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.
For a sport that isn’t being played and may not be played this year, Major League Baseball is still generating a lot of discussion. Unfortunately, most of that conversation is negative as team owners and players battle over salaries to be paid in a shortened season with no fans in attendance.
But that means I got to talk with an old friend, Clint Domingue on Acadiana’s 103.7 The Game, and we discussed MLB’s tendency to hurt itself in terms of promoting baseball.
It’s looking less likely that we’ll see Major League Baseball play a 2020 season after team owners submitted a new proposal to players which calls for salary cuts up to 40 percent.
As Pat Ryan and I discussed on Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, even the lowest-paid players make money that would be lucrative for almost anyone in regular life. But when someone making $35 million is looking at being paid $8 million instead, maybe it’s apparent why players aren’t too keen on billionaire owners crying about reduced revenues.
If the Astros and baseball commissioner Rob Manfred thought Houston’s sign-stealing scandal would go away once the team was penalized, neither side can be happy that the story is being kept alive by fans, media, and MLB players.
On Monday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I look at how badly Manfred continues to handle the situation as outrage over the lack of punishment for Astros players gets noisier.
Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred has the undesirable task of trying to make the sport more appealing to younger audiences and a decreasing fanbase. His latest idea to make the game more interesting is a radical change to the postseason format seemingly intended to make the playoffs more TV-friendly and reality TV-like.
On Wednesday’s WISE Sports Radio baseball segment, Pat Ryan and I discuss Manfred’s proposal, the Boston Red Sox naming a new manager, and 36-year-old pitcher Cole Hamels developing a shoulder injury.