Good afternoon, Athletics Nation!
The topic of the day is still the labor negotiations between MLB and its players, amid the coronavirus pandemic. The latest development has the owners offering a 76-game season at 75% of prorated per-game salary, which is mathematically equivalent to a 50ish-game season at full prorated pay, just with more work attached to it for the players. The players want to play more games but at full prorated salary. Scroll down to the Twitter section of this post to see all the details of the offer from Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Over the last few years, I’ve reserved plenty of criticism for the players on the matter of labor negotiations and salary complaints, with a tendency to find merits and flaws on both sides of the debate. In this particular case though, after watching this all unfold for months, I’m finding myself changing course. I’m now 100% in the players’ corner. Oakland A’s reliever Jake Diekman summed it up well:
The players want to play. Seems like the owners do not.— Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) June 8, 2020
Perhaps I will further expand on these thoughts in another post this week, but I’ve had it with the owners. It really boils down to this: Their argument is based on the claim that they will lose money by playing games with no fans and at full prorated salaries, but they will not offer one shred of evidence to prove it. Until they provide that transparency, they do not get to demand further concessions from their laborers. This kind of open, honest transparency is how things need to work in the 21st century, not only in baseball but in all areas of our society.
I’ll put it as simply as I can: Billionaires, we don’t trust you, because you have consistently given us every reason not to.
What are we even talking about here? The difference of 30 games’ worth of salary? That’s the insurmountable obstacle for a room full of some of the richest people in the world? I’ll sum up with former A’s beat writer Casey Pratt, now with ABC 7 News:
Just give the players their full prorated salaries and 81 to 82 games and get this thing done. The owners are being ridiculous.
Get. This. Thing. Done. Or sell your teams to someone who will. The owners have taken Major League Baseball hostage.
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Best of Twitter:
Details of MLB’s latest proposal (click to read full 5-tweet thread)
ESPN has obtained a copy of MLB’s proposal today to the players. Here are the pertinent details:— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) June 8, 2020
- 76-game season
- $1,431,716,000 in potential compensation (75% of the full prorated salary of $1,909,436 over 76 games)
- Up to 8 playoff teams per league (at MLB’s discretion)
A hint on what the A’s are thinking with their 1st-round pick
Forst believes this draft is strong with college pitching and HS position players with first-round talent, which will make things interesting given the decrease to just five rounds and cap of $20,000 for undrafted players.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) June 9, 2020
Why would someone with an awesome name like Mack Babitt want to replace it with a nickname? And yet, the nickname might somehow be even cooler than the original.
A Bruce Jenkins article on the A’s minor league system, featuring (among others) a prospect named Mack Babbitt (before he was Shooty) and a couple of minor league managers named Keith Lieppman and Brad Fischer. (Also, remember cigarette ads?) pic.twitter.com/n5aFqjwuX2— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) June 9, 2020
Miss you Welchie
We lost the incredible Bob Welch six years ago this evening. Watching him work with the young pitchers in Extended Spring Training was like eavesdropping on a very personal conversation. He was incapable of superficiality, he only knew how to connect and love.#MissYouWelchie pic.twitter.com/LsuSvDAydG— Kim C (@Cu_As) June 9, 2020