I hope everyone continues to be well. This is week ten of my self-quarantine.
For weeks now, the owners have been negotiating through the media with leaks by anonymous sources. They have determined what the solution should be without talking to the MLBPA, and have painted the players in a negative fashion.
When they finally notified the MLBPA, public opinion was already set.
Since then, we’ve heard from some of the players – from the not-so-eloquent Blake Snell to the more reasonable Nolan Arenado with a Bryce Harper in between. And fans have started taking sides.
The owners’ representatives want to confuse us by claiming that unrealized profits are loses. They are not. No organization will lose money. They will just not earn as much as they had hoped. That’s not loss, that’s life. (Okay, it’s a loss on corporate tax returns, but try claiming a loss on your individual tax return.)
This seems like “owner entitlement” or “owner privilege”. Billionaire owners are not entitled to make money. But, they manage to get cities and states to build them palaces to play their games. They demand that governments provide tax breaks and even archaic antitrust immunity.
I’ve been both a union rep and a mid-level manager. I have always thought that athletes are paid too much to play a game. But, I also realize that the players are the attraction on the field. They are the reason that the stadiums are built. They deserve to be paid what their contracts say they are worth. They shouldn’t have to give back any of the rights they’ve won through past negotiations.
This disagreement will be settled. The players will eventually cave in. Their playing careers have a short shelf life. The union will probably negotiate some small thing that they claim as a victory (like selling out amateurs some more). And, the owners will get back any money they think they lost from the players, fans, local governments, and whoever else they can extort.
This is an example of how they will get the players. The link also explains why the owners decided on home parks rather than the “Arizona Plan”. (spoiler alert, money)
The owners also provided their proposed protocols addressing health concerns to start the baseball season. Of course, this was leaked to the media days before it was released to the players.
I’m probably less invested in the start of baseball than most of you. It will only bring back the Phillies and 29 other major league teams. The baseball I like to watch occurs at the Complex and at Spectrum Field. That isn’t likely to occur until maybe next spring.
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- June 10-11, 2020 – Amateur Draft
- June 14, 2020 – Beginning of signing non-drafted players
- July 2, 2020 – January 15, 2021 – Start of the international signing period
- 5/15/2020 – OF Felix Reyes assigned to DSL White
- 5/15/2020 – RHP Edgar Zuniga assigned to DSL White
- 5/15/2020 – SS Erick Barria assigned to DSL White
- 5/15/2020 – DSL Red released LHP Jose Palacio released (2/18/20)
- 5/15/2020 – DSL White released INF Victor Alfonso (2/17/20)
- 5/15/2020 – DSL White released RHP Norman Anciani (2/18/20)
- 5/15/2020 – DSL White released RHP Fausto Pediet (2/18/20)
- 5/15/2020 – DSL White released RHP Luis Vegas (2/18/20)
- 5/07/2020 – RHP Jason Lott assigned to GCL Phillies East