Chicago White Sox: MLB and MLBPA don’t seem to agree

Vincent Parise
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 05: Chairman and owner Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox (L) talks with Rob Manfred, commissioner of the baseball, before a game between the White Sox and the Boston Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 05: Chairman and owner Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago White Sox (L) talks with Rob Manfred, commissioner of the baseball, before a game between the White Sox and the Boston Red Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on May 5, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox might be one of the teams hit the hardest in terms of excitement due to the fact that the MLB and MLBPA can’t agree on anything.

The Chicago White Sox just want baseball, right? They are one of the up and coming teams in the league but things just aren’t going their way right now in terms of off the field stuff. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused all sports to cancel and baseball seems to be the most lost of them all. The White Sox might have to continue to wait if the MLB and MLBPA continue to disagree on what they should do.

The MLB made a salary proposal that the MLBPA is laughing at and is for sure going to reject. To put it clearly, the MLB wants to make it where the league’s highest-paid players take the biggest cut over an 80-is game schedule. Now, there are rumors that the players won’t agree to a second salary cut and they want a 100 game season.

It is billionaires vs millionaires so the common folk won’t have too much sympathy but it is a business after all. As fans of the White Sox, it is fair to just want them to figure it out so they can hit the field. It would be one thing if health and safety were the main issues but it seems like money is going to be the main issue here. Through all of this, Jeff Passan is the best person to follow on Twitter for updates.

If baseball isn’t played at all in 2020 over money, that might cause a lot of issues for the league for a very long time. Again, it isn’t health or safety that is the big issue in the public negotiations. It seems like those issues are obvious and baseball will only be played if that stuff is worked out. Money being the main issue is a turn off to a lot of people.

One thing that also is bad in the eyes of the White Sox is that this could cause an issue for years down the line. After 2021, there could be another labor dispute over the events that have taken place here. There have been some other issues highlighted even before the pandemic, but now it might be worse.

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The NHL and NBA are planning on coming back and the NFL seems like it is doing everything it can to start on time so the MLB sitting the year out would be an awful look. None of those leagues have lost the money that the MLB has but it is still a bad look in the court of public opinion to have money be the main issue after all we’ve been through. Hopefully, for our favorite team’s sake, they are able to find a safe solution and play ball.

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