The Major League Baseball Players Association has yet again rejected the leagues offer regarding the restructuring of the season and player contracts, and have asked the league to just go ahead and schedule the season.
The MLB and MLBPA have been going back and forth negotiating the number of games that will be played, when they will start, and what the players prorated salary amounts will be for about a month now it seems. They’ve yet to reach a compromise.
A statement from the league on the matter reads as follows:
“It’s now become apparent that these efforts have fallen upon deaf ears. In recent days, owners have decried the supposed unprofitability of owning a baseball team and the Commissioner has repeatedly threatened to schedule a dramatically shortened season unless players agree to hundreds of millions in further concessions. Our response has been consistent that such concessions are unwarranted, would be fundamentally unfair to players, and that our sport deserves the fullest 2020 season possible.”
“As a result, it unfortunately appears that further dialogue with the league would be futile. It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.”
So in short, the MLBPA has essentially given up on the issue and decided that the war is bigger than he battle here, so let’s just get it on with.
Per ESPN, the MLBPA’s chief negotiation Bruce Meyer has also sent a letter to the league saying, “We demand that you inform us of your plans by close of business on Monday, June 15.”
This is a classic labor union and business relationship at its finest, and in this situation the business prevailed. In doing so, they may very well have damaged a few relationships and lost a bit more in the way of PR points.
Baseball is far from still being America’s pastime, and where it will stand after this season, assuming it goes on, remains to be seen.