On March 12, 2020, the MLB decided to cancel Spring Training and postpone the Regular Season. All of this was due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak. Almost immediately, people were wondering what the MLB would decide to do to save the season. Throughout the last few months, there have been ongoing negotiations between the Players Association (MLBPA) and the owners. There have been a variety of proposals and ideas from both parties, but this most recent one caught my attention. Let's take a look at the most recent MLBPA proposal.
Late Sunday night the Players Association presented a new season proposal to the MLB. That proposal included a 114 game schedule ranging from June 30 to October 31. It also would add more playoff teams in the 2020 season as well as the 2021 season. To break that down more, the MLB playoffs would have an increased amount of teams for this season as well as next season. The proposal also states that players can opt out if they wish not to play the season and if the postseason gets canceled, franchises can defer the players' salary.
When I first saw this, I knew right away this wasn't gonna fly with the owners and commissioner. They wanted a shorter season with a bigger pay cut. Until these two sides meet in the middle, this baseball season doesn't look good. As we have seen with other leagues, now and in the past, players must be willing to take a pay cut or be willing to get paid later down the road. Let's see if Major League Baseball will choose to go that route.
To have a baseball season, especially under these circumstances, details and having a good plan is key. Throughout this entire shutdown both sides have gone back and forth arguing about what should happen for this baseball season and the future of the MLB. You can't play baseball without players. You can't play baseball without owners and league approval. That is what is what is happening right now: the ongoing negotiations to make both sides happy. The everyday fan might not understand what's happening here. It is billionaires vs millionaires and to have a season, these two sides must come together and have a plan in order to play baseball. These are unprecedented times and like other leagues who have a plan, don't be surprised if we see a plan for the MLB to come back.