Just when you thought that MLB owners had turned a corner and were going to present the players with a proposal that the union would at least consider approving, they reverted back to their stale stingy approach. On Friday, the league sent the players a 72-game blueprint that is almost equivalent to what they would earn in a 50-game season at full prorated pay.
The owners have lost the respect of dozens of players throughout the negotiation process and St. Louis Cardinals ace Jack Flaherty hasn't shied away from expressing his displeasure with the lack of progress being made. After catching wind of the latest proposal, he unleashed a truly hilarious response on Twitter.
That pretty much sums up the reactions of every player and fan when they came across the disappointing news on social media. As evidenced by their several laughable proposals, the owners' are more concerned with making money than playing games and giving the players, who will be taking on a great health risk by playing amid the coronavirus pandemic, a reasonable salary.
The owners obviously realize this, but that hasn't stopped them from low-balling the players. With negotiations on a new collective bargaining looming in the future, it's clear the league doesn't want to show an inch of vulnerability.
We get that you don't become a billionaire without making a few enemies along the way, but the owners being opportunists in the wake of the financial hit resulting from COVID-19 is pretty nefarious. As Flaherty's response implies, the entire process has been nothing short of infuriating.