BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame pitcher and current team TV analyst Jim Palmer took to Twitter on Monday to call for the league and its players association to put aside their differences and come up with a deal to allow for a season to be played this year.
In the tweet, Palmer said that it was time for both sides to “subjugate their egos” and to stop posturing for the 2021 collective bargaining agreement so that a deal can be struck.
About time for both sides of this baseball impasse to subjugate their egos! Stop posturing for the the 2021 CBA and get a deal done. Look in the mirror and tell me that fans care about anything other than getting back on the field. @masnOrioles
— Jim Palmer (@Jim22Palmer) June 8, 2020
The comments from Palmer come in the wake of another proposal reportedly sent by MLB owners to the MLBPA for a potential shortened season. This time, it would appear the owners are offering a 76-game season with 75 percent of the players prorated salary.
MLB has made proposal to Players. 75 percent Prorated salary. 76 game season. Playoff pool money. No draft pick compensation for signing player. Season finishes September 27th. Post season ends at end of October. Significant move towards players demands and effort to play more.
— Karl Ravech (@karlravechespn) June 8, 2020
While that may seem like an increase on the 50-game offer from owners late last week, CBSSports.com’s Mike Axisa points out that the money for players remains basically the same while asking players to play more games.
– 82 games at sliding scale = ~33% salary
– 50 games at prorated pay = ~33% salary
– 76 games at 75% prorated pay = (drumroll) ~33% salary
It all comes back to the same place. MLB keeps making the same offer in different forms. https://t.co/DVfURfN50f
— Mike Axisa (@mikeaxisa) June 8, 2020
The league had originally hoped to get a deal done in time to open the season on July 4, but MLB Network insider Jon Heyman reports that the timeline has now shifted about a week.
In new MLB proposal season would begin about July 10. The delays cost the July 4 start.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 8, 2020