Tomorrow should be Opening Day.
Rather than sitting here in anticipation for Hyun-Jin Ryu to make his first start as a Blue Jay and for Bo and Vlad and Biggio to take the next step in leading this exciting, young team forward, we’re sitting here in purgatory, wondering not when, but if we’ll get to watch baseball this year.
Right now, Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association are working through an array of difficulties that have come from the COIVD-19 shutdown. Things of note…
The biggest labour-related issue for both sides is service time. Right now, a full season of service time for a player is 172 days. Obviously, if there aren’t 172 days in this season, a player won’t be able to accrue a full year of service time, which is a major issue for the PA. MLB has agreed to alter service time in the event of a shortened season, but there’s no solution yet for the worst-case scenario, which is a cancelled season. MLB and the MLBA have agreed to table the discussion around a worst-case scenario until that actually happens. The …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation