If you have ever seen an episode of Pawn Stars before, or if you have ever done any negotiations at all, you will know very well what the worst sign in discussions are. It’s when someone goes silent and offers no counter to what you made. In the case of Major League Baseball, this has just occurred following the MLBPA suggesting a 114-game schedule that would run until October 31st and then head to the playoffs in November.
The owners’ response was simple, but not one that is encouraging: radio silence. There will be counter, apparently, at least for the time being, meaning that we are quite some distance away from ultimately seeing pitches being flung at batters. The owners, according to reports are looking for a much shorter regular season as they believe they will lose too much money without fan involvement if they don’t do so. They want around 50 games. It’s getting close to the point of beating an already-dead horse, but the two sides just don’t want to agree on anything, it seems.