Probably No MLB in 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Bickering between the owners and the Players’ Association will probably cancel the 2020 season. The COVID-19 crisis postponed the beginning of the 2020 season, and the players agreed to have prorated salaries when the virus delayed Opening Day. Now the owners want the players to accept an additional pay decrease, and the Players’ Association won’t accept what the owners want.

When many Americans are out of work because of the pandemic, we don’t have much sympathy for millionaires and billionaires fighting over money. Nearly all Americans, including big businesses, have lost money during this pandemic.

Baseball would have provided a much-needed diversion. Most people want to watch something new. Most of us have seen everything that we wanted on Netflix, Hulu, and/or Amazon Prime.

The stadium workers and baseball writers are forced to look for other jobs in difficult economic times since the owners don’t want to take a pay decrease.

After working for Major League Baseball Advanced Media for seventeen years, I personally can testify that MLB is greedy. During that time, I read how Major League Baseball had at least $1 billion yearly profit and launched their cable channel, and they refused to pay me more than $13,800 yearly, claiming that they could not afford to pay me more than a poverty wage. While I am thankful to Major League Baseball Advanced Media for allowing me to write professionally about the sport I dearly love since I was seven, I must side with the Players’ Association at this time.

Now, many scouts, Minor League managers, coaches, players, and media personnel must look for additional jobs until or if MLB returns in 2021. Since 1993, a month after I graduated from Pasadena City College, I have dreamed of being a self-supporting baseball writer. I haven’t achieved my dream yet, and now because things that are out of my control, I must look for a job out of my chosen occupation.

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