As MLB and the Players Association negotiate the league’s proposal for the 2020 season, Tom Glavine has some advice for players:
“I’m not going to completely equate this to September 11, but it has the same feel in the sense that with everything we’re going through, people want their lives back, they want normalcy, and baseball is a big part of that,” Galvine said on The DA Show. “I know after 9/11, when we went into New York and played the Mets, you could feel the sense of excitement from those people in New York that they had a diversion, that they had some normalcy back in their life, and I think this is a similar situation in that regard. As much as we’re all itching to get back to normal . . . there’s a void, and that void is our sports. Baseball obviously is a huge part of that.”
Indeed, the sport has a chance to once again take center stage in the national sports landscape – and psyche. The league, especially the players, would be wise to not squander this opportunity.
“If people are chomping at the bit to see [baseball] and to have that in their lives and they know that the data and the scientists and the powers that be are saying, ‘Hey, we can do this’ – but then it doesn’t happen because of money issues, that’s going to be a problem,” Glavine said. “I don’t think there’s any question in my mind that that’s going to turn a lot of people off. Now, will it be to the extent of the strike in ’94? I don’t know. But I can sit here as sure as day and tell you if it comes down to money, that everything else has been worked out – and granted, there are still a lot of other issues to work out – but if it boils down to money and pay, I think baseball has a big problem with that.”
Several players, including Trevor Bauer, have spoken out against MLB’s proposal, as well as the league’s negotiation tactics. Even if players have valid points, though, they must walk a fine line when making them.
“The problem in ’94 was guys not being informed as to what was going on and then they’d go out and offer their opinion on something that wasn’t factual, and then it would set things back,” Glavine said. “Look, I understand that guys have concerns about safety issues. I would, too. If I was playing today and there was a chance that I was going to have to travel and I have a wife and little kids at home, I’d be concerned about that. Right now, as much as things are opening, I can choose whether or not I want to go and expose myself to that. These guys, in this situation, they may not have that choice as much anymore. So I would be very adamant about what precautions are being taken. I think that’s different. If you start talking about the monetary aspect of things, you got to be careful – because the slightest mis-speak can set things back.”