Ken Griffey Jr. Says MLB Needs “Fair and Safe” Deal With Players

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Baseball Hall of Fame Ken Griffey Jr. has said he wants a “fair and secure” deal between Major League Baseball and its players’ union before the clubs resume play.”It must be for the good of baseball for everyone,” Griffey Jr. said in an interview with CNBC. “Not on one side or the other. I think they have to find something that is fair for both sides and safe for both sides. ”

In an interview with CNBC to discuss his new investment, Griffey Jr. said that the ongoing negotiations to resume play are “totally different” from previous labor disputes, two of which he was in during the 1990 season and the 1994 season. The MLB was forced to cancel the World Series in 1994 due to this dispute.

The MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) continue to negotiate a restart after the suspension of operations due to Covid-19 on March 12.

The remaining dispute relates mainly to the economic aspects of the MLB proposal. After exchanging plans, which the two sides rejected, the MLBPA made a counter offer on Tuesday, which called for 89 games and players to receive their full prorated wages that the union accepted in March.

In an interview with ESPN, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred hinted that the owners of the team would reject the latest MLBPA proposal, calling the terms of the offer “unrealistic”.

“I would prefer to negotiate a new agreement with MLBPA that will allow us to get more games and resolve the issues that separate us amicably,” Manfred said in the interview, according to the Associated Press. “But at the end of the day, we negotiated for the right in March to start the season with a number of matches that we select under these particular circumstances. And if we have to, we will exercise that right. ”

Griffey Jr. advised players to stay engaged in negotiations, but added that players should also start ramp training sessions to “make sure you’re ready when the bell rings,” he said. declared.

Griffey, 50, agreed to a stock partnership with PlayersTV, a new channel launched on Samsung TVs in March. The channel was created to allow athletes to get personalized content distribution, by sharing advertising revenue with creators.

The company also added Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer. He joins a list of National Basketball Association stars such as Oklahoma City Thunder goaltender Chris Paul and Portland Trail Blazers’ stars Carmelo Anthony and C.J. McCollum. All players are paired with partners in the business.

In his new role with PlayersTV, Griffey will serve as both producer and star in projects that would be created around his hobbies like road rallying, fishing and airplanes, said Griffey, adding that he had obtained his pilot license at 36 years old.

Griffey Jr. has been approached by reality shows in the past but refused, citing privacy concerns with his children. “But they are older now, and I think they understand that we live in a different time than when I grew up,” he said.

Now living in Orlando, Griffey Jr., who has made an estimated $ 154 million career investment, said he plans to invest more in technology and will be traveling to Silicon Valley soon for business meetings.

When asked when he planned to start creating content for PlayersTV, Griffey Jr. said, “I’m going to wait until things go out and everyone feels safe. “

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