We’re under one year away from the expiration of Major League Baseball’s Collective Bargaining Agreement which means 2021 will be loaded with all kinds of back-and-forth between the league and the Players’ Association over various labour-related topics.
A couple of key things, the universal designated hitter and an expanded post-season, were rejected by the MLBPA as modifications ahead of the 2021 season…
MLB memo says union rejects deal for DH and expanded playoffs
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 25, 2021
The COVID-shortened 2020 season featured both of these things as “trials”, so it seemed pretty inevitable that MLB would try to make them both long-term changes. But, unsurprisingly, the players aren’t using an expanded post-season, which is an interesting negotiation chip for them, just yet.
This is essentially MLB offering to give the players a universal designated hitter, which is advantageous to them in that it results in ~15 extra late-career jobs in the National League for guys who can’t hack it in the field, in exchange for a massive revenue increase for the league by having more playoff games.
I would bet that we see the MLB and the PA agree to these things before the 2021 starts but the players will …
Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation