There comes a point when throwing in the towel and cancelling something is inevitable. That’s the feeling I’m getting when it comes to if and when Major League Baseball ever starts its 2020 season.

The owners and player’s union can’t seem to agree if the grass is green or if the sky is blue. Recently, the players put forth a 114 game proposal while the owners countered with a 50 game schedule.

Now the owners are offering up a 76 game schedule with players getting 75% of their prorated salaries. In this scenario, the players would earn 35% of their yearly salary. For example, a player earning $2 million per year would get $700,000 for playing nearly half of the normal 162 game schedule.

If the post-season gets cancelled due to the reoccurrence of the Coronavirus, the players would get 50% of their prorated salary. With that plan, that same player would be paid only 24% of their prorated salary, which amounts to $480,000.

What the owners are doing is giving the players the same deal just in a different language. The owners are taking the $1.7 billion national TV deals, which are only guaranteed if their is a post-season, and using that money to cover payroll.

With no fans in the stands, teams will lose a massive amount of revenue in lost ticket sales. However, teams will continue to collect on lucrative local cable deals. The Red Sox will still gross approximately $125 – $150 million through their 80% ownership of NESN.

It appears to me that the owners are ready, willing, and able to blow up the sport and try to destroy the player’s union. The players aren’t giving in.

What we have here, is a failure to communicate.

Baseball could have already been back, instead, both sides are bickering over money. The NBA and NHL will return next month. College Football and the NFL are around the corner.

Meanwhile, MLB owners are asking players the question of what weighs more, a pound of bricks or a pound of feathers?

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MLB RBI Leaders – 2019

 
Rk Name Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H HR RBI
1 Anthony Rendon 29 WSN NL 146 646 545 117 174 34 126
2 José Abreu 32 CHW AL 159 693 634 85 180 33 123
3 Freddie Freeman* 29 ATL NL 158 692 597 113 176 38 121
4 Pete Alonso 24 NYM NL 161 693 597 103 155 53 120
5 Nolan Arenado 28 COL NL 155 662 588 102 185 41 118
6 Eduardo Escobar# 30 ARI NL 158 699 636 94 171 35 118
7 Xander Bogaerts 26 BOS AL 155 698 614 110 190 33 117
8 Jorge Soler 27 KCR AL 162 679 589 95 156 48 117
9 Josh Bell# 26 PIT NL 143 613 527 94 146 37 116
10 Rafael Devers* 22 BOS AL 156 702 647 129 201 32 115
11 Cody Bellinger* 23 LAD NL 156 661 558 121 170 47 115
12 Bryce Harper* 26 PHI NL 157 682 573 98 149 35 114
13 Alex Bregman 25 HOU AL 156 690 554 122 164 41 112
14 Juan Soto* 20 WSN NL 150 659 542 110 153 34 110
15 Eddie Rosario* 27 MIN AL 137 590 562 91 155 32 109
16 Nelson Cruz 38 MIN AL 120 521 454 81 141 41 108
17 J.D. Martinez 31 BOS AL 146 657 575 98 175 36 105
18 Yuli Gurriel 35 HOU AL 144 612 564 85 168 31 104
19 Mike Trout 27 LAA AL 134 600 470 110 137 45 104
20 Eugenio Suarez 27 CIN NL 159 662 575 87 156 49 103

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