Major League Baseball has a huge problem. It’s not the foreign substance issue or an overall lack of offense. In fact, it really has nothing to do with what’s happening on the field. MLB is in a war with their own players, and it could get very ugly soon.
The collective bargaining agreement between MLB and the Player’s Union is set to expire at the end of this year. While many hope the 2 sides can come to an agreement peacefully, the outlook is bleak.
We spoke with ESPN’s Buster Olney this week about many things around MLB, including the foreign substance issue. But according to the veteran reporter, the relationship between the two sides is at an all-time low. And that includes the strike that brought the sport to a halt in 1994.
At the owner’s meetings a couple of weeks ago, the conversation among the owners was not whether or not there is going to be a lock, it was WHEN there was going to be a lockout. …I gotta tell you guys, the relationship between the two sides is by far the worst that I have ever seen. And I covered a strike in 94 and 95.
The foreign substance issue is just the latest in a long line of grievances between MLB and the players. We’ve already heard from dozens of players from across the league that said they would have liked to have been involved in the conversation on the issue. But according to Olney, that’s a reoccurring theme.
What makes it so so bad is that these two sides don’t even talk. There’s some conversation but there’s not a collaboration. …they’ve made the choice to essentially not engage, and I don’t understand why. I don’t think it’s working for them.
At this point, it feels like a forgone conclusion that there will be some sort of lockout prior to the 2022 season. The only hope at this point is that the two sides will be able to come to an agreement in time to get the season going next year.
Don’t hold your breath baseball fans.