The fallout from MLB canceling regular season games on Tuesday is already starting to mount. Many baseball experts offered their informed opinions on the league’s decision, including ESPN’s Buster Olney.
On his latest episode of the Baseball Tonight podcast, Olney voiced his frustrations with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred and the MLB owners. He prefaced his analysis with the immortal words of Will Farrell’s character in Wedding Crashers, Chazz Reinhold.
“What an idiot! What a loser!”
Olney elaborated why the quote accurately paints MLB owners and commissioner Rob Manfred.
“I don’t understand the equation that’s being played out on the owners’ side that this makes any sense. Major League Baseball cancelling the first two regular season series after the players’ association turned down their offer.”
Reinhold’s colorful quote even merited a replay on the podcast as Olney reiterated that he fundamentally doesn’t understand the owners’ logic in cancelling regular season games.
“That’s kind how I’m feeling about this, I found it astounding that apparently, someone has decided that the potential gains from the ‘CBT levels’ or what the pool would be to pay young players when they’re in their arbitration years or whatever, can somehow offset the potential losses of losing games. The potential impact of fans not having baseball.”
Olney wasn’t the only one who needed to blow off some steam after the Manfred’s disappointing press conference on Tuesday. MLB players quickly took to Twitter to slam the commissioner and the owners for postponing Opening Day.
According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, MLB and the MLBPA will definitely meet by Thursday or Friday to try to come to an agreement. It’s presumed the two parties will meet in New York City.
They’ll def meet/talk by tomorrow/Friday
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) March 2, 2022
If by some miracle a new CBA can be agreed upon this week, the earliest the season can start is April 7th.
Crabcakes, lockouts, and revenue, that’s what MLB does.
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