Dodgers Opinions: MLB (and the World) Need to Get Their Acts Together

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Well, hello! It’s me, your friendly weekly columnist here at Think Blue Planning Committee, who has turned into a broken record. There’s nothing new to report, nothing new to write about specifically in the world of Dodgers baseball. Did you miss me?

This past week, however, has been a week unlike all the others. There is incredible heartache, unrest, and anger all over our country right now. Indeed, the world is reeling from the senseless brutality against our black counterparts, and we ache along with them.

Also, this past week the MLB Players Association submitted its reply to the owners about what they would like to see happen if baseball resumes this season. Dennis touched on a lot of it in his column Tuesday, but the thing that struck me the most is that the owners said that there was going to be no negotiation from their side.

There was nothing they would negotiate. Think about that. Baseball has been sidelined by a worldwide pandemic for going on three months now, you’re in danger of losing fans, and there is absolutely nothing that you will negotiate? You’re honestly so obtuse as to think you know best about everything, and therefore are unwilling to budge on any concessions that may make players happy, more willing to play, and more comfortable with making the owners more money.

I hear the sentiment of the people who are blaming players, or both-siding the issue. Unemployment in this country is a real issue. Plenty of people don’t know when they’ll go back to work, don’t know if they have enough money to pay their rent, feed their kids, or pay medical bills. They see players as millionaires who just need to suck this up.

I get that. I really do. It’s hard to look at people who make a lot of money to play a kids game and not feel some sort of annoyance, if not disgust. Even if they play for less money, they’ll still be fine, right?

What I don’t get is letting the owners completely off the hook. Yes, of course they are losing money, too. Everyone is! (Except maybe some inside info people in Congress, but I digress). But they can afford to lose more money because they have so much of it.

Also, everything is not about the money. The game of baseball feels like it’s at a tipping point. MLB has been losing fans for years, and has tried implementing changes to either keep fans or attract new ones. A pitch clock so the game moves faster for those who think baseball is boring. Juiced balls because the people want to see excitement and home runs. So now in this time of depression both economically and mentally you want to hold up the entire season to make the players play for less money, and it’s all non-negotiable?

Scores of minor league players have been let go. There aren’t going to be any minor league games this season, and attendance at many of those small town parks was in decline before this. The draft is also going to be very pared down.

Buster Olney said in a radio interview he thinks there’s a good chance some key players sit out this year if it’s only a 50-game season. He mentions Mookie Betts as one of those players. Again, MLB, is this what you want? Your superstar players to feel like it’s better for them not to play at all? What does that say about your sport as a whole?

Speaking of Buster, things have a trickle down effect. If sports are not played, people can’t write about it. If people can’t write about baseball, then their employer doesn’t feel the need to employ them anymore. Today both The Athletic and SB Nation announced that they had to cut some of their staff. More people unemployed. 

As with the whole world, there’s those with the money and power who just want to bend the rest of us plebeians to their will. (Mike Trout and Mookie Betts and Clayton Kershaw et al are hardly plebs, but you get what I’m saying). They try to ram through their agenda without input or really hearing those who it will impact the most. It is we fans who will really have the most to lose.

If you want to completely side with the owners, hey, have at it. I’m not here to tell you how to think. But now is not the time for stubbornness. Entities need to work together to figure this out. 

As with our country, I hope this is all rectified before it is too late. Some are posturing that because this is getting out, it means there are negations, that silence would be worse. I don’t know what to believe with that. But this is MLB’s job to save this sport from limping into 2022 and a new players agreement that truly handicaps baseball forever.

We’ll see what the next week brings. Hopefully it’s brighter in all capacities. Until then, be good to one another and don’t be racist.

 

 



7 thoughts on “Dodgers Opinions: MLB (and the World) Need to Get Their Acts Together

  1. Could not agree more. With the proposal the owners are making, I do not think the players are going to be good with that short of a season. And the money issue is still there. The CBA next year is going to be one lulu of a fight, and I think the future of the game is in serious jeopardy.

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  2. I completely side with the owners! (Not really, just trying to stir the pot).
    Baseball is America’s pastime. It mirrors the country. You pick a side and you stand firm. Don’t give an inch. The other side is made up of a group of idiots who have no understanding of any of the issues and are throwing out false figures to make their case.
    Two quotes I like:
    Compromise is an agreement whereby both sides get what neither of them wanted.
    The wisdom of compromise – it is better to bend a little than to break

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  3. As of today, they are on a collision course to ruin the game. They certainly are not thinking at all about their target audience and the ones who really foot the bill. I agree with a poster on another site who said maybe it is time to remove the anti trust exemption from baseball. It says they are a sport, not a business. For a sport, they sure are business driven. And driven by other businesses.

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  4. To me this is like two kindergartners fighting over a toy in a sandbox. Grow up already. Right now what is at stake is your sport and your reputation, and your livelihood.

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  5. The owners have always been the ultimate spin doctors, no matter what the issue, some player somewhere, says something incendiary, it is always spun into how much the players make, and how unappreciative they are for the privilege they have to play professional baseball. The media rarely writes about how much the owners make, or how some of these owners made their money, how many skeletons are in their closets. The owners use the media to spin public opinion against the players every single time there is a conflict, or disagreement. Am I the only person in America that thinks it’s kind of one sided that the public knows exactly how much money each, and every player makes every year? But we know absolutely nothing about the owners gross receipts, parking, or concession revenues, let alone what their profits are. Why have we never seen investigative reporting on any of that stuff. It’s amazing though that a player like Mookie says something about the owners trying to ram something down the players throats, and every baseball fan in America knows about it. Take it or leave it, is not a good negotiating strategy. All that said, I don’t think the players should get paid for the whole season, but there has to be some negotiating room somewhere.

    But what the heck, if they scrap the season, the owners will get their parrots( the media) to convince us fans that it was all the greedy players fault again.

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  6. Keith, I agree 100% that player salaries should not be made public…unless, of course, the owners decide to open up their books. Publicizing player salaries and hiding club profits are key to maintaining the illusion that players are more greedy than owners.

    The anti-trust exemption should be lifted. MLB is strictly business. The pretense is simply ridiculous.

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