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MLB restart during coronavirus pandemic: ‘A group of owners perfectly willing to shut down the season’ (report)

ESPN baseball insider Buster Olney has reported that there are MLB owners who would be fine without playing the 2020 season.

Olney wrote on Sunday, Sources say there is a group of owners who are perfectly willing to shut down the season, cut wage costs and cut losses, and the disparate views among the 30 teams have been reflected in the sacking and retirement decisions. leave.”

MLB suspended its season indefinitely on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The season is certainly in danger as pay remains the No.1 issue.

Major League Baseball owners and players initially agreed to prorated salaries in March for a shortened season. But the MLB presented a new proposal to the MLB Players Association last Tuesday. He asked players to get a further pay cut on a sliding scale based on their income. The players’ union would be disappointed with the proposal.

The owners are going to have to give a lot more than they gave, ”Jerry Remy, Red Sox NESN analyst, told NESN After Hours. “What they gave yesterday was really non-negotiable. And it’s miles and miles away right now.

Major league baseball teams have started releasing some minor league players. The Boston Red Sox released 22 minor leagues on Friday, but they also pledged to pay the rest of their minor leaguers $ 400 a week for the remainder of the season.

The Red Sox, meanwhile, have avoided layoffs and time off, but they reportedly cut the wages of all employees earning $ 50,000 or more.

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