Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association are trying to work out both health and financial concerns so that they can find a way to play the 2020 season, at some point over the next few months.
If you expected it to be easy, you haven’t been paying attention.
Both sides are trying to find middle ground which will allow them to do it at some point in time when it’s feasible and safe.
This week, in the SB Nation Reacts polling, voters were asked a number of questions about a potential 2020 campaign, starting with the safety of the players when it comes to playing games amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
If you were a player, would you feel safe starting the season?
Apparently the prevailing opinion is that with all the safeguards MLB is going to put in place, players should feel safe, which, yeah, but how about fans?
Most of the plans that have been discussed involve the season at least starting in empty ballparks while baseball waits for the medical experts to tell them it’s safe to gather in crowds again, and 58% of voters this week seem to be fine with that, since they said they would not be comfortable attending a game:
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, who’s trying to thread a small needle on MLB and owners’ end, does. not. have. the. confidence. of the SB Nation Reacts voters, who were asked if he has baseball’s best interest at heart:
And 60% of voters said Manfred is an even worse Commissioner than his predecessor, Bud Selig. I guess there’s 40% who think he’s doing a better job, but 60% negative is... not good.
A total of 61% of those who participated in this week’s polling said that they straight up do not trust Commissioner Manfred. That’s rough.
Maybe those feelings will change after MLB presents a “new economics proposal” to players this coming Tuesday...
Major League Baseball plans to deliver a new economics proposal to the Players Association on Tuesday, sources said.— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) May 22, 2020
Why do I get the feeling it’s not going to be well received by either the fans or players? Oh, it’s because I read the comments under that tweet for the fan perspective. Anyways, we’re done with the SB Nation Reacts for the week. Enjoy your weekend...