The commissioner of the MLB, Rob Manfred, has said that there might be no matches of the major league this year after a break in talks between the teams and the players union on how to distribute the money over the course of a season delayed by the outbreak of coronavirus.
Two days after the head of the players union MLB, Tony Clark, said that further negotiations were fruitless, Manfred returned to his position last week when he said he was “100 percent” certain that the season 2020 would begin.
“It’s just a disaster for our game, absolutely no doubt about it,” said Manfred during an appearance on ESPN. “This should not happen, and it is important that we find a way to overcome it and to put the game on the field for the benefit of our fans. “
Spring training has been interrupted as a result of the pandemic on the 12th of march, two weeks before the day of the opening, and the parties have reached an agreement on 26 march on how to revise their contract of employment to take account of the virus. Since then, the hostility has intensified to the extent that the parties have exchanged their offers. The MLB says that the teams can not afford to play without fans and pay salaries to the pro rata basis provided for in the agreement of march.
“The players are disgusted that after that Rob Manfred has stated unequivocally to the players and to the fans that there would be “100%” a season in 2020, he decided to go back on his word, and now threatens to cancel the entire season, ” said Clark in a press release. Monday.
Manfred said prior to the draft amateur of last week that the chance of a season was ” 100 percent “. It has reversed its position Monday.
“I’m not confident. I think there was a real risk; and as long as there will be no dialog, that real risk will continue, ” said Manfred on ESPN. “The owners are committed to 100% to put the baseball on the ground. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you that I am 100% certain that this will happen. ”
So, Rob, tell us how you can be 100% sure that there will be baseball, but not very confident that there will be baseball at the same time? hmmm. What is it that has changed between these statements? The players you have said to define the season, but it is too early to define the season at this time,
– Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) June 15, 2020
The players think that Manfred is slow to shorten the timetable and their salary. “So, Rob, tell us how you can be 100% sure that there will be baseball, but not very confident that there will be baseball at the same time? “The launcher of Cincinnati, Trevor Bauer, has tweeted. “The tactic is to bluff with” no season ” again and delay another 2-3 weeks. “
The MLB has made three financial offers, the latest offering to ensure that the players 70% of their wages within the framework of a schedule of 72 games from the July 14 and increasing the total to 80% if the playoffs are completed.
The MLB stated the players union that it would lose 640 000 $ for each additional regular-season game played without the income of door and does not wish to extend the regular season after the September 27, because he feared that a second wave of sars coronavirus does not pose a threat to the post-season, when $ 787 million of broadcasting revenues are earned.
The players are angry for other issues beyond the ongoing negotiations after five years of fixed wages, a grievance is lost saying that the Chicago Cubs have manipulated the time of service of the third baseman starring Kris Bryant in violation of the contract work and claims that several teams have not properly used the revenue-sharing product, which the union called “tanking”.