Reynolds: "I'm Very Optimistic" There Will Be Baseball

Harold Reynolds believes there will be a 2020 MLB season, provided that the league can make it safe for players

Tiki and Tierney
May 28, 2020 - 7:47 am

As Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association continue to negotiate return-to-play proposals, a growing number of former big leaguers are starting to question whether there will be baseball in 2020. And if there’s not, that would be a huge blow to the sport.

MLB Network analyst Harold Reynolds, though, is extremely confident that both sides will come together and figure out the financials. In fact, he doesn’t believe money is the biggest issue.

“I’m very optimistic,” Reynolds said on Tiki & Tierney. “I always have been. It comes down to one thing. I don’t care about the negotiations; that will get taken care of. The question is are they going to be safe and healthy? If you get that piece taken care of, whether it’s figuring out how testing is going to work, how quarantine is going to work, if you get that piece taken care of, then we’re going to play. Simple as that. The players and owners will have no [excuse]. There’s 38 million people without a job right now. The finances will take care of itself.”

MLB’s negotiations have unfolded in the public sphere, with several players speaking out against the proposals and questioning baseball’s every move. NBA and NHL players, meanwhile, have seemingly been much more united as their leagues work to resume their seasons.

That contrast hasn’t been a good look for baseball, either.

“I haven’t been happy about how they’ve handled this,” Reynolds said. “Having been in a union for as many years as I did, and been through three strikes, you were very united. They’re very distracted and separated, and it’s very difficult when everybody has their own social media platform and they have their own opinions and they’re putting it out nationally. But I think the NBA handled it fantastic. We watched Chris Paul get out there and say, ‘Hey, we all want to play. We’re excited about it. We want that opportunity.’ But what was the unifying message? We just got to be safe. That’s all you’ve heard from anybody, and that’s really all it needs to be.”