Here’s what’s at stake for MLB with the burgeoning lockdown

By locking out their players, Major League Baseball owners can not only kill their golden goose, but they risk wiping out the entire flock. And, yes, I had to ask Siri, “What do you call a flock of geese?”

The baseball lockout began at precisely 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Until team owners and the players’ union end a new collective bargaining agreement, there will be no free agent signings, no trades, no workouts or medical treatment in team facilities…

Essentially, America’s national pastime has shut down. And as so often when multimillionaires argue, it’s the little guy, the poor shnook who buys tickets and T-shirts, who roots for the home team, who gets screwed.

It’s a tough question – whose side are we on? Players who earn money to play a kid’s game, who stay in 5-star hotels down the road, who get $100 a day for meals, even though stadium clubs offer a broadcast worthy of a bat mitzvah of Beverly Hills, (Yankee Stadium’s visitor pavilion serves steak and lobster), make a fortune by scribbling his name at autograph shows and still tip 10% at Hooters?

If the visitors’ clubhouse at Yankee Stadium serves steak and lobster, what’s going on at the local clubhouse — girls in togas hand-feeding grapes? The hard life these players lead.

Or the owners, even the radishes who field last-place teams, who make millions selling beer and hot dogs at six times what they pay wholesale, even on Dollar Dog Night. Jim Crane and his buddies bought the Houston Astros for $680 million in 2011. The team is now valued at $1.8 billion.

As usual, it’s all about the money. Money can’t buy love, but it can keep a Cy Young winner in Houston. Major League Baseball is a $10 billion a year industry. Players want to do more. Owners want to keep more. There. Meanwhile, Francisco Lindor, who earns $341 million, gives “thumbs down” gestures to Mets fans in his hometown?

Poor Carlos Correa now has to wait for the players and owners to reach a new deal before he can sign with another team…or the Astros. In the meantime, maybe he should wear a hazmat suit wherever he goes and boil himself at night to avoid getting hurt. And stay off the massage table, we know how dangerous rubbing can be.

Analysts say it could be a long lockout, like baseball’s last stoppage in 1994-95, when they canceled the 1994 World Series. Which begs the question, how stupid baseball is ? The game’s popularity is down, young people don’t seem to care anymore, attendance is dwindling…and owners and players, the two parties that profit most from baseball, are slamming a “Closed for Business” on the door. entrance locked. Keep it up and this sign might say “Going Out of Business”.

It took several years and a home battle between two steroid monsters to revive baseball after the 1994-95 players’ strike. It won’t happen next year. They’re giving away Dixie Cups now.

Hope is a settlement by Feb. 1 so spring training can start on time, or at least by March 1 so teams can play their completely useless 30-game spring schedule. . It’s funny how NBA teams only need four preseason games, the NFL three games, and college football zero games. And these teams actually require players to be fit from the get-go.

Baseball players are some of the most blessed humans with the exception of Halle Berry who is preparing for the Oscars. Team owners earn millions, in some cases billions, for sitting behind home plate and watching their team flop at the critical moment. The New York Yankees haven’t won a World Series since 2009. The Yanks are worth $5.25 billion. The Chicago Cubs won a World Series in the life of Betty White…$3.36 billion.

It’s time for gamers and owners to fix this lockdown real quick. At some point, fans won’t care when and if it’s time to “play ball.”

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Neal T. Doss