Houston Astros: MLB cannot allow a chosen few teams to shut down season

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred | Houston Astros (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred | Houston Astros (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

Major League Baseball is trying to get a deal done so that they can start the 2020 season but some teams, not the Houston Astros, don’t. This can’t stand.

As Houston Astros fans wait on a date when baseball will get started this season, there have been a lot of wheels that have spun into motion in regard to when and how that’s going to look.

Things have been all over the map, from a central “bubble” of sorts to have games in one location, a regional format where all teams would fly to certain clustered cities to play their games; and finally, teams playing their games in their home stadiums.

The latter has gotten plenty of traction and it’s likely teams will be starting the season in their welcoming abodes by the time things get straightened out on how exactly players/owners are going to get paid.

But team facilities have opened up across the country to allow players to start getting ready so that way they’ll be in shape for a start that’s hopefully on the horizon.  The Houston Astros have specifically opened up Minute Maid Park and FITTEAM of the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches so that players can utilize them for individual workouts.

The number of players allowed in will be limited and they’ll have to follow the strictest of guidelines that are in alignment with CDC recommendations.

I’m sure you’ll see guys like Jose Altuve, Justin Verlander, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa among others that show at those facilities.

So now that’s all been started up, the MLB and MLBPA are still a bit apart on coming to handshake

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on an imminent start to the season.

Surprisingly, the dispute is not in regard to how safely to bring back America’s pastime but how much money they’ll make.

There reportedly some owners that wouldn’t mind cancelling the season with their hopes pinned on saving money rather salvaging such a terrific product that people around the globe support and admire.  It could take just up to eight teams to put the death knell into the upcoming season.

They’re just not looking good right now this — an original 50/50 split was proposed but both sides are worried about one or the other giving or taking too much.  You’d think this was a brand-new collective bargaining agreement that was to last for a length of time rather than just an agreement just to get them out of 2020.

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This is absolutely unacceptable and both sides should come to the table — this week — and get a deal done.  If they want to start things up in July with a “Spring Training” session to occur next month, now’s not the time for grandstanding when there’s so much at stake for both.

Let’s see what happens…