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Tom Glavine: Players will ‘look bad’ if agreement to play season isn’t made

There is no guarantee that MLB will hold some semblance of a 2020 season, although things seemingly appear to be trending positively in that direction. Should the league and the players fail to find common ground on the complex details needed to be ironed out in order to play a truncated season, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine believes fans will blame the players.

“If it were to come down to an economic issue, and that’s the reason baseball didn’t come back, you’re looking at a situation similar to the strike of ’94 and ’95 as far as fans are concerned,” the Braves legend told Steve Hummer of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Even if players were 100 percent justified in what they were complaining about, they’re still going to look bad.”

Last weekend, Major League Baseball sent a 67-page health and safety proposal to the MLBPA that spelled out myriad — not to mention restrictive — protocols that would be put in place if the season is indeed held.

While there are no shortage of issues that still need to be resolved, one MLB team’s player representative is “very confident” the 2020 season will be held.

That being said, the biggest source of conflict that could derail negotiations is player compensation. Owners want to split diminished revenues prompted by playing a shortened season without fans in attendance 50/50 with players. The Players Association has made it clear such terms are a nonstarter, as the union argues that implements a salary cap. Glavine agrees with that sentiment.

“When you hear a 50-50 split of revenue, anybody who has at all familiar with the union and collective bargaining agreements know that a 50-50 revenue split is a salary cap,” Glavine said. “Now again, we’re in an extenuating circumstance. You have to have conversations about how it’s all going to play out, but you have to understand that 50-50 revenue split to the union is a scary proposition.”

The league and players are embroiled in an obviously complicated situation, and the case can be made that Glavine is right in that players will face an arguably unfair share of blame if the season is not held.