The first day of financial negotiations did not go well, to say the least. MLB owners present their economic plan to the Player’s Union, to which they replied with seeming absolute disgust. That being said, baseball fans(and Dodgers fans) have really been feeling down for the last 24 hours.
And that feeling is understandable. While major sports around the country have started to put together plans to get their respective leagues going, baseball fans thought we were getting close. Rumors of possible start dates flew around for weeks, with the fourth of July being the most popular anticipated start date.
But I still do not believe there is any reason to give up on a possible baseball season just yet. I still firmly believe that at some point, we’ll get to see our Dodgers take the field, even if it’s not in-person.
Simply put, there are too many things working against Major League Baseball beyond this year for them to NOT play a season in 2020. Specifically, I think the current collective bargaining agreement will likely be the deciding factor in getting a season going.
Even before COVID-19 started to shut down the sports world, those deeply involved in baseball were starting to worry about the CBA expiring after the 2021 season. Disputes between the players and owners have been growing since it was signed in November of 2016, and things have really gone downhill in the last two years.
Players were already hoping for a number of huge changes in negotiating a new agreement with the league, even before baseball was shut down. Players within the league have long felt that the current luxury tax situation serves as a salary cap and that ownership could be heavily incentivized to NOT win games, or ‘tanking’. The fact that big-name free agents often have to wait until the very last moment to sign their deals is holding up the market for every other free agent.
All of those things in mind, it’s safe to say that regardless of how 2020 shapes up, the owners are going to have to give in a little bit with the new CBA. And what better way to get into the good graces of the Player’s Union than by making some sacrifices and meeting them halfway this year?
The first offer from the owners was bad, even I know that. But something to remember is that this is still a business, and the owners are doing everything they can to get the best deal for themselves as possible. So yes, the deal was bad, but it will certainly not be their final offer.
Keep your heads up Dodgers fans, don’t lose hope just yet.