Major League Baseball is hoping, but before teams reunite for practice or stadium lights get turned on, an agreement between the league and the players union must happen. David Samson discussed how he imagines it will all go down on the "Nothing Personal with David Samson" podcast.
On Tuesday, the commissioner's office is giving a proposal to the players union for a restart to the season. Samson says this is only the beginning and the negotiations will span much longer than a day.
The major overarching question is, what do we need to accomplish in order to have Major League Baseball playing again? And the list is lengthy.
Samson says the key to any negotiation is knowing what the other side wants.
"My favorite thing to do is to make people think they've won a negotiation when in fact they're doing exactly what you want them to do," he said.
The podcast host says the two sides both want the same thing, "They both want to crown a champion at the end of the 2020 baseball season." He continues saying, "Their reasons for wanting it and their ways to getting there are both different."
Proposals have been leaked, and Samson says this is part of the chess the commissioner's office is playing.
"There's a lot of misunderstanding about all of it. Major League Baseball is going to propose in its presentation today, a revenue split of 50/50," he said.
Samson goes on to explain that the players view this as a salary cap, when in his view, it is far from one.
"The revenue is not capped, the salary is not capped, but they view it as a cap because if there's not a 50/50 split, then some owners would be willing to go higher than 50/50," he said.
"It is a preposterous argument," Samson says of the players union's reaction to the leaked proposal, saying in a time of a pandemic, unemployment and a health crisis they have to see the larger picture for perspective.
With many concerned that money and egos will get in the way of bringing baseball back, Samson says that is not what people should be concerned about.
"Economics will not stop baseball from being played ... If anything stops baseball it will be health reasons," he says.
Samson gives everyone a glimmer of hope, concluding with, "It will work out. It's a wait to see."