New York Yankees: 2020 Season isn’t the Only in Jeopardy

Yankees Helmet, New York Yankees. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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The 2020 season has yet to start and it’s about to be June, and many don’t think it’ll be played at all. However, it’s not the only season in jeopardy.

The New York Yankees were set to enter the 2020 MLB season as the favorites in the American League and were also going to be one of the top-two teams favored to win the World Series. Now, it is almost June and there isn’t a start date in sight for the 2020 season.

Due to the owners’ proposed pay cuts and the players’ unwillingness to accept them (which they’re justified to deny them), there has yet to be a return to play plan that has been agreed upon between the two.

This impacts the MLB far beyond this season as the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires following the 2021 season and we will be right back where we are now when that happens.

This means that not only is the 2020 season in jeopardy but so is the 2022 season. This would be absolutely horrible for the Yankees as many of their young stars rookie contracts will be expiring. Not only are rookie contracts expiring, but so are the contracts of their stars like Gerrit Cole who could potentially lose two years of his nine-year contract due to these negotiations.

This would be absolutely horrible for the Yankees as they would’ve undoubtedly had one of the best teams, if not the best team in each of these two years. If the 2020 and 2022 seasons get cancelled Yankees players and fans alike would be left wondering what could’ve been.

So let’s say, simply for the point of discussion, that the 2020 and 2022 seasons both get cancelled, here is how the Yankees would be impacted:

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That being said, there is A LOT at stake for the Yankees over the next three seasons, and if two of those three seasons get cancelled due to negotiations, it would be absolutely horrific for the Bronx Bombers.

The reason many believe the 2022 season will be cancelled is due to the fact that if the players and owners can’t come to an agreement over one season, what makes you think they can come to an agreement over the next several?

The owners want too much and the players know their value and there simply is no middle ground for a deal to be made. This being said, if there is no 2020 season, I wouldn’t expect there to be a 2022 season, but if they do come to an agreement and play this year, I believe that would create hope for 2022.

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All that being said, not only is the 2020 season in jeopardy, but the 2022 season is very much in the same position as well.