The 50 game MLB season, why such a woeful idea?
Now let me start this off by saying that I am a complete baseball novice. I know next to nothing about the history of the sport, apart from a few of the goats, and an obsessive love for the story of Jackie Robinson, Moneyball i know all about, and Michael Jordan played for a bit. And of course, nobody could ever forget, Timmy Tebow. Outside of all that good stuff, my knowledge isn’t great.
What I do know is the first time i found out that a regular season of baseball is 162 games, i nearly fell off my chair. How could it possibly ever need to be that long, an outsider like me might ask. This post is a learning experience for me as I read and react to the discussions around this topic in the news today. So let’s see what’s up.
What’s obvious is that the players and the league can’t agree on anything whatsoever. The two are on completely different pages. Rob Manfred who i’ve learnt is the MLB commissioner, was quoted on the 10th June saying “I can tell you unequivocally we are going to play Major League Baseball this year.” Fast forward 5 days, and he’s not confident about it. Too many risks, apparently.
So this puts baseball behind EVERY OTHER SPORT, who are managing to find solutions to the madness that is COVID-19, getting in the way of our beloved sports. And correct me if i’m wrong, but baseball is probably the least contact sport there is? No? Besides like tennis maybe. The NBA are finding a solution, the Premier League and Bundesliga and in fact all other leagues around the world have found solutions to get the show on the round, besides France, who historically quit at everything so we can discount that. Even the UFC is back, which has been the first sport to return under COVID rules, where dudes are spraying sweat and spit all over each other and getting all kinds of handsy. So baseball? What’s the deal?
The issue is that the owners don’t want to pay the players their pro rata’d salaries as they requested, they want to pay them less. The players were willing to play 50 games for the pro rata’d amount, which was denied. The players were willing to play 114 games in 124 days (bonkers), also denied because the owners don’t want to cough up. I’m guessing this is because they aren’t getting the revenue they would usually get with fans in stadiums and promotions etc.
So what they’re saying is that Manfred (commish) could force a 50 game MLB season. Which basically means no one wins. The players don’t get the salary, the owners are having the season go ahead against their demands, and you’re basically starting a season that nobody wants to play in under rules nobody likes because you couldn’t come to an agreement.
The players want to play, the owners don’t want to pay them properly. Basically. So the old rich men are taking the sport away from its future fans by being stubborn and refusing to accept a slight loss of income. Not to mention a commissioner 5 days ago promising baseball’s fans a season, and now toying with their emotions and backing down.
I can’t help but feel like this is a wasted opportunity for the MLB to grow it’s brand? In a time where the baseball should be on, and in a break from Basketball and American Football etc, where the world is so desperate for sports that they’re willing to tune into Korean baseball, how can you screw this up so badly and deprive the people the chance to catch some MLB action? Seems daft to me, work it out, Robert.
Again, I don’t know much about it, but I am one of the people beginning to show an interest in the sport, which is going to be difficult to maintain, if said sport doesn’t exist for an entire year. Poor show. Even a 50 game MLB season would be great for the sport surely?
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