Baltimore Orioles: There Will Be Baseball, But No One Knows When
In what seems like an endless rotation of offers, declined offers, and similar offers, the back and forth between the MLB and the Players’ Union is getting old for Baltimore Orioles fans.
We just want to see the Baltimore Orioles play some baseball in 2020.
After seeing the news that the three major professional sports leagues – NFL, NHL, and NBA – have their seasons starts and restarts ready to go, the MLB’s infighting is becoming old. Rich men arguing with rich men is so passe.
According to Jeff Passan with ESPN: baseball will be played, but the question is when. He shared his optimism on Twitter:
The latest offering from the MLB to the players doesn’t seem to offer much hope. This Tweet is from Karl Ravech, also from ESPN:
This previous offer from the MLB was 50 games at a 50% prorated salary. While this doesn’t sound like a bad deal – getting 50% of your pay for 50% of the work or 75% of your pay for 75% of the work, the prorated salary is not an exact figure. It actually works out to be about 33% of their pay on a tiered schedule. The 50% or 75% is figured after money is already taken out of their salaries.
Mike Axisa of CBS Sports cleared up what the proposal means to players in this Tweet:
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When players sign with the MLB, their contracts are guaranteed. This is why someone like Chris Davis is still making $21 million per year, rather than getting pay for what he is worth to the team. FanGraphs uses a formula to show what a player’s value is based on their WAR.
They use the idea that each +1.0 WAR is worth $8 million. So, if teams operated this way, Davis’s -1.3 WAR would mean he OWED the Orioles $10.6 million! It’s easy to see why players like their guaranteed money.
It is tough to keep perspective when dealing with millionaires and billionaires. We just want baseball. It’s already June 8, and if the players and owners cannot get together soon, a start date of early July will be nearly impossible. The goal was July 1, but with nothing new offered, the date might be pushed back even more.
Hopefully, something will break soon and both parties will figure it out. None of us are getting any younger and baseball would be a wonderful distraction – even if there are 40, 50, or 70 games.