NEW YORK – Owners and baseball players have returned to form – the type shown during the last half century for eight job stops filled with salary quarrels.
The players propose to continue sporting in the coronavirus pandemic with a regular 114-match season and full salary, leaving each player with around 70% of what he has planned to produce.
The proposal was made Sunday, five days after the Major League Baseball plan for the 82 match season with additional salary deductions that would make each player receive 23-47% of his original salary, with the highest recipient receiving the largest deduction.
MLB claims an additional $ 640,000 will be lost with every regular extra-season match played. The union said they did not trust that calculation and a little MLB for more economic documents and data.
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed the next steps with the owner on Monday.
If spring training will continue in mid-June followed by Opening Day on or around the beginning of July, agreement must be reached next week.
The players and clubs agreed March 26 to “complete the full 2020 championship season and be economically viable postseason,” consistent with three conditions:
– there are no government restrictions for playing in front of fans in regular-season baseball stadiums
– there are no relevant travel restrictions throughout the US and Canada
– Manfred determined, after consulting with trade unions and medical experts, that there was no risk for players, staff or fans to play with fans in all 30 regular baseball stadiums, provided MLB and trade unions “would discuss in good faith that eligibility the economy of playing games without an audience or on a neutral site is the right substitute. ”
The players said the March 26 agreement included a salary and they were not obliged to revisit the subject. MLB says that if the plan is to use an empty baseball stadium, which is the current intention.
Some players, especially the former AL Cy Young Award winners Blake Snell, have said it is not feasible for them to play less. Management officials said the team had to offer a very short schedule, maybe as short as 50 matches.
Distrust among many people was at the highest level since the 1994-95 strike, the last of the eight stops that began in 1972. Many reasons.
Salaries have been flat for five years as revenues are estimated to have risen at an annual rate of 4%, a sign that collective bargaining agreements agreed in November 2016 are getting more for the club than what happens to unions.
Payrolls totaled $ 4.08 billion in 2016, according to figures compiled by the commissioner’s office which included seasonal salaries, share of signing bonus shares, bonuses earned, purchase options and termination payments. Payrolls have remained in a historic narrow range since then: $ 4.24 billion in 2017, $ 4.23 billion in 2018, $ 4.22 billion in 2019 and $ 4.21 billion this year, based on the total on the March 28 rostrum freeze. .
The slow free agent market after the 2017 and 2018 seasons has sparked player ire, and the more regular market in the last offseason has not calmed the players or union staff.
TANKING / REBUILDING
Players are angry over what they call tanking and the club calls it rebuilding. They see an uncompetitive team as a bad thing for the whole industry, which has caused a decrease in attendance in each of the last four seasons.
Manfred said each club made its own decision whether to compete, and the club used the system to their advantage when they disposed of veterans, rebuilt with draft picks and international youth, then competed again. The titles of the World Series by Kansas City in 2015 and Houston in 2017 are shown as examples.
The union filed a complaint in February 2018 with accusations Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Light do not use revenue sharing money that is received correctly. The employment contract stipulates that the team must use the money “in an effort to improve its performance on the ground.”
MLB has defended the team, saying money can be used in areas other than major league salaries: amateur players and minor league staff are just two examples. Manfred has shown that Oakland reached the playoffs in 2018 and Tampa Bay last year.
MANIPULATION OF SERVICE TIME
Players repeatedly accuse the club of manipulating their service time to delay agency agency and salary arbitration.
Arbitrator Mark Irvings has denied complaints by Kris Bryant against His son, accept Chicago Theo Epstein’s executive excuse for delaying his third baseman debut at the start of the 2015 season. Irvings wrote there was no evidence of “evil motives” and the union could not prove “bad intentions to cover up manipulation of service time.” He did not decide whether service time manipulation was permitted under any circumstances.
Manfred defended the decision on the list is the right of the club.
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