For the past few days, MLB and the Players Association have been working quite hard to try to resolve the labor dispute plaguing major league baseball.
Ultimately, you and I know that didn’t happen. Rob Manfred has therefore canceled a second week of activities.
The players also reacted to the situation, saying that it was not necessary to cancel matches for that, that there were solutions.
We see the troop of Tony Clark lamenting the fact that the MLBPA was not entitled to a response to their last offer to major league baseball.
On the side of the bosses, good financial compromises have been offered in the last week. We felt that they were going in a good direction.
But they shot themselves in the foot with the requests for the international repechage, which the players have always refused. They made it storyline public, which is why the villainous players refused to sign.
Among the players, it is said that the MLB had always agreed to leave the file of the international draft aside, but chose to bring it back at the last second knowing that the MLBPA did not want to know anything about it.
Max Scherzer says MLB is trying to shift the blame to the players and is asking fans to stay on their side.
And therein lies the problem: the fans are fed up…and whoever deserves the blame.
The two parties may have decided to meet yesterday (and they will today), but the fact remains that there is no baseball right now for the fans.
And at this point, relations soured between the two parties. Why? Because in addition to the baseball negotiations, the players are going to ask for their full salary and full service time for the players.
This will inevitably complicate the negotiations since with two weeks of canceled matches, it is really becoming more and more impossible to play 162 matches this year.
The goal of MLB will be to hope that the players come to their senses and agree to change the draft system, no matter how long it takes to get there. That’s how I see things.
I have the feeling that MLB wants to divide American players from players who play in countries where there is no draft, in fact.
At the moment, if you put yourself in the shoes of the owners, you can tell yourself that they feel they have given up a lot, but without result.
And the players tell themselves that the bosses may have given in on certain issues, but they still hypocritically brought back the international repechage.
In the end, the fans are sacred to know who is responsible for all this. The camp hasn’t started and the games won’t start on time either.
I hope Rob Manfred and Tony Clark know what they are doing because baseball is suffering a lot right now.