If players and owners go beyond the deadline to resume the 2020 baseball season in early July, they are sure there will be no shortage of words.
Exciting discussions erupted once more on Wednesday night when Major League Baseball Players Association executive subcommittee member Nationals veteran Cols Max Scherzer tweeted that players would not be able to afford to pay more than their dues.
Sherza, a three-time Sai Young Award winner, wrote on Twitter: “After discussing the latest developments with the rest of the players, there is no reason for MLB to be involved in reducing compensation anymore.” “We have discussed the pay cut in the earlier version of the paid salary and there is no reason to accept the second pay cut based on the information received by the union.
“I am delighted to hear the same views from other players and believe that the MLB’s economic strategy will change dramatically if all documentation becomes public information.”
On Tuesday, the MLB presented a sliding-scale proposal to players, with the highest-earning players losing the highest percentage of their paychecks. PA didn’t like the idea at all, and Shehrzer expressed that feeling quite strongly and publicly. A counter-proposal expected over the weekend would present a schedule with more than 100 games, a big increase from the advice of 82 game owners. Many union members also think it is appropriate to suspend players’ salaries.
As Scherzer noted, the two sides reached an agreement at the end of March to pay players a single sum of 1.0 million, as well as guarantee service time even if the coronavirus epidemic cancels the season – and pay will be fixed if the coast is cleared for short publicity. The agreement also featured language that prevented players from participating in the games under the circumstances, as it currently is, and the revision caused this stalemate.
Players are reluctant to sign further cuts in revenue without a clear focus on the team’s finances, as Sheherzer noted; As long as the union exists it serves as a debate.
In line with current aspirations, to start the season in early July and prepare for spring training in mid-June, players and owners will probably need to find a common ground by the end of next week.
– With Joel Sherman