The MLB Players are completely out of touch. The players have rejected the owner's latest proposal, and decided to stop negotiating. They have taken the tactic of saying "Just tell us when to play and we'll show up". Do they take us for complete morons? Because you've negotiated in good faith thus far?
Back in March the owners and players agreed to a deal, pending fans in the stands due to Covid-19. The owners are no angels, but think of all the businesses in need of foot traffic that are now gone and not coming back. Yes, there are TV deals, but that does not make up for the billions in lost revenue across the league this year. We knew the players were a brick wall of "No" on changes to make experiences for fans better, like pitch clocks and other efforts to speed up the game. But MLB player statements in the past day or so show just how truly out of touch they are.
Whistling Past The Graveyard
Here is what that paragon of fair play Alex Bregman had to say:
"I think we have an amazing group of talented players and amazing fans of the sport"
Whit Merrifield put in the most out of touch way possible when talking about the game and fans, who he obviously takes for granted:
"Distance makes the heart grow fonder."
The MLB players are being praised for being in lockstep. This is the result of being in a tiny bubble where you are told you are the best thing since sliced bread and owed everything.
Of course the owners are trying to break the union. And there's plenty of blame to go around, from Rob Manfred on down. But these players are being obstinate, myopic and stubborn in the worst sense. There's enough of that going on in the country, and our eyeballs will be turned more and more to the NBA, NHL, Golf, NFL, Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO MAX and many other options if they continue down this path.
There was the implied slap in the face when they refused to speed up the game. Now the players are out front showing us they just don't care about anything but the last dime.
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