While the NHL and NBA are working towards a return, Major League Baseball still has not come up with a plan to resume play.
Clay opened Outkick the Show on Wednesday with a rant directed at the sport and players.
“It’s past time, well past time for major league baseball and the NBA to be back training preparing to resume their seasons. This is utterly ridiculous. Props to the NHL for at least putting a plan together out there to return to the ice. The NHL has an infinitely more difficult job than Major League Baseball or the NBA do, and I’m going to tee off on both of those leagues here momentarily, but first, think about what the NHL needs. They are a multinational organization. There are a lot of different teams playing in Canada right now and the border is shut down with Canada by and large for your average person to be able to go back and forth. The NHL needs ice. It’s difficult, by and large, to find ice that can reliably handle a ton of hockey games. All the NBA and Major League Baseball need our basketball courts and a baseball field effectively. That ain’t hard to find. The NHL has much more physical contact on a play-to-play basis than the Major League Baseball or the NBA do. Yet the NHL has managed to put together a plan to come back sooner rather than later and Major League Baseball and the NBA still aren’t.”
Clay’s solution for MLB contracts:
“If you have a major league baseball contract, and you are scheduled right now to make $35 million a year, which not many players are, but some are under the proposal, you would only make $7.8 million dollars this year. Okay? A player making $10 million would make just shy of 3 million. Player earning 1 million would receive $434,000. A player making the MLB minimum would earn half of his contract; 65% of all major league baseball players make less than $1 million dollars. My solution here would be give players the option to add an additional year on to their contracts and not have this play this year count as a contracted-for year. Or, if players would rather count this year as a contracted four-year, they can. Let me explain what I mean by that. If you are set to make $35 million this year, add an extra year on to your contract, whatever it might be, if you would so desire and you can make $8 million this year in a nontraditional season playing. That way you’re keeping your existing contract and you’re adjusting on the fly for what is a messy season. If you are younger, and you want to get through your existing contract faster, you could have this year count and you would get to free agency one year faster. Give players an option to elect to either count or not count this year as a part of the contract under which they are under. That seems completely reasonable as a way to solve this issue.”
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— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) May 27, 2020