As several professional sports leagues across the globe make strides towards resuming their suspended seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic, the MLB continues to engage in a spiteful financial dispute.
It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize that this predicament lies entirely on the shoulders of the owners. On Wednesday, it was reported that they will reject (and not even counter) the players union's proposal for a 114-game season.
This news served as yet another example of the almighty dollar being their only priority, and St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Jack Flaherty acknowledged this issue in a perfect tweet.
We couldn't have said it better ourselves. Remember a few days ago when ESPN insider Jeff Passan reported that owners were willing to pay players prorated salaries for the shortened season? As encouraging as that was on the surface, their counter offer stated that they were only willing to play between 50 and 60 contests. That, right there, further proves that owners are trying to portray the players as the villains.
Not only would there be a season, but the less games that are played, the less money they would be obligated to pay the players.
We can only hope that a resolution lies somewhere in the middle of 50 and 114 games, but the sand in the hourglass is fading fast. The owners are trying to have their cake and eat it too and players are wholly justified in holding their ground.