Mozeliak: Agreement needs to come ‘pretty shortly’ to salvage 2020 season

The Cardinals president of baseball operations was also asked about the protests and civil unrest happening in St. Louis and across the country.

Tom Ackerman
June 01, 2020 - 1:07 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - It's a big week for baseball.

"It's an understatement," Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak told me Sunday on KMOX. "There has to be momentum to get something done."

With MLB owners and players still negotiating how to restart the 2020 season in the areas of health/safety, economics and logistics ... patience is required for the two sides to conduct business. Eventually, though, if baseball is going to play this summer, time is of the essence.

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"If we want to salvage a season, an agreement needs to come pretty shortly," Mozeliak said. "I think there will be some tell tales early on in the week if that's going to be possible."

If teams do begin a "Spring Training 2.0," the Cardinals would prefer that it takes place at Busch Stadium and the club has submitted such a proposal to MLB, per Mozeliak. He explained that most players would prefer to get to one place where they can set up residence... and not have to do it again.

St. Louis' geographic location, miles from other MLB clubs, might create a challenge in an exhibition schedule. But Mozeliak remained confident the team could compete in intrasquad games.

Besides, Mozeliak noted, it would be nice to give downtown St. Louis "something a little different, to bring a little life down there."

These are challenging times in our society, with the COVID-19 outbreak followed by nationwide protests over the killing of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota.

Mozeliak spoke about the topic on KMOX:

"It's sort of amazing that a week ago we're trying to discuss what it might look like if we can get back to baseball, worrying about the safety issues, the economic issues. And then within 24 hours or a day of that conversation, things shifted dramatically through our country. And it's one of those things where I think everybody takes a moment to pause and realize that there's a long history of mistakes that have been made in this country... and hopefully this is an opportunity to show optimism or to show that there's a chance at change. Because you don't want to have these types of things just be where they become a repeat of what we've read or heard. Given that this is really coast-to-coast, touching all segments of our country, I do hope this is a time where you look back and say: 'This made a difference.'"

Some Cardinals players have used their platforms to make statements about the protests and civil unrest happening around the country. 

Adam Wainwright and his wife, Jenny: 

Dexter Fowler: 

Here’s the thing. I know it’s hard to fully grasp why black people are outraged. It’s hard to grasp unless you’ve seen people hold their purses tighter when you walk by, when you have people refer to you as “not black” when you’re not “ghetto”. When your parents have to give you a talk when you’re just a kid. “you can’t act like your white friends. you’ll get killed. they won’t” This is a generational discussion EVERY black family has. It terrifies you as a kid, and as an adult. You don’t understand why we know, those officers didn’t flinch at murdering that man, because he is black. The race card. We hold it. You tell us “it’s not about race” if we ever hold you to it. You don’t want us to have even that 1 bone chilling “privilege” of defense. You don’t want us to hold any privilege. We don’t hold the privilege of being a criminal, making a mistake, or simply taking a jog, the same as a white man, and being treated the same. He couldn’t breathe. He was murdered. They were gently fired from their jobs. This isn’t right. This can’t go on. (if you assume “you”, is you, and you’re upset about the generalization...... just think about that for a second)

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