So, I’ve now had 24 hours to digest MLB pulling the plug on the first two series of this season.
My view of the current pile of poop situation is that it is 75% owners at fault, 25% players. My according some blame to players is due to: (1) being dumb enough to agree to the luxury tax when they should have realized it’s a salary cap in disguise—and one with no salary floor safety net. (2) throwing young players and minor leaguers under the bus in favor of protecting the high end free agents. Of course, those mistakes were the past two CBAs. My list of grievances against the owners is much longer. I won’t rehash them, it’d take too long, and many have been mentioned in my posts in recent weeks. Suffice to say that it’s obvious they have not been negotiating in good faith.
So..,here I sit, more disgusted than angry, and have decided some things; I blog on baseball/sports because I like it. I will continue to do so, but only about players, college ball if something catches my attention—or KBO, or NPB. I will not write about any ongoing CBA negotiations (or lack thereof) until I can talk about real, genuine progress.
Consider this my own personal boycott of the MLB owners for now. Minor league baseball is not locked out, but many teams in the affiliated leagues are directly owned by MLB teams—including my local team, the OKC Dodgers. I thus will attend no minor league games as long as the MLB players are locked out. I will not blog about minor leagues while the major league players are locked out. I will not visit MLB.com either. Usually I check their website before I write about things I’ve read on other sites, wanting to be fair. Screw that. I’m not interested in MLB’s side of anything right now.
That will probably mean fewer posts here for now, but at least I will be in a better mood typing them up…probably.
To the players: