By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Baseball had a chance to be one of the sports back following the coronavirus outbreak. Instead, two sides agreed to disagree.
And agreed to disagree…. For months. On Monday night, the Major League Baseball put forth their agreement from March.
Yes, March. Baseball players could have been playing baseball since at least April. However, the players wanted more money.
As a result since the players refused to take less, the sides went three additional months before MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred forced the MLBPA’s hand. And the players are expected to agree to the terms on Tuesday by 5 pm.
Thus, we’re going to have a 60-game season. Far less than what we could have seen had they just agreed to the March terms earlier.
At one point, there was a 100-plus game season being discussed. Now, with the 60-game season, we’re going to have baseball through at least September, before the playoffs start.
We’re going to continue to have baseball games without fans for the foreseeable future. Who knows if there will fans in attendance with some locations still in lock down.
And with the spread of the coronavirus in other states, there may be restrictions in place, as well.
Without an MLB agreement in place, ESPN went elsewhere for their baseball fix. They reached an agreement in May to broadcast the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) in the early morning hours.
Baseball will have a problem on their hands when they do return in July. A lot of the sports will be back at that time. The question will become, will anybody care?
They missed a real good opportunity to bring people to the American Pastime. Likely the fans, who disagreed with the 1994 strike, will likely to refuse to come back to the sport this time around, as well.
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