By all accounts, the MLB Players Association is gearing up for a significant labor fight when the current collective bargaining agreement expires in 2021. And when you read reports like this, it is easy to understand why.
According to the Associated Press, the average MLB salary decreased from 2017-18. It's only the fourth time in the last half-century the average salary decreased from one year to the next. Here are the details:
The union said Friday its final average was $4,095,686, down $1,436 from $4,097,122 last year.
Since the union started keeping track in 1967, the only previous declines had been by $66 in 1987, when owners were found to have conspired to hold down salaries among free agents; a 4 percent decline in 1995 following a 7½-month strike that wiped out the World Series for the first time since 1904; and by 2.5 percent in 2004.
Fans won't have any sympathy for the millionaire baseball players who saw their average annual salary decline less than $1,500 in 2018. MLB and the 30 owners are banking on it. It's easy to be outraged over the salaries of millionaire baseball players when no one knows what the billionaire owners are making. Those are the numbers MLB won't ever let fans see.