Surprise! It looks like we’ll have a 2020 Major League Baseball season. Well, at least the financial and schedule terms for a season have been agreed to. But COVID-19 concerns could still ruin all of these plans, which was supposed to be the obstacle to baseball being played in the first place.
So what will a 2020 MLB season look like? That’s what we talked about on a bonus WISE Sports Radio baseball update. But please pardon me if I still don’t fully buy in until a regular season pitch is finally thrown.
This week’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment aired before Major League Baseball players voted on whether to accept team owners’ latest proposal on terms for a 2020 season.
But most of what Pat Ryan and I discussed holds true. Team owners and players are totally deadlocked on salaries for the season, a sticking point that has stalled any chance at baseball this year. And then, even if the two sides hashed that out, what about the renewed concerns over COVID-19?
The standoff between Major League Baseball team owners and players continues and may finally be nearing an end. But likely without a resolution as the players rejected the owners’ latest proposal and have essentially dared MLB to launch a 2020 season.
Yet as we discussed during Monday’s baseball segment on WISE Sports Radio, that really wouldn’t solve any of the disagreement between owners and players. Down the line, it will almost certainly cause more problems and could veer into legal territory.
Like an inning full of walks and errors that never ends, the spat between Major League Baseball’s team owners and players continues as the calendar shrinks, making a 2020 season less likely every day.
On this week’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss the latest salary and schedule proposal from MLB owners to the players, which really isn’t different from the previous plans they’ve proposed. This continues to be dancing around a negotiation, not an actual negotiation process.
I hope the WISE Sports Radio listeners in Asheville don’t think that I’m a broken record or automaton repeating the same bleak forecast. But I’ve been pessimistic about a 2020 Major League Baseball season being played since the COVID-19 shutdown. But I initially thought it would be due to health and safety concerns, not team revenues and player salaries.
On Wednesday’s baseball update, Pat Ryan and I responded to the news that MLB team owners rejected the latest proposal from players. And there doesn’t appear to be much urgency for another proposal or negotiation. To me, this just looks even more hopeless.