We are now about six weeks away from what should be the time when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. However, we don’t seem to be any closer to a resolution between the Players Association and Major League Baseball.
In fact, MLB seems hell bent on not giving in to any of the players’ demands, or allowing any criticism of any sort. This was clearly shown by the firing of reporter Ken Rosenthal, for having critical things to say about Commissioner Rob Manfred. If that is any indication about how the rest of the lockout is going to go down, we may be in for a longer time without baseball than we had planned.
However, we know the one thing that owners are driven by, and that is money. Especially after coming off two years of pandemic-compromised seasons, one would think that both sides would want to work towards a solution sooner than later. It will just be which wins out – lack of income because the season is not being played, or the owners somehow giving up some of that massive wealth of theirs to give the players the percentage of the revenue that they deserve. This is especially true for players in the minor leagues, who have to endure long bus rides, sleeping five or six to a one bedroom apartment, sad meals, and a tiny paycheck to boot.
Depending on when the lockout ends, we may see a flurry of moves like we did before the lockout began. There could be just a few weeks for teams to sign any of the plethora of free agents out there looking for a new home (or, returning home. And no Clayton Kershaw, I don’t mean you returning to Texas).
Would that be enough to renew interest in the sport that seemingly can’t get out of its own way in regards to growing the game? Many big transactions per day leading into Spring Training could garner positive headlines after no news for so long about The American Pastime.
Personally, I think they were get close to Spring Training before they start talking, and won’t get anything done in time for the set start date. I think the season will be abbreviated, maybe by 10-20 games. I’d like to think they’d hammer it out for the good of the game but as previously stated, we know it’s all about greed.
So in the meantime TBPC readers, what would you like to see talked about here? Profiles on players, old games dissected? I’m up for any and all ideas!