No Deal. MLB & MLBPA Remain Deeply Divided

I always try to simplify this stuff for you, and tonight will be no different, but simplifying the stances isn’t the same as pretending the solutions are simple.

As MLB’s Deadline Approaches, Why Can’t They Just Come Together?

Today let’s talk about the CBA negotiations in a different way. Not a wall of numbers, but in an effort to understand some of the issues.

The MLB Off-Season Has Been Put On Hold

Well, after over a year of talking about it, the situation many of us were dreading as baseball fans has finally come to fruition. Following a riveting seven minute meeting yesterday between MLB and the MLBPA, the owners unanimously voted to institute a lockout of players beginning at 12:01 EST today, December 2nd. Almost immediatelyContinue reading “The MLB Off-Season Has Been Put On Hold”

Law Of The Instrument: Will Manfred Bang The Gavel?

In psychology there is a theory that attempts to explain an underlying bias based on the over reliance of a certain tool. This concept is often and easily represented by the saying, “when all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail”. From everything I have seen and read about RobContinue reading “Law Of The Instrument: Will Manfred Bang The Gavel?”

The Appomattox Court House of Baseball

On April 9, 1865 General Robert E. Lee famously admitted, “there is nothing left me to do but to go see General Grant, and I would rather die a thousand deaths.” In Appomattox Court House that afternoon Lee met with Grant and agreed upon surrender, with certain concessions for his men; they would be fullyContinue reading “The Appomattox Court House of Baseball”

Baseball’s Civil War

It’s a tale as old as time, or at least one that has existed since players began taking to ball fields in an organized fashion and especially ever since they have been paid to do so. The battle between players and owners has been been the topic of countless arguments, potential game stoppages, lock-outs, strikes,Continue reading “Baseball’s Civil War”

Maybe Now is the Time

We are soon to see whether the players union is willing to play or not. No, not on the field, in the negotiation room. The owners are prepared to send a formal proposal to the players for restarting the season, and while we’ve all read proposals, some bordering on silly, the formal presentation process typically signifies a real proposal that the owners really think has legs.

For Some, Disaster Equals Opportunity

A suffering country, filled to the brim with people of all types enduring devastation economically on a scale none of us have ever seen, is going to have a very short fuse for the infighting of Millionaires (real or perceived) vs Billionaires (again, real or perceived).