February 26, 2021

MLB, union bicker over sign-stealing discipline past and present (The Athletic)


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Major League Baseball official on Tuesday night said the league wants the Players Association to publicly take a stand: Should players be subject to discipline for electronic sign stealing?

The two sides are actively working on a new electronic sign-stealing policy for the 2020 season. The official would only speak anonymously because of the sensitive nature of the discussions.

“Written proposals have been exchanged, and we have made it clear to MLB that no issue is off the table, including player discipline,” MLBPA executive director Tony Clark said in a lengthy statement issued on Tuesday night, signaling open-mindedness on the matter.

But when proposals were exchanged last week, people with direct knowledge of the offer said the union’s initial offer did not include player discipline, while the league’s did. Multiple people involved in the discussions, however, pointed out it was only a first proposal,…

Read “MLB, union bicker over sign-stealing discipline past and present” at The Athletic