It is hard to find optimism with Major League Baseball lately, and former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent did not paint a rosy picture while appearing on WFAN’s “Joe and Evan” on Monday.
Vincent, who was commissioner of baseball from 1989-92, believes it would take a “miracle” for baseball to be saved in 2020.
“I just think it’s a very tough situation,” he said. “If it gets resolved, I would say with you I was totally wrong and it was a miracle, but let’s hope for a miracle.”
The players’ union and the owners have continued to squabble over salary and number of games in recent weeks.
On Monday, the players rejected a proposal for a 76-game season that would pay them 75 percent of their prorated salaries. Yet, players continue to point to a deal in March in which the owners agreed to pay full paychecks, prorated over whatever the length of the season may be.
Owners argue that the deal would be revisited if it were determined fans could not attend games.
Vincent believes the history of distrust between the players and owners is the root of the problem.
“It has to start with people who trust and like each other,” he said. “If one side has a history of doing some things like collusion – the owners did – that really pollutes baseball for a long time. … [It happened] in the late 80s, 90s and it was a real theft by the owners and the players have never forgotten it.”