There's good news and bad news as pitchers and catchers get set to report for spring training for the 2019 baseball season. Which do you want first?
That's no surprise you want the good news first. Almost everybody takes that choice first. The 2019 season will start on time, and once again there will be no work stoppage endangering fans' enjoyment of a full regular season, along with the hoped-for riveting set of playoff series.
And more good news is that the Basic Agreement -- the terms by which Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association operate -- doesn't run out until Dec. 1, 2021. That means, there shouldn't be any work stoppages until then.
The bad news, and I think it gets worse every day for the large majority of MLB players, is their total combined compensation is beginning to go down.
2018 marked the first time since 2010 when the total industry spent $3,027,600 less than it had in 2009. This past year, the total compensation in baseball went down by $18,016,600.
That may not seem like a lot of money when you are talking about total compensation expenditures for MLB being at $4,227,041,948 (just so we are clear, that is more than $4 billion in compensation).
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