This is an article that I wish was totally untrue. We have reached the point where it looks like the owner’s lockout of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association will cause regular season games to be canceled. For further bad news, it looks to me like the owners have just about every advantage in these negotiations, including no real pressure of time. I don’t think the players truly understand it.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he will cancel regular-season games.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 1, 2022
The Owners Have One Job, To Make Money
There is little indication to me that the owners care much about the legacy of Major League Baseball. Wanting things like expanded playoffs and not seeming to have an interest in making the league more competitive, compels me to see the owners for what they are. Their job is to make money for their investors and themselves and they are very good at it.
The Owners Are Filthy Rich For A Reason
You don’t get rich (and stay rich) by wasting money. Many of the rich people still drive cars that are 15-20 years old. They might be known as “penny pinchers” but they know how to handle money. It is so hard to get and stay rich and these folks know how to make good financial decisions with smart risks. These owners are accountable to boards of directors and investors and those people will want to have continued increases of their profits.
The Owners Are Just Built Different
A characteristic that most people don’t understand, these types of people are hyper-competitive in the Michael Jordan/Kobe Bryant mode. Their competition can come from how well they continue to grow their money. Most of us would be perfectly content with generational riches and would probably just live off of the excess. Not these types. They keep striving for more riches and power. Just look at the people in their late 70s and 80s who are in congress. They are rich and powerful. It is addicting. Why wouldn’t they just go home and enjoy the rest of their time on earth with their love ones? They are just all built different.
The Owners Have A Public Relations Advantage
The amount of exhaustion, despair and anger I’m hearing from people around baseball — people who have dedicated their lives to this industry — is remarkable. The owners are breaking the spirits of the people who run their businesses.
— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) March 1, 2022
For those who pay attention closely, I think there is more favor towards the players. For the casual fan, they think all the players are millionaires. How many times have you heard the “it’s millionaires verses billionaires” saying? We’ll dig into that myth next.
They Aren’t All Rich
Around 65% of players in Major League Baseball make less than $1M. Players on the lower end have no guarantee of making a bigger salary and are not guaranteed to even play their next season. These lower wage players mostly have a short window to earn their lifetime baseball earnings. With minimum wages for players at almost $600K many people don’t have much of a chance at getting that much over even a long period of time or even a lifetime. It’s a lot but if you knew you only had a year or two to earn a lot of money, wouldn’t you want to play as much as possible?
Of the 1,453 players to accrue at least one day of service time last season, 590 (40.6 percent) have made less than $1 million in career earnings, according to the MLBPA’s breakdown. The median career earnings of that group was $357,718. – FiveThirtyEight
The Players Seem To Have Baseball’s Best Interests In Mind
We want a system where threshold and penalties don’t function as caps, allows younger players to realize more of their market value, makes service time manipulation a thing of the past, and eliminate tanking as a winning strategy.
— Max Scherzer (@Max_Scherzer) February 4, 2022
The owners seem to care less about competitive balance or tanking. Their desire for a 14 team playoff would allow them to pocket $100M extra from ESPN for the extra games. Players are tired of playing on teams with no desire to win. Again, the owners don’t care. The resignation of Derek Jeter as CEO and part-owner of the Marlins is an indicator of the player mentality. Can you imagine Jeter being content with losing?
At the end of the day, the players still need to make their income the primary factor.
I see the owners being in the driver’s seat throughout this whole negotiation. We’ve already read that they have no problem skipping the first month of the season. My personal opinion is that the 2022 season will not happen and it is because the owners truly have a huge negotiating advantage. If the players want any real gains, they will need to have the will to sit out. How will that sit with the players that have short careers that aren’t millionaires? We shall see.
Just leaving this here:
The average MLB owner is worth 3.2 billion!
The CBT threshold is $18M (.006% of their worth)
The Pre-arbitration bonus is $55M (.017% of their worth
The minimum salary increase is $24K (.000008% of their worth)
This is all about the greed of the owners and them alone! https://t.co/kcv7d9IZmx
— ?? Baseball szn soon? ??????? (@Adrianr0677) March 1, 2022