MLB is a big business that involves and affects many, many people.
It’s not just the owners and the players: it’s the front office, the manager, the coaches, the analysis department, the office workers, the food stalls, the merchandise vendors, the stadium workers and many others.
And, of course, there are fans who lose the chance to watch their favorite pastime for at least a few weeks, maybe longer.
The Tipping Pitches podcast certainly reminded us of the reality of lost games in baseball: it goes far beyond owners and players.
“MLB owners have threatened to cancel baseball in April because they know a month of missed games will not significantly impact their bottom line. Meanwhile, 40,000 minimum-wage stadium workers will start to lose their wages as soon as a baseball day is canceled. Just shameful,” they tweeted.
MLB owners have threatened to cancel baseball in April because they know a month of missed games won’t have a significant impact on their bottom line.
Meanwhile, 40,000 minimum-wage stadium workers will start losing their wages as soon as a baseball day is canceled.
— Tipping pitches (@tipping_pitches) March 1, 2022
Baseball is more than players and owners
It was an opportunistic reminder that other people are hurting because there is no agreement between the league and the Players Association for a new collective bargaining agreement.
There’s a sense of uncertainty, too, as there could be more cancellations if the parties don’t agree soon.
And nothing indicates that there could be an agreement in the coming days.
Things could go wrong in a hurry, and a lot of people will start losing a lot of money just because the owners won’t budge and recognize that the players deserve to be paid more.
They deserve better and fairer opportunities to earn money in the early years of their career.
But the owners don’t care about players, staff, coaches, fans, stadium workers and anyone but themselves.
Baseball is in a really dark place right now.