Arlington, Texas — Work stoppage for the first time in 26 years for Major League Baseball, Commissioner Rob Manfred And the union chairman Tonyrak They put forward diametrically opposite views on the negotiating positions of the two sides, and these views all point to a long-term suspension.
At a separate press conference less than a day after the ninth stoppage of baseball, Manfred Said that the union’s proposed larger free agency and wider wage arbitration will harm small market teams.
Clark, The first former union chairman, accused Manfred “Misrepresentation” in his The letter to the fans explained the suspension and said “If you spend as much time as possible in the room for negotiations, it will be beneficial for the whole process.”
“There is no need to continue the conversation,” Clark Speaking of shutdown. “In some rough waters for the first time, the right of recourse is a strategic decision that keeps the player out of the door.”
This dispute threatens the start of spring training on February 16 and the opening day on March 31.
In many respects, after 26 1/2 years of labor peace, the two sides returned to the intense quarrel of eight stoppages in 1972-95, including a 7 1/2-month strike, which led to the world in 1994. Contest.
After the sport’s five-year collective bargaining agreement expired, the owners turned the players out at 12:01 on Thursday morning.
“If you play without an agreement, you can easily get a strike at any time,” Manfred Said. “What happened in 1994 was that MLBPA chose August when we were the most vulnerable because the huge income associated with the playoffs was very close. We wanted to cancel this choice and try to force the parties to deal with these issues and reach an agreement immediately. “
Players received salary arbitration in 1974 and free agents two years later. Most of the previous disputes were centered on the high salary increase caused by the two, and mainly the small and medium market bosses demanding to control costs and increase their costs. Competitiveness.
Over the past two decades, management has received more and more restrictions, such as a luxury tax on high wages, which has led to a decline in average wages in the final years of the recent collective bargaining agreement.
Now players want more free free agency and arbitration, leading to confrontation.
The player’s lead lawyer, Bruce Meyer, said: “This is a whole set of topics they told us that they will not negotiate.” “For example, they will not agree to expand salary arbitrage qualifications. They will not agree to any player getting free agents earlier. Ways. They will not agree to anything that allows players to have additional ways to obtain service time to combat service time manipulation. They tell us everything they will not agree to.”
Since 1976, players can become free agents after six seasons in the major leagues. The Players Association proposes to change from the 2023-24 offseason to 6 or 5 years old with an age of 30.5 years old. The age of the second option will be reduced to 29.5 years old from the beginning of the 2025-26 season.
Players hope that the arbitration qualification will be reduced to two years of service until the mid-1980s.
At the core of the conflict is the union’s anger against a large number of teams in recent seasons. They abandon the veterans and instead rebuild while accumulating prospects. Teams sometimes come to the conclusion that rebuilding-what players call a tank-is the preferred strategy for long-term success, even if it makes their fans unhappy.
“We think our proposal will have a positive impact on the balance of competition and the integrity of competition,” Meyer said. “In recent years, we have all seen problems with the team. They don’t seem to try their best to win the game or get the best team on the court.”
In the contract battle before the lockout, the team promised a $1 billion contract on Wednesday, including six nine-figure agreements, which increased the total to nine last month, since October 1st. Total expenditure increased to 2.5 billion US dollars.
Meyer said: “This year’s free agent club activities seem to be earlier than normal years. This fact raises more questions than it answers to all other years.” “A week of free agents did not solve what we saw. All negative trends.”
MLB will retain the existing free agent terms or change the eligibility to 29.5 years old.
“We already have teams that are difficult to compete in a smaller market,” Manfred Said. “Shortening the time they control the players will make it harder for them to compete. This is also not good for fans in these markets. Our most negative reaction is when a player leaves through free agency. We didn’t see this, let It’s available earlier and earlier, and we don’t think this is positive.”
“As their right, the Players Association put forward a series of radical proposals in May, and they refused to deviate from the core of these proposals.” Manfred Said. “Things such as shortening the reserve period, reducing the $100 million in revenue share and salary arbitration for the entire two-year class are not good for the sport, not good for the fans, and not good for the balance of competition.”
The entire season needs to reach an agreement before early to mid-March.
“Guessing the deadline at this point is ineffective,” Manfred Said. “So I don’t plan to do this.”
Since negotiations began last spring, the negotiations have hardly made any progress. Manfred Said that shutdown is the only tool for management to speed up the process.
“People sometimes need pressure to reach an agreement,” Manfred Said. “Frankly, during the course of this week, we didn’t feel the pressure from each other.”
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