Bob Nightengale of USA Today elaborated on the approved owners proposal; the owners approved a 50% revenue sharing plan amid the pandemic, 82 games would be played during the season, 14 teams would compete for a trip to the Fall Classic, and there would be a universal DH.
MLB owners approve 50% revenue-sharing plan amid coronavirus pandemic with 82-game schedule, 14 playoff teams and a universal DH. They will begin negotiations Tuesday with the players union. https://t.co/BFDZOv3oyw
While the majority is in favor of baseball returning, the players, specifically Sean Doolittle of the Washington Nationals, are finding obstacles on the road to baseball’s return.
Hopefully these concerns will be addressed in MLB’s proposal, first and foremost: 1) what’s the plan to ethically acquire enough tests? 2) what’s the protocol if a player, staff member, or worker contracts the virus? We want to play. And we want everyone to stay safe.
Doolittle brings up many valid points, including the compromised health of players and coaches who are at-risk of contracting the virus. Doolittle inquires whether there will be healthcare benefits added, and if it’s safe to play with no vaccine currently available.
There are many questions lingering regarding the proposal, however, many hope both sides can come to an agreement so that baseball can be played at some point this season.