As the owners and players are engaged in an ugly battle, it could be a while before see Atlanta Braves baseball gain in 2020.
I remain very optimistic that we’ll see the Atlanta Braves play again in 2020, but the journey to get to that point will be painful.
On Tuesday the league and it’s owners sent over their first economic proposal and the reaction from the players was that they were not very happy.
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, it was highly unlikely the players were going to agree with any first proposal that was sent to them, especially one that is taking millions of dollars away from them.
But I was optimistically hoping the players would be more accepting and less toxic in their response. It’s always going to come off bad on the players when they complain about making $5 million a year instead of 20.
However, we have to keep in mind that these owners make a lot of money off these players and the players have a right to fight for as much money as they can get.
I thought Eric O’Flaherty had a great thread on Twitter explaining both sides and how this is a necessary evil (my words, not his).
Make sure you read the entire thread, I’m not going to post the whole thing here.
Essentially, this is the same thing any of us would do when buying a house or a car. You want to haggle to get the best deal you can.
That’s exactly what the players and owners are doing. Neither side is going to agree right away just for the sake of fans and to get baseball back. They’re going to go back-and-forth until each side feels like they’ve gotten the most they can.
So while from a fan’s perspective this seems rather ugly and will make some lose hope that we’ll see baseball in 2020. I’m here to tell you not to lose hope and that this ugly charade is a necessary one.
In the end, neither side wants to give up on making money this season, which is why I still remain confident we will get baseball in 2020.
What could muddy the water more than money — and what should honestly be most important in all of this — is the safety of the players and workers.
Apparently the players weren’t happy with the health proposal from the league either, which I think is a little ridiculous, but that’s for another time.
In the end, this will work itself out and we’ll see the Braves play again in 2020. Remain patient, ignore the drama-filled tweets from reporters on Twitter, and enjoy this time with your family. Baseball will be back soon enough.