April 12, 2021

MLB players’ excruciating decision is part of restart puzzle (New York Post)


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…

Read “MLB players’ excruciating decision is part of restart puzzle” at New York Post