By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Major League Baseball will have a season after all in 2020. After the bickering between the MLB and MLBPA over money, Heyman is reporting that the two sides are ‘nearing’ an agreement.
The baseball insider is reporting that the players will have a pro-rated pay for the season. Also, there will be an extended playoffs.
In addition, Heyman is reporting that the players are not allowed to file any grievances against the MLB with this agreement.
Manfred flew to Arizona on Tuesday night to meet with MLBPA President Tony Clark, a former MLB player, to talk. Before this latest meeting, the two sides have been attacking each other through the press.
Also, several players have complained about taking a pay cut in their huge contracts – some nearly $40 million for the 2020 season. But that’s been a problem, as people have been without jobs and out of work for weeks due to the global coronavirus pandemic.
MLB is one of the last leagues, who announced their return to play. They did not begin their season and was in spring training when the sports world went on a hiatus due to the virus.
The players have clearly been delusional on the money part, as they claim that they should earn their full contracts. However, here is the problem. There likely won’t be any fans in the stands – at least for a while and potentially the entire season.
Therefore, the money to pay off their gigantic salaries are just not there with no ticket sales, concessions, parking and other revenue that owners receive from fans in attendance.
As a result, the players will likely need more time in spring training before an actually season may start in July or August. It’s very unlikely that MLB will have a traditional 162 games for this season due to the virus.
It’ll be interesting to see where Manfred and Clark agree on the schedule for each teams. Will teams also play at home and on the road? Or will it be in a bubble in one city? We’ll have to wait and see what the two sides agree upon.
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