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MLB Officially Rejects Players Union Proposal: Baseball Continues to Look Bad

A formality but at what cost?



Yes, that headline reads harsh and frightening if you, like I, are looking forward to the return of baseball and our Dodgers this year. Thankfully, it’s more of a formality than anything.

When the players proposed a 114 game season last Sunday, they were shooting for the stars. MLB came back playing hardball with its “50-60 game season” rumor. Instead, now baseball won’t send players an official counteroffer, and yes, that is a scary line to read.

First, a sidebar. 

Through all this, however, the drama continues to spill into the public eye and severely tarnish the perception of the game.

The drama? The argument? It’s not about games played, it’s about money. It always has been.

Billionaire club owners are fighting millionaire players over money.

Some clubs are even more than willing to punt the season in 2020 without the foresight into the ramifications for future seasons. Over money. Yes, MLB and its clubs will lose more money this year if they play under the current plan with no fans in the stands. But this shouldn’t be about money in 2020 — this is really about 2022 and beyond.

The current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires after the 2021 season. Suffice it to say that this current CBA failed. More and more players found themselves without work as the new analytics of baseball hurt their stock.

For owners to fight with players over money when they’re already mostly upset with you over money isn’t exactly the power play you should be making at a time like this.

Keep in mind that baseball made over $10B in 2019.

MLB has already failed, swinging around it’s you know what while the NBA announced its welcome (almost) return. Baseball missed its window of relevance. Moreover, it missed the opportunity to have players return to the field and look like heroes for the nation.

Now? The sides are deadlocked. More games equals more money for players; players that will not give up a greater percentage of their salary than they already have agreed upon. More games means less money for owners.

But no games might mean no money for owners in years down the road.

Back to the news

MLB will not send a counteroffer in terms of number of games played — it doesn’t have to. Commissioner Rob Manfred and his office have the ultimate power to create and assign a schedule.

At the moment I feel confident enough that there will be baseball in 2020. But I do not feel confident in the leadership behind the wheel. 

NEXT: Players Reportedly Agree to Realignment of Divisions for 2020

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. An 100+ game season extending into November is absurd. A Colorado/Minnesota WS around Thanksgiving would be the last straw. But a 50 game season is barely worth playing. Sure this is probably posturing and we are headed for 80. But it does give baseball a really bad look while the other sports are pulling together. Had a chance there for some positive rotational spin, but….never mind.

  2. They want to play half a season and ADD playoff teams? Absurd. If anything we should reduce the number of teams for this year to 4. 6 TOPS

  3. No wonder the two sides can’t come to an agreement, each proposal is worse then the next. Now we’re at 50 games? 114 is a little too much. Wouldn’t it be great if they could meet in the middle at 82? Oh no that already failed smh. I read something about 14 teams in the playoffs.. seriously? Even in a 162 game season that’s a joke now we’re talking about it for a shortened season of possibly 50 games and no more then 114. Whoops it’s all about money my mistake. More playoff teams to help with the “losses” mlb is going to take. News flash interest will be very very low for a majority of playoff games if they do that. Sometimes we can’t even get a 90 win team in the wild card game as it stands, with 14 teams you’re looking at many low 80’s or even worse if you can imagine

  4. PAY THE PLAYERS FOR HOW MANY GAMES PLAYED .

    SALARY DIVIDED BY GAMES PLAYED, STOP FIGHTING OVER MONEY

  5. PLAY 82 GAMES AND PAY ONE HALF THE SALARY. —-SO SIMPLE

    THESE PLAYERS CAN LIVE ON HALF THEIR SALARY

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