MLB is a big corporation that involves and affects many, many people.
It’s not just owners and players: it’s the front office, the manager, the coaches, the analytics department, the office workers, the food stands, the people selling merchandise, the stadium workers, and many, many more.
And, of course, there are fans losing the chance to watch their favorite pastime for at least a few weeks, perhaps more.
The Tipping Pitches podcast certainly reminded us all about the reality of losing games in baseball: it goes well beyond owners and players.
“MLB owners have threatened to cancel baseball in April because they know a month of missed games won’t meaningfully impact their bottom line. Meanwhile, 40,000 minimum wage stadium workers will start losing paychecks as soon as one day of baseball 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 meaningfully impact their bottom line.
Meanwhile, 40,000 minimum wage stadium workers will start losing paychecks as soon as one day of baseball is canceled.
— Tipping Pitches (@tipping_pitches) March 1, 2022
Baseball Is A Lot More Than Players And Owners
It was an opportunistic reminder that other people are suffering because there is no agreement between the league and the Players Association for a new collective bargaining agreement.
There is a sense of uncertainty, in addition, because there could be more cancellations if the sides don’t agree soon.
And nothing indicates there could be a deal in the next few days.
Things could get ugly in a hurry, and a lot of people will start losing significant money just because the owners won’t budge and recognize that players deserve to be paid more.
They deserve better and fairer opportunities to earn money in the early years of their careers.
But owners don’t care about players, staffers, coaches, fans, stadium workers, and anyone else but themselves.
Baseball is in a really dark place right now.