Turns out even baseball players think the MLB season might be a little bit long, too.
According to CBS Sports, players have asked for the season to be reduced from 162 games a year to 154.
The article quotes MLB Commissioner, Rob Manfred, who explains the players have asked for a game reduction as part of the early discussions for the collective bargaining agreement between players and owners that will expire after the 2016 season.
Manfred says, the topic has long been a talking point between players and owners, but cites large “competitive and economic ramifications” as part of the reason the agreement has never gone through. Although, the commish does admit, the agreement does look closer than ever.
I know some of you baseball traditionalists my be asking, so how much of a difference does eight games really make for the players? Consider the following:
Manfred explains athletes play more than 162 games over the course of 183 days, with only 21 off days in six months (a bulk of those 21 off-days days used for travel). And perhaps in another good sign, the MLB commissioner seems sympathetic to a demanding schedule even he admits is “a real grind.”
But considering the thousands of dollars owners will lose due to a reduction of gamesand the fact that we’re talking about a sport that places such a premium on tradition (the league has played 162 games for over fifty years)it’s highly unlikely they will be persuaded to vote for the idea when it comes up.
What do you guys think? Do the players deserve eight days back in their lives or that baseball should carry on as baseball does?