December 4, 2020

MLB labor talks remain contentious with deadline on horizon (New York Post)



ARLINGTON, Texas — If you’ve been searching for the opportune time to visit Antarctica, consider 2022. It’s not like you’ll be missing any baseball.

OK, it’s too soon to set in stone Major League Baseball’s first work stoppage since the 1994-95 dumpster fire that slashed and burned the game to within a few inches of its life. However, each time a person of importance speaks about the current dynamic between the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association, that dynamic sound increasingly worse. The Basic Agreement between the two sides runs through the 2021 season.

At the conclusion of the owners’ meetings Thursday, commissioner Rob Manfred addressed a report by NBC Sports that, in a bargaining session last July, he refused to make economic concessions in return for labor peace. Manfred offered his version of what transpired.

During the session, attended by Manfred, his deputy Dan Halem, PA executive director Tony Clark and head negotiator Bruce Meyer, “Mr. Meyer suggested a series of changes that would turn the Basic Agreement back 50 years,” Manfred said. “Would essentially give back to the union everything we’ve achieved over the last few…

Read “MLB labor talks remain contentious with deadline on horizon” at New York Post