MLB officially submitted its financial proposal for consideration by the MLBPA. To say that it did not go over well would be a gross understatement.
Claims such as this one made by Tom Ricketts are at the heart of the matter. The entire player compensation model makes negotiating this sort of season difficult enough to begin with. When all 30 teams each have their own way of assessing revenue and their own debt concerns, the complications spiral out of control quickly. If one of MLB’s biggest franchises cannot pay the bills in a shortened season, there is more than just one problem to be faced.
“The bottom line is, and the common denominator is, that they are talking, there is discussions and both sides want to get something done, but we know this is a process.”
Baseball doesn’t just need to begin the 2020 season sometime soon, it needs to be able to play a World Series as well. If/when the season does start back up, can MLB weather the potential storm if the virus spreads to some of the players or staff? Can baseball afford to come back with zero guarantee that even a shortened season without fans can be completed?
The timing of the inevitably lost MiLB season is going to be particularly rough for some prospects.
Numbers one and two are easy, though there might be some argument as to which player should be number one. Number three is a no-brainer.
Eric Longenhagen has the Diamondbacks taking RHP, Nick Bitsko, a prep star from Central Bucks East HS (PA).