Starting Tuesday, Major League Baseball and the Players Association will formally try to work out an agreement for a baseball season like no other.
Within that high-stakes chess game, each side must work through internal differences of opinion to determine its policy. The players, in particular, must run a cost-benefit analysis like no other:
How much are they willing to put their health on the line in order to get back on the field? Just as in any large group, they’ll find a range of opinions.
“I’m willing to risk anything to play this game,” Paul DeJong, the Cardinals’ All-Star shortstop, told The Post on Monday. “Once we get some momentum going, the floodgates will open.”
On the other side of the spectrum, Nationals All-Star closer Sean Doolittle used his Twitter account on Monday to outline a series of concerns, which he led with this: “Bear with me, but it feels like we’ve zoomed past the most important aspect of any MLB restart plan: health protections for players, families, staff, stadium workers and the workforce it would require to resume a season.”
Reality check: Even if the players and owners agree on all terms regarding safety and payment…