The MLB lockout has shown us many things, particularly the fact that there is a ton of animosity between both the Players Association and the owners.
The two sides have been at war with each other ever since the negotiations to return to play in 2020 failed.
It’s no surprise that these two sides do not like each other.
There are still things we’ve yet to figure out.
But a report by MLB insider Kyle Glaser on Twitter suggests that the MLB owners had something dirty planned from the very start, and that they hoped their plans would bring the union to its knees.
Back in December, I was told by a team official that a prominent, influential owner had been openly saying his goal during negotiations was to "break the union", not find a fair deal.
Not all 30 principal owners feel this way, but the fact that mindset exists is problematic.
— Kyle Glaser (@KyleAGlaser) March 2, 2022
It is absolutely horrific that even one owner wanted to do this, and that this mindset is out there.
As Glaser notes, not all owners feel this way, but if even one of them had these intentions in mind from the start, that is pure evil and should be a punishable offense.
Take the NBA for example.
The owners and players in the NBA haven’t had any significant trouble since the 2011 lockout.
Commissioner Adam Silver has turned the NBA around and given a voice to the various players throughout the league.
This is the model that other sports leagues should strive to replicate.
MLB had this for many years after the 1994-95 strike was resolved, but in recent years, that model has turned into the prime example of what not to do if you are running a major sports league.
Baseball needs to return to where they once were, where the NBA is now.
There have been no major labor conflicts in the NBA since the lockout in 2011.
Meanwhile in baseball, there is at least one owner who wants to “break the union.”