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MLB News: Player’s Union ‘Very Disappointed’ With Owner’s Economic Proposal

The MLB owners were scheduled to hand off their financial proposal to the player’s union today, detailing the economic side of a return to play. That meeting did happen, with the results being less than desirable. 

The early reports coming out of the exchange of proposals suggest that the player’s union is very unhappy with what MLB is offering. Another report surfaced earlier today that the league was offering players a sliding pay scale rather than sweeping 50-50 revenue splits. 

As it stands, players are unhappy with the financial cuts that they are already taking, despite MLB wanting to cut even further. The two sides are also not satisfied with the health and safety protocols issued by the owners two weeks ago. 

In what will ultimately be one of the biggest weeks in the history of MLB labor negotiations, things are not off to a good start. Jeff Passan of ESPN also reports that the suggested sliding pay scale would not work out as well as indicated for players with smaller salaries. 

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  1. Except the Owners never have to step foot on the field, in the clubhouse, risk injury, illness or any number of possible fallouts from playing the game on the field during a worldwide pandemic. It’s not an equal risk. Never has been. The end of the reserve clause will be 50 years old this December 2020. Only 50 years ago, in my lifetime, players were “owned” by their teams. Curt Flood made $90,000/yr in 1969 and was called out by the press, fans and players for rejecting a trade. “After twelve years in the major leagues, I do not feel I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes.” The politics of professional sports are complicated, but I think the tide is turning away from blind support of MLB Owners. We watch because the players put on a good show. So no, it’s not “A plague on both their houses.” This is players getting back on the field and literally risking their lives and their families lives to save 1/2 a season. How is that an equal share?

    1. Risking lives? How when 99.5% of the corona cases in the players age range recover and the social distancing measures proposed will be strict and make it closer to 100%. It needs to be said not everyone will die who get the flu. It’s also interesting players want full salary for games played when there is no revenue from fan attendance. It won’t work. How are owners supposed to pay their bills? The players need to get back on the field with more than their crazy demands for full pay per game. Any baseball payment is better than nothing which is what will happen. The players might risk dying is really not the issue, if so they can choose not to play individually.

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