After a long period where the prospect of a 2020 season looked doubtful, Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association came to an agreement on playing a prorated 2020 MLB season consisting of 60 regular-season games of a limited schedule followed by playoffs. It’ll essentially be a “sprint to the finish” season but I’ll take shortened baseball over no baseball at all.
There was a bit of controversy over the agreement for the season as the MLB and the players couldn’t agree on the number of games or the salary for players. I’m not sure about you, but getting back to baseball now seems bittersweet after hearing of what went on in the negotiations. I am well aware that the PA, like any other union, is trying to get the most money for their guys. I get that. What I didn’t like was players scoffing at the idea of having prorated salaries (salaries based on the shortened number of games played and not on a full 162-game season). It seemed like a lot of the players lost sight of the game. With people out of work, struggling to make mortgage and rent payments, or struggling to put food on the table, baseball players appeared a bit spoiled in what they were asking for in terms of salaries for a shortened season. I get that they wanted more money, who doesn’t? I get that they wanted what they felt they deserved but when you’re already making millions of dollars and you’re wanting more than the prorated salary for fewer games, the rate anyone else in that situation would get, I didn’t agree with it.
I just wanted to watch baseball and have life feel somewhat normal again. Not being able to go watch games at Wrigley Field and Fenway Park are already bad enough, but watching players get good offers to play only to turn them down left and right was disheartening. On the other hand, we also saw many minor league players essentially lose their jobs for the year as MiLB canceled their season entirely.
I’m looking forward to having baseball again as it’s definitely going to be an interesting season with the sprint for the finish and having all these guys well-rested and itching to play. It’s going to suck that we can’t physically go to games in stadiums and I’m sure it’ll be awkward watching games on TV with no one in the stands, although the White Sox and the Marlins are used to that. Regardless, you know the bars and restaurants around Wrigley Field and Fenway Park are going to be packed and full of people for games so long as the government allows businesses to operate freely and not limit the people’s freedoms unconstitutionally as they did before.
Baseball is back and starting up next week. I can’t wait to see how this plays out and I’m excited to finally have some normalcy return to life.