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Owners Try Again, MLBPA Having None Of It

The biggest argument I run into is “They make more than we do.” Yes, a professional baseball player, who is in the top .1% of their field, makes more than you and I do.

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Owners Try Again, MLBPA Having None Of It


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A few weeks back, I hit publish on what I thought was a pretty nothing take.  It was a quick hitter on Blake Snell and his reaction to the first proposal from the owners for a return to playing baseball.  From my experience, the internet is all about workers’ rights, and as pro-union as it gets. 

While I will neither confirm nor deny which side I am on with regards to this particular hot button issue because I may hate myself but not that much, I did not think much of my stance of backing players against the owners.  I clearly have my finger on the pulse of society because I have gotten in more arguments with people both on and offline about it.  While this delights me to no end, it was unexpected. 

I will not be going into the details of the newest proposal by the owners.  That’s why real journalists exist and you can read about that here if you’d like.  The players’ response can also be summed up best below. Thanks, Max!

For me, the argument begins and ends here.

Jeff does a great job of explaining this for dumb people like me.  Check out his twitter, it’s great.

The A’s may be the first team to announce they will no longer be paying minor leaguers their meager salaries, but they surely will not be the only ones who choose to do so.  This is exactly why I am all for players digging in and refusing to take less than what they are worth.  They have a finite amount of time to earn their money.  They deal with being at the whim of the owners’ groups for years until they hit free agency before they can truly reap the rewards of this insanely profitable game. 

The biggest argument I run into against the players stems from one thing.  They make more than we do.  Yes, a professional baseball player, someone who is in the top .1% of their field, makes more than you and I do.  No shit.  Why does this mean we cannot take their side?  I find it interesting that many pro-workers/pro-union rights people are against them here.  Are you really on the side of employees, or do you just hate rich people?  I’m not here to tell you one is right or wrong, but for the love of God be consistent. 

The amount of money the players make should have zero to do with this issue.  It is a powerful group attempting to take advantage of their employees.  That’s it.  Stop inserting your own feelings into this.  It sucks if you have had to take fewer hours or less pay during these crazy times.  It truly does. 

The biggest difference here is that the MLBPA actually has the power here.  A power many of us wish we had in our chosen profession but do not.  Is it jealousy?  Is it schadenfreude?  What is it?  I really cannot wrap my head around anyone outside of an owner’s immediate family who could not be supporting the players on this one. 

But here we are.

I want baseball back as much as anyone.  I could legitimately quarantine forever if I just had baseball to watch.  That doesn’t mean I want it back at the cost the owners are trying to impose on players.  Christ, am I pro-union now?  What the hell is happening?  Enough of this, stay tuned for my next piece about how the different positions my dog sleeps in represents each manager from the ‘89 playoffs. 

Sneak Peak: Can you guess who this one is?

Josh grew up in the midwest and upon graduating from the University of Iowa he wanted to see the world. After 4 years in Jacksonville he decided he was cultured enough and moved on to Birmingham England (known to the locals as the Detroit of the UK) and then west to San Francisco before settling in NYC. He pays his bills working in finance making sure the 1% remains on top. When he is not selling his soul and unable to look himself in the mirror, he spends his time writing mean things about sports while his dog, Sweet Dee, silently judges from her spot on the couch. He is very biased and never wrong. He would also like to thank Rotowire for never changing their NBA League Pass and MLB.TV passwords from that year when he was an NBA Beat Writer for the Nuggets for some reason.

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