett Ballantini
Brett Ballantini

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And now Governor Pritzker weighing in on the issue ... shocker, on the side of ownership, falsely claiming players are "holding out for more money": https://twitter.com/PWSullivan/status/1260308982037651458

When did we decide that facts were just, simply, optional?

Leigh Allan
Leigh Allan

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Might be interesting move for MLBPA to tell the owners they want to resolve next contract now in order to ensure there won't be another work stoppage shortly after this one, which could prove extremely detrimental to MLB.

Brett Ballantini
Brett Ballantini

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Holy crap, now the word is owners will demand LESS THAN PRO-RATED salaries for players. That is some serious bullshit. It certainly doesn't seem like good faith bargaining, or that both sides are going to "hammer out" anything.

As usual, the hammer falls on labor. Multimillionaire labor is still labor. And this kind of union-busting, I've had my fill of. I desperately want baseball back (safely), but players have to walk away from such a half-hearted proposal.

So much for "baseball must come back for the good of the nation," eh?

Guitarsox
Guitarsox

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I just don't see the players agreeing to play this year at all. Korea just had a second outbreak, and they've handled this pandemic in a much more swift and efficient manner than the U.S. This virus is not under control. There aren't enough tests for the general public, and I've heard at least a few players express concern about athletes getting tests when they aren't available for everyone. I want to see baseball as much as anyone, but the country just hasn't put together the infrastructure to make it safe. We are all at the mercy of this virus for now.

Brett Ballantini
Brett Ballantini

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And unlike James, who is very optimistic about players returning to get some money, any money for a season ... well, they have given up as much or more, under less dire (pandemic) circumstances, in prior strikes. The owners are already getting most of what they want. If they can't give on salary (awarding full salary for a half-season, depending of course on whether owners get to cash the full TV checks or not), the players should not agree to come back (presuming, of course, very safe pandemic circumstances).

Brett Ballantini
Brett Ballantini

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What I don't like about this — and it's hard to avoid, really — is that it forces players to potentially put very serious health risks to the side. And given that this is an MLB/owner's proposal, in a PR sense the onus will be on the players to cave in despite concerns. The very least ownership should do (given players are at risk, not them) is pay full salaries and grant full service time for a half-season. I thought service time already was agreed on earlier this spring, so full pay should go hand-in-hand with full service time. If the price to pay for even a single infection is potentially a player's career or life, the least that can be done is owners guaranteeing full salaries ... even deferred payments, if necessary.

James Fox
James Fox

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Be prepared to keep laughing out loud Mark. Because it's happening. It's too much money to not try and that's a fact of life.

Mark Liptak
Mark Liptak

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I honestly laughed out loud when seeing this. Thousands of folks in this country are getting sick, a lot are dying and all Manfred can think about, in a 13 BILLION dollar industry, is money.

Folks, let's get real here...as Seth Davis tweeted out yesterday, we need to stop asking "if" a player gets sick, it's more like "when." And I've yet to see any league openly discuss what happens then, especially when a team or teams has to be isolated. Right, the Yankees are going to play 80 games, the Reds 74, the White Sox 70 and so on because teams are going to have to be quarantined. Absolute idiocy. The first time a few teams have to be isolated it's over. period...and the league will have wasted more money trying to restart things (then the owners will again bitch about player salaries...)

Tonight by the way Shaq came out and said the NBA needs to simply cancel the season, get healthy and try it again next year. Shaq is a very wise man.

Let this story be a warning to anyone who thinks the leagues will be able to pull this off, maybe they dodge the bullet but I'd hate to bet my life on it:

James Fox
James Fox

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Gate revenue and concessions etc are reportedly like 40% of overall revenue. Some times can't afford to pay the players their prorated salaries without fans in the stands. It's going to be a fight. I hope the players get what they deserve but they usually cave and likely will here too. They don't get another penny after May 31st unless they play baseball games. Some money will be better than no money in this case.

Brett Ballantini
Brett Ballantini

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I'll say that initially I don't like the idea that players are further conceding salary in order to play. The percentage of TV money the owners agree or are forced to return is the percentage that players should forego — not a penny more.


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