Tom Glavine gives a player's perspective of MLB labor talks

Justin Parrish
May 26, 2020 - 6:25 pm

Tom Glavine had a 22-year MLB pitching career that spanned across three decades and ended with 305 wins for the lefty hurler. In that 22-year timespan, Major League Baseball went through two work stoppages and Glavine witnessed the aftermath first-hand.

"I think both sides understand the importance of getting baseball back to this country. People in the United States, we want our normal back, we want our baseball back," Glavine said when speaking on The Drive on Tuesday afternoon. "In order to do that, they're gonna have to come to an agreement and we're hopeful that cooler heads will prevail to get that done."

When asked if the players union had been cast in an unfair light, Glavine had this to say, "Anytime there is a work stoppage because of economics, the player becomes the easy target, that's just the way it is."

"I was a player rep. for many years and I was very heavily involved in the 1994 strike. We went on strike because the owners wanted to implement a salary cap and we didn't want a salary cap. We just wanted to keep the free-market system that we had and owners could pay us what they wanted. We didn't ask for any more money, yet the prevailing argument with everybody was, 'well home much more do these guys want? '  In actuality, we didn't ask them to pay us any more money, if the system ends up where you pay us less money, then so be it, it's a free-market system. That's what we were trying to protect and in this similar situation, economics are becoming involved and people are naturally going to think that the players are being greedy, it's an easy target." 

Glavine also had this to say about the possibility of the two sides not reaching an agreement, "There's not a question in my mind that if baseball doesn't get played this summer over economic issues, there could be more fall out than in 1994 after the strike. With everything that we are all going through right now, if you are going to tell people that we won't have baseball back because of economics, they're going to be extremely disappointed in the game and the game is gonna lose. At that point in time, it's not going to matter who was right PR wise, everybody loses."

 

Listen to the full interview below:

 

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